I’m sure by now you’ve all heard about the controversy surrounding Johnson & Johnson’s No More Tears baby shampoo. If not, I’ll try to sum it up for you…
Johnson & Johnson products cause cancer in innocent little babies.
Oh wait… My apologies, I misunderstood.
The truth is…No More Tears baby shampoo, which was a staple in my childhood home (and many of yours, I’m sure), is under fire because there are 2 chemicals in it that could potentially cause cancer – dioxane and a substance called quaternium-15.
Now here’s the kicker. J&J apparently MAKES the SAME shampoo WITHOUT those ingredients…it’s just not sold in the U.S. or Canada.
This is what I don’t understand. Why make two formulations of the same product? Maybe the shampoo sold in the U.K. and Japan has an ingredient that is not approved in the U.S.? I’m grasping at straws here.
The bottom line is…if you are concerned about this product, then don’t buy it. And spread the word. Maybe if we stop purchasing harmful products, companies will start paying attention? It’s all about the money with them anyway, right?
(And as a rule of thumb, when buying anything – if you can’t pronounce the ingredients on the label, or if the ingredients list just goes on and on…it’s probably best to find something else!)
If you are choosing to avoid J&J baby shampoo, what are you using instead?
**Edited to add: Based on Beyouteeful’s comment below, I will be contacting J&J to inform them that I will no longer purchase their products until they make some changes. If you would like to do the same, their contact information is here.
Also, Johnson’s has a new line called Johnson’s Naturals, which is supposedly 98% natural ingredients, and none of the controversial ones in the “classic” formula. Why even SELL the classic formula at all then?