What Is Parabens

What are the Dangers of Parabens ?

If you've done any research at all on skincare products, then you may not know what parabens are, but you've gotten the idea that they're something to avoid. Natural products usually promote themselves as being paraben free, but many other products contain them.

Parabens are chemical preservatives that are used in a variety of skincare and cosmetic products. They are even used in some foods. Although they do occur naturally in some plants, the parabens that are used commercially are synthetically produced.

Although the dangers of parabens have not been scientifically proven, they are being called into question. Their presence has been found in breast tumors. Since deodorants may contain parabens, it is possible that there is a link between them ant the cancer. This is believed to be a factor because parabens have been shown to have a possible estrogenic effect which means they respond to your body as though they were the hormone Estrogen. Not only do people fear they may go through the skin and interfere with breast or uterine tissue, but they may have the potential to lead to skin cancer as well.

About the author: Mark is a researcher dedicated to skin care and health products. He shares his research and findings on his website http://www.clear-skin-site.com If you would like more tips on reducing fine lines, damaged or wrinkled skin visit http://www.clear-skin-site.com now to find out which products Mark personally recommends.

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94 Responses to What Is Parabens

  1. wanderer says:

    Are parabens safe?
    What is worrying me is not the parabens in my shampoo but in the liquid vitamins i take every day has METHYLPARABEN. Is that bad?
    My shampoo is completely natural except for those parabens id rather get the paraben-free ones but they are expensive and my mom thinks they are not a big deal. I’m worried tho about taking them internally in the liquid vitamins…

    • kelly w says:

      yes parabens have been found in cancer tumors, expecially breast cancers. but i dont want to worry you, make use natural shampoos sometimes?

  2. Shut yo mouf says:

    What makes parabens and glycols bad?
    I notice that some lotions and creams will have a label stating “Contains no parabens or propylenglycol”
    Are they bad? What are they exactly and what does it do to the body when applied to the skin.
    I am wondering if I should throw away my current creams because they contain this stuff

    • mywholisticcoach says:

      Here is the best site I’ve found for this kind of information. It will take you a minute to figure out how to navigate it but once you do it will give you tons of information. The way I decide this stuff is just to choose my battles. For instance I found toothpaste, soap, body lotion, and face care that are all natural and contain no ingredients that worry me but as far as haircare I still go with a well known salon available brand. I just can’t find anything natural that works as well for my needs. http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/

  3. truelovelylady83 says:

    What are parabens and are there any lotions or creams that do not contain them?
    I am questionable about them and was wondering if they are safe. I have seen them as ingredients (ie, methylparaben) in just about every lotion, especially the cheap ones.

    • . says:

      Parabens preserve a product. They are entirely safe, however, natural product fanatics say dont get any products with them. Truthfully, the best products contain parabens and the best ingredients are very sensitive and will expire within 2 days without them. I use products like Sisley which is one of the most expensive skincare products you can get. It will expire without parabens. But they are used in very small amounts. Things like La Mer have them. and others like Sk-II have them. I GUARANTEE you EVERY product has them. If they aren’t listed, the product doesn’t have all the ingredients listed. No product will last over a few days without parabens. Without it…those natural plant extracts in your “so-called natural products” will expire within a week. Its logic really. You cant have plant extracts without parabens and expect them to last. That means not using preservatives. Its for this reason natural products are not FDA approved. The only people who say products with parabens aren’t safe aren’t even experts. Dermatologist and rsearchers have proven that parabens are safe in small concentrations. the concentration of parabens in most products are so small to even affect you. At sephora, they have products marked as free of parabens. BLASPHEMY!!!!! Dont believe that. Its a marketing tactic. There are parabens. Most of those products are reluctant to give the full list of ingredients. I know my higher-end Sisley products. The company wont even give me a full list of the ingredients. Yet Sisley is used by celebrities everywhere and is known as one of the best in the world.

  4. SLF says:

    what purpose do parabens serve?
    curious as to why cosmetic makers add parabens, especially now that so many people are trying to avoid added chemicals? What’s the benefit?

  5. chyeabudday says:

    Maybeline loves parabens?
    lately I’ve been reading the ingredients of my beauty products just so I could be aware of what I’m actually putting on my body & I’m horrified! :O
    my maybelline dream matte powder has 5 different types of parabens in it! & the dream matte mousse has 5 parabens too!! so if I use both these products in a day I’m basically just rubbing paraben all over my face :( revlon colorstay has parabens too but only like 2 , still bad though. the only company that doesn’t really use all that poison I’ve found is loreal. Why do all these companies make there products out of such toxic chemicals!? it’s rude! anyone else know of any companys who don’t use toxic cancerous chemicals in there products?

