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Bathtime Fun With Carcinogens :: New Report From The Campaign For Safe Cosmetics

What happens when giving a bath to your child is actually causing more harm than good? Could we actually be making them clean on the outside while adding contaminates to their insides? The answer is a resounding "YES!"

Two days ago, a new report and article were released by the Campaign For Safe Cosmetics which confirmed that many of the baby products being sold today contain carcinogens and other health threatening contaminates. Not surprising to me, but still frustrating, especially when some of these products are being labeled as "natural" or "pure."

In an independent study, sponsored by the CFSC, a lab tested several common children's products for 1,4-dioxane and formaldehyde - two known carcinogens that are completely unnecessary and never labeled (because they are bi-products of other ingredients.) The study showed that at least one of these contaminates showed up in the majority of the products they tested and in some cases they were both present. Grrrreaaat.

In the report, No More Toxic Tub, the findings are all laid out clearly for you to see. You're going to want to pay attention to the astounding number besides the Johnson's Baby Shampoo, amongst others like Baby Magic, Mustela, Suave, American Girl, Sesame Street, Huggies, Pampers, Gentle Naturals and much, much more. And you need to be aware of this nugget of info below and I suggest making a trip to your bathroom right now and compare the back of the bottles:

Common Ingredients Likely To Be Contaminated With 1,4-dioxane:

+PEG-100 stearate
+Sodium laurel sulfate

Common Ingredients Likely To Be Contaminated With Formaldehyde:

+DMDM hydantoin
+Imidazolidinyl urea
+Diazolidinyl urea
+Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate

I know there are some people who would ask what the big deal is, since most of the time these nasties are found in such small quantities that they wouldn't pose a risk to anyone. The problem with that logic is that we have to think about the whole rather than just the part, especially when it comes to our kids. There's a lot going on inside those little bodies that we can't see. There's also a lot going on in their environment that we can't see. From the type of laundry detergent we use on their clothes to the food they eat, it's important that we protect them as much as we can from things that may compromise their health - now or in the future.

The thing is, there is no reason why these toxins have to be in these products - they just are because they've been allowed to be. We have the choice as consumers to stop buying these products and instead pick products that are actually worthy of touching our children's skin. With this new information, we are even more equipped to make better choices for our family.

Wondering where you can find some alternatives? Check out some of my previous posts here:

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