There is some controversy about phthalates. Phthalates are used in soften plastics, particularly PVC. You can find them in cosmetics, personal care products, toys, detergents, medical devices, packaging, waxes, clays, paints, inks, and more. The use of phthalates is being phased out in the United States, European Union, and Canada because of health concerns.
What are the health concerns? Phthalates have been shown to be a hormone interuptor changing hormone levels and may potentially cause birth defects and breast cancer.
Phthalates can enter your body through plastics that has come into contact with food, personal care products such as make up, perfumes, sprays, soaps, as well as detergents used in washing clothes and dishes. The good news is phthalates do seem to pass through the body fairly quickly – in about a day or so. Phthalates are eliminated through urine.
Here at Eclectic Lady, we have been phasing our our fragrances that contain phthalates. As of the writing of this article, only about 17% of our fragrances contain phthalates. We have clearly marked the phthalate free fragrances as such so our customers can make an informed decision on their bath and body products.
Only synthetic fragrances may contain phthalates. Synthetic fragrances are made in a laboratory and their ingredients are a trade secret. Fortunately, many of our fragrance vendors do disclose whether or not their fragrances contain phthalates.
Essential oils are completely natural and do not contain phthalates. Essential oils are derived from plantlife, generally by distillation or pressing. These oils are highly concentrated and are 100% natural.