Natural antimicrobial preservative used in personal care products and cosmetics as an alternative to potentially harmful preservatives.
Leuconostoc, vegetable (plant) ferment, was first recognized as an effective anti-microbial, and introduced to the Korean culinary world as kimchi, a source of various vital nutrients, dietary fibers, vitamins and minerals. It was discovered that these products of fermentation demonstrate moderate bacteriostatic activity and were found effective as a natural preservative to inhibit reproduction of bacteria.
Personal care solutions such as creams and lotions are prone to spoilage, and bacterial growth if not formulated with a protective constituent. However, some preservatives such as parabens have raised growing concern with regard to risks of harm to humans. Leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, the manufactured form of this natural preservative alternative, is added to some hand and body creams, lotions, facial products, and also shampoos and conditioners.
Although it has been found effective for use independently in skin care products, Leuconostoc/Radish root ferment filtrate is used in the Bellatorra system as a supporting preservative to further enhance these anti-microbial properties.