I should make a disclaimer somewhere that this is a sponsored post … my first one! I was contacted via my blog by a PR company in Sydney inviting me to try these WaterWipes and no sooner a little package had turned up in our letterbox.
I was a little skeptical at first as I have always been a loyal Huggies® Baby Wipes kind of girl, but I was pleasantly surprised with the WaterWipes, especially after reading about how many chemicals are lurking in other wipes.
I used the whole packet on James’ little derriere. The proof was in the pudding when I resumed with the other wipes and he developed a nappy rash almost straight away!?
After reviewing the price comparisons, ironically you pay less for more chemicals! A box of 384 Huggies® Baby Wipes cost $20.32 at Woolworths, whereas a box of 240 WaterWipes cost $21.99 from the Mighty Ape. So it comes down to an ethical decision – a decision that is easily made when you really read the small print. Look out Mighty Ape, here I come!
Here are also some interesting (and perhaps frightening) facts for you:
All other baby wipes contain harsh chemical ingredients – even the “sensitive” or “pure” ones. Check the back of the pack next time to see for yourself.
… We know that Parents need to change their baby’s nappy up to 10 times a day. Imagine wiping [these] ingredients on your baby’s skin 70 times per week and then locking them in with a nappy. There is no product that you would use that many times, even as an adult.
Chemically manufactured preservatives. Parabens have been found in breast cancer tumours. Our wipes are made in a highly controlled sterile environment and we use grapefruit seed extract as a natural biocide to keep the pack fresh (in case your fingers bring some bacteria to the during the change of baby).
This is grease from animal fur, aka ‘wool fat’. It is used in shoe polish and rust-proof coatings. Needless to say, our wipes don’t have lanolin.
Babies’ skin is ultra thin, why would you want to put alcohol on their skin? Alcohol causes harsh skin sensitisation.
Perfume / Fragrance
It usually implies a mix of ingredients, possibly including phtalates. Babies need cleaning, not perfuming, We don’t use perfume in our wipe as it can inflame baby’s skin.
They are chemicals used to make plastics more flexible and harder to break. Bisphenol A is the name to watch out for as well as DBP, DEP, DEHP, BzBP, DMP… No thanks!
A widely used range of chemically made preservatives (look for E211 & E212. The UK Food Commission qualified it as ” irritant to the skin, eyes and mucous membranes” – They are also linked to cancers and asthma. Not for our wipes either!
A cancer causing antimicrobial agent (when combined with chlorine). It causes hormone disruption… No, that’s not one for baby’ skin! Or mine for that effect!