No, seriously. Just stop.
If it’s sold in stores is must be safe, right? The FDA wouldn’t allow cosmetics to be sold if they contained harmful chemicals, right? If it says “natural” on the bottle, it must be okay to put it on my baby, right? WRONG. I could go on for days, but let me get to the point before you zone out on me..
Fact is, not everything sold in stores is in safe. The FDA actually has no authority to require companies to test cosmetics for safety, and only reviews certain cosmetic color additives and active ingredients that are classified as over-the-counter drugs. If that isn’t shocking enough, here’s another one for you: The European Union has banned over 1,000 ingredients from being used in cosmetics, HUNDREDS of which are still used in cosmetics sold in the United States.
Did that one catch your attention? Chemicals that are BANNED by the EU are still used in cosmetics sold in the United States.
Here are 4 things you should stop putting on your baby right now.
The word “fragrance” or “parfum” on the product label represents an undisclosed mixture of scent chemicals and ingredients used as fragrance dispersants. In other words… the term “Fragrance” allows for a mixture of chemicals to be grouped together without having to be listed individually on the ingredients label.
Fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system. Studies show that it is a known human immune system toxicant or allergen, a human respiratory toxicant, and human respiratory irritant.
Benzyl alcohol is a naturally occurring and synthetic ingredient used as solvent and preservative and has been associated with contact allergy. It functions as an external analgesic, fragrance ingredient, oral health care drug, and preservative. Associated with immunotoxicity or allergies and has been classified as toxic or harmful by the EU.
Parabens mimic estrogen and can act as a potential hormone system disruptor. Commonly used parabens include propylparaben and methylparaben. They Function as a fragrance ingredient and preservative. In addition to being human endocrine disruptors, they are also human immune toxicants or allergens and interfere with gene expression. A high concern associated with parabens is cancer.
Petrolatum is a semisolid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum. It functions as a hair and skin conditioning agent, skin protectant, emollient, moisturizer, and UV absorber
Aside from endocrine disruption and non-reproductive organ system toxicity, a major concern of using Patrolatum is that it can contain PAHS, a known carcinogen.
Here are just a few of the many popular baby lotions that contain these harmful chemicals:
Now that you know what not to put on your baby, check out these 100% natural, pure and organic alternatives!