Anytime you add water to a product, bacteria, yeast and mold thrive, especially in nutrient rich environments. So, it's absolutely critical that cosmetic products are preserved adequately. But ultimately we don't want to undo all of the great benefits of using organic and natural products with harsh and toxic preservatives.
To do this, at W&E we use Benzyl Alcohol and Dehydroacetic Acid.
The combination of these preservatives have shown to provide effective broad spectrum protection against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, yeast, and mold. They are eco-certified (classified as ecologically friendly raw material based on EU regulations) and are an effective alternative to parabens.