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Natural Preservatives in Cosmetic Formulations

Natural Cosmetic Formulator Joan Morais

Natural Preservatives

I have been using natural preservatives effectively in my cosmetic formulations for over 10 years. Here are some common and important questions and points that every cosmetic formulator and product maker should consider with natural preservatives.

When I refer to cosmetics, I am referring to body, hair and skin care products.

Preservatives in cosmetics are a topic with many differing and controversial opinions. The one common belief in selling products is that they must be properly preserved and safe to use.

Regarding the preservatives presently used in cosmetics, you will find opinions and research that differ and even contradict each other. For example, using alcohol as a preservative, you will find research on why it is good for the skin and research on why it shouldn’t be used in body, hair and skin care products. It is the same with how we eat. Some research says drinking a little alcohol is good for you and other research says it is not good for you.

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The Natural Product Association Standards

NPA Certification Seal

About The Natural Product Association, NPA

Founded in 1936, NPA represents more than 10,000 companies of natural products, including foods, dietary supplements, and health/beauty aids. 

USA Standard, Certification.

The NPA Essence

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Formulate Leave-in Hair Conditioner

Formulate Leave-In Hair Conditioner
Brazilian Botanical Leave-in Hair Conditioner Formulation

Purpose of Leave-in Conditioner

To formulate a leave-in hair conditioner, you need to know the purpose and how it is used on the hair. The conditioner is applied after you shampoo and condition. Generally, you apply to towel-dried hair before detangling and styling. This will provide extra moisture and an easy comb through.

The conditioner should always be light in consistency, almost like a hair milk. It can be used by all hair types. The added moisture is excellent for maintaining curls. It does not build-up on the hair. It should leave the hair feeling soft, curls managed, shiny and sheeny.

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Formulate Eye Cream

How to Formulate Eye Cream

Formulate Eye Cream

How to Formulate Eye Cream

When formulating an eye cream, first, you need to know how to use an eye cream. You only need a small drop of eye cream. Pat the cream into the skin around the eye. It is best to apply the cream with your pinky finger because the skin by the eye is very delicate so you want to be very careful. You do not want to tug on it, instead try tapping lightly. Tapping tells our skin to wake up. 

Second, in formulating an eye cream, is to understand the purpose of an eye cream. The purpose is to lessen dark circles, reduce puffiness, reduce the appearance of fine lines, firm the skin and add a hydrated effect to the skin around the eye. There are ingredients to add to your formula to address these needs.

The skin by the eye is thin and delicate. An eye cream is developed to be light and smooth in texture and not tug on the skin when applying the eye cream. A facial cream may work as an eye cream depending on the lightness and the ingredients in the eye cream.

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Organic and Natural Certifications for Cosmetics

Organic Certifications

The market for natural, green, eco-friendly and “organic” cosmetics has grown in popularity. There are many programs and organizations that can provide organic or other certifications for your cosmetics.

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