The Best Natural Mascara: A Cheat Sheet

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best natural mascara cheat sheetApparently, the most popular makeup items are lipstick and mascara. More of us wear lipstick and mascara than any other cosmetic products.

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I was always careful about the lipstick that I wore because, well, you eat it. But I wasn’t always so concerned about mascara. I thought that because you only used a bit, and it didn’t go directly on to your skin, it didn’t really matter.

However, take a moment and think about how often you rub your eyes, or accidentally get mascara in your eyes, or it runs. Or heaven forbid, you sleep in it. Now you’re starting to see what I mean.

The chemicals in mascara can easily end up on your skin. They can also end up in your eyes, and in the oil glands of your eyelids. They can be absorbed into your bloodstream. And they can also cause problems like plugged ducts or dry eyes.

And even if the amount of harmful chemicals in the product is minuscule, the long-term, everyday exposure to toxins may be enough to cause problems.

Some mascara ingredients are perfectly safe (water, oils, waxes), but many are irritants, allergens, hormone disruptors, carcinogens, and environmental toxins.

Natural Mascara: Researched and Reviewed

So I’ve taken 44 different mascaras, and checked all the ingredients for you. And I’ve published all the results in my new ebook, so you can easily work out which mascaras are safe to use, and which ones are not. Here’s all the mascaras that I reviewed, in alphabetical order:

  1. 100% Pure Fruit Pigment Mascara
  2. Adorn Mineral and Organic Mascara
  3. Adorn Volumising Waterproof Mascara
  4. Alima Pure Natural Definition Mascara
  5. Arbonne It’s A Long Story Mascara
  6. Aveda Mosscara
  7. Benecos Natural Mascara Maximum Volume
  8. Benecos Natural Mascara Vegan Wonder
  9. Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara
  10. Claytime Natural Mascara
  11. Clinique High Impact Mascara
  12. Couleur Caramel Natural Mascara
  13. Dr Hauschka Mascara
  14. Dr Hauschka Volume Mascara
  15. Dusty Girls Natural Mineral Mascara
  16. Earth Lab Vegan Lash Mascara
  17. ECO Minerals Mineral Mascara
  18. Ere Perez Avocado Waterproof Mascara
  19. Ere Perez Natural Almond Oil Mascara
  20. Eye of Horus Bio Mascara
  21. Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara
  22. Hanami Natural Mascara
  23. Hanami Waterproof Mascara
  24. Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Mascara
  25. Inika Organic Vegan Mascara
  26. Kjaer Weis Mascara
  27. L’Oreal Paris Volumise Stretch & Define Your Eyes
  28. Lavera Butterfly Effect Mascara
  29. Lavera Intense Volumizing Mascara
  30. Lavera Volume Mascara
  31. Lily Lolo Natural Mascara
  32. Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara
  33. Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
  34. Miessence Mascara Pure Black
  35. Mirenesse Mascara Pure Black
  36. Modere Mascara
  37. Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Lash Boosting Mascara
  38. Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Mascara
  39. Rimmell Wonder’full Mascara with Argan Oil
  40. Sax Lengthening & Seperation Mascara
  41. Sax Wonder Lash Dramatic Mascara
  42. SeneGence LashSense Waterproof Mascara W3LL PEOPLE Expressionist Mascara
  43. Zuii Organic Flora Volume Mascara
  44. Zuii Organic Flora Volume Mascara

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Further reading on natural mascara

We’ve got lots of other mascara articles that you might find useful, too:

Are we missing any?

I’ve tried to include as many natural mascaras as I could find. And I’ve also included all the ones you asked me for. But if I’ve missed any, let me know! Drop me an email at info@hellocharlie.com.au. Don’t forget to include the following information:

  • the product name
  • a list of the ingredients
  • a link to the product

Or pop the details into the comments below. Please do make sure that it’s a brand sold in Australia, too.

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Biggest Ever Natural Nappy Creams Cheat Sheet

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Some babies don’t need nappy rash creams at all. Some need them at every nappy change. And some babies only need them when they’ve got a bit of a red bottom.

But as nappy creams are one of the products that you use most with a baby, it’s really important that you use one that’s safe for baby’s skin.

And that’s where Hello Charlie comes in. I’ve researched all the ingredients, questioned the manufacturers, and found out which nappy creams are safest for your baby. Finally, I’ve put them all into an ebook that you can come back to at any time.

Grab your copy now and check out which of the 56 nappy creams I recommend!

Natural Nappy Creams: Researched and Reviewed

Here’s all the nappy creams I reviewed, in alphabetical order:

  1. A Bit Hippy Nappy Rash Balm
  2. Alba Un-Petroleum Jelly
  3. AQI BABY Nappy Rash Protection Cream
  4. AQI Extra Soothing Nappy Rash Cream
  5. Arbonne ABC Baby Care Diaper Rash Cream
  6. Aromababy Barrier Balm
  7. Baby Organics Nappy Lotion
  8. Badger Baby Zinc Oxide Diaper Cream
  9. Badger Balm Baby
  10. Beauty & the Bees Botty Butter
  11. Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment
  12. Billie Baby Soothing Nappy Cream
  13. Botani Olivene Balm
  14. Bottoms Up Balmy Bottom Butter
  15. Buds Organics Baby Bum Balm
  16. Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Diaper Ointment
  17. Curash Medicated Nappy Rash Cream
  18. Dr Bronner’s Organic Magic Balm
  19. ECO. Baby Essentials Bottom Oil
  20. Ecostore Baby Nappy Balm
  21. Edible Bubba Coco Baby Bottom Crème
  22. Egyptian Magic
  23. El8te Soothing Nappy Cream
  24. Four Cow Farm Nappy Cream
  25. Gaia Natural Baby Soothing Cream
  26. Grovia Magic Stick Diaper Balm
  27. JAK Organics Soothe Balm
  28. Jurlique Baby’s Soothing Barrier Cream
  29. Kiwiherb Baby Balm
  30. La Clinica Zinc Barrier Balm Baby
  31. Little Innoscents Organic Baby Intenstive Soothing Cream
  32. Lovekins Baby Nappy Cream
  33. MeiMei Organic Baby Diaper Cream
  34. Miessence Baby Barrier Balm
  35. MommyCare Calendula Diaper Cream
  36. Moogoo Nappy Balm
  37. Mustela Vitamin Barrier Cream
  38. Myrtle & Tuppence Booty Balm
  39. Nappy Goo Cream
  40. Natralus Happy Bottom Nappy Barrier Cream
  41. Nature’s Child Baby Bottom Balm
  42. Nenni & Tom Little Bums Barrier Spray
  43. Organic Babies Green People Organic Nappy Cream Baby Balm
  44. Organic Island Baby Nappy Rash Cream
  45. PawPaw Baby Nappy Cream
  46. Petit Kiddo 3 in 1 Baby Bum Cleanser
  47. Pitta Patta Cheeky Baby Barrier Cream
  48. Sanctum Baby Bottom balm
  49. Sudocrem Healing Cream
  50. Sven’s Island Bubba Calm
  51. Thank You Baby Nappy Balm
  52. Weleda Calendula Nappy Rash Cream
  53. Weleda Rash Relief Cream
  54. Weleda White Mallow Nappy Rash Cream
  55. Wotnot Baby Balm
  56. YumBums Organic Baby Balm

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All this and more is in our brand new ebook: Natural Nappy Creams Cheat Sheet. And because I love my readers (that’s you!) so much, there’s even a special bonus for you at the very end of the ebook. You’ll get 15% off all the nappy creams we stock at Hello Charlie.

It’s right here, and it’s free, so what are you waiting for? Get your free ebook now! Our nappy creams cheat sheet will tell you which nappy rash creams are the best for your baby.

Further reading

We’ve got some other articles that you might find useful, too:

How to choose a non toxic nappy rash cream

Are your baby wipes giving your baby nappy rash?

The complete beginner’s guide to nappy rash

Are zinc nappy creams really a problem for cloth nappies?

Are we missing any?

I’ve tried to include every single natural nappy cream available in Australia, but if I’m missing any, let me know! Drop me an email at info@hellocharlie.au with the name of the cream and a link, or pop it into the comments below.

So go on, grab yourself a cuppa and get reading!

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Biggest Ever PawPaw Balms Cheat Sheet – 38 Balms Reviewed!

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Pawpaw balms and ointments are very popular in Australia as a topical skin application. And no wonder!

You can use them in so many different ways, and they’re great for everyone from babies to adults. Pawpaw balms can help with skin problems like ulcers, eczema and other skin irritations, burns and even helps with moisture loss in skin.

As with all manufactured products, however, there are big differences between brands. Some pawpaw creams are nothing but moisturisers with paw paw flavouring. Other balms have good amounts of of paw paw but are based on petrochemicals.

And that’s where Hello Charlie comes in. I’ve researched all the ingredients, questioned the manufacturers, and found out which pawpaw balms really are worth buying. Finally, I’ve put them all into an ebook that you can come back to at any time.

Grab your copy now and check out which of the 38 pawpaw ointments I recommend!

PawPaw Balms: Researched and Reviewed

Here’s all the pawpaw balms I reviewed, in alphabetical order:

  1. Brauer Paw Paw Ointment Tub
  2. Coco Island Paw Paw Ointment
  3. Designer Brands Paw Paw Plus Lips
  4. Face of Australia Paw Paw Ointment
  5. Fix Organic Paw Paw & Manuka Honey Balm
  6. Girl Lane Paw Paw Lip Balm
  7. Healthy Care All Natural Paw Paw Baby Balm
  8. Healthy Care Paw Paw Lip Balm
  9. Healthy Care Paw Paw Rosehip & Manuka Lip Balm
  10. Herb Valley Wild Pink Paw Paw SPF15 Lip Balm
  11. Little Innoscents Organic Paw Paw Balm
  12. Lucas Paw Paw Ointment
  13. Melrose Little Bird Organic Paw Paw Balm Coconut
  14. Melrose Little Bird Organic Paw Paw Balm Original
  15. Melrose Little Bird Organic Paw Paw Balm Tangerine
  16. Models Prefer Paw Paw 100% Natural Original
  17. Natio Paw Paw Lip Balm
  18. Natralus Natural Paw Paw Baby Ointment
  19. Natralus Natural Paw Paw Lip Balm
  20. Natralus Natural Paw Paw Ointment
  21. McArthur Complete Skincare Cream
  22. McArthur Complete Skincare Cream – Fragrance Free
  23. Natural Alternative Paw Paw Ointment
  24. Nature’s Care Paw Paw Baby Balm
  25. Nature’s Care Paw Paw Balm
  26. Nature’s Care Paw Paw Lip Balm
  27. Nude By Nature Paw Paw Ointment
  28. Only Papaya Paw Paw Balm
  29. Organic Island Paw Paw Lip Salve
  30. Pharmacy Action Paw Paw Ointment
  31. Pure by Phytocare Papaya & Celandula Ointment
  32. Pure Paw Paw Ointment Grape
  33. Pure Paw Paw Ointment
  34. Scienza CoPaw Natural Relief Balm
  35. Sukin Paw Paw Ointment
  36. Suvana Paw Paw Lip Balm
  37. Suvana Natural PawPaw & Acai Balm SPF 20
  38. Wotnot Baby Balm

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All this and more is in our brand new Safer PawPaw Balms ebook Cheat Sheet. And because I love my readers (that’s you!) so much, there’s even a special bonus for you at the very end of the ebook. You’ll get 20% off all the pawpaw balms we stock at Hello Charlie.

It’s right here, and it’s free, so what are you waiting for? Get your free ebook now! Our pawpaw balms cheat sheet will tell you which pawpaw balms are the best for you and your family.

Further reading

We’ve got some other articles that you might find useful, too:

9 Ways to Use PawPaw Balm For Beauty & Baby

PawPaw Balm Smackdown

Where I Go to Research Ingredients and Chemicals

Quick Guide to Preservatives in Skincare

Are we missing any?

I’ve tried to include every single pawpaw balm available in Australia, but if I’m missing any, let me know! Drop me an email at info@hellocharlie.au with the name of the pawpaw balm and a link, or pop it into the comments below.

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Adult Body Wash & Shower Gel Cheat Sheet

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Body Wash & Shower Gel Cheat Sheet Hello Charlie

You jump into the shower, and lather up, ready to face the day.

But what are you really putting on your body? Harsh preservatives, sulphates, synthetic colours and perfumes, PEGs?

Aren’t you glad that Hello Charlie is here to sort out the good stuff for you? We’ve researched and reviewed 42 body washes and shower gels for you, so you don’t have to be fooled by greenwash!

Here’s our top picks for body washes and shower gels for the grown ups. If you’re looking for baby and kids body washes, have a look at our cheat sheet here.

Safe Picks for Body Wash & Shower Gel

(in alphabetical order)

  • 100% Pure Coconut Shower Gel
  • 808 Dude Shampoo & Body Wash
  • Acure Sensitive Skin Body Wash
  • Alaffia African Black Soap Citrus
  • Andalou Naturals Clementine Ginger Shower Gel
  • Biologika Coconut Hand & Body Wash
  • Blisume Hand & Body Wash – Bergamot and Litsea Cubeba
  • Bondi Wash Body Wash – Lemon Tea Tree and Mandarin
  • Divine by Therese Kerr Moisturising Body Wash
  • Dr Alkaitis Organic Body Wash
  • Dr Bronner’s Pure Castile Liquid Soap
  • Dr. Hauschka Rose Nurturing Body Wash
  • Eco Tan Organic Foaming Body Wash
  • Juniper Calming Face & Body Wash
  • Kelapa Organics Body Wash
  • Lavera Basis 2 in 1 Hair & Body Wash
  • Manuka Biotic Refreshing Body Wash
  • Miessence Sunflower Body Wash
  • MOA Fortifying Green Bath Potion
  • Mukti Botanique Wash
  • Sanctum Body Spa
  • Soda & Co. Pink Lemonade Natural Body Wash
  • Vanessa Megan Blood Orange Foaming Body Wash
  • Weleda Sea Buckthorn Creamy Body Wash

For the full details, keep reading!

Body Wash & Shower Gels – the Full Rundown

Name: 100% Pure Coconut Shower Gel 100% Pure Coconut Shower Gel
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice*, Rosa Centifolia (Organic Rose Hydrosol) Flower Water*, Cocos Nucifera (Saponified Coconut) Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Extracts of Camelia Sinensis (Organic Green Tea) Leaf*, Asparagopsis Armata (Red Algae), Mel (Lavender Honey), Thymus (Thyme) Vulgaris Flower/Leaf, Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf, Rosmarinus (Rosemary) Officinalis Leaf, Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) and Cocos (Coconut Flavor) Nucifera Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Japanese Honeysuckle), Hyaluronic Acid. *Certified Organic
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not in EWG but we estimate it as 1.
Cost: 236 ml for $24.95
Comments: Nothing to be concerned about here – this looks good!

 

Name: 808 Dude Shampoo & Body Wash 808 Dude Shampoo & Body Wash
Ingredients: Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Extract Organic, Lauryl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Certified Organic Glycerine and Aqua and Certified Organic Eleutherococcus senticosus (Ginseng) and Naticide, Aqua and Glycerin and Paullinia Cupana Seed Extract (Guarana) and Citric Acid and Sodium Benzoate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Panthenol, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Citrus Aurantfolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Oil, Juniperus Virginiana (Cedarwood) Bark Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate, Potassium Sorbate.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not in EWG.
Cost: 250ml for $13.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: This one is a shampoo and body wash aimed at teen boys, but my husband is happy to use this as well. This scores higher in EWG because of the Naticide. 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. Which of course, scores high on the EWG database and pushes up the overall rating on this product. The only ingredient that I’m not super keen on is the cocamidopropyl  betaine. As a whole, however, this is an good product that’s much safer, yet still acceptable for teen boys. Check out our review here. Go, 808 Dude!

 

Name: Acure Sensitive Skin Body Wash Acure Sensitive Skin Body Wash
Ingredients: Organic Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower, Organic Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Berry, Organic Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry), Organic Rosa Canina (Rosehips), Organic Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Organic Fair Trade Certified™ Rooibos, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (From Coconut), Glyceryl Stearate Se (Vegetable), Organic Virgin Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Stearyl Dihydroxypropyldimomium Oligosaccharides (From Sugar), Vegetable Glycerin, Glyceryl Oleate (Fatty Acid), Decyl Glucoside (Sugar Soap), Disodium Cocoglucoside Citrate (From Coconut), Phenethyl Alcohol (Fatty Alcohol), Glyceryl Caprylate (Vegetable Fatty Acid), Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate (Lactic Acid Salt), Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Sclerotium Gum (Sugar Gum), Jojoba Esters, Organic Agania Spinosa (Argan Oil) , Organic Fair Trade Certified™ Olea Europea (Olive) Oil, D-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Seed Oil, Organic Curcubita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Ubiquinone (Coq10) , Argania Spinosa (Argan) Stem Cells, Glycerophosphoinositol Lysine (From Sunflower).
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 1 (Low Hazard)
Cost: 235ml for $19.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: Nothing to be concerned about in this one, either. I like it!

 

Name: Alaffia African Black Soap Citrus Alaffia African Black Soap Citrus
Ingredients: Ocimum Canum (African Mint) Aqueous Extract, Saponified Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter* & Elaeis Guineensis (Palm Kernel) Oil*, Lauryl Glucoside, (Coconut), Tangerine Essential Oil, Orange Essential Oil, Lemongrass Essential Oil, Litsea Essential Oil. * Certified Fair Trade
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not in EWG but we evaluated it as 1.
Cost: 475ml for $14.95
Comments: Nothing to worry about in this, either.

 

Name: Andalou Naturals Clementine Ginger Shower Gel Andalou Naturals Clementine Ginger Shower Gel
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Juice*, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Vegetable Glycerin, Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Citrus Clementina (Clementine) and Zingiber Officinalis (Ginger) Extracts, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Extract*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water*, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Argania Spinsosa (Argan) Oil*, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract*^, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Oil*, Cyamopsis Tetragonolobus (Guar) Gum*, Allantoin, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) and Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa) Oils*. Non-GMO verified *Organic ^Fair Trade
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 2 (Low Hazard)
Cost: 251ml for $9.95
Comments: Another good one from Andalou Naturals.

 

Name: Biologika Coconut Hand & Body Wash Biologika Coconut Hand & Body Wash
Ingredients: Organic Herbal Blend of Lavender, Chamomile & Rosehip; Coco Polyglucose, Decyl Glucoside, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Macadamia Oil, Organic Avocado Oil, Guar Gum, Citrus Seed Extract, Coconut absolute oil, Olive Leaf Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Sweet Almond Oil.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not in EWG but we estimate it as 2.
Cost: 250ml for $6.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: Again, nothing to be concerned about with this one. Australian certified organic, too.

