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What are Phthalates anyway?

Ever wonder why some products are labeled “phthalate-free” and what that means?

Phthalates aren’t visible, you can’t smell them or taste them, but, believe it or not, you are exposed to them multiple times a day in a variety of forms.

What are phthalates & where can you find them?

According to the CDC, phthalates are a family of chemicals sometimes referred to as plasticizers. They can be found in all types of products such as personal care products, shower curtains, vinyl flooring, tubing, and plastic packaging. Their purpose is to make plastics more flexible yet durable.

In relation to cosmetic and personal care products, the FDA explains phthalates function as solvents and stabilizers in perfumes and other fragrance preparations to extend the aromatic strength.

How are they exposed?

You expose yourself to the phthalates by ingesting products that have come in contact with them or breathing their particles in the air like through aerosols and burning candles that contain phthalates.

Are they bad for you?

According to HWOH Canada, young women are among the group of higher exposure and more likely to result in health issues that can damage the liver, kidneys, lungs, and reproductive system.

How can you avoid them?

Read product ingredients labels and descriptions.

Avoid microwaving food in plastic containers.

When possible, choose products that are labeled phthalate-free.

ROAM Homegrown artisan-crafted soy candles and gifts are always phthalate-free for authentic scents and beautifully clean gifts.

Shop our collections of phthalate-free gifts and candles here.

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