A Word On Phthalates- We Do Not Use Them !


A Word On Phthalates


Fragrance oils can be made up of over 3,600 materials, both natural and synthetic, (aromatic resins, aroma chemicals, essential oils or essential oil components) that have been approved for use in fragrance oils. These ingredients are in liquid, powder or crystalline form. In the case of powder or crystalline form, these ingredients need to be dissolved into liquid form. A common solvent that has been used in the industry for over 5 decades is DEP. (Di Ethyl Phthalate).

DEP has been extensively tested and declared safe for use by IFRA (The International Fragrance Association), RIFM (Research Institute for Fragrance Materials), the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and was found to be "not harmful", "not a CMR", "not a skin sensitizer", "not a skin irritant" and "not harmful to the environment".  A report was published by the European Union's SCCNFP scientific committee on June 4, 2002 concerning the safety of DEP.  Their conclusion was that DEP showed low levels of toxicity and it was their opinion that the "safety profile of DEP supports its use in cosmetic products."  They also stated "the SCCNFP does not recommend any specific warnings or restrictions for DEP under the current conditions of use."  This assessment by the SCCNFP was re-asserted in 2003 and by the SCCP in 2007. 

There are no restrictions or warnings concerning the use of DEP by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), IFRA (International Fragrance Association), RIFM (Research Institute of Fragrance Materials) or the US EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency).

Unfortunately, there are also "bad phthalates" such as DBP, BBP, DnHP, DIDP, DEHP, etc. that are classified as "CMR's" (carcinogenic, mutagenic or reproductive toxicants). These products were banned by the European Union for use in cosmetics and skin care products in Europe in 2004 and were placed on the California Proposition 65 List as developmental toxicants.  None of these "bad" phthalates, however, are currently, or have ever been, used in the fragrance industry. 

Which brings us back to the "good phthalate" DEP.

Despite it's safety, Indigo Fragrance has chosen only to add oils to our line that are phthalate free. Discerning between "good" and "bad" phthalates for our customers can be confusing. So instead we have chosen to use manufacturers that use alternative solvents, which are phthalate free, in the manufacturing process of all fragrance oils sold at Indigo Fragrance.



Dawn Turner, currently resides in a small town in central Wisconsin and is the proud mom of two. She is an expert in fragrance and owns Indigo Fragrance sells quality fragrance oils and supplies. Dawn, a self professed scent junkie, loves to travel with her husband, ride ATVs, listen to music and eat vast amounts of chocolate.


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