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Breast Cancer linked to Parabens

A comprehensive study published in the January 2012 issue of the Journal of Applied Technology shows more evidence of a correlation between parabens and incidences of breast cancer.

Titled “Measurement of paraben concentrations in human breast tissue at serial locations across the breast from axilla to sternum,” the team of researchers led by Dr Philippa Darbre from the University of Reading in the UK, found that 99 percent of the tissue samples collected from women participating in the study contained at least one paraben, and 60 percent of the samples contained no less than five parabens.

Parabens are chemicals used as a preservative in a number of cosmetics and personal care products including deodorant, shampoo, makeup, lotions and oral care products, as well as in processed food items and some pharmaceutical products.

Underarm deodorants often contain parabens and have been thought to contribute to an increased risk of high paraben levels in the body that have been linked to breast cancer. But according to Darbre’s team, even women who did not use underarm deodorant were found to have parabens present in breast tissue.

The estrogen-mimicking properties of most parabens are believed to be a factor responsible for the rising cases of breast cancer. The prevalence of the number of types of paraben toxins found in the human body, however, make it difficult for researchers to conclude which of the preservatives are most likely the causal agents, but many speculate that parabens commonly found in underarm antiperspirants and deodorants can easily move into breast tissue and may result in tumors.

Every one of Arbonne’s cosmetics and personal care products are free of harmful products, including parabens.  In fact, the reason Arbonne cosmetics and skin care products can’t be sold in stores is due to strict regulations mandating a 5-7 year shelf life for these products to be sold in stores.  The amount of preservatives necessary to maintain a 5-7 year shelf life goes against Arbonne’s policy to be pure, safe, and beneficial.

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At Arbonne, beauty begins with premium botanical ingredients, innovative scientific discovery, and an unwavering commitment to pure, safe and beneficial products. Arbonne creates personal care and wellness products that preserve and enhance the skin, body and mind for an integrative approach to beauty. Working closely with scientists around the world and our Arbonne Institute of Research and Development (AIRD®) facility in Switzerland, we continually explore and develop scientifically advanced, botanically based proprietary formulas that meet our exacting standards for quality, safety and sustainability.

Arbonne is committed to the development of unparalleled products free of harmful ingredients, using a combination of botanical principles and scientific discovery. Our commitment begins with research and testing to ensure that each of our ingredients meets or exceeds industry standards for purity.Arbonne personal care and nutrition products are vegan-certified: Our formulas are never tested on animals and do not contain animal-derived ingredients or animal by-products.* We firmly believe that consumers have a fundamental right to know every ingredient in our products and we will continue to offer full disclosure through our published materials.Arbonne personal care products are
formulated without:

  • • Animal products or animal by-products
  • • Parabens
  • • Formaldehyde-donating preservatives
  • • Petroleum-based ingredients
    • • Benzene
    • • Mineral Oil
    • • Petrolatum
    • • Phthalates
    • • Toluene
  • • PABA

Arbonne nutrition and weight loss products are
formulated without:

  • • Artificial colors
  • • Artificial flavors
  • • Artificial sweeteners
  • • Animal products*
  • • Animal by-products*
  • • Cholesterol
  • • Saturated fats
  • • Trans fats

As part of our ongoing commitment to ingredient excellence, we have been successful in replacing parabens by using other safe and effective preservation systems. We have also put into place an ingredient policy to screen out gluten and ingredients that contain GMO. We will continue to bring to market top-quality products that are carefully reviewed to meet our high standards of purity.

Arbonne is dedicated to the safety of our products and our consumers. We review our ingredients and our formulas based on the most objective, conclusive, scientifically supported sources available.In addition to our strict internal Purity and Safety Ingredient Policy, Arbonne abides by the global rules and regulations set by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Health Canada, the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS), the Personal Care Products Council(formerly the CTFA), the Cosmetics Internal Review (CIR) and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and by the two highest standards of cosmetic safety: The European Union Cosmetics Directive and the European chemicals agency known as REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals). We also embrace the European Commissions Scientific Committee on cosmetic and non-food products (SCCNFP), which conducts safety evaluations on cosmetic ingredients. In addition, all our fragrances are formulated in accordance to the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) standards.The dietary supplement industry is regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as well as by the government agencies in each of the fifty United States. The FTC monitors the advertising of dietary supplements to ensure appropriate and substantiated claims are being made. Arbonne rigorously adheres to the regulations for all dietary supplements. All dietary supplements are submitted for pre-market notification, follow strict labeling requirements, execute mandatory adverse event reporting, and ensure Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) are followed, as well as appropriate facility registration.Before Arbonne brings any products to market, all ingredients are reviewed and finished formulas are safety tested to ensure their quality. These safety tests include irritancy and allergy testing for all products, ophthalmology testing for eye products, dermatologist testing for all beauty products, and additional pediatrician testing for baby products.

Arbonne offers premium-quality beauty, health and wellness products with targeted results. We employ consumer and clinical testing to reinforce our research and ensure our proprietary formulas deliver unparalleled performance.

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January 17, 2012 - Posted by | Health | , , , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. Nearly all of the products I purchase are organic, paraben free, devoid of petrochemicals, etc. The ONE product I have had trouble replacing is deodorant. I’ve tried nearly everything on the shelf at Mothers. Checked the Arbonne website and didn’t see deodorant, but I know I wasn’t looking long enough. What is the price? I might want to try some. 😉

    Comment by Lori | January 21, 2012 | Reply

    • I wish Arbonne did make deodorant, I would definitely be using it. Is that the only product you wanted to try?

      Comment by atcshan | January 22, 2012 | Reply

      • I would also love to change my body wash, shampoo & conditioner, but I’m on a budget. 😉

        Comment by Lori | January 22, 2012


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