Non-toxic products for babies and children

 

 

For babies and young children   [1]

“Every day, children are exposed to an average of 27 products of personal care containing several ingredients which have not been judged without danger for developing organs, according to an EWG national survey. An EWG investigation noted that 77% of ingredients in the products of 1.700 children were not evaluated on the level of safety.

Children are not small adults. “Weight for weight”, children are exposed to more contaminants in the air, water, food and products of personal care than adults. An immature system of organs is often able to push back the chemical aggressions. Subtle damage to organs in the process of development may cause certain diseases later in the life.

The parents can make healthy choices by using less products of personal care for their children, by ignoring advertising overkill and by taking this advice:

Diapers for baby :

Avoid: 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (or Bronopol), hydantoin DMDM, perfume

Creams for buttocks erythema:

Avoid: BHA, boric acid, sodium borate, perfume

Solar screens for babies and children

Infants younger than 6 months should not be exposed to the sun and they should not carry a solar screen. For older babies and children, use protective clothing and a solar shield which offers a good UVA and UVB protection. Use sufficiently and repeat often. See the directives for the use of solar protection in general and our report on solar protection for more information.

Toothpaste for children

Use toothpastes with small quantities of fluorine or without fluorine for children younger than 2 years, as recommended by the American Dental Association. Consult the general hot lines for toothpaste for further information.

Baby Powder

Do not use any! Just like the automatic exhaust or secondary smoke, tiny airborne particles can damage the delicate lungs of the baby in development.

Make-up and nail polish

Avoid if possible. A little can be transformed into much. For children, one should use small quantities of surer products – and not every day”.


 

Penny Lane Organics, small company located in the Beaver Valley, Toronto. The products are vegan and gluten free.

All of the Penny Lane  products offer a very good quality /price ratio.

 

Penny Lane Organics 100 % Natural Baby Lotion, voted  « BEST FOR BABY » by EcoParent Magasine in 2013, 250 ml, 15 $.

Ingredients: Water Distilled (Aqua), Coconut oil (Cocos Nucifera), Shea butter (Butyrospermum Parkii),  Natragem EW (Ecocert certified organic emulsifying wax), Vitamin E (Tocopherol),  Geogard Ultra  (Ecocert certified preservative for use in organic products).

 


Penny Lane Organics 100 % Natural diaper rash cream with Hemp seed oil – got great review from Adria Vasil on her Ecoholic site, 100 gr, 14.99$.

This wonderful soothing and moisturizing 100% natural cream is made with hemp seed oil, calendula and chamomile oils, coconut oil, plant based wax, zinc oxide and vitamin E. It’s a perfect protection cream for babies and adults. It can also be used for sun protection due to it’s high content of zinc oxide and oils that have natural sun screen properties.

Ingredients: Hemp (Cannabis Sativa) Seed Oil; Calendula (Calendula officinalis (Flower) Extract, Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis) Oil, Coconut oil (Cocos nucifera), Natragem EW (Ecocert certified organic emulsifying wax), Zinc Oxide, Distilled Water (Aqua), Vitamin E (Tocopherol).


Penny Lane Organics 100 % Natural Shampoo – also voted “BEST FOR BABY” by EcoParent Magazine, 450 ml, 15$.

Ingredients: Saponified Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil 0; Castor (Ricinus Communis) oil 2, Spring Water; Coconut oil (Cocos nucifera) 0; Palm Kernel oil (Elaeis guineensis) 0; Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis) 0, Vitamin E (Tocopherol) 1.

 


 

The Quebec company Vivia Aromatherapy offers all kinds of healthy alternatives, natural and easy to use that could meet the diverse needs of children.

 

Vivia CALMING B-ROLL, 10 ml, 19.99 $

Product based on essential oils to calm, soothe, relax. Useful for children two years and older.

Ingredients: Vitis vinifera seed oil 0, Citrus Aurantium sinensis dulcis peel oil 1, Citrus reticulata peel oil 0, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia peel oil 2.

In the same collection Vivia “B-Roll” you will find three other interesting products for children 6 years and over: “My head” (for headaches and migraines), “My Bite” (for insect bites and itchy skin) and “My cold and sinus” (for colds and congested sinuses).

The same company also offers the Liceban Spary a healthy and natural product to get rid of lice ! 19.99 $

 


 

Bohemia CALMASOL After-Sun Hydrating Cream, 60 ml, 8,57 $

This 100% natural moisturizing and regenerating cream will help smooth inflammation and redness caused by sun exposure.

