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Are Honest Company Baby Wipes Safe?
Baby wipes touch the most delicate areas of our babies everyday, multiple times a day, so it’s important that we know exactly what we are putting on those sweet bottoms! I hate to break it to you but a LOT of baby wipes contains really harmful chemicals like: formaldehyde (you know, embalming fluid), fragrance (AKA: phthalates), ethylene oxide (carcinogen), and 1,4-dioxane (carcinogen).
Yes, all things on this earth are composed of chemicals. Some chemicals are good, some are bad for you, and some are good but create bad by-products. Whew. Luckily, I’m willing to do the dirty work and research all of this for you.
The best and “safest” wipes will always be cloth and water but sometimes that’s not always convenient. I like reusable cloth wipes but you can also find disposable dry cloth wipes here.
Today I’m examining Honest Company baby wipes.
Quick, I’m at the store! Should I buy them? Yeah! They’re better than most. Give them a shot and check Target’s Cartwheel app for a coupon.
Below I’ve done the dirty work for you and researched the questionable ingredients and their Environmental Rating Group (EWG) Skin Deep rating.
EWG Key: Low 1-2, Moderate 3-6, High 7-10. Low score good, High score bad.
Honest Company Baby Wipes Ingredients
- Water (Aqua)
- Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract
- Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract
- Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract
- Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract
- Peucedanum Ostruthium (Masterwort) Leaf Extract
- Decyl Glucoside
- Sodium Citrate
- Citric Acid
- Silver Citrate
Glycerin– Glycerin can be made from plants, animal fat, or synthetically. I’m waiting to hear back from Honest to find out their glycerin origin. Glycerin helps keep the wipes wet. EWG rating 2.
Decyl Glucoside– Glucose-based surfactant (cleaner) derived from corn and coconuts. It is considered biodegradable and gentle enough for delicate skins of fruits and vegetables (its often used in fruit and vegetable cleaner). EWG rating 1.
Sodium Citrate– Cosmetic manufacturers use sodium citrate to balance the acidity in products. EWG rating 1.
Citric Acid– Used to adjust the acidity in products. Citric acid is naturally found in citrus fruits. Citric acid is also a carrier for Silver Citrate. EWG rating 2.
Silver Citrate– Marketed as a “natural” preservative and anti-microbial. There is a need for more research but overall my impression is that as long as you’re not bathing in this twice a day, every day you should be okay. Too much of anything is a bad thing. If you’d like to read more about the safety of Silver Citrate and Citric Acid working together click here. EWG rating 2.
A note about preservatives:
Preservatives will always be used in store-bought baby wipes because they are
moist wet and manufacturers need the wipes to have a decent shelf life or else no one would buy them. When purchasing packaged baby wipes the battle is finding the lesser of many evils in the world of preservatives.
The bottom line (ha):
I like them. The fashion package is gorgeous, the wipes are nicely textured to enhance performance, and the ingredients aren’t that bad. Nice job Honest. Oh yeah, and they claim to be biodegradable.
Although I prefer using reusable cloth wipes and water, I feel pretty good about using the occasional Honest Company baby wipe when we’re out and about or for when poo-pocalypse strikes and we really need the extra cleaning power.
As always, use common sense and discontinue use if irritation occurs.
No one said it has to be an all or nothing thing; it’s all about doing better.
VOLUNTARY RECALL NOTICE:
On May 12, 2017 Honest Company issued a voluntary recall on their Honest Company Wipes due to the possible presence of mold. To see the official recall, click here.
Certain lots of these Wipes have been recalled due to the presence of mold. We believe the affected product is not likely to cause adverse health consequences, however, impacted wipes do have a spotted discoloration and the aesthetics are unacceptable. Out of an abundance of caution, The Honest Company decided to voluntarily recall certain lots of this product.
The Honest Company has voluntarily recalled certain lots of Wipes. This product is distributed in the United States and Canada in the following configurations:
- 10 count packages, UPC 0817810011276, 0816645024079, 0817810011276
- 72 count packages, UPC 0817810011863, 7000000011863, 0816645023584, 0816645023591
- 288 count packages, UPC 0817810014680
- 576 count packages, UPC 0817810028540
My thoughts on the voluntarily recall…
Eh, it’s mold. I did not check to see if my wipes were part of that batch but I did not have any mold in my Honest Company wipes. This is the nature of the beast. Consumers want to see “chemical free”, “preservative free”, or “natural preservatives” but that isn’t always compatible with pre-soaked, moist, and sealed baby wipes. Have you ever forgot about a load of towels in the washing machine overnight only to find stinky moly towels the next day? Mold thrives in wet, dark, humid conditions. I’m not breaking up with Honest Company over this voluntary recall. I understand why mold was present in the wipes and I hope this does not move Honest Company to add synthetic preservatives to their wipes.
Last update: 6/26/17