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 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 PawPaw Balms Cheat Sheet

natural pawpaw balms cheat sheet

natural pawpaw balms cheat sheetWe’ve added even more pawpaw balms to our updated Natural PawPaw Balms Cheat Sheet. We’ve researched and reveiwed 25 pawpaw balms for you!

There’s lots of evidence to suggest that pawpaw (or papaya) has all sorts of different therapeutic properties (not to mention that the fruit itself is delicious and super nutritious!). It’s apparently beneficial for ulcers, for eczema and other skin irritations. And it’s not just good for your skin. Eating the dried seeds can apparently help expel intestinal parasites and the leaves can be made into a medicinal tea.

PawPaw balms and ointments are popular in Australia as a topical skin application. As with all manufactured products however, there are big differences between brands. Some pawpaw creams are nothing but moisturisers with paw paw flavouring, others have lots of paw paw but are based on petrochemicals. It takes a lot of research to work out which ones are best, and that’s where Hello Charlie comes in.

Top Choices for Natural PawPaw Balms:

And some other favourites that we wish came in bigger sizes:

PawPaw Balms – The Full Rundown

Name: Brauer Paw Paw Lip Balm Brauer Paw Paw Lip Balm
Ingredients: Almond Oil, Safflower Oil, Apricot Oil, Beeswax, Shea Butter, Candelilla Wax, Vitamin E, Paw Paw Extract, Honey, Carnauba Wax
EWG Skin Deep Rating: not on EWG. Our calculations show it as a 0
Cost: 5g for $5.50
Comments: Absolutely no nasties in this one. Not a lot of pawpaw, but then that’s not what they’re advertising – this is a lip balm that contains pawpaw, and it looks like a pretty good one!

 

Name: Brauer Paw Paw Lip Butter Tin Brauer Paw Paw Lip Butter Tin
Ingredients: Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed oil), Carica Papaya (Paw Paw Fermented), Beeswax (Certified Organic), Caprylic Capric Triglyceride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Honey, Hydrogenerated Castor Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Daucus Carota (Carrot Oil), Fragrance, Potassium Sorbate, Eupatorium Rebaidianum Bertoni (Stevia)
EWG Skin Deep Rating: not on EWG. Our calculations show it as a 3.
Cost: 15g for $6.99
Comments: I don’t like the fragrance in this (or indeed in anything!), and the potassium sorbate is an allergen, so one to watch out for. Also the tocopherol acetate is one with contamination concerns (look for tocopherol or natural vitamin e instead). There’s worse out there, but there’s better, too.

 

Name: Brauer Paw Paw Ointment Brauer Paw Paw Ointment
Ingredients: Vitis Vinifera (Red Grapes) Seed Oil, Lactobacillus/papaya fruit ferment extract (Paw Paw Fermented), Cera alba (Beeswax), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Mel (Honey), Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Lecithin, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Fragrance, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Stevia Rebaudiana Extract (Stevia)
EWG Skin Deep Rating: not on EWG. Our calculations show it as a 3.
Cost: 75g for $12.99
Comments: The ingredients in this have changed since we last reviewed this product. It used to be my favourite, but with the additions of fragrance and lecithin (contamination concerns) as well as tocopherol acetate, the EWG rating of this has been pushed up from a 1 to a 3. Bit of a shame, as I loved this one.

 

Name: Coco Island Paw Paw Ointment Coco Island Paw Paw
Ingredients: Pharmaceutical grade Petrolatum, Carica Papaya (Papaya) fruit extract, Bees Wax, Bio Active Manuka Honey 20+, Potassium Sorbate
EWG Skin Deep Rating: not on EWG.
Cost: 25g for $9.90
Comments: I won’t use any petroleum based products (because of contamination concerns, and environmental concerns), so that knocks this one straight out for me.

 

Name: Designer Brands Paw Paw Plus Lips Designer Brands Paw Paw Plus Lips
Ingredients: Trioctanoin, Soft Paraffin, Beeswax, Lactobacillus (Papaya Fruit Ferment Extract (8%), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii, (Shea) Butter, Phenoxyethanol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Manuka Honey, French Grape Seed Extract, Fragrance. Pigment May Contain: D&C Yellow.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: not on EWG
Cost: 20g for $4.50
Comments: Paraffin (which is a petrochemical), phenoxyethanol, fragrance, and D&C colours – too many things in this one which I don’t like, so I wouldn’t use this.

