When I left the hospital after having my first son I was given a bag of product samples. Awesome! I love a goodie bag just as much as the next person. And as the crazy days of life with a newborn unfolded, shopping was forgotten and toiletries started to diminish so I started to delve into the goodie bag. I lapped up all the organic and natural samples and then it came to the not-so-natural ones. Well there’s a few products on the market that are definite best sellers and when my bub got nappy rash for the first time I was recommended one particular product over and over by well-meaning friends and healthcare advisors. And there’s no doubt that this product and many on the retail shelves work. But what exactly am I being advised to put on my bubba’s sore bum?
Our skin is the largest organ on our bodies and is very absorbent, to which we often generously apply various unhealthy creams. Baby’s skin is thinner than ours, so chemicals penetrate much more easily. Plus, a baby has a much greater ratio of skin surface area to internal body mass than an adult, which translates to more concentrated chemical exposure from skin care products than an adult.
Many baby care products such as nappy cream can contain an abundance of unsafe chemicals and toxins known to be harmful. Applying these known toxins to our bubba’s little bodies repetitively, can have lasting effects.
So what are the ingredients that are found in some common nappy creams and why you should avoid them:
BHA (Butylated hydroxyanisol) – High hazard toxicity rating*
BHA is associated with cancer and hormone disruption in numerous studies. And since it carries EWG Skin Deep’s very highest toxicity level, this answers the question “safe or toxic” outright. It has been banned from cosmetics in the EU because of skin depigmentation.
Fragrance – High hazard toxicity rating*
Fragrance is a term that designates an undisclosed combination of ingredients that give the product a smell. As such, it can hide the existence of virtually any dangerous chemical. We also know that synthetic fragrance may contain phthalates, which are hormone disrupting chemicals. Fragrances have been are associated with allergies, and organ system toxicity.
Boric acid and sodium borate – High hazard toxicity rating*
Used as an antimicrobial agent linked to endocrine disruption and reproductive toxicity.
Parabens- propyl, methyl, ethyl etc. – High hazard toxicity rating*
The most widely used preservative in cosmetics. They easily penetrate the skin and can mimic estrogen and act as a potential hormone system disruptor.
Petrolatum – Moderate hazard toxicity rating*
Is mineral oil jelly i.e. petroleum jelly and is used as a barrier to lock moisture in the skin. It is a carcinogen and linked to organ system toxicity. NB: Paraffin is a by-product of Petroleum
Benzyl alcohol – Moderate hazard toxicity rating*
A naturally occurring and synthetic ingredient used as a solvent and preservative. It has been associated with contact allergies & organ system toxicity
- Benzyl Cinnamate is an ester of benzyl alcohol and cinnamic acid.
Propylene Glycol – Low hazard toxicity rating*
Antifreeze – a by-product of fossil fuel (oil refining and natural gas processing) and also found in nature as a by-product of fermentation. Associated with enhanced skin absorption, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity, Allergies/immunotoxicity.
Source: EWG’s Skin deep cosmetics database
What stands out is that these ingredients are ALL hormone disrupters. Why would it be safe to apply hormone disrupting chemicals on a baby’s bottom day after day? Particularly with infertility issues being a growing problem nowadays.
This just goes to show why it’s so important to get in the habit of reading the ingredients on all products before purchase. I always think that a good way to do a quick scan is if you can’t pronounce it, the chances are it’s a chemical/synthetic ingredient and probably needs more research.
You’ll be very pleased to know that our Earth mumma organics Bubba Bottom Balm DOES NOT contain any of these worrying ingredients.
Our full ingredients list is:
Purified Water, Organic Safflower Oil, Zinc Oxide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Monostereate, Organic Shea Butter, Beeswax, Glyceryl Caprylate, Organic Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Papaya Extract, Organic Manuka Honey, Parfum (from Almond & Vanilla extras), Locust Bean Gum, Annatto Oil, Vitamin E, and Rosemary Extract.
Earth Mumma Organics Bubba Bottom Balm is a gentle, highly effective cream that contains 100% natural, organic ingredients and zinc, and has been specially formulated to care for the delicate skin around baby’s nappy area. The proven ingredients soothe and heal baby’s skin while creating a moisture-repellent barrier that still allows the skin to breathe, keeping baby comfortable and dry and happy.
Buy it online here: https://lariese.com/product/bubba-bottom-balm/