Phthalates are also known as phthalate esters, and are generally used as “plasticizers.” Plasticizers are synthetic ingredients used to promote flexibility and durability in plastic found in medical products, floors, and food processing materials. Phthalates are also used as gelling agents in many of your favorite cosmetic and beauty products: hair loss shampoo, hairspray, hair gel, deodorant, nail polish, and body lotions.
Phthalates also exist in the vague term, “fragrance,” that you often see in the ingredient list of your favorite products. Phthalates are used in fragrances because they are responsible for making the scent last longer. What’s worse? You may never know if the ‘fragrance’ listed in your product has Phthalates – fragrance is deemed proprietary and companies are not legally bound to share its components.
Are Phthalates Harmful?
Yes! The harmful effects of Phthalates are just recently coming to the surface in the United States (who has less safety regulations than countries in the EU and Canada). The EU and Canada already have strict regulations on the use of Phthalates. Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors, as their chemical structure mocks that of a human hormone. What does this mean for human health? Pregnant women exposed to high levels of Phthalates during pregnancy, can unknowingly cause their child to be born with abnormal birth defects, specific issues have been linked to male children’s genitals and reproductive systems. According to Professor Richard Sharpe of the Medical Research Council’s Human Reproductive Sciences Unit, there is a link between incidents of hypospadias, undescended testes, low sperm-count and the mother’s exposure to Phthalates. This is why it is crucial for expecting mothers to seek out organic hair products that maximize the use of gentle ingredients, and leave out Phthalates.
Phthalates and Weight Gain
Recently, excessive Phthalate exposure (due to its ubiquitous presence in products, excessive exposure it not difficult to reach) has been linked to obesity. The National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, The National Cancer Institute, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency funded a study that revealed astounding findings. A group of about 400 children in New York City were monitored during a yearlong study that measured the participants’ BMI and waist sizes in comparison to the amount of Phthalates found in their urine. A groundbreaking 97% of children that had increased weights and waist sizes were found to have significantly higher amounts of Phthalates in their urine! One must truly consider the type of products one uses on oneself and more importantly, one’s children. Organic shampoo and body wash are more likely to not contain harsh Phthalates, as those that demand organic body products usually demand for an all-around safer product, but be sure to check your labels.
Lastly, What Are Phthalates In Shampoo?
– Endocrine Disruptors
– Organ System Toxicants
– Infertility Increasers
– Weight Gain Catalysts
– Possible Risk Increasers of Breast Cancer
– Possible Risk Increasers of Liver Cancer
– Possible Early Pregnancy Inducers
Simply Organic Beauty
As a leading provider of organic salon products, we are proud to claim that none of our product lines contain any Phthalates, parabens, ammonia, thioglycolates, or resorcinol.