Organic Fact of the Day - Paraben

What are parabens?

Parabens are the most widely used preservatives in personal care products. They stop fungus, bacteria and other microbes from growing in the products, especially in the moist, warm environment of a bathroom. 

What to look for on a label?

Ethylparaben, butylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben, other ingredients ending in –paraben.

Why are parabens bad for you?

In 2004, a British study found traces of five parabens in the breast tissue of 19 out of 20 breast cancer patients studied. The causality between parabens and cancer was not proven. However it was identified that the parabens were able to penetrate the skin and remain within tissue. 

Parabens are believed to disrupt hormone function by mimicking oestrogen. Too much oestrogen can trigger an increase in breast cell division and growth of tumours, which is why paraben has potential link to breast cancer and reproductive issues. 

Why are parabens bad for the environment?

A scientific study reported that parabens have been found for the first time in the bodies of marine mammals. Researchers believe that it is likely these parabens come from products we use that are washed into the sewage system and released into the environment. 


I don't know about you, but my logic says to me why risk it when going paraben-free is so easy? Think twice on what you put on your skin. Always opt for natural organic products. Be good to yourself and be good to the environment.


References: best health mag; elle; safe cosmetics campaign