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Lubrizol debuts paraben alternative

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

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With the negative perception of paraben and formaldehyde preservatives in the marketplace, and shift to food-grade preservatives like sodium benzoate, Lubrizol Corporation releases Carbopol Aqua SF-2 polymer. Product is a "rheology modifier" that "delivers high clarity and superior suspension in the 4 to 6 pH range," says the Cleveland, Ohio-based company in a Sept. 13 release. Product will accommodate natural preservatives that require a pH level near 5 without sacrificing formulation clarity or flow properties, according to Lubrizol. "Now formulators can display colorful beads, sparkling pearls and exfoliating scrubs while also achieving claims of 'paraben-free,' 'formaldehyde-free,' 'preservative-free' and even 'skin neutral pH,'" firm explains. Potential uses for the polymer include clear bath gels, body scrubs with suspended microcapsules, facial scrubs with exfoliating beads, anti-acne facial cleansers with salicylic acid, pearlescent shampoos and soap-based cleansers

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