What the Ph……thalate?


Here at Melis, being committed to 100% natural ingredients, the use of phthalates are naturally never in our ingredients list. But what are phthalates, and why don’t we use them? As its name suggests, it’s obviously a synthetic chemical, but that in itself is not the main crime committed by phthalates.

Phthalates are a group of chemicals that are commonly used as plasticizers, which means they are added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, and durability. They are used in many personal care products, not only perfumes – which makes them last longer on the skin – but also in lotions and cosmetics, to help them adhere to the skin and improve their texture. Their use in the modern cosmetic industry has been a topic of concern for many consumers over the past few years with research showing that exposure to phthalates can disrupt the endocrine system and lead to hormonal imbalances. In worst case scenarios this can even affect fertility. Children and pregnant women particularly should clear well clear of anything containing phthalates.

Phthalates have also been linked to a range of other health issues, including asthma and allergies. They have also been found to be harmful to the environment, particularly aquatic life.

Many of my friends and supporters will be aware that my journey with natural and organic fragrances started with pregnancy. It was when I was pregnant with my first child that I discovered the power of botanicals, essential oils and natural remedies and turned away from ‘normalised’ chemicals and synthetics. After birthing and cleansing my system, I could no longer tolerate synthetic ingredients in fragrance and noticed that exposure to these products often gave me terrible migraines. Being a lover of scent, I went on a search for a sophisticated natural synthetic free perfume. I found that all too few existed globally – hence the birth of Melis.

Phthalates are also found in other products such as plastics, food packaging, and household items. You can reduce your exposure to phthalates by choosing products that are labeled as phthalate-free, avoiding plastics with recycling codes 3 and 7, and using natural personal care products.

Additional information and research about the use and dangers of phthalates:



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