Preservatives: Let’s talk about hurdle technology and “self-preservation”

Thanks for joining me for this aside on the idea of a product that contains water, like a lotion, can be “self-preserving”. There’s a post on Lush’s site – A beginners’ guide to self-preserving – that we’ll get to shortly, but first, we need to take a look at the idea of hurdle technology, “a term used...

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#alltheingredients: Euxyl PE 9010 (INCI: Phenoxyethanol (and) Ethylhexylglycerin) – broad spectrum preservative

We first met this preservative in this post – Why did this lotion fail? part one – and I mentioned it again in the rose water & chamomile facial cleanser, so let’s take a look at what Euxyl PE 9010 is all about! This preservative – INCI: Phenoxyethanol (and) Ethylhexylglycerin – can be used at 0.5%...

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Member exclusive Q&A: Should we preserve unpreserved ingredients? How do we know if they are unpreserved?

In the January Q&A, Sima asked: Hi Susan, just wanted to know do you purchase products from your supplier that are not preserved? What amount of Liquid Germall Plus do you then preserve the product with? I am just a Newbie and when reading the ingredients list from the suppliers in Australia some of the products...

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Shampoo & conditioner bars: Additional information!

After seeing a post on the Dish, I realized I had failed to include preservatives in the shampoo and conditioner bar posts (click here for shampoo, click here for conditioner, and click here for the solid shaving bar). When you are including things like hydrolyzed proteins, you need to preserve because the bars are going...

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