  6. ♥.♥ says:

    What are parabens and why are they bad?
    They always say to avoid shampoos and conditioners with them, i think they’re a preservative or something, but what are they and why are they bad?

  7. wenld says:

    what are the ingredients in the prestige multi task 3 in 1 powder?
    Please tell me the ingredients in the prestige multi task 3 in 1 powder. I need to know since my skin is very sensitive. does it contain parabens, talc, or bismuth oxychloride? And if you have used this powder please comment on your experience .

  8. mkh1994 says:

    Allergy to parabens or paraben mix anyone?
    I have no idea what I am supposed to eat. I am allergic to all parabens. I can barely eat carbs due to severe reactive hypoglycemia especially simple sugars so fruit isn’t good. I don’t know what to eat when I go anywhere or what’s safe to eat for me. I am 15 years old and it is sooo hard because even at friends houses I am afraid to eat.

  9. Sarah says:

    Are parabens bad for your skin?
    I know they can give you breast cancer but what are the effects on our skin when we put on our cosmetics?

    • mbb0301 says:

      There is no factual evidence to support it being bad for your skin and cause breast cancer, there are only assumptions.

  10. Swedish Miss says:

    What does ‘parabens pela beleza’ mean?
    I don’t know what language it’s in, but I was hoping someone could translate that for me.

    • (Βυτικι) says:

      This language Is Portuguese.

      “Parabéns pela beleza”, Is a compliment, which means “Congratulations for the beauty”.

      Parabéns -> Congratulations
      pela -> for
      beleza -> Beauty

  11. Saroj P says:

    What is the meaning of this word-Ei Parabens pra vc ta, muitos anos de vida bjooo?
    brazil

  12. Karie says:

    What purpose do parabens serve in bath & beauty products?
    If the cumulative effect of parabens is considered potentially harmful, why are they in most products? From handwash to bodywash to baby wipes, they all contain parabens!

    • Danny W says:

      They act as preservatives to stop the products going bad or rancid… even though their are loads of all natural alternatives out their… the manufacturer’s just wont use them because of the tiny price increase (it’s all to do with greed)

  13. Powered Up Batman =] says:

    What are the health risks when using make-up?
    I know that the parabens aren’t good for you, but is there any other health risks when using make-up? I’m thinking mostly about using mascara, eye liner and eye shadows. Are there and health risks, like a substantial loss of eyelashes due to taking off the mascara roughly? Thankyou x

    • Anonymous says:

      If some make up products have side effects or toxics in them, switch them to a natural ones. They dont have chemicals in them . Try GOSH cosmetics if you have bad eyes or a side effect from them. GOSH is the best stuff you can get.

  14. Cowgirl says:

    My baby has ezcema, what is the best cream? Any other remedies?
    What is the best cream for infant ezcema? Free of parabens and other harsh ingredients. Any other remedies? Thanks!!

  15. Rainbow says:

    What is the absolute best moisturizing shampoo/conditioner?
    I prefer something natural/organic with no sulfates and parabens. I have sensitive skin and a lot of shampoos cause me to break out. BUT I need something that will moisturize my dry, icky hair, So any products that have great moisturizing capabilities will be of great help. Thanks!

    • *rEdhEAd&prOUd* says:

      By FAR Herbal Essences Hello Hydration works SOOO good. It makes your hair wicked shiny and soft. My fav product ever. Moisturizes your hair.(i kno i sound like a company advertising a product but i just love it so much!)

  16. Curious Mind wants to know says:

    What is bad about parabens?
    A lot of lotions are stating they’re ‘paraben-free’. What do parabens cause that makes them bad?

  17. worried says:

    what is a great makeup brand with no parabens and all the other nasty stuff?

  18. swarnali b says:

    What kind of ingredients does MAC cosmetics use?
    I have heard lotttt of people raving about MAC cosmetics. Wanted to know the kind of ingredients they use in their products. I have heard that the products formulated without the use of the following are better for skin:
    GMOs (genetically modified organisms)
    parabens
    petrochemicals
    phthalates
    sulfates
    synthetic fragrances
    synthetic dyes
    triclosan

    Are MAC products formulated without these ingredients in their products or is MAC liked by people for the products themselves?

    • L says:

      i was curious by the MAC hype and purchased a blus myself… since it’s pretty darn expensive here.. i expected to be high quality without the harmful products.

      You’re right… without the chemicals you mentioned the product would essentially be better for the skin.

      unfortunately mac uses all 4 types of parabens, bismuth, and talc in their powdered products..

      I wouldn’t imagine why they wouldn’t use it in their other products as well..

