What is a preservative doing in an natural product?
Being a company committed to natural body care, you might be surprised that we support the use of preservatives, but before you jump to a quick conclusion, we hope you will allow us to help you understand the logic and sense that give preservatives a place in natural and products. We believe our in safety first, over what is trendy.
Do all products need a preservative?
No. Only products that contain water need a preservative. Dry or powdered items need no preservative. Products that contain only oils do not need to be preserved. There are also ingredients, such as honey and vinegar, that when used (without the addition of water) are self-preserving. This contamination process for water happens much quicker then you might expect, taking only a couple weeks. It would be dangerous for your skin and health. These products may look and smell okay, but when they are tested, the bacteria, yeast, fungus and mold counts are off the charts. To be safe, a water-based lotion or cream with no preservative would need to be refrigerated and tossed after a week or two
Why do products with water need preserving?
Water is one of the friendliest substances on earth -- vital to the life of many creatures. A product containing water with no preservative would over time "naturally" become infested with bacteria, yeasts, fungi and molds that will make a home and flourish in the water-based environment.
Isn't there a natural preservative that can be used?
Many natural substances offer some antibacterial benefits -- certain essential oils, like Tea Tree, and some vitamins, like Vitamin E, are antioxidants and can help reduce some forms of bacteria when used in high concentrations and in ideal conditions. Unfortunately though, your bathroom, purse and car are not ideal conditions. Steam, heat, direct sunlight and other adverse conditions help encourage bacterial growth and most "natural preservatives" can't be used in strong enough concentrations to fight contamination without running the risk of skin irritation or allergic reactions
How does Salimah preserve its products
Our products containing water are preserved using a very small amount of a preservative (less than one percent) along with other natural inhibitors and antioxidants to help with preservation. We are able to create products that are safe, effective and gentle.