Today we’re going to talk a little bit about a questionable ingredient, and why you may want to avoid it.

Paraben Molecule

Parabens. If you’ve read up on natural skincare, healthy living, or detoxing chemicals from you life, you’ve probably heard about parabens.

So what is the big deal about parabens anyway?

Parabens are used in products as a broad spectrum preservative. They protect products against bacteria, fungus, yeast, and molds. They’re cheap and effective, and easy to use.

Parabens have weak estrogenic effect.

The concern with parabens is that they have weak estrogenic activity, which could disrupt hormone activity. It is suspected that this disruption in hormones could lead to breast cancer. The estrogenic effect of parabens is actually quite a bit less than that found in foods such as soy. That said, they have found parabens in breast cancer tumors, and another study showed that 96-99% of urine samples of a diverse group of US residents contained parabens, This doesn’t show a causative link between cancer and parabens, but it does show a widespread use and exposure to parabens in our country.

Are parabens “safe as used”?

While the FDA and Health Canada have concluded they are “safe as used”, the EU has banned the 5 most common forms of parabens in all cosmetic products. The Dept of Ecology of Washington State also lists several parabens on their list of “Chemicals of High Concern to Children”.

Bee Lovely Botanicals does not use parabens.

At Bee Lovely Botanicals we don’t believe in scare tactics. I call parabens questionable because they are. There hasn’t been a causative link conclusively determined between parabens and breast cancer, but there is a preponderance of information that leads me to believe there is a pretty good chance they’re not good for you, or for me, or for my kids or your’s. We do not use parabens in any of our products. Check our labels, you’ll find ingredients like organic extra virgin coconut oil, beeswax, and probiotics in our natural skin care products.