Cancer Causing Ingredients Commonly Found in Baby Products

Most of us know that the skin is the largest organ of the body, and that ingredients we put on our skin are entering directly into our bodies. If we know this, why do we continue to put known toxins on our skin? 

It is easy to assume that when a product is advertised towards babies and children that they have been tested to be safe, but unfortunately this is not always the case. 

We've discussed the importance of reading ingredient labels before, but let's go over some of the toxins that can commonly be found in products such as baby shampoo and baby lotion, so we know what we should be looking out for. 


Phthalates are commonly used in cosmetics to soften the consistency of the product. They are also often found in the recipe for artificial fragrances, so can occasionally hide behind the word "perfume" or "fragrance" on ingredient labels. 

Phthalates have been linked to reduced fertility (especially when used on baby boys), developmental disorders, asthma, and increased allergen sensitivity. 

In 2008, Phthalates were banned from being used in the manufacturing of plastic toys, but they are still used in cosmetic products. 


Formaldehyde is a preservative often used in cosmetic products, but may not always be listed on an ingredient label as it is a byproduct. 

Direct exposure to formaldehyde has caused reactions including itchy and irritated eyes, lung irritation, and sinus irritation. It can also affect the long-term productivity of the lungs.

Benzyl Alcohol

Benzyl alcohol is another preservative that is often used in cosmetic products, especially shampoos and washes. 

Consistent direct exposure to benzyl alcohol can cause long-term health concerns such as respiratory failure, hypotension (low blood pressure), and even seizures. 

Products Containing 1+ of These Ingredients:

  • Aveeno Soothing Relief Moisturizing Cream
  • Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion
  • Equate Baby Daily Baby Lotion
  • Baby Magic Baby Lotion
  • Best Choice Baby Lotion

Above are the three most common carcinogens found in skincare items marketed towards infants, and although we cannot always avoid these chemicals all together, it is always a good idea to know what to look out for so that we can do our best to reduce our exposure.

Keep checking back here as new toxins are added to the list regularly, and as more products are researched. 

"If you wouldn't want your baby to eat these chemicals, we should not be putting it on their skin."

Naturelle Home & Body Care products are always free from harmful ingredients, and they are completely safe for even the most sensitive baby skin. 

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