Spectrastat™ GHL Natural

Caprylhydroxamic Acid (and) Glyceryl Heptanoate (and) Propanediol

Gentle in Formulas, Tough on Mold

Spectrastat™ GHL Natural is an optimized combination of multifunctional ingredients that allows formulators to easily create self-preserving formulations. The mildness of Caprylhydroxamic Acid and Glyceryl Heptanoate makes this ingredient system ideal for sensitive skin, facial care, and baby care applications. Spectrastat™ GHL Natural is also ideal for clear formulations.

  • Broad pH range
  • Liquid format
  • Cold processable
  • Mild to skin
  • Ideal for clear formulations
  • Broad spectrum
  • Effective in emulsions, surfactant-based products, sunscreens, and wipes juice formulations
  • Easy to formulate
  • 100% natural
  • Self-preserving from Hurdle Technology approach
  • Free of parabens, formaldehyde donors, MIT, phenoxyethanol, and other traditional preservatives

Micro summary:

  • Controls bacteria (gram +/-), yeast, and mold
  • Pass results with industry standard tests: EP-A, EP-B, USP51, and PCPC
  • Pass results with recommended use level: 1.0 – 2.0% (w/w)

Standards & Certifications

100% Natural
100% USDA certified biobased content
Natural Origin Index: 1.0
Readily Biodegradable
NSF/ANSI 305 Approved
Clean Beauty Preferred
Non-palm Derived
Halal Certified
Vegan & Cruelty-free
Kosher Compliant
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Additional Information

How to Use

Recommended Use Level

  • O/W Emulsion: 1.0 - 1.5%
  • O/W Sunscreens: 1.5 - 2.0%
  • Cleansers: 1.5 - 2.0%
  • Wipe Juices: 1.0 - 2.0%

Use Instruction:

  • For use in cold or hot process
  • Mix well before using
  • Add to water phase (below 80°C) or during cool down phase (~40°C)
  • For clear formulations, solubilize using LexSolv™ Essential

Please request an Alternative Preservation Formulators Guide for more information.

Primary Feedstocks

  • Coconut
  • Corn
  • Castor

For more information about the origin and processing of this ingredient, please request a Technical & Regulatory Dossier.

The Science Behind

This alternative preservation system employs the Hurdle Technology approach, utilizing a combination of multifunctional ingredients to create a hostile environment for microbial growth.

Spectrastat™ GHL Natural includes the following multifunctional components to create a complete broad spectrum preservation system:

  • Caprylhydroxamic Acid: A 100% natural organic acid and chelating agent that prevents the growth of yeast and mold in formulation. Unlike most organic acids used in preservation, caprylhydroxamic acid remains undissociated at neutral pH.
  • Glyceryl Heptanoate: A skin conditioner and emulsifying agent that prevents the growth of bacteria in formulation. It has a short carbon chain length which makes it ultra-mild on skin.
  • Propanediol: A 100% natural humectant that acts as a carrier for ease of formulation.

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