Before I began putting effort into building a product and a business I needed to find out a little more about the industry and how it related to my issue. The first step was to understand what exactly was in baby wipes and why my son was reacting to them.
Doing this was simply a part of my nature, I held a master’s in biomedical science and was a licensed Clinical Scientist, research was in my blood. I found so many sources in so many individual places, below is a very short glimpse of our research file:
I read labels for you provided a really good comprehensive list of the baby wipes out there and the ingredients held within.
National Center for biotechnological information (NCBI) provided me with countless studies on the pros, mostly cons of baby wipes.
Funny thing, most of the pro studies were sponsored by large wipe manufacturers…. figures.
Once I had a good solid list of ingredients, NCBI compound basically indicated what each ingredient was, what synonymous names were used in the industry and what the safety hazards were.
The FDA perhaps provided some of the most eye-opening information;
“Wipes intended for cleansing or moisturizing the skin, such as those for baby care, hand washing, makeup removal, washing the body when bathing is not practical, or feminine or other personal cleansing, are regulated as cosmetics.”
“Under the law, cosmetic products and ingredients do not need FDA premarket approval, with the exception of color additives.”
By the end we had compiled our very own mini-research study and set out to change the status quo, even 0.1% of some of these baby wipe chemicals in and on delicate skin was too much. Any company could make any claims for their wipe content and unless someone blew a whistle for bad practices, no governing body regulated these ingredients.
Frankly, the need to disrupt this stagnant 30-year-old wipe industry by giving parents like myself another convenient option was the driving force behind ChéBébé’s mission.
Circa Jan 2017
Interestingly, fast forward a year and a half (Mid 2018), cosmetic activist are finally beginning to demand that the FDA regulates what goes in and on their skin. Articles are popping up all over the place.