Saturday, May 29, 2010

phthalates: are they safe?

Phthalates are a hot topic in personal care and many other industries. 60 Minutes ran a great segment last Sunday on the phthalates. Phthalates are found all around us in food, tap water, the air we breathe, plastics, household goods and many other products. The concern in personal care products centers around fragrance oils. They make fragrances linger longer and are found in many cosmetics and personal care products. It's a common misconception that all synthetic fragrances contain phthalates. In the past few years, many fragrance suppliers have moved to supplying only phthalate free fragrance oils. As the video will show you, the science on the safety of phthalates is still inconclusive. 60 Minutes did a great job reporting on both sides of the story, interviewing doctors, researchers and business. The clip below is definitely worth a watch, or you can check out the full segment and commentary here.

You won't find phthalates in any of our products. The Grapeseed Co. uses only essential oils, which are naturally steam distilled and extracted from fruits, plants and flowers to scent our products. We also have worked with many custom formulation and private label clients who do want to go the fragrance oil route, and we've created some fabulous (synthetic) fragrance oil custom scent blends using phthalate free fragrance oils.

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