Ingredient Review: Japanese Honeysuckle

I became aware of the controversy with Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) last year thanks to Sarah of Beskincareful. It was not until I was looking at the brand 100% Pure that my memory was triggered, they include Japanese Honeysuckle in their products. 

So what is the big deal you ask? Well, this ingredient is used as a preservative and is often referred as a “natural paraben” because it contains para-hydroxybenzoic acid, chemically it is similar to a paraben and acts like a paraben.

It’s a complex subject which I admit I don't fully understand, I am not knowledgeable when it comes to science. There are many articles online debating the pros and cons of whether a natural paraben is better for you than a synthetic one.  I will let you make up your minds but I wanted to make you aware. 

Here are some further reads that I discovered - Chemical of the DayViva WomanThe Natural HavenPersonal Care Truth

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  1. I was looking into this the other day and decided... I'm not sure haha! So in that case I steer clear just to be on the safe side. I think I generally prefer things that don't need preserving personally. Rach xx

    1. I've been staying clear of products with it in, I'm not convinced about it


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