About preservatives in our products
Lotions, creams and other body products that contain water must be preserved in some manner to prevent the growth of bacteria, yeast and fungi.
There are several preservative options, including sterilization, refrigeration, and the addition of chemical preservatives. Sterilization works until the bottle or jar is opened, and refrigeration cost and logistics prohibit this option. There are a multitude of chemical preservatives available. By far the most popular option in conventional body care products are a class of chemicals known as parabens.
No Alaffia products contain Parabens
Recent scientific studies have shown that parabens may accumulate in body tissues and they have been found in breast cancer tumors(1).While they are still one of the most cost effective preservative options, we believe their potential danger to health makes them an unwise choice.
For Alaffia products that must contain preservatives, we use potassium sorbate, a chemical that occurs naturally in the roots of mountain ash. Potassium sorbate is a food grade, generally recognized as safe (GRAS) preservative that is approved world wide, including the EU, USA and Japan. In addition it is a pure, biodegradable product that is gentle on skin.
(1) Darbre, PD, A Aljarrah, WR Miller, NG Coldham, MJ Sauer and GS Pope. 2004. Concentrations of parabens in human breast tumors. Journal of Applied Toxicology 24: 5-13.