A misunderstood guardian angel: preservatives in cosmetics
Any cosmetic product containing water and organic/inorganic substances must be protected from the development of microorganisms, microbes, and mold that contribute to its decomposition.
If you make your Grandma’s recipe at home, or one of the dozens that circulate on the internet and self-display as “100% natural”, “chemical-free” etc etc, the maximum amount of time that it will remain safe if no preservative is added to it, is up to 5 days in the refrigerator! Then it will develop germs that will be dangerous for causing infection or even an allergic reaction to your skin.
You can’t see the invisible enemy and macroscopically pinpoint when to throw away the product. Microorganisms multiply rapidly before giving a sign of external deterioration.
For a cosmetic product to remain safe for use, it must contain an effective preservative with a specific duration, which is its protective shield, and determines the shelf life of the product under normal external conditions. For example, under extreme temperature and humidity conditions, the shelf life of the cosmetic is not guaranteed. If you leave the bag with your sunscreen and after-sun body lotion on the beach under the sun, or in the trunk of your car in the summer, do not rest assured that your precious products have not been compromised.
Under the Microscope
Some of the not so friendly microbes that can grow in creams and lotions containing water, milk products, hydrosols, etc.
– staphylococcus aureus – gram-positive
– escherichia coli – gram-negative
– pseudomonas aeruginosa – gram-negative
– candida albicans – yeast
– aspergillus niger – mould
Now that we have established that preservatives are a must in cosmetics, the question remains which preservatives and why have they gained such a bad reputation for themselves???
Cosmetic products, both those found on the supermarket shelf, but also those of the big cosmetic companies, makeup, and personal care, all contain a wide range of preservatives selected for their efficacy but also for their price point.
The common preservatives are those known to all of us as parabens, implicated in having toxic effects and disrupting of the endocrine system, in cases of systemic and intensive exposure.
What is the answer of “natural cosmetics” companies?
There are several brands of natural cosmetics that are safe to use, employing a wide range of preservatives tested for their efficacy and low toxicity.
Possibly more costly, but of lower toxicity and of natural origin.
As a responsible and informed consumer, you need to do your research and choose reliable producers.
Companies even of a smaller size, place products on the market that do not compromise quality and safety for profit, and operate based on GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices).
Seamuse cooperates with certified quality control laboratories for testing and analysis, to check the safety of its products before placing them on the market.
In choosing preservatives for our cosmetic products we researched extensively, aiming to select a preservative to address the full range of bacteria and fungi while maintaining its natural character.
You can find more information on our production process here.
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