Safer Baby Moisturisers Cheat Sheet – 2015

Baby Moisturiser Cheat Sheet

Baby Moisturiser Cheat Sheet

Here’s a cheat sheet for a range of products that are really close to my heart – moisturisers. I have really dry skin, made worse by the fact that I live in Melbourne’s cold winter climate, and I use moisturiser all over my body, every single day.

Over the years I’ve tried so many moisturisers, and I’ve had some bad reactions – rashes, redness and irritation, and one memorable time where my skin literally peeled off. Eeeuw.

So the mantra that I have to say to myself is, ‘Always read the label’. Get to know the nasties, look out for them, and buy from brands you trust. My go tos are Weleda for lotions, Badger and Dr Bronner for balms. But there are a lot of other brands out there, and there’s a lot of greenwash. Which is why I spend days trawling the interweb for all our Cheat Sheets, researching brands and ingredients to bring you the best and the safest baby moisturisers for you and your family.

Disclaimer: I’m no scientist, or chemical engineer. I’m a mum, using tools that are available to everyone on the web these days. I do this research for the benefit of my family and myself, and I share this research with you to make life that little bit easier for other busy parents trying to make safer choices from the multitude of products available. Please bear in mind my amateur status as you’re reading this research!

Please also note that there is more to products being safe than their toxicity ratings. Personally, I look for brands that are free from petrochemicals, don’t test on animals, use natural ingredients and are from ethical companies.

We know you’ll want to share this information with other parents, and we’d love it if you do! However, please bear in mind the time that it takes for me to do this research, and do the right thing by attributing this article back to me here at Hello Charlie. Thanks!

Hello Charlie’s Top Picks for Safer Baby Moisturisers

My favourites, based on ingredients and affordability:

All the baby moisturisers, analysed:

Name: Aromababy Natural Baby Lotion Aromababy Natural Baby Lotion
Ingredients: Purified Water, Safflower Oil (Carthamus tinctorius), Vegetable Emulsfying Wax, Avocado Oil (Persea gratissima), Jojoba Oil, (Simmondsia chinensis), Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera biennis), Mango Butter (Mangifera indica), Rosehip oil (Rosa rubiginosa), d-alpha Tocopherol (GMO free natural Vitamin E), Hydroxymethylglycinate (protein derived preservative)
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 250ml for $23.70
Comments: Ingredients are good, but it’s a little pricey.

 

Name: Aromababy Pure Baby Moisture Lotion for Newborns Aromababy Pure Baby Moisture Lotion for Newborns
Ingredients: Purified Water, cold pressed pure Sweet Almond Oil, Palm Wax (Emulsifying Wax), Vegetable Glycerine, Cocoa Butter, d-alpha Tocopherol (GMO free natural Vitamin E), Rosehip Oil*, Hydroxymethylglycinate (protein derived preservative)*Certified organic.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 125ml for $15.95
Comments: Once again, the ingredients are good. No problems with this one.

 

Name: Baby Organics Baby Moisturiser Baby Organics Baby Moisturiser
Ingredients: Purified Water, Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Organic Safflower oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Glycerin, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Cocoa Butter, Bio-dynamic Macadamia Oil, Xanthan Gum, Organic Lavender Essential oil, Organic Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Bio-dynamic Avocado Oil, Organic Wheatgerm Oil, Parfum (natural preservative), Organic Olive Leaf Extract, Organic Rosemary Extract, Organic Chamomile Essential Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Citric Acid, Vitamin E (natural), Organic Calendula Extract, Organic Chamomile Extract, Rosehip Extract
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 125ml for $12.65
Comments: Most of the ingredients in this are good. Potassium sorbate can be an irritant, but it’s a mild preservative approved by for use by ACO (Australian Certifed Organic). Then there’s perfume, which is listed as a natural preservative, which pushes the score up.

You might think that this brand is trying to greenwash you by listing perfume, and then saying that it’s a natural preservative. They’re not greenwashing. The preservative Naticide is allowed by the organic certifying bodies ACO and EcoCert. Naticide is the trade name, but the Australian products must list ingredients according to the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) names, and the INCI name for Naticide is parfum or fragrance. (Four Cow Farm, below, lists it in a similar way). Confused yet? You don’t need to be – it’s all above board, no greenwash here. This is a good product and a decent price.