  19. Diviana says:

    What makeup brands are safe and,free of parabens, glycol etc. that you can purchase at a store and not online?
    A makeup brand that is local and can be purchased in Southern California without being ordered online.

    Makeup:
    Eyeliner
    Mascara
    Lipgloss
    Eyeshadow
    etc

    • jessatutucute says:

      Makeup brands that are paraben free are i.d. BareMinerals
      Some foundations from makeup forever are paraben free and
      although not paraben free Tarte ,as an all natural makeup brand, has only 4 parabens.
      hope this helps!

  20. UptheDubs says:

    What are parabens and I should I be avoiding using them??

    • lo_mcg says:

      Parabens are a group of chemicals used as preservatives in cosmetics. Four main parabens are methyl, ethyl, propyl and butylparabens; many products will have 2 or more of these chemicals as part of a preservative system.

      There is no scientific proof that parabens cause or contribute to cancer.

      In 2004 British researchers found traces of parabens in tissue taken from women with breast cancer. They claim the study demonstrates that if people are exposed to parabens , the chemicals will accumulate in their bodies

      This was a very small study indeed – around 20 women – and doesn’t appear to have had any sort of control group of women without breast cancer.

      While there is no real evidence that parabens are linked to cancer, many people prefer to avoid using cosmetics and deodorants with preservatives like these; preservatives in cosmetics are on the label it is easy to find out which products contain these chemicals and avoid them.

  21. ~ says:

    What are your thoughts about parabens in beauty products?

    • That's so lols. says:

      Parabens,.. Perservatives.

      As far as beauty products go, I’d stay away from them as much as possible. Soley because, in my opinion, they take away from the products’ effectiveness a little. Also, grant it, you can’t escape them completely. LOL. Every product is going to have a preservative in it to keep it on the shelf. What company would want to make a product that will expire in a short time?

      But companies with mass production focus more on the money than putting out quality products. They’re going to want to make a product with a long shelf life so they’re not throwing away money.

      Also, grant it, even companies with mass production aren’t going to produce a product that irritates your skin. But the perservatives can cause irritation.

      I would stay away from parabens because I break out easily. I want the best of the products to clean my face, moisturize it, etc. You get what you pay for, you know what I’m saying?
      So, I think that people who have break outs and etc should use products that a local med-spa or dermatologist office carries instead of Wal-Mart brands.
      But for people who don’t have a serious/mild skin condition, it’s ok to use products that have alot of parabens in them. Because as long as you’re cleaning and exfoliating your face, you’re taking care of it. Parabens haven’t been proven harmful yet.

      Hope this helps. I’m watching Family Guy as I type so I might have skipped over a few things. LOL.

      :)

  22. Kat says:

    How do I get rid of my skin problem?
    For the most part my skin is pretty clear, but I have all these little bumps that are pimples but they never come to head they just stay under the skin which I am thankful for but it is still not smooth and pretty. What is a good way to open up my pores so that all the bacteria and stuff can get out and I can have clearer skin?

    Oh and I am allergic to parabens so I would prefer a home remedy or something that is organic. Thanks for the help!

  23. mammothmonkey says:

    How do you make your own self tanning lotion?
    The only reason I want to make one myself is because I know what is going in it. All the other welf tanning lotions out there have horrible chemicals that can give you cancer like parabens and others. Any recipes that will give me a darker look without harming my skin from the sun and harsh chemicals?

    • Learning Conformity says:

      Back in the 1960’s women used to make it out of iodine and baby oil, but oh wow, trust me, you do not want to do that, lol.

  24. CLICK 2 $AVE! says:

    What is your favorite brand of natural hand and body creams and lotions?
    I’m looking for something without glycols and parabens and not having much luck. The fewer ingredients the better, in my opinion. What is your favorite?

  25. Stefani says:

    What are some good quality eye shadows that don’t have parabens in them?
    I don’t use anything with parabens in them anymore. Almost every eye shadow I find has parabens in it, and if I do find some, it has very bad quality to it.

    Thanks ahead of time,
    Stefani.

    • إسراء says:

      Physicians Formula eye products are all paraben free. I know also Tarte for sure. I’m not sure what other drugstore or high end brands don’t contain parabens but I do know that most mineral lines don’t so look into them.

      Try fyrinnae, lily lolo, lumiere cosmetics, faerie organic, bfte, joppa, monave, alima pure, afterglow cosmetics, tkb, pure luxe, meow cosmetics, etc

  26. Hannah says:

    Is it harmful to use bubble bath as washing up liquid, what about the parabens?
    Bubble bath is really cheap at Asda so im currently decanting and using it in the shower and as washing up liquid but has it got nasty chemicals in that i should be more careful about?

