Ingredient Insights

There is often more to a product than meets the eye. We often look at the back of the pack when buying food, so why not personal care, especially products for our children.

At NVEY BABY we consider and balance the information and research we have to formulate and create products to our Gentle Care Formula Standard. We believe that just because an ingredient has been used for many years does not mean it always the best option, the most appropriate choice or one that meets our Gentle Care Formula Standard. And importantly we don't compromise and select ingredients based on price.

We consider available information and credible research to select ingredients that meet our standard. This field of ingredients is vast. Below we have information on a select few of the ingredients that NVEY BABY believes should be noted when purchasing any baby care product, especially as our little ones can be more susceptible to reactions.

Allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) and Irritant contact dermatitis (ICD) are 2 standards to consider when purchasing any products for your baby or yourself. It can look complicated but its quite simple to understand

Cocamidopropyl Betaine has the distinction of being named the 2004 Allergen of the Year, and is a common surfactant used in shampoos, liquid soaps, body wash gels, makeup removers and other hygiene products. The American Contact Dermatitis Society (ACDS) Allergen of the Year “award” provides recognition to ingredients that have not been well recognised for their significant clinical effects.

Phenoxyethanol is a common preservative used in water based cosmetics. We noted with interest that it appeared in a 2008 warning notice by the U.S. FDA for use in a nipple cream for breast feeding babies. The notice stated that " [it] also can depress the central nervous system and may cause vomiting and diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration in infants". While such oral use is not common in personal care, we are cautious not to use an ingredient where there is a remote possibility that your baby may ingest a product without your knowledge.

Parabens have been a hot topic for many years in personal care. There are varying opinions however "[in] 2011, the Danish government decided to ban the use of some parabens (propyl-, isopropyl-, butyl- and isobutylparabens) in personal care products intended for children up to three years old as a precautionary measure, as children might be especially vulnerable to hormone-like effects." The main concern in cosmetics is that parabens have a potential to "act like hormones in the body, in particular like estrogens."

At NVEY BABY we are vigilant and take a cautious approach, therefore parabens are an ingredient we wont use in our formulas. 

Fragrance was also awarded the 2007 Allergen of the Year. It can be derived from natural or chemical sources, and are used to impart a pleasant smell to products or the mask the smell of raw materials ingredients. The impact of a fragrance can also be related to the other ingredients in the product. "Apart from allergic contact dermatitis, fragrances in perfumes and fragranced cosmetic products may also provoke irritant contact dermatitis, immediate contact reactions (contact urticaria), pigmented contact dermatitis or photosensitivity." 


Allergenic fragrances in cosmetic products | European Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety |European Commission | Health & Consumer Scientific Committees | Perfume Allergies

Parabens used in cosmetics |European Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety

This fact sheet is based on the scientific opinions of the independent European Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety:  “Opinion on parabens”, adopted on 14 December 2010 and revision of 22 March 2011, and,“Clarification on Opinion SCCS/1348/10 in the light of the Danish clause of safeguard banning the use of parabens in cosmetic products intended for children under three years of age”, adopted on 10 October 2011.

FDA Warns Consumers Against Using Mommy's Bliss Nipple Cream Product can be harmful to nursing infants | U.S. Food & Drug Administration May 23, 2008

WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care: First Global Patient Safety Challenge Clean Care Is Safer Care. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2009.

The Dermatologist | Review ACDS’ Allergen of the Year 2000-2015 -

Issue Number: Volume 22 - Issue 11 - November 2014 |Author:  Aria Vazirnia, MAS, and Sharon E. Jacob, MD