 

Name: Face of Australia Paw Paw Ointment Face of Australia Paw Paw Ointment
Ingredients: Petrolatum, Beeswax, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ethyl Vanillin.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: not on EWG. Our calculations show this one to be about 1.
Cost: 25g for $4.45
Comments: Another petroleum based product. Otherwise the ingredients are fine, but as the main ingredient is petrolatum, I wouldn’t choose this.

 

Name: Fix Organic PawPaw & Manuka Honey BalmFix Organic PawPaw & Manuka Honey Balm
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Coco Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract*, Honey (Mel)*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Tocopherol, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Glycerin* (*Certified Organic raw materials)
EWG Skin Deep Rating: not on EWG
Cost: 30g for $6.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: Lovely ingredients, nice amount of pawpaw, and certified organic. I love the honey in this one, too, as it’s very healing, especially when combined with the pawpaw. Straight to the top of my list!

 

Name: Healthy Care All Natural Paw Paw Baby Balm Healthy Care All Natural Paw Paw Baby Balm
Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Sorbitan Olivate, Cera Alba, Silica, Oriza Sativa (Rice Bran) Wax, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Jojoba Esters, Fragrance, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not on EWG. Our calculations show this one to be about a 3.
Cost: 100g for $8.99
Comments: A bit cheeky calling this one a Paw Paw balm, as it’s the last ingredient (which means that there’s less of this than anything else in the product!). So if you’re looking for a PawPaw balm, I’d look elsewhere. The ingredients are fine except for the fragrance, which bumps the EWG rating up to about a 3.

 

Name: Healthy Care Paw Paw Lip Balm Healthy Care Paw Paw Lip Balm
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Lauryl Laurate, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Jojoba Esters, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Beeswax, Paw Paw Extract (Carica Papaya), Natural Flavour
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not on EWG.
Cost: 10g for $2.99
Comments: As with the PawPaw Baby Balm from this brand, there’s not a lot of PawPaw. This at least doesn’t have any fragrance, although it does have flavour. We think it scores about a 2 on EWG, so it’s okay, but there’s other, more awesome stuff out there.

 

Name: Little Innoscents Organic Paw Paw BalmLittle Innoscents Organic Paw Paw Balm
Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Carica Papaya Fruit Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cherry Coconut Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract* (*ACO certified organic)
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not on EWG. Our calculations show it as a 0.
Cost: 50ml for $7.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: My new favourite! The ingredients are fantastic (and the majority are organic), there’s heaps of pawpaw (10%) and it’s generally gorgeous. Love!

 

Name: Lucas Paw Paw Ointment Lucas Paw Paw Ointment
Ingredients: 39mg/gm of fresh fermented pawpaw, unguent Carica Papaya L, and 0.1mg/g of potassium sorbate as a preservative. The base of the product is pharmaceutical grade petroleum jelly, but they won’t disclose full ingredients.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not on EWG.
Cost: 25g for $4.99
Comments: Other pawpaw balms (like the Little Innoscents one) have more pawpaw – 39mg/gm equates to just 3.9% of the product. The rest is petroleum jelly, and other undisclosed ingredients. I just do not understand why this product is so popular when there’s other great choices available.

 

Name: Melrose Little Bird Organic Paw Paw Balm Original Melrose Little Bird Organic Paw Paw Balm Original
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Organic Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Tocopherol, Glycerin.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: not on EWG. Our calculations show it as a 1.
Cost: 15g for $4.50
Comments: I like it. Nothing scary in this one, and a good bit of pawpaw. I wish it came in a larger tube!

 

Name: Natio Paw Paw Lip BalmNatio Paw Paw Lip Balm
Ingredients: Castor (Ricinus Communis) Oil, Beeswax, Coconut (Cocos Nucifera) Oil, Cocoa (Theobroma Cacao) Butter, Carrot (Daucus Carota Sativa) Oil, Papaya (Carica Papaya) Extract, Jojoba (Buxus Chinensis) Oil, Honey, Tocopherol, Stevia (Rebiana Bertoni) Extract, Glycerin, Potassium Sorbate.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: not on EWG. Our calculations show it as a 1.
Cost: 20ml for $7.95
Comments: Another good one, good ingredients, although the pawpaw is a bit of a way down the list. I like it though, and would use it.

