Most popular preservatives used in the cosmetic industry

PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
Interesting list.  Parabens remain the most popular preservatives in the cosmetic industry.


  • BelassiBelassi Member
    edited February 2016
    I have our first products made 5 years ago with parabens still preserved after sitting around all this time in all sorts of temperatures. Kind of like a McDonalds burger. Very useful list, I will save it.
    Cosmetic Brand Creation. Concept to name to IMPI search to logo and brand registration. In-house graphic design inc. Pantone specs. Cosmetic label and box design & graphics.
  • ozgirlozgirl Member, PCF student
    Thanks for sharing!

    You will notice that even though the parabens remain the most popular if you calculate the percentage of use this has decreased significantly because the amount of formulations investigated has increased.

    It is interesting to see that the isothiazolinone preservatives are still increasing in popularity even with the concerns over irritation and allergy.

  • DilfreDilfre Member
    Hello, what about formol, sodium benzoate and Nipacide? those are very popular in south america and do not figure on the list? Regards
  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    This list is from Canada and the US. I'm not sure about usage in South America. Sodium Benzoate is 12th on the list.
  • DilfreDilfre Member
    I have made my own research, and found out that Nipacide is a blend of parabenes. thanks for your repply Perry.
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