NOTE ON PRESERVATIVES
At OP Therapy we have chosen to use synthetic preservatives in some of our natural skin care products in very low quantities, less than 0.5%. This is because all our products are made freshly in small batches and to protect you from bacteria we need to be assured that they are as safe as possible. It is not most people’s habit store their cosmetics in the refrigerator and if no preservatives are used, this can increase the risk of bacteria and reduce the effectiveness of the active ingredients. Because of the addition of very small amounts of preservatives, our products do not need refrigeration and you can be assured they are both safe and non-toxic at normal temperatures.
Why Do We Use These Preservatives?
We use these preservatives to keep our products safe for customers to use.
Because of the potential infection of cosmetic ingredients by microorganisms, preservatives must be added to cosmetic formulations. If we didn’t use these preservatives in some formulations, they would be contaminated within a few weeks, and the bacteria that may form are far more dangerous than the reportedly negative effects of the synthetic preservatives we use.
In fact, it against the law not to add preservatives unless the manufacturer can guarantee that the consumer refrigerates the product and uses it only for a set amount of time outlined by the manufacturer. This is virtually impossible as we cannot guarantee how the product is stored and used by the consumer - care not taken in replacing lids and fingers used to remove the formulation from the container. Storage could be the bottom of a handbag, the glove box of the car, in a damp bathroom cupboard or in the sun. These conditions are outside the control of OP Therapy and are conducive to rapid bacterial growth if no preservatives are used.
NB: BE AWARE if you choose to use cosmetic product without preservatives PLEASE store them in the refrigerator and use them within a four week period for your safety.