It was my mom who asked me, “You don’t get the Kirkland baby wipes from Costco, do you?” I do. I love that I get them in bulk and the ones I get say they’re unscented, ultrasoft, AND hypoallergenic, as well as alcohol- and chlorine-free. But my mom tells me that she saw that “propane” or something similar was the ingredient in those wipes. I told her, “Propane? I don’t think so… that’s weird.”
I secretly wondered if she’d gone off the deep end. I mean, what company would put propane in a wipe meant for baby’s bottom?
So I check. And guess what I see under “Ingredients” on our wipes (that we just bought a new case of, by the way)?
Off to Google, of course. First I looked up “Nitropropane”. The first result? A hot rod website. Wow. Not promising.
Next I looked up the whole ingredient including the confusing numbers. Here is what I’ve been able to find so far…
Bronopol (INN) is a highly active antimicrobial chemical compound whose chemical formula is 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol.
The use of Bronopol in personal care products (cosmetics, toiletries) has declined since the late 1980s due to the recognized potential for nitrosamine formation.
Although fairly ubiquitous in our diet and the environment, and even produced within the stomach from various foodstuffs, many nitrosamines are known or suspect carcinogens and therefore should be avoided in manufactured goods.
Cosmetics Database continues with specifics of these findings including references. It also says that use of this ingredient in Canada is restricted in cosmetics.
I understand that it’s antimicrobial, blah blah blah. But this is just our babies’ BOTTOMS here. We’re cleaning up poop and pee, not something hazardous. Sure it may SMELL hazardous sometimes (lol), but it doesn’t require chemicals to keep everything clean. This really, really bothers me. I mean, do we feel we need chemicals for our bottoms? No, everyone uses nothing but toilet paper. I mean, how clean is that?
Awhile ago I made my own baby wipes using paper towels, olive oil, and essential oils. I got lazy and started using wipes again but I’m going back to making my own baby wipes. This is just ridiculous.
So what do you think about this? Do you check your labels thoroughly?
I was totally taken in by the fact they were telling me what the product didn’t have in it. It looked great at first glance! I feel a little cheated. You know, I’m not a complete green and organic girl although I would like to be more health-conscious, but I expect the ingredients in my baby’s products to be safe. Is that too much to ask?