From an efficacy perspective, Freshstat is proven effective against a wide range of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria and fungi in creams, lotions and body wash formulations. Safety testing has shown that CPC is negative for skin sensitization potential and irritation at formulation levels up to 0.5%, making CPC an ideal preservative and deodorizing agent in a variety of formulations at concentrations ranging from 0.02% to 0.15%.
Freshstat does not contain parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde-releasing substances or triclosan, marking it an appealing reformulating option for personal care product manufacturers concerned about safety controversies surrounding traditional preservatives.
“Ingredient safety and cost-effectiveness are at the forefront of formulators’ minds and the minds of consumers who purchase leave-on and rinse-off products,” said Anahita Lion, senior business development manager at Vertellus. Freshstat offers both. Because it is efficacious at very low levels, Freshstat allows personal care manufacturers to produce cost-effective formulations.
While being a relative newcomer in rinse-off and leave-on formulations, CPC has been effectively used as an ingredient in oral health care products in the US, Europe and Japan for more than 40 years. It is approved as a cosmetics preservative by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, and the European Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) recently finalized a favorable safety opinion for CPC as a cosmetic and oral care preservative at prescribed levels.
Beyond its efficacy and strong safety profile, CPC is biodegradable and does not persist in the environment. Its favorable environmental footprint has been documented in several commissioned environmental studies.
Freshstat is manufactured by Vertellus’ Zeeland, MI facility under cGMP, Kosher and Halal conditions. Additional information on Freshstat will be available at stand F150 during the in-cosmetics show, April 12-14.