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TIPS-tested Bentley™ Organic toy sanitizer 2009

I am delighted to bring you the final results of our latest one-off trial.
Unlike other antibacterial sprays, the Bentley Organic toy sanitizer is a natural and environmentally friendly product. When used on hard surfaces and toys, the Bentley Organic toy sanitizer kills germs. This gives parents peace-of-mind, and is achieved without any potentially hazardous ingredients which can irritate young skin.
Our Testers were so impressed with this product we have decided to award it a TIPS Must-have award.

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Read more about this trial by clicking on the links below:


Bentley™ Organic toy sanitizer
RRP £4.99 for 500mls
Cost per ml = .99p

Supplied by Stephenson Group Ltd - Bentley Organic is part of Thos Bentley & Son Ltd established in the 1800s. One of the world’s leading producer of specialist soaps this is the only company with both Soil Association accreditation and ISO 14001 Environmental Standard. All Bentley Organic products are made in the UK. These natural products have been developed using ‘green’ chemistry which are better for people and kinder to the environment.
All Testers rated the Bentley Organic toy sanitizer highly for its formulation, ease of use, pleasant scent and the quality of the information provided on pack and online. Testers were really keen to use a product that cleans surfaces and toys without bleaches or potentially toxic ingredients.
The trigger action pump spray dispenses the right amount of product - this avoids wastage. Testers liked the clever little security clip which helps to stop spillages. The 500mls bottle is cost-effective, but this product is more expensive than many other antibacterial products. However, Testers commented they would be more than happy to pay a little extra for this.
One Tester trialled the toy sanitizer in a children hospital ward. She was impressed with the effectiveness of the product, and pleased that, unlike more conventional alcohol-based products, Bentley Organic toy sanitizer proved to be really kind to hands.
Knowing that the toy sanitizer was proven to kill 99.9 % of household germs gave Testers the peace-of-mind they needed to change brand. Whether they tested the product at home, at the nursery or in a clinical setting where toys and hard surfaces (including high chairs, table tops and kitchen units) need to be hygienically clean, all Testers agreed the Bentley Organic toy sanitizer is a winner!

Here are some of the Testers’ comments:

  • Pleasing to the eye and simple to see what the product is for
  • I like the fact that it doesn’t spray everywhere, like some other sprays
  • Less harsh chemicals, smells nicer and I needed less
  • It would be ideal for a playgroup
  • I loved everything about this product!
  • I liked the trigger spray and the fresh aroma it left
  • Its natural, environmentally friendly and safe for my child
  • I would carry this one (seriously my bag is gigantic!) But a smaller one would be handy too
  • I would rather use this than a chemically harsher product

Testers suggested that it would be useful for this product to be available in a smaller bottle (suitable for a baby bag) or as a surface wipe. They were unanimous in their praise for the toy sanitizer. In recognition of this we are happy to declare the Bentley Organic toy sanitizer a Must-have award winner.

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When considering products for testing, I aim to source what I believe to be the best products on the market. Where such a product is quite unique, I will set up a one-off trial - TIPS did this for the Kamillosan thermometer soother, the Shampoo Rinse Cup, Miracle™ Scarves, Miracle™ Bands, the Dribblebuster® bib, the Aquasolari bed pad, Ella’s Kitchen baby food and the Swimava swim products.

The decision to undertake a TIPS one-off trial is based on a product’s unique features. I decided to go ahead with a TIPS trial of the Bentley Organic toy sanitizer because it appeared to fulfill the criteria for a safe and natural antibacterial product.

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For this trial we sent out ten bottles of Bentley Organic toy sanitizer to parents with children aged six months to two years of age. We chose this age group because a child’s immune system is better developed after the age of two and there is less need to sanitize toys. Children are able to wash their own hands by this time and they are less likely to put toys in their mouth.
Parents are becoming more aware of the potential risks associated with the use of personal care products on the skin of babies and children, but what about the antibacterial products used to clean hard surfaces or toys? Although their use presents similar risks, it is difficult to find safe alternative products to protect our little ones from infection.
The Bentley™ Organic toy sanitizer is not meant for use on the skin, but your baby or child will come into contact with toys or surfaces cleaned by this product. For this reason we have decided to implement the same methodology and criteria we use when testing baby wipes and baby skincare products. This is described below.

