Yes, skin care can be natural or organic even if it has preservatives, so long as the preservatives are from natural or organic sources. (That’s right—natural preservatives do exist!) Below are some examples of some natural preservatives:
Phenoxyethanol, which is derived from sugar
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride and Capryl Glycol, which are derived from coconut and coconut oil respectively.
Cetearyl Glucoside, which is derived from vegetable derived cetearyl alcohol and glucose
Dehydroacetic Acid, which comes from larch trees and/or pine needles and has a low sensitizing potential.
Potassium Sorbate, which comes potassium salt of Sorbic Acid from berries
Sodium Chloride, which comes from evaporation of sea water, or rock salt (halite)
Important note! Even though some preservatives are naturally derived, they still might have a chemical name, as above. It doesn’t mean they’re not natural, even with the long, complex, chemically-sounding moniker!
Other natural preservative that show antimicrobial activity are grapefruit seed and rosemary extracts, tea tree, neem seed and thyme essential oils as well as Vitamin E and C. The preservative effect of most natural agents is primarily based on their antioxidant activity preventing oils and fats to become rancid.