Childrens Bath Products Contaminated With Formaldehyde and 1, 4 Dioxane

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics published a press release On March 12th outlining their findings from independent studies and some tips on what to do. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics tested dozens mainstream baby care products ranging from Johnson & Johnson, Baby Magic, Suave and Mustela and found formaldehyde and 1,4 dioxane in many of them

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics commissioned an independent laboratory to test 48 products for 1,4-dioxane; 28 of those products were also tested for formaldehyde. The lab found that:

This new report is very disturbing.

-17 out of 28 products tested – 61 percent – contained both formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane.

-23 out of 28 products – 82 percent – contained formaldehyde at levels ranging from 54 to 610 parts per million (ppm).

-32 out of 48 products – 67 percent – contained 1,4-dioxane at levels ranging from 0.27 to 35 ppm.

From The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics: Formaldehyde contaminates personal care products when common preservatives release formaldehyde over time in the container. Common ingredients likely to contaminate products with formaldehyde include quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea and diazolidinyl urea.

1,4-dioxane is a byproduct of a chemical processing technique called ethoxylation, in which cosmetic ingredients are processed with ethylene oxide. Manufacturers can easily remove the toxic byproduct, but are not required by law to do so. Common ingredients likely to be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane include PEG-100 stearate, sodium laureth sulfate, polyethylene and ceteareth-20.

What we as parents can do : (tips and list taken from Safe Mama)

-Less is More.  Use less products.. .babies and kids don’t need that many products to be clean.  Especially babies… their skin is already perfect, skip the lotion.

-Pick Safer Products: We’ve compiled lists of product lines that use natural and less synthetic ingredients and we are constantly reviewing safe baby care lines on our site.  Formaldehyde and 1,4 dioxane are often by-products of synthetic chemical processing so the more natural the better. Check out our Safer Skin Care Cheat Sheets.

-Avoid synthetic fragrances, dyes, or products with a huge list of ingredients that you don’t recognize.

Mainstream baby products might label themselves as “pure, gentle… just like water” or whatever else they claim but in reality, they’re not.  They’re cheap, yes, but it is worth it?