Name: Baby Organics Baby Cream Baby Organics Baby Cream
Ingredients: Organic Aloe Vera Juice Extract, Purified Water, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Organic Safflower oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Glycerin, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Cocoa Butter, Bio-dynamic Macadamia Oil, Xanthan Gum, Organic Lavender Essential Oil, Organic Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil, Parfum (natural preservative), Potassium Sorbate, Bio-dynamic Avocado Oil, Organic Wheatgerm Oil, Organic Chamomile Essential Oil, Organic Olive Leaf Extract, Rosemary Antioxidant, Organic Jojoba Oil, Citric Acid, Vitamin E (natural), Organic Calendula Extract, Organic Chamomile Extract, Rosehip Extract
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 100g for $15.60
Comments: Same as for the Baby Organics Baby Moisturiser – there’s perfume (natural preservative) and potassium sorbate, but the rest of the ingredients are good.

 

Name: Badger Baby Balm Badger Baby Balm
Ingredients: *Olea Europaea (Extra Virgin Olive) Oil, *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), Essential Oil of *Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile), and CO2 Extract of *Calendula Officinalis (Calendula)
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 0 (Low Hazard)
Cost: 21g for $13.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: This is what natural baby skincare product should look like. Oil based, so no preservatives required. USDA certified organic – it just doesn’t get any better than this, people!

 

Name: Billie Baby Moisturiser BILLIE BABY Baby Moisturiser
Ingredients: Water (aqua), ethylhexyl stearate, goats milk (caprae lac), vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, glyceryl stearate, methyl glucose sesquistearate, sodium stearoyl glutamate, stearyl stearate, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), simmondsia chinesis (jojoba) seed oil, phenoxyethanol, tritcum vulgare (wheat) germ oil, lavandula angustifola (lavender) oil, colloidal oatmeal, tocopheryl acetate, citric acid.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 100ml for $14.95
Comments: Hmm. Phenoxyethanol isn’t my preservative of choice, but although some of the ingredients sound scary, they’re not too bad.

I think it’s important to note that applying a cream made with food ingredients to eczema affected skin can later cause food allergies. Goat’s milk was the culprit in that case. A reader brought this to my attention recently, and I’m very grateful to him. If you have eczema or damaged skin, you need to be extra careful about what you’re applying.

 

Name: Bottomsup Natural Organic Baby Moistsurpriser Bottomsup Natural Organic Baby Moistsurpriser
Ingredients: *organic aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, glycerin, *organic helianthus annuus(sunflower) seed oil, *organic elaeis guineenis (palm) oil, cetearyl alcohol /ceteareth-20 (from coconut and palm), *organic butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), *organic persea gratissima (avocado) oil, *organic macadamia ternifolia seed oil, *organic simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, lilly pilly extract, prunus persica (peach) fruit extract, passiflora incarnata (passionflower) flower extract, pink flannel flower essence, *organic citrus nobilis (mandarin orange) peel essential oil, *organic lavandula angustifolia (lavender) essential oil, *organic anthemis nobilis (roman chamomile) flower essential oil, stearic acid (from palm), phenoxyethanol, potassium sorbate. *certified organic ingredients
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 125ml for $15.00
Comments: Another okay product. I’m not super keen on the phenoxyethanol, but there’s a lot worse products out there.

 

Name: Brauer Baby Soft Skin Lotion Brauer Baby Soft Skin Lotion
Ingredients: Purified water, Shea butter, Almond oil, Glycerin, Cetearyl glucoside (and) Cetearyl alcohol, Melissa hydrosol, Cocoa butter, Coconut oil, Vitamin E, Phenoxyethanol, Paw Paw Ferment, Honey, Lecithin, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, and Carrot Oil infused, Allantoin, Sodium stearoyl glutamate and Fragrant oil.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 250ml for $9.99
Comments: The phenoxyethanol and fragrant oil, which is perfume by any other name, are what put me off this product. The other ingredients look okay, although I’d prefer organic to avoid contamination concerns. Perfume is a killer for me, though, so I wouldn’t recommend this when there are other, better choices available.

