PRESERVATIVES - Indispensable Protection


Preservatives are an integral part of cosmetic formulations and consumer safety because they help prevent microbial contamination, not only to protect the freshness of your product, but also to keep you and your family safe from harmful microorganisms.

Consumers are looking for safe and effective cosmetic products: The trend goes toward simplicity and shorter ingredient lists as the modern consumer shows increased awareness of formulation ingredients; they understand their health effects and demand more transparency.

A vast majority asks for alternatives to traditional preservatives including parabens, especially branched chain compounds and formaldehyde donors like DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea and quaternium-15. Moreover, several regulatory restrictions exist on the limited number of preservatives available in the industry.

As a result, cosmetic formulators face a number of challenges in the selection of preservatives, choosing skin-friendly and safe solutions that are also effective and economically viable. Symrise is constantly innovating and developing solutions for your individual product protection needs. As one of Symrise’s key competencies we offer modern, safe and alternative preservative solutions within the SymOcide® product portfolio which comprises a full range of unique molecules and synergistic blends.


SymOcide® C – The Undisputed Cosmetic Preservative

INCI: o-Cymen-5-ol

  • Nature-inspired, isomer of Thymol
  • Provides quick kill of bacteria (hygiene)
  • Provides broad spectrum protection in synergistic combination with multifuctionals like SymSave® H
  • Antioxidant capacity
  • Colorless crystals with low odor
  • Soluble in ethanol and glycols
  • Food grade – suitable for oral care
  • China compliant


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SymOcide® PH – Broad Spectrum Preservative Blend with Antioxidant Activity

INCI: Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Caprylyl Glycol, Water (Aqua)

  • Synergistic blend containing the multifunctional SymSave® H
  • One-product-solution for skin and hair cosmetics, for both leave-on and rinse-off formulations
  • Easy to formulate, good for cold process formulations such as shampoos, wet wipes and lotions
  • Antioxidant activity
  • Colorless to pale yellow liquid with low odor
  • Soluble in ethanol and glycols
  • Food grade – suitable for oral care
  • China compliant


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SymOcide® PT – Beyond Preservation with Tropolone

INCI: Phenoxyethanol, Tropolone

  • Powerful patented blend offering broad spectrum preservation even for difficult-to-preserve formulations (such as high SPF emulsions)
  • Excellent antioxidant capacity
  • Ideal for a broad variety of cosmetic formulations
  • Colourless to pale yellow clear liquid with a mild characteristic odor
  • Soluble in esters and glycols
  • Food grade – suitable for oral
  • China compliant


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SymOcide® PS – Broad Spectrum Preservation with Deodorant Activity

INCI: Phenoxyethanol, Decylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol

  • Patented, synergistic preservative blend with the two multifunctionals SymClariol® and Hydrolite® 6
  • Clinically proven deodorant activity for 24 hours protection
  • Good for aqueous formulations like shampoo, gel and toner, works in leave-on as well as  rinse-off products
  • Beneficial on emulsion stability
  • Colorless liquid with low odor
  • Soluble in ethanol and glycols
  • Food grade – suitable for oral care
  • China compliant


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SymOcide® BHO – 3-in-1 Preservative Solution

INCI: Benzyl alcohol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Caprylyl Glycol, Aqua, (stabilizer: Dilauryl Thiodipropionate)


  • Liquid blend featuring benzyl alcohol and Hydroxyacetophenone (SymSave® H)
  • Contains an antioxidant/soothing agent
  • Ideal for all kinds of formulations: emulsions, aqueous gels, surfactant-based formulas, wet wipes – A true multi-tasking ingredient!!
  • Colorless to pale yellow liquid with low odor
  • Soluble in ethanol and glycol
  • China compliant


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SymOcide® PDO – Mass Market Preservative Blend

INCI: Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Decylene Glycol

  • Cost effective broad-spectrum blend
  • Contains a registered preservative
  • Allows one-step cold processing
  • Suitable for wide range of product applications from mass market to premium
  • Colorless to light yellow clear liquid with low odor
  • Soluble in glycols and esters
  • Suitable for oral care
  • China compliant


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