Today I made the decision that I am going to eliminate 95% of parabens from my life.
After everything I have learned about our cosmetics and how toxic they truly are how could I not want to do this.
I have come across some AMAZING websites in the last week. Alot about natural organic 'paraben free' products. Not the ones that claim to be but really aren't either.
Did you know that companies can put "Paraben Free" on the label even if they are not?! It's nuts...even if it says "Paraben Free" on the label you still need to check the ingredients unfortunately.
In case you're not even sure what the hell a paraben even is..... here is the scoop!
The National Organic Program prohibits chemical preservatives in products that are labeled "organic." So what are chemical preservatives such as methyl, propyl, butyl and ethyl parabens doing in personal care products labeled "organic?"
There are many delightful organic foods that contain no preservatives. Read the labels on your organic honey, maple syrup, vinegar, olive oil, sugar, raisins, peanut butter and wine. These foods are considered by the FDA to be "self-preserving" and contain no preservatives. This means that, because of certain inherent qualities, these foods are naturally stable and not overly susceptible to contamination from bacteria.
Organic herbal medicinal tinctures made from high quality organic herbs and organic grain alcohol are shelf-stable for around two to three years. True castile soap, liquid or bars, has an excellent shelf-life of up to eighteen months or longer and requires no preservatives. Wouldn´t you prefer body care products that are fresh (like the food you eat) rather than several years old?
A self-preserved 100% organic moisturizing body oil made from organic sunflower oil, organic cocoa butter, organic coconut oil, organic peppermint oil and organic spearmint oil can have a shelf-life of up to 18 months.
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 parabens—methyl, 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. These disruptors interfere with your body´s endocrine system: your hypothalamus, your ovaries, your thyroid—virtually every system in your body. The EPA also stated that "continual introduction of these benzoates (parabens) into sewage treatment systems and directly to recreational waters from the skin leads to the question of risk to aquatic organisms."Scientists in Europe found other endocrine-disrupting body care chemicals in the bodies of fish that humans are eating, and in human breast milk.
Dr. Elizabeth Smith has written that "It is a known medical fact that estrogen stimulates breast cancer" and that "anything absorbed through the skin may be as high as 10 times the concentration of an oral dose." (Think about how nicotine and birth control/hormone patches work—the chemicals are absorbed through the skin!) She also reported that, in one study, a paraben was injected under the skin and was found to have an "estrogenic response on uterine tissues." Scientists observing these harmful effects on the uterus remarked that "it is suggested that the safety in use of these chemicals should be reassessed."
Endocrine disruptors are transported into the body, daily, via absorption through the skin and hair follicles when using personal care products. Now that we know that we absorb toxins through our skin, isn´t it important that body care products that claim to be organic should be as pure as the organic foods that we eat?
Luckily I came across www.beautytruth.net and learned some more on the subject. Please take a minute to check out the site. This lady Rose Marie Swift started a 'real' organic line of beauty products (RMS) that I ordered a few things earlier in the week that I can't wait for them to get here. Fingers are crossed that I end up LOVING them! I will of course let you know as soon as I've tested them out a couple times. I ordered the raw coconut cream (used as a makeup remover, moisturizer for really dry areas AND can even be used as a deoderant), concealer/foundation and the lip and skin balm. I'm really hoping I love the concealer/foundation and can work with it cause yes my fav tinted moisturizers have parabens in them ; / (which by the way I'm not throwing them out or anything and will use them at times I 'really' need to i.e date nights..unless however the RMS stuff is just as good if not better)
Another great line I recently discovered and got a few things from already is http://www.persephenie.com/ so far so good, they feel amazing on the skin. Here is what I got
She included a few samples of some of her other products too
I especially LOVE the organic body balm, it's the SHIT!
I plan on replacing MOST of my products and will be filling you in on the process. Which by the way I already use a natural deoderant and have been for over a year, best thing I ever did! Way better than the regular stuff, just gotta get use to it.
I will do a post on that another time ; )
Here is another article that came out today from The Huffington Post about the toxins in our cosmetics! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/estelle-hayes/chemicals-in-cosmetics_b_826191.html
Here are two other sites I am LOVING with all natural products and they have blogs too that are awesome
Christy Coleman, a natural beauty expert has an awesome blog as well
Peace and Love,