Solving the Mystery of Natural Product Preservation


Personal care formulators are aware that “natural” products can be difficult to preserve…but not always for the reasons they might think. Certainly, natural thickeners (like xanthan) and plant extracts can carry their own bioburdens, increasing the workload on the preservative in the formulation. However, the higher potential for natural materials to carry organisms into the formulation process is not the only preservation issue.

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