Toxic Chemicals in U.S. Baby Shampoo, Why?

It’s pretty clear that formaldehyde, used to embalm corpses, is not a health elixir.  What’s less clear is why Johnson & Johnson thinks it’s a good idea to put this carcinogen in baby shampoo.

Something to Cry About: Carcinogens Formaldehyde and Dioxane in Baby Shampoo
Two years after first asking the baby cosmetics giant to take formaldehyde-releasing quaternium-15 and another potentially cancer causing chemical, dioxane, out of Johnson & Johnson products, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics released a new investigation this week showing that the company is starting to do so, but not in the United States.

“Clearly there is no need for Johnson & Johnson to expose babies to a known carcinogen when the company is already making safer alternatives. All babies deserve safer products,” said Lisa Archer, director of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics at a new conference.

Victory! Johnson & Johnson to Take Toxins Out of Baby Shampoo
Johnson & Johnson responded to the coalition’s investigation with a statement that because “some consumers are concerned,” they are “phasing out formaldehyde releaser preservatives from our baby products” as well as the campaign’s other target, dioxane. If U.S. consumers would like to avoid exposure to those chemicals – say – now, they can buy the (more expensive) Johnson Naturals line of baby care products.

“This is great news, and different from what we expected based on past interactions,” Archer told Forbes. “But it’s not over. We have to see how quickly they’re willing to make this shift and where.”

Find Out More About Toxic Cosmetics
Which brings us to the real problem: ingredients in cosmetics are poorly regulated and disclosure of ingredient hazards is not mandated in the United States. U.S. Representatives Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., have introduced a bill designed to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority to ensure that personal care products are free of harmful ingredients and that ingredients are fully disclosed.

Check out Gina-Marie’s article The Safe Cosmetics Act Would Protect Consumers or the video below for much more.


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Esmi Johnson
Esmi Johnson2 years ago

How can manufacturers do it for babies .That to only for making more money they are not seeing what will happen to the babies as the even don't know how to say as they are babies oh god really . Please make good products for babies they are our future and if they are not safe then what will happen to future .

Christina B.
Christina B6 years ago

That was a very informative video, thanks for sharing!

Sheri P.
Sheri P6 years ago

ridiculous the kind of things manufacturers put into health and beauty products...especially ones that are used on babies and children. inexcusable! and for what purpose?

James Berryhill
James Berryhill6 years ago


Irene P.
Irene P6 years ago

Big companies trying to kill us off!

Gale Thomasson
Gale T6 years ago

What are they thinking putting that crap in there.

Miranda Lyon
Miranda Lyon6 years ago

Why not? There's crap in everything consumed so freely in this the food eaten, in the liquids drunk, in the soaps and shampoos and creams why should we think products marketed for babies would be any different?

Shailja M.
Shailja Mukhtyar6 years ago

As an OBGYN RESIDENT IN NYC, i learned that over 200 toxins have been found in cord blood, means baby was exposed to at minimum 200 toxic chemicals in utero, prior to birth.
Perhaps shift back to nature, avaiding chemicals/ addatives in food, back to organics, and addatives in creams / shampoo/ hair color/ makeup can be avoided!!

i encourage a vege life, organic, minimal chemicals, avoiding processed foods, etc!!

June Rogers
June Rogers6 years ago

Thanks for sharing. We all should be aware that there are chemicals in adult shampoos that are also harmful. E.G. Sodium Laureth Sulphate stuff that is used to clean rugs /carpets

Lisa A.
Lisa A6 years ago

What I reccomend instead of "main stream" baby shampoo is Dr. Bronner's Castile liquid soap. You can get it on discount over at and many healthfood stores also carry it. It's not expensive, and a little goes a long way. It comes in 32 oz, 16 oz and 8 oz.. There are no chemical fillers in it and only genuine essential oils are used for each scent. Peppermint may be too harsh for a baby, but they have one that is non scented, and also almond scent, rose scent, eucalyptus, sweet orange, tea tree oil , etc. I believe there may one with a baby oil scent.