Everything around us is Susceptible

The food we eat and even the air we breathe... is vulnerable to the growth of dauntless microorganisms. Whenever and wherever they find appropriate conditions for growth, they proliferate, leading to contamination, and causing bodily harm. All it takes for them to feel at home is a little water, some organic matter, a moderate temperature... and they declare WAR!

The Need for an Invincible Armour

All personal care products - creams, lotions, other cosmetics, shampoo, bath gels, and so on comprise ingredients that favor microbial growth. Moreover, microbes also get into these products by way of exposure to an open atmosphere, moisture, and most importantly, through human contact. Unlike other things that we are exposed to once in a while, these products, as their name suggests, are in intimate and prolonged contact with our bodies. Therefore, protecting them from microbial contamination is paramount for all manufacturers in the personal care industry.

So, Our Armour - A Suitable Preservative!


2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol also known as Bronopol is a white or almost white crystalline powder, a preservative of cosmetics, personal care products, and pharmaceuticals.

4-Terpineol is a natural active ingredient under the tradename MELAFRESH® T96 with potent broad-spectrum anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties for use in a wide range of cosmetic and personal care applications.

As a C22 quat, Behentrimonium chloride belongs to the Behenyl class of surfactants. Lower irritation, more conditioning, better thickening, enhanced skin feel, and improved stick structure are all characteristics of this group of ingredients.

Benzalkonium Chloride is a clear, colorless to pale yellow viscous liquid with cationic nature. It is a preservative and disinfecting agent for medical, veterinary, cosmetic, and household products.

Benzoic acid is used as a food-grade FDA-approved preservative effective against yeast, mold, and some bacteria.
Benzyl alcohol is a colorless liquid with a mild pleasant aromatic odor; it is a natural constituent of various essential oils, including jasmine, hyacinth, and ylang-ylang.

Over the years, there have been several attempts to use botanicals in self-preserving formulations or to be added as natural preservatives.

Biovert™ is an enzyme-based complex ingredient that mimics a natural antimicrobial defense mechanism of mammalian secretions which happens in tears, saliva, and milk.

Caprylhydroxamic Acid (CHA) is a hydroxamic acid used in personal care formulations as a preservative suppressing microbial growth and a chelating agent making complexes with metal ions. Its origin can be natural or synthetic.

Chlorphenesin is diol with a 4-chlorophenyl group, a fine white to pale-cream-colored crystal with a slightly phenolic odor and bitter taste. The high-purity chlorphenesin is ideal for blending with existing preservation systems to enhance their performance.

Citrus Grandis Fruit Extract is an extract obtained from the seeds and pulp of Pomelo. It is a viscous lemon-yellow liquid with an acidic 2.0 - 3.5 pH.

Dehydroacetic acid (DHA) is a broad spectrum of fungicide; it has potent inhibition on bacteria, mold, and yeast, especially mold.

Diazolidinyl urea is a highly effective, broad-spectrum antibacterial preservative with excellent activity against Pseudomonas species. It is nonirritating to eyes, skin, and mucous membranes at use levels.

DMDM Hydantoin or Dimethylol dimethyl Hydantoin (DMDMH) is a derivative of formaldehyde and dimethyl hydantoin. It was designed as an odorless alternative to formaldehyde for permanent-pressed fabrics.

Ethylhexylglycerin is the ether of glycerin and ethylhexyl alcohol (2-ethylhexhexanol), a multifunctional skincare ingredient that acts as a preservative, emollient, humectant, and deodorant.

Ethylparaben is an ethyl ester of p-hydroxybenzoic acid, a commonly used personal care preservative that provides a broad performance spectrum to secure the quality and safety of your final products.

Heptylparaben is a white crystalline powder or colorless crystal and is a longer alkyl ester of p-hydroxybenzoic acid. It is practically insoluble in water and soluble in alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, and propylene glycol.

Hexamidine Diisethionate is a water-soluble antimicrobial cationic polyvalent preservative with a wide spectrum of protection against bacteria, fungi, and yeasts.

Hexamidine Diisethionate has significant microbiostatic and/or microbicidal action against:

In skin care preparations Horseradish root extract fights against acne and other mibobe-induced conditions, while acting as a natural preservative enhancing the shelf-life of the product.

Imidazolidinyl Urea is a cosmetic preservative that is very active against Gram-negative, including Pseudomonas aeruginosa and positive bacteria. It has no activity against fungi and is synergistic with parabens.

Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate is a highly effective fungicide preservative for cosmetics and personal care products.

Kathon CG is a 3:1 mixture of Methylchloroisothiazolinone (5-chloro-2-methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one; MCI) and Methylisothiazolinone (2-methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one; MI). This mixture of two isothiazoles is often used in cosmetics and industry as a preservative.

Linatural™ NLP-B is a natural liquid preservative complex with a broad spectrum activity, safe toxicity profile, and antioxidant properties.

Methylchloroisothiazolinone is a chlorine-containing heterocyclic compound from the Isothiazolinone family. It is a white solid at room temperature, with good solubility in water, glycols, and other alcohols.

Methyldibromo Glutaronitrile is a preservative, a highly effective antimicrobial agent used to preserve formulated cosmetic and personal care products. Thanks to a broad spectrum of antimicrobial activity, it provides protection against degradation by bacteria, yeasts, and molds.

Methylisothiazolinone is a heterocyclic compound from the Isothiazolinone family. It is a white solid fully soluble in water, glycols, and other alcohols.

Methylparaben is a methyl ester of p-hydroxybenzoic acid, a widely used broad-spectrum preservative used in personal care products, pharmaceuticals, and some foods. It is colorless and odorless, compatible with a wide range of cosmetic ingredients.

Naticide® is a vegetable-origin fragrance that is also used as a preservative or microbial growth inhibitor. It is obtained with a particular and reserved procedure, and components are standardized and titrated.

Optiphen is a paraben- and formaldehyde-free preservative complex, a liquid that consists of Phenoxyethanol and Caprylyl Glycol. The optimal combination provides board spectrum protection against microbes and excellent skin fill of a final product.

Certain personal care products, such as water-based sunscreens, hair gels, and wet wipes, are challenging to protect. Alkaline environments or the high temperatures necessary to process these formulations destroy and ultimately deactivate many traditional preservatives.