You may have heard by now that we should avoid Parabens and SLS’s, but you might be wondering why you should do so. The following information will hopefully answer any questions you may have.
Parabens are a group of cheap antimicrobial chemical preservatives that are found in many toiletries and make-up. They are added to kill bacteria, prevent the growth of yeasts and mould, and to prolong the shelf-life of products. Look at your creams, lotions and conditioners and you will see them near of the end of the ingredients list. If it doesn’t say Parabens straight forward it may have ethyl, butyl, methyl, isobutyl or propyl in front of it.
Our bodies can not physically break parabens down, we can expel some through urination, females had higher levels of methylparabens and propylparabens in their urine than males (alafat 2010)
As females we store them and the breast cancer fund states that parabens are Endocrine disruptors and say that measurable concentrations of six different parabens have been identified from breast tumours (Darbre 2004). later on a different study showed that an even higher concentration of n-propylparaben were found in the axilla quadrant of the breast, the area nearest to the armpit, and a British study in 2013 showed that 60 females with breast cancer had parabens in the diseased tissue, but the NHS still states the link is unproven.
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) is another cheap chemical that is a foaming agent, and exactly the same product is used to degrease our car engines. In the same way as it dissolves the grease on our cars, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate also dissolves and strips the oils on your skin. If you suffer with eczema or any other dry skin conditions, you will see an improvement in your skin just by avoiding SLS, when looking at your foaming products such as shower gels, shampoo’s, bubble baths, hand soaps and facial washes, you will find SLS is usually the second highest ingredient after water. Many advertisers of products are now saying SLS or paraben free, but usually, you only find one of these ingredients in each type of product, so if you see a foaming agent with big letters on the front saying it’s paraben free… it always has been and chances are it’s just jumping on the band wagon. A well known company states now in bold letters that their lotion is paraben free. I found one of these lotions in the back of a cupboard that is 9 yrs old. They never did put parabens in it, and in 2005 when I purchased it, the paraben free sign was no where to be seen.
So basically to sum, SLS is in washes, and parabens are in creamy lotions and makeup.
My product are free from these and fragrances. I use Lincolnshire honey and beeswax along with essential oils and flower waters. The other ingredients are as natural as possible.
We also make our products in small batch sizes so you will always receive products fresh that have not been sitting on a shelf for long periods.
Most Companies decision to use parabens and SLS’s will be economical as they are cheaper than the alternatives. They also extend the shelf life of product often to12 months – 2 years and in turn this means the Company loses less money on product being pulled off the shelf and discarded. Unsold product is a major cost of these companies; by using parabens they can extend the shelf life of their products, therefore increasing profit and limit costs.