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Preservatives | Info on the 5 preservatives you MUST ALWAYS AVOID!!

posted in Various
08/20/2016
  • 99% of cosmetic products today contain preservatives. Their primary purpose is to extend the shelf life of personal care products by preventing the growth of microorganisms + to stop undesirable alterations of the product’s formula. 

    99% of cosmetic products today contain preservatives. Their primary purpose is to extend the shelf life of personal care products by preventing the growth of microorganisms + to stop undesirable alterations of the product’s formula. 

  • While it is true that they keep our lotions + potions stay fresh + usable longer, it's also true some preservatives carry hidden risks for human health. 
If you don’t want to put your health at risk, these are the 5 preservatives that we strongly recommend avoiding.

    While it is true that they keep our lotions + potions stay fresh + usable longer, it's also true some preservatives carry hidden risks for human health. 

    If you don’t want to put your health at risk, these are the 5 preservatives that we strongly recommend avoiding.

  • TRICLOSAN In a recent study, traces of triclosan were found in 75% of urine samples + 97% of breast milk samples, which confirms that this preservative is industry’s "favorite" antibacterial ingredient. Even though troclosan is effective in suppressing bacteria growth, its safety is questionable.
    TRICLOSAN In a recent study, traces of triclosan were found in 75% of urine samples + 97% of breast milk samples, which confirms that this preservative is industry’s "favorite" antibacterial ingredient. Even though troclosan is effective in suppressing bacteria growth, its safety is questionable.
  • Triclosan is suspected of interfering with thyroid + reproductive hormones. The newest concerns were raised after it was found to cause liver fibrosis in laboratory mice. Mice that were exposed to triclosan for 8mos were more susceptible to developing liver scars, compared to those not exposed. 
    Triclosan is suspected of interfering with thyroid + reproductive hormones. The newest concerns were raised after it was found to cause liver fibrosis in laboratory mice. Mice that were exposed to triclosan for 8mos were more susceptible to developing liver scars, compared to those not exposed. 

  • PARABENS Since parabens naturally occur in certain foods, many manufacturers manipulate with this fact + claim that parabens are easily metabolized + have no undesirable effects on human health. The truth is slightly different, though…
    PARABENS Since parabens naturally occur in certain foods, many manufacturers manipulate with this fact + claim that parabens are easily metabolized + have no undesirable effects on human health. The truth is slightly different, though…
  • Synthetically produced parabens, found in cosmetic formulas, bypass the normal metabolic processes in our bodies + enter our bloodstream intact + exhibit oestrogen-mimicking behaviour which has been associated with increased risk of breast cancer.
    Synthetically produced parabens, found in cosmetic formulas, bypass the normal metabolic processes in our bodies + enter our bloodstream intact + exhibit oestrogen-mimicking behaviour which has been associated with increased risk of breast cancer.
  • In a 2004 study traces of parabens were detected in 18 of 20 breast tumour biopsy samples.
    In a 2004 study traces of parabens were detected in 18 of 20 breast tumour biopsy samples.


