What are parabens?

Parabens are a class of synthetic, chemical preservatives praised for their bactericidal and fungicidal properties. They are inexpensive, extend the shelf-life of products and are widely used in the manufacturing of food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

Products commonly containing parabens:

  • shampoo
  • medication
  • skin care products
  • cosmetics
  • body lotion
  • soap
  • food
  • toothpaste
  • deodorant
  • and more…

While reading the ingredients, parabens are commonly listed as:

  • para-hydroxybenzoic acid
  • methylparaben
  • ethylparaben
  • propylparaben
  • butylparaben

Controvery

While the FDA has deemed parabens as “Generally Recognized As Safe” or GRAS, many independent studies have proven otherwise. The main argument is that parabens have the ability to mimic the hormone estrogen which causes havoc in females and males, the latter for very obvious reasons.

Parabens have been linked to early puberty in young girls and breast cancer. One study done in the UK by Philippa Darbre makes the connection between parabens found in underarm products and the location of most breast cancer tumors.

Darbre states, “"One would expect tumors to occur evenly, with 20 per cent arising in each of the five areas of the breast, but these results help explain why up to 60 per cent of all breast tumours are found in just one-fifth of the breast - the upper-outer quadrant, nearest the underarm."

Shaving cream and deodorant were deemed two of the likely causes in combination with our American habit of underarm shaving. Small open sores caused from shaving seem to create a direct route for parabens and other dangerous toxins to travel into our bloodstream and breast tissue.

Our Products Are Paraben Free

Natural skincare is extremely important to us. In fact, that’s why we began our skincare line. After reading the ingredients on countless labels, we grew frustrated seeing parabens and other synthetic ingredients used in supposedly “natural” skincare products. So we developed our own.

Nefertem Naturals offers 100% pure and natural soaps and body butters that harness the power of Nature without any synthetic ingredients, parabens or artificial junk. Just pure, clean goodness.