What are Parabens and What does 'paraben-free' mean when applied to skincare, haircare and beauty products sold in India?

What are Parabens and What does 'paraben-free' mean when applied to skincare, haircare and beauty products sold in India?

In a world, with exceeding awareness and a constant need for effective precautions, where we keep a tab on what we eat and utilize, we are also very well aware of the ingredients of our skincare and what we feed our skin with. Scientifically, parabens, found in majority products that we use, is the number one villain of your skincare love story!

What Are Parabens?

We are told parabens are bad for our health and skin, but what exactly are parabens? They are synthetic chemicals used as artificial preservatives added in health and beauty products to provide them with longer shelf life. They also help in preventing the harmful growth of bacteria and mould within them. 

These widely used parabens, being highly successful in generating the intended result may cost very little to produce but have the potential for repeated lifelong exposure. Scientific studies suggest that parabens can harm fertility, disrupt hormones in the body, etc. Parabens are also known to increase skin’s sensitivity to sunlight and UV rays causing skin cells to die at a much faster rate that leads to ‘Ageing’. Matter of fact, even if cosmetics or skincare products contain ingredients that can biodegrade, these products can still be formulated without adding synthetic chemicals called parabens. If the product you’re buying lists ingredients in full on the label like methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben, then they contain paraben and you need to stay clear of them for your own skin’s safety.

The Future Of Beauty: A Paraben-Free Label

The awareness-driven skincare industry in India is combating overexposure to packaged and synthetic substances and is slowly moving towards the trend of paraben-free cosmetics. Many beauty companies, including Just Herbs, are responding to the public's concerns about parabens, and are coming up with natural alternatives. 

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Just Herbs do not use parabens. While we, as a brand, don’t support or oppose the use of parabens but we sure stand and endorse safe skincare. This is why we’ve eliminated this controversial ingredient from all our formulations. Instead, we use preservatives approved by ECOCERT (the French organic certification agency) and our proprietary blend of essential oils and herbs to preserve our products. This ensures product stability without compromising safety.

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Paraben-Free Skin Care

When it comes to skincare, more and more, people are opting for formulas that are free of parabens. While the other lot has assumed that paraben-free and natural products are simply not as effective. Today, we will tell you why you need to ditch parabens - there are so many synthetic-free/paraben-free products on the market that are just as effective and are gentle on the skin, that you’ll not feel the need of using artificial ingredients which can cause irritation and stress, especially to sensitive skin types. Check out the benefits of using oil for hair.

Just Herbs skincare collection marries essential oils and botanical extracts to deeply nourish your skin and make you feel relaxed and rejuvenated in no time. It is literally the best thing for your skin. From the organic cleansers to dark circles removal products, night creams and gels to products for glowing skin – we have something for every skin concern. At Just Herbs, we create products containing ingredients that are naturally sourced, minimally processed and work naturally to preserve. We work with purely natural plant-based oils, and most of them come with their own built-in natural preservative system because of their anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. So, you don’t have to worry about being exposed to harmful preservatives any more.

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Paraben-Free Hair Care

We all enjoy strolling the hair care aisle of our favourite stores, and these days we see more and more labels with the phrase ‘paraben-free.’ While we believe that you have already learnt the downsides of parabens, it time to learn about sulphates in hair care products. While both, parabens and sulphates, serve a functional purpose, parabens work to preserve the cosmetics for a long period of time, sulphates are responsible to give a shampoo it's lather. But beware, the two have some detrimental effects on your hair, like they can strip away all the natural moisturising oils from your hair strands which keep your mane healthy and irritation-free. The overdose of parabens and sulphates can also lead to severe skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.

Finding natural alternatives which are not harmful can be tricky. But we have a solution for those looking for something gentle that doesn’t leave any residue, but thorough enough to keep our hair feeling bouncy and fresh. Just Herbs has come up with a holistic approach of keeping Ayurvedic practice in mind and developed Herbal hair care products which boast all-green chemistry and make your hair feel good and healthy. Our shampoos and conditioners will work wonders on your hair, inflicting zero to no damage with regular washes.

Paraben-Free Beauty

If you look on the back of your average cosmetics, you may find parabens that can be identified as estrogenic and disruptive of normal hormone function. You might see the words “butylparaben,” “methylparaben” or “propylparaben,” which are still being reviewed by the FDA scientist to approve of their safety. The truth is that these ingredients are harmful for the skin with some potential health risks involved. Luckily, if you prefer to err on the side of paraben-free beauty, then Just Herbs has got all the beauty essentials to get you started. 

Using pure and earth-friendly ingredients, Just Herbs has a range of non-toxic products you need to build the ultimate natural makeup kit. Our clean cosmetics collection is having a moment for being a luxury makeup option that is both certified organic and sustainable. We have Herb Enriched Ayurvedic Lipstick available in 16 #glamorouslygreen shades which features natural pigments and purposeful ingredients with no fillers. We are sure you’ll love wearing them as much as we enjoyed making them!

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We think this is motivation enough to make the switch from your regular cosmetics to paraben-free collection at Just Herbs. So, welcome to the family!


  1. https://www.healthline.com/health/sulfate-in-shampoo
  2. https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/cosmetic-ingredients/parabens-cosmetics
  3. https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/By_the_way_doctor_Are_parabens_dangerous
  4. https://www.theworldcounts.com/challenges/toxic-exposures/use-of-chemicals/parabens-health-effects/story

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