With our family’s health and well-being our #1 priority, we want to be sure that whatever we’re putting into or on everyone’s bodies is as safe as can be.
In the June shop, we have carefully chosen our range of products to be free from some of the world’s more worrying ingredients.
So you can feel safe in the knowledge that you are making healthier purchases for you and your family.
The June Pledge
Because we recognize the importance of family health, June pledges that our Bath & Body products will always be free from Phthalates, SLS and SLES, and Parabens.
While research is still ongoing into the danger of some of these ingredients, there have been enough scientific studies and consumer concern that we simply decided to err on the side of caution.
As we do for our family, we do the same for yours.
What are parabens?
Parabens are a family of chemicals that are used as cost-effective preservatives in cosmetic and personal care products to protect against the growth of harmful bacteria. Without them, certain products would have a much shorter shelf life.
This means they show up in everything from shampoo and lotions to makeup and shaving products. Common parabens are methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben.
What’s the fuss about?
These chemicals are absorbed through the skin and can build up in human tissue. Their impact on our health is still unknown but they’re believed to be endocrine disruptors that affect our body’s hormone levels.
So far, tests have detected parabens in breast tissue samples taken from women who had received a mastectomy due to breast cancer—with further studies ongoing over links between these chemicals and cancer.
Since 2014, the European Commission has banned the use of certain parabens in cosmetics and in particular in products designed for a baby’s diaper area (for fear any irritated skin may allow for increased penetration of the chemicals).
As the evidence continues to stack up, we pledge that our Bath & Body collection is free from parabens.
What are phthalates?
Phthalates (pronounced “THAL-ates”) are chemicals used to soften plastics and to make them more flexible.
They’re also used in personal care products such as cosmetics, perfumes, moisturizers and nail polish, to help the absorption of lotions into the skin or to help fragrances last longer.
What’s the fuss about?
Although there have been studies which show an adverse effect on animals, research into the dangers of phthalates for humans is ongoing.
There’s a growing body of evidence that they can be particularly harmful to pregnant women and young children. Scientists believe they could alter the sexual development of boys in the womb and be responsible for the global drop in male fertility.
Certain strands of phthalates are also thought to increase the risk of allergies including asthma and eczema, according to numerous studies taken from Asia, Europe and the U.S.
We are exposed to low levels of phthalates every day, but particularly if they appear in products that are applied directly to the skin.
Given the growing scientific evidence, June pledges that all our products, not simply Bed & Bath, are phthalate-free.
SLS and SLES
What are SLS and SLES?
Often found in shampoo, hand and body wash, as well as household cleaners, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) are both classified as surfactants—cleansing compounds which emulsify oil and grease.
They are also foaming agents, which means they’re probably behind your foamy shampoo lather as well as the fun bubbles in your child’s bath.
Although both widely used, SLES is the milder cleanser of the two, so you’re more likely to see this in baby products.
What’s the fuss about?
Like most detergents, SLS and SLES can irritate the skin. If you or your family have skin sensitivities or are prone to eczema, using products containing these chemicals could further irritate the condition.
SLS has also historically been associated with eye damage, blindness, cataracts and even cancer, but the levels currently used in consumer products are too low to pose such threats.
What about 1,4-dioxane?
The chemical 1,4-dioxane is considered a likely carcinogen and can be produced during the manufacturing process of SLES.
As 1,4-dioxane isn’t listed on labels, you need to look for these common ingredients instead which may produce traces of the chemical:
- polyethylene glycol (PEG)
- ingredients ending with -eth
- ingredients containing the word laureth, myreth, ceteareth, or oleth
ingredients ending with -oxynol
June recognizes that these three potentially harmful ingredients do bring certain benefits to products—such as preventing bacteria, keeping costs down or enabling mass production—but we want to empower you with this knowledge, to enable you to make healthier choices that are right for your family.
Now that you’re sulfate savvy and can tell your phthalates from your parabens, you can Explore our range of other articles or Shop for family-friendly products knowing that we have your best interests at heart.