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Last updated on June 22nd, 2017
Before we talk about Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes ingredients, let me tell you something. One day about a year ago, I was taking a walk with my husband. I had just started this blog and probably had no more than 50 subscribers. We had put on sunscreen to protect us during the walk. While we were walking, it suddenly hit me. I knew that whatever we put on our skin gets absorbed into our body. I thought, “What if I get a conventional medicine MD (who is not focused on the environmental causes of illness) to confirm that.
We found an internal medicine practitioner. He confirmed this principle (you can read his post here). Whatever we put on our skin bypassed the digestive system, and those chemicals can be absorbed directly into your tissues and organs. If the chemical reaches our blood, it would potentially be metabolized and /or filtered by liver and kidneys but how well that works, it would depend on a person, a chemical, and the amount of the chemical.
Since then I’ve tried my best not to put anything on my skin or my baby’s skin that I would not eat. And we eat 100% organic, at least at home.
With this introduction, let’s talk about Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes ingredients. By the way, I don’t use any baby wipes on my son because I have not found any certified organic baby wipes. I believe due to the nature of the beast it is impossible to make them fully organic. But I know many of us are not as crazy as I am and use baby wipes. I love the fact that you want to know what the wipes you use are made of. So for as long as you keep asking questions about baby wipes, I will keep blogging about them.
Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes ingredients are advertised as being safe for even the most sensitive skin. So without further ado, let’s look at the actual ingredients and see for ourselves if they are suitable for a baby’s sensitive skin.
By the way, the Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes ingredients are not available on the Pampers website. You have to make a phone call. A customer representative might direct you to the Procter & Gamble website that is supposed to retrieve ingredients of all products the company makes. However, the search engine on the website does not work properly. So do not waste your time on it. I based my review of Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes ingredients that a company representative emailed me.
List of Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes Ingredients
Water/Agua/Eau, Citric Acid, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Bis-PEG/PPG-16/16 PEG/PPG-16/16 Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyglycerin, Bisabolol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Polypropylene, Rayon, Lyocell
Let me group Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes Ingredients for better understanding.
Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes Ingredients with Contamination Concerns
The following ingredients may not be harmful in and of themselves, but if extreme caution is not taken with them during the manufacturing process, they can become contaminated. Therefore, it is best to avoid them if possible because the only way to be certain they have not become contaminated during the manufacturing process would be to send the wipes you just bought to a testing laboratory, after which they would not be usable as wipes (even if you could afford to pay to have them tested). Obviously, this is not practical, so just try to avoid the altogether.
PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Bis-PEG/PPG-16/16 PEG/PPG-16/16 Dimethicone
The word “PEG” with a number associated with it is an indication that the ingredient may be contaminated with a very potent carcinogen – 1,4-Dioxane (read my “1,4-Dioxane in Cosmetics and Personal Care and Cleaning Products” post on how to avoid the contaminated products). The reason there is a danger of contamination is that these synthetic ingredients were produced with the help of ethylene oxide. The by-product of this chemical reaction is 1,4-Dioxane. Not every company makes an effort to remove 1,4-dioxane from the products we consume. And there is no way to know whether the removal process has taken place except by contacting the manufacturer, and even then you have to take their word that it was done correctly every time. I personally do not want to take this chance.
To be fair, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics tested Pampers Baby Wipes – the Fresh and Calming formulation, not the Sensitive style – and did not find any 1,4-dioxane. However, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics warns us that there is no guarantee that other samples of the same product are not contaminated. I contacted the company about 1,4-dioxane. Once I receive a response, I will update this post.
Even if the Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes ingredients do not contain 1,4-dioxane (P&G states that none of their wipes contain 1,4-dioxane), I am not going to be satisfied. I do not believe that baby products should be made from petroleum derivatives using chemicals that are toxic to the environment and industry workers, such as ethylene oxide. In addition, do we really have to rely unsustainable oil to make baby wipes?
Preservatives in Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes Ingredients
One of the reasons I do not use baby wipes is because of preservatives. All baby wipes have to contain preservatives due to the high content of water in them, which creates a breeding ground for bacteria and mold.
The good news is that the preservatives used in Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes are not the worst. (The worst kind either releases carcinogenic formaldehyde or interferes with the normal function of the hormone system.)
The problem with the preservative Pampers uses is that the preservatives may potentially irritate the skin, or cause contact dermatitis (eczema) after prolonged application.
Benzyl Alcohol: rated 5 by the Skin Deep database; it has been associated with contact allergy.
Sodium Benzoate: This one is okay. It is permitted for use in natural and organic products by EcoCert.
Disodium EDTA: is okay, but just okay. What I do not like about it is that it improves skin absorption, so if there are any other potentially harmful ingredients, it will help them be absorbed more easily (more info here).
Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes Ingredients of Low Concern
The following ingredients are of some concern, but are not the most problematic:
Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Xanthan Gum, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Bisabolol, Water
These ingredients do not raise high concerns; however, they are not certified organic either, which means that they may have undisclosed contaminants.
Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes Fabric
The fabric is made of the following material: Polypropylene, Rayon, and Lyocell.
Baby Wipes I recommend are made of organic cotton or other biodegradable material. These are not. Polypropylene means plastic with recycle code 5. While it is one of the safest types of plastic, I am not a big fan of it. First, it is not biodegradable. Second, recent studies have shown that any plastic may contain estrogen-mimicking chemicals.
Rayon and Lyocell are made from wood pulp. The process of conversion of the material from wood to cloth involves solvents that may be potentially toxic to the environment. While a less toxic solvent is used to make lyocell, the environmental impact of the manufacturing process, called nanotechnology, is not yet fully understood. My advice in these matters is that it is better to be safe now than to be sorry later, and so I recommend avoiding lyocell.
Conclusion About Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes Ingredients
While there are some improvements in the formulation of Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes ingredients, I do not recommend them mainly due to the risk of carcinogenic 1,4-dioxane contamination, petroleum ingredients, and the risk of developing contact dermatitis.
If you would like to more about baby wipes, you can read the following posts:
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