Johnson & Johnson No More Tears Baby Shampoo has been a staple of many children’s baths for years. The issue is that a number of Johnson & Johnson products contain carcinogenic chemicals and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has been pushing to remove these chemicals of concern from their products since 2009. Only in August of 2012, has Johnson & Johnson committed to removing these chemicals and providing more transparency in their ingredient listing by 2015. In addition to their popular baby shampoos, the Johnson & Johnson family also includes common baby brands such as Desitin and Aveeno. Forbes provided a good summary of the chemicals found within the Johnson & Johnson family of products and the timeline for addressing the concerns. Update as of Jan 2014: The “No More Tears” products no longer contain the two chemicals of concern – formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane! Information on their updated ingredient policy can be found null. As an alternative, we used the following non-toxic, organic products:
Lafe’s Organic Foaming Baby Shampoo and Wash
In researching baby wash and shampoo, we found a number of good products which had a low score on the EWG Skin Deep Cosmetic Database. We decided on using Lafe’s Organic Foaming Baby Shampoo and Wash due to its score of 0, its ingredients and the fact that even its packaging is BPA free. It is free of parabens, propylene glycol, pesticides, SLS, artificial preservative, artificial dyes or colors and is vegan, cruelty-free, fragrance-free and hypoallergenic. Lafe’s Organic Baby Shampoo and Wash has a score of 0 on EWG Skin Deep Cosmetic Database. Check out Lafe’s Organic Foaming Baby Shampoo and Wash on Amazon.com!
We have been really happy with Lafe’s Baby Shampoo. Now that our child is a toddler and getting a bit dirtier, we alternate with Avalon Organics Baby Shampoo & Body Wash which seems to get a deeper clean. This wash contains no parabens, synthetic colors or fragrances, phthalates or harmful sulfates. It is 100% vegetarian and the product line does not perform animal testing. This body wash does contain more ingredients than Lafe’s and has a rating of 3 on the EWG Skin Deep Cosmetic Database.
Note that as of January 2013 they have recently updated their formula with a purple label that indicates “NEW, More Sustainable” and includes a flower image above the word “baby”. The older version that we currently use has a picture of an orange duck with “sulfate-free” on the label. The new formula includes sodium benzoate as a preservative. For this reason, the recommendation is to purchase this locally to see if the older version is still being stocked. Check back for updates on additional recommendations as it looks like we need to find another product!
New Option Update – February 2013:
We researched numerous other shampoo and body wash brands and decided on Dolphin Organics. We purchased the Fragrance Free Shampoo and Body Wash for our son and it leaves him squeaky clean! This shampoo has received a rating of 1 on the EWG Skin Deep Cosmetic database. Dolphin Organics was started by parents of twin girls who wanted to ensure that the products they were using were made of all natural and organic ingredients. I especially love their ingredient listing on their packaging. They clearly list all ingredients with a column for organic, natural and artificial to show that every ingredient contained in their products are either organic or natural. Check out Dolphin Organics Baby Shampoo and Bodywash on Amazon.com!