Phthalates are a class of ingredients that are often used in skincare and cosmetic products due to their ability to stabilize and maintain fragrances.
Examples of phtalates include: ETHYLENE GLYCOL-TEREPHTHALIC ACID POLYMER, AMILAR, POLYBUTYLENE TEREPHTHALATE, SOY PROTEIN PHTHALATE, DEP, DIBUTYL PHTHALATE...
Some phthalates have been proven to be endocrine disruptors (i.e., they often impact the function of natural hormones in the body). By interfering with the body's endocrine system, endocrine disruptors can impair reproductive functions, and can also produce adverse immune or neurological effects in people and neurodevelopmental delays in children.
Phthalates are clearly not recommended during pregnancy. The European Union has forbidden the use of 4 of them. As a general rule, it is safer to avoid all of them.
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