Posted by: soapchix | February 6, 2008

Phthalate Free Bath Products.

Wow. When we wrote our blog yesterday talking about phthalate free baby products, we had no idea that it would jettison our little soapy blog up into the ‘Top WordPress Blog Posts’ of the day. We’ve received a lot of questions about what phthalates are, how to find them, and what products we have that are phthalate free–both for babies and adults.

So…here we go…

According to the Chicago Tribune:

Phthalates are synthetic chemicals found in industrial and common household items, including PVC plastics, cosmetics, personal care products, plastic toys that children love to suck on, vinyl products and products with fragrance.

USA Today highlights a major frustration of finding toxin free products:

Because scents can be considered trade secrets, hundreds of ingredients can be lumped together under the heading of “fragrance.” Some fragrances are made with endocrine-disrupting chemicals called phthalates, several of which are listed as reproductive or developmental toxins by California and have been banned in cosmetics by the European Union.

But they do go on to point out a few red flag ingredients to watch out for:

The Environmental Working Group recommends that consumers adopt a “better safe than sorry” approach. The group says consumers may want to watch out for certain products and ingredients:

•Fragrance, which often is included in ingredient lists as a catch-all term for dozens of chemicals, including phthalates.

•Sunscreens, which may contain estrogen-like chemicals. Houlihan recommends that consumers choose sunscreens made with zinc or titanium, which don’t appear to pose this threat.

•Sodium laurel/laureth sulfate, a surfactant that Houlihan says is often contaminated with the carcinogenic substance 1,4 dioxane.

Greene recommends avoiding plastics with certain recycling codes: #7 may include bisphenol A, and #3 may contain phthalates. Plastics with recycling codes 1, 2 and 5 are safer, he says.

Now, what Soapchix Ashley hasn’t told you all is that, before kids, she used to clean up toxic environments all over the country. I’ve been begging her to share some stories she has of phthalate contamination, but she’s modest and shy and humble and up to this point hasn’t thought anyone would really give a darn. But the amazing response we’ve been getting has hopefully showed her how much interest there is! She is the one that explained to me all the chemicals there are in commercial soaps and cosmetic products. Go ahead and grab your bar of soap and read the ingredients…anything you recognize? No, because all natural ingredients in commercial products are replaced with preservatives and chemicals.

Here’s where it gets fun for us…our soap is natural, toxin free, and environmentally friendly! Our packaging is recycle code 1, which means it’s as safe and friendly as it gets. Just like us!

In particular, here are our totally natural, phthalate free bath products for adults and babies alike!

For Baby:
Wild Child Baby Soaps.
Wild Child Honeybuns Bath Oil. (Seriously…put down the Johnson’s Baby Oil and step away. It’s that bad.)
Whipped Shea Butter.
Bath Bombs Our kids will bathe if it includes anything with the word ‘bomb’ in it. I don’t have the Wild Child scents listed (Ash is the organized one between us) but just click any scent and then comment on what Wild Child scent you want.)

For you:
Simply Soaps
Some of our Wildly Soap line. We’ve marked which ones are essential oil based, but if you have any questions, just ask us at soapchix (at) gmail (dot) com.
Our amazing Sugar Scrub has essential oil scents, as does the Body Bling and Honeybuns Oil. Oh, and the Bath Bombs aren’t just for kids!

We created these products first for ourselves and our kids, so we made sure it met with Ashley’s high standards. (I didn’t have particularly high standards before I met her, except in men and shoes. But that’s another post.)

We do have some products scented with fragrance oils, but from our research we feel like these are an acceptable low level of synthetic ingredient, in a concentration that is much much less than in a commercial product. We also do not bind our fragrance oils to our products with phthalates, lessening the exposure even more.

a handful of helpful articles:
The Chicago Tribune
USA Today
ABC News Report
The Right Start: The Need to Eliminate Toxic Chemicals from Baby Products by Environment California (pdf file)

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Responses

  1. You Chix ROCK! Thank you for the info.

    XOXOX Amy

  2. I’ve tried to eliminate SLS before (the infamous “no-poo” incident) without success. Do I remember you saying that you can use your soap as shampoo, too? Is it possible to replace my vast BBW stash with only Serendipity products? (Cleanser and moisturizer for body, face, and hair?)

