Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Most commercial diffusers that I've seen use DEP as the diluent for the fragrance (sometimes essential oils, most often synthetic fragrances. What is DEP? It is diethyl phthalate, approved for use in cosmetic products without any safety warnings. Needless to say, no Nature's Gift product has ever contained phthalates, and never will. Just not something we chose to use. But I was shocked to see the following article in a cosmetics journal I subscribe to.
"Higher levels of exposure to phthalates while pregnant could be linked to disruptive behaviour patterns in children, according to a recent US study." Read more here.
With all the wonderful natural options to scent your surroundings, why would anyone chose to use a phthalate laden chemical?