Thursday, October 1, 2009

Paraben Soup: Germaben & Phenonip

Slacking again, I know. I have actually been trying out lots of products from different online e-tailers. Small business folks who make and sell their own bath and body products. Folks on Etsy, etc. Well, I was tempted into a website that is having a sale and was loading up my cart because I didn't see any Parabens or Urea on the ingredients list. What I did see was Germaben II and Phenonip. That annoying little voice started squeaking, so I looked them up before placing an order.

Germaben II: Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

Phenonip: Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben

Well, that's just full of all kinds of fail. I guess there are so many of us Paraben dodging that chemical companies are now creating their own brews and slapping a pretty name on them. There are probably more of these preservative mixes being used out there and I will update the bad list as I find them.

Another lesson learned, especially for me. Once you have been reading labels and are familiar with the general mixes of products, always research any ingredient that you don't recognize. I emptied my cart and send a polite note to the store owner explaining why she just lost my business. Some people just aren't aware of the Paraben concerns, so we need to speak up.


  1. that is just sad. Its chock full of badness!

  2. I found another one - liquapar oil.

    It's apparently a combination of three parabens. Thought you'd want to know.

  3. Boy, they are getting REALLY sneaky! It's almost as difficult to avoid as MSG in food! YIKES!

  4. What would be a natural preservative to use in health and beauty products?

  5. I frequently see Citrus Seed Extract, Vitamins: A, C and E listed as preservatives.

  6. Vitamins A,C,and E are not preservatives. They are antioxidants. They help to keep oils in products from becoming rancid. The preservative usefullness of citrus seed oil is questionable and unproven and is not a natural product in the sense that most people think.
    That chemical companies that make preservatives aren't being sneaky by using names like Phenonip or Geramban II. The person making the end product is the one being sneaky by using the brand names (Phenonip) and not listing the ingredients (Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben)in the preservative on their product labels as required by the FDA.

  7. Where is the scientific proof that these Parabens and more specifically, that the Parabens chosen for the products concerned, have any negative side effects, or detrimental results?

    anyone have links to clinical studies? journals, empirical evidence?

  8. Anonymous Feb 2, you can find more information on this site. They reference the professionals who performed research and studies on some of the ingredients found in the preservatives listed.

    "Other HIGH concerns: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs);
    Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive);
    Other LOW concerns: Enhanced skin absorption..."

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