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Most cosmetic products require the addition of preservative to prevent microbial contamination and rancidity. Parabens and ester of parabenzoic acid are by far the most commonly used because of their effectiveness against gram-positive bacteria.

Phenoxyethanol is used to protect against gram-negative strains.

In most cases, it is advisable to employ a mixture of preservatives to protect against different bacterial strains as well as yeasts and moulds. Antioxidants such as Tocopherol (vitamin E) and BHT are also added to prevent oxidation of sensitive ingredients as well as protect the skin from free-radical damage.

The use of parabens protect the consumer who uses the product and maintains the product’s integrity. They can be found in products such as makeup, moisturizers, hair care products, and shaving products. They are popular because they are inexpensive, colorless, odorless and nontoxic

The following brands of preservative are available.

• Methyl Paraben BP/USP (25kg/Keg)

• Proply Paraben BP/USP (25kg/Keg)

• Salikat K- 400 (25kg/Keg)

• TC Cathon (2kg per keg)