August 28, 2018

10 Amazing Phthalate Free Skin Care Products

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a deep dive into product ingredients.  I thought I would take a new approach to educating you about safer beauty options by also sharing some great products to try.  This way, you learn a little on why you should avoid these harmful items and have replacements. Today, we’re going to talk about phthalates, which is a mouthful. But something we should all have on our radar and why going Phthalate free is in your best interest. 

What are Phthalates?

These chemicals, known as plasticizers, are used to make plastics more flexible and less breakable. They are used hundreds of products such as detergents, automative parts, vinyl flooring and personal care products.  Phthalates help fragrances and perfumes adhere to skin. These chemicals can also be found in high-fat foods like meat and cheese {think of a McDonald’s cheeseburger}.

According to the CDC’s fact sheet,  researchers found measurable levels in the general US population and concludes phthalate exposure is widespread.  Additionally, women have higher levels of these chemicals due to our use of shampoos, cosmetics, skincare, body lotion, you name it.

Are Products with Phthalates Harmful?

Phthalates disrupt the endocrine system and may cause birth defects.  Additionally, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued an opinion that pregnant women should be informed of the dangers of environmental toxins like phthalates.

Anything Else I Should Know About Phthalates ?

Many products have started calling out PHTHALATE-FREE on their labels.  This is a great start, but be cautious.  As I mentioned, phthalates are found in fragrance and perfumes.  As these are considered proprietary information, there is no legal requirement to divulge what that fragrance is made of.  Therefore, the recommendation is to look for “Fragrance-Free” or “Without Synthetic Fragrance” {naturally scented, like the citrus scent from an orange peel is ok}.  Also to note, heads up on Sephora’s Clean Seal.  Yes, these products meet the requirement of no added phthalates, but the fine print is “less than 1% of synthetic fragrance”. Read: hidden plasticizers.

So with that, here are 10 skincare products to use that are Phthalate and Synthetic Fragrance Free.

{Please note: As the information infers, these are less toxic options for pregnant and nursing women.  But remember, I’m a blogger with a beauty background, not a medical expert.  Share this post with your OB and get her expert advice.}

Phthalate Free Skin Care 


Phthalate free skincare, beauty products safe for pregnancy, clean skincare


Necessaire Body Wash:

This is currently in my shower and I’m obsessed. It has a nice sandalwood scent that is not too overpowering.

Caudalie VinoPure Serum:

You can’t go wrong with this clean French beauty brand. During pregnancy your hormones may be out whack, so it’s good to have a blemish treatment on hand for breakouts.

Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion:

I love this daily moisturizer. It’s super lightweight and easy to use with makeup. It will keep your skin extra hydrated!

Countermatch Rescue Eye Cream:

This eye cream works great with the moisturizer. I introduced this to my sister in law and she loved the results!!

Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream:

DE is one of my favorite brands.  The brand formulates without many harmful and irritating ingredients. This night cream is really thick and hydrating.

Summer Fridays CC ME Serum:

Having a brightening serum is an important step in any skincare routine.

Pharmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Balm:

This was the first balm I ever used and I was hooked.  This cleanser is super gentle and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth.

Biossance Squalene + Glycolic Acid Renewal Mask

There is nothing better for a self care day then applying a facial mask. It’s a great treat while taking a bath, or as a way to make mundane tasks like folding laundry extra special.

Indie Lee Squalene Facial Oil:

Another favorite of mine, check out this previous post.  Super lightweight and refreshing.

Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Facial Mist:

I love the smell of this mist from all I’ve tried.  So pretty and floral, it immediately lifts my mood.


More Clean Beauty Favorites

Clean beauty is my jam so if you’re looking to learn more about the products I use and love, check out these posts:


6 Reasons to Add a Serum to Your Routine

Why Clean Beauty Matters

The Best Clean Lipsticks


I hope you enjoy these phthalate free skin care favorites and continue to read ingredients on your product labels!


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