Bubble bath, body wash, shampoo, soap-these are common things you can find at pretty much any store. And if they’re being sold in stores to the general public, that must mean they’re safe, right? Not 100%.
According to David Suzuki’s Dirty Dozen List and US research studies, 1 in 8 of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors. Things like plasticizers (which is used to keep concrete soft), degreasers (used to clean auto parts) and surfucants (used to keep tension in waters like paints and inks) can be found in hundreds of different, popular body care brands.
This is one of the many reasons I chose to be super picky when it came to any product we used on Little-people don’t realize how much guck we absorb through our skin, which is our body’s biggest organ. Check out our list below to find out the products we love to use-and a super, simple, natural way to help keep your little’s bath toys from collecting mold.
- The Honest Company. We love the Honest Company-we’ve used all the products they have available in Canada extensively throughout our house, and haven’t found one we haven’t been impressed with. What I love about them most, is they give me the peace of mind that I know what I’m putting on my child’s skin isn’t going to harm him. After researching the ingredient lists on all of their personal care products, it was great to see that none ended up on any Dirty Dozen lists I could find. And if you have a little like me who loves bubbles in his bath (and occasionally eats them), their bubble bath is not only gentle and moisturizing for sensitive skin, but completely plant based with no yucky preservatives. You can find The Honest Company at SnuggleBugz, Well.ca, Indigo, Bed, Bath and Beyond Canada and Serenity Birth Studio.
- Substance by Matter Company. I could go on and on about how much I love this company. Based in Toronto and made there, this stuff is about natural as you can get. No preservatives, no additives, nothing, just pure goodness. Their slogan is “the ingredients are the product”-which couldn’t be more true. We’ve used a range of their products as well, from their nappy ointment, sunscreen, to their lip and cheek balm-and have been impressed every time. Find them at Liam and Lauren Baby, Well.ca, The Safety Superstore, or SnuggleBugz.
- Baby and Eve. Despite the name of the product, Everyday Bum Balm, I’ve used this product all over Little. It’s been a lifesaver when his eczema patches have flared up, or when he’s had a diaper rash from teething. A little goes a long way with this super spreadable balm, and its not overly greasy, so you can get those freshly bathed littles dressed soon after you lotion them up. Like Substance, it’s made in Toronto, with no hidden ingredients, no preservatives and no additives. Available at Well.ca and Liam and Lauren Baby.
And here’s a little trick I’ve learned to help keep bath toys mold free, clean and sanitary-soak them in a pot of hot water with vinegar (try to keep the amount vinegar at about 1 cup vs 5 cups water). Especially with the squirty toys, which tend to be the worst for mold-suck in some of the vinegar water and let them soak for about an hour-the vinegar will help prevent the growth of the mold.
Scrub, a dub, dub! 😊 🛀🏼