DBP (dibutyl phthalate) is mainly used in nail products as a dye solvent, and as a plasticizer that prevents nail polish from becoming brittle.
- nail polish
WHAT TO LOOK FOR:
DBP, phthalate, dibutyl phthalate
Developmental and Reproductive Defects: Studies suggest that DBP can cause changes in testes and prostate, reduced sperm count (1).
Endocrine Disruptor: The European Union classifies DBP as a possible endocrine disruptor as evidence suggest that it interferes with hormone function (2).
- Coal Tar Dyes
- Dibutyl Phthalate
- PEG Compounds
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate
- Barlow NJ, McIntyre BS, Foster PM. “Male reproductive tract lesions at 6, 12, and 18 months of age following in utero exposure to di(n-butyl) phthalate.” Toxicol Pathol.32, 1 (Jan-Feb 2004):79-90.
- European Commission. Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 , Annex VI, Table 3.2. Sep 2009. http://ecb.jrc.ec.europa.eu/classification-labelling/