Paraben paranoia

I realize it’s a bit provocative using the word paranoia in connection with parabens. Of course it is plain common sense to be conscious of what we ingest, apply to our skin and hair, breathe, and surround ourselves with. However, let’s try and get some facts before we start crying wolf, shall we?

There has been so much in the media about the dangers of parabens that it seems all parabens have now been deemed bad and (possibly) dangerous due to (suspected) hormonal interference.

The fact of the matter is, there are several types of parabens, and not all of them are under suspicion for possible hormonal interference.

Methylparaben, Propylparaben and Ethylparaben are NOT under suspicion of hormonal interference, whereas butylparaben and isobutylparaben are. Every supplier I use offers paraben preservatives without the 2 paraben-types that are being scrutinized.

If you are worried about parabens I suggest you read the label on the products you buy - keeping in mind not all parabens are harmful.

Comments

kt679 said…
Paraben, paraben, paraben. Try saying that 3 times fast! Thanks for sharing information on cosmetics and their dangers. Can I request a future blog on shampoos? I am so confused about them. Just because they say organic does not make them good! Near as I can figure, we should just all use Castile Soap on our heads!!
Lise Meidell said…
Well, one common mistake people make is thinking baby shampoo is the mildest you can use. Not true. Baby shampoos do not contain fat-restoring agents, which is fine if you're a baby, but not great for adult hair.