 

Name: Bubba Blue Organic Baby Moisturiser Bubba Blue Organic Baby Moisturiser
Ingredients: Organic Aloe Vera Juice (aloe barbadensis), Purified Water, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Organic Safflower Oil (carthamus tinctorius), Organic Coconut Oil (cocos nucifera), Organic Glycerin (glycerin), Organic Shea Butter (butyrospermum parkii), Organic Cocoa Butter (theobroma cacao), Biodynamic Macadamia Oil (macadamia ternifolia seed oil), Xanthan Gum, Organic Lavender Essential Oil (lavandula angustifolia), Organic Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil (backhousia citriodora oil), Parfum, Potassium Sorbate, Biodynamic Avocado Oil (persea gratissima), Organic Wheatgerm Oil (triticum vulgare), Organic Chamomile Essential Oil (chamomilla recutita (matricaria), Organic Olive Leaf Extract (olea europaea), Organic Rosemary Extract (rosarinus officinalis leaf), Organic Jojoba Oil (simmondsia chinensis), Citric Acid, Vitamin E (tocopherol), Organic Calendula Extract (calendula officinalis extract), Organic Chamomile Extract (chamomilla recutita (matricaria) ), Rosehip Extract (rosa canina)
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 100ml for $19.95
Comments: Tucked into the middle of all these organic goodies is parfum, and I’m wondering if it’s Naticide again (see Baby Organics and Four Cow Farm). I also can’t find out who they’re certified organic by, so I’m not sure if the product is certified organic, or if there are just organic ingredients. Anyway, it’s a good product, with good ingredients aside from the perfume question.

 

Name: Buds Cherished Organics – Happy Baby Moisturiser Cream Buds Cherished Organics - Happy Baby Moisturiser Cream
Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil*, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, macadamia (macadamia) ternifolia oil*, plukenetia volubilis (inca inchi) seed oil*, sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, xylitylglucoside, anhydroxylitol, glyceryl undecylenate, olea europea (olive) leaf extract*, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil*, cananga odorata (ylang ylang) oil*, pelargonium graveolens (geranium) oil*, parfum/perfume, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, phylic acid. Parfum made from essentials oils
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 150ml for $22.95
Comments: The list of ingredients looks pretty good, nothing scary here.

 

Name: Buds Cherished Organics – Precious Newborn Moisturiser Cream Buds Cherished Organics - Precious Newborn Moisturiser Cream
Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil*, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, plukenetia volubilis (inca inchi) seed oil*, macadamia (macadamia) ternifolia oil*, sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, xylitylglucoside, anhydroxylitol, xylitol, butyrospermum karkii (shea butter)*, cetyl alcohol, spent grain wax, argania spinosa kernel oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter) extract, glyceryl undecylenate, olea europea (olive) leaf extract*, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil*, cananga odorata (ylang ylang) oil*, parfum/perfume, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, phylic acid * Organic Farming, perfume from essential oils
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 75ml for $19.95
Comments: The ingredients are fine (the perfume is from essential oils, but that still pushes up the overall EWG score), but ouch! It’s a pricey little number.

 

Name: Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Calming Lotion Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Calming Lotion
Ingredients: aqua (water, eau), glycerin, decyl cocoate, cera alba (beeswax, cire d’abeille), helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, cetyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate citrate, polyglyceryl-3 stearate, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, phenoxyethanol, sodium stearoyl lactylate, parfum (fragrance), magnesium aluminum silicate, vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, xanthan gum, sucrose stearate, lactic acid, tocopherol, calendula officinalis flower extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, anthemis nobilis flower extract, centaurea cyanus flower extract, hypericum perforatum extract, tilia cordata flower extract, glycine soja (soybean) oil, canola oil (huile de colza), butyris lac (buttermilk powder, babeurre en poudre), rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, glucose, sodium benzoate, sodium chloride, citric acid, lactoperoxidase, glucose oxidase, citral, citronellol, coumarin, eugenol, farnesol, geraniol, limonene, linalool
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 5 (Moderate Hazard)
Cost: 170g for $19.95
Comments: There’s no phthalates, petrochemicals or parabens, but there’s quite a few fragrance ingredients (citral, coumarin, eugenol, limonene) as well as fragrance that really push this score up. All these can be irritating, and there’s also the phenoxyethanol preservative. I’d still choose this above the Aveeno one I review in the supermarket brands at the end, but when there’s so many better moisturisers, including the fragrance free offering from Burt’s Bees, below, why wouldn’t you just use one of those instead?

