July 07, 2016

6 Dangerous Ingredients in Traditional Bath Products

dangerous ingredients in bath productsWhen it comes to buying bath products, consumers typically go for their favorite scent, or a popular brand when choosing what to buy. However, what many fail to consider is probably the most important aspect of them all.

The ingredients used in these bath products should never pose a threat to your body or your health. This is why we as moms worked with a physician to formulate a line of eco-friendly, plant-based bath, skin and hair products for babies and kids! Be sure to keep an eye out for these dangerous ingredients in traditional bath products:

1. Fragrance 

Fragrance is one of the most common ingredients added to bath products, either to create a particular scent or to mask the odor of the other chemicals that are used. Also, this term is used as a “catch-all” for any secret ingredient companies wish to use. These chemicals can sit in your skin for hours, and cause respiratory, neurological, skin, and eye damage.

2. Propylene Glycol 

This chemical is a penetration enhancer that is easily absorbed by the skin and may be carcinogenic. Its primary function is to open up the pores and let the other ingredients in your bath products in. Especially for children, bath products should never be this invasive.

3. 1,4-dioxane 

This chemical is a tricky one because previous studies have shown it to be found in around 60% of baby soaps, but it’s never listed as an ingredient. If you see any ingredients that contain the letters “eth,” this is an indicator of the presence of this harmful chemical (plyethylene, sodium laureth sulfate, etc.).

4. Parabens 

Parabens are one of the worst ingredients because they’re pretty much everywhere. Found in soaps, body washes, shampoos, and moisturizers, they’re even used for products marketed toward babies. Parabens are neurotoxins that are linked to reproductive, hormone, and skin problems.

5. Formaldehyde

Up until last year, Johnson & Johnson was admittedly using formaldehyde in its “No More Tears” baby shampoo. Although they have since stopped, you can imagine how many other companies may be using harmful ingredients in their bath products. This is a highly dangerous chemical that has been linked to cancer. Stay away!

6. DEA 

DEA, or diethanolamine, is absorbed into your skin very easily and has shown to be very carcinogenic. More specifically, it’s linked to kidney and liver cancers. This is an ingredient that is added to many soaps and bath products for preservative affects. Keep an eye out for DEA and NDEA.

eco-friendly baby safe bath time products for kids and babiesWritten by Leslie Presant, Owner of Bathtime Baby & Kids

Bathtime Kids & Bathtime Baby is a luxurious, eco-friendly baby safe bath time products for kids and babies that is gentle and formulated with all plant-based ingredients, skin nourishing vitamins, and antioxidants that protect and care for children’s delicate skin.

When the Bathtime Baby& Kids co-founder was expecting, she found natural/organic baby products completely greenwashed due to a corrupt industry that allows products to market themselves as natural but still contain ingredients with harsh chemicals and endocrine disruptors. She was motivated to create a better, safer skin care line of vegan bath products for kids. The result became a collection of natural and organic baby products that are paraben-free, propylene glycol-free, phthalate-free, petroleum-distilates-free and hypoallergenic.

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