    • Frenchie says:

      To be honest, I’d be very surprised if this wasn’t a false economy. Washing up liquid is usually a very concentrated detergent in comparison to bubble bath, so if you want to economise, it would probably be more cost effective to dilute your washing up liquid – most people put in far too big a squirt. The surfectants in washing up liquid are designed to break down grease – a decent bubble bath should cleanse without stripping the skin of its natural oils, so bubble bath is unlikely to be as efficient at this sort of cleaning.

      Bubble baths contain heavy perfuming, which can leave a residue on your plates. More importantly, avoid it if it contains tetrasodium EDTA, or methylchloroisothiazolinone – these are both mutagens (substances that speed up genetic mutation). Also if it contains cocamide EDTA (or similar compounds ending with DEA, TEA or MEA) along with formaldehyde-forming substances such as bronopol, DMDM hydantoin, diazo-lidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea and quaternium-15, it is likely to contain cancer-causing nitrosamines. That being said, people who use these in their baths must be ingesting them to some extent…and yes, they are likely to have parabens (Sodium Laureth Sulfate). I would certainly make sure that you rinse the plates thoroughly to get rid of any residue.

      Hope this helps you make your decision.

  27. Jen says:

    What is your opinion on makeup with parabens and other chemicals?
    Okay, so recently I started getting into makeup (haven’t bought any yet), but as I dug deeper into it, I realized that a lot of makeup contains parabens, sulfates, and other chemicals that are harmful to your skin/body. So that was a killjoy. Now I’m not sure how I feel about makeup. I don’t even know if I should buy any anymore. What’s your take on makeup, because most of them seem to have these harmful chemicals…are you okay using makeup with these ingredients? Does it bother you? Please be honest.

    • Tee says:

      Bad bad bad! There was an article in Real Simple a few months ago that touched on this, about how parabens have been linked to breast cancer, cancerous tissue that was removed was full of parabens and they’re calling it a direct link.
      Tarte is a line that is paraben, sulfate, petro-chemical, phthalate, gylcol, preservative, gluten, dye, and talc free (whew, that was a lot to copy!) and they are fortified with five superfruit extracts. Not to mention it is all highly pigmented and the foundation has amazing coverage.
      For me, I like to use paraben free whenever possible. Especially to cover the entire face, a little on the eyelids and lips doesn’t bother me quite so much.
      I also think it makes a big difference in what your risk for contracting/developing breast cancer, ie those girls who start their periods abnormally early (I was 9), take birth control pills regularly for years, don’t take care of their bodies, etc, should be more wary. I also drink three glasses of green tea a day, the free radicals in green tea are known to make a difference in those at risk of developing cancer, so why not be a little extra prepared?

      Ok, long story short, yes, it does bother me. Will it make me stop wearing make up? Unfortunately no, but it does cause me to make more responsible and preventative decisions when purchasing.

  28. Deans says:

    Does it make any difference to you what type of cream is used on you when getting a massage?
    I spend extra money on my massage lotions and creams. I buy organic ones with no parabens or any type of mineral oil or petrolatum. I then only add pure essential oil to them for a nice scent. Would this make you more inclined to come to me for a massage, or does it not make any difference to you?

    • Essence of Wellbeing says:

      The fact you use only organic oils, without prabens, minerals, etc. would definitely make me more inclined to come to you for a massage.

      Though, I would recommend that you advertisemarket the fact that your service only uses natural organic products, this will then differentate you from your competitors (who are not as selective in the products they use).

      If as you say you use essential oils in your massage lotons, is important to take into account the aroma preferences of the client.

  29. Tara D says:

    What pharmaceutical products contain parabens?
    I just need one example of a tablet that contains parabens and an alternative for it, ie. another tablet which doesn’t contain parabens but is for the same problem.

    thanks :) x

  30. Tory says:

    Can i still use makeup with parabens?
    i have heard that makeup with parabens are bad for you but if you use makeup with parabens will that cause cancer? i have so much makeup with parabens and i don’t know what to do!!! PLEASE LIST BRANDS THAT HAVE PARABENS

  31. Anonymous says:

    What are parabens and aluminum doing to us?
    I recently went all the way aluminum and paraben free. I just want to know what the side effects are of parabens and aluminum in products like shampoo, conditioner, deoderant, lotion, sunscreen, facial masks and lots of cosmetics. Any help would be great, thankyou!

    • EngrMajor322 says:

      Funny I just told someone to stay away from parabens.

      I read that women with breast cancer also were found to have high levels of parabens in their bodies.

      I do not remember where I read that for you to source it, but try googling it.

  32. Ninochka says:

    What skincare brand is the best when it comes to natural ingredients, no parabens etc?

