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  • Preservative Recommendation

    Posted by eo79 on June 26, 2024 at 11:30 am

    Hello! I am seeking a safe preservative that doesn’t contain parabens, release formaldehyde, or have harmful side effects for an all-purpose cleaner formula that is mostly water but also has ethanol, plant-based surfactant, and essential oils. The pH is 7.5. I had considered sodium benzoate but our PH is too high. I considered Leucidal but it seems it isn’t regarded highly and is suspect in its preservation qualities. Any suggestions?

    Thank you!

    MarkBroussard replied 2 weeks, 6 days ago 4 Members · 3 Replies
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  • mikethair

    June 26, 2024 at 7:05 pm

    You could think about formulating and producing products that do not require preservatives. This was the stance I took with my factories (I owned two). We exported globally, and after 1-2 years were manufacturing and exporting globally. About 90% of our production was Private Label. And our products were being continually assessed by Cosmetics Compliance regulators globally. Our factories were GMP Certified.

  • PhilGeis

    June 27, 2024 at 7:26 am

    Leucidal is useless - esp. in this context - and parabens and benzoate (but for one supplier) are not legal preservatives for household products in US. How much ethanol?

    pH 7.5 is an odd condition for a household cleaner. Why is that your choice?

  • MarkBroussard

    June 27, 2024 at 8:18 am

    The easiest approach would be to (1) Lower you pH to below 6.0, and (2) Use Ethanol at 20% … it will dual-function as a preservative and as a semi-solubilizer for your essential oils

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