Cosmetic companies are getting very sneaky about how they describe there baby products. You will mostly see the words ‘All Natural’ or ‘Plant Derived’. This kind of makes me wonder how they define plant — the kind that grows in the ground, or the kind that produce things (a.k.a. a factory). Caring for your babies skin shouldn’t be this hard. Here is a list of the 5 most common chemicals lurking in those mile-long ingredients lists. The following are ingredients commonly found in your commercial brands of “all-natural” baby care products, and can even be found in products at your health food store.
5 Toxic chemicals found in baby products
1. Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil
Whether we eat them or rub them into our skin, all oils should be organic or, at the very least, certified non-GMO. That’s because toxins like to hang out in fat cells in both plants and humans. This means oils have a higher concentration of toxins within them, and our skin absorbs what we put on it.
2. Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate
Sodium stearoyl lactylate (say that three times fast) is an emulsifier produced from vegetable oils such as GMO, conventionally grown soybean oil and palm oil.
3. Benzoic Acid
While some ingredients may be tested and declared safe according to industry standards, they may not be appropriate for babies. Benzoic acid is a preservative that comes from berries, apples and other natural sources. However, there have been some concerning studies suggesting that it’s related to skin irritation and reduction in organ weight. Benzoic acid and ascorbic acid (vitamin C) have been known to combine under certain circumstances to create benzene, which is carcinogenic.
Cetearyl Alcohol is a mixture of cetyl and stearyl alcohols that can come from vegetable or synthetic sources.
Parfum is another word for fragrance. Most companies don’t reveal the origins of their proprietary fragrances, so it’s difficult to tell exactly what specific risks they pose. Fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system.” So why include perfume in baby care products? Most likely, it’s to cover up the smell of the hydrogenated oils and other ingredients.
Safe Baby products
|Mint Toothpaste||Breast and belly Balm||Body Cream||Sunflower Body Wash|
|Hand wash concentrate||Barrier Balm||Desert Flower Shampoo|