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Purposeful preservation for safe and sustainable cosmetic ingredients

Consumer awareness and demand

Consumer awareness around cosmetic ingredients has reached an all-time high, with shoppers becoming increasingly concerned about product safety and environmental impacts. As a result, there is a growing demand for "free-from" items that contain fewer listed preservatives. Consumers are looking for products that are natural, sustainable, and build trust and loyalty with the brand. Additionally, tighter regulations have led to a reduction in the use of allergenic and eco-toxic chemicals in cosmetics.

The pressure to meet consumer demands and comply with regulations has forced cosmetic preservation to evolve. Antimicrobial systems now need to balance safety with function, and we’re at the forefront of developing effective and sustainable preservative technologies. Our innovations focus on consumer safety, compliance, and ingredient transparency.


Clariant's preservation technologies prioritize consumer safety by utilizing targeted multifunctional ingredients. These multifunctionals allow reducing the overall content of listed preservatives in cosmetic products, adding additional benefits into the formulation and boosting preservation power.

Regulatory compliance

Our preservative technologies are designed to meet regulatory requirements and support environmental labelling requirements of consumer products.

Our ingredients combine effective inhibition of microbial growth with enhanced sustainability in terms of labels, biodegradability, and lower concentrations of listed conventional preservatives.

Our commitment to safety, sustainability, and performance makes us a leader in the field of cosmetic preservation. Our innovative technologies address consumer concerns, comply with regulations, and promote ingredient transparency. By partnering with us, cosmetic brands can ensure the safety and sustainability of your products while meeting the evolving demands of consumers.

Sustainability selection guide

Product name INCI Renewable
Carbon Index
in %
Biodegradability ISO 16128 RSPO MB Clariant image Sustainability guide Cosmos 20240410 Clariant image Sustainability guide Nature 20240410 Clariant image Sustainability guide USDA 20240410 Vegan
Velsan SC Sorbitan Caprylate 100 Readily biodegradable
Velsan CGE Caprylyl Glyceryl Ether 100 Readily biodegradable
Velsan Flex Capryloyl/Caproyl Anhydro Methyl Glucamide 93 Readily biodegradable
Nipaguard SCP Sorbitan Caprylate, Phenoxyethanol 30 Readily biodegradable
Nipaguard SCE Sorbitan Caprylate, Propanediol, Benzoic Acid 85 Readily biodegradable
Nipaguard SCA Sorbitan Caprylate, Benzyl Alcohol 60 Readily biodegradable
Nipaguard SCL Sorbitan Caprylate, Potassium Sorbate, Capryloyl/Caproyl Methyl Glucamide 78 Readily biodegradable
Phenoxetol SG Phenoxyethanol 25 Readily biodegradable

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