 

Name: Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Fragrance Free Lotion Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Fragrance Free Lotion
Ingredients: aqua (water, eau), glycerin, decyl cocoate, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, cera alba (beeswax, cire d’abeille), butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, polyglyceryl-3 stearate, glyceryl stearate citrate, cetyl alcohol, sodium stearoyl lactylate, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, anthemis nobilis flower extract, butyris lac (buttermilk powder, babeurre en poudre), calendula officinalis flower extract, canola oil (huile de colza), centaurea cyanus flower extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, citric acid, glucose, glycine soja (soybean) oil, hypericum perforatum extract, lactic acid, magnesium aluminum silicate, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, sodium benzoate, sodium chloride, sucrose stearate, tilia cordata flower extract, tocopherol, vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, xanthan gum, phenoxyethanol, glucose oxidase, lactoperoxidase
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 2 (Low Hazard)
Cost: 170g for $19.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: There’s a couple of problem ingredients here, phenoxyethanol and the magnesium aluminum silicate, but it’s a much better choice than the other Burt’s Bees baby moisturisers.

 

Name: Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Original Lotion Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Original Lotion
Ingredients: aqua (water, eau), glycerin, decyl cocoate, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, cera alba (beeswax, cire d’abielle), butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, polyglyceryl-3 stearate, glyceryl stearate citrate, cetyl alcohol, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, butyris lac (buttermilk powder, babeurre en poudre), chamomila recutita (matricaria) flower extract, calendula officinalis, flower extract, centaurea cyanus flower extract, tilia cordata flower extract, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, anthemis nobilis flower extract, hypericum perforatum extract, parfum (fragrance), tocopherol, sucrose, stearate, xanthan gum, glycine soja (soybean) oil, canola oil (huile de colza), lactic acid, citric acid, glucose, sodium chloride, sodium stearoyl lactylate, sodium benzoate, magnesium aluminum silicate, phenoxyethanol, glucose oxidase, lactoperoxidase, limonene
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 5 (Moderate Hazard)
Cost: 170g for $19.95
Comments: Once again, there’s quite a few ingredients that I don’t like – phenyoxyethanol, magnesium aluminum silicate, fragrance, limonene.There are better choices.

 

Name: Cherub Rubs Skin Balm Cherub Rubs Skin Balm
Ingredients: *Matricaria reticulata (chamomile) floral water, vegetable glycerine, cetearyl alcohol/ceteareth 20, *Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, *Macadamia integrifolia (macadamia) oil, *Theobroma cacao (cocoa butter), *Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), *beeswax, Santalum spicata (sandalwood) oil, *Prunus armenica (apricot) kernel oil, *Matricaria reticulata (chamomile) oil, Calendula officinalis (calendula) infused oil, Rosemarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, almond and vanilla extract *certified organic
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 60g for $12.80
Comments: What’s not to like? Good ingredients from a good, certified organic brand.

 

Name: Ecostore Baby Moisturiser Ecostore Baby Moisturiser
Ingredients: Aqua; Olea Europaea Oil; Simmondsia Chinensis Oil; Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride; Cetearyl Alcohol; Butyrospermum Parkii; Theobroma Cacao; Polysorbate 20; Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate; Lavandula Angustifolia; Eucalyptus Globulus; Pelargonium Graveolens; Lavandula Intermedia
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 200ml for $10.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: The ingredients in this are mostly good, and ecostore are a brand that I use and trust. They have Champion Status in the Campaign for Safer Cosmetics, too. However, ecostore is using sodium hydroxymethylglycinate as the preservative in this product. It’s an allergen and a formaldehyde releaser. Here’s what ecostore have to say about it. Read up, so that you can make an educated choice.

