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Geogard® 221

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INCI Name: Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol
Function: Fungistatic Agent, Preservative, Bacteriostatic Agent
Ingredient Origin: Synthetic
Benefit Claims: Preservation, Chemical Stability, Broad pH Stability, Compatibility, Cost Effective, Anti-Fungal, Anti-Bacterial
Labeling Claims: Not Tested on Animals, Cruelty-Free, Sustainable, Odor-free, Non-GMO, Environmentally Friendly, Natural, Organic, Clean at Sephora
Certifications & Compliance: ECOCERT, EU Compliant, ISO 16128, Soil Association Approved, COSMOS, IECIC (China), Cruelty-Free, EU Cosmetic Regulation 1223/2009 Compliant
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Identification & Functionality

Ingredient Origin
Cosmetic Ingredients
Compositional Breakdown

Lonza Geogard 221 Compositional Breakdown

Geogard® 221 Features & Benefits

Key Attributes
  • Has a wide range of global regulatory approval
  • Easy-to-use and compatible with most types of cosmetic formulations
  • Wide effective pH range
  • Compatible with key raw materials
  • Chemically and physically stable
  • Meet ECOCERT and COSMOS requirements
  • Non-GMO compliant
  • Soil Association approved
  • Not tested on animals
  • Safe handling

Geogard® 221 preservative is based on dehydroacetic acid (DHA) and benzyl alcohol, and therefore is recognized by major cosmetic, toiletry and fragrance regulatory authorities worldwide for use in cosmetic and personal care products. Geogard®221 is light in color, essentially odorless and compatible in a diverse range of product formulations.

Applications & Uses

Personal Care
Application Format
Skin Care Applications
Wipes, Tissue & Towel Applications
Use Level
Application pH Range
  • Anhydrous
  • Baby care
  • Baby wipes
  • Body Butter
  • Body wash
  • Conditioner
  • Cream
  • Deo/ Anti-Perspirant
  • Eye creams/gels
  • Eye shadow
  • Face Lotion
  • Face wipes
  • Facial Cream
  • Foundation
  • Hair gel
  • Hand soap
  • Lipstick/gloss
  • Lotion
  • Make up remover
  • Mascara
  • Oil in Water
  • Powder
  • Shampoo
  • Suncare
  • Toner
  • Water in Oil
Formulation Recommendations
  • Use between pH 2–7
  • Efficacy can be compromised above a pH of 7
  • Can be added at both room and elevated temperatures
  • Enhanced compatibility allows for the addition of Geogard®221
  • virtually anywhere in the manufacturing process
  • Anionics may cause discoloration – carbomers and certain surfactants
  • Highly soluble in polar organic solvents


Physical Form
Clear liquid
Soluble in

Regulatory & Compliance

Global Regulatory


  • Max use level for DHA is 0.6% DHA – rinse-off & leave-on
  • Max use level for Benzyl Alcohol is 1% – rinse-off & leave-on


  • Benzyl alcohol is not permitted for use as a preservative in final
    cosmetic products placed on the Japanese market


  • All ingredients allowed (CIR/PCPC)
  • Refer to present practices of use and concentration


  • ECOCERT & COSMOS accepted, Soil Association approved

Technical Details & Test Data


Microbiological Challenge Studies Studies were run using different concentrations of Geogard® 221 in various formulations to see efficacy against various bacteria, yeast and fungi. All samples were inoculated at the beginning of the study, sampled at 7, 14, 21 and 28 days.

Non Ionic Cream


Ingredient % wt/wt
Sterile DI Water 75%
Myristyl propionate 8%
Glyceryl stearate 6%
Glycerin 5%
PEG-20 glyceryl stearate 4%
Cetearyl alcohol 1.5%
Sodium hydroxide <1%
Total 100%
Non Ionic Cream Test Results

Lonza Geogard 221 Non Ionic Cream Test Results



Ingredient % wt/wt
Sterile DI Water 36%
Sodium lauryl ether sulfate 35%
Triethanolamine lauryl sulfate 25%
Cocomide DEA 3%
Hydrolyzed collagen 1%
Citric acid <1%
Total 100%
Shampoo Test Results

Lonza Geogard 221 Shampoo Test Results

GMS Cream (pH 6)

Lonza Geogard 221 GMS Cream (pH 6)

GMS Cream Test Results

Lonza Geogard 221 GMS Cream Test Results

Cationic Cream (pH 4.5)

Lonza Geogard 221 Cationic Cream (pH 4.5)

Cationic Cream Test Results

Lonza Geogard 221 Cationic Cream Test Results

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Geogard® 221