Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Low Down on Baby Wipes- Part 4

Nature Babycare by Naty Eco Sensitive wipes- Unscented
So on the outside these appear to be Eco and very good for sensitive skin right? Well I thought that too, until I read the back of the pack...

These Wipes contain:
Aqua, Gluconlactone, Glycerin, Sodium Benozate, Potassium Sorbate, Propylene Glycol, Decyl Glucoside, Citric Acid, Calcium Gluconate, Chamomilla Recutita Flower extract, Aloe barbadensis Leaf juice.

Quite a few things for something promoted as "eco " right? So what do the words mean?

Aqua: also known as Water. (see here for names water may be listed as )

Gluconlactone:  The EWG cosmetic database profile lists all the names of this chemical and also states it has approval to be in food b the FDA.

Gluconolactone, a Polyhydroxy acid found naturally in the skin, is composed of water-attracting hydroxyl groups to condition and hydrate the skin. It provides full strength antiaging benefits without irritation, even for patients with clinically sensitive skin or rosacea, or those who have had cosmetic procedures. Gluconolactone strengthens skin's barrier function, reducing sensitivity to irritants and skin redness over time. As an antioxidant, Gluconolactone inhibits elastase to preserve healthy tissue and maintain skin's youthful elasticity, resulting in smoother texture and a diminished appearance of lines and wrinkles.  (source)

Cosmetic Info points out it has many uses and is natural
Safety Measures/Side Effects:
There are no warnings regarding the use of Gluconolactone, and because of its PHA composition, it may be safer than products containing AHA or BHA. Pregnant women should still consult a doctor before using products with Gluconolactone.  (source)

Glycerin: Was looked at in part 2

Sodium Benozate:  Was looked at in part 2 

Potassium Sorbate:  Is used to keep mold and yeast away, it is a preservative with anti fungal properties.

Potassium Sorbate Dangers
Dangers of food additives and preservatives notwithstanding, potassium sorbate, perhaps, falls into the category of food preservatives which are not seriously harmful for health. Fundamentally, potassium sorbate is non-toxic and is regarded as safe. However, its synthetic characteristic is not considered too favorable by some experts. Prolonged use of the preservative could lead to allergic reactions, nausea, diarrhea and nutrient loss in food. Toxicity of potassium sorbate is akin to that of table salt. In case of personal care products, sorbate or sorbic acids, can cause skin and eye irritation, so they need to be used carefully. All these facts point out that the side effects of potassium sorbate are minimal. But, if you want to avoid the usage of potassium sorbate, especially in wines, and want to supplement it with something, there are always options. Let's see how its usage may be avoided or kept minimum. (source)
EWG Cosmetic Database lists that this chemical is well known as being a skin irritant and toxicant.
Livestrong points out this is a naturally occurring chemical but the effects on humans are not fully known.

Properlyne Glycol: Was looked at in Part 3

Decyl Glucoside:    is A "natural surfactant" (foaming agent) synthesised from glucose from sugar. Non toxic (source)
Decyl glucoside is an extremely mild and gentle nonionic surfactant naturally derived from sugar.
Decyl Glucoside is recommended for sensitive skin, facial wash products, shampoo and body wash.
Decyl Glucoside generates exceptional fine and stable foam comparable with that obtained using conventional anionic surfactants.
Decyl Glucoside:
  •  Good foaming power
  •  Compatible with all surfactants
  •  Tolerant of high electrolyte formulations (aloe)
  •  Compatible with cationic conditioning agents
  •  Mild but effective cleansing
  •  Improves skin tolerance of the formulation
  •  Maintains skin balance without dryness

What is Polyglycose (decyl glucoside)

Polyglycose (decyl glucoside) is considered to be part of a new generation of surfactants. In Europe, where the world’s strictest cosmetic regulations are in place under the EU Cosmetics Directive, the demand for the alkyl polyglucosides has increased by enormously.
Derived from sugar they are readily bio-degradable, low toxic, extremely mild and perform well in hard water conditions.
Several clinical skin irritancy tests show decyl glucoside to be non irritating, even at high concentrations with an extended contact period of 24 hours.
Decyl glucoside exhibits all of the mildness traits of nonionics, with the foam of an anionic. It is this unique characteristic that enables it to be utilized as both a primary and co-surfactant in formulations.
Many companies with a natural focus to their formulations are now turning to decyl glucoside as their primary, and in some cases only, surfactant. It is so mild that it doesn’t require blending with any of the mildness additives. (source)

This interview points out there is other natural surfactants that can be used that do not have harmful side effects. (it is right near the bottom).

Citric Acid:   Was Looked at in Part 2

Calcium Gluconate:  Calcium Gluconate is a calcium salt of gluconic acid.
The EWG Cosmetic Database profile for this chemical states it has been approved for limited use in food by the FDA.
Calcium is an essential mineral for the body. A small amount of research shows calcium gluconate may be a good anti-inflammatory and healing agent when applied topically (source)
There is no restrictions world wide on this chemical.

Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract:  Was looked at in Part 3

Aloe barbadensis leaf Juice:  Was looked at in Part 3

Have you ever wondered about the claim on the packaging about the wipes being Award winning?

I wondered this as it is hard to not miss the mention of these awards on the frount of the packet.
So I went and searched what awards they have won and if they really were awards....
  • Good Environmental Choice -  Eco Label from Swedish Society for Nature Conservation 
  • Green Award for Outstanding Product 2009 --from EcoBabyWorld (USA)
  • TIPS Highly Commended Award 2009 -- Lightly Scented Wipes from TIPS Ltd. (UK)
  • TIPS Highly Commended Award 2009 -- Fragrance Free Wipes from TIPS Ltd. (UK)
  • Best Wipes Gold Award in '07 from Practical Pre-School Magazine (UK)
  • Highly Recommended Award in '07-'08 from Practical Parenting Magazine (UK)
  • TIPS Editor's Choice Award 2007 - Wipes from TIPS Ltd. (UK)
  • Best Baby Wipes - in '06-'07 from Mother and Baby Magazine (UK)
  • Editor's Choice Award in '06-'07 from Junior Magazine (UK)"Best Baby Wipe" Gold Award in 2005 and 2006 from Mother and Baby Magazine (UK) (source)

 So I tired researching the Eco label award and Google could not find not find the place that gave the award. The second award no longer has the page up about the award.  I did note that 8 of these awards were from UK magazines... Yes not actual Certified organisations or anything like that, magazines.

Ps: If you missed the other 3 parts of this Series on Wipes, you can find them here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

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