No More Tears?

When you were a baby, I’m sure your mother used Johnson and Johnson baby products on you. Bubble bath, powder, lotion….I know my mom did! It’s just convenient to use all the same products from the line as it’s readily available and cheap. As you grew older, the tradition continued with No More Tears. If you have a baby or young children now, you probably still use it.  Did you know No More Tears contains toxic cancer causing ingredients? Yes, a “trusted” product we’ve been using for years on our most precious family members contains damaging chemical ingredients. Now, this toxic situation is finally being brought into the light.

What kind of chemicals are we exposing our children to?

No More Toxins

J&J as well as the stores who carry their No More Tears Shampoo (or make a comparable product) are being sued.  Accusations have been made that methelyne chloride is contained in their shampoo. What the heck is methelyne chloride? Sounds like something in motor oil…but it’s not. It’s a compound linked to cancer and has already been banned by the FDA. In addition to MC, No More Tears also contains sodium trieth sulfate, a relative of sodium laurel sulfate, another carcinogen (causes cancer.) What else takes up residence? Contaminents not even listed on the label such as 1-4 dioxane and formaldehyde (the same substance to embalm dead bodies!)

Curious about the rest of the ingredients? They are:

Water, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium
Trideceth Sulfate, Glycerin, Lauroamphoglycinate, PEG-150 Distearate,
Sodium Laureth-13 Carboxylate, Fragrance, Polyquaternium-10,
Tetrasodium EDTA, Quaternium-15, Citric Acid, D&C Yellow #10, D&C
Orange #4.

Why should you be concerned? Go to the Cosmetics Safety Database for a detailed description of each ingredient and what it can do (it’s not pretty!)

You Can Make a Difference

J&J has been making this formulation since the 1950s. Isn’t it about time they recognized the health dangers of their product and started making their ingredients safer? Hopefully, the lawsuit will open a lot more eyes on this matter and we can start seeing some real reform.  Want to take action? Ask J&J to make their products safer by sending them an e-mail.

On a related note (and to bring a little lightheartedness to an otherwise dismal situation), one of my favorite shows is Family Guy. It’s my guilty pleasure!  I was watching one day when they had one of their “flashback” scenes. Sometimes their jokes, although silly, ring scarily true. Check out this clip when they poked fun at No More Tears.

Stay natural…stay beautiful…go green!

Robin started her career as an educator of children and has now become an educator for adults everywhere who want to know the truth about what they put into their bodies through the skin. She is passionate about educating people to make better health and beauty choices.
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  • Swathy

    I recently checked out the ingredients of No more tears and was surprised to find SLS in it. And, I saw the baby oil. It has major percentage of mineral oil as its base. And, even the Johnson’s talc is not good for the baby. I think it is always better to stay away from those products.
    Many people also use baby shampoo thinking it would be milder but I really doubt that fact.
    Swathy´s last blog post ..Strawberry Body Scrub

  • Trish Austin


    Boy do I know about this…years ago with my first daughter I used No More Tears. I got some of the shampoo in her eye. And, of course, she told me how it burned etc.. I tried it on myself and was shocked! What a lie! It burned my eyes like crazy.

    Now, I’m so happy that there are products out there that don’t have all the chemicals and don’t burn the eyes. So, my 7 year old is safer.
    Trish Austin´s last blog post ..Is it Generic Effexor I Woke Up every Three Hours!

  • Ethnic Skin Care

    I am not surprised. One look at the ingredients and I knew it was no good. I used it on my first child because I didn’t know any better (was 18 then).

    Now, my entire household uses Blended Naturals Oatmeal Patchouli soap. All natural, handmade and it makes the skin EXTREMELY soft without all the toxins. And that’s important to me having a special needs little boy.

    People use J&J because they are a long standing name brand.

    We have to keep educating people that because a brand is popular doesn’t mean it’s good for you. It just means they have deep enough pockets to market to you.


  • Leslie @ crunchybetty

    Haha. That clip totally made this post!

    It’s just so great, at this point, that the information’s getting out there in such a vast way so that people can start to make rational, informed decisions about this, y’know?

    The internet is a wondrous thing.

    Makes us all smarter. For the most part. Ha.
    Leslie @ crunchybetty´s last blog post ..27 Quick and Crunchy Home Remedies for Pimples

  • Annie

    I will definitely be sending them an email! It’s absolutely appalling how these companies can knowingly put toxic, even cancer-causing chemicals in their products, especially for babies. Thank you for this eye-opening post, Robin.

  • Victoria (Mommy Is Green)

    Luckily, I found out how toxic J&J was before my baby was born. Thank goodness I did! I hear people say, “My mother used that on me and I’m fine.” That’s bugs me so much. Maybe the ingredients have changed since then. Or maybe they were affected in some way but weren’t able to make the connection. If there’s a possibility something could be harmful to a child why would a mother use it? I like Earth Mama Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash for my son. Most of the ingredients are organic and they aren’t complicated to understand. Hopefully, J&J will get lots of emails and they will change their so called trusted product.

  • Green Builder

    I never knew that J&J products are not good for babies. This is very disappointing! My kids been using these products. Gonna be looking for new baby products now..