When I first had the idea of creating these products, the concept of clean skin care was still so new. Working in natural therapies in my twenties I was surrounded by this concept. I wanted to get this information AND these products into the world!
Parabens are synthetic preservatives that are used to increase shelf life in many products. Including moisturisers, shampoo and conditioner, body wash, make up etc.
The problem with them is, they are easily absorbed through our skin and can wreak havoc with our hormones. Male and female alike. They are also known as "endocrine disrupters".
Parabens are a group of chemicals classed as "endocrine disrupting chemicals" (EDCs). Throwing out the balance of the hormones in our bodies, and our bodies ability to regulate our hormones effectively can lead to many problems involving fertility and some cancers. Parabens are also irritating to the skin.
Considering the range of products they are found in, we are looking at potentially lifelong exposure to parabens and the risks they pose for our health.
There are MANY safe ingredients we can use that prolong shelf life in our products. So I encourage you to always check ingredients lists for isobutyl-, butyl-, isopropyl- and propylparaben when choosing any personal products. And if you see them, choose again.....