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Preservative - Benzoic Acid +2 PF

$7.01 for 2 oz
$32.69 for 1 lb
$211.28 for 7 lb
$9276.11 for 440.92 lb. drum (Bulk)
Out of Stock Until: 02/02/22
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Additional Information
Formerly known as Optiphen ND. Ashland Chemical is the manufacturer and owner of the trademark Optiphen ND. We have received legal notice that small suppliers may no longer use the brand name of the product. Therefore on 11/20/2017 we have changed the product name as they have requested.

This a paraben free preservative that works best in surfactant based products including shampoos, conditioners, body washes and shower gels. Can also be used in creams and lotions where the pH is not above 6.0.This product contains benzoic acid which may be deactivated by the following non-ionic surfactants and emulsifiers: Ethoxylates, Alkoxylates, Cocamide, as the preservative may become inactive. Provides broad spectrum protection against bacteria, yeast, and mold. Does not contain formaldehyde or formaldehyde releasers.

Why People Use This Product:
To prevent bacteria, mold and fungal growth in products.

Popular Products That Use This Ingredient:
Hair Care. Lotions. Creams. Scrubs.

Interesting Facts:
Paraben Free. Formaldehyde Free.
Manufacturing Temperatures: No Higher than 176ºF
Formula pH: Best Below 6.0
Effective Against: Bacteria, Mold, Yeast

Additional Info:
Benzoic Acid should not be used in formulas containing Ethoxylates, Alkoxylates, Cocamide.

Country Of Origin: United States

This product is not on the CA Prop 65 list of toxic chemicals.

This product conforms to the reporting requirements of California Proposition 65 (Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986). We are conforming to the regulation by reporting the existence, or lack thereof, of ingredients deemed reportable by the above mentioned regulations via a Safety Data Sheet (SDS), in Section 15 "Regulatory Information." Ingredients from Natural Food Sources (NFS) and are exempt from reporting in accordance with Title 27, § 25501(a).

Directions & Ingredients
International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI):
Phenoxyethanol (and) Benzoic Acid (and) Dehydroacetic Acid

Common Name Ingredient Listing (FDA Approved):
Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid

Recommended use level: 0.2% - 1.2%.

Can be added to any phase of the formulation at temperatures up to 80°C (176°F). In aqueous products with low emulsifier content, intensive mixing is recommended to achieve a uniform dispersal of the preservative.
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Posted By: Denise   |   August 30, 2021

"Hi , which one of the preservative will the best in my salt scrub ? And how what quantity ?Thank you"

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Posted By: akeela   |   June 11, 2021

"Im making a sugar scrub, with oil and your foaming bath whip. how do i measure how much preservative to put in my batches? "

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Posted By: Stacey   |   May 24, 2021

"Is "Preservative - Benzoic Acid +2 PF" considered to be a natural preservative?"

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Posted By: Meghan   |   April 22, 2021

"I was wondering if Germaben ii or Germaben ii E can be used instead as it's the Preservative I have on hand and Preservatives seem to be quite pricy. So if Germaben ii or the ii E can be used for this and other Preservatives and which ones I would love to know. Thank you."

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Posted By: Chilene   |   March 28, 2021

"If I want to use more than 5% additives in a lotion base which preservative is better "

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Posted By: NH   |   November 24, 2020

"What is the shelf life of this preservative?"

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Posted By: Justin   |   November 21, 2020

"Hi there, I have added this preservative around 0.8% to my cologne (Perfumery Alcohol Liquid (SDA 40B), water(around 10%) and fragrance oils from this site) and have found that it turns my clear solution murky. How do you recommend I go about getting the solution clear? Do I need preservatives for fragrance oils you sell? Please let me know."

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Posted By: Tonya   |   November 02, 2020

"Can this be used w/ soft n silky emu? Can this be used in a oil based sugar scrub where water may be introduced or should sorbic acid be used instead."

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Posted By: Justin   |   October 29, 2020

"What do you recommend I use for preservative/antioxidant for creating a cologne with roughly 15% fragrance/essetial oils, perfumers alcohol (SDA 40B Denatured Ethanol 200 proof) and ~ 10 % water"

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Posted By: Angelica   |   August 06, 2020

"Can I use this to prevent settlement in my oils and pigment in products??"

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Posted By: Amy   |   July 20, 2020

"So Optiphen ND is for oil based products like scrubs that will get water in them, and Optiphen plus is for products like lotion that already contain water? "

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Posted By: Kelley   |   June 28, 2020

"I am unclear on when to use benzoic acid +2pf, and when to use sorbic acid +2pf, when making products such as lotions and creams. Are they interchangeable? Thank you."

