Paraben testing may not be realistic.

The truth about parabens

We often discuss the power of the natural world on this blog, particularly in terms of healthy dietary choices, potent aphrodisiacs and, of course, organic lubricants. Given how rejuvenating and healing natural compounds can be, it's a wonder that anyone ever turned to synthetic products in the first place. Now, unfortunately, chemical-laden cleansers, cosmetics and sex aids are simply par for the course. Who thinks anything of an ingredient list that is almost impossible to pronounce?

One compound that has been used since the 1950s is paraben – a preservative that can be found in lotions, shampoos, lubricants and other intimate products. The New York Times recently discussed parabens in its Ask Well column, noting that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has deemed them safe in small amounts.

However, even if the cosmetic products you use contain a supposedly safe range of parabens, what happens when almost every item you apply to your skin contains these chemicals?

"Parabens are found in between 13,000 and 15,000 personal care products. So we are not talking about a single exposure but a more pervasive one," Vassar College professor Janet Gray told the source.

Gray is one of many critics who argue that testing methods shouldn't focus on one instance of exposure at a time, because it doesn't accurately represent an individual's experience. Without creating a more realistic testing system, Gray argues that we simply can't get an accurate idea of the risk.

For now, the jury may still be out on these preservatives, but there is no reason to subject yourself to unknown hazards when you don't need to! At Blossom Organics, we offer paraben-free lubricants that boast the same results – if not better – as chemical-laden alternatives.

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