INGREDIENT GLOSSARY

Benzoic Acid

*Also Called: Carboxybenzene, Benzene carboxylic acid, Phenylformic acid

Cosmetic / Ingestion Purposes:

Masking, Fragrance, Bulking Agent, Ph Adjuster, Preservative

Ingredient Analysis

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Benzoic Acid

What does it do? What is it used for? Read further to learn how KOLAS Hemp uses this ingredient to compliment our CBD Hemp products.

in simple terms,

Benzoic acid occurs naturally in many plants and serves as a food preservative and in the manufacture of various cosmetics, dyes, insect repellents, etc.

Benzoic Acid

How safe is 

Benzoic Acid

Benzoic Acid is rated a 3 of 10. This ingredient is considered moderate hazard. KOLAS Hemp only uses All-Natural ingredients in the formulation of our CBD Hemp products.

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Let's dive a little deeper...

Benzoic acid is a preservative and pH adjuster in skincare products. It is known to be well-tolerated and unlikely to cause sensitization in quantities usually used. It's usually blended with other preservatives to avert wider contamination, specifically in water-based formulas. Benzoic acid predominantly helps to lower the growth of fungi. It is not deemed particularly effective against bacteria.


The Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel ruled that personal care products containing up to 5% benzoic acid are safe for cosmetic use. When used as a preservative in skincare products, you'll discover benzoic acid level is usually between 0.2–0.5%. 


Note: While benzoic acid can be fragrant in essence, it usually isn't used in high enough volumes to produce a perceptible aroma in skincare products. 


Fun fact: Benzoic acid can be naturally found in fruits (berries), nuts, spices, and veggies. Excellent sources include strawberries, cayenne pepper, mustard, prunes, cinnamon, and cloves. Benzoic acid can also be used as a preservative in food products.

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Benzoic Acid