Killing germs softly: The antimicrobials in favour with consumers

As permitted preservatives fall out of favour with consumers, suppliers continue to push boundaries by utilising the antimicrobial properties of non-listed ingredients and gleaning inspiration from the skin microbiome itself. John Woodruff reports

Despite an impressive number of preservatives permitted in Annex V very few are without criticism, real or imagined.

At in-cosmetics Global 2017, Nirmal Koshti of Galaxy Surfactants summed up the situation by stating that consumers expect preservatives to be free from parabens, formaldehyde releasers, halogenated chemicals, isothiazolinones and phenolic/alcoholic/glycolic molecules, so only organic acids, dehydroacetic acid, benzyl alcohol and phenoxyethanol are left.

The answer from Galaxy is to . . .

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