I used to buy Johnson & Johnson, Anakku and Pureen’s range of body shampoo for my kids. Ever since my 2 older girls are capable of bathing themselves without any adult supervision, they have been using a LOT of body shampoo. They can even finish a bottle of 750ml body shampoo in less than 2 weeks, which is really a lot. Kids being kids, they would use the body shampoo to make bubbles (sometimes so much that the entire bathroom floor would be covered with suds after their bath!), wash and scrub the bathroom tiles and floor and Lord knows what else they did with the body shampoo. I’ve been telling hubby that perhaps the girls are eating the body shampoo as some of the shampoos are fruit and yoghurt flavored! I also find that some of the body shampoos are drying their skin very much. Another reason that’s making me feel very uncomfortable is that most of these body shampoos have SLS (sodium laureth sulfate) in them.
Sodium laureth sulfate, or sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES), is a detergent and surfactant found in many personal care products (soaps, shampoos, toothpaste etc.). It is an inexpensive and very effective foaming agent. Although SLES is considered safe at the concentrations used in cosmetic products, it is an irritant similar to other detergents, with the irritation increasing with concentration.
Recently, I banned my 2 older girls from using liquid body shampoo and replaced it with Johnson & Johnson’s bar soap. From my own survey, most bar soaps do not contain SLS, thus you will notice that there ain’t much suds when in contact with water. SLS aside, I find that using bar soaps much, much more economical.
What type of soap do you bathe your kids with?
The different types of soaps my kids and I are using now.
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