Plantaserv A is a paraben-free, formaldehyde-free and non-isothiazolone based preservative system for cosmetic formulations including those made to natural certification standards.
The combination of Benzyl Alcohol with Dehydroacetic acid makes this best suited to products with a pH of 6 or lower where it is able to achieve broad-spectrum protection.
Recommendations for usage: Use 1.0% in most formulations but has an activity range between 0.2-1%. Best added during cool-down when the temperature has fallen below 45°C.
pH activity range: <=3 to 6
Solubility: Water soluble
Compatibility: Compatible with most ingredients used in the Personal Care Industry. The activity of Benzyl Alcohol can be reduced in the presence of non-ionic surfactants like Decyl Glucoside. This doesn't necessarily mean this can't be used with non-ionics but more that Preservative Efficacy Testing is recommended, especially when the non-ionic content of the formula is quite high (over 5% as actives).
Aroma: Characteristic of Benzyl Alcohol which is a little almondy but not as strong as Naticide. The preservative note in your finished product can be overcome with fragrance or can just be part of your base odour.
Applications: Use in creams, lotions, body butters, sun protection and sun care products, lipsticks, liquid and cream makeups, eyeliners, pressed powders, mascaras, styling gels as well as shampoos and conditioners.
Note: The only way to be sure that your preservative system is working in your product is to carry out micro testing. While we are happy to pass on information and make theoretical recommendations of how to get the best out of our ingredients we can make no guarantees without this testing. There are two levels of test that a microbiological lab will do - one is a micro count which gives you a 'moment in time' look at the cleanliness of your formula and may also characterise the microbes present. The second is a Preservative Efficacy Test or PET. This is highly recommended as it tests how your product performs over time when it is challenged by microbes. You are legally required to market and sell products that are safe and microbial stability is an important part of that.
Please note: This product may come with less than a 9 month shelf life. If used within the specified shelf life, it will not affect the preservative efficacy in a product. Over time Benzyl Alcohol can undergo a hydrolysis reaction to Benzaldehyde and when this happens the preservative efficacy changes.
New Directions Australia Pty Ltd. does not supply food grade raw materials and therefore cannot waive GST.
Prior to use: Customers should always refer to the Material Safety Data Sheet / Specification Sheet OR the ingredients label as affixed to each product which are current at the time of supply of the product.
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