Johnson & Johnshon Baby Shampoo Contains Formaldehyde! Everyone needs to know this…

When I left the hospital with my beautiful newborn baby son on February 18, 2009 the hospital so graciously gave me samples of products to take home with me. Do you think they realized that the bottle of Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo that they gave me contained dangerous chemicals??? Probably not, but they should! As of the date of this article, Johnson & Johnson still contains more than 2 ingredients that have proven to be very harmful, especially when applied to our babies’ delicate, thin skin! The ingredients are 1,4-dioxane and formaldehyde. So this makes you want to read the ingredients for skincare products that you use on your children…right?? Well, to make the situation worse, you won’t find these 2 ingredients on the list. That is because 1,4 dioxane is a biproduct that is produced when certain chemicals that actually are on the ingredient list (like sodium laureth sulfate) are made to be gentler (ironic…right???). So it is not on the ingredient list because it is a contaminant that is created in the process of making this popular baby shampoo. And what about formaldehyde? Sometimes it will be listed, but not always. Usually not on the list though because it is released from common preservatives. By the way, formaldehyde has been classified as a known human carcinogen (cancer-causing substance) by the International Agency for Research on Cancer and as a probable human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, not to mention a skin irritant. (Please see http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/risk/formaldehyde)

Okay, so now you know this info. What do you do now? Well you have taken the most important first step which is educating yourself on what is best for your little one (and YOU)! As an owner of a skincare business, I have done quite a bit of research on this topic. I do not make shampoo, but after reviewing many products my favorite line is California Baby. They don’t contain the chemicals listed above, nor do they contain other harmful ingredients such as pthalates, parabens, and fragrance (yes, fragrance is not good!) If California Baby’s products are scented, they are with organic essential oils. There are actually a lot of great product lines out there, but don’t just assume by the name that they are the best. For example, Burt’s Bees is a ‘natural’ product line, but their baby shampoo, lotion, etc contain fragrance. Many studies have been done that show ‘fragrance’ as being toxic (http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/ingredient.php?ingred06=702512).

Now if you are like me, you probably scoured your bathroom to find which products contain these chemicals. It is very likely that almost all of them do! But don’t freak out…even small, gradual changes can make a huge difference. It is also so important to have a healthy diet to keep your immune system strong so gradual changes in that department are very helpful too!

Fortunately, there are many articles such as this emerging on the dangers of the products we use on ourselves and our children. So much so that even Johnson & Johnson is launching a ‘green’ campaign with a website dedicated to their efforts (http://www.activenaturalsinstitute.com/anri/) and have even hired a famous ‘health-minded’ mom as their spokesperson. But have they removed the toxic chemicals in their products? NO! Not yet anyway…

Okay, I hope I have not overwhelmed you with TMI. There is so much to know and this is just the tip of the iceberg. I will continue to post important topics such as these to make your adventure in motherhood easier and stress-free! In the meantime, a great resource to determine which products are safe is http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.org.

Roku loves California Baby and other TRULY Natural Skincare Products

Roku loves California Baby and other TRULY Natural Skincare Products

Take Johnson & Johnson off your grocery list until they clean up their act!

Take Johnson & Johnson off your grocery list until they clean up their act!

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