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
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. toilet cleaner, fabric softener, Ultra sensitive shampoo, Volumising shampoo, Ultra sensitive conditioner, Dandruff control conditioner, dish liquid, Baby body wash, Volumising conditioner, Normal shampoo, Dry, damaged & colour conditioner, bathroom & shower cleaner, multi-purpose cleaner, Sleepytime bath, Bubble bath, multi-purpose concentrate, Dandruff control shampoo, Dry, damaged & colour shampoo, Normal conditioner, Foaming hand wash, Baby shampoo, Baby moisturiser, Hand wash, Body wash 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. toilet cleaner, fabric softener, Ultra sensitive shampoo, Volumising shampoo, Ultra sensitive conditioner, Dandruff control conditioner, dish liquid, Baby body wash, Volumising conditioner, Normal shampoo, Dry, damaged & colour conditioner, bathroom & shower cleaner, multi-purpose cleaner, Sleepytime bath, Bubble bath, multi-purpose concentrate, Dandruff control shampoo, Dry, damaged & colour shampoo, Normal conditioner, Foaming hand wash, Baby shampoo, Baby moisturiser, Hand wash, Body wash 1 - 1
Considered a low hazard to health, although we take care when using this ingredient. 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. liquid scourer, Extra moisturising body lotion, Extra moisturising hand cream, wool & delicates, laundry liquid 4 - 4
Low hazard for health. Biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. liquid scourer, Extra moisturising body lotion, Extra moisturising hand cream, wool & delicates, laundry liquid 0 - 0
Pink grapefruit & mint soap, Goat's milk soap, Vanilla soap, Manuka honey & kelp soap, Baby soap, Lemongrass soap, Coconut soap 2 - 2
Glass cleaner 3 - 3
Some people may be allergic to the oxidation products of Limonene. It is plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks when used in small concentrations. bathroom & shower cleaner, multi-purpose cleaner, multi-purpose concentrate, Hand wash, Body wash 6 - 6
Glass cleaner 1 - 1
Low Hazard for Health, Slow to Biodegrade. Pink grapefruit & mint soap, Goat's milk soap, Vanilla soap, Manuka honey & kelp soap, Baby soap, Lemongrass soap, Coconut soap 2 - 2
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