What is a Phthalate anyway?
Besides being hard to pronounce, a phthalate is a synthetic chemical used to extend the life of a scent and to help a liquid, lotion or cream spreadand absorb easily.
It’s also used in plastics to make them soft and pliable.
You won’t see the word ‘phthalate’ on a label because label regulations do not require it to be listed, but if you see the word ‘Fragrance’ or ‘Parfum’ on a synthetic product, odds are very high that it contains phthalates.
So why the fuss?
Groups such as the Environmental Working Group and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics have red-flagged phthalates as endocrine disruptors. Our take is that if you don’t need phthalates to make great bath & body products (or toys, or food or the plethora of stuff that phthalates are used in) then why take the risk?
It’s easy to avoid phthalates, just look for ‘Fragrance’ or ‘Parfum’ on the label and steer clear.