Using preservatives in organic skincare
Always ensure that you are purchasing a product that contains a recognised preservative system. Our creams, for example, contain less than 1% preservative. Our creams have undergone thorough testing to ensure a full shelf life whilst keeping the ingredients as organic & natural as possible (around 95% natural and 85% organic (water cannot be classed as organic)).
Mould is a type of fungus. You will have seen it on food that has gone bad. The exact same thing happens to cosmetics that have not been preserved properly. Mould needs three things to grow – water, oxygen and nutrients.
Mould spores rapidly multiply in unpreserved skincare products when stored at room temperature.
Yeast: Certain yeasts are known for causing spoilage in foods but did you know that the same goes for cosmetics? In order for yeast to grow it needs water, nutrients and a lack of oxygen.
Yeast can be prevalent in skincare products such as oil infusions. Fresh plant material is often left in oil for a matter of weeks. The plants are rich in water and the oil forms a barrier to keep the oxygen out which in turn creates the perfect conditions for yeast to thrive. Another prime example of why a preservative system is vital in certain products.
Bacteria: The vast majority of bacteria that come in contact with the skin are harmless. However, some of them can cause irritations & infections on your skin & even in your eyes! Every time you touch a skincare product you introduce new bacteria. Bacteria need moisture, nutrients, warmth, time and, in most cases, oxygen in order to grow. Bacteria multiply every 20 minutes!