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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Paraben-free cosmetics

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in their report "Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in the Environment: Agents of Subtle Change?" reported that the chemical preservatives called parabensmethyl, propyl, butyl and ethyl (alkyl-p-hydroxybenzoates)—displayed estrogenic activity in several tests. This means that these chemicals mimic your body´s own hormones and can have endocrine-disrupting action when they are rubbed into your body or washed down the drain into your drinking water.

The following cosmetics are paraben-free:
  • AnneMarie Borlind Natural Beauty
  • Aubrey Organics Skin, Body & Hair Care Products
  • Caribbean Pacifics Suncare Products Dr. Hauschka
  • Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps and all Terressentials products
  • Earths Beauty Cosmetics
  • Honeybee Gardens
  • Kettle Care herbal Body Products
  • Living Nature Products
  • Logona Cosmetics
  • Martina Gebhardt Naturkosmetiks
  • Natural Solutions-Holistic Beauty&Health
  • Organic Essentials Skincare (and Nutritional Product)
  • Organic Excellence Hair Care Products
  • Real Purity Cosmetics
  • Restored Balance Herbal Products
  • Sante Kosmetics
  • Suki's Naturals
Forms of parabens:
Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Benzyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid, Methyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid, Ethyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid, Propyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid, Butyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid, Parahydroxybenzoic acid and Parahydroxybenzoate.

Parabens are a cheap group of compounds used as preservatives found in several cosmetics/powders/lotions/mascara & even under arm deodorant. Parabens are absorbed through the skin. Measurable concentrations of six types of parabens have been identified in biopsy samples from 20 out of 20 breast tumors tested.

Parabens are also linked to mimicking estrogen effects in your body that throw your endocrine levels out of wack. Endocrine levels are what regulate your hormones & thyroid. Additional studies have began with extensive funding to test the link to parabens & cancer. Cosmetic companies use these to give their products a longer shelf life. Olay products, Clinique products even Hope in A jar is loaded with them. I even found it in my Bare Escentials mineral veil. Please take this information & read the ingredients on your cosmetics. Do not wait until the jury has decided that they are infact harmful. There are plenty of cosmetic companies out their that do not use them. Some are even starting to print it right on their labels. "Paraben free". You will find these as Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben & Butylparaben. These will be found near the bottom of the ingredient list on your packaging. Please educate yourself & a friend.