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Poll: Will You Be Switching Your Baby’s Shampoo?

After the recent news about Johnson & Johnson's baby shampoo, we wondered if your family will be changing your routine.

The kids are back in school and the power is (hopefully) back on. You’ve likely already gone through the fridge to see what’s safe to save. But will recent news also have you also looking under your bathroom sink?

The discovery that Johnson & Johnson’s baby shampoo includes potentially harmful ingredients was made in a 2009 report by the advocacy group The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. But earlier this week the group raised the alarm again. From a statement on their website

“More than two years after leading health and parents’ groups asked Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) to reformulate its flagship baby shampoo to remove a chemical that releases formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, the company is still using the formaldehyde-releasing ingredient in Johnson’s Baby Shampoo in the United States, Canada and China, while making formaldehyde-free versions of the shampoo in several other countries, according to a new analysis conducted by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.”

Johnson & Johnson responded to the report indicating that they are taking steps to change.

Writes WebMD: “In a surprising turn of events, after Johnson & Johnson received word of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics report, the company released a statement Monday saying it is no longer introducing new products with formaldehyde-releasing preservatives: ‘We know that some consumers are concerned about formaldehyde, which is why we offer many products without formaldehyde releasing preservatives, and are phasing out these types of preservatives in our baby products worldwide.’”

You can read the full statement here.

The company also has a “98 percent natural” line called Johnson’s Natural on the market, according to the statement.

So the news got us wondering what local parents are doing. Will you be tossing the bottle under your sink or have you already switched to the natural version?

And in general, what brand of shampoo do you use for your kids? (Read how this Pound Ridge couple launched an organic skin-care line .) 

nochemicalcosmetics dotcom November 05, 2011 at 07:00 AM
Why has it taken bad press for J & J to decide to remove toxic chemicals from a baby product? Because they only have their bottom line to consider, not the health of your baby. Avoid all J & J products... What else are they not telling us?!
Boron November 05, 2011 at 01:22 PM
This is what you support if you buy Dr Bronner (the drug legalizer) products: Alert: California Marijuana Legalization Needs Your Help NOW Posted in: Action Alert Prop 19 Dear drug policy reformer, You may have read about me this week on StoptheDrugWar.org. My family and over 60 employees in California produce the best-selling natural brand of soap in the United States. Last week I made a personal $75,000 donation for a statewide "Yes We Cannabis" student fire truck tour of campuses throughout California, registering voters and getting people to the polls to pass Prop 19 and legalize cannabis this Election Day. You can read about why I decided to do this here. I'm writing because StoptheDrugWar.org and the Prop 19 campaign need your help. Polls show Prop 19 in the lead, but it's close, and voter turnout in this midterm election year could make or break it. There are important initiatives in Arizona, South Dakota and Oregon too. Whether you live in one of these states or not, there are thins that you can help with: Register to Vote: Click here to print a form out that you or your friends can submit to your local election office. You have to register by the 18th to vote in California this year. Sincerely, David Bronner, President Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps
Conservative NYer November 05, 2011 at 02:35 PM
I have never used J&J because of this which I read several years ago right after my first child. All my babies were washed and creamed with Burt's Bees or Aveeno Baby. But even Aveeno Baby (parent company you guessed it J&J) has been protested as well...Maybe we should just use Ivory Soap LOL like the good ole' days.
Jaclyn Bruntfield November 05, 2011 at 09:58 PM
Is that to say that all companies that don't put carcinogenic chemicals in their baby products are sympathetic toward legalizing pot? What does this have to do with Johnson's Baby Shampoo?
Chari Topol-Allison November 05, 2011 at 10:18 PM
Believe it or not, "soap" is not necessary. There are several products on the market (some at Trader Joes and not expensive) that have no preservatives, chemical fragrance or harmful ingredients. Oat based products are terrific and good to your skin. Also, "anti-bacterial" soap is not necessary and could have long range negative effects.

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