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Posted By: Tori   |   February 22, 2020

"Is this a good preservative for body creams, whipped sugar scrubs, whipped soap, and lotion?"

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Posted By: Heather   |   January 02, 2020

"I feel like I have purchased this product before but want you guys to clarify something for me first. I know optiphen plus has a tendency to thin out products. I was curious if this product is known to thin out products as well? The optiphen I purchased a year or so ago didn't thin out my lotions or other products like optiphen plus does but couldn't remember if it was this one or not. TIA"

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Posted By: Brittany   |   November 12, 2019

"Will this still be effective when used with SCI, SCS, and coco betaine? "

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Posted By: Vicky   |   October 16, 2019

"Is this a good choice for body sprays that contain water, fragrance oil, and polysorbate 20?"

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Posted By: Crystal   |   October 05, 2019

"What color should this be? I usually purchase it in a 2oz size and I feel like it is always clear but I bought a 1lb size the last time manufacture date 7-26-19 and it is yellow? "

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Posted By: Kayoko   |   August 27, 2019

"I usually buy Water soluble PF to preserve rose water and bottled water to make toner. But you were out of it a few weeks ago, so, I purchased Benzoic Acid +2 PF instead without paying too much attention but the pH. Does it (Benzoic Acid +2 PF) solve in rose water or bottled water? I hear pH of flower waters is 5.5. Also, I'm going to dissolve citric acid I purchased from you in bottled water to lower the pH of bottled water. Thank you in advance. "

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Posted By: Hjevon   |   May 11, 2019

"Hello, I make body butter and I was wondering if it's okay to add a preservative to it. Even though anhydrous products usually don't need one, I want to play it safe because I hope to sell in the future and I don't want anything going rancid if the butter is exposed to water. Do you have a paraben-free preservative that will work well in anhydrous products? And how much preservative would I add to an 8 oz jar of body butter (as far as percentage)? Thanks in advance."

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Posted By: Sandra   |   March 20, 2019

"When using this I am having problems with it sticking to my blender stick. What can I do different? I have tried to mix it when my formation is warm."

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Posted By: Lori   |   February 27, 2019

"Can this be used in an anhydrous product such as a non-emulsified body scrub? TY"

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Posted By: Krystal   |   February 05, 2019

"Is this the same as product I purchased 9/2018 on here, 09/26/2018 Name: Preservative - Water Soluble Size: 0.125 lb (2 oz) 1 $3.95 $3.95 09/26/2018 Name: Preservative - Water Soluble PF Size: 0.125 lb (2 oz) 1 $3.95 $3.95 "

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Posted By: Jasmine    |   February 03, 2019

"I’m making sugar scrubs with the foaming bath whip for friends and was wondering should I add this as a safeguard? I know the bath whip already has a preservative, but if left in the shower do I need to add extra? Thank you"

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Posted By: Nabila   |   November 14, 2018

""Hello, Can I use this in a serum, that contain glycerin, vitamin E, stearic acid and water? Thanks!""

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Posted By: Toccora   |   September 16, 2018

"Just want to clarify, can this product be used in a recipe that contains CocoB (bubble up)?"

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Posted By: Rmonge6   |   June 06, 2018

"Is this for the lips? I'm looking for a preservative for my lip gloss paraben free"

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Posted By: Tina   |   May 15, 2018

"I am using cucumber in my melt and pull soap base, I think I need a preservative because the cucumber contain water i use vitamin E oil but two weeks later my soap is turning brown. Will this work in The soap"

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Posted By: Deana   |   May 11, 2018

"Hello, Can I use this in a foaming bath whip recipe containing SCI, glycerin, bubble up, and stearic acid? Thanks!"

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Posted By: Chloe   |   May 10, 2018

"I am making liquid soaps and using this for the first time. What is the best % to use? "

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Posted By: L.   |   April 05, 2018

"I currently have Germaben. I am looking for a paraben and formaldehyde free preservative for liquid soap, body butter and lotion. Would this suffice for all three products or do you recommend a specific preservative for each product? Thanks."

