Posted on February 17 2010
When I read that my Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) was advocating a bill – the Safe Baby Products Act of 2009 -- to ensure safer personal care products for children, it reinforced my belief that mothers like me need alternatives for our kids. Of course I grew up using our common drugstore baby brands like many of us, and I seem to be fine (so far), but I want better care for my children. That's why I created a new line of hair, scalp and skincare for babies and kids – Babo Botanicals -- to help protect my children from all of the icky chemicals they are exposed to these days. Click to Ingredients to see the cornerstone of all Babo products.
The purpose of Senator Gillibrand’s bill is to study the presence of contaminants and impurities in cosmetics and personal care products marketed to and used by children. Specifically, it addresses the findings of a study, which states that two chemicals found in many of the available children’s brands are proven to be carcinogenic, yet they are not even listed on the product labels because they aren’t actually ingredients. These two contaminants are formaldehyde and 1,4 dioxane, which both develop post-manufacturing. A great article on this subject can be seen on http://www.safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=414.
Another excellent resource to look up the safety of personal care ingredients is Skin Deep, a Cosmetic Safety Database at http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/splash.php?URI=/index.php. You can look up the hazard level of each ingredient in any personal care product.
The bill is currently “in committee,” and you can track its progress here: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-925. And, even if you don’t choose to buy Babo Botanicals, my goal is to provide great resources so that you can make the most educated decisions when choosing products. Peace of mind is a wonderful thing for parents!