The ones that really need to be avoided at all costs. These ingredients have been banned in some countries and it's time for Australia to follow suit!
Parabans – Including methly, propyl, butlyl and ethyl paraban (anything ending in paraban), these are preservatives that have been linked to hormone disruption and infertility, and may increase the risk of certain cancers.
Propylene Glycol ! – Derived from natural gas this ingredient has been known to cause allergic reactions, hives and eczema.
This ingredient is suspected of causing immunotoxicity, respiratory toxicity and skin or sense according to sources compiled by Scorecard (www.scorecard.org)
Triclosan ! – An antibacterial agent found in anti bacterial hand soaps and wipes. Triclosan raises a high level of health concern and is of regulatory concern because:
This ingredient (or its metabolites) is frequently detected in human blood or urine, indicating significant U.S. population exposure.
It is suspected of causing skin or sense organ toxicity, according to sources compiled by Scorecard (www.scorecard.org)
It is suspected of causing immunotoxicity, according to sources compiled by Scorecard (www.scorecard.org)
It meets the criteria used to identify Substance of Very High Concern in the European Union's REACH program and is being prioritized for replacement by safer alternatives.
It has been restricted for use in cosmetics in Canada.
It has been restricted for use in cosmetics in Japan.
Methylisothiazolinone- is a widely-used preservative; has been associated with allergic reactions. Lab studies on the brain cells of mammals also suggest that methylisothiazolinone may be neurotoxic.
Banned in Europe, Canada and Japan but still allowed in Australia!
WOTNOT Biodegradable Baby Wipes of course! We like to be 100% transparent about the inmgredients used in our products. Here is an explanation of what goes in:
Purified water, glycerin (vegetable derived), certified organic aloe barbadensis* (certified organic aloe vera for healthy skin), vitamin e, decyl glucoside (extra mild surfactant), citric acid (mild preservative), polyminopropyl biguanide (mild preservative).
These pure ingredients along with a 100% natural and biodegradable fibre make WOTNOT wipes the best choice for baby and the environment.
Free from alcohol, chlorine, perfume, parabens, PEGs and petrochemicals.
NOT tested on animals
Suitable for vegans
Suitable for sufferers of eczema or dermatitis
I recommend wot not wipes. Fantastic low chemical wipes. Tried Huggies unscented once when ran out - he had bad nappy rash that might for the first and only time
A percentage of all sales of Wotnot goes to supporting Bear Cottage every year. Bear Cottage is a one of a kind childrens' hospice based on Sydney's Northern Beaches offering respite to sick children and their families.
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Ingredients to look out for in your baby wipes and generally in products that you put onto your families's skin.
Phthalates (DEHP, BBP, DBP, DMP, DEP) – these chemicals, have been linked to sperm damage and infertility. Phthalates are banned from personal care products in Europe.
PEG’s – Polyehylene Glycol – PEG’s are used to help cleansers dissolve oil and grease and can be found in caustic oven cleaners – enough said – not something I want to be using on my skin. They strip away natural moisture and can damage the immune system.
DMDM hydantoin – A preservative that releases formaldehyde which is linked to asthma, skin conditions, chronic fatiugue, headaches, dizziness and other respiratory problems.
Mineral Oil – A derivative of petroleum this coats the skin like plastic wrap and keeps the skin from being able to breathe and absorb moisture as well as release toxins.
Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate - A detergent and foaming agent, it’s hard to find shampoo or toothpaste without SLS. Because it’s derived from coconut, some manufacturers or labels may claim that it is a natural ingredient, but it is the processing used to create SLS that makes this a toxic ingredient. It can cause malformation to children’s eyes, skin irritation, and is damaging to the immune system.
Try to avoid any list containing “glycol” or “methyl” - They are generally not good! If you are not sure ASK, there are lots of really long names for ingredients out there! We encourage our customers to ask about our ingredients because as a brand we have nothing to hide.
Phenoxyethanol- Can be found in baby wipes as a preservative but has been considered toxic for use around the mouth or lips according to the EWG Skindeep database. This ingredient has strict regulations for use in cosmetic products in Japan -http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/704811/PHENOXYETHANOL/
Check out the dirty dozen for further information...
The GOOD, the BAD and the UGLY!
Your baby's skin is so soft and precious that you have to very aware of the products that you use on it, unfortunately lot's of us are unaware of what ingredients really mean so we are here to explain! If you find an ingredient on your packet that you would like us to explain then please post the ingredient on our Facebook/Instagram page with #wotstheingredient.
Here at WOTNOT we like to be completely transparent about our ingredients which is why we provide a full listing of wot we put in. The Swap4Good campaign was designed to raise awareness about the key ingredients that can be found in mainstream wipes that should be avoided. These ingredients can be carcinogenic and hormone disrupting and as consumers we are not protected from them as some other countries are, let's have a voice and put our children first by avoiding products that contain harmful ingredients and Swap4Good.
Propylene Glycol ,