Phthalates is known as ‘plasticisers’ – used in the production of plastics to help make them soft and pliable.
Not only are they used in plastic products like children’s plastic toys or plastic garden furniture but they are also used in;
* shampoos & conditioners
* hair sprays/ gels
* nail polish
* deodorant/ antiperspirant
Phthalates can be found in anything that has an unnatural smell eg ‘ocean breeze’, and makes a scent linger
As well as in cosmetic products, where their job is to stabilise the fragrance, increase spreadability, and enhance absorption.
Phthalates can be poorly labeled as just “fragrance” on a cosmetic ingredients list
The chemicals from these products can be absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream.
PHTHALATES exposure can possibly lead to
* Endocrine disruption
* Development and Reproductive toxicity and
Dr. Richard Sharpe in Edinburgh, Scotland is one of the leading phthalate researchers in the world. He exposed pregnant rats to phthalates and produced a string of abnormalities in their male offspring.
In addition to this the National Toxicology Program and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report that DEHP (Di-2-ethylhexylphthalate – a type of phthalate) is reasonably to be anticipated to be a human carcinogen based on sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity of animal studies.
As stated in ‘the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics’ this class of chemicals has been linked to hormone disruption, which can affect development and fertility.
David Suzuki Foundation discuss the following “Some fragrance ingredients are not perfuming agents themselves but enhance the performance of perfuming agents. Phthalates are choice ingredients in cosmetics because they are cheap and versatile. However, the European Commission on Endocrine Disruption has listed DEP (Diethyl phthalate) as a Category 1 priority substance, based on evidence that it interferes with hormone function. Phthalates have been linked to early puberty in girls, reduced sperm count in men, and reproductive defects in the developing male fetus (when the mother is exposed during pregnancy)” http://davidsuzuki.org/…/scien…/toxics/fragrance-and-parfum/
CHECK THE INGREDIENTS LABEL ON YOUR PRODUCT AND AVOID PRODUCTS WITH THE FOLLOWING:
* DEHP and