Where Phthalates Are Found

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Phthalates Found Nearly Everywhere.

  • household dust,
  • food packaging,
  • polyvinyl chloride (PVC)  tubing, water pipes and school supplies (See: PVC – a major source of school phthalates),
  • medical equipment,
  • enteric coatings (to prevent indigestion) on many pills and medicines including aspirin,
  • rubber products,
  • paints,
  • Plastic tubing used on milking machines
  • Plastic tubing and equipment used in food processing and packaging  including the production of wine, beer, spirits, fruit juices and  soft drinks,
  • printing inks,
  • adhesives and sealants,
  • agricultural adjuvants,
  • building materials, medical devices,
  • detergents surfactants
  • children’s toys,
  • modelling clay,
  • waxes,
  • paints,
  • printing inks and coatings,
  • soft plastic fishing lures,
  • caulk,
  • sex toys made of so-called “jelly rubber”shower curtains,
  • vinyl upholstery, floor tiles,
  • food containers and wrappers,
  • cleaning materials,
  • perfume,
  • eye shadow,
  • moisturizer,
  • nail polish,
  • liquid soap,
  • hair spray,
  • catheters and blood transfusion devices,
  • roofing membranes
  • lubricating oils,
  • automotive plastics,
  • plastic clothes (raincoats)
  • garden hoses,
  • inflatable toys, blood-storage containers, medical tubing
  • laundry detergents,
  • baby shampoosbaby lotions,
  • baby powder,
  • cosmetics,
  • fragrances,
  • More to come.


“Baby Care Products: Possible Sources of Infant Phthalate Exposure,”

 FDA Random Sample of Products

The table, below was prepared by the FDA in 2010 and is a far-from-comprehensive, random sampling of products.

