Independent studies and EU Risk Assessments have shown that high phthalates are non-classified for any health or environmental hazard, safe to use in all current applications. However, in the case of cosmetics and personal care products, high phthalates are not used simply because their technical properties and molecular structure do not make them suitable for these applications.
Regarding the use of EU classified low phthalates, only DBP and DIBP were ever used in cosmetics or body care products but are no longer found in products manufactured and commercialised in the European Union due to provisions of the European Cosmetics legislation, which prohibits the use of substances classified for carcinogenic, mutagenic and repro-toxic (CMR) hazards.This EU legislation does not apply in other regions of the world, such as the US, where classified low phthalates are still permitted, although some companies have voluntarily stopped using them.
Today, only the non-classified phthalates, DMP and DEP are used in cosmetics in the EU. They have not been classified or restricted because they do not pose any risks for our health or the environment.