8 Secrets Cosmetic Companies Don't Want You to Know
You won't believe what these cosmetic chemists had to say about your beloved beauty products
Alcide calls out companies that slap "all-natural" on the label, but don't always live up to the claim, ingredient-wise. She sees a lot of labels that list botanical ingredients and distilled water, but they leave out any mention of preservatives. "If a product has water in it, it must have a preservative. Otherwise, bacteria will form," says Alcide. "Natural preservatives are expensive. When I tested one 'all-natural' water-based product with no preservative listed, I found methylparaben in it. That's a chemical preservative."
P.S. If you're scanning your labels a little more closely now, look for ingredients like aloe vera juice, honey, and any type of oil -- these are particularly susceptible to bacteria.
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