- Jul 22, 2010
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- Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Interesting. I wouldn't think that Plantservative (the brand name of the honeysuckle extract) would qualify under a natural label either. It seems there is contradictory information about how refined it is... basically the parabens are pulled out of honeysuckle extract and extremely concentrated to make the product. I just pulled that out of a few minutes of web searching though... so I'm no expert!Snappy, I felt the same way about phenoxyethanol.
I do think there is a "natural" preservative that's being used now and is effective. I'm also betting that larger companies have had their products challenge tested although it's possible they don't!
They are using honeysuckle extract. Honeysuckle extract is actually a mix of parabens but is derived from honeysuckle. Thus, I think this is where most companies are going when they want a "natural" effective preservative. There's nothing really natural about it though.
Well thank heavens we don't use "dihydrogen monoxide" for anything and it's not in our bodies. Gosh! "Nucular" reactors. <<shudders>>This is such a good thing for consumers.
I was a little annoyed to read in the article: "phenoxyethanol, a preservative that is also commonly found in cleaning products." As though preservatives are a bad thing or something found in a cleaning product would be problematic for that reason alone. The article might as well have vilified "dihydrogen monoxide" as being commonly used in nuclear reactors. Grr. If it is a bad thing - say why! Indicate a study or that it falls under some man-made chemical rule or some such. /end rant
It somewhat begs the question: since no effective preservatives are "natural", would no company be able to market a natural lotion? It seems impossible for companies to know which ingredients fall under the artificial/chemical bucket. Hopefully, the FTC will publish actual guidelines. Even though I don't sell, I'd be interested to see what what makes the cut and why.