 

Name: Blisume Hand & Body Wash – Bergamot and Litsea Cubeba Blisume Hand & Body Wash Bergamot and Litsea Cubeba
Ingredients: Purified Aqua (Water), Coco Glucoside, Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Guar Gum, Natural Fragrance, Organic Goji Berry Extract, Rosehip Extract, Kakadu Plum Extract, Organic Paw Paw Extract, Citric Acid, Bitter Orange Extract, Elderberry Extract.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not in EWG but we estimate it as 3.
Cost: 250ml for $19.95
Comments: It’s the fragrance that pushes the score up on this. The Blisume website specifically says that they don’t use synthetic fragrances, and explain how their natural fragrances are made from essential oils and botanicals. But the EWG database doesn’t like fragrance, so the score is higher. The ingredients look good to me.

 

Name: Bondi Wash Body Wash – Lemon Tea Tree and Mandarin Bondi Wash Body Wash Lemon Tea Tree and Mandarin
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside (Plant-Based), Coco-Glucoside (Plant-Based), Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Citric Acid, Australian Bush Oils, Essential Oils, Saccharide Isomerate (Sugar-Based), Sodium Citrate (Salt), Glyceryl Caprylate, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate (Non-Paraben Preservatives).
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not in EWG but we estimate it as 2.
Cost: 500ml for $34.95
Comments: Another body wash that looks good, with a fragrance from essential oils.

 

Name: Crabtree & Evelyn Avocado Olive & Basil Revitalising Bath & Shower Gel Crabtree & Evelyn Avocado Olive & Basil Revitalising Bath & Shower Gel
Ingredients: Water (Aqua) (Eau), Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cetyl Betaine, Glycerin, Polysorbate 80, Fragrance (Parfum), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Fruit Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Extract, Lauryl Lactyl Lactate, Sodium Chloride, Polyquaternium-7, Disodium Edta, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Citral, Geraniol, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Methylisothiazolinone.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not in EWG but we estimate it as 6.
Cost: 250ml for $28.00
Comments: This one’s not looking so great. There’s perfume, and polyquaternium-7.  The preservatives are phenoxyethanol and methylisothiazolinone (MIT), both of which are on my ‘avoid’ list. That’s enough for me – I wouldn’t use this.

 

Name: Derma Sukin Daily Gentle Wash Derma Sukin Daily Gentle Wash 
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract (Chamomile), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Citric Acid.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not in EWG but we evaluated it as 3.
Cost: 250ml for $8.95
Comments: This is okay, but only okay. I’m not a huge fan of cocamidopropyl betaine or phenoxyethanol, and I choose not to use these. Otherwise the ingredients are okay.

 

Name: Divine by Therese Kerr Moisturising Body Wash Divine by Therese Kerr Moisturising Body Wash
Ingredients: Potassium Oleate, Potassium Cocoate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Glycerine*, Rooibos (Aspalathus Linearis) Extract*, Cocoa (Theobroma Cacao) Seed Butter*, Guar (Cyamopsis Tetragonolob) Gum*, Hempseed (Cannabis Sativa) Oil*, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil*, Lemongrass (Cymbopogon Schoenanthus) Oil*, Lime (Citrus Aurantifolia) Oil*, Linalool, Limonene. *Certified Organic Ingredients
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not in EWG but we estimate it as 3.
Cost: 300ml for $34.95
Comments: This scores higher in EWG because of the linalool and limonene, both of which are natural components of essential oils. Cosmetics laws say that these need to be declared, but as they’re part of essential oils, I’m happy with that. I’d use this.

 

Name: Dr Alkaitis Organic Body Wash Dr Alkaitis Organic Body Wash
Ingredients: Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Castile Soap Base Made From Organic, Cold Pressed, Virgin Olive*, Jojoba*, Coconut* And Apricot Pit* Oils, The Following Herbals Are Blended: Organic Aloe Vera Gel*, Vegetable Glycerin, Bio-Pure Skin Complex Composed Of Lavender Flowers*, Chamomile Flowers*, Rosemary*, Lemon Balsam*, Benzoinº, Black Elder*, Bitter Orange*, Borage*, Mexican Marigold*, Plantain*, Grapefruit, Marsh Mallow*, Sea Wrackº And Atlantic Seaweedº, Vegetable Glycerin, Natural Vitamin C Complex And Vitamin E Complex (D-Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta Tocopherols). And 100% Pure Essential Oils. * Certified Organically Grown. º Signifies Ethically Wild-Crafted
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not in EWG but we evaluated it as 2.
Cost: 240ml for $44.95
Comments: This looks good, as it’s a essentially a castile soap base with lots of oils and botanicals added. Having said that, I’m not sure that it’s worth the hefty price tag for what is basically castile soap.

 

Name: Dr Bronner’s Pure Castile Liquid Soap – Peppermint Dr Bronner's Pure Castile Liquid Soap - Peppermint
Ingredients: Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Organic Palm Kernel Oil*, Organic Olive Oil*, Mentha Arvensis, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Mentha Piperita, Citric Acid, Tocopherol. * Certified fair trade ** none is left after saponifying oils into soap and glycerin.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 1 (Low Hazard)
Cost: 237ml for $12.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: Love, love, love! My favourite. I pretty much only use this (although my sons use the 808 Dude and the Lavera 2 in 1). Dr Bronner’s is simple, pure and ethical. And it works. 

 

Name: Dr. Hauschka Rose Nurturing Body Wash Dr. Hauschka Rose Nurturing Body Wash
Ingredients: Aqua, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Coco-Glucoside, Glycerin, Decyl Glucoside, Alcohol, Persea Gratissima Oil, Pyrus Cydonia Seed Extract, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Xanthan Gum, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Parfum*, Citronellol*, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Eugenol*, Citric Acid, Hectorite. *From Natural Essential Oils
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 5 (Moderate Hazard)
Cost: 200ml for $29.00
Comments: This gets a high score in the EWG database, because of the fragrance, citronellol, linalool, geraniol and eugenol. The last four are all components of essential oils, and the fragrance is made from essential oils. Dr Hauschka is a brand that I trust, so I’m happy with this. The rest of the ingredients are good, too.

 

Name: Eco Store Orange & Patchouli Body Wash Eco Store Orange & Patchouli Body Wash
Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Coco Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Citric Acid, Citrus Sinensis, Cinnamomum Camphora, Piper Nigrum, Rosemarinus Officinalis, Agathosma Betulina, Coriandrum Sativum, Pogostemon Cablin, Canarium Luzonicum.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not in EWG.
Cost: 400ml for $9.49
Comments: The only ingredient in this that’s questionable is the sodium hydroxymethylglycinate. It’s a formaldehyde releaser, and the EWG is not super keen on it. Ecostore are moving away from using it. However, this is still a pretty good product.

 

Name: Eco Tan Organic Foaming Body Wash Eco Tan Organic Foaming Body Wash
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Decyl Glucoside**, Sodium Lauryl Lactylate**, Glycerin*, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate**, Glyceryl Caprylate**, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Oil*, Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil*, Lemongrass Essential Oil*, Peppermint Oil*, Coconut Oil*, Xanthum Gum**, Guar Gum**, Capryl Wheat Bran/Straw Glycosides**, Fusel Wheat Bran/Straw Glycosides**, Polyglyceryl-5 Oleate**, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate**, Glyceryl Caprylate**, Potassium Sorbate**. (*Certified Organic Ingredients, ** Natural)
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not in EWG but we estimate it as a 1.
Cost: 375ml for $21.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: Nothing to be concerned about here, either. This looks good!

 

Name: ECO. Tea Tree Face & Body Wash ECO. Tea Tree Face & Body Wash
Ingredients: Purified Water, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Sodium PCA Potassium Hydroxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Citric Acid.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not in EWG but we estimate it as 2.
Cost: 95ml for $18.00
Comments: I’m not super keen on cocoamidopropyl betaine. Yes, it may be derived from coconuts, but that doesn’t make it natural. It’s a synthetic, and there are a few issues with it. It’s an okay product, but I’d probably choose something else.

 

Name: Juniper Calming Face & Body Wash Juniper Calming Face & Body Wash
Ingredients: *Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, ** Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate (Natural Olive Emulsifier), *Glycerin (Glycerine), *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Nut Butter, *Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Oil, **Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract (Elderberry) Extract, **Helianthus Annuus, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary CO2) Extract, ** D-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Natural Vitamin E). *Certified Organic **Natural /Non GMO
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not in EWG but we evaluated it as 1.
Cost: 250ml for $25.95
Comments: I can’t see anything to get worked up about in this. It looks good.

 

Name: Jurlique Jasmine Shower Gel Jurlique Jasmine Shower Gel
Ingredients: Aqua (Water)/Eau; Cocamidopropyl Betaine; Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate; Decyl Glucoside; Honey; Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract; Quillaja Saponaria (Soap Bark Tree) Bark Extract; Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract; Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract; Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract; Betula Alba (Birch) Leaf Extract; Althaea Officinalis Root Extract; Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract; Urtica Diocia (Nettle) Extract; Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract; Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract; Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract; Totarol; Citric Acid; Fragrance/Parfum*; Hydrolyzed Soy Protein; Glycerin; Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride; SD Alcohol 40-A (Alcohol Denat.); Benzyl Alcohol*; Benzyl Benzoate*; Eugenol*; Linalool*. * From Natural Essential Oil
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 5 (Moderate Hazard)
Cost: 300ml for $29.00
Comments: There’s some nice ingredients, in here, but the second (and therefore the second highest quantity) is cocoamidopropyl betaine, which is synthetic. As is the third ingredient, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate. If you look at Jurlique’s website, it’s all about natural. So I get annoyed when the ingredients aren’t! The ingredients list says that their fragrance is from essential oils, but there’s nothing about this on their website.

 

Name: Kelapa Organics Body Wash Kelapa Organics Body Wash
Ingredients: *Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Purified Water, Coco Glucoside, *Organic Guar Gum, *Organic Coconut Water, *Organic Vanilla Oleoresin, Citric Acid, *Organic Coconut Oil, Bitter Orange Extract, *Organic Glycerin, *Organic Lavender, *Organic Sandalwood, Glyceryl Caprylate, Oat Extract. *Australian Certified Organic Ingredients.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not in EWG but we evaluated it as 1.
Cost: 250ml for $24.95
Comments: Nice! Good list of ingredients.

 

Name: Lavera Basis 2 in 1 Hair & Body Wash Lavera Basis 2 in 1 Hair & Body Wash
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sodium Coco Sulfate, Lauryl Glucoside, Glycerin, Sea Salt (Maris Sal), Algae Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Straw Extract*, Tritcum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract*, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Alcohol**, Fragrance (Parfum)**, Limonene**, Geraniol**, Linalool**, Citral**, Citronellol** (*ingredients from certified organic agriculture, ** components of natural essential oils)
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not in EWG.
Cost: 200 ml for $12.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: The only thing that jumps out with this one is the perfume. But Lavera is a reputable company, and their fragrances are from essential oils. The limonene, geraniol, linalool, citral and citronellol are all components of essential oils that have to be declared as separate ingredients. Lavera is NaTrue certified, and I’m happy with this. In fact, we use this at our house!

 

Name: Manuka Biotic Refreshing Body Wash Manuka Biotic Refreshing Body Wash
Ingredients: Deionised Water, Decyl Glucoside, Glycerine, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Leptospermum Scoparium Oil (Manuka Oil) *Organic, Kunzea Ericoides Oil (Kanuka Oil) *Organic, Xanthan Gum, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Sclerotium Gum, Sodium Citrate. *Certified Organic
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not in EWG but we evaluated it as 2.
Cost: 200 ml for $19.99
Comments: The only thing that jumps out here is the benzyl alcohol, but it’s used as a preservative, so that’s all good. Another good product!

 

Name: Miessence Sunflower Body Wash Miessence Sunflower Body Wash
Ingredients: Certified Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Coco Glucoside, Certified Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Non-Gmo Xanthan Gum, Certified Organic Citrus Dulcis (Sweet Orange) Essential Oil, Certified Organic Citrus Limonum (Lemon) Essential Oil, Certified Organic Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Essential Oil, Citric Acid, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Fruit Extract.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 1 (Low Hazard)
Cost: 250ml for $15.95(Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: Nothing here to get concerned about. A great product.

 

Name: Milk & Co. Body Wash Milk & Co. Body Wash
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lauryl Glucoside, Glycol Stearate, Laureth-4, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Polyquaternium-7, Mannitol, Chondrus Srispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Laminaria Digitata (Horsetail Kelp) Extract, Glycogen, Disodium Edta, Methylchloroisothiazoline, Methylisothiazolinone, Mel (Honey), Whey Protein, Glycyrprihiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Sodium Chloride, Fragrance (Parfum). Contains Limonene.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not in EWG but we evaluated it as 4.
Cost: 375ml for $12.95
Comments: There’s a lot in here that I don’t like. There’s sulphates, cocamidopropyl betaine, polyquaternium 7 and perfume. The perfume is apparently natural, but I can’t find anything on their website or any certifications to back this up. And then there are two preservatives that I don’t like, Methylchloroisothiazoline (MCI) and Methylisothiazolinone (MIT). Definitely one to avoid.

 

Name: MOA Fortifying Green Bath Potion MOA Fortifying Green Bath Potion
Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Oil, Laureth-3, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract, Abies Sibirica (Fir Needle) Oil, Betula Lenta Bark (Sweet Birch) Oil, Tocopherol, CI 75810 (Chlorophyll).
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not in EWG but we evaluated it as 2.
Cost: 100ml for $60.50
Comments: I can’t see anything in here to get worked up about. Looks good.

 

Name: Modere Shower Gel Modere Shower Gel
Ingredients: Water, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Butylene Glycol, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Oil, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not in EWG but we evaluated it as 3.
Cost: 350ml for $17.05
Comments: I’m not at all keen on the preservatives in this, Methylchloroisothiazoline (MCI) and Methylisothiazolinone (MIT), and would avoid this product based on those two ingredients.

 

Name: Moo Goo Milk Wash Moo Goo Milk Wash
Ingredients: Aqua, Decyl Glucoside (Glucose Based Cleanser), Sodium Lauroamphoacetate (Coconut Derived Cleanser), Behentrimonium Methosulfate (Canola Based Detangler), Lauryl Glucoside (Glucose Based Cleanser), Cetearyl Alcohol (Plant Based Emulsifying Wax), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Coconut Derived Cleanser), Glyceryl Oleate (Skin Conditioner), Coco-Glucoside (Glucose Based Cleanser), Allantoin, Piroctone Olamine, Hydrolysed Milk Protein, Fragrant Oil (Phthlate Free).
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not in EWG but we evaluated it as 2.
Cost: 500ml for $17.50
Comments: The cocamidopropyl betaine and the fragrant oil push the score up on this. It’s okay, but I’d probably choose something else because of these two.

 

Name: Mukti Botanique Wash Mukti Botanique Wash
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack)*, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula)*, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile)*, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf*, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail)*, Urtica Dioica (Nettle)*, Trifolium Pratense (Red Clover)*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary)*, Salvia Officinalis (Sage)*, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow)* Extracts, Coco Glucoside, Decyl Glucoside, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime)*, Litsea Cubeba (Lemon Verbena), Sodium Chloride (Salt), Citric Acid. *Certified Organic Ingredient. Naturally Occurring Constituents In Essential Oils: Citral, Isoeugenol, Linalool.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 1 (Low Hazard)
Cost: 500ml for $49.95
Comments: Nothing to worry about here, either.

 

Name: Natio Mineral Body Wash & Polish Natio Mineral Body Wash & Polish
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Polyethylene, Triethanolamine, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Luffa Cylindrica (Loofah) Fruit Powder, Tocopheryl Acetate, Vetiveria Zizanioides (Vetiver) Root Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Sweet Orange) Peel Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Flower Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tetrasodium Edta, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not in EWG but we evaluated it as 4.
Cost: 210ml for $6.96
Comments: Again with the Methylchloroisothiazoline (MCI) and Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) as preservatives! Also sulphates and cocamidopropyl betaine. Not a product I’d be using.

 

Name: Olive Oil Skin Care Company Pure Castile Olive Oil Body Wash Olive Oil Skin Care Company Pure Castile Olive Oil Body Wash 
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coco Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Olea Europea Fruit Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Chloride.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not in EWG but we evaluated it as 1.
Cost: 300ml for $19.99
Comments: Again, cocamidopropyl betaine, but otherwise okay ingredients. It’s definitely not a ‘castile’ soap, though, so don’t be fooled by the name. Stick with Dr Bronner if you want real castile soap with pure ingredients.

 

Name: OM She Aromatherapy Purely Australian Body Wash OM She Aromatherapy Purely Australian Body Wash
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Rosa Eglanteria (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Aloe Vera), Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract, Echinacea Purpurea, Disodium EDTA, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone. May Contain: Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Limonene, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Melaleuca Alternifloria (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin/Orange) Peel Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Red 4 (CI 14700), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Red 33 (CI 17200).
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not in EWG but we evaluated it as 5.
Cost: 500ml for $12.95
Comments: Cocamidopropyl betaine, Methylchloroisothiazoline (MCI) and Methylisothiazolinone (MIT), synthetic colours, and triethanolamine. Choose a different product.

 

Name: Original Source Mint & Tea Tree Shower Gel Original Source Mint & Tea Tree Shower Gel
Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamide DEA, Mentha Arvense (Mint) Leaf Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Glycerine, Lauramidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Lactate, PEG-150 Distearate, Lactic Acid, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, Diethanolamine, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, CI 42090, CI 19140.
EWG Skin Deep Rating:Not in EWG but we evaluated it as 5.
Cost: 250ml for $4.40
Comments: Sulphates, synthetic colours, PEG’s, and Methylchloroisothiazoline (MCI) and Methylisothiazolinone (MIT). No thanks!

 

Name: Philosophy Vanilla Birthday Cake Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath Philosophy Vanilla Birthday Cake Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath
Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Ppg-2 Hydroxyethyl Cocamide, Glycerin, Glycol Distearate, Parfum/Fragrance, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Panthenol, Tocopherol, Tocotrienols, Trilinolein, Triolein, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Polyquaternium-7, Polyquaternium-10, Maltodextrin, Methyl Gluceth-20, Sodium Benzotriazolyl Butylphenol Sulfonate, Buteth-3, Tributyl Citrate, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Magnesium Chloride, Magnesium Nitrate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Sulfite, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium Edta, Maleic Anhydride, Sodium Hydroxide, Methylene Di-T-Butylcresol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Fd & C Yellow No. 5 (Ci 19140), Fd & C Red No. 40 (Ci 16035).
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 5 (Moderate Hazard)
Cost: 480ml for $30.00
Comments: Sulphates, perfume, polyquaterniums, phenoxyethanol, synthetic colours, Methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI), and Methylisothiazolinone (MIT). That would be a no thanks.

 

Name: Pure Fiji Coconut Milk Shower Gel Pure Fiji Coconut Milk Shower Gel
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Cocoalkyl Dimethylamine Oxide, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Peg-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Peg-60 Almond Glycerides, Fragrance, Cocus Nucifera (Virgin Coconut) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia Nut) Oil, Aleurites Moluccana (Sikeci Nut) Oil, Passiflora Incarnata (Passionflower) Extract, Ananus Sativus, (Pineapple) Extract, Phenoxyethanol
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not in EWG but we evaluated it as 3.
Cost: 250ml for $24.95
Comments: I don’t like the cocamidopropyl betaine, the fragrance, the phenoxyethanol or the PEGs. So I’d be looking for another product.

