always free of parabens and preservatives
parabens are a type of preservative, first introduced in the 1950s. they're used to prolong shelf life in many health and beauty products by preventing the growth of mold, bacteria and yeast. parabens allow products to survive for months, even years, in our bathroom cabinet; however when you use these products, they can also enter your body through your skin.
the most commonly found parabens to look out for are butylparaben, methylparaben (sometimes called methyl 4-hydroxybenzoate and propyl 4-hydroxylbenzoate) and propylparaben, all of which can cause irritation and stress, especially to sensitive skin types.
parabens enter the body through dermal absorption and can remain within tissue. a 2004 british health study found traces of five parabens in the breast tissue of 19 out of 20 women studied.
several studies show that parabens may mimic estrogen and, as a result, disrupt hormone function and increase breast cell growth and division. also that some concentrations of parabens may reduce programmed cell death, which is the body’s way of dealing with damaged cells. parabens have been linked to other health concerns, such as allergies, and may also disrupt thyroid levels.
parabens have also been found for the first time in the bodies of marine mammals. researchers believe that it is likely these parabens come from products we use that are washed into the sewage system and released into the environment, then into our food chain.
we choose to make our products using absolutely no preservatives or parabens. while they may not last forever on your shelf, they’ll always be free of harmful toxins and chemicals.