 

INCI : *Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) jus 0, *Calendula Offinalis Oil (Calendula) 0, *Prunus armeniaca (apricot) oil 0, *Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil 0, *Macadamia ternifolia (Macadamia) oil 0, Mangifera indica (mango) butter 0, Emulsifying Wax 4 – * Mentha arvensis (Mint) Essential Oil 0, Aniba Roseodora (Woodrose) Essential Oil 0, Citrus sinensis (Sweet Orange) Essential Oil 0,  Pelargonim graveaolens (Geranium) Essential Oil 0, Tocopherol (vit. E) 1,  Citrus grandis seed extrct 3

* certified organic

 

For natural pruducts against bites from insects, anti-septic and anti-bacteria natural lotions  

see The Aromatherapy Page.

 

 


 

 

Herbes Aux Soins small Quebec craft company offering a wide range of natural products, herbal workshops and consultations.

 

 


Shea Body Butter by Les Herbes aux Soins, handmade formula, additive free created to preserve skin balance, a deeply moisturizing skin care, 50 ml, 12 $. Version for kids also avalable see La Collection Escargot shea body butter.

INCI : Vitis vinifera oil 0, Calendula officinalis oil* 0, Butyrospermum parkii* 0, Cera alba 0,  Stearic acid 1, Alpha tocopherol 0

*Certified organic ingredients by Ecocert or International Quality Assurance

 


Soothing Ointment La Collection Escargot by Les Herbes aux Soins, a natural handmade ointment created to help soothe irritated skin. Diaper rash, skin rash, burn skin… 35 ml, 8 $.

INCI : Olea europaea oil* 0, Vitis vinifera oil 0, Calendula officinalis* 0, Cera alba 0, Stearic acid 1, Alpha tocopherol 0

* Certified organic ingredients by Ecocert or International Quality Assurance


 

 

Burt’ s Bees products for babies

 

Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Diaper Ointment  (diaper cream), 9.99 $, classified 1 on  Skin Deep.


Ingredients: Prunus Amygdales Dulcets (Sweet Almond) Oil, CI 77947 (Zinc Oxide), Cero Alba (Beeswax, Cire d’abeille), Lavandula hybrida Oil, Simmondsiachinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Anthemisnobilis Flower Oil, Lavandulaangustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Rosmarinusofficinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Canola Oil (Huile De Colza).

Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Shampoo and Washing Lotion for the baby , 355 ml, 9.99 $ graded 1 on  Skin Deep


Ingredients: Aqua (Water, Eau), Decylglucoside, Carthamustinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Glycerin, Sodium Cocoylhydrolyzed Soy Protein, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryloleate, Avenasativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Anibaroseodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Coriandumsativum (Coriander) Fruit Extract, Cedrusatlantica Bark Oil, Prunusamygydalusdulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Glucose, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Glucose Oxidase, Lactoperoxidase.

Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Balm (baume)   graded 0 sur Skin Deep,  a rich cream that women use during pregnancy which is sold for 10 $.


Ingredients: Oleaeuropaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Beeswax, Cucurbitapepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Triticumvulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Pollen Extract, Adenophorastricta Root Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil.

Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Nourishing  Body Oil, 7.99$, rated 1 on  Skin Deep.


Ingredients: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Citrus Medicalimonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Triticumvulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Tocopherol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Canola Oil.

In the body care for baby of the brand Souris verte, several products are certified ECOCERT.

Also available in Souris verte: Hair shampoo and body Doudou, certified ECOCERT, the certified ECOCERT sores cream and other products for babies. A very honest site which posts all INCI ingredients of the products.

 

Calendula massage oil certified ECOCERT, 120 ml, $16.25.


Ingredients:  Canola oil (Brassica campestris) *, Capric Triglycerides, Calendula extracts (Calendula Officinalis) * (and) Coconut oil (Nucifera Coconuts) *, essential Lavender oils (Lavendula Augustifolia) (and) from Tangerine (Reticulata Citrus) * (and) from Roman Camomile (Chamaemelum Nobile), Rosemary extracts (Rosmarinus Officinalis).     

Body butter softness from the shea tree, with calendula and camomile, 60 gr, 16.25 $.


