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Phthalates, pronounced THAL-ates, these chemicals, which are linked to endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and cancer, have been banned from cosmetics in the European Union, but still remain prevalent in U.S. products. 

FOUND IN: Color cosmetics, fragranced lotions, body washes and hair care products, nail polish and treatment
WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL:  phthalate, DEP, DBP, DEHP and fragrance
WHAT ARE PHTHALATES? Phthalates share a similar chemical structure and are widely used in consumer products.
HEALTH CONCERNS: Endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity, cancer.
VULNERABLE POPULATIONS: Pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers
REGULATIONS: DBP[1] and DEHP[2] are banned in cosmetics sold in the EU.
HOW TO AVOID: Read the labels on nail products, and choose options that do not contain DBP. Some nail product labels indicate they are “phthalate-free.” Products that list “fragrance” on the label should be avoided to prevent possible exposure to phthalates.

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