  3. Everything we have is perfect for body, face, and hair. Getting rid of the BBW stash is tough, though…it might take an intervention of some sort, but your skin will thank you for it.

    I did use the soap as a shampoo, and it’s great for little newborn and baby hair up until their hair gets a bit thick. After that, and with my own hair, I didn’t like it so much–we’re so used to that ‘clean’ feeling of chemicals stripping our hair, that it feels wierd to have it ‘clean’ with some oils left over. Plus, it takes a good rinse of vinegar after on adult hair, and I didn’t like that smell, honestly. :O

    I’m working out a way to find and post about shampoo alternatives.

    In the meantime, get rid of everything else and restock with a soap, scrub, shea, and honeybuns. You’ll be set!

  4. I need to order some soaps as baby shower/welcome home gifts. Do you have any gift sets?

    xoxox Amy

  5. […] labelled ‘natural’ and ‘gentle’. We’ve talked about phthalates here and here and here, but you want […]

  6. […] have outlined the problems of phthalates in baby and bath products here and here and here and here, and we don’t have the energy to outline it all again. But, suffice it to say, if […]

  7. I think the smartest compnay out there reviewing all the research is Dr. Rubin at Belli Skin care. To find out the facts visit there site at http://www.belliskincare.com

  8. Actually, Anne, from the research I’ve done into Belli, it’s on my ‘do not buy’ list. You can look into it more by searching ‘Belli’ on the Cosmetic Database, here:

    http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/wordsearch.php?query=Belli

    When I look at the ingredients, I see sulfates, parabens, food dyes, betains, and urea to name a few. NOT something I want to be using on my skin, or my kids skin.

    Soapchix Tiff

  9. Take THAT, spammer!

  10. Perhaps you should look more carefully. i am not a spammer and Belli has a VERY low rating on the cosmetics database that you take of. They are 100% Phthtlate free, contain no parabens or synthetic fragrances and my baby loves them over and above all other products. If people choose to say good things about other companies on your website you should allow that feedback on topics as important as this, trying to make them sound bad just makes other people not want anything to do with your company. LIKE ME!

  11. WOTIF, thanks for pointing out that the products I linked to on the Cosmetics Database are no longer listed.

    So, I looked most carefully at the Belli website and took a few minutes to highlight some of the ingredients by name, that I briefly mentioned up above:

    Disodium EDTA
    Phenoxyethanol
    PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate
    Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate
    Cocoamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine
    Glycereth-2 Cocoate
    Cocamidopropyl Betaine

    Of course, everyone has different standards, but I personally don’t want this stuff on my baby or me. Which, in the end, is why I created the Wild Child baby bath line of products.

    I’m sorry if you felt I was making the person above sound bad, as I agree this topic is very important.

    Soapchix Tiff

  12. Hi Soapchix,

    I’m Dr. Rubin, founding physician and medical director of Belli. It’s nice to see that other skin care companies are being cautious and keeping xenoestrogens out of their baby products.

    Regarding the other Belli ingredients you mentioned in your post, I have studied the safety research extensively, and my analysis of the medical research may have led me to a different opinion than yours. We also use many different methods to ensure the integrity of our formulations, such as vacuum stripping to avoid impurities, teratology screening, and independant irritation/allergy testing.

    Please know that we take safety extremely seriously at Belli, and would never include any harmful ingredients in our products.

    If you ever have any questions or particular concerns, please feel free to contact me directly.

    Respectfully,

    Jason Rubin, MD
    Belli Medical Director

  13. Some great articles, very informative site.

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  15. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but
    I find this topic to be really something that I think I would never understand.
    It seems too complex and extremely broad for me.
    I’m looking forward for your next post, I’ll
    try to get the hang of it!


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