There has been an abundant amount of buzz within the cosmetic industry regarding Parabens, Phthalates, Sulfates and Petroleum. Lately, we are seeing commercials and product labels boasting about how they are “Free” of these ingredients. Here are some definitions regarding those ingredients.
Parabens – Parabens are preservatives found in several skincare products. If you turn over any skincare or cosmetic product to read the ingredients, you will more than likely find parabens. Examples include: methylparaben, proplyparaben, isopropylparaben, isbutlparaben. (You will know it’s a paraben if the word ends with paraben.) This preservative has been approved by the FDA, however, many scientists believe this preservative causes the hormone system to be disturbed. Parabens have been linked to breast and other forms of cancer. Studies have concluded that concentrations of parabens have been found in human breast tumors.
Phthalates – Phthalates are chemical compounds that are used as plasticizers – ingredients that give plastics their elasticity, texture and quality of skincare products. Phthalates are considered estrogen disruptors and the cause of reproductive problems, especially in males.
Sulfates – Sulfates are found in detergent, cleansers and shampoos. Tests show that sulfates such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate can penetrate into the eyes as well as systemic tissues and show long-term retention, especially when used in soaps and shampoos. SLS forms nitrates, which enter the blood stream in large amounts, cause eye irritations, skin rashes, hair loss, dandruff and allergic reactions. If it foams, it may not be your friend.
Petroleum – used in skincare products to moisturize. Most companies use this ingredient because it’s cheap. In many European countries, this ingredient is banned in skincare products. Petroleum can contain carcinogens, which are cancer causing chemicals.
Our product line is extremely unique as many of our products serve dual purposes and can be used on the skin, as well as, the hair. 80% of our raw materials used are Organic. All of our products are paraben free, phthalate free, sulfate free and petroleum free. Our products are also Vegan (free of animal bi-products).