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8 Ways to Avoid Phthlates

Here I am again with my natural products spiel. But it is so important! Cancer of every kind is on the rise. And many many hormone disrupting chemicals are in our lotions and other products, and these toxins contribute to infertility, miscarriage, birth defects, learning disabilities and preterm birth (to name a few).

Another study has just come out linking exposure to phthalates during pregnancy with preterm birth. Preterm birth is the leading cause of infant death.

Phthlates are chemicals used to make plastics flexible and soft.

They compared women who gave birth spontaneously before 37 weeks with those who carried their babies to term by analyzing urine samples 3 times during pregnancy for levels of phthalate metabolites.

From JAMA Pediatrics:

“Conclusions and Relevance  Women exposed to phthalates during pregnancy have significantly increased odds of delivering preterm. Steps should be taken to decrease maternal exposure to phthalates during pregnancy.”

It is crystal clear. Here are 8 ways to avoid phthalates for our health, and the health of our babies:

1. Check the labels of your products. Phthlates show us as DBP (di-n-butyl phthalate) and DEP (diethyl phthalate)  in nail polishes, deodorants, perfumes and cologne, aftershave lotions, shampoos, hair gels and hand lotions. BzBP (benzylbutyl phthalate) is also used.

2. Check the products you use in the Skin Deep Database.

3. Use glass for drinking, eating, food storage, etc. Also buy food packaged in glass as an alternative to plastic or cans.

4. Look for fragrance free products- many phthalates hide under the term “fragrance”.

5. Make your own skin care products out of items in your kitchen! Think oatmeal scrubs, olive oil moisturizer, etc.

6. When using plastic, look at the recycling code on the bottom- 3 or 7 are most likely to contain phthalates.

7. Never microwave in plastic, as the plastic leaches into the food.

8. Don’t put plastic in the dishwasher- the extreme heat breaks down the plastic and makes it easier to ingest.


An Unprecedented Experiment on our Children

                  Wow.  As parents, we are aware that what we feed our children is mportant, but did you know it is just as important to be thoughtful about personal care products and the containers they eat and drink from?  HERE is an eye-opening article about why children’s cancer is increasing, 1 in 58 boys are diagnosed with Autism, obesity is now an epidemic, etc.

Use Natural Products on Your Baby

Here’s some eye opening info:

“Eighty-nine (89) percent of 10,500 ingredients used in personal-care
products have not been evaluated for safety by the CIR, the FDA,
nor any other publicly accountable institution.”


Check the ingredient list and don’t use synthetic chemicals or anything petroleum based. In small amounts these are probably ok, but day after day when you use the same baby wipes or lotion, it seeps into your baby’s bloodstream and collects in his body. Do you want toxins in your baby’s bloodstream and organs? Didn’t think so!

What’s in Your Baby’s Bath Products?

It’s time to get the word out about the importance of using natural baby products!

Many Baby Bath Products Contain Carcinogens, Report Finds | Environmental Working Group.

You MUST read the ingredient list and don’t use anything that contains artificial scents, preservatives, or petroleum derived ingredients.

Weleda has an amazing line of baby products.  One of my favorites that I also use on my own face is Weleda Calendula Baby Face Cream