Companies are beginning to use fewer phthalates in personal care products including perfume and hair spray, according to a study from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. A 2002 study found that more than 70%
of 72 products tested contained the chemicals; a new test of 12 perfumes, deodorants and hair sprays that previously had high phthalate levels showed that nine had eliminated or reduced levels of the chemical. However, John Bailey of the Personal Care Products Association said he doesn't see a trend and that companies have no reason to phase out phthalates. He noted that the FDA views the phthalate used most often in fragrances as safe.