  33. K999 says:

    What Are Parabens Glutens And Sulfates?
    In some products they claim that they dont contain those ingredients but what are they?

    • how's this? says:

      Gluten is a natural constituent of wheat. It is protein-based. It helps give “body” to wheat-based products including bread, sauces, meat expanders, etc. A small proportion of the population have a condition called coeliac disease. This disease causes the immune system to attack the lining of the small intestine if any gluten passes through it. So if these people eat anything with wheat or gluten in it, they get pain, diarrhoea, and nutrient malabsorption.

      Parabens are chemicals that are used in preserving cosmetics. They can mimic the effects of oestrogens.

      Sulfates are small parts of molecules that contain a sulfur atom with four oxygen atoms. Sulfate groups are naturally part of many molecules in the body. Sodium lauryl sulfate is a chemical in some soaps and shampoos, and can cause skin irritation.

      Sulfites are a similar substance but contain three, rather and four, oxygen atoms. They are used as food preservatives and can cause hypersensitiviy (allergy) reactions in some people.

  34. ha says:

    I’ve read about chemicals in moisturisers which are bad, such as parabens. Shall I sleep with dry skin tonight?
    I ordered ingredients to make a natural moisturiser a few days a go and the moisturisers that I have now contain a paraben. I don’t want to use this but my skin is really dry. What do you think?

    • Nightingale says:

      My dermatologist recommends a little olive oil or petroleum jelly (vaseline). Smooth on immediately after washing or cleansing.

  35. mandygirl78 says:

    What are parabens and are they cancer causing?
    A friend told me they’re a common ingriedient in lotions and other bath products. Are they really harmful and if so, what are some good paraben-free brands, especially for babies?

    • Not so looney afterall says:

      Whether parabens are truly cancer-causing is debatable. No research has clearly proven it. However, if you would rather be safe than sorry, check out Burt’s Bees products, and a wide range of products available at Whole Foods Markets.

  36. DoodleBop says:

    What is a good skin moisturizer that doesn’t have parabens?
    Or any skin drying ingredients? … Also, if it’s on the cheaper side (under 20$) that would be nice to know too.

  37. it'sjustaride says:

    Are people aware of all the petrochemicals & synthetic preservatives (parabens) in their beauty products?
    I ask because until recently I wasn’t & after being really ill I decided to look at this more closely. Like a lot of people I’m careful about my diet: low fat, lots of fruit & veg & tons of water, but I didn’t realise what I was putting ON my body could be the problem. Even my expensive ‘designer’ beauty products are full of chemicals & synthetic preservatives (called parabens) – just look at the list of ingredients on everything from face cream to shower gel. What’s the problem? Surely these things have been tested? I’m sure they have & probably on animals – which we all know are just like us humans. I read an article where parabens had been found in cancerous tumours – what the hell where they doing there I want to know! Also Ethical Consumer magazine listed ingredients which could be harmful & yet continue to be used in many beauty products, often increasing allergies. I’m just concerned that we put our trust in these products – often which make big claims & I’m not sure we should.

    • cre8ingleaders says:

      Most people are not aware of this… the sad thing is that our skin is a sponge and absorbs many of those chemicals. The same can be said for a lot of the cleaning/laundry products you use every day… Formaldehyde can be found in tooth paste and even baby shampoo… most people believe that if it is sold in stores it must be safe… sad truth is that many of the chemicals in our house hold and beauty products have never even been tested for their effects on humans…

      If you are interested in learning more about products that are safer for you and your family… I work with an Inc 500 Company that carries five product lines of items that are the best of science and nature… they are safer, less expensive, just as effective, and better for the environment. These lines cover almost anything you would use to clean your house, do your dishes, laundry, plus personal care items… toothpaste, shampoo, lotions, they have a complete cosmetic line, and even offer over the counter medicines and patented vitamins. Contact me through yahoo360 or IM.

  38. confused says:

    What are powder/foundations that have no parabens and other bad things in them?
    I mean brands. I use MAC and I know its no good so i feel guilty everytime i apply it all over my face. Preferably things sold in Canada.

    • Ramone R says:

      I want to explain that as a professional makeup artist and having researched for many years, this silly hype on parabens is just a sales ploy to push products that truly could potentially be hazardous to your health more so than the parabens because the parabens actually protect your from dangerous bacterias and ever flesh eating staph or strep infections that grow as micro organisms on creams and products that are not preserved for a shelf life. It is an out rage truly for example I found a small company selling skin and body products made of goats milk and shea butter and bragging they had no preservatives but yet I had their product tested and dangerous micro organisms had grown imagine the potential life threatening situation this could of caused someone. Look for cosmeceutical brands like bee luscious very safe yet also natural ingredients.

