Are parabens safe?
Parabens have been used safely since the 1930s and have also been subject to numerous and comprehensive safety checks. Despite this, their use has been questioned since the University Of Reading, UK, published findings relating parabens to cancer in 2004. The conclusions drawn have since been thoroughly investigated and widely criticised by experts in the field. You can find out more here.
Does Lush use parabens?
Lush prefers to use natural preservatives and we are working hard on eliminating all synthetic preservatives from our products. In the meantime, however, we use a maximum of two synthetic preservatives in any one product: generally either a team consisting of two types of paraben: methylparaben and propylparaben, or a team consisting of the chemical compound phenoxyethanol/2-phenoxyethanol and an alcohol called benzyl alcohol.
We use half the amount of paraben allowed by the EU in order to limit disruption to an individual’s protective microflora. “We could use double and make products last twice as long,” explains Daniel, “but why would we want to when we could disrupt the skin’s protective microflora? We also believe that products are best used fresh and it’s better for a customer to get the right advice and use that product freshly when the ingredients are most active than have a product which sits in the bathroom and never goes off.”
Does Lush make products without parabens?
Yes. In every category, you will find products that are self-preserving, meaning they are preserved using natural ingredients and clever formulation. Take a look at solid shampoo bars, massage bars, bath bombs, bubble bars and more. An increasing number of liquid products are also being reformulated to be self-preserving - 65% as of 2016.