 

Name: Four Cow Farm Baby Lotion Four Cow Farm Baby Lotion
Ingredients: Purified water, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, vegetable glycerin, prunus ameniaca (apricot) kernel oil, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate (olive-derived emulsifying wax), cetearyl alcohol (veg. fatty alcohol), parfum (plant-derived natural preservative not to be confused with perfume), rosemarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, potassium sorbate (natural preservative).
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 120ml for $9.95
Comments: It’s interesting that this brand lists parfum and then mention that it’s a plant derived natural preservative. This is actually the case – there’s a plant based preservative called Naticide, which is allowed by organic certifying bodies like EcoCert and ACO. Naticide is the trade name, but the Australian products have to list ingredients according to the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) names, and the INCI name for Naticide is parfum or fragrance. Confused yet? You don’t need to be – it’s all above board, no greenwash here. This is a good product and a decent price.

 

Name: Gaia Baby Moisturiser Gaia Baby Moisturiser
Ingredients: demineralised water, cetearyl octanote (vegetable oil), grapeseed oil, certified organic shea butter*, methyl glucose sesquistearate (sugar), cetearyl alcohol, wheatgerm oil, certified organic calendula extract*, certified organic chamomile extract* certified organic avacado oil*, certified organic evening primrose oil*, sodium hyroxy methyl glycinate, pure essential oils of certified organic lavender*, certified organic sweet orange*, certified organic chamomile*, limonene and linalool * Aust Certified Organic
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 3 (Moderate Hazard)
Cost: 250ml for $11.50 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: Limonene and linalool, which are fragrance ingredients from essential oils, are what pushes the score of this one up. Otherwise, not a bad product. See the ecostore comments about sodium hydroxylmethylglycinate as a preservative.

 

Name: Gaia Skin Soothing Lotion Gaia Skin Soothing Lotion
Ingredients: Demineralised water, cetearyl octaonate (vegetable oil), grape seed oil, certified organic shea butter, castor oil, beeswax, certified organic wheat germ oil, zinc oxide, certified organic calendula extract, certified organic chamomile extract, certified organic avocado oil, certified organic evening primrose oil, sodium hydroxyl methyl glycinate (plant derived preservative, amino acid – glycine), and the pure essential oils of certified organic lavender, certified organic sweet orange and certified organic chamomile*, limonene, linalool – naturally occurring components of essential oils
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 3 (Moderate Hazard)
Cost: 100ml for $12.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: The rating on this is pushed up by the limonene (which is from citrus rinds) and the linalool, but this isn’t actually too bad. It’s another one that I have used myself and rather like, but it’s worth checking the ingredients to see if there’s anything that concerns you. See the ecostore comments about sodium hydroxylmethylglycinate as a preservative.

 

Name: Jurlique Baby’s Soothing Moisturizing Cream Jurlique Baby's Soothing Moisturizing Cream
Ingredients: Aqua (Water); Cetearyl Alcohol; Honey; Glycerin; Carthamus tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil; Ceteareth-20; Cocoglycerides; Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride; Macadamia ternifolia Seed Oil; Alcohol; Calendula officinalis Flower Extract; Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract; Prunella vulgaris (Self Heal) Flower Extract; Aloe barbadensis Leaf Extract; Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter) Oil; Daucus carota sativa (Carrot) Root Extract; Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate; Fragrance (Parfum)*; Lactic Acid; Tocopherol (Vitamin E); Citrus grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract; Geraniol*; Linalool*; Limonene*.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 125ml for $35.00
Comments: There’s fragrance, in this, and geraniol, linalool and limonene, which all have asterisks, but there’s no explanation of whether this is supposed to mean that they’re components of essentials oils. There’s also the sodium hydroxymethylglycinate as a choice of preservative. But the price of this – ridiculous.

 

Name: Little Bairn Soft Touch Healing Balm Little Bairn Soft Touch Healing Balm
Ingredients: *Calendula infused oil (in sunflower oil), castor oil, *rose hip oil, beeswax, *liquid shea butter, *tamanu oil, natural vitamin e, *lavender french oil, *chamomile roman oil. *certified organic ingredients.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 50g for $15.95
Comments: Lovely. Great ingredients and they’re all oil based so no need for preservatives. Another excellent choice.

