Pernicious Phthalates

Who does love a pop of color on their toe nails?  Daughters love to have their nails painted like mommy, too!  Many nail polishes contain phthalates though, such as DBP, DEHP, and DEP, which disrupt the endocrine system.  Phthalates are also commonly found in synthetic fragrances (to make the adhere to your skin), hairspray, and plastic materials.  

It is troubling that we are placing phthalates in person care and beauty products when the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) has banned concentrations over 0.1% of seven different phthalates (with an interim ban on an eighth, in children's toys and child care products.  The most recent five were banned in 2017: 

  1. diisononyl phthalate (DINP);
  2. di-n-pentyl phthalate (DPENP);
  3. di-n-hexyl phthalate (DHEXP);
  4. dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP); or,
  5. diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP).

Why were the latest five banned?  They were determined to have a negative impact on the male reproductive system!  There are more regulations for the snaps I use on sleepers and bibs than on what goes into personal care products and cosmetics.  Think about that for a minute!

The EWG's Skin Deep database is a great too to use to evaluate the safety of your personal care products and cosmetics.  You might want to look up your nail polish.  I don't wear it often but will be purchasing either Piggy Paint Nail Polish or another one of the suggested companies with safer ingredients.


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