The chemicals responsible for fragrances in the products you use daily – shampoo, lotion, make-up, dish detergent, fabric softener – are called ‘Phthalates’ (THALL-ates). Like BPA, phthalates are classified as an “obesogen” – a chemical capable of messing with your metabolism. Phthalate exposure is linked to weight gain, insulin resistance, infertility, and birth defects, among other health concerns.
Look for the word “fragrance” or “perfume” on any of your product labels and if you see it, toss it!
Opt for fragrance-free or products scented with plant based essential oils. Skip air fresheners, plug ins, and scented candles too! Phthalates, are also found in many types of plastics in your home, particularly soft, flexible plastics like vinyl shower curtains, children’s toys, vinyl flooring and garden hoses. Avoid use of plastics when possible. Opt for a cloth or polyester shower curtain rather than vinyl, avoid strong smelling plastics, especially for children, and never drink out of a garden hose!