Over the past two years I’ve noticed an increase in paraben use.
I had an experience where I found parabens in my corn tortillas from Aldi (which you can read about here). The sole fact that they were in my food was a red flag to me.
After my dad told me to quickly stop using shampoos with parabens (because they are linked to breast cancer), I thought to myself- what the heck is a paraben?!
For the non-scientific mind like me, parabens are preservatives found in many health and beauty products. They are cheap to produce and work most effectively when compared to natural alternatives.
However, they have been linked to breast cancer (as using them via shampoo/body wash exposes your glands to them) and are a small way I want to control what I put on my body. After switching over to The Honest Company’s natural deodorant for the same reason, eliminating parabens has been a new goal for me.
*Disclaimer: any of the products I mention below come purely from experience. I don’t get paid to say any of this stuff!*
Here are a few of my favorite paraben-free products for cosmetics:
Yes to Carrots’s CC cream
I bought this natural CC cream at my local target and have been using it through spring and early summer. While I’m not sure this is the best option in terms of coverage and weight on the face (it feels a little sticky/heavy), it’s very to easy to purchase, since it’s being sold in Targets across the country. This one isn’t a winner for me, but I’m using it up for the time being.
Beauticontrol’s Tight, Firm & Fill Rengeration Foundation
I’ve been using this foundation for about 3 months now and I really like the coverage it gives me! It’s not too heavy and evens out my skin tone. From what I’ve researched on their website, this product is paraben-free as well.
Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush
I used to be a religious user of NARS blush, but decided to give this Tarte one a try. This blush stays put and adds such a cheerful glow to my face while also being paraben-free. A big perk of the Tarte Cosmetic company is that they make all of their cosmetics without parabens. Finding a company that supports my efforts, across the board, is just the cherry on top. This blush will last you for 12-18 months with daily use, and I LOVE it. I use “empowered” every day. This one’s a winner!
Tarte Skinny SmolderEYES eye liner
One of the things I hate is when eyeliners tug at my eyes. It feels as if I’m using a real pencil on my eyes to put eyeliner on! Thankfully Tarte’s amazonian clay eyeliner (smolderEYES) does not feel that way. While it’s a pain to use an eye pencil sharpener every time I need to sharpen it, it’s worth it. Also paraben-free. Yay!
It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil
Finally…a brow pencil I can use. It’s like a brow pencil with training wheels. It gradually builds in color so it doesn’t give you eyebrows that look like you’re 86 and named Marilyn all in one fell swoop. Plus it’s paraben free! It’s a winner.
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment
Oh my, what a wonderful lip balm. This silky-smooth lip treatment may be pricey (they are $22.50 a pop!), I use this as a treat on most days. Of course, being paraben-free is a plus. Just…don’t leave it in your car. They tend to get melty when exposed to summer heat car temperatures. Learn from my mistake on this one!
EOS (Evolution of Smooth) lip balm
These little lip balms have been popping up in every major retail store over the past 2 years, and they are popular for good reason: excellent product placement (at the cashier’s register line), affordability, and very natural ingredients. For 3 bucks you can get this paraben-free goodness- I have these all over my house!
Urban Decay’s All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
This one is a BIG winner for me. Not only is this setting spray paraben-free but it absolutely works. I spray this stuff on my face after I do my makeup and I can finish a 60-minute P90X group class with my face intact. While it may not seem like a worthwhile investment, a bottle of this will easily last you 9-12 months of regular use. This one’s a winner!
Looking forward, I want to find some paraben-free options for:
and- the big kahuna- eyeshadow primer. I don’t know if my Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer is paraben-free. WAHHHH! 🙁
Do you have any paraben-free makeup suggestions? Do you try and eliminate parabens from your beauty routine?
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In peace & health,
Amanda & the fit family