FDA – 2010 Survey of Cosmetics for Phthalate Content

Product Type


Lot #

Phthalates (ppm)
Nail Polish
Pure Ice – Spit Fire 991CP
Dora the Explorer Mega Nail Polish Kit – Townley WO90817
Scherer Nail Polish CQ #143 Cabernet Not visible
Rimmel Lycra Wear 10 Days Nail Polish #303 Vintage 732318
In a New York Color Minute 224B 8MBCK
Sally Hansen Diamond Strength #45 Fuchsia 8MSHK
Hard Candy Just Nails (Glitter) 9226
Petites Pink Crush 270 – CQ Not visible
Revlon Nail Enamel Red Hot Tamale 908 Not visible
Maybelline Express Finish Grape Times 608 WF224
Nicole by OPI Razzle Dazzler 09295AAG
Scherer Nail Polish CQ #107 Crystal Clear Not visible
LA Colors Nail Lacquer Red Stilettos CBLQ 389 Not visible
LA Colors Art Deco Polish Silver Glitter CBNA 502 Not visible
LA Colors Nail Hardener-Strengthener 9796
Hot Topic Nail Polish Black Not visible
Hot Topic Nail Polish Green Not visible
Hot Topic Nail Polish Purple Not visible
Hot Topic Nail Polish (Skull) Green Not visible 4,800
Hot Topic Nail Polish (Skull) Black Not visible 4.4
Hot Topic Nail Polish (Skull) Yellow Not visible 4
Simple Pleasures Nail Polish “Peace” (Glitter) Not visible
Simple Pleasures Nail Polish “Love” (Pink) Not visible
WetnWild Wild Shine 410A 918201
Sinful Colors Professional Nail Polish Enamel Pinky Glitter 830 Not visible
Sinful Colors Under 18 Not visible
Borghese Nail Lacquer Vernis Botticelli Nude 6KXJKC 3.4
Sally Hansen High Definition 04 (Green) 9MHYK
Cover Girl Boundless Base Coat Nail Color Red Revolution 553 7239HV
Cover Girl Boundless Base Coat Nail Color Gold Rush 415 9139HV
Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear Hot Magenta 03 6MTXK
Sally Hansen Salon Lacquer Nail Polish Orange You Cute? 450 8JFDK 6.6
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Rose-a-go-go 06 AKVDKN
Sally Hansen Diamond Strength 33 Champagne Toast 8M8OK
Avon Nailwear Pro Nail Enamel Polish Midnight Plum VEK19
Skin Cream and Lotion
Red Velvet Body Lotion – Gift Pack H8920109
Dove Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash with NutrimMoisture 10079PP23S
Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair Hand Crème with Dry Skin Therapy 90125515
Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion 1129LK
Vaseline Sheer Infusion Vitamin Burst Body Lotion 08149UM42
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Concentrated Cream N9215A
Jergens Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer Y225106ZZA
Ponds Dry Skin Cream 08289HU87
Dollar General Guarantee Skin Rescue Moisture Lock Lotion C9A129
Noxzema The Original Deep Cleansing Cream with Eucalyptus Oil Rubbed out
Suave Powder Fresh Body Lotion 10289JU41
Celine Dion Sensational Shimmering Body Lotion 92251
Scentsations by Body Source Cherry Blossom Body Lotion M9290AL18
Walgreens Advanced Care (Fragrance Free) 0401609
Curel Continuous Comfort Original Formula Moisturizer X140106ZZA
Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion, Normal to Dry Skin, Fragrance Free 0118C
Nivea Soft Refreshingly Soft Moisturizing Crème 73729160 100
Bath, Body, etc… Organic Soothing Aloe Vera Body Lotion 29473 260
J.R. Watkins Natural Apothecary Hand & Body Lotion 0374579
Jergens Original Scent Cherry-Almond Moisturizer W106125ZZ 110
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E Skin Therapy Oil Rubbed out
St. Ives Hydrating Vitamin E Advanced Body Moisturizer 09327021103
Vaseline for Men Hand Lotion 05279HU09
Corn Huskers Heavy Duty Oil-Free Hand Treatment Lotion 2969G
Malibu Hemp Moisturizer Body Lotion for Dry Skin 5434
Keri Original Dry Skin Lotion 23654901
Avon Haiku Perfumed Skin Softener MK091
Avon Jet Femme Body Lotion MLP81
Avon Candid Perfumed Skin Softener MAN91
Avon Moisture Therapy Intensive Extra Strength Cream MIV91
Dove Go Fresh Body Mist 090495U49
Jovan Island Gardenia Cologne Spray 9218 14,000
Love’s Baby Soft Cologne Spray 0906D48
A Little Sexy Body Spray by Parfums de Coeur 09324
Axe Instinct Body Spray 03119KK09
Curve Crush Body Mist 9JA02
Bodycology Sweet Petals Body Mist S9J27AK
Cotton Candy Body Spray Prince Matchabelli 09267
Degree Classic Romance Body Mist 4068
Hannah Montana Cologne Spray 3169Y
Wanna Play Body Spray Parfums de Coeur 09294 3,800
Chantilly – Walmart Gift Pack 090723A 7,300
Tabu – Walmart Gift Pack 090721A 6,200
Heaven Sent – Walmart Gift Pack 090622B 1,300
Navy – Walmart Gift Pack 090722C 40,000
English Leather – Walmart Gift Pack 090721A 3,900
British Sterling – Walmart Gift Pack 090526A 480
Canoe – Walmart Gift Pack 0907248 2,000
English Leather Black – Walmart Gift Pack 0907916
Johnson’s Baby Cologne 1919COB128135
Barbasol After Shave Pacific Rush 60161
Aqua Velva Classic Ice Blue R09K174 760
Tattooed by Inky Not visible
BOD Really Ripped Abs 8TZ60 6,200
i Carly 168961B
Baby Cream and Lotion
Johnson’s Baby Lotion 2519T
Dollar General Sleepy Time Baby Lotion 8KF1025
Baby Avalon Organics Protective A,D & E Ointment 6H01
Huggies Naturally Refreshing (Green Tea & Cucumber) Lotion CU6287282
Baby Magic Gentle Baby Lotion 9237
Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Buttermilk Lotion 0850801
Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Moisture Cream 0209D
Parent’s Choice Baby Lotion 0034311
