Monday, April 11, 2016
The importance of preserving
The best way to keep your products safe and healthy is to use a good broad spectrum preservative at the correct usage level. There are so many you could choose, and I encourage you to visit the preservatives section of the blog to see all your choices!
I prefer liquid Germall Plus in just about all my products, but it's not necessarily the right one for your products or philosophy.
Lest you think it's not a big deal to not use preservatives or to not use good, effective, broad spectrum preservatives, take a look at this recall of Gilchrest & Soames products due to bacteria that can cause life-threatening infections. (For a really extensive list of what was recalled, click here!) Take a look at this recall of Badger sunscreen products. Or this list of what was recalled recently.
Bacterial and fungal contamination are not a joke. They aren't something you should risk because the product is "just for you". Contamination can happen in a few days, and keeping it in the fridge may slow down the process, but it won't keep your lotions safe.
I'm saying this because I care that you are safe. I'm saying this because I care that your products are the best they can be and that you won't get horrible infections from them. If you wish to argue against preservatives because they are evil and horrible, this probably isn't the blog for you. This isn't to say that we can't have a great discussion about preservatives or that I don't welcome dissent, but there are no good arguments you can make for not using a preservative in a water containing product. (There are arguments for self-preserving products, like alcohol over 70% or a whole lotta glycerin, but that's not what I'm talking about here...)
When should I use a preservative?