TRIPHENYL PHOSPHATE

What is it?

“Triphenyl phosphate (TPhP) is the chemical compound with the formula OP(OC6H5)3. This colourless solid is the ester (triester) of phosphoric acid and phenol.” Wikipedia

What are the effects?

This ingredient belongs to the groups:

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) classifies the ingredient as “very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects.”

ChemSec’s SIN List, a database of chemicals likely to be banned or restricted in a near future, includes triphenyl phosphate and writes;  “has endocrine disrupting properties. Exposure through dust in humans has been associated with decreased sperm concentrations. Studies in fish show altered levels of estradiol and testosterone, increased levels of vitellogenin and impaired reproduction.”

How is it used?

Triphenyl phosphate is used as a flame retardant in many consumer products, materials and electronic equipment. In cosmetic products*, it is most commonly found in nail polish.

We use the European Commissions definition of Cosmetics:
“Cosmetics range from everyday hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, and toothpaste to luxury beauty items including perfumes and makeup”.

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