 

Name:Little Innoscents Organic Mositure Rich Body Lotion Little Innoscents Organic Moisturising Lotion
Ingredients: Purified Water (aqua), Aloe Vera Juice (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice)*, Emulsifying wax, Sunflower Oil (Helianthus Annuus)*, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii)*, Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima)*, 100% Proprietary blend of essential oils (Aroma), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga Odorata), Lavender Oil (Lavandula Angustifolia). *Denotes Australian Certified Organic
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 100ml for $12.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: Another great product from the first range of babycare products to be certified by Australian Certified Organic.

 

Name: Mei Mei Organic Baby Lotion Mei Mei Organic Baby Lotion
Ingredients: Purified Water, Isopropyl Myristate, Organic Sunflower Seed Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Organic Bees Wax, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honey Suckle) Flower Extract (and) Lonicera Japonica (Honey Suckle) Flower Extract (and) Water, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Organic Lavender Oil, Xanthan Gum.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 120ml for $36.08
Comments: The ingredients are good, and it’s certified organic by EcoCert, but the price is crazy.

 

Name: Milk Skincare Baby Moisturising Qweam Milk Skincare Baby Moisturising Qweam
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Prunus Amygdalus, Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil , Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil , Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Potassium Cocoyl (Hydrolyzed Collagen), Pelargonium Roseum (Rose Geranium) Oil, Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis), Sodium Hydroxy-methylglycinate, Citric Acid
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 150ml for $9.95
Comments: According to their website, this product is ‘new & improved’ and now ‘more natural than ever’. It’s definitely an improvement on the last version, which was full of synthetics. I’m still not keen on the preservative they’ve chosen, (sodium hydroxymethylglycinate), but it’s a much better product than it was.

 

Name: Mini Organics Infant Moisturiser Mini Organics Infant Moisturiser
Ingredients: Certified Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Olive Oil, Shea Butter, Avocado Oil, Lavender (Bulgarian) Oil, Chamomile (German) Oil
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 50ml for $26.00
Comments: I can’t find any actual organic certifications on their website, and nobody has replied to my emails. As there appears to be only one organic ingredient in this product, it’s not organic – it just contains organic ingredients. I’m not saying that this is a bad product, it’s just misleading to call it organic.

 

Name: Moana Baby Lotion Moana Baby Lotion
Ingredients: Aqua, Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil, Macropiper Excelsum Leaf Extract and Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Algae Extract, Cetearyl Olivate and Sorbitan Olivate, Persea Gratissima Oil, Glycerin, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract and Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Phormium Tenax Extract, Cera Alba, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Caprylyl Glycol and Ethylhexylglycerin.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 60ml for $97.00
Comments: No – that’s not a typo. It’s actually $97 for 60mls of baby lotion. The product is fine, but the first ingredient is water. That means that you’re paying $97 for a product that is mostly water. You’d have to be crazy to buy this, no matter how good the rest of the ingredients are.

 

Name: Mustela Hydra Bébé Body Lotion Mustela Hydra Bébé Body Lotion
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Petrolatum, Glyceryl Stearate, Octyldodecanol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Laureth-23, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ceteareth-20, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Parfum (Fragrance), Glyceryl Caprylate, Ceteareth-12, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Cetyl Palmitate, Cocoglycerides, Sodium Hydroxide, Pentylene Glycol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Fruit Extract, Citric Acid
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 300ml for $29.00
Comments: Mustela’s website says that this product is 88% natural. That’s true, if you count paraffin as a natural product. Technically, it’s right – paraffin is distilled from petroleum, which is a fossil fuel formed from the remains of ancient marine organisms, which were certainly natural. However, if you don’t count petrochemicals as ‘natural’, I think you’d find this misleading. The Mustela website talks up the avocado, jojoba, and shea butter, and it highlights the avocado, even though this is the second to last (and therefore the second smallest quantity) in it’s ingredients list. There’s more perfume than avocado in this. I call this greenwash, and once again, a textbook example of why you read the back of the product packaging, not the front.

