It seems like every few weeks I get a well meaning email forward that goes something like this –
Wow, who knew! I just heard from my friend that she uses Johnson’s Creamy Baby Oil to keep mosquitoes from biting her kids. She says she put it on her kids and not one mosquito bite!!!! You could see them fly around, but not one landed on them! Just thought I would let all you mommies know!! Plus it smells great and has no chemicals:) -Works for Adults too!!
Dumb emails like this perfectly demonstrate the great paradox of the internet. Someone can send out garbage like this and all of a sudden it reaches a massive number of people and becomes “fact”. Yet with the same ease, all I have to do is Google “Johnson’s Baby Creamy Oil” and the very first result takes me to Johnson’s OWN webpage. On that webpage is a list of ingredients, which I have copied and pasted for you below.
Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cocoglycerides, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Dimethicone, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Mineral Oil, Tetrasodium EDTA, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Glyceryl Oleate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf
By “plus it smells great and has no chemicals :)” the original author of the email must have meant “plus it smells great and has no more than 12 chemicals :)” Come on people!
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