Ingredients: Butter from the shea tree*, Canola Oil*, Camomile * and Calendula extracts *, Coconut butter*, Beewax*, Coco Glyceride*, Essential oils from Lavander*, from Tangerine* and from Roman Camomile extracts, Rosemary extracts (Anti-oxydant).* Organic plants

 

A line of children’s products very well rated on Skin Deep, Hugo Naturals.

 

Soaps, powders, lotions, oils, shampoos, fifteen green products rated between 0 and 2.

 


 

New Product : Senteurs du Sud Bebilou Cleansing Gel for body and hair, $ 20, certified ECOCERT. Available on BeKaBio.
The cleansing gel for body and hair Bebilou cleans effectively and gentle baby’s delicate skin without drying and hair. The washing base, made from sugar, has been rigorously formulated to respect the skin and hair balance. It leaves the skin soft and supple.

  
  Druide Sooting  soap for baby/child (hibiscus and shea tree) 100 gr. 5.99 $, rated 1 on   Skin Deep.
  Druide Calming  soap for baby/child (Mango & Camomile), 100 gr, 5.99 $, graded 1 on   Skin Deep .
  Druide Baby Calming Bath (hibiscus and mango) , 175 ml, 11.99 $ certified ECOCERT, graded 2 by  Skin Deep .
Druide baby shampoo (hibiscus and mango), 175 ml, certified ECOCERT, 11, 99 $, rated 2 by Skin Deep.   
  Druide Baby Protective Balm, certified ECOCERT, 60 ml, 10.95 $, classified 0 by   Skin Deep. Comment from Caroline: is spread out very well, enough liquid for a balsam, the strong oil component is observed in the odor and the texture of the balsam.    
Excellent product!  Druide Baby Shooting Lotion, certified ECOCERT, 175 ml, 15.95 $, graded 2 by Skin Dee.

Makeup for children is as dangerous as the one for adults: allergens, endocrine disruptors, heavy metals therein according to a study released by the Fédération Romande des consommateurs. (in French).
Namaki is a brand that offers certified organic makeup for children. 

 

Toothpastes for children

 

  Jason Natural Cosmetics Kids Only: Toothpaste –Fraise is rated 1 on  Skin Deep.


Ingredients: Glycerin, Aqua (Purified Water), Silica, Xylitol, Xanthan Gum, Panthenol, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Flavorˇ *Certified Organic ^Vegetable Source ˇStrawberry.

   Weleda Children’s Tooth Gel , graded 2 (the toothpaste is graded 3) on Skin Deep , beautiful card of ingredients.


Ingredients: Glycerin, Water (Aqua), Silica, Algin, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Oil, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Esculin, Limonene*.

* from essential oil

Several toothpastes for children without fluorine (anise, banana, groove) from Druide certified ECOCERT are on sale, 120 ml, 4.99 $ but INCI ingredients are not available on the Website of the company.

  Logona dental gel strawberry kids, certified BDIH, without fluorine, plant dyes, recyclable and ecological packaging. If you do not find it in the shops, ask for it to be delivered.


Ingredients : Aqua (Water) Sorbitol, Glycerin, Hydrated Silica, Xylitol, Aroma, Algin, Commiphora Abyssinica (Myrrh Extract), Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile Extract)*, Camelia Oleifera (Camellia Extract), Sodium Bicarbonate, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, SucroseLaurate, Maris Sal (Sea Salt), Beta Vulgaris, Capsicum Annuum, Phytic Acid, CI 75120, CI75470

The toothpastes for children from Tom’s  of Maine 

Tom’s of Main children’s fluoride free Toothpaste Silly Strawberry is the only toothpaste for children rated 2 on  Skin Deep  (contains Sodium Lauryl Sulfate), the others are graded 3 (contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) but a dozen other toothpastes from the same company (for adults) are graded between 0 and 1, but contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate all the same…

Planet Kid Toothpaste softness fluorine + calcium is certified Cosmétiques bio but contains sodium fluoride.

  Question mark Colgate 2 in 1 Kids Toothpaste and Mouthwash  strawberry flavour,  Colgate 2 in 1 whitening toothpaste  and mouthwash watermelon flavour  are on the list of the products recognized by the Canadian Dental Association, whereas on Skin Deep they are at the tail of the group, graded 5 , and here’s why.Ingredients of Colgate 2 in 1 Kids toothpaste and mouthwash watermelon flavour.


