Food Grade Methylparaben? - Mothering Forums
Natural Body Care > Food Grade Methylparaben?
MamaE's Avatar MamaE 02:58 PM 05-18-2004
Thanks to all the conscientious folks at MDC, I have become more aware of what's in my personal care products (and, more importantly, those of my 13 month dd). Among other things, I've been trying to get the parabens out.

So, I just purchased California Baby Super Sensitive Shampoo & Bodywash, but I didn't read the ingredient label before I purchased it.

The front of the label said "all natural," "safe for use with homeopathy," and other things which made me believe it HAD to be completely safe.

Now, I have read the ingredient list and found it contains food grade methylparaben.

I know parabens are endocrine disruptors and act as synthetic hormones, but what about food grade parabens? Anyone know? Should I use the stuff or take it back to the store? If you say take it back, what's a safe alternative?

Thanks in advance for your help!

amcal's Avatar amcal 04:06 PM 05-18-2004
Well, I don't know what food grade means, however, I do know that you're going to have a really hard time finding a product without any preservatives. If a product has water, it must have a preservative to inhibit bacterial growth - it's for your own protection. However, most of the time, the usage rate for a preservative is less than 1% so your product in reality is 99% natural.
MamaE's Avatar MamaE 07:53 PM 05-18-2004
Thanks, amcal. I am sure you are right.

I think I have answered my own question anyway. After reading this thread:

and others.. I am going no-poo for my daughter! We'll see how it goes. As it is, I only bathe her once a week, so hopefully no-poo will work for her. MDC strikes again - I keep getting inspired by all you MDCers.