At Heymountain all products are self-preserving cosmetic products. Since its establishment in 2009 Heymountain omitted for all its manufactured cosmetic products the 57 preservatives which are available in the European Cosmetics Regulation as preservatives (EU Cosmetics Regulation, Annex VI, Part 1, List of Preservatives allowed). Within these 57 preservatives that are allowed and approved by the EU, there are, for example, parabens, methylisothiazolinone, formaldehydes, and many others.
Why don´t we use these approved and permitted preservatives?
Simple question, simple answer. Because we do not need them!
Solid self-preserving cosmetics, shampoos, shower gels, etc.
Heymountain has many cosmetic products that contain virtually no water, such as bath products, massage bars, skin conditioners, liquid perfumes and solid perfumes. Without access to water, microorganisms can not grow and multiply. These products need no preservation. Our soaps, shampoos, shower gels, as well as our products that contain a lot of salt or sugar, are able to preserve themselves due to their ingredients and formulation, and therefore they do not require additional preservatives.
Self-preserving cream products
Of course Heymountain also produces a wide range of cream products. Creams contain water and are for this reason a potential basis for the growth of microorganisms. However, with a sophisticated interplay of multifunctional ingredients, active plant extracts and essential oils, we have learned to use secondary antibacterial or antifungal properties of these materials to safely stabilize our cosmetic products. All Heymountain products are therefore able to preserve themselves due to their specific ingredients and formulation. They do not need any extra preservatives from the official EU preservatives list. Well, and because we do not need these preservatives, we just don´t use them!
Disputes over the usage of preservatives in cosmetic products
A bitter dispute took place in recent years in connection with some preservatives, and these conflicts still seem to intensify. Some critics, but also members of the EU's scientific advisory group, refer to studies about some preservatives which in their opinion might have certain disadvantageous properties, and they make recommendations to limit the concentration of these substances more severely, or even suggest to ban them. On the other hand, some manufacturers speak of deficiencies in the studies, and sometimes write long texts, which are intended to explain the safety of the preservatives used. For us, it just does not matter which preservatives other manufacturers are using, or whether they do not require the EU-approved preservatives. Apart from that, any criticism of the use of legal substances would not be legally possible.
Free of preservatives
In cosmetics, when it comes to terms such as preservative-free or free of preservatives, very often confusion and disagreement is not far away. A few years ago, it was easy to use the term preservative-free. The EU Cosmetics Regulation exactly stipulates which substances are preservatives. It would therefore be logical that a product is free of preservatives if it contains none of the 57 preservatives allowed and approved in the EU. If it only were so easy.
In 2009, there were not many manufacturers which produced creams without the addition of preservatives. And there were even less manufacturers who, like Heymountain, completely omitted the use of preservatives, as defined by the EU, in their whole product range. However, since the new EU Cosmetics Regulation came into force, one can not say anymore that cosmetic products are preservative free. One reason for this is that such a claim apparently would belittle other producers and would therefore be treated as an unwarranted competitive advantage. The Regulation states that substances with multi-functional effects may not be advertised as free of these effects. For example, when a specific ingredient other than its normal function also has an antibacterial effect, then it is considered a multi-functional ingredient, and thus the statement "free from ..." will no longer be possible. In addition, the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has expressed the view that all manufacturers shall not use the claim "preservative-free" or similar expressions for their cosmetic products. At Heymountain, we do respect these decisions.