 

Name: Sanctum Body Spa Sanctum Body Spa
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Decyl Glucoside, Olive (Olea Europaea) Leaf Extract*, Glycerin*, Xanthan Gum, Aqua, Honeysuckle (Lonicera Caprifolium) Flower Extract, Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) Leaf Oil*, Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris) Leaf Extract, Bladderwrack (Fucus Vesiculosus) Extract, Chamomile (Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Honeysuckle (Lonicera Japonica) Flower Extract, Oak (Quercus Robur) Bark Extract*, Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia Citriodora) Oil, Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) Leaf Extract, Orange (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis) Oil, Citral, Limonene. *Certified Organic / 91% Certified Organic / 100% Naturally Derived
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not in EWG but we evaluated it as 1.
Cost: 200g for $16.95
Comments: Another good one. Nothing to worry about here.

 

Name: Soda & Co. Pink Lemonade Natural Body Wash Soda & Co. Pink Lemonade Natural Body Wash
Ingredients: Aqua, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Olea Europea (Olive) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Pink Grapefruit) Oil, Citric Acid, Vitamin E, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Oil, Guar Gum.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not in EWG but we evaluated it as 1.
Cost: 250ml for $13.95
Comments: Nice! This looks good.

 

Name: Sukin Botanical Body Wash Sukin Botanical Body Wash
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Glycerin, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil (Rose Hip), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (Chamomile), Yucca Schidigera Root Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Vanillin, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene*, Linalool*. * Natural Component of Essential Oils.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not in EWG but we evaluated it as 2.
Cost: 250ml for $7.95
Comments: There’s cocamidopropyl betaine, PEGs and phenoxyethanol. It doesn’t score high in EWG, but it probably wouldn’t be my first choice because of these ingredients.

 

Name: Swisse Lemongrass Body Wash Swisse Lemongrass Body Wash
Ingredients: Aqueous Extract of Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Coco-Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Xanthan Gum, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Cymbopogon Flexuosus (Lemongrass) Leaf Oil, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Citric Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol. *Natural Fragrance
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not in EWG but we evaluated it as 3.
Cost: 500ml for $14.99
Comments: There’s cocamidopropyl betaine and fragrance. The ingredients list says natural fragrance, but I can’t find anything on their website other than the claim that it’s natural. The other ingredients are okay, but I’d probably skip it.

 

Name: Thank You Botanical Geranium & Rosewood Body Wash Thank You Botanical Geranium & Rosewood Body Wash
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) leaf juice, Decyl glucoside, Sodium cocoamphodiacetate, Cocoamidopropyl betaine, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl tetrastearate, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, Lactic acid, Chamomilla recutita (Chamomile) flower extract, Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) oil, Rose damascena (Rose) oil, Pogostemon cablin (Patchouli) oil, Citrus limonum (Lemon) peel oil, Aniba roseodorata (Rosewood) oil, Fragrance (Natural).
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not in EWG.
Cost: 500ml for $8.80
Comments: There’s cocamidopropyl betaine, PEGs, phenoxyethanol and fragrance, which is apparently natural, but I can’t find anything on their website. I want to like this company because of their charitable causes (100% of their profits go to charity) but I’m afraid I wouldn’t use this.

 

Name: The Body Shop Jumbo Moringa Shower Gel The Body Shop Jumbo Moringa Shower Gel
Ingredients: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerin, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Polysorbate 20, Honey, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, PEG-18 Glyceryl Oleate/Cocoate, Fragrance, Myristamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Phenethyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, p-Anisic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Disodium EDTA, Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol, Moringa Oleifera Leaf Extract, Sorbitol, Caramel, Yellow 5.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 5 (Moderate Hazard)
Cost: 750ml for $24.95
Comments: Not for me, thanks. There’s sulfates, cocamidopropyl betain, PEGs, fragrance, propylene glycol, benzyl salicilate and synthetic colours.

 

Name: Vanessa Megan Blood Orange Foaming Body Wash Vanessa Megan Blood Orange Foaming Body Wash
Ingredients: 100% Natural / 80.25% Certified Organic: *Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Coco Glucoside, Potassium Cocoate, *Glycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, *Olive Squalane, Xanthan Gum, Mineral Salt, Sclerotium Gum, *Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Oil (Blood Orange) Essential Oil, *Backhousia Citriodora (Lemon Myrtle) Essential Oil, *Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Essential Oil. *Certified Organic Ingredients
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not in EWG but we evaluated it as 1.
Cost: 500ml for $54.95
Comments: Nothing bad in this. I like it, except for the price. Ouch.

 

Name: Weleda Sea Buckthorn Creamy Body Wash Weleda Sea Buckthorn Creamy Body Wash
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Coco-Glucoside, Alcohol, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Glycerin, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Fragrance (Parfum)*, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citral* (* From Natural Essential Oils)
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 5 (Moderate Hazard)
Cost: 200ml for $17.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: As with all Weleda products, it’s the fragrance that pushes the score up here. But as Weleda is entirely reputable, and their perfumes are all made from essential oils, I don’t have a problem with this at all. It’s a lovely product, and I’ve used it myself.

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Guide to Safe and Natural Teething Remedies for Baby

safe & natural teething remedies for baby

Guide to Safe and Natural Teething Remedies for BabyThere are few things as distressing as watching your baby begin the teething process. It can be a painful affair, and your poor little one has no idea what is going on. Their little gums are painful, cheeks may be red and inflamed, and they may be drooling more than normal. To parents trying to raise their baby as naturally as possible, the idea of using medicines or topical lotions with harsh chemicals just isn’t right. And it leaves you wondering just what you can do to provide some relief for your baby naturally.

Fortunately, there are several natural teething remedies for baby. Some involve chewing, but if your baby has very sore gums they may simply want something cool to suck on. Try a few different ideas until you find something that suits you and your baby.

Fabric Chew Toys Fabric Chew Toys

Teething babies love to chew on things, and there are some great fabric toys that are specifically designed for young babies to chew. Always choose organic, so that you know the fabric is safe for them.

Try the very popular Keptin Jr organic cotton comforters, made from organic cotton and sheep’s wool. These have long ears, or pointy hats and are absolutely perfect for babies to cut teeth on.

Apple Park and Under the Nile organic toys are also designed for babies to chew. Whichever brand you choose, I highly recommend buying two of the same toy. That way you can have one on the go and one in the wash.

Water filled teethers

There are plenty of water filled cooling teethers available. These go into the fridge, not the freezer, so they’re not too cold for baby to grasp. Make sure that you buy a brand that is BPA free.

Cold fruit or vegetables

My children didn’t start teething until they were on solids, so it made it very easy for us to introduce cold fruits and vegetable for them to gnaw on. Cucumber was a favourite, cut up into sticks and kept in the fridge until needed. Cucumber is soothing and calming, so it’s understandable that it feels good on sore gums.

Boon_Pulp_Feeder_Blue_TangerineMy eldest son loved to chew on lemon slices. I thought this was very strange, until years later a naturopath told me that lemon is a natural painkiller.

Whichever fruit or vegetable you choose, ensure that it’s appropriate for baby’s age. You may need to partly cook harder vegetables, so that there is no choking risk.

You could also try b.box mesh feeder or Boon pulp silicone feeder. The are unique and cute and they work wonders with babies. Just pop the cold fruit inside, and voila! A feeding teether.

Amber necklaces

Baltic amber jewellery is another traditional remedy. I have to admit that they didn’t seem to make any difference to my children, but I know so many parents who swear by them. Be sensible about how and when you use them (i.e. don’t ever leave them on while baby is unattended). Amberease Amber Necklaces look lovely, so they’re worth a try!

Wooden teething toys and rings Wooden teething toys and rings

There are beautiful wooden teethers available, such as those from Hess Spielzeug or the beautifully simple QToys Assorted Teether, which are coloured with all natural vegetable dyes. Babies and toddlers can happily gnaw away on these and give those new teeth a workout.

Whichever wooden teether you choose, make sure it’s made from sustainable wood, and that the finishes are non toxic.

Chamomile Tea

Try brewing some chamomile tea and freezing it in an ice pop mould, or even just as an ice cube. Chamomile is a traditional teething remedy, too. If you’re breastfeeding, try drinking chamomile tea as this may help your teething baby.

Homeopathic remedies Homeopathic remedies

If you are a believer in homeopathy, why not try a remedy such as the Weleda Baby Teething Powder, or the traditional homeopathic teething remedies, chamomilla and belladonna. Depending on the symptoms, you may want to visit a homeopath and get a personalized remedy.

You could also try a natural teething gel, like the one from Hyland’s. You just rub this across baby’s gums.

Frozen Face Washer

Lots of mothers I know swear by the frozen washcloth. Simply soak a washcloth in water and place it in the freezer. Baby can then chew on the cold fabric.

Another alternative is tying a clean handkerchief around an ice cube, and allowing baby to suck on that.

Natural Rubber Teethers Natural Rubber Teethers

Sophie the Giraffe is the most well known of all the natural rubber teethers. She’s hugely popular for good reason – she’s fabulous. She makes a perfect gift for a newborn, too!

There are also natural rubber teethers from Hevea, like the Kawan teeether or the Panda Teether.

You could also try a natural rubber dummy, like the Natursutten, or Natural Rubber Soothers (who also have a natural rubber teether in their range). Even if your baby doesn’t use a dummy, the rubber is great for chewing. It’s natural latex, and free of nitrosamines, so they’re safe for baby.

Silicone Teething Jewellery

There are a number of Australian brands of silicone jewellery that are designed for babies to chew on, like tiny & i. The jewellery is designed to be worn by mums, but with silicone beads that are soft on baby’s gums. They’re super stylish and you won’t be left with teeth marks in your wooden beads.

There are lots of great options for soothing sore gums without having to resort to Bonjela. See which one you like, and let us know in the comments below!

Please note that if your baby has a temperature or is vomiting, or displays any other symptoms that are concerning you, it’s important that you see your health care professional.

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Disposable Nappies: A Hello Charlie Cheat Sheet

safer disposable nappy cheat sheet

eco disposable nappies reviews

My eldest son was in cloth nappies full time. We had a great routine going, but we couldn’t work out why our darling baby wouldn’t sleep at night until we realized that the feel of a wet nappy woke him up. We persevered, but eventually, zombie-eyed, we gave in and put him in a disposable at night.

Many of us use disposable nappies, even fully committed cloth nappy users. Sometimes, it’s just easier to use a disposable nappy – when you’re ill, if you’re travelling, or when your baby goes to childcare.

Whatever your reason for using disposables is, it makes sense to choose a nappy that’s better for your baby, and better for the environment. Eco nappies used to have a reputation for having the feel and absorbency of a cardboard box, but that’s definitely not true any more. Our top pick, Bambo Nature, not only scores well on the ethical, ingredients and environmental scores, but was also the best performing nappy amongst our testers, and in a recent review by Baby Gear Lab.

Unfortunately, it’s not as easy to compare disposable nappies as it is to compare baby lotions. Manufacturers don’t have to disclose all their ingredients, and many won’t tell you even if you ask very nicely.

Disposable Nappy Top Picks:

1. Bambo Nature
2. Muumi

These are the only brands with independent eco certifications and good performance.

3. Moltex
4. Naty

Moltex doesn’t have independent eco credentials, but have won many reputable eco awards, and their performance is good. Naty has good eco credentials, but their performance doesn’t match up.

Better than the supermarket brands:

5. Ecoriginals
6. Tooshies by TOM
7. Thank You Nappies
8. Seventh Generation

Thanks, but no thanks:

Huggies
Snugglers
Pampers
Aldi (who I’ve included, but I couldn’t get any information at all about them)

Ingredients in Disposable Nappies

Because so many manufacturers refuse to disclose what is in their nappies, it’s almost impossible to find out all the different chemicals in some nappies so you can make an informed choice. For this reason, I’d encourage you to choose a nappy where the manufacturer discloses all their ingredients.

I also have a rule of thumb on buying personal products – unless the manufacturer specifically tells you that their product does not contain a harmful ingredient, assume it’s there. Sometimes you’ll have to ask the question, because there’s only so much space on a pack. However, if you want to avoid a particular ingredient, go and check out the manufacturer’s website, and ask questions. If they don’t answer you, assume the worst!

What to look for in a disposable nappy

  • Chlorine free
  • Fragrance free
  • Lotion free
  • Phthalate free
  • Full disclosure of ingredients
  • cradle to grave eco certification for a lower eco footprint

Why is ‘Cradle to Grave’ impact so important?

The cradle to grave, or life cycle analysis, looks at the environmental impact of a nappy though all stages of manufacture. It starts at how the raw materials are grown or made, through to how they’re processed. It looks at the manufacturing processes, and the emissions produced during manufacture. It looks at what happens to the waste produced during manufacture, and how it’s disposed of. And finally, it looks at how the end product is going to be disposed of.

Many ‘eco’ nappies are focused only on disposal. Yet as the Nordic Swan Eco Label points out, up to 80% of a nappy’s environmental impact is all about the raw materials and processing. I recently wrote about why biodegradability is not what makes a nappy eco, so I won’t go into it again here.

But if you’re serious about reducing your eco footprint, you need to consider a nappy’s cradle to grave impact.

bambo nature eco nappies1

Bambo Nature ingredients

Full disclosure of ingredients: YES
Independent Eco Label: YES
FSC Certified Woodpulp: YES
Perfumes: NO
Lotions: NO
Chlorine: NO (Elemental Chlorine Free)
Latex: NO
Odour Blockers: NO
Optical Brightners: NO
Dyes: NO
Heavy metals or lead in ink: NO
Phthalates: NO
Parabens: NO
Dioxins: NO

Made in Denmark.

What are Bambo Nature nappies made from?

  • Topsheet: non woven polypropylene, made without solvents.
  • Absorbent core: peroxide bleached (chlorine free) wood pulp from FSC Certified sources. SAPs are biodegradable wheat starch and sodium polyacrylates.
  • Backsheet: polypropylene and polyethylene
  • Elastics: lycra
  • Glue: resin and wax (no formaldehyde)
  • Tabs: paper, polyethylene and foil made from polyethylene

Comments:

shop bambo natureAbena are so helpful when it comes to questions about their nappies. Each time I’ve asked about ingredients, I’ve been sent a full list. I’ve also been sent lists of what’s NOT in their nappies, which is very helpful (and very comprehensive).

Here’s the list of what’s not in Bambo Nature nappies. The list includes AZO dyes, phthalates, dyes, heavy metals, formaldehyde, DBT, TBT and MBT, to name a few!

Bambo Nature nappies are certified by the Nordic Swan Eco Label, which has a long list of chemicals that cannot be in the product. It’s an independently certified eco label, run by five Nordic governments, so it’s a trustworthy one. This is an eco label that is concerned with reducing cradle to grave impact. So when you choose Bambo Nature, you’re definitely making a better environmental choice.

Bambo Nature scored top marks in the Ethical Consumer Guide to Disposable Nappies, Baby Gear Lab tests, Choice Magazine tests, Gimme The Good Stuff tests, and Mama Natural’s Green Diaper Showdown.

Eco Verdict: Excellent

Performance: Excellent

Our testers found that Bambo Nature nappies were very absorbent (even for 12 hours on one big sleeper!); they don’t leak; they’re slim and fit well and they’re very soft. Far and away the most popular nappy with our testers.

Aldi nappies ingredients

Full disclosure of ingredients: NO
Independent Eco Label: NO
FSC Certified Woodpulp:
Perfumes: ?
Lotions: ?
Chlorine: ?
Latex: NO
Odour Blockers: ?
Optical Brightners: ?
Dyes: ?
Heavy metals or lead in ink: ?
Phthalates: ?
Parabens: ?
Dioxins: ?

Made in Australia, Germany and Belgium

What are Aldi Mamia nappies made from?

  • Topsheet: ?
  • Absorbent core: ?
  • SAPs: ?
  • Backsheet: ?
  • Elastics: ?
  • Glue: ?
  • Tabs: ?

Comments:

Who knows what’s in Aldi nappies? They won’t answer emails, and there’s zero information to be found around the web. Perfumes, lotions, chlorine – you name it, as they’re not saying anything, you can assume that it’s all there.

Eco Verdict: Who knows?

Performance: Not tested. Reading reviews around the web, they seem to be adequate – not terrible, but certainly not the best.

ecoriginals eco nappies

What’s in Ecoriginals nappies?

Full disclosure of ingredients: NO
Independent Eco Label: NO
FSC Certified Woodpulp: YES
Perfumes: NO
Lotions: NO
Chlorine: NO (Elemental Chlorine Free)
Latex: NO
Odour Blockers: NO
Optical Brightners: NO
Dyes: NO
Heavy metals or lead in ink: NO
Phthalates: NO
Parabens: NO
Dioxins: NO

Made in China, in an ISO certified factory.

  • Topsheet: cellulose spunlace with minor amounts of polypropylene for performance reasons
  • Absorbent core: woodpulp from FSC certified sources, no information on SAPs available
  • Backsheet: cellulose spunlace from woodpulp, Cardia Compostable leak guard film
  • Elastics: information not available
  • Glue: information not available
  • Tabs: information not available

What are Ecoriginals nappies made from?

Comments:shop ecoriginals disposable nappies here

Ecoriginals wouldn’t disclose a full ingredients list, for “commercial in confidence” reasons. They did reply promptly, and with answers to all my other questions, though.

The Cardia Compostable layer is the only part of the nappy that has independent certifications.

Ecoriginals also have compostable packaging. They do have a high percentage of renewable materials, but as I discussed recently, biodegradability is one of the least important measures of whether a nappy is eco friendly or not. What’s important is the cradle to grave impact. When there are no independent certifications, you can’t assume that the raw materials, processing and manufacturing is environmentally friendly. In fact, you have to assume not, otherwise we’d be hearing about it.

Eco Verdict: Above average

Performance: Good

Our testers found that Ecoriginals nappies were okay during the day, but tended to leak at night if the baby slept through the night. Great nappy for day, though. They’re quite bulky on baby’s bum. They’re very soft, and they’re a reasonable fit.

huggies disposable nappies

Huggies nappies ingredients

Full disclosure of ingredients: NO
Independent Eco Label: NO
FSC Certified Woodpulp: information not available
Perfumes: NO
Lotions: YES
Chlorine: information not available
Latex: NO
Odour Blockers: YES
Optical Brightners: information not available
Dyes: information not available
Heavy metals or lead in ink: information not available
Phthalates: information not available
Parabens: information not available
Dioxins: information not available

Made in Australia.

What’s are Huggies Nappies made from?

  • Topsheet: polypropylene and polyethylene
  • Absorbent core: woodpulp and SAPs
  • Backsheet: information not available
  • Elastics: information not available
  • Glue: information not available
  • Tabs: information not available

Comments:

When I asked Huggies about the ingredients in their nappies, I was directed to their website, where they answer the question ‘What are Huggies nappies made from?’ It’s not exactly comprehensive.

