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  • Testing for Sustainable Preservatives

    Adam P. Byrne, William Michael Hart-Cooper, Kaj Johnson, Larry H. Stanker, Dominic W. S. Wong, William J. Orts || January 4, 2016
    A rapid, inexpensive and qualitative protocol for determining microbial growth inhibition.

  • Practical Protection

    Practical Protection

    Christine Esposito, Associate Editor || July 1, 2015
    Consumers and companies alike seek milder, but effective preservation systems for personal care and household products.

  • EC Issues Ban on Preservatives

    November 3, 2014
    The European Commission (EC) adopted two measures restricting the use of three preservatives in cosmetic products. With the adopted measures, the EC limits the maximum concentration of two preservatives—propylparaben and butylparaben—from…

  • Importance of Preservatives

    Mohinder Singh, PhD, Consultant to Blistex Inc. || February 7, 2014
    Whether in food or dermatological and cosmetic formulations, the right preservative is critical to a product’s efficacy and safety.

  • PR for Preservatives?

    PR for Preservatives?

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director || April 30, 2012
    Preservative systems work as well as ever, but erroneous media reports and skittish regulators having suppliers scrambling.

  • Conventional vs. Natural Preservatives

    Conventional vs. Natural Preservatives

    Beth Ann Browne u2013 Dow Microbial Control,Phil Geis u2013 AdvancedTesting Laboratories, Tony Rook u2013 The Sherwin-Williams Company || April 30, 2012
    Green aspirations must be tempered with practical realities—an environmentally preferable product is not a success if the formulation falls apart or is overrun with potentially pathogenic microorganisms due to the lack of an effective preservative.

  • Alternative Preservatives

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director || August 29, 2011
    Inolex Chemical offers personal care and household product formulators a novel chelating technology to prevent the growth of A. niger and make a variety of consumer-friendly claims.

  • Preservative Market Update

    Preservative Market Update

    April 30, 2008
    A high profile health issue puts preservatives in a good light, but regulators, consumers and many marketers continue to search for alternatives to traditional systems.