Beauty & Fashion

Paraben-Free Beauty: Rid Your Body of This Chemical with this List of Paraben-Free Cosmetics

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“Paraben-free” is a phrase which is doing the rounds in the beauty world a lot these days, without most people knowing what these chemicals really are. Parabens, to simplify it, are preservatives used in cosmetic products. Without them, microbes will fester in our products and spoil them. While parabens are also used as preservatives in food and some medicines, their ill-effects have only come to light recently.

Which products have parabens?
products have parabens
A lot of products we use every day, and cannot do without, contain parabens. Some of these are:

  • Toothpaste
  • Sunscreen
  • Shampoos
  • Conditioner
  • Hair-serum
  • Shaving creams
  • Mascara
  • Moisturiser
  • Deodorant
  • Eyeliner

Why are parabens bad?

While some say parabens do not cause much harm, around 75% of the research done in the subject says parabens are very harmful. They are known to cause numerous problems like:


Parabens encourage the chances of getting harmful tumours. The frightening thing about paraben-usage is the spike in chances of getting terminal illnesses like breast cancer, as a result. Those who have a history of breast cancer should definitely stay away from any products containing parabens.

Why are parabens bad

Reproductive issues

Parabens disturb our body’s hormonal balance, and can cause reproductive health issues in both men and women.

Harmful for children

Exposure to parabens can cause developmental disorders in infants, harming their immune system and also leading to learning disabilities.

Premature ageing

While definitely less harmful than the other side effects of paraben absorption mentioned here, parabens, especially ‘methyl paraben,’ cause premature ageing. Since many beauty products contain this, it is rather counter-productive to use them.

Making the switch to paraben-free products

Before you accuse us of being faddists who are attempting to jump on the “organic and natural” bandwagon, we would like to justify a shift in our product preference. Parabens are used by manufacturers because they are an inexpensive preservative which helps them cut costs at the expense of our health. Products can be manufactured without using parabens, so we believe that using paraben-free products will push all companies to take a step in this direction.

Making the switch to paraben-free products

To know if a product is paraben-free, check the list of ingredients for parabens. Look for words like propylparaben, ethylparaben and butylparaben, which are commonly used parabens on moisturiser labels. For cosmetics, search for propylparaben, ethylparaben and butylparaben, which are commonly-used parabens.

Also see if the product uses organic acids like diazolidinyl urea, sodium benzoate, and potassium sorbate, as these are safe preservatives. Herbal and organic products do not contain parabens usually, so they are an option as well.

Paraben products you can try

We list out some great paraben-free bath and beauty products for you to switch to!

Forest Essentials

   All products by Forest Essentials are paraben-free. Buy this luxury soap here for ₹395.Oriflame's ecobeauty Shower gelOriflame’s ecobeauty range is paraben-free. Buy this shower gel here for ₹398.

Khadi Herbals makes paraben-free shampoosKhadi Herbals makes paraben-free shampoos. Buy this here for ₹210.

new Garnier Ultra Blends range of shampoos and conditioners is paraben-free

The new Garnier Ultra Blends range of shampoos and conditioners is paraben-free. Buy this conditioner here for ₹75.

Biotique skin lotionBiotique claims all its products are paraben-free. Buy this lotion here for ₹199.

Inglot paraben free makeup removerInglot claims all its products are paraben-free. Buy this makeup remover here for ₹280. You can also try a host of paraben-free makeup by this cosmetics giant.Lotus Herbals' Phyto Rx range claims to be paraben-free. An anti-ageing productLotus Herbals’ Phyto Rx range claims to be paraben-free. An anti-ageing product without parabens is a great investment. Buy it here for ₹375.

Apart from the products listed here, Kama Ayurveda, Revlon, Shahnaz Husain, The Nature’s Co, Sebamed, and Tarte Cosmetics, among others, are 100% paraben-free.

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