Preservatives: Phenoxyethanol, Paola asked: Quick question Re: Liquid Germal Plus... It's my favourite preservative to use...however, I'm a little worried about using it because there are articles out there saying it's not the healthiest preservative out there...BUT it preserves my products like no other. Are there any skin care brands who use LGP to preserve their products? Or is it more seen in the DIY realm ?
Yes, I've seen many companies using the combination of propylene glycol, diazolidinyl urea, and iodopropynyl butylcarbamate that we find in Liquid Germall Plus. (Here's an example and here's another one. A quick search will turn up many more.)
I guess my question is why do people think it's not "healthy". What does "healthy" mean? I'm not trying to be insulting or sarcastic by putting quotation marks around the word. I really don't know what that could mean. I'm guessing there's something in there people don't like, but that doesn't mean the ingredient is unhealthy.
Liquid Germall Plus has a long history of keeping our products safe from contamination, which keeps me and the people who use my products happy and well. I see some preservatives being advertised as "natural" that aren't holding up so well over the long term or in tests. But everyone has to make that decision for themselves. I like liquid Germall Plus and happily recommend it to anyone who wants to make products.
As an aside, I saw a blog writer stating that products will go bad eventually no matter what we do. This isn't true. If you start clean, use ingredients from reputable suppliers, follow good manufacturing processes, use clean containers for our products, and use a good, broad spectrum preservative suitable for the product at the suggested usage rate, there's no reason a product should go bad. I have lotions which stink up the room with their gross rancidity because they're so old that have no evidence of contamination. Please start clean and you'll end up clean!
As it's taking me quite a long time to get to comments, remember that you can find out so much information by doing a search on the blog or by visiting one of the sections of the blog, like the preservatives section. There are comparison charts that will help get you on your way much quicker than waiting for me to respond.