What are Parabens? And why should I care if they are in my products?

Hmmm…What are parabens? I found myself asking this particular question when I finally started reading the labels on cosmetics and realized that there are different types of parabens and that they come in just about every comestic product…seriously! Oh, and you can even find butylPARABEN in your Buckley’s cough syrup, ewh!!

Parabens are a kind of chemical that are most commonly used as a preservatives in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Why should you care about parabens? Well parabens are known as “estrogen mimickers” and have been found in breast cancer tissues and may also interfere with male reproductive functions. By all means AVOID the paraben family, especially propyl-and butylparabens!! The rest of the world should be like Denmark and BAN the most heineous of parabens!!

So, what are you waiting for to go PARABEN FREE??? Next time you are thinking about purchasing a new lispstick, shampoo, body wash, body cream,foundation…ANYTHING, choose PARABEN FREE. 

And if your favorite brand doesn’t carry Paraben free..TWEET them and get your online community involved in the conversation so the brand can hear you and take note. 

Do you own any Paraben Free product? If so, what is it?
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  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    Parabens are still one of the most stable preservatives on the market. As a consumer it’s important to actually research what you’re talking about – consumers are the reasons parabens have been banned. That study completed in the 90s had no conclusive evidence linked to breast cancer, and they still haven’t come to a conclusion on the topic – you might want to first talk to Clinique who uses even WORSE preservatives in their products.

    October 8, 2013 at 8:39 pm
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    nice info! 😀
    I’ve read before that paraben is not good but until now I keep buying products even though it contains paraben >,<

    October 9, 2013 at 1:34 am
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    i always look for products that are paraben free as well

    October 9, 2013 at 1:49 am
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    i was reading about this too and trying to figure out what all the hoo-hah surrouding them is. though evidence is still inconclusive, (correlation/causation and all that) i guess its just a safer bet in general to try and avoid them. i would esp try and do it for deoderant but i’m having a hard time finding one that still works w/o all the bad stuff in it

    October 9, 2013 at 2:24 am
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    As much as I can, I also stay away from parabens! Since I learned what they do to the body, I got freaked out and resorted to finding parabens-free alternatives 😀 I use sooo much parabens free products, but at the top of my head, I’m using Nutox Oxyfusion skincare 😀

    October 10, 2013 at 12:15 am
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    I don’t know anything about parabens so thank you for posting this! 🙂

    #gigbloggers #giglove

    October 10, 2013 at 1:09 am
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    great advice I didn’t know what parabens were, hugs!

    October 10, 2013 at 1:14 am
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    Oh Wow! Thanks for the heads up!

    October 10, 2013 at 2:32 am
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    so may things that are not natural that we can find in our daily products and we don’t even know it.

    October 10, 2013 at 2:36 am
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    Muy importante esta información, muchas gracias

    October 10, 2013 at 4:20 am
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    Stay away parabens!!!!!!!!

    October 10, 2013 at 1:15 pm
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    Really never followed the news on this; thanks for the info mija. BB2U

    October 10, 2013 at 3:52 pm
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    thanks for the info. 🙂 gotta take care of our bodies. xo

    October 10, 2013 at 4:42 pm
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    Thank you so much for the information Dear Nina! Very important!

    ¡FELIZ DÍA!ॐ

    October 10, 2013 at 7:07 pm
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    Excellent info!!! thanks

    October 10, 2013 at 7:45 pm
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    Hi Nina!, great info to have in mind since I´m a bit of disaster and never read a label on the products I buy, I should be more conscience about that. Thanks for this great post!.


    Gime from

    October 11, 2013 at 12:06 am
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    Yo nunca me fijo en los ingredientes.. Pero después de leer tu artículo lo haré.. muy buena información.

    October 11, 2013 at 12:16 am
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    Oh this is so important. I always make sure my products are paraben free!

    October 11, 2013 at 2:02 am
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    Great post, Nina! I always avoid parabens. It’s great to see more and more brands moving away from them, or at least offering a paraben-free option.

    October 11, 2013 at 2:48 am
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    Very informative. Of course, I will avoid parabens now. Thanks for sharing!

