>Actually, the "2" PABAs you mention are one & the same. There isn't a "synthetic" PABA...It is all naturally occurring IF it's just para-aminobenzoic acid.
I'm afraid that the information above is incorrect. There are synthetic PABAs. Antibiotics like penicillin contain one such example. There is also a distinction between naturally occuring, or natural, and organic forms.
>With that said, I saw that Aubrey uses both PABA (in its natural form - still can cause DNA mutations)
This is incorrect. Para-aminobenzoic acid in an organic, i.e., carbon-based, chemical compound form, or in synthetic, i.e., chemically synthesized or manufactured, form, may cause such mutations. PABA derived from foods containing Vitamin B is "natural," i.e., found in nature, and does not. This naturally occurring, food-based water-soluble PABA derived from Vitamin B used by Aubrey has no evidence of causing DNA mutations in the same way that naturally occurring PABA found in mushrooms, spinach, whole grains and other foods pose no such threat.
>AND Padimate O, which is a chemical compound composed of dimethylaminobenzoic >acid and ethylhexanol (an ingredient which can cause all sorts of problems).
The naturally occuring or natural Padimate O derived from Ester-C, also known as PABA Ester, and used by Aubrey Organics is also distinguishable from the organic chemical compound Padimate O, which is derived from condensation of 2-ethylhexanol and 4-dimethylaminobenzoic acid, as well as synthetic Padimate O, which may cause allergies, DNA damage and the sorts of problems that you refer to generally here.
>Long story short, I personally would steer clear of those ingredients.
I agree, should you choose to avoid using PABA, Padimate O, Ester-C, or any other ingredients that you are concerned about, in any of their various forms, it is a sound personal decision. However, I must correct certain information that you have posted so that others can make their own informed decisions.
In my eighteen years of experience as an herbalist, health and holistic practitioner, I have found Aubrey to be a forerunner in quality, healthy, safe organic products, and would refute any claims to the contrary. I have spoken with Aubrey personally, who will attest to the information I have provided here.
Good Health and Happy Wishes