61 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2011
To say Johnson's is a disappointment is a major understatement. To find out today that Johnson's has not removed a known carcinogen from their US products has really pissed me off. "The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics came out with the news two years ago that Johnson & Johnson's iconic baby shampoo contained the formaldehyde-releasing preservative quaternium-15, as well as the chemical byproduct 1,4-dioxane. Formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane are known carcinogens. The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission has reported that "the presence of 1,4-dioxane, even as a trace contaminant, is cause for concern," and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services added formaldehyde to its list of known human carcinogens in June 2011."
I received a small travel size sample of the baby wash for my baby shower and was using it. Once I heard the news I looked at the ingredients, and sure enough, quaternium-15 is right there. I guess the natural products don't have it. Be sure to check for the ingredient in all their products.
I won't be buying any Johnson and Johnson's products until they clean up their act.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2011
We originally purchased this when we had babies. We wanted something without fragrance that was gentle and wouldn't burn their eyes. Eventually, I found out that my husband had started using it because of its all purpose nature. After about 9 years of purchasing this, I stopped, and my husband really missed it. His eyes are very sensitive to soap, yet he has no problem with this. I've now placed an order for another two large bottles!
We find it helpful to keep a bottle of baby wash in our pool bag. There's no need to bring a separate container of shampoo and soap. We all can shower and shampoo with this. While the lack of fragrance was wonderful when we had little ones, we still appreciate it as adults who don't want to smell like baby powder or some other artificial scent. If it can keep a baby and a marine clean, it can keep anyone clean!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2011
I'm nearly 42 and I've used this as my primary shampoo for the last 10 years. When using regular shampoo, I will often get a dry scalp, causing itching and flaking. Since using the J&J product, I rarely have any of these issues. It cleans, but is gentle enough for every day use.
My daughter uses it as a body wash, as she finds it easy on her skin.
Great product and good for anyone dealing with dry scalp, psoriasis or skin issues.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2013
My baby has eczema, and when she was first born we were using this wash to bath her with. We started to notice her skin breaking out and getting worse after bathing her, and realized this wash was flaring up her eczema. If you have a baby with any type of sensitive skin issue, I would steer clear.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2014
I have extremely sensitive skin, and was looking for an extremely mild "all-inclusive" wash. This led me back to Johnson's Head-To-Toe Wash, I have used this in the past, as well as their regular Baby Shampoo, and the Natural's Baby Wash. As luck would have it, they improved the formula (which isn't always a good thing). I think Johnson's did a lot of R & D to perfect this wash by removing quaternium-15. and 1,4-dioxane (formaldehyde). These have been known carcinogens. In addition, they improved this particular wash by now using a hypoallergenic fragrance as well. All these people with the 1-star reviews may want to consider giving this another shot. If it's gentle enough for me, it's gentle enough for ANYONE to use!
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2012
I have just learnt of this today,i have been an avid user of Johnson and Johnson i feel lied too about the safety and i should have probably done my part to ensure ingredients going into my childs soap was safe same as i do for his food,there are so may children in the already suffering from cancer and dying (am not saying johnsons soaps caused it) i don't mean to be melodramatic but i could not live with myself if there was ever any slight chance that the cancer was not sporadic but in fact caused by a mistake on my part.
This excerpt come from:
"Johnson & Johnson clearly can make safer baby shampoo in all the markets around the world, but it's not doing it," said Lisa Archer, director of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.
The campaign's new report, "Baby's Tub is Still Toxic," is set to be released Tuesday, when the group was launching the boycott via its Web site, [...]
The updated report was based on an examination of label ingredients for Johnson & Johnson baby products in 13 countries.
On Monday, the campaign sent Johnson & Johnson a letter, signed by about 25 environmental, medical and other groups representing about 3.5 million people in the U.S. and other countries. It urges the company to publicly commit by Nov. 15 to removing the chemicals from all personal care products worldwide.
In response, Johnson & Johnson said in a statement that formaldehyde-releasing preservatives are safe and approved by regulators in the U.S. and other countries, but that it is gradually phasing them out of its baby products. It said it is also reformulating baby products to reduce the level of dioxane below detectable levels. But it did not say whether it would respond to or meet the campaign's full demands.
The letter, addressed to CEO William Weldon, was signed by groups including the Breast Cancer Fund, Environmental Working Group, Friends of the Earth, American Nurses Association, Physicians for Social Responsibility and Green America.
According to the report, obtained by The Associated Press, one of the suspect chemicals, quaternium-15, is a preservative that kills bacteria by releasing formaldehyde. Formaldehyde, used as a disinfectant and embalming fluid, was declared a known human carcinogen this past June by the U.S. National Toxicology Program. Formaldehyde also is a skin, eye and respiratory irritant.
Quaternium-15 is still an ingredient on Johnson & Johnson's Baby Shampoo sold in the U.S., Canada, China, Indonesia and Australia, but the campaign's research this summer found it's not in the same product sold in at least eight other countries, from the U.K. and Denmark to Japan and South Africa.
The second chemical, 1,4-dioxane, is considered a likely carcinogen. It's a byproduct of a process for making chemicals more soluble and gentler on the skin.
The campaign's May 2009 report, called "No More Toxic Tub," stated that studies by an independent laboratory it hired, Analytical Sciences LLC, found that 1,4-dioxane was contained in Johnson & Johnson's Baby Shampoo, Oatmeal Baby Wash, Moisture Care Baby Wash and Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Creamy Wash.
According to the report, the company has since launched a baby shampoo called Johnson's Naturals, sold in the U.S., that does not include 1,4-dioxane. But original Johnson's baby shampoo, which costs about half as much, has not been reformulated for the U.S. market, according to the campaign.
Analytical Sciences tested multiple J&J baby product samples from the U.S. for the first report, finding low levels of the chemicals. After that, according to Archer, consumer groups in South Africa, Sweden and Japan contacted her group to note that quaternium-15 was not being used in products in their countries.
Archer noted that some of the countries where the products did not contain the harsh chemicals had bans on them in personal care products, but others didn't
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2013
I wish I knew this earlier, but apparently there was a media coverage years before about how this particular soap contains formaldehyde which causes CANCER.
Since my hospital where I delivered my twin boys were using this product, I figured this was safe...but I was wrong.
I just read an article stating that many of J&J products contain carcinogenic agents and they are planning to "phase out" other ingredients that could cause cancer.
really? would you use this product on your new borns?
I am so disappointed and got my refund right away.
I am sad that I've been using this product for the last 6+ months.
J&J also owns Neutrogena, Aveno, and Clean & Clear.I will not be using any of these products for our kids. I don't think you want to risk it on yours either.
If you want to read the article, please follow this link.