You’ve probably read, or you might not have, about the problems with parabens and phthalates. An overwhelming number of conventional personal care products contain phthalates, which are used to homogenize products by dissolving solid ingredients. Parabens are also widespread in the personal care industry, used as preservatives that prevent bacterial contamination. A good thing in theory, but in practice, parabens have been linked to a number of serious health concerns including cancer.
Parabens are chemical preservatives that have been identified as estrogenic and disruptive of normal hormone function. In other words, parabens are an allergen, which can cause moderate to severe allergic reactions and rashes in a surprisingly high proportion of people.
Phthalates are known to cause a broad range of birth defects and lifelong reproductive problems in laboratory animals exposed to these chemicals during pregnancy and after birth. Phthalates are also known to be hormone-mimicking chemicals, many of which disrupt normal hormonal processes, raising concern about their implications for increased breast cancer risk.