  • Butylparaben interferes with male reproductive functions, having a negative impact on the testosterone levels + sperm counts, while methylparaben (often added to sunscreen) reacts with UVB rays + increases skin’s sensitivity, leading to DNA damage + premature aging. 
    Butylparaben interferes with male reproductive functions, having a negative impact on the testosterone levels + sperm counts, while methylparaben (often added to sunscreen) reacts with UVB rays + increases skin’s sensitivity, leading to DNA damage + premature aging. 
  •  PHENOXYETHANOL  Even though, phenoxyethanol is not as widely used as it was 5 years ago, it can still be found on the ingredient lists of many personal care products like hair serums, hair sprays, body lotions, facial creams, toners + cleansers .
     PHENOXYETHANOL  Even though, phenoxyethanol is not as widely used as it was 5 years ago, it can still be found on the ingredient lists of many personal care products like hair serums, hair sprays, body lotions, facial creams, toners + cleansers .
  • Prolonged exposure to phenoxyethanol is associated with allergic reactions ranging from mild hives to life-threatening anaphylaxis. Products that contain over 1% phenoxyethanol can trigger eczema outbreaks + worsen the overall condition of your skin, leading to severe dryness + hypersensitivity.  
    Prolonged exposure to phenoxyethanol is associated with allergic reactions ranging from mild hives to life-threatening anaphylaxis. Products that contain over 1% phenoxyethanol can trigger eczema outbreaks + worsen the overall condition of your skin, leading to severe dryness + hypersensitivity.  
  • Things get even worse when phenoxyethanol is used in conjunction with parabens, as the former actually increase the risk of allergic reaction – yet another reason for you to avoid both of these chemicals.
    Things get even worse when phenoxyethanol is used in conjunction with parabens, as the former actually increase the risk of allergic reaction – yet another reason for you to avoid both of these chemicals.
  • BHA + BHT Butylated hydroxyanisole + butylated hydroxytoluene are closely related synthetic antioxidants that are often found in lipsticks, moisturizers, + liquid foundations.
    BHA + BHT Butylated hydroxyanisole + butylated hydroxytoluene are closely related synthetic antioxidants that are often found in lipsticks, moisturizers, + liquid foundations.
  • As far as health concerns, it would perhaps be enough to say that the EU prohibits the use of BHA, the State of California requires all products containing BHA to wear a warning label that it is carcinogenic, while many other regulatory bodies have flagged both chemicals for future assessment.
    As far as health concerns, it would perhaps be enough to say that the EU prohibits the use of BHA, the State of California requires all products containing BHA to wear a warning label that it is carcinogenic, while many other regulatory bodies have flagged both chemicals for future assessment.
  • Both BHA + BHT have been listed as hormone disruptors that cause liver, thyroid + kidney problems after long-term exposure. Similarly to parabens, BHT may mimic oestrogen + have serious reproductive repercussions.
    Both BHA + BHT have been listed as hormone disruptors that cause liver, thyroid + kidney problems after long-term exposure. Similarly to parabens, BHT may mimic oestrogen + have serious reproductive repercussions.
  • Being poorly degradable + bioaccumulative, BHA is considered very toxic to aquatic organisms + environmentalists warn about its increasing detection in water samples. By infiltrating our supply, BHA doesn’t only pose a threat to water-inhabiting organisms, but also to the environment, + our health.
    Being poorly degradable + bioaccumulative, BHA is considered very toxic to aquatic organisms + environmentalists warn about its increasing detection in water samples. By infiltrating our supply, BHA doesn’t only pose a threat to water-inhabiting organisms, but also to the environment, + our health.
  • FORMALDEHYDE-RELEASING PRESERVATIVES Decades ago, formaldehyde was blacklisted + destined to be phased out from cosmetic products for good, because of its carcinogenic effect. 
    FORMALDEHYDE-RELEASING PRESERVATIVES Decades ago, formaldehyde was blacklisted + destined to be phased out from cosmetic products for good, because of its carcinogenic effect. 

  • Sadly, the ban didn’t affect the use of formaldehyde-releasing preservatives like DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine + quaternium-15.
    Sadly, the ban didn’t affect the use of formaldehyde-releasing preservatives like DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine + quaternium-15.
  • Recently, several studies reported that concentrations lower than 0.2% were safe for human use - green line for manufacturers. As you can guess, instead of completely eliminating formaldehyde-releasing preservatives from their products, many companies simply lowered their concentration. 
    Recently, several studies reported that concentrations lower than 0.2% were safe for human use - green line for manufacturers. As you can guess, instead of completely eliminating formaldehyde-releasing preservatives from their products, many companies simply lowered their concentration. 
  • While this may reduce their harmful effect on the human body, we doubt it eliminates it. Even in low doses, these chemicals continuously release small amounts of formaldehyde, which eventually add up + damages your health.
    While this may reduce their harmful effect on the human body, we doubt it eliminates it. Even in low doses, these chemicals continuously release small amounts of formaldehyde, which eventually add up + damages your health.
  • Many countries have banned some (or all) of the mentioned preservatives + their use in personal care products is prohibited. Others have set concentration restrictions and/or require for them to be clearly identified on the labels. 
    Many countries have banned some (or all) of the mentioned preservatives + their use in personal care products is prohibited. Others have set concentration restrictions and/or require for them to be clearly identified on the labels. 

  • Unfortunately, in spite of that, the market is still flooded with products loaded with ingredients with questionable safety. This only shows us that at the end, it is up to us, as consumers, to educate ourselves + choose our products wisely. 
    Unfortunately, in spite of that, the market is still flooded with products loaded with ingredients with questionable safety. This only shows us that at the end, it is up to us, as consumers, to educate ourselves + choose our products wisely. 

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