About this Chemical

  • Preservative found in cleanser, moisturiser, shampoo, conditioner, styling gel and mousse, toothpaste and tooth whitening products, bath oil, exfoliant, makeup, sunscreen, hair colour
  • Parabens are the most widely used preservatives in cosmetics and personal care products such as soap, moisturizers, shaving cream and underarm deodorant, according to the Food and Drug Administration. To get a bit science-y, parabens are esters (a compound formed from acid and alcohol) of p-hydroxybenzoic acid. The FDA says the most common are methylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben