schmoopy, canon digital rebel xti
This weekend I cleansed my home of all products that contain parabens (methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben & ethylparaben) and it felt so fricken good.
For those of you that are a bit unsure exactly why parabens are not healthy for us, here is the most simple explanation I have recently discovered:
In a study entitled "Concentrations of Parabens in Human Breast Tumors", published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology 24, 5 - 13 (2004), parabens were linked with breast cancer. In this study, researchers looked at breast tumors and found parabens in eighteen of the twenty samples. It is the first time parabens were detected within tumors, suggesting that chemicals accumulate in the breast tissue and are being absorbed through the skin.
I'm all about prevention, especially when it comes to breast cancer since we have had it in our family. I was shocked at how many products have parabens: shampoos, conditioners, shaving creams & lotions, skin care, etc. Once I disposed of these products I felt such a peace come over me. That's when you know you've made the right decision for you and your family.
I had to let go of some of my most favorite product lines and felt disappointed that these companies professing to be organic and natural haven't found a substitute knowing that this information has been released since 2004. I have known about parabens for a while now and was using some products from my favorite line that doesn't have this ingredient but I didn't feel right about supporting them regardless.
So, last week I went on a quest to find companies that do not carry this ingredient in ANY of their products. I found this list online. Then I took a trip to Whole Foods and had a long conversation with a wise woman in the cosmetic section (with fabulous skin, mind you). She's been aware of this issue for a few years and was so very informed. She guided me to a few new skin care lines that I am so in love with: evanhealy (love the Rose line) & MyChelle. Each of their delicious products are made with all natural ingredients, plant extracts, essential oils and no harmful chemicals. Not to mention, my skin feels so very supple, happy and FREE.
Schmoopy (photo above) and I are on this new paraben free journey together. I wanted to share this information with you not at all to get on a soap box but because I care about health and about you. I share this gently and without judgment.