Per Fume Harms Your Hormones

As the holidays grow closer, one gift that will be on many a shopping list is perfume. I used to think that this was the perfect gift for my relatives and friends. There’s no better way to show you care than with the lovely gift of scent. Unfortunately rather than giving a thoughtful gift, I was giving a bottle of trouble. Have you ever thought about what it is that makes  fragrance smell that way?

When I finally found out about the term “fragrance” I had to give up my favorite scents…because my heath and my hormones are much more important to me than smelling good!

When you see the word “fragrance” on an ingredient list of a perfume or cologne, that word alone can mean thousands of  chemicals that the perfume manufacturer isn’t even required to tell you about. Such information is considered “trade secrets.” Well it is time to let the secret out!


Phthaltes are toxic chemicals that mix to create your special perfume scent. These are the ingredients known to you as “fragrance.” Phthalates are hormone disruptors which mimic estrogen and interfere with testosterone in our bodies. Excess estrogen can cause fibroids, cysts, and cancer. Phthalates  also alter and disturb the thyroid, which controls metabolism and all the hormone production in the body. Phthalates are  especially dangerous for pregnant women! One phthalate, DEP or di-ethyl phthalate, has been shown to cause damage to reproductive health in male babies.

Perfume may smell nice but it  really isn’t all that pleasant. In addition to many toxic chemicals that it contains, perfumes  trigger asthma, allergies, and irritation.  It can cause migraines in some people who are simply affected by smelling it.  I few years ago (before I knew all this) I bought a well known fragrance from Sephora. After using for a few weeks, I started to develop itchy red bumps on my arms where I applied the perfume. So as you can see, the chemicals in perfume can also irritate the delicate skin. Speaking of the skin, when you apply perfume all these hormone disruptors enter into the bloodstream directly. All this risk just to smell nice. Now that you know, make an educated decision. There are many wonderful and much safer alternatives available. Stay tuned…I will discuss these in my next blog post.

Stay natural…stay beautiful…go green!



Robin started her career as an educator of children and has now become an educator for adults everywhere who want to know the truth about what they put into their bodies through the skin. She is passionate about educating people to make better health and beauty choices.
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  • Jen

    Loved your blog. Readers might also be interested in another article I found, about beauty and dry eyes. It can be found here at this website:

  • All Women Stalker

    oh dear, maybe that’s why whenever I wear perfume, my skin feels hot and icky

  • Danika @ Your Organic Life

    I love perfume, but refuse to use chemical ones anymore. Now that I haven’t used them for a few years, they no longer smell good to me. They just smell like chemicals.

    I was so glad when Miessence came out with certified organic perfumes so I could start wearing perfume again without endangering my health and the health of the people around me.

    You can check them out here:

  • Robin Adler

    Thanks for your comment. I agree with you. Commercial perfumes used to hold so much allure for me, now like you, they just smell like poison….literally. I haven’t had a chance to check out the Miessence perfumes yet, but I hope to try them soon. I’ve heard great things!

  • Danika @ Your Organic Life

    You should definitely try them. They are great. I expected them to be floral because of the essential oils, and I’m not a floral person but the base notes on some of them are really earthy and work really well for me. We have 3 that are unisex and my husband likes to use them.

    When you are ready to try them we sell sample bottles that will last between 12-30 applications. Or, if you want to do a review let me know and I’ll send you one.

  • Amy

    I had no idea how toxic a perfume could be. I haven’t had an opportunity to even use perfume since having my daughter! But I’m glad to know that there are great options out there that won’t cause me harm.

  • Robin Adler

    I didn’t know either, Amy! Who knew poison could smell so sweet?? I’m glad you enjoyed the post and thank you for commenting. Getting people to comment is like getting them to go tot he dentist sometimes! LOL

  • Alexa

    Wow, I never thought about how toxic perfumes could be! While I’m trying to be green as best I can for my family, I never thought of my perfumes! I’m going to have to check out Miessence line of perfumes. I’m glad they are not all floral smells as I’m not fond of that scent. Does anyone know of a light fruity scented one that is organic? Thanks for posting this. I really enjoy your website ;0) Alexa

  • Robin Adler

    Hi Alexa,

    I am just like you…I go for more of the fruity scents too! My favorite toxic perfume used to be Light Blue by Dolce and Gabana which has lots of citrusy fruity notes…it hurt to give it up! You may want to check out this review I did of Golden Earth perfumes….my favorite one was the “Fresh” which was a bit fruity! I think you might like it. Of course, you can always make your own fragrance with a little essential oils…I’ve not tried this yet but it makes me think of a potential how to video very soon on this! Thanks so much for commenting and I’m glad you enjoyed the post. :-)