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A woman posted a For Sale on my local Facebook selling group: Naturals Kids Bath Time Finger Paints. Draw designs on wet skin, inside tub, or in bath water for colorful bath time fun. My daughter loves these, especially writing with them or squeezing out swirly designs and making art! For ages 3 & up. Comes in Wacky Watermelon, Outgoing Orange or Bursting Berry.

Hey, I thought, my daughters would like to draw in the shower and tub. I messaged her but not before a few other moms had jumped in and asked for a bottle or two. I was waiting for her to write back when my curiosity got the best of me. What, exactly, was she offering? I did a Google search to check out who manufactured the stuff and how “natural” it really was. I found the items on Avon.com. The ingredients were right there on the site:

Outgoing Orange: WATER/EAU, SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE, GLYCERIN, COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, COCAMIDE MEA, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, GLYCOL DISTEARATE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, PHOSPHORIC ACID, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, SD ALCOHOL 40-B, POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE, DISODIUM EDTA, METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE, METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE/CI 77891 ORANGE 4/CI 15510 YELLOW 5/CI 19140

Ugh. Yuck. Blech. You want to know how blechy the stuff really is? I had to Google all the ingredients to see where to put the commas in for this post since Avon does not have commas in its ingredients list and nothing was recognizable. Except spdium laureth sulfate. I immediately knew what it was and how bad it is for the environment and our bodies. In case you haven’t heard about it: It’s a widely used surfactant that can cause skin irritation. Dr. Oz even suggests you avoid it. The rest of the ingredients are equally as wonderful. Cocamidopropyl betaine is also a skin irritant as are most of the ingredients on the list. Methylchloroisothiazolinone scores a five on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database. How Avon gets away with greenwashing its soap for KIDS is beyond me.

Of course, I did not buy the stuff for my kids. I didn’t post anything in the group either though, and for that I feel sort of guilty. Hopefully, moms will read labels before their kids sit in a bath filled with what could be fairly irritating stuff. In the meantime, I guess my kids will have to stick to writing on my glass shower doors with the Dr. Bronner’s Hemp Castile soap we use. No, it isn’t pink or red, but at least it won’t make their skin turn colors after they get out of the bathroom.

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