Active ingredients:   Sodium Fluoride 0.24% – 0.15% W/V Fluoride Ion,Other Ingredients: Sorbitol, Water, Glycerin, Hydrated Silica, PEG-12 , Sodium Lauryl Sulfate , Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine , Sodium Saccharin, Flavor , Xanthan Gum, FD&C Blue #1, FD&C Yellow #5 Personally, I would not make this choice for my children in spite of the recommendations of the Canadian Dental Association. For more explanations see the chapter on ” Oral hygiene “.

In Quebec, the municipalities direct and control the fluoridation of drinking water. So, in Montreal and in Longueuil and in many other municipalities water is not fluorinated. It is necessary to check near your Town Hall about the nature of the water of your municipality.

Weleda baby offers several BDIH certified products including five in a Baby Starter kit (case with small sizes) which would be a good way of testing the products before investing in regular formats.

  • Weleda Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash – Shampoing et soin nettoyant pour le corps au Calendula ( 5 )
  • Weleda Calendula Oil – Huile au Calendula ( 4 )
  • Weleda Calendula Lotion – Lotion au Calendula ( 4 )
  • Weleda Calendula Baby Cream – Crème Bébé au Calendula ( 5 )
  • Weleda Calendula Diaper Care – Crème au Calendula contre l’érythème fessier ( 3 )

Their classification on  Skin Deep  (the figure between brackets) is a bit controversial and their grade a little high always because of the scenting substances and of grade 8 that the generic “Fragrance” automatically imposes but it concerns here the fragrances coming from natural essential oils indicated by an asterisk and not of synthetic fragrances. (see the chapter Skin Deep and other …about this). I selected these products, because Weleda baby obtains the best grades from the users on the Internet and it is true that these products are particularly pleasant to use. It’s up to you to judge!

Here are Caroline’s comments. She tested the products of the Baby Starter Kit enumerated above.

Weleda Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash, 13.95 $, certified BDIH, classified 5 on Skin Deep .


Ingredients : Water (Aqua), Coco-Glucoside, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond), Alcohol, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame), Glycerin, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Calendula Officinalis, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Limonene*, Linalool*.

* from natural essential oils

Comments from Caroline : a shampoo which spreads out well, foams well, is rinsed easily and leaves the hair and the body soft and clean; the aroma lends itself less well to a baby and the scalp remains a little yellow (because of the calendula…). 

Weleda Calendula Oil, 15. 95 $,  graded 4, a very popular product with a very beautiful formula.


Ingredients: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet almond) Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Geraniol*.

* from natural essential oils.

Comments from Caroline : after two days, this oil could look after a very big problem of an infant for whom the doctor had prescribed a medicinal cream which had not caused any result. It is my preferred product!

Weleda Calendula Lotion au calendula 14.95 $, certified BDIH, rated 4 on  Skin Deep.


Ingredients: Eau, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Huile D’amande Douce) Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sésame) Seed Oil, Alcool, Glycérine, Glyceryl Oleate, Calendula Officinalis Extract, Sodium, Beeswax (Cire D’abeille), Xanthane, Gum, Fragrance*, Limonene*, Linalool*.

*from natural essential oils.

Comments from Caroline : less fatty, penetrates quickly in the skin, hydrates well.

  Weleda Calendula Baby Cream, 74 g. classified 5 .


Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Lanolin, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Kaolin, Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Beeswax, Glyceryl Linoleate, Silica (Silica), Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Benzyl Salicylate*, Geraniol*.

* from natural essential oils.

Comments from Caroline : very fatty but penetrating, does not leave a fatty layer on the skin, need for only a small quantity for the entire body, spreads out well, good odor.  

Weleda Calendula Diaper Care


Ingredients: Beeswax, Benzyl Benzoate*, Benzyl Salicylate*, Calendula, Chamomile, Geraniol*, Glyceryl Linoleate, Hectorite, Lanolin, Limonene*, Linalool*, Sweet Almond, Sesame, Water, Zinc Oxide.

*  from natural essential oils.

Comments from Caroline: very effective for looking after rash, spreads out well compared with other creams

Here’s quite an interesting comment from Valerie:

“It would perhaps be well to leave a small mention that babies (toddlers) do not really have a need to use any product, kind of soap and shampoo, because these products (even natural ones) can unbalance the natural production of sebum and dry the skin or make the hair fatty. A bath with water with a little rose water is good enough! Shea butter is also excellent for any cutaneous irritation and for red buttocks! It is only the beginning, I could write a novel on the benefits of the mother’s milk to treat plenty of sores for babies (eye and ear infections, and every small crack, it is super antibiotic and it is free!) I froze some portions in small containers to continue to treat the sores even after I finish nursing! ” 

Sweet almond oil does wonders for the delicate care of babies as well as hazel nut oil which penetrates easily without leaving a fatty layer on the skin. Both are nutritive, softening, hydrating, calms itching and inflammations. Buy them pure and certified organic.

