Many wipes contain parabens, propylene glycol, petrochemicals, sulphates and other carcinogens, allergens and skin irritants. There are a few on the market that are low in irritants, some affordable, some just a little on the expensive side!
Lets take a look at a few different brands …
|NAME||COST||NUMBER OF WIPES||DETRIMENTS||POSITIVES|
|Luv Me*||$4.50||80||None we are aware of.||100% Bamboo fibre, aloe and vitamin E, gentle preservatives. Biodegradable. Affordable.|
|Gaia||$6.50||80||Alkyl Dimethyl Benzyl Ammonium Chloride and Cocamidopropyl Betaine have potential to cause allergies and irritations.||Overall, not too toxic. Some lovely organic essential oils.|
|Naty||$6.00||70||Phenoxyethanol, an ingredient with potential to be a skin irritant and cause contact dermatitis. Perfume – chemical concoctions that are often irritants or worse.||Aloe, panthanol for skin conditioning.|
|Seventh Generation||$10.40||70||Tocopheryl acetate which can cause allergies and immuno-toxicity. Cost is very high.||Pretty good ingredients list including vitamin E and aloe.|
|Wot Not||$8.95||80||Tocopheryl acetate which can cause allergies and immuno-toxicity. Cost is high.||Pretty good ingredient list. Aloe and vitamin E. They’re biodegradable, too.|
|Curash||$4.99||80||Contains formaldehyde, a known carcinogen and other skin irritants such as Phenoxyethanol and parabens.||Hard to find a positive … Contains water … that’s natural isn’t it?!|
|Coles||$3.00||80||Phenoxyethanol, parabens, fragrance, propylene glycol. These are skin and immune system irritants, can cause contact dermatitis, are respiratory toxicants and have potential negative effects on the reproductive systems. Eek!||Cheap.|
|Huggies||$4.99||80||Methylisothlazolinone, parabens and triclosan which are linked to allergies, immunotoxicity, and neurotoxicity.||Well known brand and lots of marketing.|
|Johnsons||$4.99||80||Phenoxyethanol and fragrance. Associated with allergies, dermatitis and suspected carcinogen.||Well known brand and lots of marketing.|
* Luv Me Bamboo Eco Wet Wipes are available from Our Eco Babies for $4.50 each or $4.05 each when buying a bulk box.
- http://blog.hellocharlie.com.au/2014/01/safer-baby-wipes-cheat-sheet/ (Vanessa Layton 2014)
- CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review). 2006. CIR Compendium, containing abstracts, discussions, and conclusions of CIR cosmetic ingredient safety assessments. Washington DC.