How to avoid Phthalates and choose alternative products.

An analysis of where exposure to phthalates might occur, through bath products and toiletries, plus household and environmental exposure.  Once you know where phthalates are present, it’s easy to choose phthalate free options.

A step by step list takes you through where you might find phthalates, plus we have a list of recommended phthalate free bath and body products for you and your family. This includes shampoos, lotions etc. for babies, children and adults.

List of phthalate free brands

List of recommended phthalate free brands for skincare, haircare and baby products.

Products containing phthalates

A list of products found to contain phthalates in the FDA product survey.

Acure phthalate free shampoo

A list of the best phthalate free shampoo brands – also paraben free and sulfate free. Our pick of natural shampoos that are highly effective and leave your hair in great condition.

Phthalate free personal care products

When limiting your exposure to phthalates you’ll want to find phthalate free shampoos, lotions, skin care and other hair care.

Here’s how to find these products so you can choose alternatives:


1. Read your labels.

Under the authority of the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act(FPLA), FDA requires an ingredient declaration on cosmetic products. Phthalates can appear in an ingredients list as the following names and acronyms.
• DBP (dibutyl phthalate)
• DNOP (di-n-octyl phthalate)
• DiNP (diisononyl phthalate)
• DEP (diethyl phthalate)
• BBzP (benzyl butyl phthalate)
• DEHP (di 2-ethylhexl phthalate)
• DiDP (diisodecyl phthalate)
• DnHP (di-n-hexyl phthalate)
• DMP (dimethyl phthalate)
• DnOP (di-n-octylphthalate)


2. Avoid hidden phthalates

However, the ingredient list won’t tell you everything. It’s not a requirement for ‘fragrance’ to be broken down into components in the ingredients, so phthalates will often be present here but not listed in the ingredients. Avoiding products which list ‘fragrance’ or ‘parfum’ will ensure you’re choosing a phthalate free product.


3. Choose products labelled ‘phthalate free’ or ‘no synthetic fragrance’.

Products fragranced using only essential oils or natural fragrances won’t have the phthalates hiding in the ‘fragrance’ item in the ingredients.

4. Be careful with packaging.

As well as in the products themselves, phthalates are used in soft plastics as a plasticizer. Glass or metal containers won’t leach phthalates into the product, so choose these where you can. In terms of plastic, avoid those marked with recycling codes 3 or 7 as they are more likely to contain phthalates. 1,2 or 5 are better to choose.


5. Refer to EWG’s Skin Deep Database

It lists thousands of products (skin, haircare, fragrance and cosmetics) with an analysis of their ingredients.


6. Use the FDA info on phthalate content.

The survey carried out contains info on some products and their phthalate status.

How to find phthalate alternative products

We are exposed to phthalates from many sources, so avoiding them seems like a daunting task. However, if we consider  ‘what has phthalates in it?’ we can then look at alternatives for these products.

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