Ingredient sustaiability - Benzyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid, Glycerin, and Sorbic Acid

INCI: Benzyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid, Glycerin, and Sorbic Acid

Raw materials: Benzyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid, Glycerin, and Sorbic Acid

Definition: Geogard ECT, is a natural preservative used in various personal care products. It can be used in organic products and is considered safe. (1,2)

Composition: Geogard ECT comprises benzyl alcohol, salicylic acid, glycerin, and sorbic acid. These ingredients are commonly used in skincare products and cosmetics. (1,2)

Source of Ingredients: The ingredients in Geogard ECT can be derived from various sources. For instance, glycerin generally comes from natural sources like soybeans, cane, and corn syrup sugar, or it can be manufactured synthetically. Sorbic acid can be produced from rowan berries or manufactured synthetically from crotonaldehyde and ketene. Benzyl Alcohol found naturally in many plants and is commonly present in fruits and teas. It is a constituent of various essential oils such as jasmine, hyacinth, and ylang-ylang. It is a chemical compound that is produced industrially by hydrolyzing benzyl chloride. (1)

Usage in Skincare: In skincare, benzyl alcohol is a preservative, antioxidant, and solvent. However, some people may have a sensitivity or allergy to benzyl alcohol, so a patch test is always recommended before applying any new product to your skin. (4,5,6,7)

Production Processes can potentially generate waste, emissions, or by-products, potentially impacting the environment and human health. The extent of this impact would depend on various factors such as the specific processes used, the waste management practices of the manufacturing facility, regulatory oversight, and more.

Sustainability Efforts: Efforts are being made to improve the sustainability of Geogard ECT production. This includes good governance practices, enforcing laws and international standards, and ensuring compliance with sustainability requirements. Geogard ECT complies with ECOCERT and COSMOS and is accepted by the NPA, which often involves sustainability requirements. (3)

1 - https://www.humblebeeandme.com/project/geogard-ect/

2 - https://simplepurebeauty.com/11454/geogard-ect-preservative/

3 - https://www.ulprospector.com/en/na/PersonalCare/Detail/761/213956/Geogard-ECT

4 - https://www.byrdie.com/benzyl-alcohol-for-skin-4774552

5 - https://curology.com/blog/the-truth-about-benzyl-alcohol-in-skincare-is-it-safe-for-your-skin/

6 - https://thedermreview.com/benzyl-alcohol/

7 - https://www.citruslabs.com/post/the-role-of-benzyl-alcohol-in-skincare