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Phthalates (Pronounced THAL-ates) are endocrine disruptor that won’t always be listed on a products ingredient list. Phthalates are chemicals used in softeners, solvents, fragrances, plasticizers, and PVC or polyvinyl chloride products. ⁠

Since the Safe Cosmetics campaign in 2002 there has been a major decline in the use of phthalates, but one of the biggest loopholes in the federal law allows phthalates (and thousands of other chemicals) to be added to “fragrance” without disclosing it to consumers. ⁠


  • More than 75% of products with “fragrances” have phthalates hidden in the fragrance.⁠⠀⁠

  • Research has found that adult women have higher levels of urinary metabolites than men for those phthalates that are used in soaps, body washes, shampoos, cosmetics, and similar personal care products.⁠⠀⁠

  • Phthalates have been banned from cosmetics in the European Union, but still remain prevalent in U.S. products. ⁠⠀⁠

  • Linked to Endocrine disruption, developmental problems, reproductive toxicity, cancer⁠, birth defects, respiratory problems, behavioral problems in children, premature birth and decreased sperm counts and damaged sperm. ⁠⠀⁠

ALSO FOUND IN: Cosmetics, fragranced lotions, body washes and hair care products, nail polish and treatment and cleaning products. PVC children’s toys, backpacks, food packaging products like cling wrap, medical devices, building materials such as water pipes, vinyl flooring, adhesives, inks, dyes and mosquito repellents⁠. ⁠


  • undisclosed fragrance⁠

  • phthalate

  • DEP⁠

  • DBP⁠

  • DEHP⁠

  • BBP⁠

  • DINP⁠

  • DIDP⁠

  • DnOP⁠

  • plastics with recycling codes 3, 6, & 7⁠

In 2008 DEHP, DBP and BBP were permanently banned in the US⁠⠀⁠

I would love to help you detox your makeup bag, house cleaners and personal care products! All my recommendations are phthalate and fragrance free! You can find my Master Toxin-Free list and Banished Ingredient list in my facebook group Wild Woman ☾.

Be safe, my friends.

Janel Joy

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