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The EU's Scientiffic Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) undertook risk-evaluations regarding parabens and their connection to breast cancer and allergies in November 2011. They concluded that there is not enough data to prove a connection to the development of breast cancer and cosmetic products applied to your under-arm, and that the use of parabens is safe for consumers as long as the consentration of the parabens in a products does not exceed 0.19%. It therefore should be safe to use products that contain parabens, as long as the limit is not exceeded.
At the end of the day it is important to make the decisions that are best for you. For me this is to mix natural and non-natural products. For you it might be to go completely natural or ignoring this all together. I recently read a very interesting blog post over on Chasing Elixir where Tina wrote about the Phenomenon of The Misinformed Shopper and she details how consumers will make assumptions based on an ingredient or product safety witout doing the necessary research. I think it is easy to judge something without knowing all about it but you should also know what you are talking about. After all, isn't this why we are lucky enough to have Google, Bing and Wikipedia?
What are your thoughts on parabens and natural products? Have you found yourself assuming something and then finding out it was right or wrong?