Babyganics is a Westbury, New York-based company that claims to sell baby-safe, organic household and childcare products (shampoos, suntan lotions, baby wipes, laundry detergents, etc.). It has grown rapidly over the past 15 years, generating $30 million in revenue in 2013 and securing a sale by SC Johnson in 2016.
Babyganics now faces several lawsuits over the potentially harmful nature of its ingredients.
But many parents allege that Babyganics products are not as organic or kid-friendly as they appear. There have been reports of children whose eyes were burned by “tear-free” Babyganics products, and at least one instance of a child breaking out in a rash after using Babyganics baby wipes.
Due to incidents like these, Babyganics now faces several lawsuits over the potentially harmful nature of its ingredients. The most notable such case is a class action suit filed by ClassAction.com, which alleges that numerous Babyganics bath products contain eye irritants and are not as “tear-free,” safe, or gentle as advertised.
Lawsuit Allegations & Eligibility
Our lawsuit aims to hold Babyganics accountable for the allegedly misleading labeling of several Babyganics bath products, which purport to be some combination of “tear-free,” gentle, non-allergenic, and safe for infants. The complaint alleges that these nine products (listed below) contain chemicals and other substances that are eye irritants:
- Chamomile Verbena Conditioning Shampoo & Body Wash
- Chamomile Verbena Shampoo & Body Wash
- Chamomile Verbena Bubble Bath
- Fragrance-Free Conditioning Shampoo & Body Wash
- Fragrance-Free Shampoo & Body Wash
- Fragrance-Free Bubble Bath
- Fragrance-Free Moisturizing Therapy Cream Wash
- Orange Blossom Night Time Shampoo & Body Wash
- Orange Blossom Night Time Bubble Bath
We seek monetary relief for plaintiffs who purchased these products, and we are also asking for Babyganics to stop marketing these items in a deceptive manner.
We have asked plaintiffs to find and retain any receipts related to these purchases, and to make note of any adverse reactions—such as burning, pain, itching, or rashes—that their child may have suffered while or after using Babyganics products.
Other Babyganics Complaints
There is some precedent for allegations that Babyganics products are not as harmless as advertised.
In May 2017, an Oregon woman named Jade Christensen said Babyganics Face, Hand and Baby Wipes were to blame for a bumpy rash that broke out on Ms. Christensen’s five-week-old son Leif’s face. She said she noticed black spots on the wipes, suggesting they had some sort of mold growing on them, and found several similar complaints about the product online.
Babyganics baby wipes were allegedly to blame for a bumpy rash that broke out on a five-week-old boy's face.
In response to these complaints, Babyganics offered to replace any wipes with black spots on them, and assured parents that they’d had the wipes tested and that they were not a health concern.
But the Jade Christensen incident was not the first time Babyganics had to combat claims that its products are not what they claim.
In September 2016, Babyganics was hit with a separate lawsuit alleging that its “tear-free” shampoo had burned a boy’s eyes, potentially damaging them permanently. Theresa Jones said her baby son Hunter suffered burns on 90 percent of his corneas and that doctors blamed the chemicals in the Babyganics shampoo, saying Hunter may have eye problems for the rest of his life.
Ms. Jones said she found many online complaints from women whose children were similarly injured by Babyganics products.
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