So after researching this chemical/toxin, I had to stop for a moment as the scent of my Axe spray came wafting into my nose.
At first I was a little more then upset to find out that perfume manufacturers don't have to list the ingredients used in their product do to being classified as a trade secret. On a certain level I can understand that. I personally feel that if I know the what I am putting in or on my body I am more likely to stay loyal to that company as opposed to trying to risking my health for a couple of saved dollars.
Maybe companies should re-direct their attention to customer loyalty and not business espionage. When people are informed or just scared senseless they'll make the right decision. Take the organic dairy industry for example, in 2006 it was a 1 billion dollar industry in 2010 is sales jumped to a whopping $2.6 billion dollars! With most people on board with the natural or at least informed movement to me it only makes sense to if nothing else display your ingredients!
Okay now that that's off my chest, I'd like to add a little more un-nerving concerns to this issue. Bear in mind, before anyone goes apeshit on these companies the CDC still needs to further studies into these toxins.
Parabens were found in up to 90% of cosmetics and fragrances. Whats a Paraben you ask? well this is the chemical that is used as a preservative in these cosmetics.
The European Commission on Endocrine Disruptions has placed this chemical as a priority 1. This is where I began to get a little concerned. I love make-up. I don't wear a lot of it, but I love it. Not a big perfume person, but on occasion I enjoy a good spritz!
Parabens seem to mimic the female hormone Estrogen, detection in human breast cancer tissue suggests the possible association to cosmetics and cancer. Mimicking this hormone have left men with reproductive issues and when UVB comes in contact with any on the skin it increases skin aging and DNA damage....AHHH! my DNA!
These pesky little toxins are found naturally in food that we eat, trace amounts in vanilla, carrots and strawberries, and a few others.