So, I am standing in the shower, under the jet stream of hot water cascading over my body with its invigorating, cleansing flow, studying the impressive array of chemicals for use on hair and body, when my eyes fall onto the St. Ives Apricot Scrub. Uncertain whether it is really what I want to put on my face (it may be made of apricots and sulfuric acid for all I know, and I do want to exit the shower with my face still on my skull), I turn the tube of cleanser around and commence reading up on all its glorious attributes.

Imagine my relief upon learning that St. Ives Apricot Cleanser is, and I quote, “formulated without the use of Parabens and Phthalates.”

Honestly, right up to the point that I read that St. Ives keeps these bad boys out of its face scrub, I was not aware they were a menace. Once I realized it, of course, it became very important to me that my life be as free of Parabens and Phthalates as possible. I mean, who doesn’t want that.

Pursuant to my new-found interest in freedom from the Blackhead P’s (not sure the nickname will stick), I rushed to my laptop to make this declaration:

The Journeyman blog has always been—and will forever be—formulated without the use of Parabens or Phthalates. I know not what course other bloggers may take, but as for me, give me liberty from the Blackhead P’s or give me death.

Well, maybe not death. Maybe just a stern talking t0.

There you have it: my personal, money-back guarantee that your Journey here will be free of Parabens and Phthalates. In fact, after this article, it is highly unlikely I will make you even read the impossible-to-pronounce-even-in-your-head-let-alone-out-loud “Phthalates” again.

You do not have to be a saint like St Ives or force a perfectly-edible apricot into a facial scrub to do the right thing. I intend to prove that.