From the moment we found out that I was pregnant with Katie, I became obsessed with researching the ways in which I could give her the best possible start in life.
One of the most helpful resources I found in those early days was Skin Deep, an amazing database that ranks the safety of cosmetics and personal care products in the following categories: skin care, makeup, hair care, nails, eye care, feminine hygiene, dental and oral hygiene, and fragrances. One of their main goals is to provide information to protect children, babies, and infants in the womb from harmful toxins.
The Skin Deep database, put forth by the Environmental Working Group, utilizes an easy to understand traffic light system that helps you to rather quickly learn whether a product is safe, if you should use it with caution, or if you should avoid it completely.
In those early days, I had visions of Katie fresh from the bath, with that familiar Johnson & Johnson scent.
A quick search of the Skin Deep database for Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Head to Toe Baby Wash was shocking. Skin Deep gave it a yellow light, with a ranking of 4, which they call a moderate hazard, since the fragrance used raises neurotoxicity and allergies/immunotoxicity concerns. Yeah, no thanks.
The point? I would have trusted that Johnson & Johnson Baby Wash would be a safe choice for my baby. The simple bottle leads you to believe that it is gentle, formulated for babies, and completely safe. We ended up choosing California Baby products for our kids, but there are many other safe choices.
Grab your products and visit the Skin Deep database and see how they’re rated–you might be as surprised as I was.
I’d love to hear about any surprises or confirmations you come across if you’d like to leave a comment.