So, while mixing some new products I've been debating what kind of preservatives to use. I enjoy natural ingredients and products first and foremost personally because I like to feel good about every part of what I put on and in my body. On the other hand, functionality is a big plus as well.
The question I'm asking myself is do I:
A. Use chemical preservatives to give the products to come longer shelf-lives (up to 2 years)
B. Use natural preservative ingredients (organic essential oils used as preservatives) with possible shorter shelf-lives
Now the problem with using natural preservatives is that not only is the shelf-life kind of unknown, but it is largely dependent on the user's habits. Do you put your finger directly into the jar or on your makeup when applying it? Do you cleanse your brushes regularly? Things like that.
Anyway, which trade-off is worth it to you? Would you rather have a possibly shorter and less definite shelf-life for an all-natural product? Or would you rather have a chemical preservative that guarantees a longer shelf-life?