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What Are Phthalates

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What are phthalates? Phthalates are a family of industrial chemicals that are used as plastic softeners or solvents in many different consumer products. They can be absorbed through the skin, inhaled as fumes, ingested when they contaminate food or when children bite or suck on toys, and are inadvertently but directly administered to patients from some PVC (polyvinyl chloride or vinyl) medical devices.

Chemicals linked to birth defects do not belong in products marketed to women!

Phthalates are found in many leading beauty care products, including hair spray, deodorant, nail polish and perfume that you may be using everyday.

Phthalates Facts

Studies have shown that phthalates can damage the liver, the kidneys, the lungs and the reproductive system, especially the developing testes.

Where are these phthalates coming from?

Why do women between the age of 20 to 40 years have higher levels of dibutyl-phthalate (DBP) in their bodies than anyone else? We don't know for sure, but government databases state that DBP is used in cosmetics, toys, flooring, adhesives, wallpaper, furniture, raincoats and shower curtains. So cosmetics and other personal care products seem the most likely reason that women would be more exposed than anyone else. While more than 5,000 beauty and personal care products for women can be found on a drug store website, phthalates are only listed as an ingredient on some nail polishes. Could nail polish be the only source?

To answer that question, Health Care Without Harm, the Environmental Working Group and Coming Clean recently released "Not Too Pretty," a report that outlines the harmful effects of aggregate exposure to phthalates and discusses human exposures. The report tested popular fragrances, hair sprays and deodorants purchased from four drug stores. To see which brands were tested and which ones tested positively for phthalates click [here]. The answers will shock you!

Colosé Cosmetics and Skin Care Has NEVER EVER used phthalates in ANY of their Cosmetic Products!

Some of the leading beauty manufactures use phthalates in their products -- such as Pantene Pro V "Healthy Hold" and Aqua Net hair sprays, Arrid and Degree deodorants, many fragrances including Poison by Christian Dior and Coty's Healing Garden contain phthalates, as well as Cover Girl, Sally Hansen and Maybelline (L'Oreal) nail polishes. Click Here to View The List

Sperm damage linked to phthalate used in fragrances, new study by Harvard researchers finds, December 9, 2002
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On Nov. 19, 2002, the U.S. Cosmetics Ingredients Review panel failed to similarly protect Americans when it said phthalates are "safe as currently used," a ruling vigorously contested by health advocates and environmentalists who say the panel failed to conduct a thorough and credible study of the available scientific evidence.

Use your voice to demand change for the things you care about. Whether you send an email to your Senator, vote in an election, clean up your neighborhood, or talk to your children about human rights, you are making a difference. Use the tools we have provided to make it easier to tell the FDA to protect consumers from phthalates and companies to clean up their act and remove phthalates from their products NOW.

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