A family of preservatives used by the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries to prevent microbial contamination that could potentially threaten product safety and quality.
Parabens occur naturally in red fruit, carrots and royal jelly, but when used commercially are of synthetic origin.
Consumer concerns and what we know
Parabens are suspected to be endocrine disruptors and can potentially induce cancer. Therefore, the European Commission has set up limits to the use of parabens in cosmetics that guarantees its safety.
The endocrine disruption activity increases with the length of the paraben: long chain parabens (ex. butylparaben and propylparaben) have stronger disruption activity, whereas short chain parabens (ethylparaben and methylparaben) present very low activity and are considered safer. For example, in all cases it is not reported to increase the risk of breast cancer when used at regulated concentrations.
We use ethylparaben and methylparaben at lower concentrations than those set up by regulatory bodies, following our safety criteria.
We have been developing and reformulating our products without butylparaben and propylparaben.