You might also want to check out Izzy's excellent post, "Prepubertal Man Boobs and Other Not Good Things" alerting us to the lavender-scented lotion risk and other links to good information about bad products.
And...while we're on the topic, another one of my product soapboxes. I don't want to add to hysteria here. No need. But next time you run out of dryer sheets or fabric softener, before you buy your usual, consider a few things: is it safe? what are the ingredients? what byproducts does it emit to my air and leave on my clothes? does it include animal tallow and is it tested on animals?
The natural health and organic healing site offers easy-to read information and some excellent healthy living tips to avoid dangerous products but still have soft and cling-free clothes.
I use Method dryer sheets. They contain no tallow, are cruelty free, include only nontoxic ingredients, are made from biodegradable green-friendly material, smell great without being overpowering (and scent actually lasts longer), and still they manage to soften clothes and prevent cling. (no, sadly, they DID NOT pay me for this endorsement but HEY METHOD, I'M FOR SALE! So's my BLOG REAL ESTATE. But never my true and honest pinion. :) I also accept product as payment.)
I mentioned very briefly product safety the other day.
I am now getting around to the info I linked to and the credit due elsewhere for the information. I know I am sometime later than everybody posting this but eh...it gets busy around here. I reiterate my belief in products that I can read the label.
Source: Breast Cancer Fund
Women’s Shampoos and Body Wash also Contaminated
WASHINGTON — A hidden cancer-causing petrochemical has been found in dozens of children’s bath products and adults’ personal care products, in some cases at levels that are more than twice the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s lenient recommended maximum.
Read the rest of the article. (Unless you are Kyla. In which case, you already read this so just meet me at Erma's.)
Here's the list (for better viewing click to the article). Note the *. * = Product was at or above FDA maximum
Baby & Children’s Consumer Products
Disney Clean as Can Bee Hair & Body Wash (Water Jel Technologies) 8.8 ppm
Disney Pixar Cars Piston Cup Bubble Bath (MZB Personal Care) 2.2 ppm
Gerber Grins & Giggles Gentle & Mild Aloe Vera Baby Shampoo 8.4 ppm
Hello Kitty Bubble Bath (Kid Care) 12 ppm*
Huggies Baby Wash Shea Butter 4.0 ppm
Huggies Natural Care Baby Wash Extra Gentle and Tear Free 4.2 ppm
Johnson’s Head-to-Toe Baby Wash (Johnson & Johnson) 5.3 ppm to 6.1 ppm
Johnson’s Kids Tigger Bath Bubbles (Johnson & Johnson) 5.6 ppm to 7.9 ppm
Johnson’s Kids Shampoo Watermelon Explosion (Johnson & Johnson) 10 ppm*
Lil’ Bratz Mild Bubble Bath (Kid Care) 3.7 ppm
L’Oreal Kids Orange Mango Smoothie Shampoo 2.0 ppm
Mr. Bubble Bubble Bath Gentle Formula with Aloe 1.5 ppm
Rite-Aid Tearless Baby Shampoo 4.3 ppm
Scooby-Doo Mild Bubble Bath (Kid Care) 3.0 ppm
Sesame Street Wet Wild Watermelon Bubble Bath (The Village Company) 7.4 ppm
Adult Consumer Products
Clairol Herbal Essences Rainforest Flowers Shampoo 23 ppm*
Olay Complete Body Wash with Vitamins (normal skin) 23 ppm*
Suave Naturals Passion Flower 2.0 ppm
Thanks to Kyla (who I already mentioned), and Jenny via Mommy off the Record for the heads-up.
Copyright 2007 Julie Pippert
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