In a report released by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, 32 recently tested baby products tested positive for trace amounts of 1,4-dioxane and 23 tested positive for formaldehyde. Of the 48 products tested, 17 of the products tested positive for both.
The tested products include many big name products, including Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo and Baby Magic Lotion.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, 1,4-dioxane, is a known carcinogen. 1,4-dioxane is a by-product of a chemical processing method called ethoxylation. Ethoxylation is used to make petroleum-based cosmetics ingredients gentler to the skin. While the toxic by-product can be easily removed by manufacturers, it is not currently required under federal cosmetic safety standards.