|What is it?||
It is a liquid natural broad-spectrum preservative.
It is also called as Preservative Eco, Mikrokill ECT, and Plantaserv M.
The novel composition of this antimicrobial blend offers broad spectrum protection in a diverse range of products, against Gram-positive & Gram-negative bacteria, yeast, and molds. It also has a low odor profile making it the ideal choice for fragrance-free and fragrance-sensitive systems.
|INCI||Benzyl Alcohol (and) Salicylic Acid (and) Glycerin (and) Sorbic Acid|
|Applications||Anhydrous, Body Butter, Body wash, Conditioner, Cream, Deo/ Anti-Perspirant, Eye creams/gels, Eye shadow, Face Lotion, Face wipes, Facial Cream, Foundation, Feminine hygiene, Hair gel, Hand soap (non anti-bac), Lipstick/gloss, Lotion, Make up remover, Mascara, Oil in Water, Oral care, Powder, Shampoo, Suncare, Toner, Water in Oil.|
|pH||Effective from 3–8.
Preservative ECO will cause the pH of your formulations to drop.
|Solubility||Said to be water soluble, though some have reported challenges with it in entirely hydrous products.|
|Why do we use it in formulations?||Preservative ECO protects our formulations from microbial spoilage (bacteria, yeast, fungus); we have found it to be an effective and easy-to-use natural preservative option.|
|Do you need it?||You should have at least one broad-spectrum preservative; Preservative ECO is a good choice if you prefer natural preservatives.|
|Refined or unrefined?||Preservative ECO only exists as a refined product.|
Unlike many natural preservatives, Preservative ECO has a maximum functional pH range of 8 (most natural preservatives require an acidic pH to function well).
The manufacturer lists lip products as a possible application.
|Alternatives & Substitutions||You’ll need another broad-spectrum preservative. Liquid Germall™ Plus is an effective, versatile choice, but it isn’t natural. Natural alternatives include Preservative ECO (Geogard ECT), though it have a lower effective pH range.|
|How to Work with It||Include Preservative ECO in the cool down phase of your formulations, and ensure the final pH of the formulation is the in 3-8 range.|
|Tips, Tricks, and Quirks||Looking for a natural way to add an almondy scent to your formulation? Preserve it with Preservative ECO (Geogard ECT)!|
Always test formulations. This product is intended for external use only.