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April 11, 2010 by parabenfree 1 Votes

DID YOU KNOW? The underbelly of Parabens…
60% of products such as lotions, shampoos, lipsticks, powders, deodrant, shaving creme… are absorbed into your body and mimic your body’s hormones.

Natural does not always mean naturally good for you! Yesterday I was at the grocery store. I saw what is considered a natural sunscreen. Alba Botancia states that is is a chemical free sunscreen, noting on the front of the bottle, that it contains not harmful chemicals. Although their intentions may be good, their product label is misleading. Alba Botanica sunscreen lotions contain Titanium dioxide.  What is Titanium Dioxide?

Titanium dioxide is a white powder like mineral. Chemically processed, it provides a pure white pigment that is odorless and absorbent.  Additional to sunscreen and deodrant, TD can be found in food, cosmetics, vitamins and paint!

There are mixed views regarding Titanium Dioxide.  The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) recently classified Titanium dioxide as an IARC Group 2B carcinogen ”possibly carcinogen to humans”… This evidence showed that high concentrations of pigment-grade (powdered) and ultrafine titanium dioxide dust caused respiratory tract cancer in rats exposed by inhalation and intratracheal instillation*.  (\

THE FACTS: Natural does not always mean it is good for you. Check your labels and decide for yourself.

As far as sunscreen’s go, The Environmental Working Group has identified the following ingredients are harmful to human health. Octocrylene. PABA, Octyl-methoxycinnamate (OMC), Benzophenone-3, 4-methyl-benzylidene and camphor (4-MBC). Homosalate

Women – Deodrant: I have looked LONG & LONGER to find a deodrant that had a pleasant smelled, WORKED, and was pure of toxins. The deodrant I use is HUGO NATURALS, Dual-action Formula – Sea Fennel & Passionflower. Purchased at Whole Foods.

This blog will be filled with new information about paraben free, natural, organic products, events, beauty, fashion, green style, food, wine, health…  AND YOU!  Stay Tuned & Definitely Chime In!


  Shari wrote @

Dear Parabenfree and Organic,

Thank you for this information. To think I have been putting toxic chemicals on my children when I think I am protecting them is disturbing. How can companies do this and WHY DO THEY DO IT when they know better?

I would appreciate more information and thank you for detailing parabens. How do these companies get away with this? What do you recommend and what can we do as consumers to make companines aware that this is not acceptable?

Thank you for sharing this important information with us with your blog. It shows you really care.


  parabenfreeandorganic wrote @

Thanks for your comment. You are correct; it is disturbing and extremely irresponsible by the companies that market millions on family, clean air, water and natural, pure and real products that are anything but, so BEWARE!

I am asking these companies; why not invest the same marketing dollars into Paraben free products. Real life over Shelf life, it is pathetic. Moreover, if you have market share, make a marketable difference. Help us!
CANCER…. Growing up, I did not know anyone who had Cancer. Today, most grade school children have lost someone to Cancer. Do we really think that putting hormones in our food and body products does not endanger our own bodies? It is time to rely on ourselves! I was disheartened the other day when I looked up on-line a new natural beauty product and found that the company who produced this new natural product, owns and manufactures other companies that produce Paraben rich beauty products. What a slap in the face. COMPANIES KNOW what they are doing. Lipstick that does not wear off… can you imagine the type of chemicals created to master such an effect? Mascara that lengthens lashes and keeps them waterproof… Trillions of toxic products produced, delivered and purchased every single day. Many products now feature on the label that they are natural or safe… My finding is that the majority are not. Do not trust the front of the package, read the back of it, read the ingredients.

Today young girls are wearing make up, earlier and earlier. I was watching Kimora on her show. She was in London and her adorable girls were playing Tea Party. Kimora was called on the phone to see if her daughters could while playing dress up put on lipstick. Responsibly Kimora said no to the bright red shade and asked if they had little girl gloss. Unfortunately, little girl lip-gloss is not better. “Sadly the contaminating chemicals used in cosmetics and body care products are common class even for our young and teenage girls. EWG provided this information, along with lab tests that revealed adolescent girls across America are contaminated with chemicals commonly used in cosmetics and body care products. Environmental Working Group (EWG) detected 16 chemicals from 4 chemical families – phthalates, triclosan, Paraben’s, and musks – in blood and urine samples from 20 teen girls aged 14-19. Studies link these chemicals to potential health effects including cancer and hormone disruption. These tests feature first-ever exposure data for Paraben’s in teens, and indicate that young women are widely exposed to this common class of cosmetic preservatives, with 2 parabens, methylparaben and propylparaben, detected in every single girl tested.” EVERY SINGLE GIRL!

Remember girls lick their lip-gloss, they are swallowing the toxins and adult women, we are too.

Companies are marketing care, while continuing to produce toxic chemicals that last longer on the shelves and in us! As mentioned, 60% of the products we put on our bodies go into our bodies!

I will provide a longer list of products but for now, these companies are respectable, Paraben free, organic and natural. These are products and companies you can trust. Cosmetics and Lipsticks include Dr. Hauschka. You can purchase them on-line or at Whole Foods. Jane Iredale products can be purchased on-line. Both have fantastic lipsticks and glosses. For hair, I just experienced Paraben free hair care by Neil George. It is true hair care. Illuminating Shampoo, Conditioners and Moisturizers that are healthy, providing body, shine and non-toxic agents that maximize quality hair results. These comments are made from my own professional experience. I am not paid by the brand. I am extremely impressed. My experiences with some Paraben free shampoos are that they clump my hair together. I have highlights and it makes it hard to rinse out the shampoo. This is not the case with Neil George. The shampoo glided off. Neil George gives my hair a natural glow. It is an exciting new product line. Neil George hair care products are available at the Neil George Salon in Beverly Hills or on-line. More exciting hair care to come!

Juice Beauty! Parabenfree Sun Protection products are available on-line, Whole Foods and at some Sephora stores. I will provide you more information on Juice Beauty SPF and additional SPF products for Summer.

Thanks for your comments. Please continue the exchange, I love communicating with you and providing as much information as possible to benefit you, your family, friends and a healthy planet.

Best –

Nanci Jo Saper

  StaceyM wrote @

Dear Nancy Jo,

Thank you. I have heard for years about how bad deodrant is and some of the stuff that is in it, but you really point out what it is about, plus provide product choices. That really helps, and now I know what to look for! I really look forward to learning more about beauty products that are not toxic. I am not in Los Angeles but the store you mentioned in Beverly Hills, sounds great. Whole Foods is close to where I live, but there are so many items I don’t know what to use. You stress reading the ingredients and that taught me natural is not always natural. These marketing companies are nasty good.

Thanks again for helping women and men stay toxic free!

Stacey M

  Shari wrote @

Who knew? How can women executives who work for these companies not do something about this? Can you name some of the companies we should stay aware from?

I look forward to learning about more products that are parabenfree. Thanks for the list and for the the truth.


  Rickie Haith wrote @

I will certainly be more careful reading labels from now on, especially sunscreen.

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