E214 Ethyl p-hydroxybenzoate

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Propyl 4-hydroxybenzoate



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Propylparaben, the n-propyl ester of p-hydroxybenzoic acid, occurs as a natural substance found in many plants and some insects, although it is manufactured synthetically for use in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and foods.

It is a preservative typically found in many water-based cosmetics, such as creams, lotions, shampoos and bath products. As a food additive, it has the E number E216.

Not recomended for consumption by children

Possible contact allergen. Also see E210

Not permitted for use in France or Australia.


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