What are Phthalates and which fragrances have them?
Phthalates, or phthalate esters, are esters of Phthalic acid. They are used to dissolve fragrance raw materials when making fragrance oils. They have been used for many decades in a myriad of pharmaceuticals, household and industrial products. Recently, there have been concerns that high levels of Phthalates can cause a host of health issues. It is not clear that the levels that people encounter cause adverse effects, but it is clear to us that products would be better if they didn’t pose any such risks.
While both the U.S. and Europe have imposed laws against Phthalates in children’s toys (since they are put in the mouth) there are no rules against Phthalates in candles. Nevertheless, Candlescience is working on completely eliminating Phthalates from any product that still contains them as quickly as possible.
Many of our oils are Phthalate free and state so in the detail section of the fragrance page - for example, http://www.candlescience.com/fragrance/watermelon-fragrance-oil/. We will not be adding any new oils to the website that contain Phthalates. We do have some older fragrances that contain Phthalates and are actively working on reformulating them. As soon as they are Phthalate free we will state so in the product description.
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