When my daughter was a toddler she went through a faze where she would refuse to take a bath. In an effort to make the bath more fun we tried toys, games, pink soap, fun towels and I wanted to try bubble bath. I started looking for a bubble bath product that was organic and toxin-free but to my surprise it was not an easy task. An even bigger shock to me was how toxic some of these “baby” bubble bath products were and all of the terrible chemicals that were on the label. One would think that products marketed for children and babies would be safe to use but unfortunately that is far from the truth.
The three reasons why I don’t let my children use bubble bath are the three most common toxins I’ve seen on bubble bath labels.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate & Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is an surfuctant which is used in products to make a lather. SLS is a skin irritant, so much so that it is widely used as a skin irritant when testing products used to heal skin conditions. There have been conflicting reports over the years about a link between SLS and cancer but at this point there is no solid evidence that proves this is the case. A 1983 report published by The American College of Toxicology found that even at concentrations of less than one-half percent it can result in skin irritation and higher concentrations showed severe irritation and even corrosion of the skin. In addition to skin irritation, there are some findings that link SLS to hormone imbalance and low fertility.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate is sometimes used as a replacement to SLS because it is said to be less of an irritant. The problem with this is it has high contamination risk with the chemical dioxane which is a suspected carcinogen and lasts in the body for a long time because the liver cannot metabolize it effectively.
The biggest problem with seeing “fragrance” in the ingredient list is that companies do not have to disclose what chemicals their fragrance contains. Federal law doesn’t require companies to list any of the chemicals in their fragrance mixture on product labels. Research from the Environmental Working Group found an average of 14 chemicals in 17 name brand fragrance products, none of them listed on the label. Fragrances can contain hormone disruptors and are among the top 5 allergens in the world. It is rated a level 8 on the EWG Skin Deep Database which suggests it is a highly hazardous ingredient.
Parabens are estrogen mimicking preservatives that are present in many cosmetic products. There are many different types of parabens, the most concerning are Propyl-, Isopropyl-, Butyl-, and Isobutyl- parabens. The European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Products has determined that these types of parabens may disrupt the endocrine system and cause reproductive and developmental disorders. They have also been linked to breast cancer.
As unfavorable as these three ingredients sound, they are not alone in the chemical cocktail mixture in many baby bubble bath products. Here is the profile for a baby bubble bath product shown on EWG Skin Deep Database…
As you can see it’s a high level risk and it’s rated level 8 (high hazard) on their rating system. What is even worse is that the bottle says with “lavender & chamomile” which makes it almost seem like its natural when in reality it’s anything but!
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