For a long time I have had my suspicions about the harmful effects of synthetic fragrances and perfumes on hormonal balance and glandular function. Many men and women literally cover themselves in fragrance daily which enters the body via the olfactory system and the skin.

The chemicals in fragrances used act on the endocrine system via binding to hormone receptor sites and accumulating in fatty tissue in the nervous system and brain. This then disrupts the hormonal balance over time and I believe is one of the most common triggers for PCOS, PMDD, endometriosis, infertility, cysts and fibroids. I also believe that there is then a close correlation between overuse of perfumes effecting the thyroid gland and leading to metabolism issues and eventually fatigue and weight gain.

Laboratory tests commissioned by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, and analyzed by EWG, found a total of 38 chemicals not listed on the labels in 17 name-brand fragrances (such as Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Bath & Body Works, Old Spice, Calvin Klein, and more).2

The average fragrance product contained 14 chemicals that were not disclosed on the label (along with another 15 that were listed!). The report noted:

“Among them are chemicals associated with hormone disruption and allergic reactions, and many substances that have not been assessed for safety in personal care products.

Also in the ranks of undisclosed ingredients are chemicals with troubling hazardous properties or with a propensity to accumulate in human tissues. These include diethyl phthalate, a chemical found in 97 percent of Americans and linked to sperm damage in human epidemiological studies, and musk ketone, a synthetic fragrance ingredient that concentrates in human fat tissue and breast milk.”

It has been shown that essential oils when inhaled can be detected in the urine a matter of hours after being inhaled or applied to the skin. What we think is staying on the skin is actually entering the blood system rapidly. Conversely the harm synthetic perfumes cause, essential oils can have the opposite beneficial effect. Essential oils used as perfume such as lavender, rose and sage actually cleanse the hormone receptor sites and can act to balance endocrine function.

Happy hormones works to cleanse the hormone receptor sites in combination with balancing endocrine function to restore hormonal balance. I would strongly suggest to only use perfumes on cloths and spray them in a well ventilated space to prevent absorption via the skin and airways. Why knowingly put chemicals into your body when we know there are issues. Try natural essential oils such as Rose and Vitex oil which have naturally balancing effects on the endocrine system and hormonal system.

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About Jeff Butterworth:

Jeff Butterworth B.App. Sc, N.D is a Naturopath with over 20 years experience specialising in treating hormonal disorders. Jeff developed the Happy Hormones program after discovering a unique way of treating hormonal disorders - by focusing on endocrine balance rather than hormonal levels - which gives long-lasting and dramatic results.