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Parabens Explained

What are Parabens?

Parabens are chemicals used to preserve bath and beauty products from going rancid. Methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben,  heptylparaben, isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben, benzylparaben and other names ending in “paraben” are all aliases of the common paraben. They are everywhere. Shampoos, conditioners, lotions, body wash, facial wash, and other cleansers are some examples. They are sneaky substances and will readily make their way into your skin and blood. Which leads us too…

What harm could they possibly do?

Risk and Side Effects

Are you willing to risk having skin cancer, hormone disruption, or even infertility for the sake of your favorite shampoo? I’m not, and I bet you won’t either. Hormones play a very important role in the human body; parabens are known to mimic estrogen. This mimicry can cause breast cancers to grow quickly, it can disrupt skin cells growth leading to malignant melanoma, and they can block the production of testosterone causing infertility. However, there is hope yet.

Alternatives and Where to find them.

Many companies have seen this research and are creating paraben free products for us to enjoy. Many times they are labeled clearly on the front with “Paraben Free”, other times you’ll have to do the dirty work of scrutinizing ingredient labels. Personally, I don’t have the time to stand in the shampoo isle reading all the labels to see what ones are safe and which are toxic terrors. Fortunately for all of us there are solutions to this problem:

Shop at a health food store like whole foods or our local Harvest Health. 

I love my health food store. They sell local raw honey by the GALLON and bulk bags of oatmeal. They also have a decent selection of shampoos and other beauty products.

Shop Amazon

Amazon is my favorite one stop shop for just about everything. I like shopping the prices of natural beauty products. (Sometimes, the health food store can be expensive.)

#healthychoices #naturalproducts #melalueca

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About Shannon Walter -

Wife, Mommy, and Writer are three of the hats Shannon wears on a daily basis. Natural and holistic wellness is her passion. Diving into medical studies, reading long-winded books, and refitting them into information that is valuable to everyday life.

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