I was less than impressed when I phoned the Huggies Helpline. My three phone calls to the Helpline trying to find Huggies ingredients got different answers each time. I was told there had never been perfumes in their nappies, which isn’t true (or at least isn’t what I was told three years ago).

I was told that the ‘DryTouch’ layer had a lotion, ‘like Vaseline’, but couldn’t get any more information out of them.

The waterproof outer layer, according to the Huggies website, is a ‘cloth like outer cover’. No mention of what it was made of, and the helpline couldn’t tell me.

Although the question of chlorine bleaching used to be on the website, I couldn’t find any information this time, and again, the helpline couldn’t help me. It used to say that they were bleached with hydrogen peroxide, not with chlorine. But I can’t find any information on this at all.

I couldn’t find any information about whether the woodpulp was FSC certified, only that it was from ‘sustainable and renewable plantations’.

The website does say that there’s no triclosan in Huggies. It’s not an ingredient that is usually added to nappies, but it must be a question that Huggies gets asked regularly.

I emailed again with more specific questions, but didn’t get any answers. When I phoned the helpline again, I were told that the information I was after was commercially sensitive, and that they declared everything they had to.

Huggies and Snugglers are made by Kimberly-Clark Australia, and as their website information was identical, I’ve assumed that Snugglers nappies have the same ingredients as Huggies.

Eco Verdict: who knows?

Performance: we didn’t test these, we only tested the eco nappies.

moltex eco disposable nappies

What’s in Moltex nappies?

Full disclosure of ingredients: YES
Independent Eco Label: NO
FSC Certified Woodpulp: YES
Perfumes: NO
Lotions: NO
Chlorine: NO (Elemental Chlorine Free)
Latex: NO
Odour Blockers: YES (tea leaf extract)
Optical Brightners: NO
Dyes: NO
Heavy metals or lead in ink: NO
Phthalates: NO
Parabens: NO
Dioxins: NO

Made in Germany.

What are Moltex Nappies made from?

  • Topsheet: 40% biodegradable PLA (polylactic acid) and 60% polypropylene
  • Absorbent core: woodpulp from FSC certified sources, and sodium polyacrylate super absorbers
  • Backsheet: biodegradable film made from copolyester and PLA
  • Elastics: polyurethane elastomer
  • Glue: thermoplastic adhesive
  • Tabs: polypropylene, polyethylene, polyurethane and thermoplastic adhesive

Comments:

shop moltex disposable nappies hereMoltex was a another manufacturer who replied commendably quickly to my request for information on ingredients. They did this time, and they did when I approached them three years ago.

Although they don’t have any independent eco credentials like the Nordic Swan Eco Label, Moltex nappies were awarded the German ‘Green Brand’ award for 2015/2016. They also won the EcoCare award for sustainability in 2014.

The nappies are also produced with 100% clean energy, certified by Clean Energy Sourcing AG.

Moltex nappies also scored very well in the Ethical Consumer Guide to Disposable Nappies.

Eco Verdict: Great

Performance: Great

Our testers liked these. Overall, the consensus was that they were great on absorbency and didn’t leak overnight. They fitted well, and they were nice and soft. Some of our testers thought they were a little bulky, and the general verdict was that they were great, but not quite as good as Bambo Nature.

Muumi eco nappies

What’s in Muumi Eco Nappies?

Full disclosure of ingredients: NO (still waiting on information)
Independent Eco Label: YES
FSC Certified Woodpulp: YES
Perfumes: NO
Lotions: NO
Chlorine: NO (Totally Chlorine Free)
Latex: NO
Odour Blockers: NO
Optical Brightners: NO
Dyes: NO
Heavy metals or lead in ink: NO
Phthalates: NO
Parabens: NO
Dioxins: NO

Made in Finland.

What are Muumi nappies made from?

  • Topsheet: waiting on information (see comments below)
  • Absorbent core: waiting on information
  • Backsheet: waiting on information
  • Elastics: waiting on information
  • Glue: waiting on information
  • Tabs: waiting on information

Comments:

shop muumi disposable nappies hereI have to admit, it’s a relief when you’re dealing with nappies that have independent eco credentials. It’s so easy to find out the information that you need! Muumi eco nappies have the Nordic Swan Eco Label, the same as Bambo Nature. Which means we know exactly where we’re at.

I was so busy checking out Nordic Swan information that I forgot to email Muumi for their list of ingredients. I did a couple of days ago, so I’m waiting to hear back from them. I’ll update as soon as I hear.

One of the reasons I forgot is that the Nordic Swan Label is such a reliable measure of good quality and excellent eco standards. This is why an eco label is so important – you know exactly what you’re getting.

A couple of extra points on Muumi nappies. They’re packed in biodegradable packaging. And they’re produced with hydroelectric power, which has no carbon dioxide emissions. Their website also mentions that waste is recycled or safely burned so that nothing goes back into landfill, which is a Nordic Swan requirement.

Eco Verdict: Excellent

Performance: Excellent

Our testers loved these nappies. They were absorbent and didn’t leak overnight. They were a little bit stretchier than Bambo Nature, which is great for babies with fat tummies! They’re reasonably thin, but not as thin as Bambo Nature, which were also softer. Overall, these came a very close second to Bambo Nature as the favourites.

pampers disposable nappies

Pampers nappies ingredients

Full disclosure of ingredients: NO
Independent Eco Label: NO
FSC Certified Woodpulp: NO
Perfumes: YES
Lotions: YES (petroleum based)
Chlorine: no information available
Latex: no information available
Odour Blockers: no information available
Optical Brightners: no information available
Dyes: NO (but there are colourants)
Heavy metals or lead in ink: no information available
Phthalates: no information available
Parabens: no information available
Dioxins: no information available

Made in 25 different countries.

What are Pampers nappies made from?

  • Topsheet: no information available.
  • Absorbent core: fluff pulp and SAPs
  • Backsheet: polypropylene and polyethylene
  • Elastics: no information available
  • Glue: no information available
  • Tabs: no information available

Pampers were probably the least helpful of any of the manufacturers I approached (aside from Aldi, who didn’t bother to reply).

After being asked why I required the information, the response I received was:

“The particular information you are requesting is either confidential or unavailable from our end. Because of this, we regret to inform you that we cannot send the information that you have requested.

May we suggest visiting our global website www.pg.com for the available information?”

Funnily enough, when I searched the Pampers website, I couldn’t find any information on their ingredients at all. Promising looking links found on google were all rerouted back to the generic Pampers homepage.

To be fair, the people at Pampers are probably a little sensitive to questions about their ingredients, after Proctor & Gambles settled a class action against them alleging that Pampers DryMax nappies caused chemical burns.

The best I could find on the Pampers website was a thread saying that Pampers that nappies contain pulp, cotton, a small amount of glue and SAPs. The link for further information, posted by Mike at Pampers, led straight back to the Pampers homepage. Further requests for information on the same thread weren’t answered.

Lots more research and digging around revealed that Pampers also use polypropylene and polyethylene in their waterproof sheets, as well as fragrance (hello, phthalate alert!) and lotion which contains petrolatum.

In other words, nothing that we didn’t already know, and nothing to assuage any of our concerns that they’re using toxic ingredients.

Perhaps when you sell $10 billion worth of them a year, you don’t feel that you have to answer your customer’s queries?

Eco Verdict: who knows?

Performance: We don’t know, as we only tested eco nappies.

Panda eco nappies ingredients

Full disclosure of ingredients:
Independent Eco Label: NO
FSC Certified Woodpulp: ?
Perfumes: NO
Lotions: Aloe
Chlorine: Says chlorine free, but I don’t know if this is ECF or TCF
Latex: NO
Odour Blockers: ?
Optical Brightners: ?
Dyes: ?
Heavy metals or lead in ink: ?
Phthalates: ?
Parabens: ?
Dioxins: ?

Made in China

What are Panda nappies made from?

  • Topsheet: ?
  • Absorbent core: Fluff pulp and SAP
  • SAPs: ?
  • Backsheet: ?
  • Elastics: ?
  • Glue: ?
  • Tabs: ?
  • Packaging: LDPE film. Website says earth friendly, but it’s not biodegradable, just recyclable.

Comments:

There’s a bit of information on the website, but not a lot that’s concrete. I’ve emailed to find out more information (as at 8 March 2019).

Eco Verdict: No independent eco certifications, so not as good as the independently certified brands, but better than supermarket brands

Performance: Not tested. Reading reviews around the web, they seem to be adequate – not terrible, but certainly not the best.

naty eco nappies

What’s in Naty nappies?

Full disclosure of ingredients: NO
Independent Eco Label: YES (SSNC Good Environmental Choice)
FSC Certified Woodpulp: YES
Perfumes: NO
Lotions: no information available
Chlorine: NO (Totally Chlorine Free)
Latex: NO
Odour Blockers: no information available
Optical Brightners: no information available
Dyes: NO
Heavy metals or lead in ink: NO
Phthalates: NO
Parabens: no information available
Dioxins: NO

Made in Denmark.

What are Naty nappies made from?

  • Topsheet: Mater-Bi bioplastic film made from
  • Absorbent core: wood pulp from FSC certified forests, and SAPs
  • Backsheet: paper from FSC certified forestry, GM free cornstarch based biodegradable leakproof film
  • Elastics: no information available
  • Glue: no information available
  • Tabs: no information available

Comments:

In response to our request for a full list of ingredients, we were given a link that directed us to the Naty website.

Last time I reviewed these I was annoyed by some of the claims that Naty made, like ‘we are the only nappy brand that declares it’s eco ingredients’ (which is not true). They’re still saying this, but they’re still not disclosing full ingredients. I found more information here, but still not full ingredients.

There’s an FAQ page. That tells us that Naty nappies ‘use cornstarch and other natural ingredients wherever possible’, and that they ‘consist of chlorine free pulp to help with absorption, a backsheet and distribution center based on corn, as well as chlorine free cellulose in the nappy. To further improve the absorption of our nappies we use a small amount of SAP’.

I’m frustrated by the lack of information, but I am reassured by the SSNC Good Environmental Choice eco label. It’s a cradle to grave eco label, and it’s a reputable one. So for all that there’s no information on ingredients, I’m still happy that these are a good environmental choice.

Eco Verdict: Great

Performance: Not so great

Our testers didn’t like these at all. They weren’t bulky, which was good, but they weren’t a good fit. They weren’t absorbent and they leaked overnight. The tabs didn’t seem very strong (we had a few breakages). The nappy itself isn’t very soft, and our testers didn’t like that. So although the eco credentials are good, the nappies don’t seem to work very well.

seventh generation eco nappies

What’s in Seventh Generation nappies?

Full disclosure of ingredients: NO
Independent Eco Label: NO
FSC Certified Woodpulp: YES (PEFC and FSC certified)
Perfumes: NO
Lotions: YES (petroleum free but no further information available)
Chlorine: NO
Latex: NO
Odour Blockers: no information available
Optical Brightners: no information available
Dyes: YES (brown pigments)
Heavy metals or lead in ink: NO
Phthalates: NO
Parabens: NO
Dioxins: no information available

Made in USA.

What are Seventh Generation nappies made from?

  • Topsheet: polypropylene
  • Absorbent core: wood fluff pulp, sodium polyacrylates (SAPs)
  • Backsheet: polypropylene
  • Elastics: polymer spandex (fastening system and leg elastics), polyurethane (waist elastic)
  • Glue: no information available (commercially senstive)
  • Tabs: polypropylene

Comments:

shop seventh generation disposable nappies hereWhen I first emailed three years ago, Seventh Generation replied quite promptly to my email requesting ingredients. They emailed me the list of ingredients, which was the same on their website. Further digging didn’t get me much further.

We asked about the brownish colour (the ‘pigments’ in the ingredients listing), and were told that these were a dye, and in answer to our questions about they dye, Seventh Generation says: “The blend is proprietary to the supplier of the pigment. To the best of our knowledge, there are no known toxicity issues associated with the use of these pigments.”

Interestingly, their website also states: “Seventh Generation diapers are not biodegradable, nor can they be composted. Many of the materials used are synthetic, and do not biodegrade.” It’s actually quite refreshing to come across this lack of greenwash! Like all disposable nappies, even Huggies, the inner core is made from wood pulp, and this part as least is biodegradable, making up around 30 to 35% of the volume. It’s certainly not as good as Bambo Nature, Muumi, or Moltex, all of which have biodegradability (and thus are made of renewable materials) up at around 75 to 80%.

This time round, I haven’t had any replies to my emails. To be fair, I did only email earlier this week. I’ll update the Seventh Generation information as soon as I hear back.

Eco Verdict: Average

Performance: Average

Our testers thought the nappy felt a little rough. It’s a thin and stretchy nappy, so the fit is slim and quite good. But it wasn’t particularly absorbent, and although it didn’t leak, it felt wet.

thank you eco nappies

What’s in Thank You Nappies?

Full disclosure of ingredients: NO
Independent Eco Label: NO
FSC Certified Woodpulp: YES
Perfumes: NO
Lotions: YES (aloe vera & vitamin e extracts)
Chlorine: NO (Elemental Chlorine Free)
Latex: NO
Odour Blockers: NO
Optical Brightners: NO
Dyes: no information available
Heavy metals or lead in ink: NO
Phthalates: NO
Parabens: NO
Dioxins: NO

Made in China in a SEDEX (ethical certification) factory.

What are Thank You nappies made from?

  • Topsheet: polypropylene
  • Absorbent core: FSC certified wood pulp, SAPs
  • Backsheet: polypropylene
  • Elastics: spandex
  • Glue: no information available
  • Tabs: Velcro, but no other information available

Comments:

The people at Thank You were commendably prompt and helpful in replying to my emails. I didn’t get a full list of ingredients, but all of my other questions were answered. It seems to me that companies who manufacture their own eco nappies give out ingredients lists, because they understand how important it is to consumers.

However, Thank You don’t manufacture their own products, so they’re dependent on the manufacturer to give them ingredients lists. And the manufacturers aren’t as forthcoming. Compare this to Abena (who make Bambo Nature) and Moltex, who simply emailed me the list.

Thank You nappies look okay. They don’t have perfumes, chlorine, latex, odour blockers, optical brighteners, etc. But aside from the FSC certified woodpulp, there’s a not a lot of eco going on. But they are still a better choice for your baby than Huggies or Pampers.

And I love the fact that 100% of their profits go to child and maternal health programs for families in need around the world. So on this alone, if you’re making a choice in the supermarket, go with Thank You nappies rather than the multi-national brands. Of course, Coles and Woolworths aren’t donating any of their profits, but that’s a choice you make when you shop there.

Eco Verdict: Average

Performance: We haven’t had a chance to test these out yet.

tooshies by TOM eco nappies

What’s in Tooshies Nappies?

Full disclosure of ingredients: NO
Independent Eco Label: NO
FSC Certified Woodpulp: NO
Perfumes: NO
Lotions: NO
Chlorine: NO (Elemental Chlorine Free)
Latex: NO
Odour Blockers: YES (citrus extract and liquid chlorophyll)
Optical Brightners: NO
Dyes: NO
Heavy metals or lead in ink: NO
Phthalates: NO
Parabens: NO
Dioxins: NO

Made in Mexico.

What are Tooshies nappies made from?

  • Topsheet: biodegradable PLA (plant based plastic)
  • Absorbent core: wood pulp from sustainably managed forests (not FSC certified), super absorbers made from biodegradable corn polymer and sodium polyacrylates
  • Backsheet: biodegradable PLA (plant based plastic)
  • Elastics: polypropylene, polymer spandex, polyolefin
  • Glue: no information except that they are phthalate free
  • Tabs: polypropylene

Comments:

shop tooshies nappiesTooshies were very helpful in giving me information about their nappies. But in the same way that the manufacturers haven’t given Thank You a full ingredients list, neither have Tooshies’ manufacturers.

They’re certainly trying to do the right thing. With no independent eco credentials or cradle to grave measurements, they’re not as eco friendly as Bambo Nature or Muumi, or even Naty. But they’re certainly a much better choice than the multi-national brands.

Eco Verdict: Above average

Performance Verdict: Average

Our testers loved the cute patterns, and thought that the fit was good and that they were nice and stretchy. They were thin, and not bulky under clothing, which is good. Unfortunately, they tended to leak overnight on a big sleeper.

Links to other disposable nappy comparisons

Our investigations and testing seems to be replicated in tests and comparisons around the world. If you’re interested, go have a look at some of these disposable nappy comparisons, too.

Ethical Consumer (UK)

Although this is a paid report, there’s plenty of information available free. There’s a really interesting interactive score table that you can manipulate to see which nappy scores best on different scores. Although Seventh Generation and Beaming Baby nappies weren’t reviewed, it’s very clear that Bambo Nature comes out on top, closely followed by Moltex and Nature Babycare (Naty). Huggies are about halfway down, and Pampers is at the very bottom of the ethical score.

CHOICE magazine (Australia)

Baby Gear Lab (US)

Gimme the Good Stuff (US)

Mama Natural’s Green Diaper Showdown (US)

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If you’d like to share this information with other parents, please feel free to do so. 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 Natural Living. Thanks!

© Copyright Vanessa Layton 2019

 

Safer Shampoo Cheat Sheet – Natural Haircare

Safer Adult Shampoo

 Safer Adult Shampoo

One of the things that I get the most requests for are Cheat Sheets for adult personal care products. So here’s the first one, our mega Safer Shampoo Cheat Sheet (for grownups!).

Shampoo is a tricky one. Along with deodorant, it’s one of the last things people tend to switch when they’re making the move to natural. I understand that. You find a shampoo that you love, and you stick to it. No one wants bad hair days.

Although natural shampoos may have had a bad reputation in the past, that’s definitely not the case any more. You’ll still have to find one that works with your hair (no point buying a natural shampoo for oily hair if you’ve got dry hair). These days, many natural brands have ranges for dry, coloured, frizzy, thin, curly and even dandruff prone hair. You’re sure to find a natural shampoo that’s safer, and great for your hair.

I’ve rounded up over 60 natural shampoos and had a look at all the ingredients for you. Why do I do this? So you can make safer shampoo choices, and cut through the greenwash!

Top Picks for Safer Shampoo

Here’s my top picks (in alphabetical order):

And some great shampoo bars:

  • Beauty & The Bees Shampoo Bars
  • Dindi Naturals Shampoo Bars
  • Ethique Shampoo Bars

Safer Shampoo – The Full Rundown

Name: 100% Pure Burdock & Neem Healthy Scalp Shampoo 100% Pure Burdock & Neem Healthy Scalp Shampoo
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice*, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water (Organic Rose Hydrosol)*, Sodium Cocoate (Saponified Coconut) Oil, Vegetarian Glycerin, Extracts of Melia Azadirachta (Neem), Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root and Fucus Vesiculosus (Kelp), Vegetal Cellulose, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Panthenol, Extracts of Camellia Sinensis (Organic Green Tea) Leaf*, Urtica Dioica (Nettle), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf and Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower, Cocos Nucifera (Virgin Coconut) Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Salt (French Sea Salt), Extracts of Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/ Leaf and Lonicera Caprifolium (Japanese Honeysuckle), Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Essential Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Essential Oil * Certified Organic
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 235 ml for $26.95
Comments: Nothing to be concerned about with this shampoo. The ingredients look good! My only question on these is about the preservatives (or lack of). See my previous post here on why preservatives are important. 100% Pure say that they use only natural preservatives and anti-bacterial herbs. I’d be concerned about buying a large size of these products, because the shelf life won’t be very long.

