These days when you go shopping for your grooming and shower essentials, you may have noticed that “paraben free” labels are popping up everywhere. What are parabens?
Parabens are the most widely used preservatives in personal care products — stopping fungus, bacteria and other microbes from growing in your favorite products, especially in the moist, warm environment of a bathroom.
Chemically, they are a series of parahydroxybenzoates or ester of parahydroxybenzoic acid. Parabens are effective preservatives in many types of formulas. These compounds, and their salts, are used primarily for their bactericidal and fungicidal properties.
They are found in shampoos, commercial moisturisers, shaving gel, personal lubricants, topical/paternal pharmaceuticals, suntan products, makeup and toothpaste. They are also used as food preservatives.