Chemicals in Cosmetics and their Impact on Fertility

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Chemicals in Cosmetics and their Impact on Fertility

While I was struggling with infertility, I learned the huge link between what we put on our bodies and how it can affect our hormones and fertility.

Written by Crystal Leochko Owner of Fertility Blooms and Bloomiss

Bloomiss was founded from a hunt for clean beauty products. The products were created to help all women eliminate toxins and chemicals from their daily beauty routines.

I loved all the beautiful smells of lotions, body butters, sprays, etc, and didn't realize the damage they were doing.

My mission then became to have clean products available to women that smelled delicious, while not harming them. Chemicals can be found in many of the products around the house, but did you know that some of the most harmful ones can be found in cosmetics, and skincare products?

Research studies have also found that exposure to these chemicals and toxins, can be linked to many health problems, including fertility. We live in a world where toxins hide behind the labels of the bottle, with many dangerous products entering the market, and then entering our bodies.

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Three dangerous chemicals when it comes to fertility.

Parabens - What are they?

Parabens are a group of chemical preservatives found in various products including pharmaceutical drugs, foods, and cosmetics. Cosmetic products can spoil due to their biodegradable components, which has caused manufacturers to add this chemical in an effort to increase their shelf life. Examples of harmful parabens include: Propylparaben, Isopropylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben.

Where can they be found?

Many of these parabens can be found in certain face and skin cleansers, sunscreens, moisturizers, shampoos, conditioners, and make-up products.

Why are they dangerous?

  1. Easily absorbed through the skin with cosmetics (parabens are endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), and can trick our body into thinking that the toxins are hormones).Linked to the disruption of hormones and damage to reproductive organs of both females and males. A high concentration in the body can also negatively impact the birth outcome.
  2. Linked to the disruption of hormones and damage to reproductive organs of both females and males. A high concentration in the body can also negatively impact the birth outcome.
  3. Paraben concentrations have been found in breast cancer tissues, which may link them as cancer-causing properties.

Phthalates - What are they?

They are a type of chemical that has been found in various products and has been especially popular in the cosmetics industry. The most common phthalate found in cosmetics is diethyl phthalate (DEP) used for fragrance purposes as a preservative and solvent.

Where can they be found?

The FDA website states that in the past, Phthalates have been found in:

  • Nail polishes - to create a smooth finish and reduce cracking - dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
  • Hair sprays - to create a more flexible liquid that prevents a stiff layer from forming on the hair- dimethyl phthalate (DMP)
  • Fragrances - used as a dissolving agent and preservative (dimethyl phthalate (DMP)

Why are they dangerous?

Although they will be found in relatively low quantities, the problem occurs when these concentrations add up in the body, especially overtime.

  1. They have been linked with permanent damage to the male reproductive system, specifically reducing the sperm count. They are also considered hormone disruptors, which can contribute to infertility.
  2. This group of chemicals may also cause damage to organs such as the kidneys, lungs, and liver. Cosmetic companies in the U.S do not have to disclose the specific phthalates listed for fragrances, as per FDA regulations. Therefore, if you want to decrease your exposure to phthalates, it’s best to avoid products that have “fragrances” listed in their ingredient section.

Dioxins - What are they?

Dioxins are a group of chemical compounds that are highly toxic. They are not used as an ingredient in beauty products, however, traces of it can be found as a by-product of the manufacturing process.

Where can it be found?

  • Environmental pollution, pesticides
  • Fragrances (trace quantities in cosmetic products and tampons

Why are they dangerous?

  1. Dioxins are suggested to be carcinogenic (cancer causing) which is why it is best to avoid this chemical.
  2. It is an endocrine disrupter, linked to health problems such as decreased sperm quality, abnormalities in reproductive organs and fertility problems.
  3. They are not listed as ingredients, which makes it harder for consumers to identify products that contain this chemical. By opting for naturally made products, you can reduce your exposure to this chemical.

At Bloomiss we strive for clean, natural beauty, which is why all our products are clean, natural, and where we can, are 100% organic, and ensure that they are paraben, chemical, and dye free.

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We know the dangers these chemicals and toxins can do to our fertility. We created a non-profit called Blooming Hopes Fertility to help those struggling with infertility. We raise awareness, provide education and resources, as well as help with the financial pressures.

Bloomiss donate $1 from a lot of our products to the Blooming Hopes Fertility Program. We have a list of these product HERE:

If you are struggling with fertility, please reach out to me, we have support groups (online) once a month as well as coaching and programs to help you with your fertility journey.

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