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Phthalates - FUD - An engagement ring

We have a lot of requests come in each month regarding our fragrance oils. People are requesting to know if our fragrances are phthalate free or not. I think about 80% of our collection is phthalate free. But, for those of you who want a list of all of our fragrances which explains those which contain phthalates and those that don’t, I need to address why we don’t publish such a list.

First, let me explain FUD. This acronym stands for Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt.

When the initial phthalate concerns came about it is because phthalates had been accused of causing a small penis. While that will shock most readers, we want you to know we don’t believe this is a problem and that only FUD has come into play.

Phthalates are used to make vinyl plastics soft. There are different classes of phthalates and some are considered harmful and others are not. You are probably wondering why they are used in fragrances at all. The reason is phthalates help the fragrance have staying power. Some scents (particularly vanilla) are easily lost with exposure to air. In order to understand how much phthalates are used and when parts per BILLION come into play, you should read phthalates.org and understand what this product can do for you. When it comes to certain fragrance components we are looking for those with good odors and those that are GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe). There is an industrial group that advises their members on what ingredients should be used in perfumery and those that should no longer be granted GRAS status.

Who do you think has the greatest exposure when it comes to fragrances? Is it the user of the soap? Nope. What about the maker of the soap? No, again. It is the maker of the fragrance oil. The maker deals with the components of fragrance oils in their raw form and most concentrated state. I think reading the phthalates.org site will give some insight into the history of phthalates and how much alarm should be spread about this ingredient. Keep your Doubting Thomas hat on when it comes to forwarded messages, alarmist news releases, and “Free of ___” labels. Not everything is as dangerous as the news stories make it seem.

So, what can we do to calm our nerves and sit back to let the chaos clear? Let’s have tea! I know it isn’t Tuesday but I hope our readers will allow an exception today and let me do Tea Thursday. I have caught up on all my tea notes and sent more mugs than I originally promised. I hope the receivers are having a great giggle! I know I did. My mug of choice is pictured here in this blog. Yes, after our cattle + garden = destruction incident I had to find some humor in the event!

How does Tea Tuesday/Tea Thursday work? Well, first you can comment on this blog then you go to the Contact Us page and choose the Community Pursuits radio button and submit your name, address, and tea choice along with what is happening in your life. You can also send questions or comments about the blog. I will send you a hand written note and a tea bag so you can make a cup of tea. I don’t have any list of teas today, so please look through the catalog to find something you would like to try.

Would you like to know what is happening in my life? Andee is now engaged to Jerry. The couple is suffering from engagement brain and they are grinning like silly people. We are very happy for them! (Sorry, Andee! I had to let the cat out of the bag!)


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