I’ve talked about my disappointment with big brands having nasty chemicals in their baby lotions and soaps. Toxic baby bath ingredients should not be tolerated. Here is an excerpt from a post by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. I’m quoting a portion here because I think it is so important for mommies and mommies-to-be!
“More than two years after leading health and parents’ groups asked Johnson & Johnson to reformulate its flagship baby shampoo to remove a cancer-causing chemical, the company is still using formaldehyde-releasing preservatives in Johnson’s Baby Shampoo in some countries (including the U.S.), while formulas sold in other countries are free of these chemicals, according to this analysis conducted by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.
Why the double standard? Don’t all babies deserve to be protected from unnecessary exposures to carcinogens?
We’re calling on Johnson & Johnson to stand up and make a commitment to remove formaldehyde from all its baby products in all the markets it serves.
Between July and October of 2011, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics purchased and reviewed labels of Johnson’s Baby Shampoo sold in 13 countries to see if the products contained quaternium-15, a chemical preservative that kills bacteria by releasing formaldehyde.
We found that Johnson’s Baby Shampoo sold in the United States, Australia, Canada, China and Indonesia contains quaternium-15, while Johnson’s Baby Shampoo sold in Denmark, Finland, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Sweden and the U.K. contain non-formaldehyde preservatives.
Obviously, it is possible for Johnson & Johnson to make baby shampoo without formaldehyde, and that’s what the company should be doing in all countries.
The Problem with Quaternium-15
Quaternium-15 releases formaldehyde into cosmetics products. Formaldehyde is classified as a known human carcinogen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The National Cancer Institute, the World Health Organization and the National Toxicology Program have all identified a possible link between formaldehyde exposure and leukemia.
Formaldehyde and quaternium-15 are also potent allergens that can trigger rashes and other skin inflammation problems. The North American Contact Dermatitis Group considers quaternium-15 to be among the most clinically significant contact allergens in children.”
UPDATE: Johnson & Johnson has said that they will remove carcinogens from baby products by 2015 (read about it here).
For more on what toxic ingredients to avoid in skincare products, read this post.
What are some safer alternatives for your baby’s bath? Here are some of my favourites:
What do you use in your baby’s bath?
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