"Phthalates cosmetics" shouldn't even be put in the same sentence. Phthalates are industrial chemicals used to make plastics. They are found in things like toys, rain coats, shower curtains, and food packaging to make plastic flexible. Companies use this chemical in nail polish, shampoo, lotion and hair spray to stabilize fragrances. It has an oily texture that makes skin feel soft. The chemical name often doesn't appear on an ingredient list because retail products aren't required to list the individual ingredients in "fragrances".
Companies are free to use whatever chemicals they want in beauty care. They advertise the "wonderful scent" of these products and we, as consumers, buy them based on how they smell unaware that this "scent" is stabilized with phthalates.
This chemical has been found to disrupt the endocrine system which is a system of glands that secretes hormones to regulate our body. Concerns consist of the development of the reproductive system where children are most at risk.
There are healthier options available. Essential oils are oils extracted directly from plants and give skin care products clean, healthy aromas in shampoos. lotions, etc.
What can consumers do? We can send a clear message to companies by leaving those chemical laden products on the shelves and choose products that are made with natural and organic ingredients.