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Preservatives are compounds that prevent the growth of bacteria, moulds and yeasts in any product that contains water. Antioxidants are compounds that strongly attract oxygen. Oxidation (also known as rancidity) of compounds in products, such as vegetable and essential oils, is the major reason for the loss of activity of a product. Our Citricidal is a naturally derived preservative from grapefruit seeds and pulp.

Antioxidants capture reactive oxygen before they damage other compounds, extending the active life of products significantly. As with preservatives, there any many synthetic antioxidants in common use. We offer a potent natural antioxidant – Amiox – that also has real anti-aging benefits for the skin.​

*Please note that people can be confused about ‘preservatives’ – this heading can also include antioxidants. We specifically mean: preservatives stop microbial growth, and antioxidants slow down oxidation or rancidity. We have seen more than one hand made cream turn fuzzy and mouldy because an antioxidant was added as the ‘preservative’.

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