FRAGRANCE TOXIC: Spanish children have the highest concentrations of toxic phthalates in Europe, according to the European project DEMOCOPHES, which has monitored the concentration of these chemicals in hair and urine samples of mothers and children from 17 European countries.

The phthalates are polluting hormone, ie affect our hormonal system, interfering with its operation. And they are around us. In Europe alone, thousands of tons are used annually to give flexibility to plastics, such as bottles, children’s toys or food packaging. They are also ingredients in personal hygiene products, such as soaps, creams, perfumes … or cleaning products. In general, any fragrance product has phthalates, as they are used to fix and make these fragrances last.

The exposure to phthalates is associated with changes in the hormonal systems that can cause decreased fertility, premature birth or the appearance of defects in genital organs, among others. The 15 Best Perfume Brands 2020

According to the results of the DEMOCOPHES project presented at the IX National Conference of Endocrine Disruptors, Spanish children have higher levels of phthalates than their mothers, due to exposure during pregnancy. And both Spanish children and mothers have higher levels than the average in Europe. A fact that has caught the attention of researchers is that the levels of a phthalate metabolite, the MEP (monoethyl phthalate) in Spanish children is six times higher than the European average. As seen in the table below, 181.9microg / liter of MEP in Spanish children compared to 34.4microg / liter on average in European children.

DEMOCOPHES researchers believe that these very high levels of MEP in Spain are related to the use of hygiene and cleaning products. In fact, MEP is a metabolite of DEP ( Diethyl phthalate), which is the chemical used to fix the perfumes of colognes, soaps or creams (Fragrances are mixtures that can have up to 50% DEP and represent 2% of the composition of cosmetic products).

And phthalates are not only found in the fragrances of hygiene products but also in cleaning products, as evidenced by the study carried out in Spain, within the framework of the Children and Environment (INMA) project. This study relates the presence of phthalates in the urine of pregnant women with greater use of cleaning products, such as bleach, ammonia, glass cleaners or degreasers.

As consumers, we can avoid or reduce exposure to these toxins by buying hygiene and cosmetic products that do not have DEP, DEHP (diethyl hexyl phthalate), DINP (di-isononyl phthalate), DIDP (di-iso-decyl phthalate) ingredients, DMP (dimethyl phthalate), etc. It is easier to buy natural products directly without toxic substances, without fragrances or with 100% natural fragrances.  Many of these products are certified with seals such as Ecocert, ” Certified natural cosmetics “, among others.

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