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with behavioral disorders, or behavioral problems: anxious, depressed behaviors, emotionally reactive behaviors, withdrawn behavior.”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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HR Products' Statement on Animal Testing

 

 

Our anti-bad-mood sprays are tested on people, not animals.

HR Products LLC does not test products on animals or use source materials and ingredients that have been tested on animals.We are certified Vegan by Vegan Action.

The ingredients in each anti-bad-mood spray are natural and safe to use. Essential oils are organically sourced, wherever possible. Unlike most commercial room sprays, our products are free of formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, and phthalates. They are hand-blended in Winchester, Virginia.

Each mood lifting spray is minimally packaged. Our lightweight aluminum bottle has a label printed on a biodegradable, synthetic “paper.” The bottle tops are 100 percent recyclable. Our website provides instructions for cleaning the bottles and suggestions for reuse.

It costs more to do things this way. Especially if you’re a small company. But at the end of the day, I go to bed knowing I’ve put something out in the world that makes people happier – not just because of the essential oils inside each spray. I make products that won’t compromise the health of customers, their families, pets, or the environment. I make products that people fall in love with and can’t live without.

That feels so much better than a big paycheck.

– Heidi Rettig, CEO


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