Preservative: To preserve the product it’s in; it’s a simple concept. Many people think if they buy natural and organic products, there should not be any preservatives. After all, the products are natural; right? What could be better on your skin than that? Well, many products, especially if they contain water, hydrosol, or even aloe vera juice must have a preservative to stop bacteria, mold, and yeast growth.
Common preservatives, with scary long names and reputations, do not mean the ingredients shouldn’t be used or are safe. Controversial parabens such as, methylparaben, propylparaben, ethylparaben, and butylparaben are in most skincare products. These are some ingredients we see quite often and are the most commonly used preservatives in skin care products.
Not all preservatives are created equal, however, with organic skin care there are some safe and effective preservatives.
Be Natural Organics preserves using clever formulation and natural organic ingredients, that we search all over our Mother Earth for; ingredients such as:
- Aspen Bark- Prevents spoilage from bacteria and fungi, also increases formula self-preservation. Accepted by ECOcert as gluten free and Non-GMO.
- Leucidal Liquid- probiotic cabbage base found in fermented products like kimchi and sauerkraut. Provides antimicrobial protection. Approved by ECOcert and Whole Foods acceptable list.
- Tocopherol (Vitamin E)- Soybean base that extends shelf life and fight oxidation. Non-GMO.
- Gluconolactone & Sodium Benzoate- Sounds scary, but it’s actually a corn based preservative and stabilizer accepted by ECOcert
Whether chemical based or organic, preservatives are needed. We at BNO opt for a shorter shelf life ingredients to bring you the freshest, most botanically potent products, because fresh is best! Best of all, knowledge is power. Understanding preservatives allows consumers to make the best informed choice for themselves as individuals.