Toe and I go to Denver for our tracking test tomorrow. The draw for the order of go is at 7:45, I'd like to get there by 7:30 so I don't feel rushed or panicky which means I'll leave our house at 5:45am... yikes.
It's supposed to be a nice day and if he tracks like he's been tracking and I "follow my dog", things should be fine and I hope to report he'll have a TD for tracking dog behind his name at the AKC.
Furry Husband and I also presented our goat milk lotion to a buyer at a larger corporate chain. She will pass it out to her staff and get their feedback. We're to call her in 3 weeks to discuss things further. If they say no, they say no but it's one more learning curve and one more sales call under my belt.
She had an interesting question. She asked what the preservative I use is derived from. I couldn't answer her but I told her I'd find out and get back to her. I called my supplier confident they would know... nope. I turned to the web. I couldn't find anything other than what my supplier could give me.
I discovered which laboratory made and sold the preservative. I called their customer service department. I asked them what Optiphen is derived from. The woman told me that question was too technical and she'd patch me through to a skin care scientist.
A man with a foreign accent picked up the line. I'm pretty sure he had more smarts than your average bear... usually when you are a SCIENTIST you're pretty 'effing smart! I asked him if he could tell me what Optiphen is derived from.
He was silent. You could hear him trying to figure out how to answer me...
"What do you mean 'derived' from? It's not derived from anything.... we make it. It's synthetic. We synthesize it."
"It's phenoxyethanol and caprylyl glycol... that is what it is. There is no 'derived from'. "
He put me through to a microbiologist who responded much in the same way. I know in the cosmetic/soap industry, there have been paraben scares, petroleum scares and evidently while discussing this quandry with the skin care scientist, the latest scare is propelyne glycol because of butylene contained within it. Caprylyl glycol does not contain butylene.
I made sure to point that out in my e-mail to the buyer, along with the chemical composition of the preservative, the material safety data sheet provided by the laboratory for the preservative and the conversation I had with the scientist and microbiologist. I hope that is enough information. I won't know til we speak again in 3 weeks!
It's a bit of a sticky wicket - this preservative issue. Without SOME sort of preservative, my liquid based lotion becomes a petri dish of cultures, bacteria and fungus. Harmful, harmful beasties. However, the 'all natural' crowd wants to feel good about buying everything green with no added chemicals or preservatives.
The natural preservatives - vitamin E, C, or A, grapefruit seed extract, essential oils etc. - aren't, in my opinion, safe enough and broad spectrum enough to cover the possibilities. Large companies have the labs and resources to find different preservatives - when one is labeled "bad", they easily move onto the next chemical without the offensive ingredient.
It's an interesting issue.
Sort of the Kobayashi Maru of the lotion/cosmetics world.