Phthalates Phthalates are everywhere. "They are used as plasticizers in products such as nail polish to prevent cracking and hairspray to decrease stiffness," says Graf. While the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has labeled phthalates "hormone disruptors," the research is inconclusive. "They are found in such low amounts in cosmetics that according to the CDC and FDA the exposure is very low," explains Graf.
Still, more than one beauty entrepreneur (Jessica Alba, Josie Maran) has gone on to create a phthalate-free line while pregnant. And that's because the research about phthalates and fetal development is somewhat more convincing. Better safe than sorry, right?
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