Alternative preservative systems for cosmetics & personal care products

Alternative preservative systems for cosmetics & personal care products

18 April 2018, 14:00 - 17:30

Workshop Room G104 - G105

There is growing interest in alternative preservative systems. Formulators and product developers are actively searching for green materials that can replace parabens and synthetic materials in personal care products. Ingredient companies are also looking to develop green materials that can meet the performance of synthetic preservatives.

This workshop gives details of the various green (alternative) preservative options available to formulators looking to replace synthetic preservatives in cosmetic & personal care products. Details are given of green preservative systems, especially those suitable for natural and organic personal care products. Examples are given of product formulations that use such green preservative materials or are ‘self-preserving’. A comparison is made of the performance and formulation issues associated with these alternatives systems / green materials. 

The workshop will address the following questions:

  • What are the key features of a good preservative?
  • What is the controversy surrounding parabens?
  • What are the other contentious synthetic preservatives?
  • What are the various alternatives to synthetic preservatives in green formulations?
  • What novel preservative systems are emerging?
  • What are the technical challenges of using these alternative systems?
  • What green materials are allowed by the major natural & organic cosmetic standards?
  • How do green preservative systems compare with paraben systems? What are the major differences?
  • How effective are preservative systems in natural & organic cosmetic products? How do they compare with conventional systems?
  • What are the approaches to producing “self preserving” formulations?
  • How are developments in packaging influencing preservative systems?
  • What are the regulations concerning preservatives in Europe and other regions?


The workshop is designed for product developers, formulators, personal care companies and ingredient suppliers looking at green / alternative preservative materials.


  • Judi Beerling


    Technical Research Manager

    Ecovia Intelligence

    Judi has been a passionate cosmetic formulator for her whole career and has spent much of the last 10 years sharing her knowledge of the rapidly...

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