 

Name: Natures Organics Purity Sensitive Daily Lotion Natures Organics Purity Sensitive Daily Lotion
Ingredients:Water, Glycerine, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Coco-Caprylate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Shea Butter, Oat Peptide, Lauryl Lactyl Lactate, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sequistearate, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Trioleate, Fragrance, Methylisothiazolinone and Polyaminopropyl Biguanide Stearate
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 150ml for $7.99
Comments: According to their website, Purity Sensitive products are ‘made especially for those with sensitive skin’, and this particular product will ‘leave your little treasure’s skin feeling soft and smelling pampered without the use of nasty chemicals’. Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) is a known allergen, and it’s been banned or found unsafe for use in cosmetics in multiple countries. It’s the ingredient that’s been linked to dermatitis in baby wipes and it scores a 7 in the EWG SkinDeep Database. Perfume is an irritant, and there’s PEG’s as well. Gosh, I do seem to be ranting, don’t I? But this is another lesson in why you need to read the back of the label, not the front. Don’t be fooled by the words ‘Nature’, ‘Organics’ or ‘Purity’ – this is greenwash at its finest.

 

Name: Naty by Nature Babycare Eco Lotion Naty by Nature Babycare Eco Lotion
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Allantoin, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 250ml for $11.99
Comments: Not bad as far as the toxicity goes, although once again there’s phenoxyethanol as a preservative, but where does the ‘eco’ come from here? It’s not organic, it’s no more eco than any other standard product, and it bugs me.

 

Name: Perfect Potion Beautiful Baby Lotion
Perfect Potion Beautiful Baby LotionIngredients: aqua (water), prunus armeniaca (apricot kernel oil), glycerin, cetearyl olivate, sunflower oil, cetearyl alcohol, xanthan gum, glyceryl caprylate, limonene, tocopherol, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) certified organic, citrus sinensis (orange, sweet) certified organic, honeysuckle extract, linalool, citrus reticulata (mandarin) certified organic, citric acid, calendula officinalis (calendula extract) certified organic, glycine soja (soyabean) oil, anthemis nobilis (chamomile, roman) certified organic, santalum album (sandalwood, East Indian)
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 125ml for $17.95
Comments: Limonene and linalool are problematic ingredients, but in this case they’re components of the essential oils of sweet orange and mandarin. The ingredients are otherwise pretty good, and while it’s not an organic product, it is COSMOS certified natural.

 

Name: Pitta Patta Moisturising LotionPitta Patta Moisturising Lotion
Ingredients: Aqua – Water; Sunflower Oil (Helianthus annuus); Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii); Olive Oil (Olea europaea); Coco-Glucoside; Coconut Alcohol; Cocoa Seed Butter (Theobroma cacao); Glycerin; Glyceryl Stearate; Linseed Oil (Linum usitatissimum); Aloe Vera (Aloe barbensis); Indigo Essences; Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia); Roman Chamomile essential oil (Anthemis nobilis); GM Free Vitamin E Oil (Tocopheryl acetate); Xanthan Gum; Phenoxyethanol; Potassium Sorbate; Lactic Acid; Benzyl Alcohol
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 200ml for $15.95
Comments: The benzyl alcohol is a problem in this one, as it can be an irritant and shouldn’t be used on babies under 6 months old, and I don’t like the phenoxyethanol. It doesn’t look too bad, but I had a bad reaction to this when I took some home to try, and I put this down to the benzyl alcohol. Because of this, I’d recommend that you avoid it.

 

Name: Sanctum Baby Moisturiser Sanctum Baby Moisturiser
Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Chamomile (Chamomilla recutita matricaria) Flower Extract*, Apricot (Prunus armeniaca) Kernel Oil*, Glycerin*, Shea (Butyrospermum parkii) Butter*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetyl Alcohol, Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) Seed Oil*, Glyceryl Stearate, Honeysuckle (Lonicera caprifolium) Flower Extract, Tocopherol, Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) Oil*, Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) Flower Extract, Lemon (Citrus medica limonum) Peel Oil*, Sweet Marjoram (Origanum majorana) Leaf Oil, Xanthan Gum, Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Leaf Extract, citral, linalool, limonene
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 150g for $9.95
Comments: Nice – another good product with decent ingredients. The citral, linalool and limonene are components of the essential oils.

