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  1. Citric acid suitable for the manufacture of bath bombs and ph adjustment of cosmetics
    Citric acid
    £13.00 £10.83
  2. Dehydroacetic acid & Benzyl alcohol (GFecosafe / Preservative Eco equivelent)
    Dehydroacetic acid & Benzyl alcohol (GFecosafe / Preservative Eco equivelent)
    £3.50 £2.92
  3. Phenoxyethanol & Ethylhexylglycerin PE9010 buy online in small quantities
    Phenoxyethanol & Ethylhexylglycerin
    £3.90 £3.25
  4. Tocopherol Natural Vitamin E antioxidant suitable for use in cosmetics
    Tocopherol Vitamin E (natural)
    £6.50 £5.42
  5. Tocopheryl acetate (Vitamin E)
    Tocopheryl acetate (Vitamin E)
    £6.50 £5.42
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Preservative and antioxidants to safely preserve your skincare products

Unless you are producing products for instant use, you will want to (and if you are planning on selling or giving away your products you will need to) add a preservative.

What is the purpose of a preservative?

The purpose of a preservative is to safely allow you to store your product without your product "going off", most commonly, this involves giving your product the ability to fight off bacteria and fungus.

In the EU it is a legal requirement that any cosmetic that is to be sold or given away should contain a preservation system.

What is the difference between a preservative and an antioxidant?

A preservative attempts to kill bacteria and fungus within your product. Most commonly this bacteria and fungus appear with use, whilst contacting the end users skin. An antioxidant stops your product for oxidisng and therefore effectively becoming rancid. A common antioxidant is Vitamin E (tocopheryl) whose inclusion not only stops your product oxidising, but also helps to provide antioxidant effects for the skin.

Typically you will use antioxidants and preservatives together in synergistic harmony to protect your product.

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