Chemicals in cosmetics and other household products … what you should know

Published: 22 January 2007
Category: Cancer link & plastic packaging, Hormonal Changes, Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates, Studies/Federal Regulations

According to, some of what’s in your cosmetics and other household products might “not be so good for you,” including a family of chemicals called phthalates, which may be “linked to developmental and reproductive health risks.” According to the article, phthalates are found in a plethora of personal-care products, including lotions, body hair sprays, perfumes and deodorants, and are also found in detergents, plastic food packaging, pharmaceuticals, plastic toys, and are allegedly also found in humans. Although the plastics industry (some plastics products allegedly contain phthalates to increase a product’s flexibility) claims phthalates are safe, several companies—including Avon, Cover Girl, Estée Lauder, L’Oréal, Max Factor, Orly, Revlon, Essie, OPI and Sally Hansen—have reportedly dropped some of the chemicals from their products because of public concern.

The article further reports that in 2005, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that it had found a form of phthalates in almost every member of a group of 2,782 people, and in rodent studies, phthalates have allegedly caused “testicular injury, liver injury, and liver cancer.” According to a study published in 2005, “women with higher levels of four phthalate compounds in their urine during pregnancy were likelier to give birth to boys with smaller scrotums,” and a 2006 study cited that “low testosterone levels in male newborns” were correlated with exposure “to higher levels of phthalates in breast milk.”

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