  39. Mikey sofla says:

    are parabens in skincare products safe or dangerous? what are good natural preservative alternatives?

    • RandomActsOfKindness says:

      Parabens – An estrogen mimic, parabens are preservatives with antibacterial properties. Widely used in all kinds of personal care products, paraben is usually preceded by the prefixes methyl-, ethyl-, butyl-, or propyl-. Parabens can cause allergic reactions or contact dermatitis in some people. Preservatives are one of the leading causes of contact dermatitis. There are safer practical alternatives to parabens, including vitamin E, vitamin C and grapefruit seed extract.

      Parabens are alarming because they are considered Xenoestrogens – synthetic compounds that act like the sex hormone estrogen. The following prefixes are often associated with parabens on labels for common household items: methyl, ethyl, propyl and butyl. They are widely used in foods, pharmaceuticals, toiletries and cosmetics.
      Cosmetic products have potentially the highest doses of parabens, as the products pass directly into the bloodstream, missing the gastrointestinal tract where they could have the chance to break down. Some 13,200 cosmetic products are said to contain some form of parabens.

      When used by pregnant Mothers, parabens have been linked to premature sexual development in girls and marked increased birth defects and reproductive abnormalities in boys. Early in 2004, English researchers found parabens in samples of breast tumors. The lead researcher, Dr. Phillippa Darbre, a molecular biologist at the University of Reading in Edinburgh, found that the form of parabens found in 18 of the 20 tumors tested indicated that they originated from something applied to the skin – most likely deodorants or antiperspirants. As breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women, we must educate ourselves when it comes to any and everything we can do to prevent this horrible disease.

      Aubrey Organics (www.aubreyorganics.com) and Terressentials (www.terressentials.com) have ALL NATURAL ingredients in all of their products.

  40. Conrad H says:

    Is SLS worse than SLES & what about Parabens?

    • alc0035 says:

      Be safe and stay away from all chemicals mostly found in personal care products. I have always gotten red blotched, itchy, and irritated skin. About 3 years ago it started getting worse. It was at that time I decided to switch over to all organic products. I have had very good luck. I use castile soap for body wash. A castile soap base with some herbs for a foaming face wash. I have found that flower water works great for a toner. ACV, pure witch hazel, and herbs also work well. I use a french green clay for a face mask. As a moisturizer I use emu oil mixed with herbs. For the body if needed I use coconut oil or raw shea butter. It is also pretty easy to make your own toothpaste. The products I get are high quality but cheap. Since you only have to use a small amount, I save a lot of money.

      *If you are looking to stay away from those chemicals or all chemicals in general, you need to read the label of everything you buy. Many products will say organic or all natural..then you look at what is in it, and that is a whole different story.

      I have found some of the best working products for me at mountain rose herbs.

  41. M.D. Nagarajan says:

    what kind of parabens shall be added as an additive for hydrogel for ultrasound transmission?
    Does it require high speed centrifuge to form a viscous gel and does it serve the purpose of medical diagnosis in the usage of ultrasonogram

    • stroby says:

      methyl- and ethylparaben in proportion

      to increase viscousity you need SiO2. Though i never tried with high speed centrifuge machine. I used big stirring machine. Dispers the powder in an amount of water needed, stirr for a time then let it stand for a while 15 to 20 minutes. Continue stirring breaking the agglomers.

  42. curious cat says:

    Do you know about parabens?
    Parabens are chemical preservatives, used frequently in cosmetics and personal care products, such as shampoos, conditioners, hair styling gels, nail creams, foundations, facial masks, skin creams, and deodorants. They can even be an ingredient in baby lotions, shampoos, and other care products for children. Some reports say that it is toxic and some say it is safe. What do you know about parabens and its effects? I think we are exposed to too many chemicals and toxins without knowing what they can do to us.
    If they are really deemed safe, why are there so much coverage in the news media lately? And the sale of organic, paraben-free products? Has it been scientifically PROVED safe? Maybe it hasn’t been proved harmful either but until we know, should we keep using it?

    I don’t think that just because a company keeps using the chemical doesn’t necessarily deem it safe for consumption. Remember asbestos? We initially thought that it was great fiber material and was put into many homes. Endorsed by the government even. Now we know that it can kill.

    • Fluffy ♥ says:

      Body shop products contain them – i think if it was very bad, the government would ban it..wouldn’t they?

