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Mommy Alert! Toxins

Just when you cleared out the bisphenol A baby bottles and recalled toys, now a study shows that phthalates, the chemicals that make plastics flexible and are used in fragrance making are a cause for concern.

An Associated Press article said a small study shows that the products you use to freshen up baby — from shampoo to lotion — can potentially cause reproductive problems. To see what the study found,

It said:

In the study, they were found in elevated levels in the urine of babies who'd been recently shampooed, powdered or lotioned with baby products.

Phthalates (pronounced thowl-ates) are under attack by some environmental advocacy groups, but experts are uncertain what dangers, if any, they might pose. The federal government doesn't limit their use, although California and some countries have restricted their use.

Animal studies have suggested that phthalates can cause reproductive birth defects and some activists believe they may cause reproductive problems in boys and early puberty in girls.

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enhancinglives enhancinglives 8 years
Meant to add this in my previous post. The link below is an article recently in the news regarding Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo and Baby Magic Lotion which contain 1,4-Dioxane, a known cancer-causing ingredient. Not mentioned in the article but I know for a fact, is that both J&J Baby Shampoo and Head to Toe Baby Wash both contain Quaternium-15 which is Formaldehyde....what dead bodies are embalmed with! Should be absolutely illegal to put this in any product! Both of their labels read, "Keep these products out of reach of children". Please view this article at I help educate families how to shop for better, safer, more cost-effective everyday products. I can be reached at
enhancinglives enhancinglives 8 years
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Iris-Grossman Iris-Grossman 9 years
Hi- I work on the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies Baby business and we understand your concerns. But it's worth clearing up a few things, since this is an important issue for any parent... We use only one of the many phthalates -- diethylphthalate (DEP) -- in some of our personal care products, as a component of fragrance preparations. Both the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel, an independent, nonprofit panel of scientists and physicians who assess the safety of personal care product ingredients in the U.S., and the Scientific Committee on Consumer Products (SCCP), the body that advises the European Union Commission on safety matters related to cosmetics, have determined DEP to be safe as used. DEP has been extensively researched and is not linked to reproductive toxicity or endocrine disruption. The pictures and some of the blog comments posted here are simply inaccurate as to which of our products contain DEP. But, again, we know that people are concerned, so even though DEP is widely considered safe as used, we'd encourage you and your readers to call 1-866-JNJ-BABY to ask our consumer contact center any questions about specific products. Thanks! Iris Grossman Communications Director, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc.
mamafog mamafog 9 years
Seems like nothing is safe anymore. We use Dr. Bronner's soap.
sweetnshy5282 sweetnshy5282 9 years
wow these are scary times when you have to worry about what chemicals are in the food you eat, the household cleaners you use and now even the shampoo to wash your children! the FDA should be paying more attention!
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 9 years
Lovehenry we use Jason's Organics, Tom's of Maine toothpaste (w/out flouride), Aubry's dish/laundry soap, and SOME of the Kiss My Face products (their bar soap did awesome on my son's eczema flare up). Avalon Organics is great too but they tend to be a bit more pricey. Hope that helps! VitaCost is another good place to get products. (And if you're interested for yourself, Erth Minerals makes awesome makeup, chemical free)
Buffy Buffy 9 years
So scary...can we trust anything for our kids anymore??
Ikandy Ikandy 9 years
It seems like nothins is being tested for safety. I recently found out about baby powder/talc causing respiratory problems in this.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Lilsugar, you should post articles about hormones in foods causing premature puberty. This is a HUGE problem that nobody wants to face.
lovehenry lovehenry 9 years
What about Burt's Bees? Are those products safe? It's crazy because the Johnson and Johnson baby shampoo has been around for 1,000 years and now this is just coming out. LilRuck - thanks for the suggestions - anyone else know of any product lines?
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 9 years
Crap - this is some scary shuff!
katedavis katedavis 9 years
I've been using Method Go Naked Hand Wash ( and All Free Clear detergent (, both of which are dye and fragrance free, but I would love to find some fragrance free products for babies. I'm so glad now that I always use Aquaphor on my son instead of the Johnson baby lotion! Does anyone know of any great fragrance free baby products? I found that Huggies makes a fragrance free baby wash. I also looked on LuckyVitamin thanks to LiLRuck44. The products they have say they are lightly scented. Are they all natural fragrances so there are no phthalates? What about Lush products like this one:
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
I had no idea that phthalates were in fragrances too! I knew it they are in plastics... but fragrances? This scares me so much!
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 9 years
I'm glad this is turning up mainstream. We've always known about these dangerous ingredients. (I googled every ingredient when I was pregnant with my first) They have really inexpensive all-natural/organic products from We order from them every other month or so. Jason Organics makes an awesome smelling shampoo for kids...
bastille_75 bastille_75 9 years
I'm so glad this is getting into the mainstream!!! My sister read an article about this 5 yrs ago when she was pregnant with her oldest and went to using all natural fragrance free products and checking labels - according to the article she read sometimes when a product label says "fragrance" it means there are phthalates even if the label does not say phthalates!!! Also, if you have any question call or email the manufactures to ask what their products contain!!!
macneil macneil 9 years
I am so scared about this! I couldn't breastfeed and used plastic bottles from day one, and am terrified that my daughter will be sterile or have reproductive disorders as a result. I do wish we lived in less complicated times and didn't have to wait and see what all the conveniences of our age will produce in generations just born.
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