Carcinogens and Baby Bath Products- a mix that should not be allowed
Mar 13, 2009
Even in the midst of rather challenging (to say the least) economic times, there are certain items worth paying extra for. For parents of children and infants- it is time to add organic skin, hair, and body products to that list. Why? The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics just released a study showing that out of 48 baby bath products including bubble bath, shampoo and lotion)-23 had small amounts of formaldehyde; 32 had trace amounts of 1,4-dioxane (an ingredient that has been banned by the EU but not by the FDA); and 17 had positive results for both chemicals, which are both known carcinogens.
Well known brands like Johnson & Johnson, Loreal, Suave, CVS, Aveeno, Equate, Huggies, Mustella, had varying amounts of formaldehyde and 1, 4, dioxane in their produts for young children. As a parent it angers me that large companies are legally allowed to place chemicals in products- especially children's products- that are known to have harmful side effects. The European Union proves to be way more diligent in protecting consumers from the toxic trash fed to us by corporations. This report should make it clear to parents- that just because it says its good for your children or all natural doesn't mean that it is.
The FDA has stated that the trace amounts are not harmful-but as the author of the article points out- everyday use of trace amounts could have a deadly cumulative effect. I feel safe in stating that as a parent- it is not worth the risk. Here is the complete list of products and how they tested- all parents should read this, you will be astounded by some of the names on this list! Toxic Tub: Product Test results
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Shannon Johnson (Bohemianliving)
A freelance writer whose favorite topics are organic foods, healthy living, and all things green. A professor of career communications, an avid yogi, a vegetarian, and a mommy.I am a beach … more
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The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is a network of nonprofit health and environmental organizations. There goal is to influence the personal care industry to remove chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, and other serious conditions, in order to protect consumer health. Campaign for Safe Cosmetics conducts in depth studies on various products and then publishes reports so that consumers are aware of the contents of products they use everyday. They also maintain a list of companies that have signed their Compact for Safe Cosmetics, and have pledged to remove all toxic chemicals from their products within three years of signing the pledge.
Their most recent campaigns have been: No More Toxic Tub, A Little Prettier, The Problem of Lead in Lipstick, to name a few. They are also pushing for companies to comply with the EU mandate of safe cosmetics, which is more stringent and comprehensive than that of the FDA. Campaign for Safe Cosmetics