What are Parabens and is There Cause for Concern?


The average adult consumer uses around nine personal care products a day. Several of these products, if not all, contain the use of parabens in their ingredients. Many of these include; lotion, make-up, soap, shampoo, deodorant, shaving products, and the list goes on.

 Let’s begin with what a paraben is and why it is used. A paraben is a low cost, effective way to preserve a product by preventing fungus, bacteria, and other microbes from growing within. They largely replaced the use of formaldehyde as a preservative several years ago. Women, in particular, are likely to receive a steady dose of parabens through the use of common personal care products. According to a new study, babies and toddlers are likely to be absorbing even more in their fragile, developing bodies.

The risk of absorbing parabens is alarming. They have an estrogen quality which causes concern for its link to cancer because it disrupts estrogen receptors. According to a study done in 2004 (Dabre, in the Journal of Applied Toxicology), parabens were detected in the breast tissue samples of 158 out of the 160 samples taken from 40 women being treated for breast cancer. It was said there needed to be further concrete evidence to prove this preservative is directly linked to cancer. With the overwhelming amount of evidence in regards to the risks of these chemicals, it’s safe to say they may be worth staying away from.

You may be wondering how this can be. Well, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act does not authorize the FDA to approve cosmetic ingredients, with the exception of color additive in hair dye. Furthermore, the FDA believes at the present time there is no reason to be concerned about the use of cosmetics containing parabens. These products are not being regulated, therefore, are being sold in stores throughout the country and people are blindly purchasing these products without understanding the risks involved in doing so.

Black Birch is proud to divulge that there are absolutely no parabens used in the process of making our handmade, organic products. We are proud to boast all of our products are made with certified organic essential oils, free from pesticides and chemical residues. Each oil is supervised and tested by a certified aromatherapist. Guaranteed fresh and fragrant, you are sure to find more than one favorite scent from our line.





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