Popular children’s bath products contain cancer-causing chemicals, according to research carried out in the United States. An independent laboratory tested a range of top-selling brands and found many of them contained formaldehyde, which is used to embalm corpses.Out of the 28 products tested for formaldehyde in the study, 23 contained it. Studies have linked the substance to cancers of the brain, nasal sinuses and possibly leukaemia.Others had traces of 1,4-dioxane, a foaming agent which is also believed to be a cancer risk for humans. Of the 48 items tested for 1,4-dioxane, 67% contained it.It is banned in Europe, and formaldehyde is restricted. However, the chemicals are apparently unregulated in the US.Both substances were apparently found in Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, L’Oreal Kids Extra Gentle 2-in-1 shampoo and Pampers Kandoo foaming soap.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, who commissioned the tests, said: "If chemicals are causing cancer in animals, we really shouldn’t be putting them on babies’ heads."

I hope the mr men bathfoam I bought Alex at christmas has been destroyed!




  1. OMG, what business enterprises will stoop to next to make a quick buck! This can’t possibly be an innocent mistake in the formulation.

  2. No worries about the bathfoam… I threw it out. We didn\’t want to offend at the time. I\’ve known about these chemicals for a while which is why I joined Wikaniko. They put this rubbish (and other things) in make up, shampoos, deodorants, cleaning products…just about everything!!!

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