Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Lush Great Preservatives Debate




I'm heading off to Poole tomorrow to the Land of Lush Cosmetics. I'm taking my mini-me (Ava) for what looks to be a fun couple of days. Tomorrow evening at 6.30pm I'm hosting a debate about Preservatives with Mark Constantine, Helen Ambrosen and Jack Constantine. 
Are you worried about preservatives in your products?
Do you care about parabens? Or are you really not concerned?


Join us on Lush's live stream channel here: UStream/LushTV 

For more information on the debate and how to join in have a read here: Great Preservatives Debate

Hope to hear your questions tomorrow! 

10 comments:

  1. I try to avoid parabens now. If I look at the ingredients list and they're in there, I'll just pass on the product. I have a lot of things I need to use up. I know a few other people who avoid phenoxyethanol, but I'm not terribly bothered about it.

    Since we're talking about Lush, I do try to avoid sulfates (I have thick, curly hair). Oh and aluminium and aluminum byproducts in deodorants.

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  2. Don't really care tbh. As long as the products work on my skin, I don't really mind... Very little research have shown these absorb into the body, etc. And I have so many products, if they didn't have any preservatives, I would have to throw everything out every 2 months!

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    1. Many topical ingredients can be absorbed into the bloodstream- think HRT and Nicotine patches.

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  3. Don't care, I'd rather not be putting rotting products on my skin thanks. And Dr Lens has pointed out several times there isn't anything wrong with parabens except in the mind of the consumer - so he made his brand paraben free even though it was totally unnecessary.

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    1. Especially within the EU, naturals products have to be safe which means much safer preservatives. There are more natural and safer preservatives out there. Parabens extend the shelf life for a good few years but who keeps a pot of cleansing balm or face cream that long??

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  4. It is great that Paraben free products are available for those that want/need them, but think that a lot of people (please note a lot not all!) are getting certain items of their underwear in a knot because they have read some information which is unproven or later overturned, about things which are bad for us.

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  5. WOW--seriously? I am surprised at the responses as there actually is info proving otherwise. Sounds like some think others are overreacting but if you look into it, these aren't just theories. There are no FDA or governing authorities in the US watching what goes into our cosmetics and people just slather it on thinking they are protected. They aren't. I am learning and it is pretty scary how it is all taken for granted; consumers figure if a company can sell it, certainly it isn't harmful. Actually, when I think about myself--not that long ago, I was the same--thinking NOTHING about what I slathered on face & body. Now that I am learning, I'm kinda freaked! Knowledge is power and I am choosing to pass on the cosmetics and creams that have long lists of ingredients I cannot pronounce. I am a HUGE product junkie and won't throw just throw out everything I own ($$$) but I am going to use it up and going forward, only buying the aforementioned (LUSH! RMS, Sheaterraorganics, DIY: wellnessmama.com, coconut oil, the list goes on. Basically, I am going to try to: Keep it Simple:)

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  6. I'm totally in favour of products that don't go off, especially as there is evidence against parabens being harmful (and honestly, everything is harmful in massive quantities). I'm a scientist, I like some clear, reliable, peer-assessed research to give me info before I get in a huff over xyz chemical.

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  7. I love lush! And I find the image of natural ingredients highly intriguing!

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  8. I don't mind parabens. They're proven to be efficient and safe. Of all the studies made on them, only a handful found issues and those were not reproductible. Plus the preservatives used to replace parabens are often irritating or formaldehyde donours... BTW there are parabens in a lot of foods, including onions and blueberries.

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