Parabens are a group of synthetic chemicals used as preservatives in a wide range of food, beauty and personal care products – i.e.,deodorants, toothpastes, shampoos, soaps, conditioners, body lotions and makeup. Though the cost to produce is low, these preservatives are extremely effective in extending the shelf life and preventing the growth of harmful bacteria in products.

Some of the more commonly used parabens are methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, isopropylparaben and isobutylparaben.

While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sets safe standards that limit the amount of parabens in a specific product, there is concern behind the cumulative exposure to these chemical compounds that may be contributing to a wide range of health problems.

Parabens are known as estrogenic and hormonal disruptors, an effect that is linked to increase the risk of breast cancer and reproductive issues. Research has also shown that parabens have also been linked to immunological, neurological and skin irritation problems.

Needless to say, BEECAUSE is committed to preservative-free formulations, for all of our products. Though that may mean shorter shelf lives than conventional products (six months to a year), if used daily our products are very likely to be emptied before the suggested expiration.

Readers can shop all paraben-free products here.