A few key ingredients to watch out for, and avoid, if at all possible -
-Parabens, which include methyl, ethyl, propyl and butyl.
-Benzophenone – often found in suntan lotions.
-4-Methylbenzylidene camphor (4-MBC) – sunscreens, UV moisturisers etc.
-Octyl methoxycinnamate (also called OMC or ethylhexyl methoxy cinnamate)
-Phthalates (DEP DBP DEHP) this set of nasties sometimes hide under the label ‘perfume’.
Even if they state that it’s a natural perfume, it will often be a synthetically processed
version of an essential oil unless it clearly says organic essential oil.
-Lindane (hexachlorocyclohexane), which a partially banned insecticide, used to treat lice
-Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), a foaming agent used in many self care products.
-Triclosan – anything antibacterial.
-Bisphenol A (BPA) - most commonly found in the linings of tins and jar lids and polycarbonate plastics (food and beverage containers).
-Polybrominated biphenyl ethers (PBDEs) – which are the flame retardants used in foams, plastics, electronics, building materials, cars and furnishings.
-Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) –currently banned but solvents, florescent lights, old electrical items etc, adhesives, lubricants and their by-products are still in circulation
and will leak this compound.
-Pentachlorophenol – a general biocide and wood preservative
In foods, look out for anything that isn’t a whole, unadulterated food basically. Anything, which has been processed, may potentially contain hidden additives.
-Propyl gallate, which is an additive.
-4-hexylresorcinol, also an additive.
-Phenosulfothiazine, which is a red dye.
-Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA), which is food preservative.
-Erythrosine (FD&C Red No. 3), a food colourant.
- Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) unbelievably, they not only sneak this shit into shampoos and soaps etc. but also foods.
-Soy protein and soy protein isolate.
-Pesticides, Herbicides,Insecticides, Fungicides - if the food isn’t organic, it will contain these, unfortunately. A wonderful resource for more info - https://www.pan-uk.org/key-issues/
-General xenoestrogens -
Diethylstilboestrol (DES/Stilboestrol), it was used to prevent miscarriage and is now used in palliative cancer care.
Metalloestrogens, a class of inorganic xenoestrogens, such as cadmium (often found in smoke), aluminium and lead, none of which are required by the body or good for it. Nickel, chromium, copper, cobalt are also problematic in large amounts but required as minerals in small amounts.
Ethinylestradiol and birth control pills generally.
Hormone Replacement Treatment.
Chlorine and chlorine by-products (tap water, bleached kitchen towel, toilet roll, tampons, pads…these may also contain pesticides if not from an organic source).
This isn't an exhaustive list, just a few of the most frequently occurring hormone disruptors.