Sunday, September 7, 2008
How Can I Tell A Product Is Paraben Free?
One of the hardest things to do when you decide to go Paraben-Free is to figure out which products have Parabens and which ones don't. Just because something is labeled 'Natural' or 'Organic' does not mean it is Paraben-Free.
The only way to be certain is to read the label. Reading labels is especially difficult if you are in the store squinting at a lengthy ingredients list. Many cosmetics companies don't put the ingredients lists on the back of their products where they are easily readable or at all. The trend has been to post ingredient tear pads on the product display (good luck ever finding those). I was looking at a Neutrogrena product yesterday that said on the cellophane sealed box the ingredients list was inside. So, I would have to buy the product to find out what's inside. Just like Cracker Jacks!
1. Read the product label. If you can get the product in your hand, read the ingredients list. The list of 5 parabens are under 'Meet the Parabens'. They are usually near the end of the list, so start at the bottom and work your way up.
2. Check out the manufacturer website. Many products have their ingredients listed on the manufacturer websites.
3. Walgreens and CVS.com. Search for your product on those websites. You can also browse organic categories. I have saved so much time by looking products up on these sites instead of roaming the aisles at the store.
4. Cosmetics Database.com. A little difficult to navigate, but includes high end brands you won't find on the drugstore websites.