AromaGize your home with essential oils
Companies know that smells evoke positive emotions within us, so aromas and perfumes have become an important part of our modern world. Most household products and cosmetics are scented, from dishwashing liquid to toilet and room deodorisers, to facial products.
However, synthetic scents are much cheaper to produce than using nature’s aromas. So instead of turning to nature, big companies turn to chemicals to recreate nature’s smells. A single fragrance can contain hundreds if not thousands of toxic chemicals.
One of the most common groups of chemicals found in synthetic aromas are phthalates (pronounced “thal-ates”). This is part of the reason why in 2010, average age for a girl reaching puberty is 10.5 years of age, where in 1860 it was 16.6 years of age1,2,3. It’s also why men exposed to phthalates are secreting less testosterone4. This is serious, because testosterone is so important for male fertility!
Phthalate exposure in the womb and early childhood has now been linked with lower IQ levels, and is one of many potential triggers for ADHD5,6.
Phthalates in personal care products and cleaning products wash down the sinks and toilets, and from there make their way into our rivers and oceans. It’s no wonder researchers7 are now finding:
- frogs with 6 or 8 legs,
- male frogs with ovaries,
- female frogs with male genitals
And of course it’s not just affecting our environment – it’s affecting our own bodies as well
So why take the risk and expose yourself and your human and animal family to synthetic fragrances?
Even if you are strong and healthy now, over time these chemicals still build up in your system to a point where they overload the liver, disrupt the hormones, undermine health and contribute to obesity.
1. Could exposure to phthalates speed up or delay pubertal onset and development? A 1.5-year follow-up of a school-based population, by Y. Zhang, Y. Cao, H. Shi, X. Jiang, Y. Zhao, X. Fang and C. Xie, Environment International. 2015 Oct; 83:41-9. Doi:10. 1016/j. envint.2016.06.005. Epub 2015 Jun 12.
2. Effects of Environmental Endocrine Disruptors on Pubertal Development, by Samim Ozen and Şükran Darcan, Journal of Clinical Research into Pediatry and Endocrinology. 2011 Mar; 3(1): 1–6. Published online 2011 Feb 23. doi: 4274/jcrpe.v3i1.01
4. Phthalates might interfere with testicular function by reducing testosterone and insulin-like factor 3 levels, by W.H. Chang, S.S. Li, M.H. Wu, H.A. Pan and C.C. Lee, Human Reproduction. 2015 Sep 18, pii: dev225 [Epub ahead of print]
5. Phthalate exposure and children’s neurodevelopment: A systematic review by M. Ejaredar, E.C. Nyanza, K. Ten Eycke and D. Dewey. Environmental Research. 2015 Jun 19;142:51-60. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2015.06.014. [Epub ahead of print]
6. Association between phthalates and externalizing behaviors and corticol thickness in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, by Park, J.M. Lee, J.W. Kim, J.H. Cheong, H.J. Yun, Y.C. Hong, Y. Kim, D.H. Han, H.J. Yoo, M.S. Shin, S.C. Cho, B.N. Kim. Psychological Medicine. 2015 Jun; 45(8):1601-12. doi:10.1017/S0033291714002694. Epub 2014 Nov 12.
7. From documentary “Poisoned Waters” (by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Hedrick Smith)