I recently started a new cheat sheet for baby product lines that are paraben and phthalate free. Turns out there is more to the story and as I am finding (and my fellow mom friends are finding) there is more to think about when buying products for your kids. Melissa of Itsabelly pointed me to a post her business partner Jennifer wrote up about phthalates in skin care. The discussion turned to questions about “unscented products” and what she dug up was interesting and scary. An excerpt from the comments section of her post:
Bottom Line: Phthalates may exist in “unscented products.” Phthalates used in certain circumstances are required to be listed, but not when used in regards to a fragrance. So, you cannot count on the label to give you all the ingredients. And, just because a product is labeled as “natural,” does not mean it is actually made with natural ingredients. There is no regulation of the labeling of “natural.” It is best to stick with companies that disclose all ingredients and have signed the compact to never use hazardous ingredients.
I encourage you to read the whole discussion and Jennifer’s findings “Recent Study Finds Baby Shampoo May Expose Children to Phthalates“.