Posts Tagged With: body wash

Safe bath stuff for all the family?

Continuing on in my quest for good & sane products for my children and us, available here in Australia…  (see previous posts on sunscreen and chemicals)

I’ve been reading so much about the potential ill effects of fragrance, phthalates, petrochemical byproducts, SLS etc and cannot believe that some of the most trusted companies (Johnson & Johnson, Pantene, Nivea, l’Oreal et al – actually pretty much everything on a supermarket shelf) include these potentially carcinogenic or hormone/endocrine-altering chemicals. Unfortunately due to our arcane labelling laws, just because a product might be freely available here doesn’t mean that it is totally safe! It is time to start deciphering labels, however painful that may be. Luckily, you have me for that.

With this info utmost, I’ve come across some lovely stuff from the billie goat soap company. Listed on the bottles is this:

“Our products do not contain: Sulphates, Parabens, Propylene Glycol, Silicones, Phthalates, Mineral Oils, DEA, Ethoxylates, Petrochemical cleansers.”

What they do use is mainly fresh goats’ milk & essential oils, with a few other skin-friendly ingredients. I’ve already used quite a few of their products: 

Billie Baby Milk Baby Body Wash (great for Olly’s sensitive skin)
Billie Goat Soap Moisturiser (rubs on white but soaks in quickly, very light and leaves little residue) Billie Goat Soap Hand & Body Wash (very gentle: my hands are really dry from all the constant cleaning and wiping and washing up – it’s helping to prevent them looking like lizardskin) 
Plain Goats’ Milk Body Bar (a natural soap that lathers rich & creamy but beware! you need to keep it dry between washes or it mushes).

Hooray! I love them… they don’t use colour or synthetic fragrance. Do yourselves a favour and check them out. Available from Healthylife stores across Australia.

ps I’ve just read that they were recently on national telly – is that a good thing or bad?!

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Baby Bath Wash etc – organic greenwash?!

I’ve recently been doing my bit to rid the house of sodium lauryl sulphate, especially in my children’s bath wash & shampoo. One product I’ve been using is the Natural Instinct range, and I’m starting to think I’m being taken for a ride with its ‘Organic’ labelling… on the Natural Instinct Natural Baby Bath Wash bottles it is printed: No Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (amongst other things) but then in ingredients the second listing is Sodium Laureth Sulphate (plant derived). What’s the diff?

I read this today from Dr Mercola:
HEALTHBIT: Sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, a common chemical in cosmetics, could be putting you at risk for hair, skin and eye damage, immunological problems, and even cancer.

Skin Deep says:
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate
scores 3 out of 10
– linked to cancer in government or academic studies
– linked to developmental and reproductive toxicity
– has restrictions and warnings in countries other than Australia
– linked to toxicity of one or more biological systems in the body
– linked to irritation of the skin, eyes or lungs according to government assessments
– linked to neurotoxicity & endocrine disruption

Sodium Laureth Sulphate
scores 4 out of 10
– may be contaminated with toxic impurities, many of which are linked to cancer
– linked to organ system toxicity
– linked to irritation of the skin, eyes or lungs according to government assessments

Oh good, well that clears it up then…? From where I sit right here I don’t think that the ‘plant derived’ bit on the bottle means much with regard to lack of irritation or potential harm minimisation, instead I think it’s a type of greenwash, meant to make unsuspecting parents think they’re doing the best for their kids. It even says ‘No Harmful Chemicals’ on the bottle! How disappointing.

I’ve just trolled down through all the list of ingredients for the A’kin PureBaby Softening Body Wash & Shampoo (why they need to ‘soften’ a  baby’s body is beyond me (!) but they’ve checked out ok, nothing on the list scores more than a 2 on the evil scale. So A’kin it is! And Australian made & owned, hooray!

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I’ve always thought that I was pretty clued-up in regard to additives and nasties in personal and home products, however in the last few years my eyes have really been opened to the evils of what surrounds us… chemicals in food, tin cans, baby bottles, containers, shampoo  & body wash etc, house cleaning products, toys – the list goes on and on of previously trusted products with potentially hazardous or even carcinogenic ingredients. My house has been purged as much as possible from these silent killers but has it been too late? It feels like every year cancer in its various guises gets closer to us and more and more people that we know are struck down, and younger and younger.

Reading ‘Slow Death By Rubber Duck’ by Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie  earlier this year , amongst other things sent all our children’s bath toys straight into the bin; and subscribing to their Environmental Defence site has us rid of perfume and commonly available body and hair cleaning products. Alas their information covers mainly Canadian and North American companies and I find it almost impossible to glean any equivalent quality Australian-based info.

Let me give you all the information I have found!

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