Perfume is Disrupting Your Hormones and Making You Sick

Where fragrance is hiding and what you can replace it with

Chanel perfume bottles
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Do you wear perfume every day?

If the answer is yes, then you are disrupting your hormones.

Fragrances are made using synthetic chemicals that trick your body into thinking they are hormones. Anything that messes with your hormones is disrupting a delicate balance in your body.

Almost all of our beauty, body, and hair products are full of fragrance. It literally hides everywhere! Some of these products include deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, laundry detergent, body wash, lotion, face wash, foundation, and sunscreen.

The reason these dangerous chemicals are listed as “fragrance” on our products is due to a lack of regulation. All synthetic chemicals are allowed to be listed under the blanket term “fragrance”. This means that we have no idea which chemicals are hiding in our perfume and other products.

In a BCPP report, over 300 different chemicals were found in 25 different products, 75% of them being linked to chronic health problems. This same report found that some of these chemicals were linked to increased risk of breast tumors. These chemicals include benzene, 4-dioxane, oxybenzone, and phthalates. Phthalates are banned in the EU and Japan, but not the US.

What you can do

  • Stop wearing perfume and switch to using essential oils
  • Throw out all hair, beauty, & body products with fragrance
  • Better yet, replace these options with fragrance-free products as you use them up
  • Use EWG to check for dangerous chemicals in products
  • Shop Credo Beauty where they list the types of fragrances in each product

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