With all the talk about cancer in our environment, we all want better products that are safe. So we are now making decisions about using natural or organic products and whether to use products that are paraben free.
- Organic products use ingredients that are made without antibiotics, synthetic hormones, genetic engineering, sewage sludge, or irradiation. There is minimal processing and no preservatives or artificial ingredients. Organic products have to be used quickly because they won’t last long without preservatives.
- Natural products use ingredients that are Unprocessed. But natural does not mean they are grown organically.
Which brings us to preservatives and parabens in our hair products.
- Parabens are an old preservative system that the FDA says you can safely use about .02% in products. Parabens are in just about every cosmetic and hair product. Having preservatives in our hair products prevents mold, and harmful bacteria from growing in them, and paraben free can be a safer alternative.
How many times have you bought a product and used it once then stuck it under the sink and forgot about it? Then when you find it again you take a quick look and smell check, and it seems okay, right?
Mold does not have to be black and it does not have to smell. Bacteria can grow in products and you not know it is even there!
My rule of thumb is: use your hair products within 6 months or throw then in the trash!