I am not too sure about Paw Paw cream but have heard it contains petroleum base. I am worried about oil build up on nappies but would be more concerned about petrolchemicals on my kids skin.
Hi LemonNZ...yep the petroleum aspect of this product doesn't sit well with me either, but I did weigh it up as the lesser of two evils [so to speak] staph versus petroleum. The alternative to use some prescription antibiotic auch as Mupirocin 2%w/w as known as Bactroban ointment.
Mineral oil and petroleum are the basic ingredients in many cosmetic products today. Both mineral oil and petroleum have the same origins in fossils fuels. Cosmetics such as foundations, cleansers, and moisturizers often contain mineral oil. By locking moisture against the skin, mineral oil sits on the skin’s surface and can potentially block pores. I always wondered if it was this sealing of the skin due to the petroleum base in Lucas cream that actually kills the Staph bacterias. I always hold it in the back of my mind to write to the company that makes it and ask them about this. Meanwhile, when the Staph was doing the rounds, the Lucas product worked fast.
Fragrances in lotions, shampoos, and many other cosmetic products are composed of aromatic hydrocarbons. Perfumes and products containing fragrance can contain many hundreds of chemicals to produce a distinct scent. A significant number of these aromas are derived from petroleum.
[One popular chemical additive that carries moisture in cosmetics is propylene glycol. It is also a derivative of petroleum. Some products that list propylene glycol as an ingredient include:
* laundry detergent
Past research links propylene glycol to serious health problems as liver and kidney damage as well as respiratory irritation or nausea if swallowed].
When you use products on your skin such as Lucas Paw Paw cream, cosmetics, lotions, and shampoos, the ingredients in these products come into direct contact with your body’s largest organ; your skin. The skin absorbs up to 60% of the chemicals in products that it comes into contact with directly into the bloodstream.
I know of major issues in the UK with the rise in nitrate levels in drinking water and the nitrate levels in shampoo, for example, being too much for the body to cope with. [A white vinegar water hair wash works just aswell and doesnt leave our hair smelling like a fish and chip shop].
Further reading. I am not going to get too carried away with this here, but these two sites will give a starting point. I haven't researched the claims or study methods, but they certainly made me think about the sort of questions I should be asking.http://www.health-report.co.uk/petroleu ... ncerns.htmhttp://www.bodywise.com.au/page.asp?236 ... cle=351550
Good to hear that the Ecostore cream being recommended.