Preservatives: Geogard Ultra

Geogard Ultra is an interesting broad spectrum preservative in that it contains no parabens or formaldehyde releasers, and it depends upon sodium benzoate – an organic acid – as the main preservative. It comes in a white powder format and the INCI is D-Glucono-1,5-lactone (aka gluconolactone, 70% to 80%) and sodium benzoate (22% to 28%)....

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Preservatives: Liquipar Optima

Liquipar Optima is a liquid, broad spectrum preservative that look at a lot like Liqupar PE at first glance, but when we take a look at the INCI, we can see there’s an difference in the percentages and the inclusion of methylparaben! The INCI is phenoxyethanol (66% to 74%), methylparaben (14% to 16%), isopropylparaben (5% to...

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Preservatives: Liquipar PE

Liquipar PE is like Liquipar oil with some phenoxyethanol thrown in to help with the anti-bacterial properties. The INCI is phenoxyethanol (65% to 70%), isopropylparaben (11% to 13%), isobutylparaben (9% to 11%), and butylparaben (9% to 11%). It is a broad spectrum preservative that will fight bacteria, yeast, molds, and other fungi. It is a...

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Preservatives: Liquipar oil

Liquipar oil is a liquid preservative that’s all about the parabens, with an INCI of isopropylparaben (40%), isobutylparaben (30%), and butylparaben (30%) As we know the parabens are great fungal, yeast, and mould fighters, but often need help in the bacteria fighting department, so the manufacturers (ISP) recommend you add some Germall II (phenoxyethanol) at...

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Second e-book to raise money for my groups – Hair Care Products: Shampoos & Conditioners

Thank you to everyone who bought the e-book, Back to Basics, to help me raise money for my youth groups! I hope you’re enjoying the book, and I’d love to hear your suggestions for future books, including ways I could improve the e-books (like making them a smaller file size – which I’ve done with...

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Aviva Community voting – round 2 started Monday, October 25th!

You might remember I entered our Rated T for Teen youth groups into the Aviva Community Fund, and that we came in around 18th or 19th (we were tied) in the last round. There are two more rounds in which we could make it to the top 10, and we need your help to make...

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Preservatives: Optiphen Plus

Optiphen Plus is a liquid broad spectrum preservative with an INCI of Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Sorbic Acid. (It differs slightly from Optiphen with the inclusion of the sorbic acid.) As it isn’t heat sensitive, we can include it in our water based creations at 80˚C or lower in the water phase of our process....

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Preservatives: Optiphen ND or Rokonsal ND

Optiphen ND is a liquid broad spectrum preservative with the INCI Phenoxyethanol (79% to 81%), Benzoic Acid (11.5% to 12.5%) Dehydroacetic Acid (7.7% to 8.5%). It is suitable for products containing water and can be added at any point in the product making process as it isn’t heat sensitive. It is best used with products with...

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Preservatives: Optiphen

Optiphen is a liquid preservative appropriate for fighting bacteria and yeast in our products (I can’t find any information on its efficacy against mould). Its INCI is Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol. We know phenoxyethanol is a very effective against bacteria and yeast, but what about caprylyl glycol? It is paraben free and is not a formaldehyde...

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Preservatives: Phenonip

Phenonip is a liquid, broad spectrum preservative with an INCI of INCI: Phenoxyethanol (and) Methylparaben (and) Ethylparaben (and) Butylparaben (and) Propylparaben (and) Isobutylparaben (click here for links on parabens). It can be used at 0.25% to 1.0% in all your creations, including anhydrous ones because some of these parabens are oil soluble! With all these parabens,...

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