 

Name: 100% Pure Kelp & Mint Volumizing Shampoo 100% Pure Kelp & Mint Volumizing Shampoo
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe)* Leaf Juice, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water (Organic Rose Hydrosol)*, Vegetarian Glycerin, Sodium Cocoate (Saponified Coconut) Oil, Mentha Pipertia (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Fucus Vesiculosus (Kelp) Extract, Cellulose (Vegan), Cocos Nucifera (Virgin Coconut) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Panthenol, Extracts of Camellia Sinensis (Organic Green Tea)* Leaf, Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root, Urtica Dioica (Nettle), Melia Azadirachta (Neem), Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower, Salt (French Sea Salt), Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf, Lonicera Caprifolium Flower and Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oil * Certified Organic
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 235 ml for $26.95
Comments: Another nice looking ingredients list, but see my previous comments on the lack of preservatives in these products.

 

808 Dude Shampoo & Body Wash
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Name: 808 Dude Shampoo & Body Wash
Ingredients: Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Extract Organic, Lauryl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Certified Organic Glycerine and Aqua and Certified Organic Eleutherococcus senticosus (Ginseng) and Naticide, Aqua and Glycerin and Paullinia Cupana Seed Extract (Guarana) and Citric Acid and Sodium Benzoate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Panthenol, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Citrus Aurantfolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Oil, Juniperus Virginiana (Cedarwood) Bark Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate, Potassium Sorbate
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 250 ml for $13.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: This one is a shampoo and body wash aimed at teen boys, but my husband is happy to use this as well. This scores higher in EWG because of the Naticide. 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. Which of course, scores high on the EWG database and pushes up the overall rating on this product. The only ingredient that I’m not super keen on is the cocamidopropyl  betaine. As a whole, however, this is an excellent product that’s much safer, yet still acceptable for teen boys. Go, 808 Dude!

 

Acure Shampoo Moroccan Argan Stem Cell
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Name: Acure Shampoo Moroccan Argan Stem Cell
Ingredients: Organic Euterpe oleracea (Acai) Berry, Organic Rubus fruticosus (Blackberry), Organic Rosa canina (Rosehips), Organic Punica granatum (Pomegranate), Organic Fair Trade Certified™ Rooibos, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Vera Leaf Juice, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate (from Coconut), 100% Naturally-derived Betaine (from Sugar Beets), Vegetable Glycerin, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate (from Coconut + Amino Acids), Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate (from Coconut + Amino Acids), Cocoglucosides Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (Sugar Conditioner), Sodium Levulinate (from Corn), Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (Guar gum conditioner), Potassium Sorbate (food grade preservative), Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Organic Fair-Trade Certified™ Olea Europea (Olive) Oil, D-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (vitamin E), Hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) seed oil, Organic Curcubita pepo (Pumpkin) seed oil, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Argania spinosa (Argan) Stem Cells, glycerophosphoinositol lysine (from sunflower), Almond Extract, Cinnamomum aromaticum (Cassia Bark) Oil
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 1 Low Hazard
Cost: 236ml for $16.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: An excellent ingredients list from a good brand. Nothing to be concerned about here.

 

Acure Volume Shampoo Mint + Echinacea Stem Cell
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Name: Acure Volume Shampoo Mint + Echinacea Stem Cell
Ingredients: Organic Euterpe oleracea (Acai) Berry, Organic Rubus fruticosus (Blackberry), Organic Rosa canina (Rosehips), Organic Punica granatum (Pomegranate), Organic Fair Trade Certified™ Rooibos, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Vera Leaf Juice, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate (from Coconut), 100% Naturally-derived Betaine (from Sugar Beets), Vegetable Glycerin, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate (from Coconut + Amino Acids), Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate (from Coconut + Amino Acids), Cocoglucosides Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (Sugar Conditioner), Sodium Levulinate (from Corn), Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (Guar gum conditioner), Potassium Sorbate (food grade preservative), Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Organic Fair-Trade Certified™ Olea Europea (Olive) Oil, D-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (vitamin E), hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) seed oil, Attalea speciosa(Babassu) oil, Chenopodium quinoa (Quinoa) protein extract, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Echinacea angustifolia (Echinacea) Stem Cells, Mentha peperita (Peppermint) and Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Essential Oils
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 1 Low Hazard
Cost: 236ml for $16.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: Another great ingredients list. This is a really popular product at Hello Charlie, and it’s not hard to see why.

 

Acure Dry Shampoo
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Name: Acure Dry Shampoo
Ingredients: Organic corn starch (non-GMO), french white clay (kaolin), oat flour, slippery elm bark flour, argania spinosa (argan) stem cells, ubiquinone (Coq10), lavender essential oil, chamomile essential oil.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 48 g for $19.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: Not, strictly speaking, shampoo. But dry shampoo is so popular that we thought we’d include it for you. This is a great list of ingredients, and so much better for you than the horrible ones in a can (see my Dry Shampoo Smackdown here, if you’re interested). My favourite dry shampoo, by the way!

 

Name: Alaffia Everyday Shea Coconut Shampoo Alaffia Everyday Shea Coconut Shampoo
Ingredients: Coconut Water, African Ginger Extract, Saponified Virgin Coconut Oil, Lauryl Glucoside, Panthenol, Copra Extract
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 950ml for $19.95
Comments: This one is basically a liquid soap, with the pH level meaning that it doesn’t need a preservative. The ingredients look good! This is a great company, too, with a fantastic array of projects that they work on to help alleviate poverty in West Africa. It’s a company worth supporting.

 

Name: Alaffia Everyday Shea Unscented Shampoo Alaffia Everyday Shea Unscented Shampoo
Ingredients: Liquid Shea Butter Soap (Aqueous Shea Leaf (Butyrospermum parkii) Extract, Saponified Shea (Butyrospermum parkii) Butter* (and) Virgin Coconut (Cocos nucifera) Oil), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Polyglucose
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 950ml for $19.95
Comments: Another reasonable ingredients list in what is basically a liquid soap, too. I’m not super keen on the cocamidopropyl betaine, but there are a lot worse products out there.

 

Andalou Naturals Shampoo - Age Defying Argan Stem Cells
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Name: Andalou Naturals Shampoo – Age Defying Argan Stem Cells
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Juice*, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Vegetable Glycerin, Cyamopsis Tetragonolobus (Guar) Gum*, Fruit Stem Cells (Argan, Malus Domestica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape Seed) and Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oils*, Vitamin B Complex (Biotin, Thiamine, Pyridoxine, Niacin, Riboflavin, and Panthenol), Glycine Soja (Soy) Protein, Hair Regeneration Complex [Tussilago Farfara (Coltsfoot), Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow), Cinchona Succirubra (Quinine Bark), Cysteine, Glycosaminoglycans, Spiraea Ulmaria (Meadowsweet)], Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) and Linum Usitatissimum (Flax) Oils*, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) and Hibiscus Sabdariffa Extracts*^, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Allantoin, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood), Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) and Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Oils* (*Organic, ^Fair Trade)
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 3 Moderate Hazard
Cost: 340 ml for $13.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: The clove oil pushes up the score on this one, but it’s the very last ingredient, so there’s not much of it. A good ingredients list again.

 

Andalou Naturals Shampoo - Brilliant Shine Sunflower Citrus
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Name: Andalou Naturals Shampoo – Brilliant Shine Sunflower Citrus
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Juice*, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) and Linum Usitatissimum (Flax) Oils*, Vegetable Glycerin, Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Oil, Cyamopsis Tetragonolobus (Guar) Gum*, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) and Pyrus Cydonia (Quince) Extracts*, Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Hyaluronic Acid, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) and Hibiscus Sabdariffa Extracts*^, Allantoin, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) and Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Oils* (*Organic, ^Fair Trade, Non GMO verified)
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 2 Low Hazard
Cost: 340 ml for $13.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: My current favourite shampoo. I love this one, as you can see from my recent shampoo smackdown. Great ingredients list, and I can personally vouch for how well this one works!

 

Name: Australian Native Botanicals Shampoo Rejuvenating Australian Native Botanicals Shampoo Rejuvenating
Ingredients: Aqua, sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium lauroamphoacetate, disodium cocoamphodiacetate, xanthan gum, aloe barbadensis leaf extract (organic**), hibiscus sabdariffa (wild rosella) flower extract, citrus glauca (desert lime) fruit extract, glycerin, benzyl alcohol, phenoxyethanol, citral*, limonene*, melissa officinalis (lemon balm) oil, cymbopogon citratus (lemongrass) oil (organic**), citrus aurantifolia (lime) oil, pogostemon cablin (patchouli) oil (organic**). *natural components of pure essential oils and pure plant oils. **certified organic in accordance with EU834/2007
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 500ml for $16.95
Comments: I’m not super keen on the cocamidopropyl betaine, benzyl alcohol or the phenoxyethanol, but this isn’t a bad product at all. I’ve estimated it at around a 3 on EWG, so a pretty good choice otherwise.

 

Name: Australian Native Botanicals Shampoo Strengthening Australian Native Botanicals Shampoo Strengthening
Ingredients: Aqua, sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium lauroamphoacetate, disodium cocoamphodiacetate, glycerin, xanthan gum, aloe barbadensis leaf extract (organic**), terminalia ferdinandiana extract (kakadu plum), hibiscus sabdariffa flower extract (wild rosella), glycerin, benzyl alcohol, phenoxyethanol, citral*, limonene*, mentha spicata (spearmint) leaf oil, melissa officinalis (lemon balm) oil, citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel oil, citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil. *natural components of pure essential oils and pure plant oils. **certified organic in accordance with EU834/2007
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 500ml for $16.95
Comments: See my comments on the Australian Native Botanicals Shampoo, above. As a little in-joke for my fellow Australians, I’d like to point out that no birds were harmed during the making of this shampoo (Wild rosellas, geddit?). Quite possibly only my dad and I will laugh at this one, though 😉

 

Name: Avalon Organics Active Shampoo Biotin B Complex Thick Avalon Organics Active Shampoo Biotin B Complex Thick
Ingredients: Purified water, organic aloe barbadensis leaf juice(1), sodium cocoyl sulfate, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium cocoyl sarcosinate, vegetable glycerin, serenoa serrulata (saw palmetto) fruit extract, panthenol (pro-vitamin B-5), biotin, thiamine, pyridoxine, niacin, riboflavin, polyquaternium-10, wheat protein, soy protein, citric acid, soyamidopropalkonium chloride, jojoba oil, organic helianthus annuus (sunflower) oil(2), sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, ethylhexylglycerin, organic rosamarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil(2) and other essential oils. (1) Certified by BioAgriCert (2) Certified by Quality Assurance International
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 400ml for $19.99
Comments: The only thing I’m not super keen on here is the cocamidopropyl betaine. Otherwise, a good ingredients list.

 

Name: Avalon Organics Shampoo Rosemary Avalon Organics Shampoo Rosemary
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice(1), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate, Glycerin, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract(1), Dioscorea Villosa (Wild Yam) Root Extract(1), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract(1), Styrax Benzoin Resin Extract, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Copaifera Officinalis (Balsam Copaiba) Resin, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Seed Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil(1), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil(1), Arginine, Bisabolol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Sodium Citrate, Sodium PCA, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Alcohol(1), Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool. (1)Certified Organic Ingredient
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 325ml for $12.99
Comments: The benzyl alcohol and the cocamidopropyl betaine push up the score on this one on the EWG database (I estimate it at a 3), but this is a pretty good ingredients list, too.

 

Name: Beauty & The Bees Eggcellent Egg & Lemon Shampoo Bar Beauty & The Bees Eggcellent Egg & Lemon Shampoo Bar
Ingredients: Mountain water, Free range eggs, coconut olive and soy oils, leatherwood beeswax and honey, seaweed extract, Lemon/ Lemon Myrtle essential oils
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 125 g for $12.20
Comments: I’ve never used a shampoo bar, but the ingredients are good. No preservatives required because it’s a soap, which makes for a good ingredients list.

 

Name: Beauty & The Bees Tasmanian Beer Shampoo Bar Beauty & The Bees Tasmanian Beer Shampoo Bar
Ingredients: Mountain spring water, Coconut oil, olive oil,soy wax Leatherwood Beeswax and honey, castor oil, seaweed extract, beer.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 125 g for $12.20
Comments: More good ingredients in this shampoo bar.

 

Name: Billie Goat Soap 2 In1 Shampoo And Conditioner Billie Goat Soap 2 In1 Shampoo And Conditioner
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Goat Milk (Caprae Lac), Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 250ml for $13.95
Comments: I’m a big fan of the cocamidopropyl betaine or the phenoxyethanol, but it’s not a bad choice otherwise.

 

Name: Billie Goat Soap Shampoo Billie Goat Soap Shampoo
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Goat Milk (Caprae Lac), Coco-Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Glycol Distearate, Glyceryl Oleate, Glyceryl Stearate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Panthenol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Xanthan Gum, Bentonite (Ci77004), Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 500ml for $19.95
Comments: Again, the cocoamidopropyl betaine and the phenoxyethanol aren’t my favourites, but not bad ingredients.

 

Biologika Coconut Shampoo
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Name: Biologika Coconut Shampoo
Ingredients: Organic Herbal Blend of Lavender, Nettle & Burdock; Coco Polyglucose, Decyl Glucoside, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Birch Extract, Organic Jojoba Oil, Guar Gum, Citrus Seed Extract, coconut absolute oil, Olive Leaf Extract, Potassium Sorbate & Citric Acid
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 500 ml for $9.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: Good ingredients from a great certified organic brand, and made here in Melbourne.

 

Biologika Vanilla Shampoo
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Name: Biologika Vanilla Shampoo
Ingredients: Purified water, coco polyglucoside, organic cocoa butter, organic fruit extracts of kakadu plum and kiwi, decylglucoside, locust bean gum, vanilla pure absolute oil, citrus seed extract, olive leaf extract, potassium sorbate and citric acid.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 500 ml for $9.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: Another good shampoo choice from Biologika. This one is a popular family one at Hello Charlie.

 

Name: Cynthia Sylvia Stout Shampoo Cynthia Sylvia Stout Shampoo
Ingredients: Stout (Beer), Water (Aqua), Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate), Lauryl Betaine (Lauryl Betaine), Propylene Glycol (Propylene Glycol), Benzyl Alcohol (Benzyl Alcohol), Fresh Organic Lemon Juice (Citrus limonum), Cognac Oil (Vitis vinifera), Lemongrass Oil (Cymbopogon citratus), Yeast (Yeast), Balsamic Vinegar (Balsamic Vinegar), *Citral (*Citral), *Geraniol (*Geraniol), Perfume (Perfume), Methylparaben, Propylparaben (Propylparaben) * Occurs naturally in essential oils
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 100g for $12.95
Comments: I know that beer is supposed to be good for hair, but there’s other ingredients here that aren’t so great. Sulfates, propylene glycol, benzyl alcohol, perfume, parabens. I think I’ll just stick to drinking my beer, thanks!

 

Name: Desert Essence Coconut Shampoo Desert Essence Coconut Shampoo
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Seed Extract, Sambucus Nigra (Black Elderberry) Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Sodium Coco-Sulfate (Coconut Derived), Decyl Glucoside (Coconut And Corn Derived), Propanediol (Corn Derived), Coco-Glucoside (Coconut Derived), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Coco Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Dehydroacetic Acid, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides (Coconut Derived), Sodium Chloride, Potassium Sorbate (Fruit Derived), Lauryl Glucoside (Plant Derived), Benzyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Stearyl Citrate (Vegetable Derived), Fragrance (Parfum)
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 4 Moderate Hazard
Cost: 237ml for $14.95
Comments: A reasonable ingredients list, until you get to the fragrance. I don’t do synthetic fragrance, so that knocks this off the list for me.

 

Name: Dindi Naturals Ginger Bergamot Shampoo/Travel Bar Dindi Naturals Ginger Bergamot Shampoo/Travel Bar
Ingredients: Saponified Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Castor Oil, Avocado Oil, Pure Essential Oils of Ginger, Bergamot, Ho Wood, Patchouli, Lavender, Cedarwood and Vetiver Plant Extracts
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 130g (in tin can) for $14.00
Comments: Another shampoo bar with nice ingredients.

 

Name: Dindi Naturals Tangerine Patchouli Shampoo/Travel Bar Dindi Naturals Tangerine Patchouli Shampoo Travel Bar
Ingredients: Saponified Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Coconut Milk, Rice Bran Oil, Hempseed Oil, Castor Oil, Black Cumin Oil, Pure Essential Oils of Tangerine, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Sweet Orange and Lavender, Yellow Clay, Yucca Root, Aloe Vera Plant Extracts
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 130g (in tin can) for $14.00
Comments: Nothing to get upset about in this shampoo bar, either. The beauty of the bar is that you don’t need preservatives – nice!

 

Name: Dr Organic Organic Aloe Vera Shampoo Dr Organic Organic Aloe Vera Shampoo
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Aqua (Water), Sodium Lauryol Sarcosinate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Palmitamidopropyltrimonium Chloride, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Sorbitan Sesquicaprylate, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Parfum, Limonene, Linalool, Citric Acid
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 250ml for $14.95
Comments: This is a brand I’m not a big fan of. Despite the name, there’s nothing certified organic in these products, and I think it’s greenwash. There’s cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, and perfume. It’s the thumbs down from me.

 

Name: Dr Organic Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo Dr Organic Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo
Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, Aqua, Cocamidopropyl betaine, Sodium cocoamphoacetate, Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, Coco glucoside, Glyceryl oleate, Palmitamidopropyltrimonium chloride, Glycerin, Caprylyl/Capryl glucoside, Argania spinosa (Argan) oil, Citrus aurantium dulcis, Eugenia caryophyllus (Clove) leaf oil, Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) oil, Citrus limon peel oil, Pogostemon cablin (Patchouli) oil, Cinnamomum zeylanicum (Cinnamon) leaf oil, Aniba rosaeodora (Rosewood) oil, Mentha arvensis herb oil, Citrus nobilis (Mandarin) peel oil, Vanilla planifolia (Vanilla) fruit extract, Mentha spicata herb oil, Kigelia Africana fruit extract, Hibiscus sabdariffa flower extract, Adansonia digitata fruit extract, Sorbitan sesquicaprylate, Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, Sodium benzoate, Potassium sorbate, Benzyl alcohol, Dehydroacetic acid, Citric acid, Limonene, Eugenol, Linalool
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 265ml for $17.95
Comments: This one’s not as bad as the previous one, but there’s still cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, and benzyl alcohol. And not an organic ingredient in sight. 

 

Name: Ego QV Hair Gentle Shampoo Ego Qv Hair Gentle Shampoo
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, TEA-Lauryl Sulphate, Polyquaternium-44, Lauryl Betaine, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aminomethyl Propenol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 200g for $7.45
Comments: Parabens and sulfates aren’t going to win me over. Not when there are so many other good choices out there.

