Estrogenic Chemicals

Estrogenic Chemicals disrupt the endocrine system, a network of glands and hormones that regulate many bodily functions. These glands produce hormones that are released into the bloodstream, relaying information about growth, metabolism, sexual development, and egg and sperm development to different parts of the body.

Our bodies are continuously exposed to hundreds of estrogenic chemicals on a daily basis. Some are natural, while others are not. Those that are not are potential endocrine disruptors that interfere with our body’s normal functions. They can keep estrogen levels continually high and above the natural levels. When this happens, problems can surface.

Here is a list of Estrogenic Chemicals to be on the lookout for


This chemical is found in the female flowers of the hop plant. It has long been used as a preservative and a flavoring agent in beer, but is now being found in some herbal preparations for women for breast enhancement.

Aluminum salts

These are a form of metal and work by blocking the pores that produce perspiration. They are found in antiperspirants and may be listed in the ingredients on the bottle as aluminium chlorohydrate or aluminium zirconium.

Coal tar

This is a black, viscid liquid distilled from coal and used to make a variety of products, from dyes to pavements. It can be found in shampoos, dandruff scalp treatments, and anti-itch rash creams.


These are the building blocks for many silicones. Some widely used ones are: hexamethylcyclotrisiloxane (D3), octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4), decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) and dodecamethylcyclohexasiloxane (D6).


May be found in moisturizers, facial cleansers, shampoos, conditioners, body washes, eye shadows, mascaras, nail treatments, and flame-retardent products.


This aromatic organic compound is an active ingredient in several skin creams that are used for depigmentation of melasma–pigmented areas–age spots and scars.  It is often found in skin fader/lighteners, hair bleach and colors, facial moisturizer/treatments, and powders.


These phytoestrogens, a plant-derived chemical that mimics the biological activity of the hormone estrogen, can be found in breast enhancers.


These synthetic preservatives that are found in 99% of conventional cosmetics such as shampoos, conditioners, body washes, tooth whiteners, toothpastes, facial cleansers, sunscreens, moisturizers, and astringents.


A substance added to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity. They can be found in products including nail polish, moisturizer, eye shadow, and fragrances.


These absorb ultraviolet light but also penetrate the human skin. They can be found in sunscreens and cosmetics with sunscreen in them under the ingredients labeled 3-(4-methylbenzylidene)-camphor (4-MBC), octyl-methoxycinnamate (OMC), octyl-dimethyl-PABA (OD-PABA), bexophenome-3 (Bp-3) and homosalate (HMS).


It is a common solvent, able to dissolve paints, paint thinners. It may appear on ingredients labels as phenylmethane, methylbenzene, or toluol and can be found in nail polish and treatments.


This antibacterial agent found in a variety of products, including moisturizers, hand creams, shampoos, conditioners, liquid soaps, antiperspirants, and toothpastes.

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