What are Sulfates & Parabens?
Why our products are sulfate & paraben free.
What are Parabens?
Parabens are a group of compounds and chemicals widely used as preservatives in pharmaceutical and cosmetic products, including underarm deodorants, shampoos, conditioners and other hair care products. Parabens are absorbed through the skin and from the gastrointestinal track.
In the 1990s, parabens were deemed xenoestrogens agents that mimic estrogen in the body. "Estrogen disruption" has been linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues. In 2004 British cancer researchers found parabens present in malignant breast tumors. As a result, experts in many countries are recommending limits on paraben levels in cosmetic products. What's more, watchdog organizations worry that if parabens can be stored in the body, over time they could have a cumulative effect and pose a health risk.
What are Sulfates?
Sulfates are a group of detergents or surfactants that are used in countless consumer goods today. These corrosive cleaning agents started off as an industrial strength cleaning additive since they easily cut through heavily soiled surfaces.
It was around the 1930's when shampoo, soap, toothpaste and other foaming personal care products containing these synthetic detergents were introduced. They have remained in most commercial formulas ever since the public grew accustomed to using high-lather products.
Harsh surfactants strip the hair and skin of valuable moisture. The fact is that these sulfates / detergents produce a very heavy, thick lather. This is not a good thing when it comes to your hair or skin. The lather actually strips away precious moisture and protective oily barriers.
It also roughs up the cuticle of the hair, making it appear dull, dry and damaged. The stripping action makes for a dull appearance and more problems with frizz and manageability. It has even been linked to follicular damage and can potentially contribute to hair loss.
Soaps and skin cleansers containing these detergents strip away the protective lipids (natural fats) that encase the skin. They upset the moisture balance of the skin and unnecessarily dry it out. The false sense of "clean" that these detergents give is really due to the fact that they are stripping our protective layers from our skin and hair.