More Harmful Chemical Awareness
Here are 2 more chemical additives to avoid.
First is paraben. There are many forms including methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and ethylparaben. These chemicals are used as a preservative in personal care items to control the growth of mold and bacteria.
To date the FDA does not have specific rules for the use of preservatives in cosmetics. FDA approval is not needed before going to market. You must read the labels and know what to look for.
Parabens are known to cause allergic reaction, immunotoxicity, reproductive toxicity, lower sperm count, and are considered endocrine disruptors. Parabens can block androgens (the precursor to all estrogens) and also inhibit enzymes that metabolize estrogen.
Indian Meadow Herbals uses rosemary antioxidant CO2 extract as a way to preserve our products. The process of how rosemary antioxidant is made is described fully on our website. On each IMH product you will see a symbol of a jar with a number in it. That number represents how many months you can expect your product to remain stable after opening.
Now let’s look at fragrance. There are more than 5,000 different fragrance chemicals used in personal care products today. Fragrance is added to cover unpleasant smells, create a more natural smell or perhaps add an element of luxury to a product.
Added fragrances in personal care products are considered a trade secret in the United States and they do not have to be individually disclosed on product labels. You could be using any one or any combination of 5,000 chemical fragrances without knowing it. Added synthetic fragrance is linked to contact dermatitis (skin rash), hormone disruption and can be neurotoxicants (toxic to the brain).
Also watch for the words unscented or fragrance free. Additional chemicals can be added to a product to camouflage or neutralize the smell of the product.
All Indian Meadow Herbals products have no added fragrances of any kind. We do not add or hide any fragrances. What you smell is the ingredients.
On a scale from 1 (not important) to 10 (extremely important), how important is it to have chemical free choices for the products you buy?