Phenoxyethanol, a dangerous product in baby wipes.

A few months ago, Yolanda, a companion of the stimulation classes I attended, told us that baby wipes carried a product that was toxic, phenoxyethanol or phenoxyethanol. We looked at all the wipes we carried for our babies and it turned out that all the marks we had, believe me, they were varied, had this substance.

Investigating I found that the French government had banned this substance in products such as baby wipes used in the diaper change in 2012. I attach the translation of the French text, then tell you the options I have found.

“In a risk assessment of the use of phenoxyethanol in cosmetics, published in May 2012, the National Agency for Safety of Medicines and Health Products (ANSM) recommends avoiding the use of cosmetic products for babies containing this substance.

Phenoxyethanol is an aromatic ether used as a preservative that is absorbed orally and dermal. It is mainly metabolized in the liver and is mainly eliminated in the urine. The ANSM considers that if the safety margins for exposure to this preservative at a concentration of 1% may be considered acceptable in adults, however, they are not sufficient for children under 3 years of age. Therefore, for children under 3 years of age ANSM recommends:

– non-use of phenoxyethanol in cosmetics for the seat
– a restriction of ether to a concentration of 0,4% in all other types of products (against 1% currently)

Phenoxyethanol is part of the family of glycol ethers. These ethers are water-oil co-solvents used in many industrial applications, including cosmetics. They are likely to be present in many cosmetic products (body lotions, face creams, hair products, makeup …).

Translation of the official website of the Public Administration of the French Government. Click here to see the original article.

Nothing like this has been done in our country. This substance, like other undesirable ones, appear in many of the products we use with our babies.

I leave you options, the two of the brand Carrefour do not contain phenoxyethanol but the blues have parabens, better white. Other substances are not saved either.

A few days ago, a friend came with his son to see us home, he brought Pampers Baby wipes and it turns out that they also do not have phenoxyethanol. Although I looked at the ingredients, I can not guarantee that they do not have parabens, these ingredients are not always written in the same way and I do not know all the ways to do it, but I did not think so. The wipes are these.

Edited: these are the ones we are using lately, although now they have another package. In a few days, everything will be up to date. Sorry for the inconvenience.


There are more and more wipes without phenoxyethanol on the market, so it is easier to avoid this substance, although others that are also harmful do not get rid of anyway. I understand that just as brands are noting that many families avoid certain products because of toxic substances such as phenoxyethanol, many others could be avoided, it is a matter of informing us and stop consuming what is harmful to our sons and daughters.

I leave you two wipes eco, very natural for you to have more options, these are very recommendable options, but of course, it is noticeable in the price, the readers who recommend them say that they wait for offers and collect a lot.


And a long time ago I told you that had put the batteries and launched a line of more respectful wipes. The beige ones, which are called Pure, have no perfume, are the best choice of all of this brand. If you want more information about these wipes, click here 


An old reader who is now a mother, recommends these others:

For a while, we bought these Savory wipes, which have no phenoxyethanol, although we hardly ever use them.

Maybe you wonder why most of the options that I raise are soft brands, it is not a matter of economy, is that the main brands contain this substance, in fact, there is a request for that makes a mom asking these companies withdraw phenoxyethanol from their products. I’ll pass you here to have a look.

What wipes do you use? Do you consider that these options I give are not adequate for some reason? Do you know of any other undesirable substances in baby products?

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