As of July, 2018 all Bramble Berry fragrances are free from phthalates!

All Bramble Berry fragrances are phthalate free
All Bramble Berry Lip Flavours are phthalate free

There is a lot of confusion over phthalates (pronounced "THAL-ates") in the media and marketplace, and now Bramble Berry's fragrances are phthalate free.

You can research and see all the IFRA guidelines on their websiteThe IFRA standards page is here

The Australian government's ACCC site also has information on Phthalates in consumer products on their website.  Much of this information is regarding non-cosmetic products - however it is well worth a read, especially if you have little ones.

The following information is from the "Myths" link in the above article on the ACCC website under product safety.

Myth: Phthalates are skin irritants and cause skin sensitivities

Fact: Testing exposure to phthalates on the eyes and skin of different animals has found that phthalates do not irritate the skin. Most people will have no problems with using products or wearing clothing or footwear containing phthalate. Phthalates are known to be of very low irritation to the skin and absorption from dermal contact is considered negligible.

Myth: Phthalates are proven to cause cancer in people. 

Fact: After extensive study it is now generally accepted that phthalates do not cause cancer in humans. In February 2000, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) - which is part of the World Health Organisation (WHO) - re-classified the phthalate plasticiser DEHP as "not classifiable as to carcinogenicity to humans."  DEHP had previously been classified as "possibly carcinogenic to humans" based on rodent studies. But the mechanism, peroxisome proliferation, which can lead to the formation of liver tumours in rodents does not occur in primates and humans.

Myth: Phthalates accumulate in the environment. 

Fact: Studies have shown that phthalates:

  • break down readily and do not persist in the environment
  • do not accumulate in food crops, animals or humans
  • are broken down or metabolised quickly and are excreted comprehensively.

Myth: Phthalates leach out of plastic beverage containers used for milk, soft drinks, and juices. 

Fact: The plastic used in food and beverage containers are often High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) or Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) and are completely different to those that contain phthalates.