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The preservatives (pre)judice


H&PC today (TKS Publisher)

KEYWORDS: Preservatives, parabens, Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009, FDA.
Product safety seems to be quite an open debate still today, especially when it concerns health. Obviously enough, we do want the products to be 100% safe, yet we also want them to be 100% natural as well. The problem is natural is not always safe, sometimes it’s actually the opposite. So, quoting Giacomo Santus’s provocative question, “With or without: what is the safer option?”, (pag. 46), we would probably work out an answer consumers might not be happy to hear.

The plain truth out there is that any product containing water is, as a matter of fact, a potential incubator for fungi, bacteria, moulds. This is not an opinion or marketing manipulation, it’s a fact! Since cosmetics contain water, they are consequently exposed to potential contamination. Moreover, cosmetics are usually stored in bathrooms, that is a warm, humid environment, which is ideal for microbial growth. Leaving creams, foams and make up products without pr ...

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