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Aug. 3, 2011Cosmetics glossary

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A preservative inhibits the development of micro-organisms in cosmetic products.

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A preservative cannot be used in Europe unless listed in the positive list published as the Annex V of the Regulation N° 1223/2009, which was enforced in lieu of the former Directive on July 11, 2013.

See the full list of the preservatives authorized in Europe
• in the paper: "Preservatives" in the How to choose your cosmetics section

Also see the papers dealing with some preservatives
Parabens
Phenoxyethanol
Triclosan
Formaldehyde releasers

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