Can perfume affect your fertility and hormones?

Can perfume affect your fertility and hormones?

Is your perfume toxic and affecting your fertility and disrupting your hormones and thyroid?

 The short answer is yes and phthalates and synthetic musks are the main culprit. Firstly, lets chat about our amazing endocrine system and why we should care about it.

 According to Juice Beauty, the endocrine system is a network of glands in your body that create hormones that help cells throughout your body communicate with each other. The endocrine system is responsible for almost every cell, organ, and function in your body. In humans, the major endocrine glands are the thyroid gland and the adrenal glands. Endocrine disruptors or endocrine-disrupting chemicals or compounds are chemicals that can interfere with endocrine systems.

 A common ingredient in commercial perfumes is DEP or diethyl phthalate which is a well know endocrine disruptor. Studies have linked it to sperm damage in epidemiological studies in men and boys and unbalanced hormones in women.It has even been proven to cause early puberty in girls and increase the chances of breast cancer later on in life. Shockingly, even though it’s been proven harmful, it’s an ingredient found in most commercial perfumes on the market. Why the heck would perfumers and global perfume houses use such a dangerous chemical in the products we use multiple times a day (its found in soap, shampoo, conditioner, body creams, deodorant, skincare not just perfumes), well the most obvious reason being DEP is a SUPER cheap petrochemical and an effective solvent and fixative. Fixatives are used to adhere the scent to your skin and increase longevity in perfumes. Another baddie for our endocrine system is synthetic musks, galaxolide, tonalide etc which build up in fat deposits in our body and have been detected in breast milk and blood.

 And do you know what the worst part is? You would never even know they were in your products because they are all simply listed on the ingredients as “fragrance” to protect the corporations “secret” recipes. Im all for protecting IP but if you are using such a toxic and harmful ingredient there should be laws around making sure the consumers aware of what they are buying and putting on their bodies.

About 50% of people I talk to in my shop ask if my natural perfumes last as long as the synthetics and cite is as a reason not to make the switch to natural perfumes. My answer is always the same, giving yourself and extra spritz of perfume at lunch time is a payoff I’m willing to take if it means I’m not loading my body up with toxic carcinogenic substances. I always make sure the natural fixative notes in my essential oil perfumes are performing in the longevity department so it is possible to have natural perfume that lasts.

 If you have been thinking of ditching the synthetic perfumes why not come to one of my Natural Perfume making workshops and create your very own perfume. Check out our website for upcoming workshop dates.