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

Fragrance-free

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

With fragrances (essential oils)

Brand nameProduct description
Babo BotanicalsCalming Shampoo Bubble Bath and Wash
Baby Mantra3-in-1 Bubble Bath, Shampoo & Wash
DruideFoaming Bath
EveryoneKids 3-in-1 Soap Unscented
Qet BotanicalsBlooming Tea Bath
ThinkbabyBubble Bath

Ingredients to avoid in products you choose

  • 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