  43. JLO MeLO says:

    Parabens in bust firmer products. Is it safe?
    After I bought this bust firmer cream and then read the ingredients and they have parabens in it. I remembered what scientists said about how they found parabens in breast cancer cells from women who wore deodorants. And they said that more research should be done on it. But most beauty products have parabens and they’re still in the market. Should I use the bust firmer product or should I just throw it away?

    • AMBER D says:

      Up to now it was known
      that parabens could be absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract or the
      blood, metabolized, and eventually excreted in the urine. But now the
      presence of intact parabens in tumor tissue shows that these chemicals
      can not only be absorbed through the skin but can also persist and
      accumulate in breast cancer tissue in their original form, without
      being degraded. (when parabens are eaten they are degraded and lose
      some of their constituents, making them less estrogen-like). This is
      new information. We do not yet know how long they can persist and what
      effects they might have. Because controls with normal breast tissue
      were not done, we also don’t know if comparable levels of parabens
      would be found in normal tissue. Plus, the study did not identify the
      route by which the parabens entered the body. In other words, thought
      the chemical form of the parabens found suggests that the source was
      probably underarm cosmetics, though this needs to be confirmed. (This
      article does not say anything about the use of
      deodorants/antiperspirants by the women in the study.)

      since there is not any conclusive evidence stating they are safe to use, i’d stpo using it. You can still moisturize your breasts skin with a good skin moisturizer, as you do with the rest of your body.

  44. Jme says:

    What is a good moisturizer for combination skin that doesn’t have parabens or bad ingredients in it?
    I’m looking for something not too rich b/c I get millia when it’s too rich. Something with good ingredients like vitamins, antioxidants, aloe vera, grape seed oil, jojoba, green tea, etc.
    But without parabens, dioxane, fragrances, or too much alcohol.

    • Beatles says:

      go to dermaE.com they have organic product are very affordable .
      also alba botanica is very good they have aloe vera moisturizer is light no parabens in it is organic you find at rite aid or walmart.
      albabotanica.com

  45. juicyl says:

    parabens in make up.?
    what is the scientific evidence that parabens are bad for us.?99%of all makeup and lotions shampoo etc have them in their contents.i try not to be paranoid but is it true they cause cancer/I if so why do all premier cosmetics have them in their products?

    • Kellie says:

      Parabens are indeed controversial, but not bad for us. Companies basically dance around anything the public seems to be wary of, that doesn’t mean it’s actually true. It’s just the easiest way to avoid losing customers.

  46. web_surfer says:

    What is the meaning of this ” muito bom,,parabens” ?

  47. Olly W says:

    How much paraben compounds do forever living products use?
    what is the percentage of parabens used in forever living products’ topical creams?

    • Beau.Gus says:

      Read the label, they are required to tell you (or in some countries to list ingredients from highest percentage to lowest percentage)….but why do you care? Parabens are present in many things as an anti-microbial (ie basically a disinfectant), and are not a health-threat unless you are a bacterium or a fungus. For some bizarre reason, various lobbies have “latched-on” to parabens as an ‘evil additive’, instead of going after obviously deliterious compounds like nicotene & alcohol, which combined kill thousands & thousands every year…

  48. JaneDoe says:

    Is anyone else allergic to parabens in eyeshadows?
    What brands do you use, other than Almay, Clinique, and Physicians Formula?

    • Night Rainbow says:

      I have never in my life heard of that, I just thought parabens were bad for your skin.

      But I would check out Bare minerals makeup. Since their a natural line, they probably won’t have parabens.

  49. libby.anders says:

    whats so bad about parabens?
    I know they are a really bad chemical in most beauty products but what is it that they actually do?

    • Ms Book says:

      Recent worries about parabens are based on a series of British studies linking the chemicals to breast cancer. In one study, laboratory tests showed that parabens weakly mimic the activity of the natural female hormone, oestrogen. While all women need oestrogen, the hormone is known to help some breast tumours to grow, and part of breast cancer treatment aims to stop the effects of oestrogen.
      In another study, parabens, especially methylparaben (E218), were found in 18 out of 20 samples from breast tumours. While there is no proof, it has been suggested that parabens contained in deodorant products may be absorbed through the skin under the arm and be involved in development of cancer in nearby breast tissue.

  50. mkh1994 says:

    Allergic to parabens and am reactive hypoglycemic… what do i eat?!?
    I have no idea what I am supposed to eat. I am allergic to all parabens. I can barely eat carbs due to severe reactive hypoglycemia especially simple sugars so fruit isn’t good. I don’t know what to eat when I go anywhere or what’s safe to eat for me. I am 15 years old and it is sooo hard because even at friends houses I am afraid to eat.

    • Cindy in Texas says:

      It’s hard when people throw in flour & sugar into everything they eat. My sis was dumping sugar into deviled eggs & then added vinegar to mask the sweetness – made absolutely no sense to me – especially when she made them specifically for me & knowing I don’t eat sugar.

