par·a·ben /ˈparəben/ noun- Any of a group of compounds used as preservatives in pharmaceutical and cosmetic products and in the food industry.
I was under the impression Sulfates and Parabens were in the same family, I was wrong! Parabens have been used since the 1920s to preserve hair and skin products, and even in beverages and snacks.
To avoid fungal growth and mold in ingredients as they travel from creation through factory and onto our shelves, some sort of preservative is necessary.
The problem with parabens is that they have been found to disrupt hormone and endocrine systems. These can effect the production of hormones in the male and female body. Since they mimic estrogen in the body and can effect fertility, reproductive development and birth outcome...yikes.
That sounds scary, but not all parabens are created equal. Because of the ongoing research into this family of preservatives the EU and FDA have deemed them safe at a certain very low level. Now take that as you will, and do some research of your own.
Balanced hormones have been a health struggle of my own for years now. Needless to say we as a company will be taking precautionary steps to use and recommend more and more paraben free products.
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