Personal Care

Protect your personal care products from microbial contamination

Personal Care Product Solutions

Consumers trust that their personal care products – from their shampoo to their baby wipes – will be safe to use.

With a broad portfolio of preservatives and extensive application expertise, we help protect your personal care products from contamination and maintain product integrity, allowing you to address consumer and regulatory expectations for safe, high quality, effective products.

Our preservatives are designed to protect personal care products from contamination by bacteria, yeasts and molds while offering ease of formulation. We offer a range of solutions to preserve rinse-off and leave-on products, including bath and shower products, hair and skin care products, sunscreens and wipes.

Dow Microbial Control’s experts in preservation, toxicology and regulatory compliance will team with you to select Dow’s best preservative solution for your personal care products.

Personal Care Applications

Our preservatives for personal care help keep your products free from microbial contamination.

Rinse Off:

  • Shampoos
  • Conditioners
  • Body Washes
  • Liquid Soaps

Leave On:

  • Creams and Lotions
  • Wipes
  • Cosmetics
  • Sunscreens
  • Hair Gels and Mousses
  • Leave-in Conditioners

Select Products


Product Name Active Ingredient Features & Benefits
NEOLONE™ PH 100 Preservative Phenoxyethanol
(PEOH or POE)
  • High-purity, single-active preservative based on Phenoxyethanol chemistry
  • Recommended for protection of leave-on skin care products, hair care products, and wipes
  • Effective control of a broad spectrum of bacteria, especially gram-negative bacteria
  • Excellent stability over a wide pH and temperature range
  • Outstanding performance when used in combination with a broad range of preservatives and fungicides
  • Globally approved as a preservative for cosmetics
  • Recommended dose for leave-on applications: 0.5 – 0.9% (as supplied)
KATHON™ CG Preservative CMIT/MIT
  • An aqueous mixture of methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone
  • Superior broad-spectrum activity against many bacteria, yeasts and molds
  • Effective over a pH range typical for personal care products
  • Very effective at low use levels, providing cost-to-treat advantage
  • Supported by more than 30 years of safe and effective use
  • Recommended dose: 0.06% to 0.10% (as supplied)
NEOLONE™ 950 Preservative Methylisothiazolinone (MIT)
  • A single active preservative based on methylsiothiazolinone chemistry
  • Simple, water-based formulation for ease of use
  • Effective broad-spectrum bactericide
  • Excellent stability over a wide pH and temperature range
  • Compatible with a variety of fungicides and bactericides
  • Recommended dose: 0.05% to 0.1% (as supplied)
NEOLONE™ PE Preservative Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) + Phenoxyethanol (EPH or PEOH or POE)
  • A blend of methylisothiazolinone and phenoxyethanol
  • Excellent control of a broad spectrum of bacteria, yeasts and molds
  • Excellent stability over a wide pH and temperature range
  • Highly effective in surfactant containing formulations
  • Recommended dose: 0.35% to 0.45% (as supplied)
NEOLONE™ CapG Preservative Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) + Caprylyl Glycol (Cap G)
  • Effective combination of methylisothiazolinone with caprylyl glycol
  • Broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity with enhanced control of many fungi
  • Excellent stability over a wide pH and temperature range
  • Recommended dose 0.55% to 0.83% (as supplied)
NEOLONE™ MxP Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) + Phenoxyethanol (EPH or PEOH or POE) + Methylparaben + Propylparaben
  • A proprietary blend of methylisothiazolinone, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben and propylparaben
  • Excellent activity versus a broad spectrum of bacteria, yeasts and molds
  • Excellent stability over a wide pH and temperature range
  • Preservative blend simplifies formulating with parabens in personal care formulations
  • Recommended dose: 0.33% to 0.55% (as supplied)

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