 

Other products for babies and children 

 

Badger Baby Balm, rated 0 on  Skin Deep, certified USDA ORGANIC.


Ingredients: *Extra Virgin Olive Oil; *Cera Alba (beeswax); *Castor Oil; Essential Oil of *Chamomile; CO2 Extract of *Calendula

* certified organic

   Aromaforce Foaming Bath for baby/children does not contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, no certification however.  9.59 $, 250 ml, products A. Vogel.
Planet Kid Extra Mild Conditioner Shampoo 2 1 Natural Raspberrry Extract  and  Apricot (2 in 1) are certified ECOCERT and Cosmétique bio without Sodium Laureth nor Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.
  Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap, soap in bars (140 gr.) or liquid with various scents (lavender, eucalyptus, orange, peppermint, almond, citrus fruits, rose, etc…) are very popular in shops of natural products. Their grade varies between 1 and 2on Skin Deep which is very good! If you are lucky, you will buy it as a special for 2.99 $ instead of 4.99 $!Certified fair trade and organic by Oregon TLTH.  The version for baby is liquid and is not scented and has grade 1 on   Skin Deep.
  Lavera Neutral Baby & Kinder Oil Bath   BDIH certified with grade 10/10 for health on  Good Guide.
The Lavera baby care kit  contains four organic products, all BDIH certified: Organic almond cream for the exchange, soft almond shampoo, almond and jojoba bath oil and oil for body care and for massage.
Products for babies and children La Coursière Douce Mpusse , without: Sulphate (Sodium Laureth Sulfate or Lauryl Sulfate), Cocamide (DEA, MEA), Propylene Glycol, Parabens, Perfume or Synthetic Fragrance, PEG, Phenoxyethanol, DMDM Hydantoin, EDTA… All of this is being told  on the Website, which is very well. We do not, however, have access to the lists of INCI ingredients for every product. And consumers like transparency…  The products are not certified organic, it is necessary to check the ingredients.


Here are the ingredients for the   Shampooing pour bébés Douce Mousse : Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Extract* 0 , Lauryl Glucoside 0 , Sodium Cocoamphoacetate 0 , Glycerin 1 , Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, [2] Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate 0 , Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract* 0 , Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria Flower Extract* 0 , Coco Betaine 5 , Hydrolized (Quinoa*) Protein [3] , Citrus Reticulata Oil* 0 , Citric Acid 2 , Sodium Benzoate 1 , Potassium Sorbate 3 .* Organic ingredients verified by Québec VraiSafe formula for a product which is not certified but with several unknown factors…

In Bébézen , one can also find several products (balsam, cleaning lotion, care lotion, calming cream) of which certain ingredients are certified organic by Québec Vrai. The products are not certified organic but their lists of INCI ingredients are available for each product on their Website and you can check them one by one on Skin Deep. They use as synthetic preservative Benzyl Alcohol which is allowed by all certifications. For the product here below, the formula is short and excellent!

  Shampoo and Body Wash Gel  


Ingredients: Aqua, Lauryl Glucoside 0 , Decyl Glucoside 1 , Aroma 0 , Citrus Aurantium Amara Flower Extract 0 , Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract* 0 , Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Fruit Extract 0 , Dehydroacetic Acid 0 , Benzyl Alcohol 6 , Citric Acid 2 , Xanthan Gum 0 .* Organic ingredients verified by Québec Vrai.Without fragrance, paraben, PEG, phthalate and Sodium Lauryl Sulphates.

  Miessence powder for baby without talc, graded 1 on   Skin Deep.


The products of Miessence, an exceptional company (115 products of which several for babies graded between 0 and 2) are available in Quebec on the Internet.

Miessence Baby Cream Wash, certified organic, classified 0 on  Skin Deep.

An interesting, simple and concise article for pregnant women about 4 toxic substances in our daily consumption that should be avoided during pregnancy on the Dr. Soram website , a doctor who specializes in alternative medicine which has been invited by Dr. Oz …

To avoid:

The products for baby Johnson & Johnson [4]  are often in the tail of the group, graded 6 on  Skin Deep .