    October 11, 2013 at 3:25 am
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    Uy, no tenía idea. Gracias. Me voy a fijar.

    October 11, 2013 at 3:41 am
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    Great post! I’m in the middle of switching over my products to all paraben free versions!

    October 11, 2013 at 3:49 am
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    honestly, 99 percent of make-up out there (especially the major and good ones) contain is something that I cannot avoid even if I want to. But with skincare, more companies are changing their formulas and obviously paraben family is not invited lol. This is what I have been focusing on…skincare, haircare, bodycare, etc cause they actually go in my system not just skindeep. But interestingly enough, with all the hype that is being going on lately about the danger of these types of preservative, Paula Begoun wrote something OPPOSITE…you should read it just as additional reference maybe 🙂

    October 11, 2013 at 4:41 am
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    I honestly haven’t looked too much into parabens although I do find it a huge benefit a product is paraben free! It’s hard to get rid of your holy grails and start from scratch again though… 🙁

    October 11, 2013 at 11:23 am
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    I tried to avoid paraben-free products if i can. Eg: most natural and organic product. But as a beauty blogger, that’s something we couldn’t avoid. Imagine those cosmetics, lipstick and stuff with parabens. sigh.

    October 11, 2013 at 5:14 pm
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    A lot of my beauty products, makeup especially, have parabens and even if I recognize that they’re not good, I can’t completely avoid them since so many makeup brands have them in their products. My skin is also very picky in that even when I try to use all-natural products, they have little to no effect on my skin so I have to continue using stuff even if they have parabens in them. I guess I’ll just try to avoid it as much as possible!

    October 11, 2013 at 5:30 pm
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    wow great post! definitely agree with you..though I admit that I use products with paraben..but I really try my best to choose paraben free products 🙂

    October 12, 2013 at 5:14 am
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    I use Burt’s Bees lip shimmer as a lipstick, but the rest of the products it’s hard as they don’t really say what’s in them.

    October 12, 2013 at 1:28 pm
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    I am definitely a Paraben free girl 🙂

    October 12, 2013 at 5:59 pm
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    Great post. 🙂 I own many paraben free products, for example NovExpert skin care products.

    October 12, 2013 at 6:53 pm
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    Whoa, great advice. I had no idea!!


    October 13, 2013 at 1:15 am
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    Oh gosh! I have been trying to avoid parabens but they seem to be in most products! I will be more vigilant from now on!

    October 13, 2013 at 8:46 am
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    Ohh.. I wasn’t aware of that!! I’ll make sure to check for Parabens before buying any product hereafter .. Thank you Nina 🙂

    xx Chaicy – Style..A Pastiche!


    October 13, 2013 at 9:18 am
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    I would love to go paraben free but it’s so difficult.. Almost everything contains paraben! Banning paraben would help a lot though!

    October 13, 2013 at 1:21 pm
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    Thanks for the information. Almost all beauty products
    contain parabens. It’s still best to choose organic products.

    October 13, 2013 at 3:47 pm
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    I didn’t know about parabens, thanks for bringing the to my attention! Toni xxx

    October 13, 2013 at 5:03 pm
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    I’ve heard a lot of people talk about Parabens, but never actually read about them. TY!!

    October 13, 2013 at 7:41 pm
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    Great advice! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    October 14, 2013 at 9:04 am
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    Wow, I never knew about parabens before… off to check my cosmetics … I wonder if any are Paraben free

    October 14, 2013 at 10:51 am
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    Must say I don´t know since I don´t read the labels that thorough! However I am more aware of taking care of my skin, so reading the labels is the next step!

    October 14, 2013 at 6:25 pm
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    OMG, i dont know paraben is not good on cosmetic, thanks for the information, i will make sure to check the ingredient before buying a cosmetic xxo

    October 15, 2013 at 5:28 pm
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    I heard a lot of bad things about parabens but I really don’t care a lot as we use a lot of things that can cause us more trouble. 😀 I mean eating fastfood is worser than applying lipsticks with paraben. XD


    October 22, 2013 at 10:22 pm
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