Johnson & Johnson Cleaning Up Their Act – SOMEwhat

by Guest Blogger on September 26, 2012 · 16 comments

By Ava Anderson

Johnson & Johnson

A round of applause to Johnson & Johnson for publicly announcing they will remove some toxins, from some of their products, at some point…in the next 3 years! It’s a start – and a brilliant publicity campaign – but I, personally, don’t want ANY known toxins or endocrine disrupters in ANY products starting NOW! At Ava Anderson Non Toxic, we avoid these harmful chemicals in our entire product line, therefore, we know it can be accomplished (much faster than three years, too).

Johnson & Johnson has publicly admitted to the presence of chemicals in their products while validating their harmful effects. But, why wait three years? If this is new information to your ears, you are probably wondering exactly what are they taking out and what are they leaving in.  Below, I clarify this for you.

What J&J is taking OUT? Tricolsan: Thankfully, this antibacterial ingredient that is registered with the government as a pesticide is on the way out. Additionally, they will be removing Formaldehyde. These two toxins should never have been there in the first place.

What J&J is PARTLY Taking OUT? 1,4 dioxane:  J&J says they will reduce exposure to less than 10 parts per million. Well, this is the level that the government currently allows which begs the question – how much is in there now? 1,4 dioxine is a known human carcinogen. It costs mere pennies to get rid of it, so why not eliminate of all of it? Remember, this is not present in just one product, but many that you are exposed to daily. If I handed you a vial of 1,4 dioxane would you rub it all over yourself and your child?

What is NOT GOING ANYWHERE? Methylparabens and other parabens, which were recently implicated again in breast cancer, will not be removed from adult products.

Maybe it will take three years, because there is nothing really good for you in these products to begin with. As we like to say, It’s all about the ingredients; the rest is just marketing hype! Be sure to compare ingredient labels. Here is one example below:

  • AVA BABY LOTION – aloe barbadensis leaf extract (organic aloe), cocos nucifera (organic coconut oil), prunus armeniaca (organic apricot kernel oil), olea europaea (organic olive oil), simmondsia chinensis (organic jojoba seed oil), butyrospermum parkii (organic shea butter), avena sativa (organic oat kernel flour), lavandula angustifolia (lavender essential oil), chamomilla recutita (chamomile essential oil), punica granatum (organic pomegranate), vaccinium macrocarpon (organic cranberry).
  • J&J BABY LOTION – water, mineral oil, glycerin, carbomer, phenoxyethanol, ceteareth 6, fragrance, methylparaben, sodium citrate, stearyl alcohol, sodium hydroxide, citric acid, ethylparaben, propylparaben, avena sativa kernel flour (oat), tocopheryl acetate.

Just three years ago, I started a mission to provide quality personal care and home products that are truly safe; with a mission to inform Americans of the dangerous and harmful chemicals found in most products made for humans and our environment. We offer skin care, body care, hair care, baby care, sunscreen, home cleaning products and essential oil fragrances. Our avaBABY line consists of: baby lotion, baby shampoo & wash and diaper cream (which also acts as a barrier cream and great for burns, eczema, rosacia, etc).  If you do not want to wait three more years for somewhat safer products to become available, please stop by and visit me!

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Christy September 26, 2012 at 10:53 am

True that Ava! THANK YOU!! I love your products.


Sophia September 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Thank goodness there is someone out there looking out for us. I only use Ava products!


Sandi September 26, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Thank you for making a difference in the lives of children and for everyone. You’re products are amazing and your an inspiration.


Tara Ali September 26, 2012 at 2:12 pm

It’s so sad that so many companies don’t make every effort to provide healthy, safe products for all to use. I love Ava’s products and feel great that I’m using safe products on my kids!


Ron & Lisa September 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Thanks for sharing Tara! We couldn’t agree more :) Although we can all applaud J & J…it’s unfortunate that these toxic chemicals were present in their products in the first place. Fancy marketing ads convincing shoppers that these items are ‘safe & good’ for people and their children should be illegal! We are all about supporting brands like Ava who did it right to begin with…not after they get caught with their hands in the cookie jar! And, Ava is spot on…WHY is it taking 3 years to remove SOME of these toxic chemicals??


Heather September 26, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Let’s remember that it is not just J&J with nasty and unnecessary chemicals in their products. You find them in products from companies marketing their items as “green” or “natural”. Thanks Ava for encouraging people to read their product labels. It is so important to be educated and aware!


Ron & Lisa September 26, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Absolutely Heather! Great point….we have an entire book dedicated to this, Just GREEN It! Simple Swaps to Save the Planet & Your Health ( We compare ‘name’ brand products with healthier alternatives (including baby & personal care, home, pet, food,travel, air, water, etc) and have an entire chapter dedicated to ‘greenwashing.’ This is when a company markets themselves as being natural, organic or green in a deceptive PR spin, when in fact, they are not. If you are not familiar with our book, check it out! It is the ultimate shopping guide to assist you in your everyday purchases (and small enough to fit in your purse or diaper bag) — along with Ava Anderson, of course!


Pam September 26, 2012 at 6:23 pm

I wonder also why it takes 3 years for J&J to clean up their products. Once you know the facts…what company would choose to leave such nasty stuff in their products. Grateful for Ava Anderson Non-Toxic. Our babies can’t shop for themselves…so it is up to us to give them the safest options and the best start!


Paige September 26, 2012 at 8:56 pm

WELL SAID AVA!! I am so thankful for the pure peace of mind in using Ava Anderson products. Ava, your products have truely changed our lives. My mother who is a breast cancer survivor has an “Ava Only” home. I saw what she went through. If others could see what I watched, they would be searching for answers as I was. Thank You Ava for caring! May the message be clear and truth ring out!


Veronica September 27, 2012 at 8:50 am

I think it is ridiculous that it will take J&J that long to clean up their products and I hope it’s not just smoke and mirrors to get people to blindly still use their products.

Thanks Ava, for educating as many people as you can about the dangers of these harmful chemicals and making it easy to keep our families safe by offering fabulous, non-toxic options for our everyday use.


Beth September 27, 2012 at 9:41 am

Love the breakdown of what is staying and what is going. The marketing machine is amazing- these are the products that the vast majority of babies have their first bath in at the hospital. You would think that once they admit what they’re making isn’t safe, they’d change them now. Glad Ava is out there as a safe alternative.


Ina Kropf September 28, 2012 at 9:36 am

Toxic chemicals were present in their products in the first place, WHY?? lots of marketing ads $$ to convince us that these items are ‘safe’ for us and my children/grand children- they should be ashamed! I support Ava Anderson products, they simply do it right the first time, not after they get caught ! Ava- Excellent question…WHY is it taking 3 years to remove SOME of these toxic chemicals??


Nancy September 28, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Ava, You go girl! You keep telling it like it is and slowly but surely you will be changing the world! I love how you want your products sold thru home parties for the simple reason your consultants can help educate customers and make them more informed at reading their labels. I can actually read Ava labels without a degree in chemistry and I can identify the ingredients from nature! Thank you so much!


Alexa September 30, 2012 at 7:17 pm

I love all the Ava products!


Shelby October 12, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Awesome article! Thank you.


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