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Poisoning Your Baby Softly with Your Baby Soap

By Danielle |

Are they really that dangerous?

The internet is buzzing about a topic I covered here back in July. I wrote a post about the skin-deep cosmetics database and the levels of sometime-toxic chemicals going into products we are frequently using on our babies.  For example, soaps, shampoos, and lotions.

For years, I have been dying to see some of the more popular brands pulled, and the brands that are actually safe for our children plastered in full page ads inside every pregnancy and baby magazine known to man, but of course we know how publishing and advertising works, right?

Then today, Jezebel, one of my favorite reads out there, actually took on Johnson & Johnson and the two ingredients in their products which have been linked to carcinogens.  Yup, you know those things that are believed to increase the chance of cancer.

“Moms who buy special shampoo for their babies probably assume that they aren’t rubbing carcinogens into their precious child’s head during every bath. If they live in the U.S., there’s a good chance they’re wrong. Health and environmental groups have been pressuring Johnson & Johnson to remove two potentially cancer-causing chemicals from its popular baby shampoo, and for some unfathomable reason, they’re dragging their feet.”

The two ingredients are dioxane and quaternium-15.  Dioxane has been linked to being a possible carcinogen, and quaternium-15 actually releases formaldehyde … yeah, the stuff they actually preserve dead bodies with.  GROSS AND SCARY!

And now Johnson & Johnson has a possible boycott on their hands!

Yesterday, the campaign sent Johnson & Johnson a letter signed by 25 environmental and medical groups, including the Breast Cancer Fund, Environmental Working Group, Friends of the Earth, American Nurses Association, Physicians for Social Responsibility and Green America. It’s demanding that the company commit to removing the chemicals from all of its products by November 15, and calling for a boycott until it does so.

Good for them!

Someone has to protect our children, and it seems like the problem continues to be swept under the rug no matter who takes on the giant, money-making, child product company.  For a company that claims to be so concerned about the well-being of children, and involved in so many child-related charities … it is time for them to step up and put their money where their mouth is!  Even if it means they have to eat millions in products!

Would you consider boycotting Johnson & Johnson in light of these more public developments?

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15 thoughts on “Poisoning Your Baby Softly with Your Baby Soap

  1. Ana A. says:

    I already boycott Johnson & Johnson. Glad something is finally being done to pressure them in removing those chemicals.

  2. Jessica says:

    I’ve haven’t purchased any of their products in three years, since I learned more about natural living! Glad to see others are noticing.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’m sorry but there are carcinogens in *everything* these days. The air itself is FULL of them. Are you going to boycott breathing too? Bet you don’t vaccinate either because of all the stuff they put in there. Feed only organic food you grew yourself, do you? If you ever gave your kid a chicken nugget? French fries? Yeah…you just gave your kid cancer. Way to go.

  4. Sara says:

    I also already boycott their products. The only widely available “safe” baby products I could find on the database were California Baby (at Target), so that’s what we use.

  5. brittney says:

    what products are good to use on my son cause i just threw all my johnson to johnson products away cause they had these two ingredents in them

  6. Emily says:

    I’m so glad that you wrote that post back in July- I had just had my son and immediately returned/threw away all of my Johnson’s products and did a lot more research on safer baby soaps. This is way too scary to ignore!

  7. Brenda says:

    Before people boycott, think, are you vaccinating your kids? There are the same and worse ingredients in those. Be consistent!

  8. Meagan says:

    @Brenda Without getting into a debate about which chemicals are actually in children’s vaccines, I see a pretty major difference between unnecessary chemicals in SOAP and a vaccine which protects our children from life threatening diseases. Personally, I don’t think “consistency” is what is called for, and as the mother of a baby too young to be fully vaccinated (and as an asthmatic) I’m grateful that most people agree with me.

  9. KristenB says:

    Why are there earth mama angel baby products in the pic in front of the J&J bottle? They are completely all natural ingredients, 100% Usda organic, safe products. A great alternative. Was that the reason you put them there or are they being lumped into the same category, if so I strongly disagree. on a side note, California baby is also great! We use that;)

  10. KristenB says:

    Also adding:
    Love this post and the truth being exposed. Please research everything you give your baby! I had no idea about a few things until I did my research and basically changed everything I bought pre-baby to safer, natural/organic products. I know not everyone can afford some of the healthy alternatives but for the things thats truly count its worth it.
    Your investing in your child’s future health and thats priceless;)

    1. Danielle625 says:

      KristenB – I put the EMAB stuff in there, because that is ALL I will use in my house. I was gifted the J&J stuff for my second baby shower with Addison.
      It is still sitting on top of her dresser sealed.
      I HIGHLY recommend EMAB for those who are looking for SAFE alternatives to J&J!

  11. Melody says:

    I wholeheartedly agree with Megan. Vaccines protect us, baby shampoo is a cleaning agent. Vaccines have a plenitude of studies worldwide to certify their safety and efficiency whereas Johnson and Johnson is a private company and doesn’t submit to the amount of testing pharmaceutical companies go through.

  12. Claudie914 says:

    I will now! I have plenty of J&J products and will now go through all of their engredients and trash those that are harmful. This was the same issue with all of the plastic bottles and sippy cups that our kids were being exposed too some years ago and it took many of us boycotting and calling the actual companies to complain and make them change their products, which is why you now see products with BPA free. We have to stand up to these big corporations and the FDA and show them that we don’t have to buy products that we feel are not safe for our family. Enough is enough!

  13. KristenB says:

    Thanks Danielle625, I totally agree they are great! Thanks again for the post!!

  14. Tori says:

    Without your explanation, the photo of the EMAB products lumped in with the J&J bottle and the caption “Are they really that dangerous?” is confusing.

    I love EMAB. I also like Earth’s Best and Avalon Organics. They are safer without the hefty price tag that many organic brands carry.

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