Johnson’s Baby Shampoo Contains Toxic Chemicals?! Yikes!
I washed my son’s hair with Johnson’s Baby Shampoo last night, but I’m not freaking out right now -- even though I just read that the shampoo has two potentially cancer-causing chemicals in it: dioxane and quaternium-15 (which releases formaldehyde -- eek).
According to the Associated Press, The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is attacking Johnson & Johnson for continuing to put those chemicals into its shampoo -- since they’re carcinogens -- despite 2.5 years of pushing them to stop. They’re asking consumers to boycott the company, noting that dioxane is also included in Johnson’s Oatmeal Baby Wash, Moisture Care Baby Wash and Aveeno Soothing Relief Creamy Wash (also made by J&J). Johnson & Johnson says there are only trace amounts of the chemicals in the products and their ingredients have been approved as safe by US regulators -- but they also say they plan to phase out those chemicals over time. (So does that mean they’re admitting they shouldn’t be using them?)
Sure, it’s scary, but the thing is, I’ve got a two-year-old who’s already been exposed to countless chemicals (and germs!), not a newborn with a sensitive scalp. Still, next time I’m at the store, I might consider checking out some other baby shampoo labels, just to see what their ingredients are.... Heck, maybe I’ll switch after all.
What do you think? Do you use Johnson’s Baby Shampoo? Will you consider switching brands after reading this report?
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