These chemicals are often used in cosmetics to make fragrances last longer. However, a recent 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, such as motor delays and increased behavioral problems. Therefore, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has placed two common types of phthalates, DBP (di-n-butyl phthalate) and DEHP (di [2-ethylhexyl] phthalate), on the list of chemicals that may present a hazard to humans.
Since manufacturers aren’t required to disclose ingredients in scents, which are considered trade secrets, you’ll simply see “fragrance” on the ingredient list. If you have sensitive skin and are worried about potential allergic reactions, look for products labeled “fragrance-free”. Most of EILEEN MAI® products are Fragrance Free. For scented products, we use natural ingredients to create fragrance.