Many of you may have read about parabens, dioxins, and endocrine disruptors that may play a role in influencing my Endometriosis symptoms (plus I’m a dirty hippy deep down inside). I’ve kind of been on this little crusade since last year to go through my personal products and read the labels and find alternatives that I like as much (if not better). Well, my little collection is growing and I figured I’d share what I’ve fallen in love with during this search. I’ve still got a few products in my cabinets that I’m looking to replace..but that’ll come eventually.
I’m not being paid or compensated to do these reviews. These are just products that I’ve discovered and truly enjoy and wanted to pass on the word. As I bump into more products that I love, I’ll continue to update this page with links and my thoughts…so feel free to come back and check it out. More info on the products, including their ingredients, can be found on their respective links!
Parabens are chemicals used as preservatives in consumer products.
Why are they Bad for Us?
If you happen to suffer from Endometriosis, or any other estrogen-driven condition (like breast cancer), please be aware that parabens mimic estrogen. Just like soy. Just like flax. Parabens are an “endocrine disruptor,” which alters our body’s hormone levels. They’ve been found to play a role in breast cancer cell growth, too.
If you haven’t already heard, this week the FDA banned 19 ingredients used in anti-bacterial soaps. You’ll see these soaps on sale at the market only to disappear from the shelves within one year…unless the soap manufacturers can find a way around the 19 ingredients that were banned.
But why? Either the ingredients couldn’t be shown to do squat against bacteria, or they posed a potential threat to our bodies. Interesting to note, the ban is only for the ingredients found in antibacterial soaps, not other household agents that may contain these ingredients (like creams or hand sanitizers).