beauty products for babies…?

[Since when are baby products considered suitable subject matter for “Fashion & Style”? From the March 28 The New York Times Fashion & Style section]

I thinkĀ a lot of the personal care product (over)pricing issues (and ethical issues) are stemming from the cosmetic industry’s massive marketing campaigns. It’s not about beauty, it’s about keeping our bodies, and our babies’ bodies, clean & comfortable. If we got off the anti-aging, Youth Rules bandwagon, the industry would have a lot less emotional control over moms’ heart (and purse)strings.

6 thoughts on “beauty products for babies…?

  1. Where does it stop? I saw a tv show about a dad, plastic surgeon, performing plastic surgeries on his daughters even before they reached 18… What kind of message is he sending to his daughters?

  2. I agree it is not about beauty for the sec of beauty but keeping the skin/body clean and comfortable. Though I will say healthy skin is a beautiful thing.

  3. It’s absurd to see some of the overly prices of baby shampoo, soaps, moisturizers, etc. $40 for a bottle of Bumble & Bumble shampoo and conditioner. Give me break! Consumers spend way too much money on beauty products for themselves and their children. Why do consumers buy into it? Creative marketing agencies spend millions of dollars studying the behavior of consumers. Therefore, they know how to market a product(s) based on how consumers think, feel, reason when selecting the various products. In the end, it comes down to making smart choices on the products we choose to purchase for our family. thank you Susan for sharing your views! Great post!

  4. Babies and children are beautiful as they are and don’t need “beauty products”. What kind of message does this send to young girls? I find this idea unconscionable.

  5. I have to echo the other comments. The problem that also came to mind for me is that it effects self image of young girls growing up that they are not good enough.

  6. Thanks for your comments, everyone! I think the main issue being raised here is the *tone* by the writer – it is the Writer who apparently feels that all healthy products are overpriced, and the NY Times chose the title of the article – so many journalists and invariably, their readers, just don’t understand the underlying issues. Unfortunately, our society terms personal care products as “beauty” products because that’s the word that attracts the customer and makes the Sale.

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