Phthalates, Synthetic Fragrance, Cosmetics, and Hormone Problems

 

 

I rabbit on about the dangers of synthetic fragrances but my friends just smile and nod. In all honesty, they probably decided I was crazy years before I started this anti-bad-mood spray company. My guess is that whenever my anti-phthalate argument kicks in at the dinner table they just tune me out and start thinking about their personal lives. Or maybe that's just my sister. I don't know. 

Anyway. The facts are these:

Phthalates are chemicals used in cosmetics, air fresheners, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, and perfumes to make fragrances last longer. Two common phthalates are DBP (di-n-butyle phthalate) and DEHP (di[2-ethylhexyl] phthalate).

In tests on lab rats, certain phthalates have been linked to an anti-testosterone effect, specifically testicular "changes," liver problems, and cancer. A study of 319 mother-and-child pairs from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health showed a link between higher phthalate exposure in utero and slower development in children. 

In an interview for The Environment Report, study director Robin Whyatt stated, "Three of the phthalates were significantly associated with behavioral disorders, or behavioral problems: anxious, depressed behaviors, emotionally reactive behaviors, withdrawn behavior.” The study also noted a link between the presence of phthalates in the mothers' urine and motor problems in children. The study controlled for a long list of other factors, including smoke, lead, pesticides, and other common chemicals found in our every-day environment.

The European Union bans DBP and DEHP, along with a third phthalate, BBP. The US Environmental Protection Agency has placed both DBP and DEHP on a list of chemicals that may be hazardous to humans.The problem is that manufacturers of cosmetics and synthetic fragrances aren't required to disclose ingredients on the label. You'll simply see "fragrance" on the list without being able to determine whether the phthalates were added to the product.

Now, obviously, I make my own air fresheners out of totally natural, good-smelling essential oils and sell them on the interwebs for anyone who'd like to give them a try. Sometimes, people tell me that they don't want to try spray my products in shared spaces and I don't say anything, but I'm thinking..."You have no idea how many harmful chemicals are part of your every-day world. A little pink grapefruit essential oil might be the best thing that ever happens to you."

But I don't say that. I just politely nod and smile and respect their decision. But a fifteen-year study from Columbia University is good enough evidence for me. I don't need my toddler to grow man boobs to convince me not to use fabric softener, ok? My towels smell like towels, not Jamaican Kiwi-Vanilla Shazam! And I'm just fine with that.

H. 

 

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Mood Sprays on Refinery29.com

This was our first piece of press - and I love it. I had it made into a poster for my office. I started out thinking the anti-bad-mood sprays would be a cure for anger, apathy, sadness, and aggressive behavior at the office and at home. I love it when people have their own ideas about how to use it. This feature by Refinery29.com is perfect:

 

 



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Aromatherapy mood lifting sprays on DailyCandy.com

Our anti-bad-mood sprays were featured in a hilarious anti-Valentine's slideshow, "(Not So) Bitter Party of One" on DailyCandy.com  

The feature made me so happy - I love DailyCandy.


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UrbanDaddy features Anti Bad Mood Sprays and The Antidote for Ego.

I wanted to share this recent feature from urbandaddy.com!The Antidote for Ego anti-bad-mood spray in all it's goodness!


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Minimal Packaging for Aromatherapy Room Sprays.

When I decided to produce and sell Apathy there were some difficult decisions to make about the packaging of the products. Aromatherapists usually choose a cobalt or amber glass bottle to protect the essential oils from light and heat. 

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to source a glass bottle at an affordable price and the weight of a glass bottle made the products expensive to ship. Packaging suppliers tout PET amber plastic bottles, but after watching photographer Chris Jordan's

The video is difficult to watch, I know. Since I first saw Jordan's work, I have limited my bottled soda and water purchases and switched to products that are minimally packaged. 

When it came time to produce the cubicle sprays I knew I had to do the same. Each spray comes in a recyclable and/or reusable lightweight aluminum bottle with a removable coated-paper label. 

It's easy to clean and reuse your bottle! Disassemble the spray top and soak the bottle and the spray top pieces in two tablespoons of baking soda, a crushed vitamin C tablet, and 1/4 c. of white vinegar and a bowl full of hot water overnight. You might also use denture cleaning tablets or those specially made for aluminum water bottles. 

Heidi.

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The Antidote for Ego in American Theatre magazine.

 

 

Look for this ad in the October 2011 issue of American Theatre magazine! 

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