Much has been written about particular ingredients contained in products that pregnant women use. However, emphasis should also be placed on the tubes and containers that hold these products. Toxic chemicals can be found in plastics that can seep into products exposing pregnant women via skin contact when applying products from these containers.
DBP (Di-n-butyl phthalate) can be found in a variety of plastic containers. A recent study by Dr. Ge in Shanghai Hospital found an association of phthalate exposure and low birth weight in infants. Low birth weight infants had 5 to 10 times higher levels of DBP and mono-2 ethylhexyl phthalate (MEHP) in cord blood and meconium samples. Two hundred and one newborn/mother pairs born at term showed 88 with birth weights less than 2,500 gms and 113 with normal birth weights when no other differences between the groups could be found except the levels of phthalate between the groups. Infants with high DBP exposure were 3.5 times more likely to have low birth weight and those with high MEHP exposure were associated with shorter birth length.
Another study from the University of Cincinnati showed bisphenol A or [BPA], another common additive in plastics, can be harmful to the heart in women. In the past it was demonstrated that bisphenol A or [BPA] was associated with neurologic defects, diabetes, breast and prostate cancer. Now research has shown that exposure to BPA can also increase the frequency of arrthymias, especially in the presence of estrogen in rats and mice.
The Beauté de Maman product line has been very careful about eliminating any harmful chemicals in the plastic tubes and containers that hold the natural, herbal ingredients. Special effort has been made to guarantee safety in both ingredient choices and in the materials used to hold the products. No phthalates or bisphenol A were used in any of the plastic containers that hold and store our products.