There’s a new report out that reveals some daunting information that will make you want to think twice about your babe’s bath products. Oh no, what now, right?
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics published a report that says several children’s bath products are contaminated with the cancer-causing chemicals formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane. This isn’t the first time you’ve probably heard similar information; a study came out in 2008 that focused on organic personal products. However, this new study called, “No More Toxic Tub,” is the first to document the widespread presence of both formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane in bath products for children, including baby shampoos, bubble baths and baby lotions. The group says Formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane are known carcinogens; formaldehyde can also trigger skin rashes in some children. The report said that unlike many other countries, the U.S. government does not limit formaldehyde, 1,4-dioxane, or most other hazardous substances in personal care products.
Just a few of the products tested are:
- CVS Baby Shampoo (CVS/Pharmacy)
- Suave Kids 2-in-1 Shampoo – Wild Watermelon (Unilever)
- American Girl Real Beauty Inside and Out Shower Gel – Apple Blossom (Bath & Body Works)
- Equate Tearless Baby Wash (Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.)
- Grins & Giggles Milk & Honey Baby Wash (Gerber Products Company)
- Huggies Naturally Refreshing Cucumber & Green Tea Baby Wash (Kimberly-Clark)
- Sesame Street Bubble Bath – Orange Mango Tango (The Village Company)
To see all of the products tested and results go here. Per usual, there’s no need to be alarmed, so don’t go and toss out all of your bath products. The big picture here is, it’s all about being smarter consumers and to be aware of what you’re buying and using. I mean, who doesn’t want the best for their kid?
Once again, I’ll take the opportunity to tout the awesomeness of natural products. With this latest report, I thought I’d share some alternatives to the more questionable products that were included in this latest study.
These are my top picks: