Paraben-Free Cosmetics

Parabens are chemical preservatives that have been identified as estrogenic and disruptive of normal hormone function. Estrogenic chemicals mimic the function of the naturally occurring hormone estrogen, and exposure to external estrogens has been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer.

Want to know if your products contains parabens? Here are some steps to take:

  1. Look on the label for the following ingredients: methylparaben, propylparaben, isoparaben, or butylparaben.
  2. Find out which company makes the product you use. See if it has an ingredient list available on the product itself or on its web site. If a company is not forthcoming with the information you seek, you may want to purchase your products from another company.
  3. Try e-mailing or calling the company and asking if your product contains parabens.
  4. If you represent a cosmetics company whose products are completely paraben-free, let us know. Here are some companies that have committed to being paraben-free. These companies do not use parabens for preservation, but instead use other procedures, packaging choices, and ingredients to achieve product stability.

Paraben-Free Cosmetics Companies