I’ve been standing on my soap box (no pun intended) for the past year trying to warn you all of the dangerous chemicals found in our every day household products manufactured by trusted brands like Johnson & Johnson. This week major media outlets like the Huffington Post and Forbes are finally reporting the news that the Campaign For Safe Cosmetics came out with 2 1/2 years ago – Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo contains formaldehyde-releasing preservative quaternium-15, as well as the chemical byproduct 1.4-dioxane. Formaldehyde and 1.4-dioxane are known carcinogens. The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission has reported that “the presence of 1.4-dioxane, even as a trace contaminant, is cause for concern,” and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services added formaldehyde to its list of known human carcinogens in June 2011. Johnson & Johnson responded by saying it is reducing or gradually phasing out the chemicals. They said in a statement that formaldehyde-releasing preservatives are safe and approved by regulators in the U.S. and other countries. Yeah, well, agent orange was also considered safe once.
Gradually phasing out?? Is that something you as a parent are willing to wait for while you rub a known carcinogen on your baby? Even though the levels may be low, why risk it? Especially when there are natural, safe, effective and affordable alternatives.