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Have you been using commercial conditioners, lotions or shampoo and breast feeding ? 

Once again another study published in the Environmental Science and Technology journal checked the urine and breast milk of 56 women. They checked for the contents of parabens, a class of chemicals typically used as fragrances and as an antibacterials in a broad range of typical personal care products.

Next time you consider showering and slathering on the smooth smelly lotion give the products a second or even third thought. If the ingredients include “fragrances” forget it, period. If it says something cute such as natural fragrances once again ditch the bottle. And if they say something that ends with the word  xxxxxparaben, it’s clearly toxic. Let’s expand the list of items some and make better choices. Dive into your cosmetics and guess what its the same issue. Did you check your toothpaste and mouthwash, yech !

An interesting quote from the study conclusion,  “women who used make up or eye makeup and skin cleansers in the past 24 h also showed significantly higher PP levels in their breast milk. Braun et al.6 also showed significantly higher levels of BP, MP, and PP in pregnant women who used cosmetics and lotions in the past 24 h compared to those who did not.”

If you want to get really concerned you might read this article in total and take away  a few real no-no’s. One, the toxic products show up in your breast milk and urine quickly and can last for extended period. With rate exceptions no one has a zero contents in their body. We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the guys. There may be a correlation with infertility. So don’t pass the bottle to your partner. Two the science behind parabens is solid, it’s a bad idea as it disrupts ones hormones.  They may smell nice and keep bacteria at bay but…..reality it’s a negative for both yourself and your developing youngster.

Did you know that unlike in the US the European Union recently banned 5 types of parabens from cosmetics ? 

Time for a change…..check out our expanding store of verified non paraben contining products and be safe.


Paraben Concentrations in Maternal Urine and Breast Milk and Its Association with Personal Care Product Use

Environ. Sci. Technol., Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b04302
Publication Date (Web): March 20, 2017
Copyright © 2017 American Chemical Society

Parabens are broad-spectrum antimicrobial preservatives and fragrances used in a wide range of personal care products, pharmaceuticals, and food providing the opportunity for people to be exposed on a daily basis. In 2009–2010, 80 pregnant women from Ottawa Canada participated in the Plastics and Personal-Care Product Use in Pregnancy (P4) Study. A subset of women (n = 31) who provided multiple spot urine samples (n = 542) collected over two 24-h periods had their samples analyzed for methylparaben (MP), n-propylparaben (PP), ethylparaben (EP), butylparaben (BP), isobutylparaben (IBP), and benzylparaben (BzP). These parabens were also measured in breast milk samples collected at approximately 3 months postpartum (n = 56 women). Women kept a diary of products that they used 24 h prior to and during the collection. All parabens measured in maternal urine had moderate to high reproducibility. Women who used lotions in the past 24 h had significantly higher geometric mean paraben concentrations (80–110%) in their urine than women who reported no use in the past 24 h. Women who used shampoo, conditioner, and cosmetics also showed 70–80% higher BP concentrations in their urine. Breast milk samples had >50% detection for MP, PP, and EP.