Perfumes, soaps linked to earlier puberty onset

December 6, 2018

The age at which puberty begins in girls has steadily been getting younger in the past few decades, and researchers have discovered evidence that supporst why this may be the case. A study found that the chemicals in personal care products are associated with earlier puberty in girls.

Professor at the School of Public Health, Kim Harley, was the lead author on the study and she said, “Specifically, we found that mothers who had higher levels of two chemicals in their bodies during pregnancy – diethyl phthalate, which is used in fragrance, and triclosan, which is an antibacterial agent in certain soaps and toothpaste – had daughters who entered puberty earlier.

"We also found that girls with higher levels of parabens in their bodies at the age of nine entered puberty earlier."

Read the full article on the Australian Journal of Pharmacy