I admit it, I’m ‘new’ to blogging. Sure I started about a year or two ago, but I haven’t been a regular blogger. That is one of the reasons I joined The Blog Dare.
Real bloggers have all these witty, named categories. Some are weekly topics even. In an effort to be more of a regular blogger I have now come up with my own weekly category.
“What You Should Know Wednesday”
Today is the first post in my brand new catagory! Wooohoo!
So lets talk Parabens and what you should know about them.
Did you know I’m a Greenie?
I am a conscious consumer, an eco-supporter, recycler, organic as I can be and actually hold a degree in Environmental Technology.
Well at least I try to be all those things. It’s hard, lets face it-being green takes green. As in cash, l’argent, dinero-money. It can take a lot or a little, depending on what you are trying to green up.
But lets start small. A simple change. Hopefully an easy one. One that won’t ding the wallet too deeply. Detoxing our homes one step at a time. One bottle at a time.
Lets get rid of Parabens.
What are they? Simply put they are a chemical additive to inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi.
What are they in? Toothpaste, makeup, moisturizers, shampoos, sunscreens and (dare I say) personal lubricants.
Why are they not so good? Here’s where it gets tricky. Studies have not linked parabens to breast cancer
(who funded the study?). Yet they are found in breast tumors. Some experts say there IS a link.
Why chance it? Who really wants breast cancer? Is it worth it in the long run?
I say nope. It’s not. Bye-bye parabens.
Although, I did (do) use up the remaining bottle of shampoo or what have you before I switched. Let’s face it, it was already in the house and I’m not one to just toss stuff and be wasteful. But when they are empty I try to replace the product with a healthier version.
You should know that parabens also go by the names: methylparaben and butylparaben. Just take a quick peek at the ingredients on the bottle before you buy it. If you see it, then keep looking. There are alternatives out there. Some manufacturers are offering paraben-free alternatives
does that mean the studies are true? for those who are no longer wanting to take the chance.
Weleda is one of my favorites for skin care! They have a huge selection of skin and baby care in so many yummy flavors! Ok you’re not supposed to eat the product, but your skin will! I switched to Weleda about a year ago, and so many friends and family have commented on how beautiful my skin looks! I am very happy with them!
Beauty Without Cruelty is another option! They have many wonderful products for skin, baby, cosmetics and even hair care!
There are so many more companies to choose from but I haven’t had a chance to try them out. Only the two above so I feel they are the only ones I can chat about at this time. Do you have a favorite? Will you share?
Go out there and choose. Be Healthy. Be Safe. Be Beautiful!
*I did not take any endorsement, gifts or cash for this post.