Over the last few decades, consumers have become much more
educated about the cosmetic and personal care products they use.
Information now flows at the speed of the internet, some accurate
and some not so accurate. This has helped to create the current
market demand for natural and eco-friendly products. This trend
also applies to cosmetic preservation.
In the past, manufacturers added chemical preservatives to cosmetic
and personal care formulations to control bacterial and fungal
growth to extend the shelf life of these products. During this same
time period, there have been a number of synthetic preservatives
that have fallen from favor with regulators and consumers, due to
issues like sensitization, and the allergic reactions associated with
them. For this reason, a significant number of synthetic preservatives
that once dominated the marketplace have been removed
from cosmetic products. The result is a growing demand for proactive,
innovative, and alternative solutions to synthetic preservatives.
In response to this demand,