We use natural plant-derived preservatives such as Vitamin E, Rosemary, Phenoxyethanol (alcohol-paraben-formaldehyde-free), kosher potassium sorbate, food grade citric acid, and natural preservatives found in our raw unrefined ingredients and cold pressed oils.
Why unrefined and cold pressed raw ingredients? Because cold processed oils are filtered at low temperatures still leaving behind the raw ingredient we are looking for to use in Taylor Made skin care products. Un-refined products such as shea, cocoa, and mango butters are not filtered compared to refined using chemical agents to do so and striping all the vital nutrients.
Our Shea butter is 100% raw unrefined organic and fair trade. We made sure of that! Some other shea butters are extracted with hexane or other solvents, chemically bleached and deodorized, and treated with preservatives such as BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) or BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene). A product that undergoes these processes would not qualify for USDA organic certification.
Customers ask me all the time, "Why is your Shea Butter tan colored and other companies white?" Well, white colored shea butter is refined and has no nutritional value. When researching for a qualified fair trade buyer, we made sure our shea butter was nature's finest, the best material available and still offering its benefits of being a super emollient, high in naturally occurring Vitamin A & E, and with excellent skin-conditioning properties. But most of all organic and fair trade.
Pure, raw, unrefined shea butter has been used for centuries to protect and nourish the skin. Shea butter is one of my favorite butter's to use in our creams. It's rich, thick consistency is amazing and the topical effects are even more amazing. Recent research shows that Shea Butter can be used topically for joint inflammation and as a natural sunscreen. Women in Africa apply it to their skin daily as a ritual and as we all know their skin is flawless and ageless.
Phenoxyethanol can be found naturally in green tea, but the commercial ingredient is synthetically produced in a laboratory creating what’s termed a “nature identical” chemical. Specifically, it’s created by treating phenol with ethylene oxide in an alkaline medium which all reacts to form a pH-balanced ingredient. It is alcohol-free, paraben-free, glycol-free, formaldehyde-free. It optimized protection against microbial growth from bacteria and yeast. All preservatives are scrutinized, including phenoxyethanol, in which we have found very potent and safe. We decided to use phenoxyethanol because it would extend our shelf life a little longer than with grapefruit seed extract. We add no more than .5-1% to our creams, lotions, and exfoliants.
Potassium sorbate (kosher): polyunsaturated organic fatty acid from the berries of the Sorbus aucuparia (Mountain Ash) tree is used to inhibit mold and yeast. Potassium sorbate is non-irritating and non-sensitizing. It is a natural and safe preservative.
Citric acid is food grade. It helps to pull colors out of herbs to help tint our skincare products.