Technical Insights: Paraben-Free Preservative Systems for Cosmetics

Technical Insights: Paraben-Free Preservative Systems for Cosmetics

Report Description:
The negative media associated with parabens has led to new alternative preservative systems to emerge for cosmetic formulations. However, these alternatives systems bring issues related to performance, costs, safety and stability, especially for natural and organic cosmetic products.

This Technical Insights report is a practical guide for companies looking at alternative preservative systems, highlighting their performance and formulation issues. It is useful for formulators of cosmetic products, as well as ingredient companies developing new materials for preservation.

Details are given of the range of natural preservatives available to formulators, including materials that contain multi-functional ingredients to give preservation qualities. Methods of self-preservation are discussed, including the use of surface active membrane disruptors and hurdle technology.
The preservative options for certified natural and organic cosmetics are also covered. Details are given of permitted and prohibited preservative materials for the leading natural & organic cosmetic standards. The final part of the report gives profiles of companies supplying alternative preservative systems.


Introduction
Summary and Overview
Definitions
Issues with Traditional Preservation Systems
Milder Preservative Options
Self-Preservation Techniques
Available ‘Natural’ Replacements for Synthetic Preservatives
Organic Preservative Systems
Standards and Certification of Natural Preservatives
Issues with Preservatives for Natural and Organic Cosmetic Formulations
Preservative System Enhancers
Preservative Testing
Packaging
Conclusions
Profiles of Preservative Manufacturers
List of Selected Companies
Ingredient Companies
Certification Agencies, Industry Organisations & Others 63

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