 

Name: Ethique Heali Kiwi Solid Shampoo Bar Ethique Heali Kiwi Solid Shampoo Bar
Ingredients: Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Decyl Glucoside, Stearic Acid, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Kiwifruit (Actinidia Chinensis) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Coco Caprylate, Ground Oatmeal, Ground Calendula, Coconut Milk Powder, Neem Oil, Karanja Oil, Lavandula Augustifolia (Lavender) & Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Essential Oils, Lactic Acid
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 110g for $19.85
Comments: I’m pretty keen to try shampoo bars. I came across this one at an organic expo a few weeks back, and there’s some on the way for me to try out. The ingredients are great, and because there’s no water, you reduce packaging and the impact of shipping. I’ll keep you up to date as I test these guys out.

 

Name: Ethique Shampoo and Shaving Bar for Men Ethique Shampoo and Shaving Bar for Men
Ingredients: Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Decyl Glucoside, Stearic Acid, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Coco Caprylate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Yellow Clay, Vegetable Glycerine, Coconut Milk Powder, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime), Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) And Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oils, Mica, Lactic Acid.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 110g for $19.85
Comments: I’m loving the idea of the 2 for 1 in this shampoo and shaving bar! Sounds perfect for the not-so-metrosexual man in my life. Good ingredients, and cutting down on the products you use is always great. We’ll be testing this one shortly, so keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming blog post.

 

Name: Everescents Organic Bergamot Shampoo Everescents Bergamot Shampoo
Ingredients: Aqua** (Purified Water), Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Coco Betaine**, Extracts of ((Mentha Piperita* (Peppermint), Salvia Officinalis* (Sage), Rosmarinus Officinalis* (Rosemary), Urtica Dioica* (Nettle), Equistum Arvense* (Horsetail), Matricaria Recutita* (Chamomile)), Sea Salt**, Guar gum**, Panthenol Vitamin B5**, Silk Amino Acids**, Ginseng Extract**, Green Tea Extract**, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Essential Oil* (Bergamot), Citrus Limonium Essential Oil* (Lemon), Pureact WS**, Citric Acid**, Tocopherol Vitamin E**, Herbal Active**(natural preservative). *Certified Organic **Organic ***Naturally Derived
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 250ml for $24.50
Comments: Everescents is a salon only range that looks pretty good. Plant based and certified organic ingredients, and they’re Australian made (right down to the bottles and labels). The ingredients are good, so I’d say it’s worth seeking out a salon to try them out.

 

Name: Everescents Organic Blonde Shampoo Everescents Organic Blonde Shampoo
Ingredients: Aqua*** (Purified Water), Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate***, Coco Betaine***, Pureact WS ***, Glycol Distearate*** , Certified Organic extracts of (Rosmarinus Officinalis* (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Sage Officinalis* (Sage) Leaf Extract, Tilia Cordata* (Linden) Flower Extract, Urtica Dioica* (Nettle) Extract, Betula Alba* (Birch) Extract, Equisetum Arvense* (Horsetail) Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium* (Yarrow) Extract), Tocopherol Acetate*** (Vitamin E), Natural Mixed Berry fragrance***, Guar Gum ***, Panthenol*** (provitamin B5), Citric Acid***, Herbal Active***, Sweet Potato Red*** (natural blackcurrant colour), Gardenia Blue*** (natural blue colour). *Certified Organic **Organic ***Naturally Derived
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 250ml for $29.50
Comments: The only issue I have with this is the fragrance. It does say naturally derived, and their website does say that they avoid synthetic fragrance, but I can’t find any certifications or anything on this. Otherwise, a good product.

 

Name: Feminine Mysteries I Love My Hair – Black Coconut & Tahitian Vanilla Shampoo Feminine Mysteries I Love My Hair - Black Coconut & Tahitian Vanilla Shampoo
Ingredients: Organic Herbal Blend of: Aloe Vera, Burdock, Calendula, Chamomile, Horsetail, Lavender and Rosehip. Purified Water, Organic Jojoba oil, Biodynamic Safflower Oil, Organic Avocado Oil, Biodynamic Macadamia Oil, Guar Gum, Capric/Caprylic Glucoside, Cocoa Betaine, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxymethylglicinate, Black Coconut Essential Oil, Vanilla Essential Oil.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 500ml for $24.95
Comments: Really, my only issue here is the sodium hydroxymethylglycinate. Other than that, good ingredients.

 

Name: Feminine Mysteries I Love My Hair Chai Shampoo Feminine Mysteries I Love My Hair Chai Shampoo
Ingredients: Aloe Vera, Burdock, Calendula, Camomile, Horsetail, Rosehip, Lavender, Purified Water, Organic Jojoba Oil, Biodynamic Safflower Oil Organic Avocado Oil, Biodynamic Macadamia Oil, Guar Gum, Capri/Caprylic Glucoside Coco Betanine, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxymethylglicintate, Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil, Clove Essential Oil, Vanilla Essential Oil
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 500ml for $24.95
Comments: See my comments on the coconut and vanilla shampoo from this brand. The clove oil also pushes the score up on this, but not significantly. I estimate this as a 3 on EWG, but apart from the sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, there’s nothing to worry about.

 

Name: Gaia Made for Men Shampoo Gaia Made for Men Shampoo
Ingredients: Purified Water, Decyl Glucoside, Disodium Cocomphodiacetate, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, Guar Gum, Vegetable Glycerin, Lactic Acid, Hydrolysed Wheat Protein, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Certified Organic Evening Primrose Oil, Certified Organic Avocado Oil, Certified Organic Wheat Germ Oil, Certified Organic Nettle Extract, Certified Organic Rosemary Extract, Certified Organic Chamomile Extract, Certified Organic Aloe Leaf Extract, Witch Hazel Extract, Allantoin, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, And The Pure Essential Oils Of Certified Organic Lime, Certified Organic Sweet Orange, Certified Organic Cedarwood, Certified Organic Spearmint, Certified Organic Patchouli, Organic Australian Sandalwood
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 150g for $12.95
Comments: More of the sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, as well as cocomidopropyl betaine, but otherwise a reasonable enough product.

 

Name: Giovanni 2chic Ultra Sleek Shampoo Giovanni 2chic Ultra Sleek Shampoo
Ingredients: Aqua (Purified Water), Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B-5), Beta Carotene, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Hydrolyzed Paullinia Cupana (Brazilian Cocoa) Keratin Extract [Phyto-Keratin], Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos Tea) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Polysorbate 20, Glycol Distearate, Sodium PCA, Phenoxyethanol, Natural Fragrance
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 4 Moderate Hazard
Cost: 250ml for $14.95
Comments: There’s fragrance and phenoxyethanol, and cocamidopropyl betaine, which are enough to make me avoid it. But it’s not horrible. 

 

Name: Giovanni Dry Shampoo Powder Giovanni Dry Shampoo Powder
Ingredients: Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Panthenola (Pro-Vitamin B-5), Kaolin, Vitis Vinafera (Grape) Seed Extract [Proanthocyanidins], *Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract [Ginsenosides], Silica, Natural Fragrance *USDA certified organic
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 50g for $14.95
Comments: Another dry shampoo powder, which is good except for the fragrance.

 

Name: Grahams Natural Shampoo Grahams Natural Shampoo
Ingredients: Water, Coconut Betaine, Glycerine Stearate (Vegetable), Cocamide Dea (Vegetable), Chamomile Extract, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Manuka Honey, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Olive Leaf Extract, Wheat Germ, Vitamin E, Panthenol B5, Phenoxyethanol.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 250ml for $12.95
Comments: It’s not awful, but there’s cocamide DEA and phenoxyethanol. I’ve estimated this at a 3 on EWG, but I think there’s better choices.

 

Name: Herbon Shampoo Ginseng Anti-Dandruff Herbon Shampoo Ginseng Anti-Dandruff
Ingredients: Sodium Cocoate, Coco Betaine, Coconut Ethanolamine, Citric Acid, Extracts of Chamomile, Orange, Lemon, Mandarin, Lichen, Witch Hazel and Purified Water.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 250ml for $9.99
Comments: Nothing to get worked up about in this one. Ingredients are very mild.

 

Name: Herbon Shampoo Ginseng Fragrance Free Herbon Shampoo Ginseng Fragrance Free
Ingredients: Sodium Cocoate, Coco Betaine, Coconut Ethanolamine, Citric Acid, Extracts of Chamomile, Ginseng, Orange, Lemon, Mandarin and Purified Water.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 250ml for $6.99
Comments: Another gentle shampoo with reasonable ingredients from Herbon.

 

Name: Jason Shampoo Aloe Vera Moisturising Jason Shampoo Aloe Vera Moisturising
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Aqua (Water), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract*, Equisetum Arvense Leaf Extract*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract*, Spirulina Maxima Extract*, Citric Acid, Glycerin, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Panthenol, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Phytate, Sodium Suflate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Alcohol*, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Benzoate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Fragrance (Parfum) *Certified Organic Ingredient
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 5 Moderate Hazard
Cost: 473ml for $14.99
Comments: The preservatives in this one aren’t awesome – phenoxyethanol and benzyl benzoate. There’s also fragrance and cocamidopropyl betaine, so overall, I wouldn’t be using this one myself.

 

Name: Jason Shampoo Fragrance Free Daily Jason Shampoo Fragrance Free Daily
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Glycerin, Panthenol, Sodium Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate *Certified Organic Ingredient
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 473ml for $14.99
Comments: This one is looking much better. There’s still cocamidopropyl betaine, but the preservatives are better.

 

Kelapa Organics Shampoo for Dry Hair
Coming soon to Hello Charlie

Name: Kelapa Organics Shampoo for Dry Hair
Ingredients: Purified Water, Coco Glucoside, *Organic Aloe Vera Juice, *Organic Coconut Water, Guar Gum, Citric Acid, *Organic White Tea Extract, *Organic Calendula Extract, *Organic Oat Extract, *Organic Argan Oil, Coconut Absolute, *Organic Coconut Oil, Vanilla & Almond Extracts, *Organic Glycerin, Vanilla Essential Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 250 ml for $24.95
Comments: Lovely! Lots of certified organic ingredients, and no nasties. This one is on it’s way to the Hello Charlie shelves, so watch for updates.

 

Kelapa Organics Shampoo for Normal Hair
Coming soon to Hello Charlie

Name: Kelapa Organics Shampoo for Normal Hair
Ingredients: Purified Water, Coco Glucoside,*Organic Aloe Vera Juice, *Organic Coconut Water, Guar Gum, Citric Acid, *Organic Kakadu Plum Extract, *Organic Chamomile Extract, *Organic Oat Extract, Coconut Absolute, *Organic Coconut Oil, Vanilla & Almond Extracts, *Organic Glycerin, Vanilla Essential Oil.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 250 ml for $24.95
Comments: Another nice one from Kelapa. Lots of certified organics. I’m looking forward to trying this one.

 

Lavera Basis Mild Shampoo
Buy at Hello Charlie

Name: Lavera Basis Mild Shampoo
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Glycerin, Lauryl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lauroyl Sarcosine, Coco Glucoside, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Honey (Mel)*, Panthenol, Glycol Distearate, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Rosa Damascena Flower Water*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract*, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract*, Alcohol*, Fragrance (Parfum)**, Limonene**, Geraniol**, Linalool**, Citral**, Citronellol** (* ingredients from certified organic agriculture ** components of natural essential oils)
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 200 ml for $12.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: The score on this one gets pushed up by the fragrance. But Lavera is NaTrue certified, and their perfumes come from essential oils. There is cocoamidopropyl betaine, but I’m happy with the rest of the ingredients. A good family shampoo.

 

Lavera Colour Shine Shampoo
Coming soon to Hello Charlie

Name: Lavera Colour Shine Shampoo
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Lauryl Glucoside, Betaine, Sea Salt (Maris Sal), Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Fruit Extract*, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract*, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract*, Avena Sativa (Oat) Straw Extract*, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Germ Extract*, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, PCA Glyceryl Oleate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Phytate, Mannitol, Alcohol*, Fragrance (Parfum)**, Limonene**, Linalool**, Citral**, Citronellol** (* ingredients from certified organic agriculture ** components of natural essential oils)
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 200ml for $14.39
Comments: The same comments apply to this shampoo from Lavera, with it’s fragrance from essential oils. A good ingredients list. This is another shampoo that is on the way to Hello Charlie!

 

Name: Lemon Myrtle Fragrances Lemon Myrtle Shampoo Lemon Myrtle Fragrances Lemon Myrtle Shampoo
Ingredients: Aqua, Decly gluoside (vegetable derived), Coco-betaine (coconut dervied), Vegetable Glycerin, Xantuan gum, Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia citrodora) Oil, Aloe barbadenis Leaf Juice Organic, Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Leaf Extract, Lemon Scented Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus citrodora) Oil
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 200ml for $15.00
Comments: Nothing to get upset about here. Another good list of ingredients.

 

Name: Lush Big Liquid Shampoo Lush Big Liquid Shampoo
Ingredients: Coarse Sea Salt (Coarse Sea Salt), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Sodium Laureth Sulfate), Fresh Organic Lemon Infusion (Citrus limonum), Fresh Sea Water (Fresh Sea Water), Toothed Wrack Seaweed Infusion (Fucus serratus), Lauryl Betaine (Lauryl Betaine), Fresh Organic Lime Juice (Citrus aurantifolia), Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Neroli Oil (Citrus aurantium amara), Mandarin Oil (Citrus reticulata), Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia), Orange Flower Absolute (Citrus aurantium amara), *Limonene (*Limonene), Methyl Ionone (Methyl Ionone), Perfume (Perfume) * Occurs naturally in essential oils
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 330g for $27.50
Comments: Lush is a brand I want to like, but there’s just too many problematic ingredients in their range. This one has SLS (sulfates) and perfume, so I can’t recommend it.

 

Name: Lush Brazilliant Shampoo Bar Lush Brazilliant Shampoo Bar
Ingredients: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate), Fresh Organic Oranges (Citrus aurantium dulcis), Andiroba Oil, Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), *Benzyl Benzoate (*Benzyl Benzoate), *Benzyl Salicylate (*Benzyl Salicylate), *Farnesol (*Farnesol), *Limonene (*Limonene), *Linalool (*Linalool), Alpha-Isomethyl ionone, Amyl Cinnamal, Geraniol (Geraniol), Hydroxycitronellal, Perfume (Perfume), Colour 15510 (Colour 15510) * Occurs naturally in essential oils
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 60g for $14.95
Comments: This is a shampoo bar, so the ingredients should be good. But they’re not. SLS, fragrance, and alpha-isomethyl ionone all put me off in this one.

 

Name: Mukti Botanique Shampoo Mukti Botanique ShampooSafer Shampoo Cheat Sheet - Natural Haircare
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Sodium Olephenate, Cocobetaine, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Soy Protein (Non GMO), Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Glycerin (Vegetarian), Aqueous Extracts of Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack)*, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula)*, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile)*, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf*, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail)*, Urtica Dioica (Nettle)*, Trifolium Pratense (Red Clover)*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary)*, Salvia Officinalis (Sage)*, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow)*, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Sodium Chloride (Salt), Citric Acid, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon), Ocimum Basillicum (Basil), Mentha Arvensis (Wild Mint), Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood), Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage), Pinus Sylvestris (Pine), Eucalyptus Citriodora (Lemon Eucalyptus). Naturally occurring constituents in essential oils: citral, citronellol, farnesol, geraniol, isoeugenol, limonene, linalool.*Certified organic ingredient. Certified by the Organic Food Chain (OFC) 
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 1 Low Hazard
Cost: 500ml for $45.95
Comments: Nice ingredients! It’s an Australian made and owned brand, too. I wouldn’t pay $45.95 for shampoo, but that’s just me. And at least you’re getting awesome organic ingredients with no greenwash here.

 

Name: Neem Rich Organic Neem Shampoo Neem Rich Organic Neem Shampoo
Ingredients: Neem seed oil, cocomide dea, coconut, betaine, ethylene glycol & glycerine stearate, ethoxylated coconut sulphate, nipaguard dm dmh, vitamin E, fragrance.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 250ml for $8.95
Comments: Eek! Fragrance, cocomide DEA, and DMDM hydantoin (nipaguard dm dmh). I’d be avoiding this one.

 

Name: O&M Fine Intellect Shampoo O&M Fine Intellect Shampoo
Ingredients: Aqua (Purified Water), Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Glycol Distearate & Laureth-4, Polyquarternium-7, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract*, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Syzygium Luehmanii (Lillypilly) Fruit Extract, Polyquarternium-39, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyquaternium-10, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (UV Inhibitor), Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Parfum (Fragrance).
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 350ml for $32.95
Comments: Oh dear. Fragrance, phenoxethanol, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, cocamidopropyl betaine, and ethylyhexyl methoxycinnamate. I think I’ll pass on this one.

 

Name: Organic Selections Lavender & Ylang Ylang Shampoo Organic Selections Lavender & Ylang Ylang Shampoo
Ingredients: Purified Water, Certified Organic Botanical Blend of Lavender, Marigold, Rosehip, Burdock, Chamomile, Horsetail (herb), Organic Safflower Oil, Biodynamic Avocado Oil, Biodynamic Macadamia Oil, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Australian Bush Extracts of Kakadu Plum, Decyl Glycoside (sugar derivative), Alpha Olefin, Aloe Vera, Soy Lecithin, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Locust Bean Gum, Guar Gum, Olive Leaf Extract, potassium sorbate, Sea Salt, Citrus Seed Extract, Lavender Essential Oil, Ylang Ylang Essential Oil.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 375ml for $13.65
Comments: Nothing scary in here. A nice natural shampoo ingredients list.

 

Name: Organic Selections Swimmers Shampoo Organic Selections Swimmers Shampoo
Ingredients: Purified Water, Decyl Glycoside (sugar derivative), Alpha Olefin (castor oil), Aloe, Birch Extract, Soy Lecithin, Organic Jojoba Oil, Guar Gum, Biodynamic Avocado Oil, Sea Salt, Citrus Seed Extract, Rosemary Essential Oil, Kakadu Plum Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Lactic Acid, Organic Herbal Blend of Rosehip, Hops, Chamomile & Calendula
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 375ml for $ 15.20
Comments: The only bum note in this is the phenoxyethanol. Other than that, a good list of ingredients.

 

Name: Sukin Moisture Restoring Shampoo Sukin Moisture Restoring Shampoo
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil (Rose Hip), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (Chamomile), Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Articum Lappa Root Extract (Burdock), Equisetum Arvense Extract (Horsetail), Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Vanillin, Vanilla Planifolia Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene*, Linalool*. * Natural component of essential oils.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 250ml for $7.95
Comments: There’s cocoamidopropyl betaine, PEG’s and phenoxethanol. But it’s not horrible, and there are definitely worse choices.

