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Geogard® 221

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Geogard® 221 preservative is based on a synergistic blend of 2 active ingredients, dehydroacetic acid (DHA) and benzyl alcohol. The product is recognized by major cosmetic, toiletry and fragrance regulatory authorities worldwide for use in cosmetic and personal care products and formulations. 

Geogard®221 has a broad spectrum activity, is light in color, essentially odorless and easy to formulate in a diverse range of products.

INCI Name: Benzyl Alcohol (CAS: 100-51-6), Dehydroacetic Acid (CAS: 520-45-6) and Aqua (CAS: 7732-18-5)

Key Benefits of Geogard® 221:

Wide range of global regulatory approvals

Broad spectrum protection

ECOCERT/COSMOS compliant, NATRUE certified and Soil Association approved

Wide applicability/compatibility with key raw materials

Easy-to-use and compatible with most types of cosmetic formulations

Benefit and Labeling Claims:

Benefit Claims

Broad pH Stability

Chemical Stability

Compatibility

Cost Effective

Labeling Claims

Cruelty-Free

Environmentally Friendly

Non-GMO

Not Tested on Animals

Odor-free

Sustainable

Applications Include:

Personal Care — Beauty & Care

Baby Care

Bath & Shower

Color Cosmetics

Hair Care

Skin Care

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
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

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
Description

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

Markets
Personal Care
Application Format
Skin Care Applications
Wipes, Tissue & Towel Applications
Use Level
0.2-1.1%
Application pH Range
2–7
Applications
  • 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

Properties

Carrier
Physical Form
Odor
Mild
Appearance
Clear liquid
Soluble in
Oil

Regulatory & Compliance

Global Regulatory

Europe

  • 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

Japan

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

US

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

General

  • ECOCERT & COSMOS accepted, Soil Association approved

Technical Details & Test Data

Efficacy

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

Lonza Geogard 221 Non Ionic Cream

Non Ionic Cream Test Results

Lonza Geogard 221 Non Ionic Cream Test Results

Shampoo

Lonza Geogard 221 Shampoo

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

Packaging & Availability

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Products: Amphoterge® K-2, Cosmocil® CQ, Geogard® 111A, Geogard® 111S, Geogard® 221, Geogard® ECT, Geogard Ultra®, Glycacil® 2000, Glycacil® L, Glydant®, Glydant® 2000, Glydant® LTD, Glydant Plus® Liquid, Isocil® PC, Niacinamide USP PC, Arxada Benzethonium Chloride, Glydant Plus® PC, Mikrokill® COS, Spectradyne™, Zinc Omadine® 48% FPS Cosm Grade, SYNETH™ S10 K RSPO MB Pastille, SYNETH™ O13 K RSPO MB, Geogard® Boost PHC