 

Name: Weleda Calendula Lotion Weleda Calendula Lotion
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Glycerin, Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetearyl Glucoside, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Caprylate, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Citral*.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 4 (Moderate Hazard)
Cost: 200ml for $23.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: As usual with Weleda products, it’s the fragrance and the essential oil components like limonene and linalool that push the scores up on this. They’re all from essential oils, so I don’t have a problem with this at all. In fact, this is another product that I use and love.

 

Name: Weleda White Mallow Body Lotion Weleda White Mallow Body Lotion
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Althaea Officinalis (White Mallow) Root Extract, Viola Tricolor (Pansy) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Caprylate, Squalene (Squalene), Squalene (Squalene).
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 200ml for $27.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: I know we’re supposed to be talking babies here, but this little beauty absolutely saved my itchy, cracking, flaky skin last Melbourne winter, and I won’t hear a word against it 😉 I’ve used it all this winter and my skin has been perfect. The ingredients are excellent, and it’s from Weleda. It’s awesome.

 

Name: Wotnot Baby Lotion Wotnot Baby Lotion
Ingredients: aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice*, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil*, cetearyl olivate and sorbitan olivate (vegetable emulsifiers), glycerine (vegetable), stearic acid (vegetable emulsifier), butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter*, purified water, linum usitatissimum (flaxseed) oil*, cetearyl alcohol (vegetable emulsifier), anthemis nobilis flower (chamomile) oil*, citrus aurantium dulcis (sweet orange) oil*, tocopherol (gmo-free vitamin e), xanthan gum, sodium citrate, citric acid, glyceryl caprylate and potassium sorbate (extra mild preservatives) *certified organic ingredients
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 150ml for $14.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: Nothing to get upset about here. Lots of lovely organic ingredients (over 70%, as it’s ACO certified organic). A good Australian brand, and another product that we’re happy to stock and to use.

 

Supermarket Brands Baby Moisturiser

Name: Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Moisture Cream (NB – J&J brand) Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Moisture Cream (NB – J&J brand)
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour (Oat), Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Ceteareth 6, Hydrolyzed Milk Protein, Hydrolyzed Oats, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, PEG 25 Soy Sterol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Benzalkonium Chloride Solution, Benzaldehyde, Butylene Glycol, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Ethyl Alcohol, Isobutylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben, Stearyl Alcohol
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 4 (Moderate Hazard)
Cost: 140g for $10.99
Comments: Oh my… where to start? Petrochemicals, PEGs, Tetrasodium EDTA, parabens, benzalkonium chloride, phenoxyethanol. Sorry, J&J, you won’t be getting my business!

 

Name: Dermaveeen Extra Gentle Baby Moisturising Cream Dermaveeen Extra Gentle Baby Moisturising Cream
Ingredients: Colloidal oatmeal, Benzyl alcohol, Carbomer 940, Cetyl alcohol, Cithrol GMS A/S (PI), Diazolidinyl urea, Isopropyl palmitate, Myristyl lactate, Light liquid Paraffin, Promulgen G (PI), Sodium PCA, Triethanolamine, Purified Water
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 200ml for $14.49
Comments: There’s petrochemicals (paraffin), benzyl alcohol, Triethanolamine (which is an irritant), and diazolidinyl urea which is a formaldehyde releaser. That’s plenty enough for me to avoid.

 

Name: Johnsons Baby Lotion Johnsons Baby Lotion
Ingredients: Water, Propylene Glycol, Myristyl Myristate, Glyceryl Stearate, Oleic Acid, Stearic Acid, Polysorbate 61, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Synthetic Beeswax, Stearyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, BHT, Sodium Hydroxide, Red 33
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 6 (Moderate Hazard)
Cost: 200ml for $4.55
Comments: Where to start? Propylene glycol, parabens, BHT, benzyl alcohol, fragrance and D&C colours … no thanks. Avoid.

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