So what does not cause cancer or have other possibly horrible or scary consequences? It seems like every time I read an article I discover another product that maybe unsafe. Non-toxic toys, organic food, free and clear laundry soap, natural cleaning supplies… where does it end???!!!
This week I am questioning bath products. Recently a friend posted a link on her blog to the environmental working group: safe cosmetic database, where several baby bath products were tested and found to have various levels of toxicity. Really? It is exhausting…
When Ava was born we were given some Mustela products, which I now love. The smell of her bath soap is so yummy and instantly reminds me of my little Ava. Of course, these products did not test clean, now what? I went ahead and researched all the products I currently use on Ava. Below is where I stand on our choice of products:
Pampers sensitive wipes, which we use, were rated higher in toxicity than the regular unscented wipes. The unscented wipes however, seem to sting her when there is even the slightest trace of diaper rash. For now I am sticking with what works.
Bourdeaux Butt Paste had low level concerns but it tested better than most and since we use it so sparingly I decided it is a keeper. It also works wonders!
Eucerin Original Moisturizing Cream tested with low concerns and was highly recommended by our pediatrician.
I still LOVE my Mustela products but will be trying the California Baby line for bath wash and sunscreen. It received low toxicity scores and great reviews from parents and can be found at Babies r Us and Target.
Keep in mind that the EWG findings are currently the only research that has been done on this topic. Most of the toxic chemicals detected are often trace amounts created by a chemical reaction in the manufacturing process, they are usually not added intentionally and there is no evidence that they do in fact have any long lasting negative consequences. I am sure that there will be a long line of studies to follow this report.
Something to think about: Just because something occurs naturally does NOT mean it is good for our bodies. Are there studies being done on “natural” substances and their long term affects? Look at lead, a naturally occurring substance; it took years to determine its effects. Even naturally occurring ingredients can create chemical reactions that in turn have a different effect than they did isolated from one another. Finally, many children have allergic reactions to natural fragrance and ingredients. Bottom line: there is no easy answer, make decisions that you can live and feel comfortable with when it comes to your family!
Another link to check out is, Safe Mama, where I found a review of California Baby. It is also the only site I was able to find a review on Method bath products. Beware it is absolutely pro-natural and organic you will get information on one side of the debate and often the products they recommend are more difficult to find. Still it is informative and worth checking out.