HORMONE DISRUPTORS—REDUCING YOUR EXPOSURE
It’s virtually impossible to go through life without exposure to toxic chemicals. They are everywhere—in our air, water, food, things we put in our bodies and on our bodies. One important way these chemicals can adversely affect your health is through disruption of your endocrine system, which is the group of glands in your body that make hormones (http://www.yourhormones.info/hormones/):
It has been thought for some time that these chemicals can cause early onset of puberty, especially in girls, and that the exposure may begin before birth through the use of these products by the mother:
As you can see, hormone disruptors are commonly found in cosmetics and personal care products. Additionally, they are commonly found in plastics which is how most commercial toothpastes are packaged. Products containing undiluted essential oils should probably be packaged in glass or certain other non-plastic containers. While it may be difficult to completely get away from plastic packaging, I believe it is prudent to reduce your exposure when possible.
My attempt to reduce my exposure (and that of my family) to these substances led me to develop my own toothpaste, skin care products, and perfumes. All of my products are non-toxic and free of preservatives. With one or two exceptions, they come packaged in glass containers.