We have just a few more weeks left of our whole home detox!
Here’s what we’ve covered so far!
Since we covered shower routines last week I’m going to let that lead us to children’s products in the bathroom. Long before I gave a hoot about my own personal care products I started paying attention to what I was using on my kids. It developed mostly after necessity when my son started developing eczema and dry skin. While some of my first steps were to remove things like dairy from my diet as well as his (I was still breastfeeding him at that time) I also took a good hard look at the products I was using on him.
I’ve been to shower after baby shower and looked at so many registries that are filled with a very popular brand of baby product. You all know I do my best to not speak badly about any company in particular and I ask you to do your own research. I’m pretty sure you can figure out the brand I’m referencing without me even having to type it here. But seriously, do your research. I urge you to use the apps that rate your products such as the EWG Healthy Living App and go scan your products, especially those baby brands!
I mean look at these cuties! Would you want to put harmful products on them? Uh no! So I’m guessing you probably don’t want to put them on your sweet kiddos either!
Here’s the scoop on ingredients you need to be avoiding in your baby/kid products via the Never List™:
Polyethylene glycol (PEG): PEGs are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. Depending on manufacturing processes, PEGs may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, which are both carcinogens.
Ethanolamines (TEA): surfactants and pH adjuster linked to allergies, skin toxicity, hormone disruption, and inhibited fetal brain development. Found in: hair dyes, mascara, foundation, fragrances, sunscreens, dry cleaning solvents, paint, pharmaceuticals.
Formaldehyde: used as a preservative in cosmetics. A known carcinogen that is also linked to asthma, neurotoxicity, and developmental toxicity. Present where quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3 diol (Bronopol), and several other preservatives are listed. Found in: shampoo, body wash, bubble bath.
Parabens (methyl-, isobutyl-, propyl- and others): a class of preservatives commonly used to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. Parabens are endocrine (or hormone) disruptors, which may alter important hormone mechanisms in our bodies. Found in: shampoo, face cleanser, body wash, body lotion, foundation.
1,4-dioxane: a carcinogen linked to organ toxicity, may be found in as many as 22 percent of the more than 25,000 cosmetics products in the Skin Deep database, but you won’t find it on ingredient labels. That’s because 1,4-dioxane is a contaminant created when common ingredients react to form the compound when mixed together.
Fragrance: considered a trade secret, so companies aren’t legally bound to disclose what chemicals make up the scent. It is often dozens- and can be even hundreds of chemicals.
Coal tar: a byproduct of coal processing that is a known carcinogen. It is used as a colorant and an anti-dandruff agent. Found in: hair dye, shampoo.
Propylene Glycol: Propylene glycol is a small organic alcohol commonly used as a skin conditioning agent. It has been associated with irritant and allergic contact dermatitis as well as contact urticaria in humans; these sensitization effects can be manifested at propylene glycol concentrations as low as 2%.
Mineral Oil (also listed as liquid paraffin; liquid petrolatum; paraffin oil): a by-product of petroleum distillation that may cause contact dermatitis. Found in: baby lotions, cold creams, ointments.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS and SLES): SLS and SLES are surfactants that can cause skin irritation or trigger allergies. SLES is often contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a byproduct of a petrochemical process called ethoxylation which is used to process other chemicals in order to make them less harsh. Found in: shampoo, body wash, bubble bath.
The good news is, there seem to be a lot of great options that are now on the market that offer safer alternatives! Some of the brands I’ve tried are Honest Company, Babyganics, California Baby, and Beautycounter.
Beautycounter Kid’s Collection (Not a Knot Conditioner, Nice Do Shampoo, Super Duper Clean All Over Body Wash):
Beautycounter Better Baby Care Set (Baby Balm, Soothing Baby Oil, Gentle All Over Body Wash):
Beautycounter Calming Diaper Rash Cream (cloth diaper safe):
Beautycounter Baby Daily Protective Balm (so versatile can be used for baby bottoms, chapped skin, cuticles, and even bumps, cuts,and eczema).
Beautycounter Citrus Mimosa Body Lotion (great for the whole family!):
So what are YOUR favorite products for your kiddos? Are you surprised that these nasty ingredients are allowed in kid’s products? I sure was!