Phthalates in Cosmetics What are the Dangers?

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Phthalates are a family of chemicals that are produced
in the millions of tons annually worldwide,
and are a principal component of many diverse products
that consumers come into contact with at
home, at work, and in hospitals. They include products
made of flexible polyvinyl chloride plastic
(PVC), cosmetics and other personal care goods, pesticides,
building materials, lubricants, adhesives, and
film, among other items. Phthalates are released into
the environment by manufacturers and escape from
consumer products in which they are used.
Worldwide ecosystem contamination and direct contact
with phthalate-containing products result in virtually
ubiquitous human exposures.

Early studies looked largely at impacts in adults,
where phthalates seemed to have relatively low acute
toxicity. It also seemed that, in adult animals, fairly
large doses were necessary to cause impacts on the
testes, ovaries, and liver. Scientific reports then
showed, however, that some medical patients
exposed to DEHP, a phthalate that leaches from
PVC, or polyvinyl chloride plastic medical devices,
receive doses that are similar to those causing health
effects in laboratory animals

Reports in the scientific literature over the past 10-
15 years have raised additional concerns. Developing
organisms are uniquely vulnerable to phthalate exposures,
and, in particular, the developing male reproductive
tract appears to be the most sensitive organ
system. Abnormal development of the testes, penis,
and other components of the male reproductive tract
occurs at levels of exposure that are hundreds or
thousands of times lower than those necessary to
cause damage in adults. Several expert panels,
including those assembled by the US Food and Drug
Administration (FDA), the National Toxicology
Program’s Center for the Evaluation of Risks to
Human Reproduction (NTP), and Health Canada
(HC) have recently independently concluded that
those animal studies are relevant for predicting
health impacts in people.
Phthalates in personal care and
other consumer products
Many personal care products, building materials,
clothing, toys, adhesives, inks, pesticides, films, food
wraps, food containers, and other consumer items
contain phthalates. Phthalate concentrations in personal
care products can approach and sometimes
exceed 200 gm/kg (20%). 5 Other consumer products
can contain levels of phthalates ranging from 60 -
800 gm/kg (6-80%). 36 86 116 141 Four of the principal
phthalates used in commerce are BBP, DBP, DEHP,
and DINP. Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP) is added to
cosmetic products, flooring, paints, coatings, adhesives,
and printing inks. 45 113 Di-n-butyl phthalate
(DBP) is used in cosmetics, toys, flooring, adhesives,
wallpaper, furniture, raincoats, plastic cling wrap, and
shower curtains.

We are trying to educate people about the dangers of these and other chemicals.

Today people are becoming more aware of the dangers and a lot of companies are jumping on the band wagon and using the terms "pure" "natural" and "organic" on products that still have synthetic chemicals in them.


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