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Inolex Introduces CHA-based Alternative Preservative for Wet Wipes

Inolex has introduced a new preservative system for wet wipes based on the biostatic agent CHA.

Cracking Controversy

The concept of “sealed and preserved” is well-portrayed by the pull-top visual of Cosmetics & Toiletries' July 2013 cover, and it’s relevant to many industries—from food and beverages, to tennis balls. Preservation is also among the most popular search topics on the Cosmetics & Toiletries website, so we know it’s an important subject to many readers.

The Importance of Formaldehyde-Donor Preservatives in Personal Care Products

Preservatives are critical ingredients in personal care products and cosmetics, where they help to ensure consumer safety as well as product performance and stability. Among these materials, formaldehyde-donor (FD) preservatives have demonstrated a long history of safe and effective use for controlling microbial growth.

Propanediol and Polylysine Alternative Preservation

DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products Company LLC has partnered with RML Inc. to launch PolyGuard, a new line of alternative preservatives that combine polylysine with DuPont Tate & Lyle's Zemea propanediol as a preservation booster.

2010 Frequency of Preservative Use

This article reports the frequency with which preservatives are used in personal care in both the United States and Canada. Surprisingly, the use of parabens continues to grow while imidazolidinyl urea, quaternium-15 and triclosan are on the decline. The fact that the FDA’s voluntary registration program is poorly supported plays into the hands of NGOs.


Efforts toward preservation are more than a trend, they are an essential component of the inner workings of our industry. Consider how much of the world has recognized this and joined in adopting sustainable and eco-friendly practices and it becomes obvious. In the words of writer Samuel Butler, “Self-preservation is the first law of nature.”

Parabens: Myth and Reality

This review offers an in-depth look at one of the most controversial scientific studies of recent years and explores the relevance of the results of this study and other selected studies to the current layman’s perception of the safety of parabens.

Optimizing Formula Preservation

To ensure that a consumer-ready product is safe, an appropriate preservation strategy must be established for the development, manufacture and packaging of the formula, thus eliminating unacceptable levels of organisms such as pathogenic bacteria, fungi and mold that could grow and pose a health hazard to the consumer.

Measuring Synergy

Because it is rare to find a single preservative that is broad spectrum enough to inhibit the different species of microbes, the synergistic use of multiple preservatives in cosmetics is useful.

Broad-spectrum Alternative to Caprylyl Glycol Preservative Blends

Symrise has added a broad-spectrum preservative to its cosmetic ingredients offering that is said to serve as an alternative to caprylyl glycol blends.

Ethyl Lauroyl Arginate HCl for Natural Preservation

Ethyl lauroyl arginate HCl (LAE), derived from natural lauric acid and L-arginine, is shown here to provide broad-spectrum activity against microorganisms including Malassezia furfur and Propionibacterium acnes. In vitro tests corroborated by in vivo evaluations suggest its efficacy in anti-dandruff and dermo-purifying applications.

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