The Mustela products for children sold at the pharmacy are not very well classified by    Skin Deep . Out of 20 products analyzed, only 3 have a green grade (1 and 2) the others are graded 4 and 5. The same thing for the products of pregnancy, out of 8 creams analyzed, 2 have a good green grade 1 ( Mustela Dermo-Pediatrics Stelatopia Moisturizing Cream  and  Mustela Dermo-Pediatrics Stelaprotect Body Milk ) and the others have grades between  4 et 8 .

EWG questioned more than 3.300 parents to know which shampoos, lotions, bath soaps and other products for personal care they use for the children. From the specific products indicated by these parents, one has noted that the children are exposed to an average of 61 distinct chemical ingredients every day, of which many have never been shown to be safe for the children neither by the Government, nor by the experts in safety of the cosmetics industry.

Exposure to harmful chemicals during childhood causes problems because children are more vulnerable to chemical products than adults. In many instances, children are like sponges for the chemicals. The skin of children is, on average, 30 percent thinner than that of an adult and can absorb greater quantities of chemicals on the surface of the skin. They breathe more oxygen (and the contaminants in the oxygen) compared to their weight than adults, and the hemato-encephalic barrier which helps to block the chemicals in order for them not to penetrate the cerebral fabric which is not completely formed yet until a baby reaches the age of six months. Parents must be particularly attentive to choose safe products for their children.

Canadian children are being born pre-polluted. Read the Environmental Defence Canada’s new  report

 

Sunscreens for children

I highly advise you to consult the chapter on “ Sunscreens ” to understand what are the dangers of an un- informed use of conventional solar products for children.


  Heiko SPF 40 Children I did not test this product, because no samples were sent to me. I found an article written by Eve Dumas on this subject of which follows here an extract: “In 2009, the physical screen FPS 40 for children of the Quebec company Heiko, containing zinc oxide, was in the forefront. It was also one of the only three to obtain grade “0”, attesting that the product offers the best protection to a broad spectrum and contains few dangerous ingredients. 
Developed in Quebec by biochemist and homeopath Shirley Duplessis, the Heiko skin care products are on sale in several natural food stores, of which the Rachelle-Béry stores. The company also makes a physical screen FPS 30 for adults. ” Meanwhile, its grade has been revised and now it is classified # 1 which is very good. One finds 25% of titanium oxide and 12 other ingredients between 0 and 2. According to Skin Deep: UVB (SPF) protection is excellent, UVA protection excellent also, good ratio UVA/UVB, stability of the product, excellent. Warning by the manufacturer on their Website: “You must expect that a physical screen leaves on your skin a layer of apparent creamy consistency”.  Price: the two versions SPF 30 for adults and SPF 40 for children: 30 $.
  For children also,  Green Beaver Company Certified Organic Kids Non-whitening Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30  rated 1 on Skin Deep,  Price: 17.99 $.


Ingredients (W/W): zinc oxide / oxyde de zinc 21%;

Non-Medicinal Ingrédients/Ingrédients non médicinaux : Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Isostearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Glycerin, Sorbitan Olivate, Glyceryl Stearate, Acacia decurrens/Jojoba/Sunflower seed wax/Polyglyceryl-3 esters, Dicaprylyl carbonate, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil*, d-alpha Tocopheryl acetate, Hydrolyzed Jojoba esters, Jojoba Esters, Aqua (Purified water).

*Non-medicinal ingredients: ingredients resulting from organic agriculture.

This solar screen is certified organic, no nanoparticles and no whitening but like all the other sun lotions, I found it rather oily…

  Alba Botanica Sun: Mineral Sunscreen Kids, SPF 30 (sunscreen: SPF 15-30), with or without scent, the two of them graded 2 on  Skin Deep.


Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 14.5 %, Titanium Dioxide 2.0 %

Other ingredients: Aqua (Water), ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE; Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Glycerin, Glucerin Isostearate; Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (1), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil (1), Polyglyceryl-3 Ricinoleate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (1), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (1), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract; Magnesium Sulfate, Silica; Sodium Chloride, Tocopheryl Acetate, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol; Polyhydroxystearic Acid(1) certified organic.

 Lavera Baby & Children Sun Screen, Medium, SPF 20      This product is classified 3 on  Skin Deep, this one is also a little too oily and… resolutely white! BDIH certified.