Johnson’s Bedtime Lotion 1759G
Johnson’s Head-to-Toe Fragrance Free Baby Lotion 0049LK
Johnson’s Shea and Cocoa Butter Baby Cream 0069VB
Susan Brown’s Baby Sensitive Baby Lotion-to-powder 10577A
California Baby Calming Everyday Lotion CB9303A2
Brut 24-Hour Protection deodorant 11029TR53 22
Tom’s of Maine Natural Care Lavender Deodorant Stick LD1370
Old Spice High Endurance Deodorant 9307TN
Axe Fresh Action Essence Deodorant 08129UR16
Degree Men Deodorant Silver Ion Intense Sport 11209UR39 2.9
Speed Stick Ocean Surf Deodorant 9270502
Personal Care Clear Stick Deodorant 08123A
Kiss My Face Active Enzyme Lavender Deodorant KO73008B
Dove Powder Invisible Solid 09229UR86
Secret Powder Fresh 9068TN 34
Hair Products
Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee Firm Hold C8200
Garnier Fructis Style Body Boost Volumizing Gel 48F6030
TRESemmé No Frizz Shine Spray 09308TA20SDSIL2506 22
Suave Professionals Styling Foam Extra Hold 11129KK61 52
Rave 4X Mega Unscented Hair Spray 11199HU63 16
White Rain Unscented Extra Hold Hair Spray 287CP3475403SDSIL15001 61
Short Sexy Hair Quick Change Shaping Balm 09219
American Crew Forming Cream F952CIOC 50
Dep Sport Endurance Styling Gel R2029932A2 6.8
TRESemme Tres Two Extra Hold Hair Spray 09313AA1416 37
John Frieda Collection Frizz-Ease Mousse Y223DK17DDT2Q
Aussi Catch the Wave Mousse & Conditioner 92755398F
Catwalk Extra Strong Mousse 233748783122142 23
Johnson’s No More Tangles Detangling Spray 0489VA
Manic Panic Amplified Semi-Permanent Hair Color Cream 10922
Color Fiend Blood Red Temporary Comb-In Color RN0709
Color Fiend Pink Pop Water Based Semi-Permanent Hair Color Not visible
Johnson’s Baby Shampoo 2118T
Suave Kids 2 in 1 Shampoo Smoothers Cowabunga Coconut 081491J18
Ave Dual 2 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner 01139TJ27 17
Pantene Pro-v Moisture Renewal Hydration Quotidienne Shampoo 93005401E1
Aveeno Baby Essential Moisture Shampoo 0099VA
Big Sexy Hair Big Volume Shampoo 09205150 210
Garnier Fructis Fortifying Shampoo Color Shield EF036
Dove Intense Damage Therapy Shampoo 08299JU39
VO5 Normal Balancing Shampoo 09316020758 440
Suave Professionals Sleek Shampoo 07109JU41
Finesse Self Adjusting Moisturizing Shampoo 9234M
Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturizing Shampoo 93145395LF
TRESemmé Smooth and Silky Touchable Softness 09231C1130
Advance Techniques Color Reviving Shampoo MK191 82
Avon High School Musical Raspberry Roarin’ 2-in-1 Shampoo MKW91
Body Wash
Caress Daily Silk Silkening Body Wash 10159UR022010
Equate Tropical Fresh Body Wash with Exfoliating Pomegranate Seed A50298-9328C1
Caress Tahitian Renewal Silkening Body Wash 08069TJ37
Olay Body Ultra Moisture with Shea Butter Body Wash 92595395WA
Suave Naturals Cucumber Melon Rejuvenating Body Wash 11109J038
Suave Men Body Wash Active Sport 09169CU05 10
White Rain All Day Moisturizing Body Wash 093203
Dove Sensitive Skin Beauty Body Wash 03049PP05
Natural Concepts Sensitive Skin Body Wash A48292926583 340
Dial Clean and Soft Moisturizing Body Wash Q89M0310806091102
St. Ives Renewing Collagen Elastin Moisturizing Body Wash 09345181020141
Natural Concepts Natural Blends Body Wash Violet & Pea A40128-8353C1
Avon Naturals Strawberry & Guava Shower Gel Rubbed out
Avon Bubble Bath Bain-mousse Vanilla Cream for Dry Skin MLK91
High School Musical Strawberry Sudsin’ Body Wash MLC91
Nipple Cream
Lansinoh HPA Lanolin for Breastfeeding Mothers 39982
Gerber Breast Therapy Moisturizing Balm BK07A02UU
Children’s Makeup
Kiss Me 2 Gift Pack Blush – Markwins
Kiss Me 2 Gift Pack Eye Shadow – Markwins 1090075
Hard Candy in the Shadows Eye Shadow Collection 9260
Claire’s Cosmetics Eye Shadow 11/09
Claire’s Cosmetics Eye Glitter DR911333
Diaper Cream
Butt Butter Organics Herbal Diaper Rash Treatment 31823
Burts Bees Baby Bee Diaper Ointment 1070801
Baby’s Bliss Diaper Cream 1386 130
Lavera Baby & Kinder Neutral 2897
Weleda Baby Calendula Baby Cream 902212
Wet Wipes
Pull-ups Flushable Moist Wipes MK929202A
Equate Flushable Wipes All Purpose 09295D209651416
Pure’n Gentle Fragrance Free Wipes 09272C230400512
Huggies Soft Skin Baby Wipes MK914804A
My Fair Baby Baby Wipes 38091679169
Infant Soap, Shampoo, Body Wash
Johnson’s Head to Toe Baby Wash Rubbed out
Body Sense Baby Wash with Shea & Cocoa butter OU28781
My Fair Baby Baby Wash with Camomile 608015001/A2 60
Burts Bees Baby Bees Shampoo and Wash 2280801
Avon Bubble Bath Bain-mousse for Kids MKY91
Aubrey Organics – Natural Baby & Kids Bath Soap 11249
Baby Oil
Johnson’s Baby Oil 2339G
Equate Delicate Baby Oil 0031646
Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Apricot Baby Oil 0460801
Face & Body Paint
Claire’s Cosmetics Body Glitter 07/09
Claire’s Cosmetics Vanilla Glitter Body Mist 0929301 390
Alex Face Paint Studio – Face Paint 9012LP
Snazaroo Face Painting Kit T190803
Glitter Gel
Hard Candy Glitteratzi Eye Glitter Gel 9301
Claire’s Club Scented Body Glitter 4926 167
Alex Face Paint Studio – Pink Glitter Gel 9B2351
Baby Powder
Johnson’s Baby Powder 2528RA
Body Sense Baby Powder 9DG0797
Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Dusting Powder Not visible
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