Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Earth Mama Angel Baby's Toxin Scavenger Hunt

The Hunt Continues! Quaternium-15

This month ’s scary toxin is Quaternium-15, a common formaldehyde-releasing preservative used in products like body washes, lotions, baby shampoo and floor polish. The big concern is that Quaternium-15 causes irritation, from mild rashes to open oozing sores. What, in baby products? Are they crazy?? It is “a known skin irritant believed to be responsible for increased rates of allergic contact dermatitis, an inflammation of the skin that varies from mild irritation to rashes and open sores.” If that isn’t enough for you, it also has a whopping 6 toxicity rating on the Skin Deep database, for organ system toxicity, developmental toxicity and even cancer. Check out the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics’ Quaternium-15 news release, and then get set to find Quaternium-15 in your “natural” or “organic” products. Mama wants you to know what’s in your products, so go forth and find some Quaternium-15!
Email us by October 26, 2009, a list of at least three “organic,” “natural” or “green” pregnancy or baby care products (like pregnancy body washes, cleansers or baby shampoo) that contain Quaternium-15. Feel free to make comments, we’d love to hear what you have to say. If you want to dig deeper to find out more, check out the products’ toxicity rating on the Skin Deep database, or take our eye opening What‘s Your Score? Challenge.
1. One A Little Something for Baby
2. One 5.3 oz. Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash
3. One 4 oz. Angel Baby Lotion
Good sleuthing, mamas!

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