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How can you avoid synthetics like parabens but also make sure your beauty products last? Here's what to know about natural preservatives and how you can keep natural cosmetics from spoiling.
“Products that do not contain water usually do not need preservatives,” says Karen Benjamin, owner of Mountain Ocean, a Boulder, Colorado-based company that manufacturers natural lotions, chap sticks, and more (its Lip Trip earned top ranking in this year’s chap stick category). Still, Mountain Ocean uses vitamin E as a natural preservative in its pregnancy line and Lip Trip chap stick to keep these products completely free from synthetics. “They last forever as long as water does not get into the bottle,” she says. Natural products that do contain liquids will always need preservatives of some kind; in addition to vitamin E, others to look for include honey, lemon, neem oil, rosemary extract, and citrus seed extracts.