High Street retailer Holland & Barrett has stopped selling beauty products containing parabens and sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), chemicals that are widely used in cosmetics and personal care items, reports The Telegraph . Parabens are a preservative and SLS is a detergent commonly found in soaps, shampoos and shower gels.
Studies have shown that parabens have oestrogenic properties, and over-use can lead to a build up of toxins in the body. They have been linked to skin and breast cancer, and we don’t know what the accumulative effects are on the body and our hormones.
Phil Geary, Holland & Barrett’s trading chief told the press: ‘We have been working over the past year behind the scenes with suppliers to eliminate the use of these chemicals. As a result we have decided to reject certain well-known brands from our stores and reformulate all our own label products’.
I recently posted on the issue of using certain brands of personal lubricant, which contain chemicals that can irritate the genitals, exacerbate vaginal infections, and impair fertility.
I’m pleased that Holland & Barrett are taking this stance because alternative products are available. They stock Yes organic lubricant, intimate massagers, and the dr.Organic beauty range , which I’ll be testing out, and the prices are reasonable. They have had some flack for scaremongering but I think it’s a good message for the brand to send out: it signals that they care about the consumer.
I recommend Healthy , their in-store magazine – it’s a glossy, informative read and good value for content.