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New "Preservatives"

SpecialChem / Nick Morante – Apr 14, 2010

Many natural substances used in cosmetics have their own inherent antimicrobial activity yet they are not considered preservatives. They can be considered multi-purpose ingredients. But an ingredient is not a preservative in Europe unless it is clearly listed in EU Directive 76/768/EEC Annex IV. If it is not there, it cannot be used for that purpose. The same goes for the list prepared by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. However, preservatives are not regulated in the United States. The United States is the only market where they are not regulated. They are in every other cosmetic market. But many of these multi-purpose ingredients can be used in other areas for other functions such as antioxidants, beautification, or as cleansers, conditioners, etc. This is the way they have been used throughout the ages – not as preservatives. But times are changing and we have to do something more to protect our products from microbial growth.Many natural substances used in cosmetics have their own inherent antimicrobial activity yet they are not considered preservatives. They are multi-purpose ingredients. But an ingredient cannot be called a preservative in Europe unless it is listed in EU Directive 76/768/EEC Annex IV...

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