Personal care products, even products intended for use on babies, contain potentially harmful chemicals like those belonging to the phthalates family, which incidentally are used to soften plastics. Although chemical industries and personal care product manufacturers affirm that there is no conclusive evidence to suggest that the amount of these chemicals to which we are exposed is dangerous, medical experts disagree.
In any case, it is essential to choose safe baby care products and err on the side of caution.
Oh no Bryony, don't fall for their marketing techniques. We have been told by health professionals to steer clear of Johnson's. I did my own research and came to the same conclusion. It contains those very things I've noted in the text of my question.
According to health professions I have spoken to, Johnson's is "crap". I did the research and what I found confirmed this. Scary how they can market products as they do without any genuine concern for the consumer.
Radhika, you should really do some research on their products. I was horrified to learn that children have actually died from mineral oil, which is what Johnson's Baby Oil is made from. I still can't believe that they are allowed to market their products without warnings.
Johnsons Baby Oil smells great...but they use petrochemicals, so it's not particularly healthy. If you visit a local organic shop and ask about baby care, I'm sure that they'll show you some great products. I know they exist but just don't know any specific brand names.
Gaia makes a beautiful range of organic baby care products.
I wouldn't put Johnson's on a baby if you paid me! I researched it with my first child and discovered that it had a lot of chemicals in it, which is why it needs such strong fragrance, to block out the smells from the chemicals.
If you can't afford the organic stuff, warm water and a face cloth is better than something full of chemicals. Baby skin is so pure it just absorbs everything.