Phthalates – 10 Hidden Places They’re Lurking and Why You Should Care

So, what the heck’s a Phthalate (THAL-ate)? Chemical made from petroleum. Used in personal care products and a large variety of plastics. Used to soften plastics and make them flexible (think shampoo bottle). Endocrine disrupting (more info here) If it’s primarily used in plastic, why is it in our personal care stuff?! Cheap. Improves texture.