What Are Parabens And Why Should You Avoid Them.

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So while there is currently no scientific evidence to confirm that parabens directly cause cancer, it is right to be mindful. Many products are emerging that are paraben-free, so it is possible to avoid them if you are concerned.

What Are Parabens?
What Are Parabens?

What are the alternatives?

It is safe to say that almost all products that are not specifically labelled at paraben free are likely to contain parabens. You can use oil based organic products, which do not need a preservative like water based cosmetics. These are usually sold in dark, pump containers which keep them protected from air and light.

Brands that are proudly paraben free include the following:

Aubrey Organics

Aveda

Badger

Burt’s Bees

California Baby

Dr. Bronner’s

Dr. Hauschka

John Masters Organics

Josie Maran Cosmetics

Kiss My Face

Korres

Nature’s Gate

Origins

Pangea Organics

Terressentials

Tom’s of Maine

Weleda

What Are Parabens?
What Are Parabens?

Skin Deep

There is also a wonderful online resource called http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/site/about.php“>Skin Deep that you should use to keep fully informed about the cosmetics that you purchase. Their mission is detailed below. You can check your favourite products on their unbiased database to see for yourself results on the ingredients that they include.

It’s our mission at Environmental Working Group to use the power of information to protect human health and the environment. EWG’s Skin Deep database gives you practical solutions to protect yourself and your family from everyday exposures to chemicals. We launched Skin Deep in 2004 to create online safety profiles for cosmetics and personal care products. Our aim is to fill in where industry and government leave off. Companies are allowed to use almost any ingredient they wish. The U.S. government doesn’t review the safety of products before they’re sold. Our staff scientists compare the ingredients on personal care product labels and websites to information in nearly 60 toxicity and regulatory databases. Now in its eighth year, EWG’s Skin Deep database provides you with easy-to-navigate safety ratings for a wide range of products and ingredients on the market.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

This is another great online tool to keep you fully up to date with the status of cosmetics. You can read more about this campaign here on The Good Human. This campaign for Safe Cosmetics has been working hard  for 11 years to educate consumers about the toxic elements of cosmetics that they use. They have pressured many manufacturers into disclosing their full lost of ingredients, and to make wise choices when it comes to their formulations. Their committee consists of representatives from the Breast Cancer Fund, Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow, Friends of the Earth and Women’s Voices for the Earth.

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Comments

  1. Anything with the word “paraben” in the word is a paraben and you are better off buying another product.

  2. Hi there, I watch your article feed and enjoy visiting. The article above describes parabens, but doesn’t really go into detail about how to identify them in products. Wikipedia has some supporting information, but also doesn’t help us identify possible product names we can look for on ingredient lists.
    I guess it’s not a good idea to single out any particular ingredient?

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  5. Beautycounter doesn’t use over 1,500 ingredients in their products that have been found to be health harmful or are questionable, including parabens. we feel you should never have to compromise safety in the name of beauty.

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