There have been studies in animals that phthalates can cause reproduction problems. Therefore, activists believe it can also cause reproductive problems in human beings.

A recent U.S. study took urine samples from 163 babies that were between 2 to 28 months and detected at least one phthalate, with lotions, shampoos, and powders having the highest level.

Phthalates are added to plastics to make them more flexible and can be found in commonly used items such as nail polish, cosmetics, vinyl flooring, plastic toys, and even sex toys. Many products with fragrances often have levels of phthalates in it as well. The recent study found that items such as baby shampoos, lotions, and powders.

As a parent, how do you avoid buying products that are phthalates free? It’s going to be difficult since manufacturers are not required to list phthalates as an ingredient. But some manufacturers do label their products as “phthalates free”. A good guide might be to just simply purchase things that are fragrant free when it comes to baby shampoos, lotions and powders.

To read more, you can visit: The Canadian Press or Associated Press

A lot women love to wear cosmetics with fragrances (I know I do – they smell great and makes me feel fresh and clean!). If you would like to try “phthalates free” products, here is a list of natural cosmetics companies that have phthalates free products: Phthalates Free