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Parabens in your makeup

Parabens are used as inexpensive preservatives in cosmetics, and can be of particular concern to women because they can impact estrogen, which may increase your risk of breast cancer.  Now, mind you, I am not a doctor, and the studies are lacking some critical formation - like naturally occurring parabens in your body, and how MUCH paraben will impact you negatively, but if I can avoid them, I try to.  Since parabens are absorbed through the skin, and mimic estrogen, excessive paraben can really monkey up your system.

Parabens are found in breast cancer tissue; whether or not these are a side effect of the tumors or a cause of the tumors are unknown.  Bottom line, will I throw away my makeup that contains parabens?  No.  Will I try to educate myself better before buying additional products?  You bet.  I don’t think it’s possible to avoid them entirely, nor do I think it’s necessarily, but I do think there are other options out there, and I can chose to purchase products without an ingreident that is questionsable.

Parabens are banned in Europe, which leads me to believe that they either know something we don’t, or they are also erring on the side of caution.

We just don’t have enough info on this yet, so I am trying to err on the side of caution.

If you are trying to avoid parabens you should know that the following brands DO contain parabens:

  • Too Faced palettes
  • Laura Geller baked eyeshadows (sob!)
  • Wet N Wild
  • most drugstore brands such as Revlon, Cover Girl, etc
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette (really upset about this one), although – interesting, not the other eyeshadows
  • some MAC

Brands that do not contain parabens:

  • Josie Maran
  • Tarte
  • Bare Escentuals, including Ready


  1. Younique also does not contain Parabens and are also Gluten Free, Filler Free, Organic and Vegan! They are a fairly new company so not many know about them, but they have AMAZING stuff!

  2. Amelia says:

    I emailed Urban Decay and Naked Basics,1,3 and Electric are all paraben free :)

  3. Victoria Townsend says:

    This list is VERY inaccurate. Maybe in 2013 these brands did, but not now. Too faced cosmetics is paraben free (their chocolate bar palettes and their smaller palettes). The naked palette I think is paraben free now because of reformulation. I know for a fact Naked 2 & 3 are. Most drugstore brands contain parabens. I learned that the hard way. I did hear some are converting to a more paraben free formula which probably explains new packaging and higher price. I do believe that cosmetics companies as soon as finding come out on certain ingredients they should STOP using it altogether. My concern is that these same companies will find a different, and sneaker version derivative of parabens and start using that instead under a different name.

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