Why is it Nasty?
Phthalates are endocrine disruptors that are typically found in fragrances. They disrupt our hormones, which are essential for almost every biological process in our body. Phthalates are also reproductive toxins and have been shown to cause birth defects.
How do I find it?
Some phthalates are easy to spot in ingredient lists, such as DBP (di-n-butyl phthalate), DEP (diethyl phthalate), DEHP (di-[2-ethylhexyl] phthalate), BEHP (bis [2-ethylhexyl] phthalate), BzBP (benzylbutyl phthalate) and DMP (dimethyl phthalate). Unfortunately, phthalates are often a component of fragrances, so they’re not directly listed on the label. Look for products with a “phthalate-free” claim. Another common phthalate to avoid is BPA (bisphenol-A) in plastic packaging, so look for “BPA-free” products.