Manufacturers are asked to:

  • include the following (or similar) statement in their marketing information whether on pack, in leaflets or online: “Recent research suggests that it is safer to use plain water for baby skincare for at least the first month of life”.
  • submit the full International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) list of chemical ingredients for each product to TIPS Ltd before any trial (ideally this list should be posted online on the company website so it is available for anyone to refer to). Full Latin names must be used and every ingredient must be listed
  • agree to follow the TIPS principles of safe baby skincare practices. In line with the most up-to-date national guidelines, these principles are explained in the Babycare-back to basics™ leaflet. This information can be accessed online and printed copies are available on request. TIPS safe baby skincare principles must be promoted in advertising and marketing material.

Ingredients - Products will be excluded if they contain:

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)
  • Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES)
  • Parabens (Methyl, Propyl, Butyl and Ethyl Paraben)
  • Phthalates
  • Triclosan
  • Propylene Glycol (PG)
  • DEA (diethanolamine)
  • MEA (monoethanolamine)
  • TEA (triethanolamine)
  • Methylchloroisothiazolonone (MIT) or Methylisothiazolinone (MIT).

Products may be excluded if they contain:

  • Phenoxyethanol (preservative)
  • Benzoates (Benzoic acid, sodium benzoate or parahydroxy benzoate)
  • petrochemicals
  • synthetic fragrances
  • essential oils

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This trial will be carried out by ten Parent Testers with babies aged between six months and two years.
Please read the information supplied with your test sample before you start testing the toy sanitizer.
Do not use this product if you know you or your baby is allergic to any of the ingredients.

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Completing the questionnaire

Completing the questionnaire - (topics in green are pre-marked for consistency). The following topics are included in your questionnaire:

  • Design of product – did you enjoy the graphics? Was it easy to use?
  • Formulation: is this as safe as possible for the consumer? Is it biodegradable?
  • Information on product and online: does the manufacturer include a full list of ingredients online and on pack?
  • Packaging: is the packaging recyclable or degradable?
  • Scent: does the product smell fresh or is it unpleasant? In order to be safe products should have minimal perfumes (preferably natural or organic in origin).
  • How environmentally friendly is this product?
  • Carbon footprint: is the toy sanitizer made in the UK or shipped in by air or sea? With green issues being highly topical this is becoming an important issue.
  • Effectiveness: did this product work and did it meet your expectations?
  • Price: was this reasonable?
  • Adverse reactions: did you notice any adverse reactions as a result of using this product (this may include rashes, spots or red areas that have come into contact with the product).
  • Feedback: tell us about your favourite features, suggestions for modifications, and whether you would recommend this product.

As you can see, there are many aspects of design and formulation to assess when testing this seemingly simple product. A well-designed antibacterial spray should:

  • includes a list of all ingredients on-pack and online
  • be safe for use around children
  • be organically certified by the Soil Association
  • pass the British Standard BSCN 1276 as a surface cleaner to kill bacteria
  • not contain harsh ingredients or unnecessary additives
  • be made in the UK from bio-degradable materials, and
  • be sold in recyclable packaging.

This can only be achieved when manufacturers pay close attention to detail at all stages of the manufacturing process.

I hope you will agree that Bentley Organic toy sanitizer fulfils this brief.

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Please note that products tested by TIPS are not free or promotional products, but samples for the sole purpose of independent testing. All Testers must agree and sign a copy of the TIPS Award Scheme terms and conditions before taking part in a TIPS trial.


Disclaimer. TIPS Ltd is not responsible or liable for any failings of products that have been submitted for the testing programme. The responsibility remains with the individual manufacturer. Research is constantly changing and whilst every effort is made by TIPS Ltd to ensure the information contained in the guidelines is accurate and up-to-date, parent testers must still be encouraged to seek the advice of their midwife, health visitor, lactation consultant or GP if they have any concerns.

TIPS Ltd© October 2009

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