What Are Phthalates
and why you should care
Before you reach for your beauty products there is another dirty ingredient that hides in the shadows of sulfates, gluten and cruelty free. One that will in fact can harm your reproductive system and is a very common ingredient in cosmetics and haircare.
Phthalates, a family of industrial chemicals used to soften PVC plastic and as solvents in cosmetics and other consumer products, can damage the liver, kidneys, lungs, and reproductive system — particularly the developing testes.
What are phthalates?
Phthalates are a group of chemicals used in hundreds of personal care products, such as nail polish, hair sprays, aftershave lotions, soaps, shampoos, perfumes and other fragrance preparations.
How phthalates have been used in cosmetics
Historically, the primary phthalates used in cosmetic products have been used as a plasticizer in products such as nail polishes (to reduce cracking by making them less brittle), in hair sprays (to help avoid stiffness by allowing them to form a flexible film on the hair); and used as a solvent and fixative in fragrances.
How to know if there are phthalates in the cosmetics you use
Under the authority of the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA), FDA requires an ingredient declaration on cosmetic products sold at the retail level to consumers. Consumers can tell whether some products contain phthalates by reading the ingredient declaration on the labels of such products.
If this ingredient serves such harmful potential and is banned by the European Union, why is it still available in the U.S.
and why could this ingredient be in most of the products sitting under your bathroom sink as you read this? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration stated that as long as the company branded phthalates as an ingredient on the product label, they have the green light. Cosmetics include phthalates to enhance the texture or include in the fragrance, of the product.
OUTRÉ CBD and Use Me Hair lists our free of’s right on the label, in it’s own designated spot. You will find that phthalates along with other potentially harmful ingredients have been removed from our ingredient choices.
We proudly create all of our products in a USDA certified organic lab that has an incredible team that sources all of our ingredients responsibly, without hurting nature, animals or humans. With this, we cherish our body’s and will stay clear of phthalates to ensure a peace of mind for us and all of you who use our products.
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