In the natural beauty community, one of the many ingredients people avoid are preservatives. We have all heard the many dangers of preservatives in our food, skin, and hair care. Often companies looking to lengthen the shelf life of their products turn to cheap, toxic chemical preservatives that aren’t safe to eat or put on your skin. On the other hand, many natural beauty brands pride themselves on listing their products as “preservative free.” However, preservatives are necessary in beauty products to prevent microbial growth, spoilage, or unwanted changes in products which could cause infections or irritation. If a product has any water in it, a preservative is required to maintain its stability, safety, and use time (only oil based products don’t require preservatives). Such brands are attempting to “greenwash” or present themselves as cleaner than they really are at the risk of being dishonest with their ingredient list or creating potentially damaging products.Fortunately, there are a multitude of natural preservatives that are both effective and completely safe. Mandana’s new favorite natural preservative is Caprylhydroxamic Acid GG (CHA GG). This ingredient is a 100% natural preservative blend produced from amino acids derived from coconut oil, meaning it’s vegan. CHA GG is on the Whole Foods Premier Ingredients list.
This blend has a neutral pH with an optimum range of 4-7.5, but is an effective biostatic and fungistatic to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungus. Many other natural preservatives have either be slightly more acidic or basic to disturb the growth of any microbes which make them difficult to incorporate into beauty products without disturbing the pH balance of your skin. Having a neutral pH makes CHA GG perfect to add to products, especially since it is compatible with most cosmetic ingredients and can be used in emulsions, anhydrous, and surfactant systems.
At Essentique, we always love to give you a behind the scenes look at the formulation process and think all our customers should be educated on our ingredient lists, especially on the inclusions that most people don’t think twice about.