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 17.5%, Titanium Dioxide 7.5%. Inactive Ingredients: Glycine Soja Oil*, Water, Polyglyceryl-3 Ricinoleate, Alcohol*, Glycerin, Tricaprylin, Canola Oil, Sunflower Oil*, Jojoba Oil*, Caprylic, Shea Butter*, Sweet Almond Oil*, Apricot Oil*, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Vitamin E Acetate, Behenyl Beeswax, Stearyl Beeswax, Stearic Acid, Alumina, Xanthan Gum, Vitamin E, Betaglucan, Calendula Extract*, Vitamin C Ester, Lavender Extract, Magnesium Sulfate, Rose Water*, Essential Oils*. [* Ingredients from certified Organic farming]

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These are only the solar screens that have these grades and not all the sun lotions made by these companies.

Kiss My Face produces two good sun lotions in stick for children graded 1 on Skin Deep but I did not see them in the shops. If you find them, do not hesitate: Kiss My Face 100% Natural Whire Sun Stick SPF 30 and Kiss my Face 100% Natural Pink Sun SPF 30.

Here are some better solar screens for children (in terms of harmlessness and effectiveness, EWG classification which personally I did not see in the shops but which you are likely to find in Quebec.  [5]

Aubrey Organics  Natural Sun Unscented Sensitive Skin/Children Sunscreen, SPF 30+, classified 1  Skin Deep.
  Aveeno Baby Natural Protection Mineral Block Face Stick, SPF 50, grated 1 .On this Skin Deep page you can also see the other Aveeno products for babies.
  Badger Chamolmile & Calendula  Baby Sunscreen, SPF 30+, classified 1 by Skin Deep.

The 2006 study of Kunz & Fent showed the estrogenic effects on fish from the following solar filters:

The 2008 study of Kunz & Fent showed the relation between the solar filters and their estrogenic activity. For these reasons it is necessary at all costs to avoid solar shields containing solar filters which are hormonal disturbers.

Teenagers use cosmetics. Sometimes, even a lot. Gels and smoothing products for the hair, make-up for the eyes, cleaning products for the body and lotions. And even more! To know which are the safe products from a health point of view and those that are not, is important. Why? EWG has noted that the organisms of teenagers are contaminated by chemicals currently used in cosmetics and in products of body care. In fact, one has detected 16 potentially toxic chemicals like phthalates, triclosan, parabens and musks in blood and urine samples of 20 teenagers [6] . Studies show that there are links between these chemicals and their potential effects on health such as cancer and hormonal disturbance.

To worsen things, teenagers may be particularly sensitive to exposure of hormonal disturbers of  chemical products given the complex role they play during puberty – precisely at the time when girls in general try out a large variety of body care products. When we questioned them, the teenagers taking part in the study stated that they used an average of 17 products of personal care each day, which is 40% more than adult women     [7] .

 

Non-toxic anti-stretch marks cream

OMUM – The Gifted - Anti-stretch mark complex with 9 dry oils certified Nature & Progrès 

Sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil 0; Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil 0; Prunus domestica seed oil 0; Prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil 0; Maranta Arundinacea Root Extract 0; Aloe barbadensis leaf juice 1; Argania spinosa kernel oil 0; Oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil 0; Camelina sativa seed oil 0; Borago officinalis seed oil 0; Carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil 0; tocopherol 1; Glycine soja (soybean) oil 0

22 popular anti stretch marks products (Bio Oil, Melvita, Mustela, Eucerin, Vichy, etc.) are analysed on the page Miscellaneous Products.

 

Guide of non-toxic hygiene, beauty and cosmetic products


[1] ↑ Source :  http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/top-tips-for-safer-products/#your_kids

[2] ↑  Sodium Carboxylate Lauryl Glucose is not evaluated on Skin Deep but it is not a chemical ingredient, it results from plants.

[3] ↑ « Hydrolized (Quinoa*) Protein » not evaluated ingredient by Skin Deep nor by Rita Stiens

[4] ↑ In a recent official statement from Environmental Defence one can read that the Johnson & Johnson company agreed to gradually eliminate the ingredients liberating formaldehyde present in their products for babies. A great victory for the consumers whose power is becoming increasingly visible!

[5] ↑ http://breakingnews.ewg.org/2011sunscreen/best-sunscreens/best-beach-sport-sunscreens/?inlist=Y

[6] ↑ http://www.ewg.org/reports/teens

[7] ↑ Source :  http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/top-tips-for-safer-products/#teens

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