Did you know that most of the popular baby products on store shelves contain chemicals with KNOWN links to health problems, with no warning at all to consumers?   Many are filled with carcinogenic toxins that don’t belong anywhere near a baby’s delicate skin. One of the most popular baby product brands rates a 10 (the worst rating a product can have) for carcinogenicity, developmental & reproductive toxicity, and allergies & immunotoxicities on the ThinkDirty app.   Even brands like Johnson & Johnson have admitted that their products contained cancer causing ingredients.

Our bodies are huge sponges-  we absorb everything we put on it, and so do our littles. There aren’t a lot of truly safe baby products out there on the market, sadly.   Baby products are marketed to make you think you need them, but the fact is they’re full of toxic ingredients that do more harm than good. 

Enter Young Living and their brand new Seedlings line!  This new line includes baby lotion, baby oil, baby wash, baby wipes and diaper rash cream! And it’s all infused with Young Living’s essential oils, the best quality essential oil on Earth.  The Seedlings line from Young Living is formulated WITHOUT alcohol, chlorine, mineral oil, animal-derived ingredients, sulfates, lanolin, paragons, phthalates, preservatives, synthetic fragrances, or synthetic dyes.    

Take a look at these 7 common ingredients found in baby products that you want to avoid.

1. Fragrance
I’d bet that before you purchased baby wash or lotion you popped the top and took a sniff, right?  Moms love the smell of baby products, but did you know that fragrance is linked to allergies, skin irritation and can be toxic to various organs of the body?

Fragrance is that it’s a catch-all term for whatever secret ingredients companies wish to add (they are not obligated to reveal what’s contained within ‘fragrance’), and are generally made of coal- and petroleum-derived synthetic chemicals.

The effects of fragrance are long lasting, lingering on the skin for hours, and can cause respiratory, neurological, skin, and eye damage. There is evidence that exposure to fragrance as a child may lead to asthma.

Fragrance is added to disposable diapers, baby powder, baby wash and shampoo, lotions, and many other baby products. Check the labels carefully before you buy.

2. Proplyene glycol
Propylene glycol is often found in baby wipes.  It is also used in wiper fluid and to d-ice airplanes.   Hmmm.   Propylene glycol is a penetration enhancer that is easily absorbed by the skin and may be carcinogenic. Its job is basically to open up all the pores and let the other chemicals in.  Look out for polyethylene glycol (PEG) and polypropylene glycol (PPG) on labels, too.

3. 1,4-dioxane and ethylated surfactants
The Environmental Working Group found that 57 percent of baby soaps are contaminated with 1,4-dioxane.  1,4-dioxane is a chemical byproduct (it occurs when “ethylene oxide, a known breast carcinogen, is added to other chemicals to make them less harsh”(There’s Lead In Your Lipstick), so you won’t spot it on the label.

If you see any ingredients that contain the letters eth, then that is an indicator of the presence of 1,4-dioxane. Stay away from polyethylene, polyethylene glycol, sodium laureth sulfate, ceteareth, oleth, oxynol, -xynol, and PEG.

4. Parabens and Phthalates
Phthalates and Paragons are a group of chemicals that are used as preservatives in personal care products.  They are found in all soaps, body washes, shampoos and moisturizers, INCLUDING those marketed towards babies.

Phthalates and parabens are neurotoxins that have been linked endocrine disruption and reproductive toxicity,  as well as allergies, asthma, skin irritation and cancer.

Stay away from products that contain phthalate, DEP, DBP, DEHP, benzoic acid, propyl ester and ingredients ending in “–paraben.”    Stay away from anything with ‘paraben’ in its name.

5. Talc
This powdered mineral is added to baby powder (and many other cosmetic powders). It’s used as a drying agent, but it’s a known lung irritant and may also be carcinogenic. As Gillian Deacon describes in her book There’s Lead In Your Lipstick:

“The mineral talc tends to occur in rock mass formations that are intermingle with other magnesium silicate minerals, including the highly dangerous asbestos. Since it is virtually impossible to extract the talc rock from the asbestos during the mining process, the carcinogenic contaminant is almost invariably going to be carried over into any consumer product containing talc.”

6. Triclosan
Anything that’s labeled as ‘antibacterial’ likely contains triclosan, which is a carcinogenic endocrine disruptor that’s also harmful to the environment. Although it makes sense to want to keep your baby away from unnecessary bacteria, that’s the wrong approach to take. By raising our babies in sterile environments, we inhibit their ability to create natural resistance and immunity, increase the likelihood of allergies, and render antibacterial treatments less effective for when we truly need them to work.

7. Vitamin A and oxybenzone
On it’s own vitamin A is safe, but when it’s used in sunscreen and skin is exposed to the sun, it can be problematic. A study by the National Toxicology Program suggests that retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A, may speed up the development of skin tumors and lesions.

When reading labels, avoid products that contain vitamin A, retinyl palmitate, retinol, retinyl acetate, retinyl linoleate and retinoic acid.

Another dangerous chemical that’s used in sunscreen and should be avoided is oxybenzone, which is an endocrine disruptor and has been linked to endometriosis  and reproductive problems.

With the Young Living Seedlings line, you can ease your mind that what you’re putting on your baby’s delicate skin is pure, natural and safe!