Preservative

Role details

*What are preservatives used for?*

Preservatives are added to products to prevent spoilage by microbial growth or by undesirable chemical changes. They are usually added to products containing water, as water is necessary for micro-organisms such as bacteria to thrive. 

Preservatives are necessary in products that are used repeatedly over a period of time, since each time the product is used there is potential to inadvertently introduce micro-organisms into the product.

*How do preservatives work?*

The type of preservatives used in household cleaning and personal care products are anti-microbial preservatives. These preservatives work by either killing micro-organisms, or by inhibiting their cellular function.

Role Ingredients

Ingredient Health & Environment Used in EWG Rating
Low hazard for health. Synthetic, biodegradable and suitable for Greywater and septic tanks. toilet cleaner, multi-purpose concentrate, baby shampoo, baby body wash, body wash, bathroom & shower cleaner 3 - 3
Phenoxyethanol can be an occupational hazard for those working with it in large quantities. We use it in low doses as an preservative. Greywater and Septic tank safe. extra moisturising hand cream, extra moisturising body lotion, liquid scourer, volumising shampoo, ultra sensitive shampoo, dandruff control conditioner, body butter, dry, damaged & colour care shampoo, volumising conditioner, hand wash, normal daily moisturising shampoo, normal daily moisturising conditioner, dandruff control shampoo, dry, damaged & colour care conditioner, wool & delicates, laundry liquid, ultra sensitive conditioner 4 - 4
Low hazard for health. Biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. extra moisturising hand cream, extra moisturising body lotion, liquid scourer, volumising shampoo, ultra sensitive shampoo, dandruff control conditioner, body butter, dry, damaged & colour care shampoo, volumising conditioner, hand wash, normal daily moisturising shampoo, normal daily moisturising conditioner, dandruff control shampoo, dry, damaged & colour care conditioner, wool & delicates, laundry liquid, ultra sensitive conditioner 0 - 0
Low Hazard for Health, Slow to Biodegrade. coconut soap, grapefruit & mint soap, manuka honey & kelp soap, vanilla soap, baby soap, goat's milk soap, lemongrass soap 2 - 2
coconut soap, grapefruit & mint soap, manuka honey & kelp soap, vanilla soap, baby soap, goat's milk soap, lemongrass soap 2 - 2
Benzyl Alcohol is a synthetic chemical (no plant-based preservatives that meet our efficacy standards currently exist) that is considered to be a low hazard for health although a small percentage of people can be sensitive to this ingredient on their skin. It is biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks making it a low hazard for our environment. fabric softener, baby moisturiser, dish liquid, foaming hand wash, multi-purpose cleaner, sleepytime bath, bubble bath 5 - 5
A synthetic chemical (no plant based preservatives that meet our efficacy standards currently exist) that is considered to be a low hazard for health. It is also biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks making it a low hazard for our environment. fabric softener, baby moisturiser, dish liquid, foaming hand wash, multi-purpose cleaner, sleepytime bath, bubble bath 1 - 1
glass & surface cleaner 3 - 3
glass & surface cleaner 1 - 1
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