Your baby’s skin is the largest and most delicate organ. Yet we regularly massage the skin with products loaded with petrochemical ingredients. If you would read the label on the back of your child’s shampoo or wash bottle, you would see dyes, preservatives, synthetic foams, parabens and petrochemicals. Remember, the skin is a porous membrane, so up to 60% of products that are applied to skin will make its way into the body. This results in over 90 industrial chemicals that the body can’t breakdown and eliminate. This material will accumulate over time and can lead to serious diseases like cancer.
The average consumer can’t fully determine the long term dangers of applying various chemicals and corrosives to their children’s skin and scalp. As more parents are becoming aware, they are reconsidering using conventional bath products. Here is a further listing of some of the harmful ingredients in many conventional bath products:
- Diethanolamine or DEA – This is a carcinogen that if used repeatedly could lead to cancer.
- Propylene Glycol – Ingredient in industrial antifreeze. Gives shampoo slippery characteristic.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – Inexpensive detergent chemical that creates foam. Found in most dish detergents.
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate – Found in industrial engine degreasers.
- Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate- Inexpensive detergent and makes mixtures foam well.
- Olefin Sulfonate – Deodorized kerosene
True organic shampoo and wash products offer a wealth of benefits for hair and skin that will be immediately noticeable. Organic products gently infuse your hair follicles and skin cells with natural minerals, herbal extracts, and oils. Keep in mind that not every natural ingredient is safe for a baby’s delicate skin. Some essential oils may be irritating so when choosing a shampoo or body wash for your baby, read the label carefully and be sure it has been proven safe for infants. There are lots of shampoos to choose from, so check out a few to see which one best meets your needs.
Vermont Soap Organic Baby Wash is great because it is two products in one. It can be used to wash both baby’s hair and body. Bath time will only take about two squirts–one for the body and one to shampoo hair. Typically, one bottle will last much longer than most store bought brands. So even though it’s a little more per bottle, you will save in the long run. Plus you’re getting the benefit of knowing you’re using the most natural ingredients for your baby’s sensitive skin.
When you use organic bath products, you’re also helping your environment by letting bio-degradable substances go down the drain and not harsh chemicals.