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Posted By: Samuel   |   February 17, 2018

"Hi, Can this product be used as a preservative in a mixture of Aloe Vera Juice, Bentonite Clay and Activated Charcoal? Thanks "

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Posted By: hkami   |   January 30, 2018

"I want to know what preservatives are suitable for creams and lotions "

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Posted By: keren   |   December 11, 2017

"What is the Difference between Optiphen plus and Optiphen ND. I see that they appear to perform similarly,so when and with what should I use each with? I know i need to preserve anything with water or that will be use by water. I'll be making product like facial toners, scrubs(face and body), maybe at some point, lotions. "

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Posted By: Michelle   |   October 06, 2017

"I'm new to making soaps and lotions, I have a question regarding this ingredient. How much do you put in when making lotions? What do you calculate to get the answer? Thnx! Michelle"

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Posted By: Aletha   |   April 24, 2017

"I'm kind of confused about the difference between Optiphen ND and Optiphen Plus, I see the formula is slightly different, but the descriptions for what they're good for seem pretty much the same. In what instance would you choose one over the other? If I'm planning on making rose water + ACV + botanical extract powder face toner and spray, which one would be best?"

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Posted By: Allie   |   March 16, 2017

"Can you please tell me if the Caprylyl Glycol in this Optiphen ND is plant derived, or from animals? I've read it can be both but want to be sure before I label anything vegan. Thanks! "

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Posted By: Jana Lynn   |   March 17, 2017

"Could this product be used to preserve diaper rash cream that only contains shea butter, beeswax, bentonite clay and non-nano zinc oxide?"

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Posted By: Lauri   |   March 16, 2017

"Hi :) I really want to use this as my preservative for lotions but if I can't use emulsfying wax with it what would you recommend I replace the wax with and still get a good emulsion? Thank you"

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Posted By: Tracy   |   June 03, 2016

"Would this work for a rice water/milk face toner?"

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Posted By: Wanda   |   April 24, 2016

"Can I use the Optiphen ND in my body scrubs?"

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CustomerReviews (34)
Submit A Rating Average Customer Rating: (34 Reviews)

Gisele • Iowa

Date Submitted:  05/13/2020

I Recommend This Product!
"Excellent preservative"
COMMENTS:  Does a great job at preserving product that has water added. Highly recommended
PRODUCT USED IN:   Liquid Soap & Washes, Room & Linen Sprays
• Easy to use
Crystal • Florida

Date Submitted:  09/09/2019

I Recommend This Product!
"I love this preservative. "
COMMENTS:  I make all milk lotions and face cream and this does an amazing job preserving my product.
PRODUCT USED IN:   Lotions, Creams & Butters
• Nothing
Taneka • District of Columbia

Date Submitted:  07/01/2019

I Recommend This Product!
"Benzoic Acid Preservative "
COMMENTS:  Used this product in my shower gels and creamy wash, did not cause any change in fragrance or texture. Worlds wonderful...Great product!
PRODUCT USED IN:   Liquid Soap & Washes
CONNIE • Florida

Date Submitted:  06/01/2019

I Recommend This Product!
"Great stuff and reasonably priced"
COMMENTS:  Bought to make a shave soap for my husband.Worked great.
PRODUCT USED IN:   Soap - Shampoo Bars, Soap - Shave Shampoo, Liquid Soap & Washes, Body Sprays & Perfume, Exfoliants & Sugar Scrubs, Face Care, Hair Care, Lotion Bars & Sticks, Lotions, Creams & Butters
• Works great
• Great price
Charlene • Texas

Date Submitted:  05/10/2019

I Recommend This Product!
"Great Preservative"
COMMENTS:  There are tons of DIY recipes online for lotions and creams but very few of them give accurate information on the importance of preservatives. Many fail to realize that products with water need a preservative. This preservative has held up well for me in everything I've used it in. I mainly use it for lotion and flax seed hair gel. I've never experienced any mold growth in my products and I've never had any allergic reactions.
PRODUCT USED IN:   Hair Care, Lotions, Creams & Butters
Susan • New Hampshire

Date Submitted:  04/09/2019

I Recommend This Product!
"Does not alter the lotion scent"
COMMENTS:  I've used this in my lotions since the beginning. I've heard some additives smell. Well this one doesn't and works great for me.
PRODUCT USED IN:   Lotions, Creams & Butters
Shanti • Tennessee

Date Submitted:  02/23/2019

I Recommend This Product!
"Easy to use"
COMMENTS:  Love this in my scrubs
PRODUCT USED IN:   Exfoliants & Sugar Scrubs
Becca • Texas

Date Submitted:  01/27/2019

I Recommend This Product!
COMMENTS:  works great in lotions. Thank you for a great product!
PRODUCT USED IN:   Lotions, Creams & Butters
Patricia • Arkansas

