The Ill’s of Parabens in Your Beauty Products

December 29, 2011 in Beauty

For a long time, I didn’t know what parabens were. I also didn’t know that many of the beauty products that I was using on a daily basis contained them. According to the David Suzuki Foundation, parabens are the most widely used preservatives in cosmetics. They are also used as fragrance ingredients, but consumers won’t find that listed on the label. You see, many fragrance recipes are considered trade secrets so manufacturers are not required to disclose chemicals in the list of ingredients. An estimated 75 to 90 percent of cosmetics contain parabens.

So, why are they so bad you ask? Parabens easily penetrate the skin – especially when applied directly through a lotion or perfume. Parabens can mimic estrogen, the primary female sex hormone, and have been detected in human breast cancer tissues – suggesting a possible association between parabens in cosmetics and cancers. Unfortunately, there are no regulations banning the use of parabens in cosmetics in Canada. Restricting parabens is enforced internationally. The European Union has restricted the use of parabens in cosmetic products.

With that being said, I’m very happy and proud to inform you that ZERO of our products at Upper Canada Soap contain parabens. We’re very cognizant of what ingredients are used when creating a lotion, wash or soap. Our products are clean, safe and are produced with one goal in mind – to help you live a better life. We’re with you everyday through lip balms, lotions and soaps and that is why only the top ingredients are used.

Furthermore, we don’t test on animals – ever. The fats used in our soaps are 100% natural and are derived from plants – like shea butter and cocoa butter, not animals. We like using natural “powers.” For instance, our Fruit Frappe collection contains natural antioxidants like Grapefruit with Gooseberry, Watermelon Acai and Apricot.

We care about your health and the environment, and will take the extra step to ensure that our products are made of the highest ingredients and standards.