Recently, as consumers have voiced concerns over synthetic preservative such as parabens, and their link to breast cancer, mainstream cosmetic formulators have claimed parabens are the only way to truly keep cosmetics safe and give a long shelf life.
This simply is not true. Parabens are a cheaper way of preserving products, but certainly not the only way. And every day, formulators are working to introduce more natural options.
Sabinsa, a natural ingredients supplier, claims to have created a natural preservative that works better than parabens for use in cosmetics and personal care products.
As consumers and governmental bodies (mostly in Europe) are creating demand and regulations for products that do not contain synthetic compounds, formulators and suppliers are scrambling to find alternatives to the long used staples.
A rep from Sabinsa said they chose to work on their proprietary blends of antimicrobial actives because synthetic compounds are coming under scientific and regulatory scrutiny. The environmental profiles of some synthetic compounds are also a concern for many eco-conscious consumers.
But preservatives of some form are necessary to give cosmetics longer shelf life and keep bacteria from becoming a problem.
Sabinsa claims their blend is made of completely natural ingredients such as essential oil fractions and extracts. The company sites that the blend, unlike other natural preservatives, will not change the appearance of the finished formulations. They stress that the formulations are completely safe for use at the recommended levels.
A patent is pending for these new compounds.