P & G really likes to preserve their products

pmapma Member
edited July 2014 in Formulating
13 preservatives in a simple conditioner? Isn't this a bit overkill?

Benzyl Alcohol + EDTA + Methylchloroisothiazolinone + Phenoxyethanol + Methylisothiazolinone + Methylparaben + Butylparaben + Ehylparaben + Quaternium-15 + Propylparaben + Sodium Sulfite + Sodium Benzoate + Potassium Sorbate:

Aqua, Bis-Hydroxy/Methoxy Amodimethicone, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl, Dimethylamine, Parfum, Benzyl Alcohol, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Glutamic Acid, Propylene, Glycol, EDTA, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Magnesium Nitrate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil, Panthenol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Verbena Officinalis Leaf Extract, Trifolium Pratense Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Phenoxyethanol, CI 19140, Magnesium Chloride, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylparaben, Citric Acid, CI 42053, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Ascorbic Acid, Quaternium-15, Propylparaben, Sodium Sulfite, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate


  • Chemist77Chemist77 Member, PCF student
    Not to forget the anti-microbial efficacy of the cationics.
    Maybe this potion can be used @ 1% in other cationic and non-ionic emulsions as a preservative :))
  • BobzchemistBobzchemist Member, PCF student
    My guess would be that all of the extracts come with their own preservative system, and P&G was either too lazy or to cheap to ask for special versions with a common preservative system.
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  • Milliachemist - great comment, made me laugh out loud :)

    Bobzchemist - interesting find.  Antimicrobial agents often have synergistic effects...perhaps this is PG's way of taking full advantage of that as a way to save on cost of preservatives? 

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  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    I agree with Bob.  Most likely those are just residual preservatives in their extracts & proteins.  They probably have a new regulatory person who makes them list every possible ingredient.
  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    @The_Microbiologist - I doubt they would save enough money by using a lower level of preservatives.  Preservatives just do not add that much cost to the formulation.  At my former company if we removed all preservatives from all our hair products it would unlikely have saved more than $200,000 a year.  
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