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Michelle B
Effective and works beautifully in my lotions

The best thing to say about a preservative is that it works. I have used it in dozens and dozens of lotions and while I use a couple different ones for different reasons, this is definitely my go to preservative.

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found out its not so safe

A little to toxic for my taste The product's Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) says that it contains phenoxyethanol which is harmful if absorbed through the skin and that it can cause reproductive damage. German research in 1999, concluded that it had neurotoxin potential. The MSDS refers to 100% concentrations. In cosmetics the concentrations are typically 0.5% to 1%. I'll stick with fermented radish root or rosemary antioxident.

Tina from Bramble Berry replies...
Optiphen is the most natural preservative option we have as it is both paraben and formaldehyde free. Something like fermented radish root does not work as a preservative to protect against the growth of mold and bacteria due to the addition of water. The MSDS document refers to the Optiphen at 100% concentration which would not be skin safe being transported in large volumes. Since it is only used at 0.5-1% so it would be completely skin-safe and non-toxic at those levels.

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SomeTyme Place
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 will be fine. Update: I have been using Optiphen successfully for several years now and am extremely pleased with its performance. I use it in all my creams and lotions, scrubs, cold cream, mask, moisturizers, etc. My customers like that it does not have parabens in it. I wait to add it to my lotions and creams when my temp gun registers around 115 degrees- zero problems!

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Great preservative!

I chose this preservative for my scrubs, as it seems to be the most natural option. It performs beautifully. I understand the factor that temperature plays in adding this preservative, but was wondering if it would still be effective if you add it at room temperature. I want to incorporate it into a whipped scrub.

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not like it used to be

I have made a lot of lotion and only just recently has my lotion seperated on me. I used the same recipe as always and at first i though it was the lemon essential oil i had used that caused my lotion to seperate. So i ordered more optiphen and made another batch only this time i noticed right when i started to mix in the optiphen my lotion seperated! It started out so wonderful, but once i added this it seperated. Will not be buying this from bramble berry again. Wasted a lot of expensive oils and butters twice and all because of this stuff. Not again.

Kelsey from Bramble Berry replies...
Hi Amanda! I'm sorry you're disappointed in this product. In our tests and recipes, we have found the Optiphen doesn't cause separation in lotion. It can be several other factors, including the emulsifying wax used. It also helps to stick blend the batch for another 2-4 minutes to ensure everything stays mixed together.