Understanding your cosmetics
Why do cosmetics need preservatives?
Preservatives are natural or synthetic ingredients used in cosmetic and personal care products to prevent them from deteriorating and becoming contaminated by microorganisms like bacteria, yeasts and mould. Without preservatives many cosmetics and personal care products would have to be refrigerated and even then they would have a short shelf life – similar to perishable food.
All preservatives approved for use in cosmetics and personal care products are safe and are subject to strict EU safety legislation. This also applies to a family of substances called parabens. From extensive research into their safe use, selected parabens are approved to be used as preservatives in cosmetics and personal care products.
Why our information is reliable
All information in COSMILE Europe comes from verified sources and is based on independent expert knowledge.
The list of ingredients and what they do comes from the European Commission’s CosIng database, an official source of information on cosmetic substances and ingredients. Learn more by clicking here.
More detailed information on ingredient properties, whether they are man-made and/or of natural origin, in which types of products the ingredients can be found, etc… comes from independent experts and scientific assessments published by European and national expert bodies.