Definition: P-Anisic acid, also known as 4-methoxybenzoic acid, is a naturally occurring organic acid found in anise, fennel, and star anise. It belongs to the class of aromatic carboxylic acids and is derived from anisole.
Use in cosmetics: P-Anisic acid is used in cosmetics and personal care products as a preservative and fragrance ingredient. As a preservative, it helps prevent the growth of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms, ensuring the product's stability and safety. Additionally, it can contribute to the fragrance profile of a cosmetic formulation.
Other names: 4-methoxybenzoic acid, draconic acid, benzoic acid, 4-methoxy-
Skin sensitivities: In rare cases, P-Anisic acid can cause allergic reactions, particularly in individuals allergic to other aniseed-derived ingredients. It is not recommended for use by people with known allergies to anise, fennel, or star anise.
Other risks: P-Anisic acid is generally considered safe for use in cosmetics when used in appropriate concentrations. However, as with any cosmetic ingredient, individual sensitivity or allergy may vary. It is always recommended to perform a patch test before using a new product to check for personal reactions.