Published September 26, 2007 04:13 PM

What Are You Washing Your Baby With?

RIVERVIEW, Fla.- When new mothers are making a new commitment to live more natural, chemical-free lifestyles, they may think that changing diet alone is enough. Most families focus on moving into organic, farm- raised, or preservative-free food, a very good start. But, toxins hide elsewhere too. It's easy to miss the fact that large amount of chemicals are being absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin every day from soaps and shampoos. Not realizing that can prove to be a deadly mistake for their children over time.

Government-funded studies have shown that the use of certain chemicals found in ordinary personal care products can be highly toxic when used topically on a repeated basis. 1,4-Dioxane, an ingredient in most baby shampoos, is a dangerous carcinogen that, during controlled laboratory testing, has caused cancer in animals with just low-levels of exposure. It was recently made public by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics that the 1,4-Dioxane cancer-causing chemical is found widely in babies' bathing products from trusted brands like J&J, Disney, Gerber and Huggies. In 2000, the FDA recommended that personal care products should not contain more than 10ppm of 1,4-Dioxane; yet 15% of the products tested exceeded that number. Plus, many babies and children are washed with both a shampoo and wash, and many times a bubble bath as well. It's frightening to think that the amount of chemicals in each of these products adds up with each application and are all being absorbed into babies' and children's bloodstreams.


With this in mind, entrepreneur Nataliya Klymenko Sia decided to create something better for her own children but was unable to find any pure and natural bathing products in the U.S.  Nataliya grew up in Europe, where for generations herbs have been commonly used not only in foods but also for medicinal treatments and bathing. Nataliya created a line of herbal bathing blends for babies, children and adults called BabyHerbs. The basis for her products is doing no harm. Nataliya explains, "You don't need harsh chemicals and preservatives to clean your children's skin. Many herbs are naturally antiseptic and antimicrobial. They are loaded with antioxidants and offer a variety of health benefits such as improving blood circulation, reducing swelling, healing dry skin and relieving stress. You can get all that from nature without your skin absorbing any chemicals, preservatives or artificial additives."

BabyHerbs is a new line of all-natural bath products that come in a variety of herbal blends, each providing a different scent and health benefits. In addition, BabyHerbs is committed to helping consumers and their families begin and continue an all-natural, chemical-free lifestyle. For more information, or to purchase these products, go to

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