I am Super Sensitive

…to toxins in my tub! From the people who brought you Skin Deep, a new study released March 2009 called “No More Toxic Tub” documents the widespread presence of formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane, known carcinogens, in children’s bath products such as shampoos, bubble baths and lotion.

You might ask why these ingredients aren’t listed in the ingredients list, but they are often, sort of. You might be surprised to know that contaminants such as Formaldehyde and 1,4 dioxane do not need to be disclosed because legally they are not considered ingredients. The code words quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea and diazolidinyl urea indicate Formaldehyde, acting as a preservative, as a by-product. Products that contain PEG-100 stearate, sodium laureth sulfate, polyethylene and ceteareth-20 indicate contamination with 1,4 dioxane. Why you need to carry a dictionary with you to know what’s in your baby products is a whole other issue… But read your labels!

While you’re at it, look at some of the ingredients in your own product line up. You’d be surprised to see how toxic your make-up can be. You might be thinking that the levels might be so tiny, trace as they like to call it… but if you think about your own and your children’s daily exposure, a little can add up over time. The toxins don’t exactly go anywhere, they just build up. If your child is having an “allergic” reaction to her shampoos or lotions, that allergy might very well be attributed to formaldehyde or 1,4 dioxane… make the switch to simpler ingredients, fragrance free products… Ava’s favorite is California Baby’s Super Sensitive Shampoo and Body Wash with a toxic rating of 0-1 and is available at Target and widely available.

Check Out:
EWG’s Safety Guide to Children’s Personal Care Products.

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  • Formaldehyde Council

    With all due respect, the report from EWG has a number of serious flaws that one could only detect by taking a closer look at the report. Here are just two sources who came to a conclusion that supports J&J's position — that their baby care products are safe and that altering their formulation in a manner consistent with what you're demanding in this forum would actually make the products less safe.

    Click here and here for more details.

    The irresponsible party in this case is the Environmental Working Group, as they are needlessly panicking parents all around the world with accusations that are bogus and without foundation.

  • Alicia

    With all due respect to you, Formaldehyde Council, exactly what level is safe and who determines that? Did you, the chemical industry, decide that “just a little poison” won’t hurt my baby?

    Thanks anyway. I’ll take EWG’s straightforward information and make my own decision on what to bathe my child in. And I can guarantee that it won’t be formaldehyde, because there are too many other affordable non-toxic options out there.

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