Our products are free of common allergens. We do not use any chemical preservatives, emulsifiers, or detergents. Our products are vegan and organic. We do not add fragrances. Where beneficial we use CLA (conjugated Linoleic Acid) in our formulations.
Our skin is home to bacteria, fungi and viruses that are called the skin microbiome. These microorganisms protect us from pathogens and help strengthen our immune system. The microbiome acts as a barrier against invading microorganisims, but when that barrier is broken or the balance is disturbed, disease may result.
Many scientists have proposed that the recent introduction of chemicals that do not quickly break down in the environment are a major concern. chemicals commonly used as a preservative can act as a bactericide/ fungicide which may be harmful to humans and the environment.
For example, parabens are chemicals which are commonly used as preservatives in cosmetic and body care products. Cosmetics contain ingredients that can spoil so parabens are added to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold, increasing the shelf life of the product. Despite being widely used, scientific studies suggest that parabens can harm fertility and reproductive organs, affect birth outcomes, and increase the risk of cancer. Furthermore, they can interfere with the production of hormones and cause skin irritation. The U.N. Environment Program has identified parabens as a group, including propyl- and butylparaben, as endocrine-disrupting chemicals or potential endocrine-disrupting chemicals (U.N. Environment 2017). Likewise, a recent study by the CDC found that:
In a recent study CDC scientists found Methylparaben and propylparaben in the urine of most of the people tested, indicating widespread exposure to these parabens in the U.S. population. Females had several-fold higher concentrations of methylparaben and propylparabens than males, which likely reflect the greater use of products containing parabens.
In many ways, Europe is ahead of the USA when it comes to recognizing and banning certain harmful, man-made chemicals. However, several large US based companies have recently pledged to remove “forever” chemicals from their products.
While a great deal is not yet understood, it is the position of Ceela Naturals that chemical preservatives, surfactants, and emulsifiers are unnecessary and potentially harmful in skin care products. So, we don’t use them.