Have you ever wondered why that bottle of lotion stays pearly white in your linen closet for five years?
Preserving organic skin care products is always a challenge. Preservatives are deadly by definition because they attempt to change and modify the life cycle, which we all know ends in decay and death.
Chemical preservatives can be dangerous because they are a part of the synthetic belief system that says mankind can come up with something better than Mother Nature. I don’t know about you, but I personally don’t believe all the men with all the degrees in all the labs in all the world will ever be able to come up with anything better than Mother Nature.
The first preservatives were cold temperatures, drying and salt. The first cosmetic preservative was soap.
Mother Nature has an inherent wisdom in every cell, plant, tree and flower that will never be duplicated, never improved and certainly never truly replicated by man. Decay and death are a natural part of life. Synthetic preservatives simply mask the process.
There are two key issues. One is a mindset, a philosophy. Do I think a company that makes a product knows better than Mother Nature? And do I want to pretend than neither I nor the cosmetic products I buy will never decay and day. Ok, maybe yes, I but do I really think neither one of us will ever decay and die? Of course not.
The second issue is this: Do I think petroleum-based, synthetic chemicals are going to benefit my skin> I repeat — of course not.
Each issue has its own set of sub-issues as well. For example, it is said that these synthetic chemicals are necessary as preservatives because they represent the best way to kill microorganisms. Look at it this way, though — that means they must be more toxic than the bacteria they are supposed to kill. Kind of gives you pause, doesn’t it?
Another sub-issue has to do with the fact that a lot of the synthetic chemicals are tested on animals. I hate that idea to the core of my being. Plus, you have to ask yourself — does testing on animals really validate that it’s safe for humans? Dogs eat goose dung and are just fine. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t feel the same way if I tried that.
A final question to ponder: Are most toxic preservatives put in the product to protect you or the manufacturer?
Deciding What’s Acceptable
For me, the first requirement of a preservative is that it must be free from toxins, irritants and other ingredients harmful to the skin. Mass marketers of cosmetic products make thousands of bottles a week. Those bottles are then shipped to distributors, who place the cosmetics in in warehouses. They may stay in those warehouses for months — sometimes even years. Stores call in their orders, and the products eventually get shipped out. It’s really a very efficient process, making products only twice a year, allowing the company to focus on selling their products, rather than making them.
I get why these companies function that way. Not only is it easier, it’s far more profitable.
By comparison, Lily Farm Fresh and just a few other companies in the world make our products in small batches with fresh ingredients. It’s difficult. It’s labor-intensive. It’s expensive and problematic. Yet for me, I want to make products that I would want to buy myself. And I would not like to buy those mass-produced products filled with such toxic chemicals they can sit in warehouses for years.
Lily Farm Fresh provides the highest degree of sustainability and traceability as well as 185 acres of Colorado organic farmland and open space. Our organic skin care products do not contain chemical preservatives of any kind — ever.
Quite the opposite. Lily Farm Fresh is on the cutting edge for organic skin care with our Fresh Batch Fridays. The fourth Friday of every month, we release select products that we hand-crafted just 24 hours before. Why do we take such care? Because we know that fresh is better.