 

Name: Sukin Protein Shampoo Sukin Protein Shampoo
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Articum Lappa Root Extract (Burdock), Equisetum Arvense Extract (Horsetail) , Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Vanillin, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene*, Linalool*. * Natural component of essential oils.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 250ml for $7.95
Comments: As with the other Sukin shampoo, there’s phenoxyethanol, cocoamidopropyl betaine and PEG’s. Not awful, but I’d probably choose something else.

 

Name: Uniquely Organic Lemon Verbena Shampoo Uniquely Organic Lemon Verbena Shampoo
Ingredients: Purified Water, Coco Betaine, Alpha Olefin, Sea Salt, Coco Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Safflower Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Nettle, Organic Chamomile, Vitamin E, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Vanilla Extract, Almond Extract.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 510ml for $10.95
Comments: Nothing to get worked up about here. A reasonable list of ingredients.

 

Name: Uniquely Organic Rosemary Shampoo Uniquely Organic Rosemary Shampoo
Ingredients: Purified Water, Coco Betaine, Alpha Olefin, Sea Salt, Coco Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Safflower Oil, Lemon Verbena Essential Oil, Lemon Essential Oil, Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Nettle, Organic Chamomile, Vitamin E, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Vanilla Extract, Almond Extract.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 510ml for $10.95
Comments: Similar ingredients to the other Uniquely Organic shampoo, and I should think that either of these would make a good, everyday family shampoo.

 

Name: Vanessa Megan Tangerine Shampoo Vanessa Megan Tangerine Shampoo
Ingredients: Demineralized water (H20), Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Methyl Oleoyl Taurate, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Potassium Cocoate, Glyceryl Caprylate, *Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, *Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Leaf Extract, *Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract, *Matricaria (Chamomile) Extract, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Maris Sal, Xanthan Gum, Sclerotium Gum, *Citrus Reticulata Peel (Tangerine) Essential Oil, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Essential Oil, *Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Essential Oil, Xanthan Gum, Mineral Salt. *Certified organic ingredients
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 500ml for $39.95
Comments: The only ingredient I’m not fussed on is the cocoamidopropyl betaine. Otherwise, it looks pretty good.

 

Weleda Millet Nourishing Shampoo
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Name: Weleda Millet Nourishing Shampoo
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Disodium Coco-Glucoside Citrate, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Alcohol, Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium PCA, Panicum Miliaceum (Millet) Seed Extract, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Lactic Acid, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sucrose Laurate, PCA Glyceryl Oleate, Arginine, Sodium Phytate, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citral*, Courmarin*. *from natural essential oils
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 5 Moderate Hazard
Cost: 190 ml for $19.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: As always, Weleda scores high on the EWG database because of their perfumes, which are all from essential oils. But they still get counted the same as synthetic perfumes. Weleda are NaTrue certified, with some of the highest standards in the world. I can’t see any problematic ingredients in this, so as always, I’d recommend these as a safer shampoo choice.

 

Weleda Oat Replenishing Shampoo
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Name: Weleda Oat Replenishing Shampoo
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Disodium Coco Glucoside Citrate, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Alcohol, Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Sucrose Laurate, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium PCA, Avena Sativa (Oat) Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed oil, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Lactic Acid, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, PCA Glyceryl Oleate, Arginine, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Sodium Phytate, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Coumarin*. *from natural essential oils.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 5 Moderate Hazard
Cost: 190 ml for $19.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: Again, the high EWG score relates to the perfumes/essential oils. See the previous Weleda shampoo. Good ingredients in this one, too, so I’d recommend.

 

Weleda Wheat Balancing Shampoo
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Name: Weleda Wheat Balancing Shampoo
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Disodium Coco-Glucoside Citrate, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Alcohol, Glycerin, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Xanthan Gum, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Sodium PCA, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract, Viola Tricolor Extract, Lactic Acid, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sucrose Laurate, PCA Glyceryl Oleate, Arginine, Sodium Phytate, Limonene*, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Coumarin*. *from natural essential oils.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 5 Moderate Hazard
Cost: 190 ml for $19.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: More EWG issues with the fragrance/essential oils, as per the previous Weleda shampoos. I have no issues with the ingredients in this one, so another recommend from me.

 

Name: Wild Gentle Shampoo Wild Gentle Shampoo
Ingredients: Water, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, Behentrimonium Metosulphate, Cetearyl alcohol, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Tocopheryl (Vitamin E), Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone (Preservative) and Methylisothiazolinone (Preservative), Chamomile Extract, Calendula Extract, Lime flower Extract, Lavender Essential Oil, Mandarin Essential Oil, Tea Tree Essential Oil
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 250ml for $14.95
Comments: Methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI) and methylisothiazolinone (MIT) put this straight out of the running for me. These are preservatives I always avoid, no question.

 

Name: Wild Henna Shampoo Wild Henna Shampoo
Ingredients: Water, Sodium Olefin Sulphonate, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, Behentrimonium Metosulphate, Cetearyl alcohol, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Tocopheryl (Vitamin E), Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone (Preservative) and Methylisothiazolinone (Preservative). Organic Herbal Extracts: Henna, Burdock, Black Walnut, Horsetail, Nettle, Raspberry, Yarrow Organic Essential Oils: Rosemary, Peppermint and Sage
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 250ml for $14.95
Comments: See my comments above on the MIT and MCI in this product. I would absolutely avoid.

Are there any shampoos you’d like to see added to this list? Share in the comments below!

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Safer Kids Detangler Cheat Sheet

Kids Detangler Cheat Sheet

Kids Detangler Cheat Sheet

Do you have children with long or curly hair? Then you’ll know just how much of a nightmare washing and brushing knotty hair can be! Detanglers are the answer, but where do you find safer kids detanglers? We’ve rounded them up and investigated them all for you.

Detanglers are a kind of hair conditioner that you can spray on to smooth and de-frizz hair. They’re supposed to keep hair tangle free until the next wash.

You’ll often find silicones in detanglers, as they coat the hair shaft and make it smoother. The problem with silicones, though, is that they don’t allow anything to penetrate the hair. So all those lovely moisturising oils aren’t actually getting in, and your hair ends up dryer than ever.  Which means – guess what – that you end up with more knots and have to apply more product next time!

Although you can leave in a little conditioner after a hair wash to help detangle, many detanglers are sprays. While it’s handy, this means that it’s easy to breathe in whatever chemicals are in the formula, especially when you’re using these products on children. Using a spray makes it super important that the ingredients in the product are good.

Here’s our top picks for natural detanglers:

  • Eco.kid Daily Tonic Leave In Conditioner
  • EverEscents Conditioning Detangler
  • iSHiKi SKiN Kids Detangling Conditioning Spray
  • Made 4 Kids Spray In Detangler & Conditioner Fragrance Free
  • Pineapple Heads Kids Detangler

Safer Kids Detanglers – The Full Rundown

Name: AfroShe® Detangler Cleanser Conditioner with Coconut & Avocado OilAfroShe® Detangler Cleanser Conditioner with Coconut & Avocado Oil
Ingredients: Purified water, Conditioning Emulsifier, Emusifying Wax, Cetyl Stearyl Alcohol, Avocado oil, Coconut oil, Vitamin E, Xanthan Gum, Planta-Cleanse, Lamesoft, Hydrolyzed oats, Optiphen Plus, Sweet Orange Oil
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 330ml for $18.00
Comments: We found this product on etsy. It looks okay, but because the ingredients aren’t listed properly according to INCI standards, it’s hard to know exactly what these things are. If you don’t know what the ingredients really are, you can’t find out whether they’re safe or not. Even though it’s handmade, if you’re selling it, you need to use the correct ingredients names. Unfortunately, I’d avoid it based on the fact that you really don’t know what the ingredients are.

 

Name: Amway Mini Monsters Spray-On DetanglerAmway Mini Monsters Spray-On Detangler
Ingredients: Aqua (Purified Water), Cetrimonium Chloride, Amodimethicone, Polysorbate-20, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Parfum(Fragrance), Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Red 33 (C.I. 17200).
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 200ml for $12.05
Comments: Not a great list of ingredients. The cetrimonium chloride prevents static and frizz, but it can be an irritant and allergen. It ranks a 3 on EWG, so it’s not terrible, but it’s one to watch. The amodimethicone is a silicone, if you’re trying to avoid them. Perfume should be avoided in children’s products, and the synthetic colour is just unnecessary. Methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone are allergens, and although they’re mostly used in rinse off products, you can still get contact dermatitis from them. All in all, a product to avoid.

 

Name: Boofheads Detangler Boofheads Detangler
Ingredients: Purified Water (aqua), Amodimethicone, Cetrimonium Chloride, Trideceth-12, Hydrolised Wheat Protein, Vetiver Oil, Tangerine Oil, Geranium Oil, Patchouli Oil, Lavender Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Chloroacetimide, Citric Acid
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 300ml for $16.95
Comments: There are silicones in this one (amodimethicone), as well as cetrimonium chloride. There’s also chloroacetimide, which has been banned in cosmetics in France. While this isn’t a cosmetic, it is a spray on product and will potentially be breathed in by children. Another product to avoid.

 

Name: Eco.kid Daily Tonic Leave In Conditioner Eco.kid Daily Tonic Leave In Conditioner
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis, Aqua, Glycerin, Carya Ovata, Lactic Acid, Passiflora Edulis, D’Limonene, Mauritia Flexuosa, Mentha Piperita, Eucalyptus Globulus, Backhousia Citriodora, Chitosan, Melaleuca Quinquenervia, Citral, Geraniol, Linalool, Farnesol, Eugenol, Nerolina
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 500ml for $24.95
Comments: All the ingredients are natural, they’re organic and they’re certified by EcoCert. While this isn’t a detangler as such, it’s a leave in conditioner that helps remove knots and tangles. And the organic oils are chosen to repel head lice. That’s a win-win!

 

Name: EverEscents Conditioning Detangler EverEscents Conditioning Detangler
Ingredients: Aqua (Water)***, Lexfeel Natural® (Heptyl Undecylenate castor oil emollient)*, Emulgade® SE-PF (Ceteareth emollient), Glycerin (moisturiser)* Natural Strawberry Flavour***, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*, Sage Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract*, Tilia Cordata (Linden) Flower Extract*, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract*, Betula Alba (Birch) Extract*, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Leaf Extract*, Mel (Honey) Extract*, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract*, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract*, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Seed Protein (strengthens & repairs hair)***, Kerarice® Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract (UV protector)***, Brassicyl Isoleucinate Esylate (vegetable derived anti static agent)*, Brassica Alcohol (vegetable derived anti humidity agent)*, Panthenol Provitamin B5***, Arginine (amino acid promotes healthy hair follicles)***, Phytic Acid (antioxidant derived from Rice Bran)***, Geogard® natural preservative (Benzyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid, Sorbic Acid)**
*Certified Organic, **Ecocert approved, ***Naturally derived ingredient
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 150ml for $26.90
Comments: There’s nothing nasty in this one, either. It’s organic, certified by EcoCert, and looks great. My only issue with this one is that it’s a salon only product, so it’s hard to get hold of.

 

Name: Fairy Tales Static Free Leave-in Detangling Spray Fairy Tales Static Free Leave-in Detangling Spray
Ingredients: Water/Eau/Aqua, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Dicetyldimonium, Chloride, Methyl Gluceth-10, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Cyclopentasiloxane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Fragrance(Parfum), Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Citric Acid
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 355ml for $53.39
Comments: Behentrimonium chloride is an allergen, and cyclopentasiloxane may be harmful to waterways. There’s perfume in this, and phenoxyethanol as the preservative. I’m not loving it, and there’s better choices out there.

 

Name: Gaia Skin Naturals Conditioning Detangler Gaia Skin Naturals Conditioning Detangler
Ingredients: Purified Water, Cetrimonium Chloride, Vegetable Glycerin, Hydrolised Wheat Protein, Panthenol, Organic Chamomile Extract, Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Extract, Oat Kernel Extract, Lactic Acid, Sodium Hydroxy Methyl Glycinate, Phenoxyethanol and The Essential Oils of Pure Organic Lavendar, Organic Sweet Orange and Organic Chamomile (Limenene and Linalool – Naturally Occurring Components of Essential Oils)
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 3 Moderate Hazard
Cost: 200ml for $10.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: There are a couple of issues with this one. Centrimonium chloride, as mentioned earlier, can be an irritant. The phenoxyethanol is not my favourite preservative, and sodium hydroxy methyl glycinate can be an irritant as well as having contamination concerns. It’s not an awful product, though, and there are certainly worse out there. 

 

Name: iSHiKi SKiN Kids Detangling Conditioning Spray iSHiKi SKiN Kids Detangling Conditioning Spray
Ingredients: *Orange Hydrosol, *Purified Water, Behentrimonium Methosulphate (canola plant wax), Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil, *Grapeseed Oil, Vitamin B5 Panthenol, **Argan Oil, Wheat Proteins, Vitamin E, Extracts of **Chamomile, **Cucumber, **Marshmallow & Grapefruit Seed, Essential Oils, Cosmocil CQ®, Leucidal, Rosemary Leaf Extract *Organic, **Certified Organic
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 125ml for $14.50
Comments: This looks good, nothing scary in this one.

 

Name: Jason Kids Only Daily Detangling Conditioner Jason Kids Only Daily Detangling Conditioner 
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice * , Cetearyl Alcohol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil *, Glyceryl Stearate, Barosma Betulina Leaf Oil, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil *, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Ferula Galbaniflua (Galbanum) Resin Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil *, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Citric Acid, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Panthenol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Limonene (* organic)
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 236ml for $12.49
Comments: It’s not a spray on detangler, it’s a detangling conditioner, but that’s close enough! It looks pretty good, too. Nothing to get worked up about here.

 

Name: Johnson’s No More Tangles Spray Johnsons No More Tangles Spray 
Ingredients: Water, Behentrimonium Menthosulfate, Sodium Benzoate, Dimethicone, Polysorbate- 20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Trisiloxane, Hydroxyethyl Behenamidopropyl Dimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Ceteth- 10, Laureth- 4. [10571- 041]
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 295ml for $5.95
Comments: There’s silicones (dimethicone), and a few ingredients with contamination concerns (ceteth-10, laureth-4, polysorbate-20). They’re not terrible or super toxic, but they’re still not ingredients I’d choose to use. And of course, there’s the perfume, which should be avoided.

 

Name: Little Green Kids Conditioning Hair Detangler Little Green Kids Conditioning Hair Detangler
Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydrolyzed Silk, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Phytantriol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Panthenol, Amodimethicone, Trideceth-12, Centrimonium Chloride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isohexadecane, Benzophenone-4, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Parfum/Fragrance.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 240ml for $19.95
Comments: So this one’s from Little Green Kids, a name which makes you think it’s going to be great, and it’s a perfect example of why you need to read ingredients. There’s amodimethicone, which is a silicone; there’s centrimonium chloride (discussed earlier in the Amway and Gaia products); cyclopentasiloxane which may be harmful to waterways; benzophone-4 which is an irritant; phenoxyethanol, and perfume. Too many problematic ingredients for me. I’d avoid.

 

Name: Made 4 Kids Spray In Detangler & Conditioner Fragrance Free Made 4 Kids Spray In Detangler & Conditioner Fragrance Free
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Behentrimonium Methosulfate (And) Cetyl Alcohol (And) Butylene Glycol, Simmondia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol (And) Ethylhexylglycerin (Preservative), Blend of Natural Essential Oils, Citral*, Citronellol*, Farnesol*, Geraniol*, Limonene*, Linalool*
*Components of Natural Essential Oils
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 250ml for $17.90
Comments: This one’s actually pretty good. I don’t like the phenoxyethanol, but otherwise this looks okay.

 

Name: Milk Skincare Baby Fairy Detangler Milk Skincare Baby Fairy Detangler 
Ingredients: Aqua (Purified Water), Dimethicone, Polysorbate 60, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Pelargonium Roseum (Rose Geranium) Oil, Hydroxyethyl Ethylcellulose, Sodium Hydroxy-methylglycinate, Citric Acid
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 75ml for $10.95
Comments: Milk isn’t one of my favourite brands. They talk the talk, but they don’t really walk the walk. This detangler has silicones (dimethicone) and sodium hydroxy methyl glycinate, which is a formaldehyde releaser. Not the worst product, but not the best.  Note: I can’t see this on their website, so I’m not sure that it’s being made any more.

 

Name: Organic Care Berry Bliss Detangling Spray Organic Care Berry Bliss Detangling Spray
Ingredients: Water, Coco Glucoside, Bis (C13-15 Alkoxy) PG Amodimethicone, Lauryl lactyl lactate, Panthenol (B5), Hydrolysed wheat protein, Fragrance, Citric acid, Nettle extract, Aloe vera leaf juice, Chamomile flower extract, Ginseng root extract, Methylisothiazolinone, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 250ml for $3.99
Comments: I really dislike this brand. Organic Care implies something organic, and sure there are a couple of natural ingredients, but nothing organic. Plus there’s also silicones (the Bis C13-15 Alkoxy PG Amodimethicone; fragrance; and methylisothiazolinone which is a known toxicant and allergen. The last one scores a 7 on EWG, and should be avoided. I’d give this a big miss.

 

Name: Paul Mitchell Kids Taming Spray (Ouch-Free Detangler) Hair Care Paul Mitchell Kids Taming Spray (Ouch-Free Detangler) Hair Care
Ingredients: Glutamine, Tyrosine, Leucine, Cysteine, Glycine, Symphytum Officinale, Plantago Major, Triticum Vulgare Pro, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Quaternium-15, Fragrance, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 500ml for $30.00
Comments: Once again, silicones (PEG-12 dimethicone and cyclomethicone); fragrance; and this one’s got quaternium-15, which scores an 8 on the EWG Skindeep database. It’s a formaldehyde releaser and a skin allergen. Another product to avoid.

 

Name: Pineapple Heads Kids Detangler Pineapple Heads Kids Detangler
Ingredients: Aqua, TMS (Behentrimonium Methosulfate and Cetearyl Alcohol), Cosmowax D (Cetearyl alcohol and Ceteareth-20), Geoguard (Ecocert approved preservative), Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Cetyl Alcohol, Rubus Ideas (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Warm Raspberry (Ecocert Approved Parfum), Citronellol*, D-Limonene*, Geraniol*, Linalool*, Matricaria Recutitata (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Bellis Perennis (Daisy) Extract, Angelica Archangelica Extract, Citric Acid.
*Component of Essential Oil
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 250ml for $17.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: Although Pineapple Heads uses fragrance, it’s Ecocert approved, so that means no phthlates and no nasties. There’s nothing else in this that’s concerning, either, so this is another good one.

 

Name: Quit Nits Defence Detangling Spray Quit Nits Defence Detangling Spray
Ingredients: Water Purified, Polyquaternium 44, Amodimethicone, Citric Acid, Simethicone, Cetrimonium Bromide, Santalum Spicatum Hearwood Oil Essential (Australian Sandalwood Oil), Fragrance, Lavender Oil, Geranium Oil, Eucalyptus Oil.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 150ml for $9.50
Comments: Silicones again (amodimethicone and simethicone); centrimonium bromide which can be an allergen; and fragrance again. It may help protect against headlice because of the essential oils, but you’d be better off using the EcoKid Lice Bomb.

