Regular readers know that I'm not wild about many preservatives. They might keep bugs at bay, but at the cost of side effects such as skin irritation and even cancer or cell death. So I was pleased to find Dr Hauschka's Jojoba and Marshmallow Conditioner. The only thing that could be construed to be a preservative amongst the ingredients is citric acid. Although I have also read that rosemary can play an anti-bacterial role.

Whatever Dr H thought would do the preservative trick, did not. Black mold developed under the lid of my bottle within less than six months. There is also a layer of fur on the surface of the stopper that is less visible as it is only just turning black.

Cosmetic formulators are always saying that preservatives may not be perfect, but are preferential to the alternative. The alternative that formed on my Dr Hauschka is a testament to that. I'm not going to give up crusading for preservatives that are perfectly safe, but until we get them I shall probably have to put up with a few parabens and a smattering of phenoxyethanol.

Water/Aqua, Betaine, Alcohol, Sorbitol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Jojoba (Buxus Chinensis) Oil, Glyceryl Laurate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Milk Protein, Althaea Officinalis (Marsh Mallow) Extract, English Oak (Quercus Robur) Extract, Nettle (Urtica Urens) Extract, Burdock (Arctium Lappa) Extract, Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) Extract, Neem (Melia Azadirachta) Leaf Extract, Macadamia Ternifolia Nut Oil, Fragrance/Parfum (Essential Oil), Limonene*, Citral*, Linalool*, Apple (Pyrus Malus) Cider Vinegar, Tricaprylin, Lecithin, Galactoarabinan, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum