Another non-preserved product...

I don't want to be the regulatory police, but I just don't get how brands get away with things like this. This was sent to me by a client. It is an "essence/toner" that has absolutely no preservative listed. So they are either not disclosing the preservative, or they just don't have one at all. 

I know salicins in Willow Bark have anti-microbial properties (for skin), and Sodium Lactate can boost preservation action when combined with an actual broad-spectrum preservative, but neither of these would provide that protection used solo or combined, right? 

I scratch my head in disbelief when I see shit like this. This is from an Australian brand that has been known to have product spoilage and recalls, largely due to using the "natural" ferments... :D

I can't imagine how this would ever pass PET. 



  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    edited March 4
    If they don't test it, they can't fail! /S
  • AbdullahAbdullah Member
    I have seen a patent of niacinamide at pH below 3. Maybe pH of this product is also below 3.
  • PattsiPattsi Member
    It is Australian brand "R.......", right?

    I'm not very familiar with this brand though, but from what I recalled they ran their marketing on Naturopathy(?), so this product likely have no preservative, if it does they would have to declare it in LOI.

    @MattTheChemist - if your client insists on no preservative then good luck to you Matt, may mother earth protect your formula.
  • @pattsi Yes, that is correct about the "R" name...  ;)

    The client doesn't want to avoid preservatives. At all. The product was just presented to me and I saw how ridiculous it was and I explained that to her. 
  • PattsiPattsi Member
    Aw you got a good client. Cheers :) :) :)
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