Phthalates in Fragrances
Phthalates, or phthalate esters, are esters of Phthalic acid & are used to dissolve raw materials when making fragrance oils. They have been used for many decades in pharmaceuticals, household and industrial products. The most common use is in the manufacturing of plastics to make them more flexible and durable. This type of phthalate is not the same as those that are used in creating fragrance oils.
Over the last decade or so, more and more research has been done on the effects of phthalates on human health. In addition to their status as endocrine disruptors, phthalates are linked to increased risk of breast cancer, fertility issues, and other health problems. The research into the health risks of exposure to phthalates is ongoing, but it’s clear to us that if we can remove these risks from the equation entirely, we should
Phthalates used in fragrance oils, known as DEP (Diethyl Phthalate), are solvents used to extend the aromatic strength of the candle fragrance oil. DEP has been found to be non-toxic in skin products and candles if used at safe levels (IFRA – Background Paper – Phthalates – Final 12.2007).
Phthalates have the same stigma as snakes. Some of them are poisonous and some of them are harmless. However, because they are all ususally labeled and grouped together (snakes), people generally want to avoid them altogether. (We apologize if we offend any snake enthusiasts. We just needed to use them as analogy.)
Numerous laws have been & are starting to be imposed against the use of Phthalates in children’s toys, (since they are put in the mouth) however, there are no rules against Phthalates in candles. Nevertheless, all of the suppliers that AmbiEscents source its fragrances from have completely eliminated the use of Phthalates & are Phthalate free