One of the best things about having a baby is that new baby smell. Sniffing their little head is intoxicating. (What is it about that, anyway? I can’t get enough!)
When my first baby was born, I loved bathing her in Johnson & Johnson’s. I loved the way it smelled. Nothing else smells like that soap.
But one day I read an article saying that Johnson & Johnson puts toxins in their baby soap! (What?!)
At first I didn’t want to believe it. My favorite soap, toxic?
Where to research your baby soap
I decided to research it for myself. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has a great website where you can plug in cosmetic products to see if it contains any harmful chemicals.
They rate the product on a scale from one to ten. (With ten being the most hazardous.)
My favorite head-to-toe wash scored a 4. Which doesn’t seem all that bad. But once you start looking at the ingredients…yikes!
According to the EWG, that aforementioned wash contains the following toxic ingredients:
– PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate
– Cocamidopropyl Betaine
– PEG-150 Distearate
– Sodium Hydroxide
– Tetrasodium EDTA
Not only are those hard to pronounce, but they are linked to allergies, immunotoxicity, organ system toxicity, and irritation.
Not exactly what a baby’s sensitive skin needs, eh?
It’s a marketing ploy
Recently I was watching an episode of Teen Mom (don’t judge) and one of the moms had her kid in the sink giving her a bath. The baby took the bottle of Johnson & Johnson baby wash, and started drinking it! The mom laughed it off and said, “That stuff’s non-toxic right?” Ahhh!!! I wanted to yell at the television!
You see, major companies spend millions of dollars on advertising, making us believe that their products are safe. But are they?
Even brands like Dove and Aveeno have questionable ingredients, despite how they advertise those products. I recently got a sample of the brand new Dove baby wash in the mail. I wasn’t optimistic, but I glanced through the ingredients anyway to see if it looked okay. Um, no. I wouldn’t put that stuff anywhere near my baby.
A better choice
I decided to choose a safer option for my kids. I’ve tried many products, but right now my favorite is Dr. Bonner’s Castile Soap. It scored a one on the EWG database, which is the lowest score possible.
It’s both organic and fair trade. The best part? A whole bottle goes a long way. With castile soap, it should be diluted.
I purchased an empty foam soap container on Amazon for my baby shampoo/wash. I fill it with water and then add roughly 2 tablespoons of Dr. Bonner’s. (You can use distilled water if you don’t want it to look cloudy.)
What baby shampoo do you use and love? Click here to visit the EWG and see how your favorites rank in safety.
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