Perfumes and hormones
Did you wear perfume today?
Millions of women around the world use perfume everyday, the once occasional luxury is now a daily thing but is this wise?
What is in your perfume?
There is a growing body of evidence that perfumes actually have more than the label indicates and that isn’t a good thing, so one has to read between the lines.
Do you know that in most perfumes there can be toxic chemicals which some believe are endocrine (hormone) disruptors, these are called phthalates. 
Perfume or fragrance on a label can hide many other ingredients which are rarely listed! Thus, what you are using on your skin or spraying on your body is somewhat of a mystery to the consumer as labels are not necessarily the whole story.
Proprietary blends can be known by the manufacturer but a mystery for the consumer. The skin care industry can well do with being more transparent.
CTV in Canada covered the perfume issue, with an interesting film piece on many well known perfumes. Learn what is in perfume in this CTV news video.
Hormone disruption is a serious issue.
You need hormones to regulate many processes in your body and as many menopausal women will say, having the hormones messed with is not a joyful experience.
Yet you might be (unknowingly) using perfumed personal care products that contain perfumed ingredients, there is a lack of consistency in labelling so knowing what to look for helps.
I stopped wearing perfume some ten years ago after I found out that phthalates were very often found in perfumes.  Phthalates are widely thought to be endocrine disruptors and are thought to contribute to reproductive issues.  Smelling nice isn’t worth that!
I simply avoid products that say ‘parfum’ or ‘fragrance’ on the label.
Read your labels
Rick Smith, co-author of Slow Death By Rubber Duck says fragrance can be “a hide-all word.”
If your perfume has ‘fragrance‘ or ‘parfum‘ listed on the label that can indicate that phthalates are present, but seeing as phthalates are not listed on labels your guess is as good as mine as to whether there are phthalates present or not.
Read Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie’s excellent book “Slow Death By Rubber Duck” talk much more about phthalates in their book!
That means that a vast majority of perfumes may contain toxic chemicals unless the company just uses essential oils. I have bought a Miessence perfume for years now, and it is just essential oils.
There are a fortunately a growing number of companies that use just essential oils rather than toxic ingredients.
Some natural perfume options:
Tsi La Perfumes – $45
One Seed company made in Australia $89AU
Miessence – solid perfume. (affiliate link). This is a limited edition product so will be available until the end of 2015.
Smelling beautiful need not be toxic!
Actually your own natural smell is far often more attractive than a perfume. Why not try it?
What perfume do you like that is toxin-free? Tell us on Twitter
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 Reuters: Babies absorb phthalates from baby products
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