The Hypocrisy of Johnson & Johnson – HAZMAT Alert
Johnson’s baby care line’s motto is: “Add a layer of gentle, loving protection to your baby’s skin”. They even have a Safety and Care Commitment tab on their site. They talk about sourcing raw materials and such. Seems legit, right? What they fail to add is that petro products are raw materials. Gasoline is derived from petro. Would you spread gasoline on your baby?
If you knew the truth about Johnson & Johnson baby products, you’d never buy them again. Ever.
Recently, I posted a blog about the dangerous chemicals in our everyday skin care items. In fact, unless you already buy organic, you can quite possibly assault your system with over 100 toxic chemicals before your first cup of joe. More on that to come… today, I bring you the horrors of Johnson & Johnson Baby Products.
I used only Burt’s Bee’s and Aura Cacia on my children’s delicate skin when they were babies. Yes, even as far back as eighteen years ago, I knew the evil that lurked in the baby care aisles. I’d witness pregnant women stocking their carts with skin irritants, endocrine disruptors, and allergy inducers. I tried a few times to strike up conversations and nonchalantly throw in the dangers of their retail choices. But, alas, I was met with raised eyebrows, as though I’d spontaneously sprouted a prehensile tail.
Let’s reflect for a moment. The main reason so many people like Johnson & Johnson products is because of the dreamy, baby-like smell of the products. Yeah, I get it, they smell good. But, at a cost. After some basic research, it turns out that J & J baby products are actually some of the worst in regards to toxicity. Furthermore, I am shocked that their baby oil is still on the shelves. I mean, come on FDA, when are you going to stop endangering babies’ lives? Seriously, baby oil is nothing more than mineral oil with fragrance added. But that’s not the worst part. The worst part is that babies can aspirate on the oil if ingested/inhaled by accident. Read the heart-wrenching true stories here. Alert ** They are very sad. Please don’t read if you’re highly sensitive.
Honestly, what’s disappointed me the most over the years are friends and acquaintances who try to justify their continued purchasing of J&J baby products with statements like, “The organic brands are too expensive”, “It’s the only thing that calms him/her down”, or “My mom used this on me when I was a baby, so it can’t be too bad”. I have to wonder to myself, if rat poison tasted like chocolate, would they eat it, regardless of the dangers? No, yet they continue to put poison on their baby’s skin. I just don’t get it.
In closing, please don’t be fooled by Johnson & Johnson’s claims that their products are “hypo-allergenic”. Any company can slap that on their label, by the way. In researching one of their products, “Johnson & Johnson Moisture Care Baby Wash”, here is what I found:
HIGH concerns: Endocrine disruption, Multiple, additive exposure sources, Contamination concerns, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Occupational hazards; MODERATE concerns: Biochemical or cellular level changes, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); LOW concerns: Enhanced skin absorption, Cancer, Data gaps, Ecotoxicology
Please make sure you read the ingredient lists before buying any baby products. Just because a label claims something is organic, doesn’t make it true. Some safe brands include: Earth Mama, Angel Baby; Butt Naked; California Baby; Belly Buttons & Babies. Search online at Amazon.com, and also local retailers, such as Target.