What’s All The Drama With Phthalates?

Phthalates, you hear this word everywhere. Dove and Garnier have commercials stating their products are phthalate free. This chemical can be found in perfumes, soap, shampoo and conditioner. What is the controversy surrounding this ingredient?

Phthalates is a chemical solvent that is used in plastic to make it more flexible. Some examples are shower curtains, wallpaper and plastic wrap. So what’s it doing in our cosmetic and personal care products? It’s used to extend the scent of the fragrance. Phthalates come in a wide array of chemicals. A common one is DEP (Diethyl Phthalate). It’s a member of the group of phthalic acid esters.

Here’s a list of the most common phthalates

  • DBP (dibutyl phthalate)
  • DNOP (di-n-octyl phthalate)
  • DEP (diethyl phthalate)
  • BBzP (benzyl butyl phthalate)
  • DEHP (di 2-ethylhexl phthalate)
  • DiDP (diisodecyl phthalate)
  • DMP (dimethyl phthalate)
  • BPA (bisophenal A)



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