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- Optiphen is a paraben and formaldehyde-free preservative. It consists of Phenoxyethanol and Caprylyl Glycol. The Caprylyl Glycol is essentially a carrier base for the Phenoxyethanol. Optiphen is a clear liquid that has no pH restrictions and is safe for use at temperatures below 176 degrees. It is suggested for usage levels at .5 - 1.5% and is best used in oil based products.

Botanical Name: Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol
Common Name:  Optiphen


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by Mike
on 6/25/2015
Can an organic label be used using this product?

Terah from Bramble Berry replies...
Hi Mike! Great question! It really depends on the other ingredients in your product. Optiphen is not considered organic. Though, it can still be included in an organic product if the total product weight is 95% or more of certified organic product. 'Organic' is a heavily regulated term so for you product to be labeled as organic it would need to be certified as such.

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by Keva
on 2/15/2015
Slight odor
This synthetic preservative has a slight odor that is noticeable. I used about 5g in the 'cool down' phase when I made my body cream (1st time making body cream. I'm a newbie.) along with the Coconut Mango fragrance oil and I can smell both the optiphen and the coconut mango fragrance. I'd much rather prefer that any preservative that I use for my next batch of body cream be odorless. If anyone can recommend another product, please do so. Thanks!!

Reply from Bramble Berry
Hi Keva!  Our Optiphen does have a slight scent to it.  Though, in our tests and recipes this scent was unnoticeable in the final product when used at .5-1.5% as seen in the Kissably Soft Lotion Recipe. I will email you personally to disucss this further. 

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by Elizabeth
on 1/25/2015
why does it have a scent?
I would really like an unscented preservative, but still as natural as possible. This has a strange floral scent to it, and I keep smelling that mixed with what fragrance I added. I hope it fades, but I also think it should be mentioned somewhere that it has a scent to it.

Reply from Bramble Berry
Hi Elizabeth! While this preservative may have a slight scent to it, we didn't notice any scent in our final products when it was used at .5-1.5% of the recipe, as seen in the Fresh Rain Sugar Scrub video on Soap Queen TV. Also, this preservative is formaldehyde and paraben free, but it is a synthetic product. I'll be emailing you personally to talk more!

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by Anna
on 1/19/2015
Great lotion preservative
I really like this preservative. I have never had one ounce of trouble with it except for the one time I added it to the lotion when it was too hot. Definitely follow instructions and use below 176 degrees and you'll be fine.
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by Elijah
on 10/25/2014
I bought. A small bottle. To test. It so soon ill be buying. Bigger. Bottles
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