Over recent years Johnson’s baby products have gotten a bit of a bad rap. Numerous posts have popped up on my Facebook feed declaring them unsafe and full of toxic ingredients. As someone who is pretty fussy about what I put on my kid’s skin, those posts left me feeling shocked and because I’ve used Johnson’s products since my kids were born and always considered it a trustworthy brand.
As we know, social media can be littered with half-truths and flat out lies, so before I threw out my Baby Bedtime Bath and replaced it with something labelled “natural,” I decided to do a bit more investigation. Luckily a Johnson’s expert was happy to answer my curly questions.
Q: As parents, we just want what’s best for our babies. There have been reports that Johnson’s products contain harmful ingredients like mineral oils and petroleum. Are your products really safe to use on our kids?
A: Yes. When used as directed, our products are safe for babies. In fact, safe ingredients are our main focus when we make baby products. Mineral oils are commonly used in skincare products, medicines and even some foods. The highly purified mineral oils we use are compatible with babies’ skin and that’s not always the case with some plant oils.
Our safety process ensures our products meet or exceed government safety standards in Australia and around the world.
"Our safety process ensures our products meet or exceed government safety standards in Australia and around the world." Image: iStock.
Q: Can you talk me through the safety process?
A: It’s a five-step safety process and, if any step fails, we go back to the drawing board.
First, we source raw materials from suppliers who meet our rigorous quality and safety standards. Then we assess the ingredients ourselves. We review the latest scientific and medical literature and anything without a full safety profile is rejected.
Once we create product formulas, we test them in a lab for potential issues, including skin and eye irritation. We then test the product under different conditions like extreme heat, cold and humidity to ensure it is remains safe. Consumers also try our products at home and report back.