No matter where they shop for beauty products these days more and more women are coming across the words “paraben free”. It’s a phrase tossed about with impunity – not unlike “gluten free” – yet it almost never comes with a proper explanation. Exactly what parabens are and why you should care whether your cosmetics are free of them is the subject of much debate. So in order to clarify things for our customers we’re going to answer some frequently asked questions about parabens and paraben free cosmetics.
Paraben Free Cosmetics – Frequently Asked Questions
Understanding parabens and why there are so many paraben free cosmetics on the market today is important, so let’s get right to it.
- What are parabens? – Parabens are a type of preservative used worldwide in all manner of cosmetics and personal care products. You’ll find them in moisturizers, soap, makeup, deodorant, shaving cream and more. We’re not going to drift off into a chemistry lesson here because all you really need to know is that they effectively extend the shelf life of products and inhibit the growth of bacteria, mold and other unwanted microbes. If you’ve been buying personal care products for more than 5 years you’ve purchased some with parabens in it.
- Are They Dangerous? – The $64,000 question. Parabens were thrust into the spotlight by recent studies that showed them turning up in some breast cancer tissues. Since we live in a cause and effect universe many concluded the two must be linked. And they very well may be. Unfortunately studies to determine a possible causal link take time and as of this writing there is no definitive scientific answer to the question of whether they’re dangerous. Common sense would suggest however that if there is a decent possibility of a link you probably shouldn’t be using them.
- If they’re dangerous why do companies still use them? – First of all because, as mentioned, there is no definitive answer yet to the question of whether they’re truly dangerous and second of all because they’re a cost-effective way for companies to extend the useable life of their products. And big business is all about finding cost-effective solutions to problems.
- Are Janice Carol Cosmetics paraben-free? – Some enlightened cosmetics companies like Janice Carol Cosmetics have chosen to replace the parabens in most of their product formulations with more organically sound substitutes. As evidence continues to mount that parabens are indeed a health hazard for women we feel our approach is the only responsible way forward given that the health and well-being of our clients is our primary concern.
Parabens are preservatives used in makeup and other personal care products that recent clinical evidence suggests could play some part in the development of certain breast cancers. While studies have been undertaken to determine if this is in fact the case we at Janice Carol feel that providing paraben free cosmetics in the here and now is the smart, responsible way forward. Feel free to contact us for more information.