When a women is pregnant, the makeup she wears, the deoderant she uses and the lotions she uses may effect her baby’s behavior later down the road. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that high levels of phthalates found in a women’s blood during pregnancy directly correlate with behavioral issues in their child at ages 4-9 years.
Phthalates are non-organic chemicals used in lotions, makeup products, soaps, nail polish, perfumes and shampoos. “Phthalates are part of a group of chemicals known as endocrine disruptors, that interfere with the body’s endocrine, or hormone system.”1 Phthalates is also known as BPA when used in plastics.
Children whose mothers tested with a high level of Phthalates in their blood during pregnancy consistently reported behavioral issues in their 4-9 year olds associated with Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder and ADHD.
To avoid phthalates in personal care products, buy only all natural products and read the ingredients. If you can’t pronounce an ingredient or have never heard of it, look it up on the EWG website before buying. Most Phthalates in personal products are called one of the following:
BzBP (benzylbutyl phthalate)
DBP (di-n-butyl phthalate) and DEP (diethyl phthalate)
“fragrance” is another ingredient to avoid. If a chemical blend is a trade secret, manufactures are not legally required to disclose the contents on the lable. They simply denote this as “fragrance”, which likely contains parabens or phthalates.
The best paraben free products to replace your most common personal care products are:
Deoderant: Crystal Salt
Shampoo and Conditioner: [amazon ASIN=”B001JAH2V0″]Hugo Naturals[/amazon]
Lipgloss, cosmetics: [amazon ASIN=”B000WRZSCQ”]Honeybee gardens[/amazon]
Lotion: [amazon ASIN=”B0012NZ9LY”]Hugo Naturals[/amazon]
Hand and Body soap:[amazon ASIN=”B001ET77YI”]Dr. Bronners[/amazon] or find home made soaps from your local farmer’s market.
Nail polish: just don’t use it! Nail polish is basically paint that you absorb through your skin.