Preserving water is a toxic challenge for cosmetic manufacturers

If one of the ingredients in your makeup item is water (and the chances of this are very high), then that product will need to also contain some sort of preservative.

Water, in any form, will harbour a range of potentially dangerous bacterias without a preservative, or range of preservatives, to combat microbial growth and contamination. In fact, many manufacturers actually aim for a shelf life of three years for make up products and load in enough preservatives to meet that goal.

Of course, the benefits of a nourishing face cream, for example, may far outweigh the preservative costs for you, but find a low preservative version and use it over a shorter time span. It’s probably not worth going into toxic overload for a product that generally shouldn’t last longer than a season or two. Not to mention that the more water in a product, the less value for money you are getting.

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Lindy Schneider is a writer and researcher with a keen interest in health, wellbeing and natural childcare. She is an advocator of a chemical-free lifestyle in the best interests of her family, the community and a sustainable world. She lives in the Yarra Valley with her partner and two young children.

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