What is it? 
Phthalates are a family of compounds made from alcohols and phthalic anhydride. They are oily, colorless, odorless liquids that do not evaporate readily. Most phthalates are used to make vinyl soft and flexible. For more than fifty years, they have been a key ingredient in fragrances and in nail polish. One kind of phthalate fixes the fragrance in perfumes and other products to make it last longer. Another type is used in nail polish (as well as in tool handles and outdoor signs) to help prevent chipping and breaking. 

How can I avoid it? 
Avoid contact with this substance. Avoidance requires reading labels, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and on occasion, direct communication with the manufacturer. 

• Plasticizer (a substance which when added to a material, usually a plastic, makes it flexible, resilient, and easier to handle) in various: 
  • plastic materials m synthetic resins
  • nitrocellulose lacquers
  • elastomers
  • explosives
  • solid rocket propellants
  • vinyl fabrics
  • automotive, building and construction material
  • cable
  • flooring
  • medical devices
  • toys m shower curtains
  • raincoats
  • food wraps
  • bowls 
  • car interiors 
  • vinyl fabrics 
  • floor tiles 
• Solvent in perfume oils, oil-soluble dyes, insecticides, resins & peroxides 
• Anti-foam agent 
• Fiber lubricant in textile manufacturing 
• Insect repellent & insecticide for textiles 
• Manufacturing of cellophane, lacquers, dyes and leather, safety glass, & printing inks 
• Component of polyvinyl chloride plastic for carpet backing 
• Manometer fluid 
• Adhesives 
• Caulk 
• Sealants 
• Paint 

Other names for Dibutyl Phthaalate
• 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, dibutyl ester 
• DBP 
• Di-n-Butylphthalate 
• n-Butyl phthalate 
• Phthalic acid dibutyl ester 
• Benzenedicarboxylic acid 
• Dibutyl ester 
• Dibutyl o-Phthalate 
• o-Benzenedicarboxylic 
• Dibutyl ester 
• Benzene-o-dicarboxylic acid di-n-butyl ester 
• Di-n-Butyl Phthalate 
• Dibutyl 1,2- 
• Benzenedicarboxylate 

Potential cross-reacting/co-reacting substances
• Other phthalates

How safe is it?

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