Natural Preservative to Protect your Lotion

If you are making fresh skincare that is used right after it's made, then you do not need to add a preservative. However, if you are considering storing your product for more than a day or 2, there is no doubt about it, you need to use a preservative. A preservative helps protect your DIY formulas from microorganisms like bacteria and fungi, that can cause contamination of your product. When using a preservative, you will need to consider if it is a broad spectrum and can work on all types of contaminants. Including both, bacteria and fungi, that can present themselves. Below is a list of different preservatives and the manufacturers that produce them. Even though it's not an exhaustive list, it does show many options when choosing a natural preservative over a synthetic. Do keep in mind, that not all preservatives are broad spectrum. While some are only effective on bacteria, others are only effective on fungi. So it is important to do your diligent research to see what will work best for your products.

Finding a Natural Alternative to Synthetic Preservatives

At Skin Perfection, we offer Leucidal Liquid or Radish Root. It is a mild, broad spectrum preservative that can protect your custom formulations from microorganisms. Radish Root is recommended to be used at a 2 to 4% concentration. It is easily added to your formulation at room temperature.

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Leucidal Complete is the first all-natural broad spectrum preservative to keep your formulations free of bacteria, yeast, fungi, and mold.
Using a natural preservative such as Leucidal Liquid made from Radish Root can help keep your skincare creations free from bacteria.

List of Different Preservatives (synthetic and natural):

  • 1,3-Dioxane
  • 1,2 Hexanediol
  • 2-Bromo-2-Nitro-1,3 Diol
  • Benzalkonium Chloride
  • Benzethonium Chloride
  • Benzyl Alcohol
  • Butylparaben
  • Caprylyl Glycol
  • Chlorhexidine Acetate
  • Chlorphenesin
  • Chloroxylenol
  • Climbazole
  • Dehydroacetic Acid
  • Diazolidinyl Urea
  • Dichlorobenzyl Alcohol
  • DMDM Hydantoin
  • Ethylhexyglycerin
  • Ethylparaben
  • Formic Acid
  • Glutaral
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract
  • Hexamidine Isethionate
  • Hinokitol
  • Idopropynyl Butylcarbamate
  • Imidazolidinyl Urea
  • Isobutylparaben
  • Isopropylparaben
  • Lactoperoxidase
  • Methenamine
  • Methylisothiazolinone
  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone
  • Methyldibromo Glutaronitrile
  • Methylparaben
  • Pentylene Glycol
  • Phenethyl Alcohol
  • Phenxyisopropanol
  • Piroctone Olamine
  • Polaminopropyl Biguanide
  • Polymethoxy Bicyclic Oxazolidine
  • Potassium Sorbate
  • Propylparaben
  • Quaternium-15
  • Quaternium-73
  • Silver Chloride
  • Sodium Benzoate
  • Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate
  • Sorbic Acid
  • Thimerosal
  • Tinosan
  • Triclocarban
  • Triclosan
  • Urea

Major Cosmetic Preservative Suppliers:

  • Acme
  • BASF
  • Biophil Italia SPA
  • Carlise International Corp.
  • DOW Chemical Company
  • Evonik
  • Guangzhou DX Chemical Co. LTD
  • Indo Gulf Company
  • Induchem
  • Lonza
  • Kinetic Technologies
  • Marco
  • Mason Chemical Co.
  • Merck
  • MMP Inc.
  • Premier Specialties, Inc.
  • Rita Corp.
  • Solabia Group
  • Stepan Company
  • Th Hilson
  • The Hall Star Company
  • Variati Sri
  • Vevy Europe SpA