28 Oct '11, 11am

Phthalates — The What, Where & How to Avoid

Phthalates — The What, Where & How to Avoid

So far in our series on harmful cosmetic ingredients we have covered parabens . This week we are talking phthalates. What are phthalates? Phthalates are plasticizers used in everything from children’s toys to cosmetics. When used in toys and other vinyl plastics these chemicals add flexibility and durability. Phthalates are used in cosmetics and other household items (laundry detergent, cleaning products, air fresheners) to hold scent and color. Why avoid phthalates? Research has found phthalates to be hormone disruptors which can negatively affect fetal development, and are linked to asthma, skin irritation, and allergies. They are also associated with infertility and are considered a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization . Recent studies have also found phthalates to have a possible link to ADHD. The European Union has banned the use of phthalates in perso...

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