Phthalates, a group of chemicals with various applications, have raised concerns among consumers due to certain types within the group being associated with potential negative health effects. However, it’s important to note that not all phthalates are the same. One type, commonly used as a plasticizer to enhance the flexibility of plastic products without compromising their strength, is the main cause of concern. This particular type of phthalate is different from the ones used in fragrance oils.
In the case of fragrance oils, a specific type of phthalate known as DEP (Diethyl Phthalate) is used as a solvent to enhance the aromatic strength of candle fragrances. It has been determined that DEP is non-toxic in skin products and candles when used at safe levels, as indicated by the IFRA (International Fragrance Association) background paper on phthalates from December 2007.
However, we understand that there is a general perception that all phthalates are harmful, akin to the stigma associated with spiders. Just like some spiders are venomous while others are harmless, different types of phthalates have varying effects. To address these concerns, we have taken steps to ensure that the majority of our fragrances are specially formulated to be phthalate-free. Therefore, there is no need to worry about the effects of phthalates in our fragrance oils.