Natural products claiming no preservative?

Unknown Member, PCF student

Lately I keep seeing all kinds of skincare cosmetics claiming no preservative at all
and i can't help but wonder how they get away with it ?
Don't they have to be using something ?
It bothers me a lot because to 
me that would make the product unsafe.


  • Sometimes is marketing and a carefully chosen set of words. Like claiming it doesn't have added preservatives, doesn't mean the raws don't have *wink wink*
  • MarkBroussardMarkBroussard Member, Professional Chemist
    There are a variety of ingredients that effectively function as preservatives, but allow for "Preservative-Free" to be claimed.

    Personally, I don't quite understand the appeal of a "Preservative-Free" claim, but it must resonate with some particular consumer subset.
    Chemist/Microbiologist formulating in the Organic & Naturals & Clean Beauty arena under ECOCert/Natural Products Assn/Whole Foods/National Organic Program/Clean At Sephora/Credo Clean guidelines focused skincare & haircare products. 

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  •  Not sure why they want to claim preservative free but hey it’s free of something so it’s a must buy! 

    Its all marketing. 
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