Living Paraben-free after Breast Cancer has been a huge challenge. Parabens are preservative chemicals used everywhere – food, cosmetics, shampoos, soaps, cleaning products, and on and on! There have been some studies done that show most tumors from women with Breast Cancer contain parabens. Parabens are estrogenic and estrogen feeds most breast cancers. That is why I need to avoid them. I think everyone should be more aware of the dangers of parabens.
Wikipedia does a good job of explaining parabens if you need more information:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paraben
Imagine today you have your house full of your favorite cosmetics, soaps, detergents, and foods, and tomorrow you are told, “Get rid of it as it could kill you.” I’ve been researching products for over a year now. Some of them are absolutely outrageously expensive. My goal was to find great and healthy products at reasonable prices.
This is what I am currently using:
1) Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps – My Kroger Food Store has an organic section, and I am able to buy it there, at Walgreens, or on Amazon.com. I use the liquid soap for bathing and washing my face. I also use Dr. Bronner’s bar soaps (I use the baby castile soaps) as it is the mildest. It was gentle enough to use all through Radiation.
You can use this in the laundry or for cleaning as well. Dr. Bronner’s company says there are 18 uses for it. I’m still figuring them all out, but I like the product. Dr. Bronner had some unusual beliefs as shown by his writings on his soaps. He is deceased and his products live on by his family members.
2) I’ve recently discovered YES TO CARROTS – http://www.yestocarrots.com/ I have been using the shampoos, conditioners and face creams so far. I love them. They are sold at Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, and now Walmart. The hair products are great. I paid $7.99 for the shampoo (on sale from $8.99) and the same for the conditioner. I’ve researched the ingredients, and they are all safe for me. They keep adding new paraben-free products to their line.
3) Apple Cider Vinegar and White Vinegar – back to basics. I use this for cleaning. If you pour about a cup in the toilet and let it for about an hour, it removes all of the built up grime, dirt and lines that bleach didn’t remove!! This Reader’s Digest Article gives 150 uses for vinegar! http://www.rd.com/home/150-household-uses-for-vinegar/
4) Baking Soda – I use this for brushing my teeth (prevents mouth sores), I use it as a scrub in place of scouring powder, deodorizing the cat’s litter box, and the list keeps growing for its uses. Of course, I use it in my refrigerator for odor removal. This website lists 75 uses for baking soda! http://lifehackery.com/2008/07/22/home-4/
5) Aloe Vera – I started using Aloe Vera during radiation and find it to be helpful as a moisturizer anywhere on your body!
6) Calendula Lotion or Cream – sold at health food stores, I also discovered this during Rads. Great moisturizer at a great price!
I’m still researching paraben-free makeups that don’t cost $100 per ounce. If you have some suggestions, please email me at b4Denise@hotmail.com or leave a comment here! Aveda has great products that are paraben free. I do use some Aveda products, however, the prices are quite high.
Also, I discovered that Dial has a liquid soap for hand cleaning, that is Dial Naturals. It is great and is sometimes on sale for $1.00 – paraben free.