There is no doubt in my mind that parents want the best for their children. I am only an aunt and I want the world for my niece and nephew.

Johnson and Johnson is the one product company that comes to my mind when I see parents shopping or receiving gifts at their baby showers. Johnson and Johnson is also the single company that comes to my mind when I suggest companies to avoid completely. So where is the disconnect? Why do parents have to have Johnson and Johnson, and why wouldn’t I touch it without gloves on?

Johnson and Johnson does not make good products, they make good marketing campaigns.

Johnson and Johnson is not a baby company, they are an incredibly profitable company that sells cheap products.

Have you seen everything they own? Anything from K-Y jelly, to Aveeno, Band-Aid, medications like Tylenol, Listerine, Carefree, Splenda, and the list goes on and on. Parents should rethink any false ideas they may have about the company and realize they are not a healthy baby company to support.

Their advertisements bring to mind a gentle soft baby covered in blankets. Bath time with family. They even use calm, sleeping babies to sell their synthetic  “lavender” lotion. They have money and they are really good making their products look like something your baby needs.

Johnson and Johnson uses harsh chemicals in their products.

There is not a baby shower I have gone to that the pesky little yellow bottle of Johnson’s shampoo and Desitin don’t show up.

For 3 and 1/2 years the well known organization Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has been alerting Johnson and Johnson that they are using a carcinogen in their Johnson’s Baby Shampoo. The one ingredient they address is called quaternium-15 and it is used as a preservative that continually releases formaldehyde (a cancer causing chemical) in their baby shampoo. Formaldehyde also is a skin, eye and respiratory irritant.

Recently, in April 2013 the FDA (in India) canceled Johnson and Johnson’s license to sell cosmetics because of a hazardous chemical found in J & J’s baby powder.

Take a look at their ingredients, do you know what any of those chemicals are?


Johnson and Johnson’s Baby Shampoo

Ingredients: Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, PEG-150 Distearate, Fragrance, Polyquaternium-10, Tetrasodium EDTA, Quaternium-15, Citric Acid, Yellow 10 and Orange 4. May also contain: Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide.

PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate: Surfectant, helps to remove grease and cleanse the hair. Strong concern for skin toxicant or allergen. Possibley toxic to the organ system.

PEG-150 Distearate: Helps thicken the product and is also another surfectant to remove even more grease and cleanse the hair. is a possibly toxic to the organ system.

Fragrance: It is unknown what ingredients make up “fragrance.” Possible allergen and hormone disruptor. Up to several 100 different chemicals can be used in one fragrance alone, which could include phthalates. Phthalates are a human carcinogen that may adversely affect human reproduction or development.”

Phthalates must be listed among the ingredients on product labels, unless they are added as a part of the “fragrance.” Under current law, they can then simply be labeled “fragrance,” even though they may make up 20% or more of the product.

Tetrasodium EDTA: Is a preservative that’s made from the known carcinogen formaldehyde and sodium cyanide. Is a penetration enhancer, meaning it can penetrate through the skin.

Quaternium-15: A preservative that releases formaldehyde, a known cancer causing ingredient.

Yellow 10: Color produced from petroleum and coal tar. Not approved by FDA for cosmetics used around eyes.

Orange 4: Color. Possible organ system toxicity (non-reproductive).

Instead of Johnson’s Shampoo try:

Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash (vegan, made in Clackamas, Oregon)

Ingredients: Organic Potassium cocoate [soap derived from coconut oil], contains Organic Potassium olivate [cleanser derived from olive oil], Aloe barbadensis (organic aloe) leaf juice, Vanilla planifolia (organic vanilla) fruit extract, Citrus sinensis (organic sweet orange), Kosher Vegetable glycerin (palm sourced), Potassium citrate, Butyrospermun parkii (organic shea) butter, Calendula officinalis (organic calendula) flower extract

Everyday Shea Babies and Up Shampoo and Body Wash (vegan and gluten free, made in Washington)

Ingredients: Aqueous extracts of Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) and Neem (Azaradicha indica), Handcrafted Shea Butter Soap (Saponified Shea (Butyrospermum parkii) Butter and Virgin Coconut (Cocos nucifera) Oil), Decyl Polyglucose [biodegradable foaming agent, cleanser made derived from coconuts and corn starch], Lavender Essential Oil, Lemon Extract, Sea Salt.

Baby Carrots Body Wash (vegan and made in Enterprise, Oregon)

Ingredients: liquid castile soap (water, saponified organic coconut oil, organic olive oil, organic jojoba oil, organic guar gum, organic rosemary extract, organic aloe vera and vegetable glycerin) organic lavender, organic mandarin and roman chamomile essential oil

Other products of J & J’s continue to follow their same chemical ingredient use. Desitin baby rash cream is another popular item I always see being given to parents to use.


Johnson and Johnson’s Desitin

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (13%)

Inactive Ingredients: Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Beeswax (Apis Mellifera), Dimethicone, Fragrance (Parfum), Magnesium Sulfate, Methylparaben, Microcrystalline Wax, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), PEG 30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Petrolatum, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Hydroxide, Propylparaben, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Water

Instead of Desitin use:

Earth Mama Baby Angel Baby Bottom Balm (vegan, made in Clackamas, Oregon)

Ingredients: Olea europaea (organic olive) oil, Butyrospermum parkii (organic shea) butter, Euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, Simmondsia chinensis (organic jojoba) oil, Melaleuca alternifolia (organic tea tree), Lavandula angustifolia (organic lavender) flower oil, Calendula officinalis (organic calendula)flower extract, Hypericum perforatum (organic St. John’s wort) flower extract, Stellaria media (organic chickweed) extract, Plantago major (organic plantain) extract, Commiphora myrrha (myrrh)

Honest Healing Balm (not vegan, but better ingredients)

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Olea Europaea ( Olive) Fruit Oil*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Calophyllum Tacamahaca (Tamanu) Oil*, Tocopherol (non-GMO), Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Calendula)*, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract* *Certified organic ingredient

The Merry Hempsters Baby Salve (vegan, made in Eugene, Oregon)

Ingredients: Organic Cannabis sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Euphorbia cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, (Certified Organic Lavandula officinalis (Lavender) Flowers, Certified Organic Calendula officinalis (Marigold) Flowers, and Commiphora myrrha (Myrrh) Gum Crystals Infused in Organic Olea europaea (Olive) or Organic Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Oil), (Essential Oils of: Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree), Lavandula officinalis (Lavender) and Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary)), Non-GMO d-alpha Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract.


Aware companies you should use instead of Johnson and Johnson’s:

Earth Mama Angel Baby (vegan)

The Honest Company (vegan products available, check the label)

Mighty Nest (vegan products available, check the label)

Merry Hempters (vegan products available, check the label)

Wild Carrot Herbals (vegan products available, check the label)


What alternatives to Johnson and Johnson products have you used?


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