In 2009, the Environmental Working Group found that more than 60% of children’s bath products contained formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, and 1,4-dioxane, a possible carcinogen (source: Guide to Less Toxic Products).

Healthy alternatives


Brand nameProduct description
AveenoSoothing Bath Treatment (100% oatmeal)
Dolphin OrganicsBaby Bubble Bath
Uniquely JTear-Free Baby Bubble Bath, fragrance-free

Avoid the following chemicals in regular products

Benzyl alcohol: irritant to eyes and upper respiratory tract, neurotoxic

– Ceteareth: possible carcinogen (by release of 1,4-dioxane)

– Dyes (coal tar): carcinogen, skin sensitizer, photosensitizer

– Dicoumarol: toxic to the immune system

– DMDM hydantoin: possible carcinogen (by formaldehyde release), skin irritant, skin sensitizer

– Parabens: endocrine disruptors

– Synthetic fragrances: allergens

– PEG (polyethyleneglycol): possible carcinogen (by release of 1,4-dioxane and sodium lauryl sulfate), irritant to skin, eyes and respiratory tract

Quaternium-15: possible carcinogen (by formaldehyde release)

– Sodium lauryl sulfate: irritant, may cause contact dermatitis