Methylparaben in Personal Care

Look on almost any bottle of shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, personal hygiene product, or cosmetic and you are likely to find a form of paraben listed as an ingredient. Most commonly, you will find methylparaben. In fact, almost any cosmetic with a high water content contains water soluble methylparaben. Personal care products rely on methylparaben as a useful antifungal, antibacterial, and antimicrobial preservative to extend shelf life as it keeps so many of our everyday products fresh. Read more about your personal care raw materials supplier Bell Chem’s methylparaben below.  

  • As a group, parabens are naturally occurring acids derived from para-hydroxybenzoic acid (PHBA). Carrots, blueberries, onions, cucumbers, cherries, and other natural foods contain PHBA. 

  • Our bodies produce parabens as a by-product of the breakdown of amino acids, the building blocks of DNA. Because amino acids are constantly being created and depleted, parabens are present naturally in the body. When water-soluble methylparaben is consumed, it is quickly converted to paraben. The body takes what it needs, and the remainder of this important additive is filtered from the body.

  • Methylparaben’s defense against microorganisms does more than extend shelf life of products; it protects consumers from contracting diseases associated with bacteria, yeast, mold, and fungi. 

  • With a track record extending over a century, methylparaben has proven a safe preservative for food, pharmaceuticals, and personal care.

  • Methylparabens may be listed on an ingredient label as 4-hydroxy methyl ester benzoic acid or methyl 4-hydroxybenzoate.

You can rely on Bell Chem to supply safe, pure raw materials, such as methylparaben for your industry. Bell Chem is a personal care raw materials supplier based in Longwood, FL (just north of Orlando) with hundreds of products – including methylparaben – stocked in their 50,000+ square-foot warehouse. You can expect the highest quality products, expedited shipping options for maximum efficiency, and unrivaled personalized customer service. Let our knowledgeable and friendly customer service representatives and accounting staff personalize all your needs by either calling 407-339-BELL (2355) or by sending us an online message.