Are preservatives necessary in cosmetics?

Most certainly and here’s why

Preservatives are a critical component of cosmetic products, playing a key role in ensuring their safety and stability over an extended shelf-life. Despite this, there has been a recent trend towards preservative-free skincare products. While some preservatives, such as parabens, have been linked to potential health risks, many preservatives are derived from natural sources and have been deemed safe for use by regulatory bodies such as the EU’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety.

However, certain brands choose to lower or increase the pH of their products to reduce the likelihood of bacterial growth, which can result in damage to the skin’s outer layer. The skin’s natural pH ranges from 4.5 to 5.5, and any deviation from this range can lead to negative effects. Products that are too acidic can cause dryness and irritation, while those that are too alkaline can damage the skin’s barrier function and lead to increased sensitivity.

Our take on preservatives

At Laurette, we understand the importance of maintaining the skin’s natural pH balance. Our products are carefully formulated to match the skin’s natural pH, which is approximately 5.5. This approach ensures that our products are gentle on the skin while still providing effective cleansing and nourishment. Here’s a short overview of natural preservatives Laurette uses in their products.


Phenoxyethanol is a widely used preservative in cosmetic and personal care products. It is effective against a broad spectrum of bacteria and fungi and has low toxicity levels. Although conventional sources of phenoxyethanol are synthetic, we managed to extract this material from renewable plant sources. By using this natural variant of phenoxyethanol, we are able to offer our customers a safe and effective preservative without compromising on quality or performance.

Benzyl Alcohol & Dehydroacetic Acid

This blend of natural substances is a novelty when it comes to preserving cosmetics and toiletries. This broad spectrum and natural preservative is very effective to keep bacteria, yeast, and mold from growing. A big advantage of this preservative is its COSMOS accepted status.

In conclusion,

While it may be tempting for some brands to alter the pH of their products to avoid using preservatives, this approach can cause more harm than good. Maintaining the skin’s natural pH balance is essential for healthy skin and any deviation can lead to unwanted side effects. By choosing preservative-free products that have been properly formulated and tested, consumers can ensure that they are using products that are safe and effective. Keep in mind that preservatives are strictly regulated within the EU. Do not fear preservatives. They are here to keep both you and our product safe.

Published By Laurette – 11/03/23

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