Date Submitted:  01/22/2019

I Recommend This Product!
COMMENTS:  Better to be safe than sorry, always use a quality preservative like this in your handmade items. Works with a variety of different products and is easy to use. It's a big selling point that it's paraben free. It would be nice to have a 4oz and 8oz size available to purchase.
PRODUCT USED IN:   Liquid Soap & Washes, Hair Care, Lotions, Creams & Butters
• paraben free
• lower the price
• offer a size between 2oz and 1lb
Leslie • Illinois

Date Submitted:  12/20/2018

I Recommend This Product!
"Best natural preservative"
COMMENTS:  I love this preservative because it is natural and i make all natural products. The shelf life is greatly extended. The odor fades very quickly and does not stay in the finished product.
PRODUCT USED IN:   Exfoliants & Sugar Scrubs, Lotions, Creams & Butters
• Natural
• Nothing
Cara • Massachusetts

Date Submitted:  08/30/2018

I Recommend This Product!
"Works great!"
COMMENTS:  Used this in lotion and has been working great.
PRODUCT USED IN:   Bath Fizzies & Salts, Exfoliants & Sugar Scrubs, Lotions, Creams & Butters
Laura • Wisconsin

Date Submitted:  07/25/2018

I Recommend This Product!
COMMENTS:  I absolutely love this product. It works well in everything I have tried it with sovdar. Easy to use and works with a variety of products.
PRODUCT USED IN:   Liquid Soap & Washes, Exfoliants & Sugar Scrubs, Hair Care, Lotions, Creams & Butters
Jannalynn • Michigan

Date Submitted:  05/28/2018

I Recommend This Product!
"It's my go to preservative"
COMMENTS:  I like working with this preservative. I use it for my lotions. I have no issues with it. It behaves great.
PRODUCT USED IN:   Liquid Soap & Washes
Josey • Pennsylvania

Date Submitted:  03/20/2018

I Recommend This Product!
"Must have!!"
COMMENTS:  I prefer this preservative over others because it doesn't contain parabens. I use this for my hair detanglers/after sun sprays and I have never had any issues. No thinning that I've noticed, and no separating. Once it's in a product, I can't smell it at all and I've even used it in an unscented product. I really wish that WSP would start carrying other Optiphen preservatives as well, I would love to be able to order them all from the same supplier. I will definitely keep this in stock!
PRODUCT USED IN:   Face Care, Hair Care
maria • Maryland

Date Submitted:  01/17/2018

I Recommend This Product!
"Good preservative!"
COMMENTS:  does not discolor
PRODUCT USED IN:   Lotions, Creams & Butters
Kelly • Texas

Date Submitted:  11/07/2017

I Recommend This Product!
"Great preservative!"
COMMENTS:  I have never had a problem using this in sugar scrubs...awesome product! Wish there was a larger 6 oz.
PRODUCT USED IN:   Exfoliants & Sugar Scrubs
• Ease of use.
• Make sizes in between the 1 lb.
Brittney • Utah

Date Submitted:  10/18/2017

I Recommend This Product!
"Great product, Great price."
COMMENTS:  I love this stuff. I use it in my lotion, scrubs and butters. Works just as I need it too. Great product
PRODUCT USED IN:   Lotions, Creams & Butters
Dionne • Virginia

Date Submitted:  09/28/2017

I Recommend This Product!
"I love the purpose of this product"
COMMENTS:  I have to love this as it hasn't given me any reason not too. I think that it is extremely important to use some type of preservative for your products. It is better safe than sorry.
PRODUCT USED IN:   Lotions, Creams & Butters
Linda • Arkansas

Date Submitted:  09/26/2017

I Recommend This Product!
"My Go-To Preservative"
COMMENTS:  I use this for my body butters, magnesium chloride cream, lotions (even though they have a pump) and anything else that may come into contact with one's hands (other than soap of course). You only use a small amount and when weighed against the problem of having a product become contaminated, it is worth the price. Don't skip this step - it is not worth the grief it will cause.
PRODUCT USED IN:   Face Care, Lotions, Creams & Butters
Holly • California

Date Submitted:  08/05/2017

I Recommend This Product!
"Awesome product!"
COMMENTS:  This is an awesome preservative, very reliable easy to use!
PRODUCT USED IN:   Exfoliants & Sugar Scrubs, Lotions, Creams & Butters
• Ease of use
• Price
Marissa • California

Date Submitted:  06/12/2017

I Recommend This Product!
"Great for scrub!"
COMMENTS:  Works great in my sugar scrubs?. Did not have to alter my recipe and it does not change the scent.
PRODUCT USED IN:   Exfoliants & Sugar Scrubs

