What you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body!
Skin can absorb up to 68% of ingredients put on it, 100% for underarms and genitalia. Harmful ingredients such as harsh, toxic chemicals, colors, and fragrances can make their way into your body, your blood and lymphatic system.
As more and more wet wipes come to market, it is important to know that not all body wipes are created equal, and not all brands* care to list their complete list of ingredients on their websites. So, we're doing it for you. Now you can make an informed decision when it comes to your personal care. Body wipes should be safe to use, not toxic - we've included links to EWG Skin Deep database ratings on suspect ingredients. Action Wipes TOTAL EWG Rating is 1.
It’s also important to note that ingredients are listed in order of quantity. And some ingredients, while safe on their own, such as Sodium Benzoate can become toxic when mixed with other ingredients, such as vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate) as this causes benzene to be formed. Benzene is a known carcinogen.
We also caution you on "antibacterial" wipes as the FDA is studying the safety and efficacy of hand sanitizers and wipes that use alcohol (ethanol or ethyl alcohol), isopropyl alcohol and benzalkonium chloride. You can read about it here.
Action Wipes, Made in USA: Water, Leuconostoc/Sorbus aucuparia fruit ferment filtrate, Cocamidopropyl PG-dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Caprylyl Capryl Glucoside, Boswellia Carteri (frankincense) Oil, Eucalyptus Radiata (eucalyptus) Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (tea tree) Oil, Cananga odorata (Ylang Ylang) Oil, Gluconolactone (and) Sodium Benzoate Click here to learn more about our ingredients
Assured Body Wipes, Made in China: Water/Eau, Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Fragrance/Parfum
Defense Body Wipes, Made in USA: Defense does not list any ingredients aside from 1% Tea Tree oil and 1% Eucalyptus oil, which leaves 98% unaccounted for.
Enspire, Made in USA: Water, Linoleamidopropl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Sodium Coco PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Sodium Benzoate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Citric Acid
Fire Wipes, Made in Israel: Water, Gluconolactone, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Benzoate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Calcium Gluconate, Caprylic/Triglyceride, Chamomilla Recutita Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate
Fresh Bath, Made in USA: Water, Phenoxyethanol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/Leaf/Twig Extract, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Citrate, Benzalkonium Chloride, Polysorbate 20, Tocopheryl Acetate
Good Wipes, Made in China: (same for both men/women): DI water, propylene glycol, aloe barbadensis extract, glycerinum, polyoxyethylene hydrogenated castor oil, menthe piperita oil, tea tree oil, PPG-40-PEG-60 lanolin oil, sodium laureth sulfate, methylionone, linalool, sodium citrate, disodium cocoamphodiacetate, ginseng, MIT, IPBC-II, tetrasodium EDT
Nathan’s Power Shower, Made in Israel: Water, Alcohol Denatured, Polysorbate 20, Propylene Glycol, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate & Sodium Laureth Sulfate, PPG-40-PEG-60 Lanolin Oil, Tetrasodium Edta, Methylparaben, Methylchloroiso-thiazolinone & Methylisothiazolinone & Benzyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Benzyalkonium Chloride, Parfum, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid.
No Rinse, Made in Israel: Benzalkonium Chloride 0.1% Other: Purified Water, Glycerin, Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, Lauryl Glucoside, DMDM Hydantaoin, Disodium EDTA, Allontoin, Fragrance, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Panthenol, Tocopheryl (Vit E) Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract
On The Go Towels, Made in China : Water, Aloe Extract, Peppermint Oil, Gingeng Extract, Witch Hazel, Alcohol, PEG-75 Lanonlin, Sodium Laureth Sulfate; PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Menthyl Lactate, Polysorbate 20, Disodium EDTA, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethonol, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance
Paper Shower, Made in USA: Water, Aloe Vera, Glycerine, Sodium Coco PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Polyoxythylene Sorbitan Monolaurate, Urea, DMDM Hydantoin, Benzylammonium Chloride, Ethanol, Vitamin E
Playtex Sport, Origin Unknown: Water, Propylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylene Glycol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vaccinium Marcrocarpoon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroymethylglycinate, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance
Responder Wipes, Made in Israel: Aqua (water), Hexylen Glycol, Glycerin, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Fragrance, Sodium Benzoate, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Cocyl Gutamate
Wilderness Wipes, Made in China: Water (aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Betaine, Polysorbate 20, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Citrate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyaminpropyl Giguanide, Bezalkonium Chloride
*Product names, logos, brands, and other trademarks featured or referred to within this page are the property of their respective trademark holders. Ingredients are as listed on packaging by respective brand at the time of purchase.
What are those ingredients?
Benzalkonium Chloride: A biocide, preservative and surfactant associated with severe skin, eye, and respiratory irritation and allergies, benzalkonium chloride is a sensitizer especially dangerous for people with asthma or skin conditions such as eczema.
DMDM Hydantoin: Hydantoin is an organic derivative of urea (see above) and glycolic acid, and is used medically in products like Ecstasy and anti-convulsive medicines for Epilepsy. DMDM Hydantoin is coming under more scrutiny as of late because it is a formaldehyde releaser, meaning it releases formaldehyde. Like the stuff they use in embalming fluid and film processing chemicals.
Fragrance/Parfum: This may appear harmless, but when a label list fragrance or parfum, it may indicate as many as 4,000 different compounds. Many of these can lead to health problems, respiratory distress, and may even be carcinogenic and impose fertility issues or complications.
Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate (IPBC): Originally used in the wood and paint industry, it is now recognized as a toxic ingredient in the cosmetics industry and restrictions have been applied. IPBC a suspected gastrointestinal and liver toxin.
Isoparaffin: Chemical derived. As a gas, you may know these as butane and propane. As a liquid you may know them as octane, and as a solid they are used in candles. Isoparaffin is derivied from oil (like the kind that spilled in the Gulf of Mexico) and is used as a thickening agent. They do not bio-degrade rapidly.
Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) & Methylchloroisothiazolinone: Chemical derived preservatives with high allergen reactions. Was used in many leave-in products such as conditioners, but are now regularly seen in rinse-off products. High concentrations can cause chemical burns.
Parabens (Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben): Chemical derived preservatives and anti-fungals which have been found in breast cancer tumors. May also cause damage to the endocrine system of your body and have been found to cause allergy risks in children.
Phenoxyethanol: An anti-bacterial and stabilizer found in normal stuff like cosmetics, perfume and... jet fuel. The FDA is looking into this one because it can cause vomiting and diarrhea in infants by depressing the central nervous system.
Propyleneglycol: A liquid alcohol that is used as a solvent in antifreeze and in the food, plastics and perfume industries.
Sodium Laureth/Lauryl Sulfate (SLS): Is it bad, or isn't it? There's a lot of debate on both sides of the issue, so we decided to stay away from the whole thing and keep Action Wipes SLS free. But what is SLS? It's a foaming agent known to cause irritation and some say can lead to cancer. Used mainly in shampoos, toothpastes, laundry soaps, stain removers, and edible bubbles.
Triclosan: Chemical derived anti-bacterial agent which the U.S. FDA is currently reviewing regarding the safety to humans after studies show altered hormone regulation. Also being investigated is how triclosan is promoting anti-biotic resistant bacteria, which may cause allergy risks in children. Mainly used on toothpaste to prevent the gum disease GINGIVITIS.
Urea: Sounds like urine; doesn't it? While it's non-toxic and highly soluble in water, it's synthetically formulated urine. Also used as a source of nitrogen in fertilizers and in animal feed and diuretics.
To learn more about these and other ingredients in personal care products, visit the Skin Deep Cosmetic Database.