      I highly recommend seeds, nuts, vegs, meats, eggs & good fats. If you are sensitive to carbs, then your diet needs to be high fat. Luckily seeds, nuts, meats are high in healthy fats.

      I have started adding ground flax seed or chia seed to about everything. They are both incredibly nutritious. Chia seeds swell up when soaked and remind me of tapioca with a strawberry seed inside. They really have no taste but I love the texture. No other whole grain compares on a nutritional level, and it has an Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) that is greater than blueberries on a per-gram basis (80 micromole TE/d). I let them sit on the counter to soak for 12 hours this “sprouts” them and raises the ORAC level 2.5x higher.

      I think they are much more nutritious raw and add them to salads & tuna as well as making faux tapioca regularly. I also add them to cooked food for bulk but prefer to use flax seed for cooked food. Flax seed has a slight taste to it but chia seed is tasteless so it doesn’t change the flavor of foods the way flax seed would. In Mexico, they add chia seed to lemonade and call it chia fresca and it is addicting. I was getting 400% of my daily requirement of fiber by drinking this and have to regulate my intake, but it is fun.

      Chia seeds sound so expensive but 1# will make 10# food – Amazon.com has couple lbs. for $16 shipped to you. I buy in bulk (24#) from getchia.com for $6# with free shipping.

      Chia seeds – 3.5 oz is nearly 500 calories, half calories from fat (high in Omega3 fatty acids) 38g fiber 151%DV & 16grams of COMPLETE protein for 6grams carbs & 63% DV Calcium – 95% Phosphorus – 23% Zinc – 9% Copper – 108% Manganese.

      Faux tapioca – 2 cups of water, 5 scoops of low carb whey protein powder, stir together & add cup of chia seeds, after they have started to absorb the water, add in 2 cans of coconut milk & sweetener if you like and mix it all in. Can be eaten after an hour but will be better tomorrow. Cream a pkg. of cream cheese into a can of pumpkin and add to the faux tapioca for an even more nutritious pumpkin pie pudding.

      Ground flax seed (2 Tbsp) 1/4 cup water, artificial sweetener, mix in a raw egg – let sit 10 min. to absorb liquid, put some cream cheese in the middle & nuke 2 minutes. For daily fiber needs.

      Flax seed – 3.5oz – 534 cal – 65% calories from fat (high in Omega3 fatty acids) for 2gram carb – 27g fiber 109%DV – 26% DV Calcium – 64% Phosphorus – 29% Zinc – 61% Copper – 124% Manganese – 36% Selenium – 98% Magnesium – 32% Iron – 110% Thiamin – 9% B2 Riboflavin – 15% B3 Niacin – 24% Vit.B6 – 22% Folate – 10% Vit.B5.- 39% Potassium

      Highly nutritious foods you should consider: sprouts, spirulina, paprika, turnip greens, mustard greens, kale, garlic, brewers yeast, raw almonds, ground flax seeds & chia seeds.

      Paprika – 1 Tablespoon = 20 cal = 71% DV Vit.A – 8% DV Vit.C – 10% DV Vit.E – 14% DV Vit.B6 – 9% DV Iron & others way too many to list.

      Raw nuts are living and full of the energy of life and should be capable of building a tree. Roasted nuts are dead & they may still provide some nutrients, but none can compare to the nutrients and enzymes from a live food.

      Unfortunately, raw does not necessarily mean living.

      For example – Commercially sold almonds are now required to be pasteurized turning a live food into a dead one. You can not sprout an almond that has been irradiated. I buy my almonds direct from growers off ebay. I get 20# for less than $3# including shipping.

      April 6, 2007 – Small-scale farmers, retailers, and consumers are outraged over a new federal regulation that will require all almonds grown in California to be sterilized with various “pasteurization” techniques. The rule, which the USDA quietly developed in response to outbreaks of Salmonella in 2001 and 2004, traced to raw almonds, mandates that all almonds undergo a sterilization process that includes chemical and/or high-temperature treatments.

      The only exemption to these new regulations will be … small-scale growers who can sell truly raw almonds but only direct to the public

      Almonds- 3.5oz – 575 cal – 72% calories from fat for 10gram carb & 26% DV Calcium – 48% Phosphorus – 21% Zinc – 50% Copper – 114% Manganese – 4% Selenium – 67% Magnesium – 21% Iron – 14% Thiamin – 60% B2 Riboflavin – 17% B3 Niacin – 7% Vit.B6 – 12% Folate – 5% Vit.B5.- 131% Vit.E – Potassium 20%