Date Submitted:  04/09/2017

I Recommend This Product!
"Optiphen ND"
COMMENTS:  Great parables free product to use in water based products.
PRODUCT USED IN:   Face Care, Lotions, Creams & Butters
Daina • Indiana

Date Submitted:  03/03/2017

I Recommend This Product!
"works great"
COMMENTS:  I have had no issues with any of the products I have used this in. I will order more!
PRODUCT USED IN:   Exfoliants & Sugar Scrubs, Lotions, Creams & Butters
Debra • Florida

Date Submitted:  01/13/2017

I Recommend This Product!
"Excellent All Natural Preservative"
COMMENTS:  I haven't found it necessary to alter any of my recipes to include this preservative. It works well with my scrubs as well as my lotions & butters.
PRODUCT USED IN:   Exfoliants & Sugar Scrubs, Lotions, Creams & Butters
• Knowing my products will last longer.
Marianella • Texas

Date Submitted:  12/14/2016

I Recommend This Product!
"Optiphen ND"
COMMENTS:  This is my favor preservative, not just because it prevent bacteria and mold to growth in my products, but because is Paraben and Formaldehyde Free. Need to order a big bottle next time
PRODUCT USED IN:   Lotion Bars & Sticks, Lotions, Creams & Butters
Monica  • Georgia

Date Submitted:  12/09/2016

I Recommend This Product!
COMMENTS:  I wish they had an in between size for this. 16 ounces might be too much, but 2 ounces is too little for the amount of work I do :-/
PRODUCT USED IN:   Liquid Soap & Washes, Face Care, Hair Care, Lotions, Creams & Butters
renee • Ohio

Date Submitted:  12/09/2016

I Recommend This Product!
"A must have to preserve your products"
COMMENTS:  This is my favorite preservative for my hair conditioners. I like that it is broad spectrum. It doesn't thin the product like other preservatives can. And you only need a small amount so the bottle goes a long way. I highly recommend this product.
• easy to use
• does not change my products
• price
Susan • Ohio

Date Submitted:  11/26/2016

I Recommend This Product!
"Take note"
COMMENTS:  This is a good preservative but please take special note that this does not work in non-ionic surfactants and emulsifiers. Do your research and see that this should NOT be used with any of the emulsifying waxes (soft silky, conditioning, traditional) or polysorbates (choose a different preservative for these awesome ingredients). It does work with the bees wax and such. Don't take my word for it though, do your research.
PRODUCT USED IN:   Lotion Bars & Sticks
• Works great!
Jennifer • Ohio

Date Submitted:  11/19/2016

I Recommend This Product!
"Great preservative"
COMMENTS:  Always use it in my lotions! Definitely a good preservative to have!
PRODUCT USED IN:   Lotion Bars & Sticks, Lotions, Creams & Butters
Kerri • Texas

Date Submitted:  10/20/2016

I Recommend This Product!
"Great product :)"
COMMENTS:  This is my first time using a preservative. So far I'm very happy with it. Incorporated easily into my emulsified sugar scrub.
PRODUCT USED IN:   Exfoliants & Sugar Scrubs
Wanda • North Dakota

Date Submitted:  09/25/2016

I Recommend This Product!
"love the price"
COMMENTS:  I started using this for my goat milk lotions and scrubs. I love that it is paraben and formaldehyde free.
PRODUCT USED IN:   Exfoliants & Sugar Scrubs, Lotions, Creams & Butters
Sally • Vermont

Date Submitted:  08/31/2016

I Recommend This Product!
"Love that this is Paraben Free!"
COMMENTS:  I don't have to feel all defensive about putting this on my labels! Paraben and formaldehyde free, it keeps my lotions and creams safe from uglies!
PRODUCT USED IN:   Lotions, Creams & Butters
CYNTHIA • Louisiana

Date Submitted:  08/10/2016

I Recommend This Product!
COMMENTS:  I have tried all types of preservatives, but Optiphen is my fave to work with in formulation water based hair & body lotions and contioners Most of my products are 100% natural, vegan and pthalate-free. Thanks to Optiphen, I can add "paraben-free" to my labels as well.
PRODUCT USED IN:   Hair Care, Lotions, Creams & Butters
• Dont need much to safely protect product
• from nasties
Staci • Louisiana

Date Submitted:  06/20/2016

I Recommend This Product!
"Excellent for my sugar scrubs and lotions"
COMMENTS:  I'm very scared of bacteria growing in my products and so far, I haven't had any signs of bacterial growth in them. This is a staple ingredient for me. Wonderful.
PRODUCT USED IN:   Exfoliants & Sugar Scrubs, Lotions, Creams & Butters
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