May 21, 2019

Why is Formulate Paraben Free?

We've got the down & dirty on this controversial ingredient.

A lot of people have strong opinions on parabens. Some people avoid them at all costs, whereas others believe they are completely harmless.

But first of all, what even are parabens?

Parabens are natural and synthetic compounds which serve as antimicrobial agents (preservatives). They're very common in household items such as deodorants, toothpastes, lotions, and hair care products. They're used to prevent the growth of bacteria and other harmful microbes. If you've ever wondered why that tube of lotion that's been living in your sock drawer for five years hasn't gone moldy, it's probably because it contains parabens!

You might find parabens listed on the ingredient list of products as:

  • Ethylparaben
  • Propylparaben
  • Butylparaben
  • Methylparaben
  • Isobutylparaben

There's very limited research on if parabens are harmful to human health. No evidence produced thus far has been conclusive enough for the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to consider parabens dangerous and in need of government regulation. However, many consumers still take caution to avoid parabens due to a small 2004 study that found a high concentration of parabens within the tumors of breast cancer patients. More research is needed to more deeply examine the relationship between parabens and our health.

Here at Formulate, we knew that we could create great products without parabens. Since the research is still a little cloudy on if parabens might be harmful, we made a choice to leave them out of our formulas altogether. Customer safety always has been and always will be our number one priority, and we're always here to help with whatever our clients need.

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The Formulate Team

Tammy Lisi
Lead Chemist
Caroline Schmidt