 

Name: Tri Nature Little One Detangling Spray Tri Natura Little One Detangling Spray 
Ingredients: Water, Hydrolyzed Oats, Cetrimonium Chloride, D-Panthenol, Hydroxyproplytrimonium Honey, Fragrance, Polysorbate 20, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 236ml for $11.95
Comments: Centrimonium chloride again (see the Amway and Gaia products for discussion on this); fragrance; polysorbate-20 which has contamination concerns; and benzyl alchol which the EU considers toxic in products that are airborne, like this spray. Too many problematic ingredients – I’d leave this one, too.

If you’re looking for a safe, natural detangler, check out the range at Hello Charlie.

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Safer Baby Shampoo Cheat Sheet

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Safer Baby Shampoo Cheat Sheet

Safer Baby Shampoo – The List

Our top choices for safer baby shampoo, in alphabetical order:

Most babies don’t need a special baby shampoo. Generally, you can get away with using a mild soap, like Dr Bronner’s, or using a shampoo and body wash combination product. Once they become toddlers, though, it can be a whole different ballgame, especially if they’ve got a lot of hair.

My two boys were never too worried about hair washing. They always just closed their eyes so we never had to worry about ‘no more tears’. I was always suspicious of the whole idea of ‘no more tears’ shampoo. If you get shampoo in your eyes, they sting. That’s why you close your eyes.

And it turns out that I was right to be concerned about ‘no more tears’ shampoo. Johnson & Johnson had been using toxic chemicals in their baby shampoos for years.

Which is why I do all this research on the ingredients in the products we stock here at Hello Charlie, and I share my research with you. That way, you’ll know what you’re buying and you can choose safer baby shampoo for your children.

The usual disclaimers apply. I’m a mum, doing this to help other parents. I know you’ll want to share this information with other parents, and I’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!

Safer Baby Shampoos – The Full Rundown

Name: Acure Bare Baby 4 in 1 Foamer Acure Bare Baby 4in1 Foamer
Ingredients: Purified Water, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Decyl Glucoside, Coco-glucoside, Glyceryl oleate, Sodium Levulinate, Potassium Sorbate, Glycerin, Organic Coco Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Organic Cathamus tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber), Roman Anthemis Noblis (Chamomile) Flower, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Sodium Phytate, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 473ml for $16.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: A fairly new product on the Australian market, and it’s a good one. Nothing scary in this one and I’m happy to recommend it. The Vanilla Citrus one is good, too, with a natural fragrance, but I always prefer to go fragrance free where possible.

 

Name: Aromababy Pure Hair Cleanser Aromababy Pure Hair Cleanser 
Ingredients: Purified Water, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, Xanthan Gum (vegetable gum), Polysorbate (dispersant), Orange Sweet Essential Oil*, (Citrus aurantium var Sinensis), Geranium Bourbon Essential Oil* (Pelargonium graveolens), Hydroxymethylglycinate (Protein Derived preservative)  * Organic
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 250ml for $17.55
Comments: Seems like an okay list of ingredients, except for the Cocoamidopropyl Betaine. What really bugs me with this company is that they do not answer emails. We have emailed them at least half a dozen times looking for help with ingredients, and have not had one reply. Doesn’t sound like a company that’s too concerned with its customers …

 

Name: Avado Baby Naturals Shampoo  Avado Baby Naturals Shampoo
Ingredients: Certified Organic Calendula Extract, Certified Organic Chamomile Extract, Coco Glucoside (Plant Derived), Vegetable Glycerol, Capric/Caprylic, Guar Gum, Suttocide, Mandarin Essential Oil, Orange Essential Oil, Citric Acid, Certified Organic Avocado Oil, Certified Organic Lavender Essential Oil, Certified Organic Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, Certified Organic Jojoba Essential Oil, Certified Organic Chamomile German Essential Oil
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 250ml for $9.99
Comments: This looks good, except for the suttocide. Suttocide is the trade name for a preservative, Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate. It’s a preservative, so there’s not a lot of it, but this one is a formaldehyde releaser and an allergen, according to EWG. This pushes the estimated EWG score up to a 3.

 

Name: Baby Organics Baby Shampoo Baby Organics Baby Shampoo 
Ingredients: Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Purified Water, Coco Glucoside, Organic Lavender Floral Water, Organic Guar Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Organic Lavender Essential oil, Organic Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil, Organic Glycerine, Biodynamic Avocado Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Olive Leaf Extract, Organic Calendula Extract, Organic Chamomile Extract, Rosehip Extract.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 250ml for $11.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: This is a great product – good ingredients, certified organic and Australian made. Love it!

 

Name: Bottoms Up Shampishioner Bottoms Up Shampishioner
Ingredients: *Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine (From Coconuts), Glycerine, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate (From Coconuts), Decyl Glucoside (From Corn & Coconut), Lilly Pilly Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract, Passiflora Incarnata Flower Extract, Pink Flannel Flower Essence, *Organic Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, *Organic Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (From Guar Gum), Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate. *Organic Ingredients
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 125ml for $13.50
Comments: I don’t really like the Cocamidopropyl Betaine or the phenoxyethanol, but it’s a reasonable list of ingredients.

 

Name: Brauer Baby Shampoo Brauer Baby Shampoo
Ingredients: Purified Water, Lauryl Glucoside, Coco Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate, Paw Paw Ferment, Shea Butter, Honey, Dicaprylyl Ether (And) Decyl Glucoside (And) Glycerol Oleate, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Mandarin Oil.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 250ml for $9.99
Comments: This looks pretty good. I’d prefer a different preservative other than the phenoxyethanol, but otherwise it’s not bad.

 

Name: Bubba Blue Organic Baby Shampoo  Bubba Blue Organic Baby Shampoo
Ingredients: Aqua, Caprylic / Capric Glucoside, Coco-Glucoside, Glycerin, Acacia Senegal Gum (And) Xanthan Gum, Benzyl Alcohol and Dehydroacetic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Extract, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Extract *, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil^, Citrus Reticulata (Mandarin) Oil, Citric Acid. Benzyl Alcohol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Benzyl Salicylate*, Citral*, Citronellol*, Eugenol*, Farnesol*, Geraniol*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Methyl Eugenol*. ^Certified Organic  *Components Of Natural Essential Oils
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 200ml for $19.95
Comments: This looks pretty good, too. The acacia senegal gum can be an irritant, but shampoo is washed off straight away, so that’s a minor quibble.

 

Name: Buds Everyday Organics Everyday Shampoo  Buds Everyday Organics Everyday Shampoo
Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Disodium Cocoglucoside Tartrate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Coco Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Xanthan Gum, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Fructan, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil*, Parfum/Perfume, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate. Parfum Made from Essential Oils *Ingredients from Organic Farming
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 225ml for $17.95
Comments: As always, the fragrance really pushes up the score on this. Otherwise, this is a good list of ingredients, so it’s a shame about the perfume.

 

Name: Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash
Ingredients: Aqua (Water, Eau), Decyl Glucoside, Coco-Betaine, Lauryl Glucoside, Sucrose Laurate, Glycerin, Betaine, Coco-Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Parfum (Fragrance), Glyceryl Oleate, Sodium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, Glucose, Citric Acid, Glucose Oxidase, Lactoperoxidase, Benzyl Benzoate, Geraniol, Linalool
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 3 (Moderate Hazard)
Cost: 350ml for $19.95
Comments: There’s a few things in this that I would prefer to avoid, mainly the fragrance and the benzyl benzoate. There are worse products around, but there’s also better. I’m not sure why you’d use this one when Burt’s Bees do a fragrance free version that’s great.

 

Name: Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Fragrance Free Shampoo & Wash Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Fragrance Free Shampoo & Wash
Ingredients: Aqua (Water, Eau), Decyl Glucoside, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Glycerin, Sodium Cocyl Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Fruit Extract, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Glucose, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Glucose Oxidase, Lactoperoxidase, Linalool.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 1 (Low Hazard)
Cost: 235ml for $19.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: Decent list of ingredients, and much better than the fragranced version. All in all, pretty good.

 

Name: Cherub Rubs Organic Baby Shampoo Cherub Rubs Baby Safe Hair And Body Wash
Ingredients: *Aloe Vera Juice, Decyl Glucoside, Rapeseed Acid, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, *Glycerine, Parfum, Xanthonomonas Campestris (Xanthan Gum), *Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, *Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, *Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, *Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, *Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil. *All Natural and Contains Certified Organic Oils.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 250ml for $17.60
Comments: Since we reviewed this one last time, the cocamidopropyl betaine has been removed. Unfortunately, there’s been fragrance added. The other ingredients are pretty good, though.

 

Name: Dr Bronner’s Pure Castile Liquid Soap – Baby Mild Dr Bronner’s Pure Castile Liquid Soap – Baby Mild
Ingredients: Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Organic Palm Kernel Oil*, Organic Olive Oil*, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol. *Certified Fair Trade Ingredients ** None Remains After Saponifying Oils into Soap & Glycerin.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 1 (Low Hazzard)
Cost: 236ml for $10.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: One of my all time favourite products. This is great, and it’s one of the brands I can’t do without in my own home.

 

Name: Eco Kid TLC Hypo Allergenic Hair & Body Wash Eco Kid TLC Hypo Allergenic Hair & Body Wash
Ingredients: Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerin, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Aloe Barbadensis, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Lactic Acid, Dicaprylyl Ether, Decyl Glucoside, Diheptyl Succinate, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Vaccinium Myrtillus, Tocopherol, Ethyl Palmate, Mauritia Flexuosa, Passiflora Edulis, Carapa Guaianensis, Coffea Arabica, Euterpe Oleracea, Lilium candidum, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 225ml for $17.95
Comments: This is a reasonable list of ingredients, too. Lactic acid can be an irritant, but again, it’s shampoo. Shampoo is washed off straight away and doesn’t stay on your skin, so it’s not too problematic.

 

Name: Ecostore Baby Shampoo Ecostore Baby Shampoo 
Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Coco Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Coco Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Lavandula Angustifolia, Eucalyptus Globulus, Pelargonium Graveolens, Lavandula Intermedia
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a but we estimate a 2
Cost: 200ml for $10.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: This is pretty good, except for the sodium hydroxymethylglycinate used as the preservative. It’s a formaldehyde releaser, and although it doesn’t increase the EWG score significantly, ecostore does say on their website that they are looking for alternatives to phase it out.

 

Name: Four Cow Farm Pure Castile Soap Baby Wash Four Cow Farm Pure Castile Soap Baby Wash
Ingredients: Purified Water, Saponified 100% Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Certified Organic Echinacea Augustifolia Extract, Citric Acid (From Citrus Fruit).
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 250ml for $13.95
Comments: Another good one. It’s a castile soap, too, like Dr Bronner’s, and they really are the purest of soaps.

 

Name: Gaia Skin Naturals Baby Shampoo Gaia Skin Naturals Baby Shampoo
Ingredients: Purified Water, Decyl Glucoside, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, Guar Gum, Vegetable Glycerine, Hydrolysed Wheat Protein, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Lactic Acid, Certified Organic Chamomile Extract*, Certified Organic Avocado Oil*, Certified Organic Evening Primrose Oil*, Sodium Hydroxyl Methyl Glycinate, Phenoxyethanol, 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: n/a but we estimate it at a 4
Cost: 250ml for $11.50 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: The ingredients in this have changed since the last time we reviewed this product. There’s still the Cocoamidopropyl Betaine and Phenoxyethanol that I didn’t like last time. Now there’s also Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate as a preservative, and lactic acid which is an irritant. Yes, it’s a shampoo and it’s washed off straight away, but the list of things I don’t like in this is growing.

 

Name: Little Innoscents Organic Baby Hair and Body Wash Little Innoscents Organic Baby Hair and Body Wash
Ingredients: Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice)*, Kernel Oil (Potassium Oleate)*, Sunflower Oil (Potassium Linoleate)*, Olive Oil (Potassium Cocoate)*, Xanthan Gum, Glycerine, 100% Propriety blend of essential oils, (Parfum), Spearmint (Mentha Viridis Oil), Sweet Orange (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis oil)*, Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia Oil). *Denotes Certified Organic
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 250ml for $12.99 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: The ingredients in this look good, and I couldn’t see at first glance what was pushing this score up. It’s the fragrance, as usual. As this one uses a essential oils and I know and trust this company – I’d be happy to use this (and have!). They’re also ACO certified.

 

Name: Milk Skincare Baby Shampoozle and Conditioner Milk Skincare Baby Shampoozle and Conditioner
Ingredients: Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocosulfate, Glycerin, Lactic Acid, Hydroxpropyl Guar Hydropropyltrimonium Chloride, Fragrance, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Chloride.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 375ml for $14.95
Comments: I must admit I’m not a fan of this brand. The website says they’re ‘all natural’, and there are products that say they’re ‘more natural than ever’. Has ‘natural’ changed and we weren’t sent the memo? Well, sorry, but cocamidopropyl betaine isn’t natural, and neither is fragrance. This product is not on my recommend list.

 

Name: Moogoo Milk Shampoo Moogoo Milk Shampoo
Ingredients: Aqua, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Lauryl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Oleate, Coco Glucoside, Piroctone Olamine, Allantoin, Hydrolysed Milk Protein, Fragrance Oil.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a but we estimate a 3
Cost: 500ml for $17.50
Comments:There are some products from this brand that I like, some that I don’t. This one is okay, but it’s only okay. It comes in at a 3 because of the fragrance and the cocamidopropyl betaine. I also get a bit annoyed at calling it ‘milk’ shampoo. It would be better to call it ‘water’ shampoo, because there’s a lot of water. Whereas the milk is the second smallest ingredient. Anyway, without getting too snarky, it’s not my favourite – there’s better products out there.

 

Name: Nature’s Care Paw Paw Baby Shampoo and Body Wash Natures Care Paw Paw Baby Shampoo and Body Wash
Ingredients: Water, Decyl Glucoside, Coco Betaine, Methyl Glucoside, Vegetable Glycerine, Glycol Stearate, Paw Paw Fruit Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance, Citric Acid, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 500ml for $9.66
Comments: I could just replicate my comments on the MooGoo milk shampoo for this one. Once again, there’s not a lot of pawpaw in this, and there’s fragrance, too, which pushes the EWG score up. There’s worse products out there, but there’s better, too.

 

Name: Pineapple Heads Shampoo Pineapple Heads Shampoo
Ingredients: Aqua, Plantapon, Lamesoft, Vegetable Glycerine, Geoguard, Zea Mays (Corn Silk) Extract Ananas Comosus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extract, Sodium Chloride, Pineapple Water (Parfum), Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 250ml for $15.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: The big thing in this is the fragrance, as always. But as this is an ecocert approved fragrance (where 100% of the ingredients must be natural), I’m happy with this one. I’ll be using this at home on my boys.

 

Name: Pitta Patta Shampoo and Body WashPitta Patta Shampoo and Body Wash 
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Decyl Glucoside, Lauryl Betaine, Xanthan Gum, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis), Bergamot Essential oil (Citrus aurantium bergamia), Mandarin Essential oil (Citrus nobilis), Lavender Essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Roman Chamomile essential oil (Anthemis nobilis), Indigo Essences, Citric Acid (maize), Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 200ml for $13.95
Comments: This is a brand that has it’s ups and downs, too. However, this is a pretty good product aside from the phenoxyethanol. And don’t even ask me about the indigo essences. I have no idea how essences of gemstones will help anything!

 

Name: Sanctum Baby Shampoo & Wash Sanctum Organic Baby Shampoo and Wash
Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Decyl Glucoside, Olive (Olea europaea) Leaf Extract*, Glycerin*, Xanthan Gum, Calendula officinalis Flower Extract*, Honeysuckle (Lonicera caprifolium) Flower Extract, Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) Oil*, Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) Flower Extract, Lemon (Citrus medica limonum) Peel Oil*, Sweet Marjoram (Origanum majorana) Leaf Oil, citral, linalool, limonene. *Certified Organic / 91% Certified Organic / 100% Naturally Derived
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 150g for $9.95
Comments: Nice! I’d be happy to use this one on myself or my boys. Don’t you love it when you know exactly what every ingredient is?

 

Name: Sukin Kids Wendy Water Saver Gentle Shampoo Sukin Kids Wendy Water Saver Gentle Shampoo
Ingredients: Aqua, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerin, Lauryl Glucose, Coco-Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Vanillin, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Limonene*, Linalool*.  * Natural component of essential oils
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a but we estimate it at a 2
Cost: 500ml for $11.95
Comments: This is another new entry to the list this year, and it’s not a bad one. I’m not a huge fan of the preservatives they’ve chosen (benzyl alcohol and phenoxyethanol), and I’m not a big fan of cocoamidopropyl betaine either. But it’s a reasonable choice at a reasonable price, and there are certainly worse products out there.

 

Name: Weleda Calendula Shampoo & Body Wash Weleda Calendula Shampoo & Body Wash
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Coco-Glucoside, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Alcohol, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Organic) (Fair Trade), Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Limonene*, Linalool* *From natural essential oil
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 5 (Moderate Hazard)
Cost: 203.6g for $19.50 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: Weleda always scores higher on the EWG database because of the fragrance. But their fragrance is made from essential oils, they don’t use phthalates or parabens, and they have Innovator Status in the EWG Campaign for Safer Cosmetics. I love Weleda products, and am happy to recommend them and use them.

The Supermarket Baby Shampoos

Name: Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo (NB – J&J brand) Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo
Ingredients: Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG 80 Sorbitan Laurate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, PEG 150 Distearate, Sodium Benzoate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Fragrance, Polyquaternium-10, Butylene Glycol, Avena sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 4 (Moderate Hazard)
Cost: 236ml for $10.99
Comments: Pretty much every ingredient sends up a red flag: Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, PEG’s, Tetrasodium EDTA, sulphates, fragrance. The best thing in this is the water, and I wouldn’t pay you $10.99 for it!

 

Name: Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo Johnson & Johnson baby Shampoo
Ingredients: Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, PEG-150 Distearate, Fragrance, Polyquaternium-10,Tetrasodium EDTA, Quaternium-15, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Yellow 10 and Orange 4.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a but we estimate a 4
Cost: 200ml for $6.16
Comments: Sulfates, PEGs, fragrance, cocamidopropyl betaine, artificial colours … no thanks!

 

Name: Organic Care Berry Bliss Shampoo & Conditioner Organic Care Berry Bliss Shampoo & Conditioner
Ingredients: Water, Coco-Glucoside, Sodium Coco Fatty Alcohol Sulfate, Glyceryl Oleate, Lauryl Lactyl Lactate, Dimethicone, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Fragrance, Wheatgerm Oil, Panthenol, Citric Acid, Hydrolysed Wheat Protein, Nettle Extract, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Chamomile Flower Extract, Ginseng Root Extract, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 400ml for $3.49
Comments: I spotted this brand in the supermarket a while back and it immediately got my greenwash alert going. There’s not one thing that’s organic about this. There’s sulfates and silicones (dimethicone), and a couple of ingredients that you should absolutely avoid: fragrance, methylchloroisothiazolinone (allergen and irritant),  and methylisothiazolinone (neurotoxin and allergen). Give this one a definite swerve.

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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.

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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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