On a cosmetic pack
Parabens are quoted on the label as: • Methylparaben • Butylparaben • Propylparaben • Ethylparaben • Benzylparaben • Isobutylparaben
On a food pack
Parabens in food packs are quoted as E numbers.
They are mentioned in the ingredients list. Parabens commonly used as food additives are:
• Methylparaben (E218)
• Heptylparaben (E209)
Products with the claim‘Paraben free’
Although the jury is out on the connection between parabens and human health, there is a growing band of products claiming to be parabensfree. Apparently, products that claim to be parabens-free use alternative preservatives such as phenoxyethanol, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, neolone, optiphen plus, hydantoin, glycacil, natrulon and benzethonium chloride.
Parabens are used extensively in some of the most commonly used personal-care products like shampoo and soap