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Hormone Disruptors (xenoestrogens) in Personal Care and Cosmetic Products and What This Means for Your Health.

Updated on July 13, 2012

Do something.


You wouldn't put estrogen cream on your entire body, would you?

Not knowingly, right? Most of us are smart enough to know that the human body regulates hormones pretty effectively. Both men and women have specific levels of both estrogen and testosterone in our bodies. Throughout our lives these levels vary, depending on which stage of life we are in. From childhood to old age, hormones play a vital role in health.

Over the past 8 years my knowledge about hormone disruption has continually increased - and the chemical companies making this garbage are keeping up at an alarming pace. The more I learn, the more they stuff these nasty chemicals into every product on the market. There are over 800,000 toxic chemicals that go into everyday products from toothpaste to Lysol, to Febreeze to hand lotion.

Spend one single day looking at each product you put on your skin, or into the air you breathe - then ask yourself: Are all of these products really necessary? Are you supporting something that you believe in or following societal norms to fit an image expected of you? Are you supporting evil corporations with your purchases? Do these companies care about your health, safety and well being?

Do you ever notice how your pets leave the room when you fill the air with Febreeze or Lysol? This is not coincidence. These disgusting contaminants are harmful to pets, to children, and to you.

TED Talks: Toxic Baby

But, it doesn't say "estrogen" on the label... How can this be?

This information is provided by Wikipedia - and while this particular entry can be bit technical, and overwhelming, its excellent information. Here's a list of common ingredients that your body will uptake via the skin, and recognize as hormones. What this means is that you get the effect of the hormone, and your body may produce less of it's own to compensate.

If you haven't already, please watch the video above, so you can understand how prevalent these chemicals are in the human body. They are found in tumors, and in the cord blood of newborn infants. This isn't junk science - and this issue must be brought to light.

The VERY first ingredient to avoid: Fragrance (aka Parfum). This chemical concoction can contain literally HUNDREDS of synthetic chemicals from the list below. The only thing the FDA requires companies to tell you is that it's "fragrance". A great place to read about "fragrance" is here at the Cosmetics Database. You can also read thousands of studies on PubMed. Don't let the sweet smelling names fool you. There is almost no regulation on what is put into fragrance. That's why self-regulation is important.

On to the list:

Bag It: How plastics get into our bodies, our oceans, our food supply.

Do something about it.

It can become overwhelming to realize that if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. Don't give up! Make small changes in your life and in your shopping habits that create an impact.

Buy less plastic. Support companies who support our planet. Put your money where your mind is. We need you, our earth needs you. Every one of us has to step up. Start thinking for yourself, and stop allowing corporate giants make us sick. Pull your dollars from any company who does not fit your belief structure and be part of this important change. Start now. A great place to find clean, safe cosmetics and household cleaners is at Safe Clean Cosmetics.

Please rate and comment. I'd love to hear how you feel about this issue.


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    • mariacolomy profile image

      Maria Colomy 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I don't mind at all! Very flattered and I really appreciate the link. Sorry I didn't respond sooner :) Thanks for the read, and the share.

    • Gail Meyers profile image

      Gail Meyers 5 years ago from Kansas City - United States

      Great hub! I'm going to link it as a related resource to my Breakthrough by Suzanne Somers hub if you don't mind.

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      Maria Colomy 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I'm not sure which ingredient, specifically, but I do know that it takes a TINY bit of work to get it to lather (my guess is the cellulose). I can tell you the first time I used the shampoo and conditioner my comment was... my hair feels like HAIR!!!!! LOL - I haven't dyed or processed it in over 10 years, so it's already healthy, but the ends felt like Barbie hair. Now it's just soft, and super shiny. I was also pretty disturbed when I looked up my so-called organic shampoo (Nature's Organics, Organix, Yes! to Tomatoes) and found that they were all toxic.

      The shampoo compromise is a tough one! Almost as difficult as the deodorant battle LOL :)

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I also have crazy frizzy hair especially in the Summer so now am eager to try. Any idea what makes it lather? A zero ranking is even better!

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      Maria Colomy 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I was concerned about the same. They've reforumlated - and the new stuff is excellent (and now a zero - but the database isn't updated yet!). It does lather nicely (not like the cheap stuff, but certainly well enough to bend). I completely know what you mean - it took me a while to find the right shampoo - I am SO picky about my hair. It leaves it so silky that I can actually let it AIR DRY and it's shiny (not frizzy). That's saying a lot for me, I'm hispanic and my hair is heavy, plus I live in the south - which means FRIZZ. LOL!

      I was even able to stop using my anti-frizz serum! I have a travel size that I'd be willing to part with, if you would like to try it.

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      The shampoo might be worth a try since it is a 1 on the cosmetics database. Although I'm curious how it lathers without toxic chemicals. Chemicals are what typically causes that lather I love in commercial shampoos that I gave up.

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      Maria Colomy 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I totally understand! I tried and fell in love with Ava Anderson products (especially the shampoo!). I actually decided to become a consultant because the message is really important. Please let me know if you'd like to try anything Ava - or feel free to check out my site at :) (Yes, I'm a pusher, too!) LOL!

    • healthylife2 profile image

      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Great hub! I've learned good smells don't equate with cleanliness. After a serious health issue I've made it my mission to replace all household cleaners,cosmetics,and skincare products. Although cosmetic databases are a great help I have to learn which products actually work from trial and error so it's a process.


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