Dibutyl Phthalate

A plasticiser. Plasticisers are man-made compounds used to soften material, increasing workability. Commonly found in nail polish, fragrances, deodorants and hair sprays. Dibutyl phthalate is toxic, and inhalation may cause nose, throat and eye irritation. A possible human reproductive or developmental toxin, it was prohibited for use in cosmetics in the European Union in 2004. Women who are pregnant, nursing or considering pregnancy should look for and avoid all personal care products listing ‘phthalate’ on the label (US Environmental Working Group Report, 2000).

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