In all of my formulations I strive to be as natural as possible. For safety reasons anything that includes water or a water-based ingredient like aloe vera, or rose hydrosols, or sea moss MUST have a preservative to ensure that no bacteria or mold grow making it unsafe.
The preservative I choose is Geogard™ ECT Preservative is a unique combination of 4 components – Benzyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid, Glycerin, and Sorbic Acid, which are well accepted in a wide range of personal care products. These molecules are all found in nature in plants such as pine resin, rowan berries and willow bark.
Geogard is a non-paraben, non-formaldehyde, non-isothiazolone based preservative system.