The Role of Preservatives

Legal Policy Image

What are Preservatives?
A preservative is an ingredient that is added to products such as foods, pharmaceuticals, personal care products (including cosmetics), and many other products to help keep us safe by reducing the ability of bacteria, yeast, or mold to grow. Preservatives can be synthetic or natural, and some plants and fruits naturally contain preservatives identical to those used in cosmetics and personal care products.

Why are Preservatives used in our products?
Just like food, preservatives help to keep our products fresh and safe. Without preservatives, any product that has just enough water in them to support the growth of bacteria, yeast, or mold, can become contaminated with the bacteria, yeast or mold found in your everyday environment. That includes most moist wipes, hand soaps, lotions and shampoos.

How much preservatives do you add?
Preservatives are added at low levels to ensure that the product doesn’t become contaminated over the time it takes the consumer to finish the product. Every preservative that we use must follow our safety evaluation process for approval and comply with local regulatory requirements.

To make it easier to help you decide which products are right for your family, we share the ingredients used in our products.

Preservatives we do not use in our products:
Kimberly-Clark manufactures a variety of safe and effective products which are free of these preservatives:

  • Formaldehyde or Formaldehyde Releasing Preservatives
  • Methylisothiazolinone (MI)
  • Parabens
  • Triclocarbon
  • Triclosan
Cookie Settings