 

Name: Natralus Natural Paw Paw Ointment Natralus Natural Paw Paw Ointment
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil+, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)+, Carica Papaya (Paw Paw) Ferment*, Glycerin+, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Myristyl Myristate+, Stearic Acid+,Tribehenin+, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate+, Allantoin+, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil+, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter+, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride+, Sorbitan Olivate+, Mg Sulfate+, Mg Stearate+, Calendula Officinalis Extract+, Styrax Benzoin Gum+, Tocopherol (Vitamin E)+, Sorbic Acid+, Food Flavour+, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil+. *Organic Ingredient, +Natural or Vegetable-Derived 
EWG Skin Deep Rating: not on EWG
Cost: 7g for $4.50 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: This is a good ingredients list. There’s a good amount of pawpaw, too, but be careful if you have any issues with lanolin.

 

Name: Natural Alternative Paw Paw Ointment Natural Alternative Paw Paw Ointment
Ingredients: Castor (Ricinus Communis) Oil**, Beeswax**, Coconut (Cocos Nucifera) Oil**, Cocoa (Theobroma Cacao) Butter**, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit extract**, Honey**, Jojoba (Buxus Chinensis) Oil**, Vanilla (Vanilla Plantifolia) Oil, Carrot (Daucus Carota Sativa) Oil, Stevia (Rebiana Bertoni) Extract, Tocopherol.**Certified Organic raw materials.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: not on EWG. Our calculations show it as a 1.
Cost: 30g for $6.50
Comments: Another great one! Great ingredients and organic to boot, although I’d like more PawPaw.

 

Name: Nature’s Care Paw Paw Baby BalmNature's Care Paw Paw Baby Balm
Ingredients: Sunflower Oil, Castor Oil, Papaya Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Sorbitan Olivate, Beeswax, Silica, Macadamia Oil, Mango Seed Butter, Rice Bran Wax, Jojoba Esters, Natural Paw Paw Flavour.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not on EWG. Our calculations show it as a 2.
Cost: 100g for $7.50
Comments: The ingredients in this are pretty good, too, although I don’t understand why flavour is needed.

 

Name: Nature’s Care Paw Paw Balm Nature's Care Paw Paw Baby Balm
Ingredients: Sunflower Oil, Castor Oil, Hydrogenated Castor oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, sorbitan olivate, beeswax, silica, macadamia oil, mango seed butter, rice bran wax, jojoba esters, natural paw paw extract(carica papaya), natural paw paw flavour
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not on EWG. Our calculations show it as a 2.
Cost: 30g for $3.50
Comments: There’s not much in the way of pawpaw in this one, but the ingredients are good apart from the flavour.

 

Name: Nude By Nature Paw Paw Ointment Nude By Nature Paw Paw Ointment
Ingredients:Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Germ Extract, Silica, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Carica Papaya (Paw Paw) Fruit Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Backhousia Citriodora (Lemon Myrtle) Leaf Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Santalum Acuminatum (Quandong) Fruit Extract, Citrus Glauca (Australian Desert Lime) Fruit Extract, Terminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum) Fruit Extract.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not on EWG, but our calculations show that this would be a 1.
Cost: 30g for $5.50
Comments: Good ingredients, but the pawpaw is a bit of a way down the list. Otherwise, it looks pretty good. I’d use this.

 

Name: Only Papaya Paw Paw BalmOnlyPapaya Paw Paw Balm
Ingredients: Oryza sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Carica Papaya, Beeswax, Sorbitan Isostearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Tocopherol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenethyl Alcohol, Sodium Borate.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not on EWG.
Cost: 25g for $5.54 / 100g for $10.38
Comments: Sodium Borate is the thing that really stands out for me on this – it’s not safe for using on infant skin, it’s strongly suspected of being an endocrine disrupter, and is restricted in cosmetics in Japan, Canada and the EU.

 

Name: Only Papaya Paw Paw Balmonly papaya baby botty balm
Ingredients: Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Japan Wax, Carica Papaya extract, Beeswax, Lavender French Oil, Aloevera.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not on EWG.
Cost: 25g for $5.54 / 100g for $10.38
Comments: I had to email Only Papaya to get the ingredients list for this, as it’s not listed on their website. And it’s still not a proper ingredients list, because without the INCI names you don’t really know what these are. Japan wax – is it synthetic or natural? Aloe vera what? Juice, leaf, extract? There’s no preservatives listed either, so I don’t know if they’ve used any. It looks fine, but without a correct ingredients list, who knows?

 

Name: Pharmacy Action Paw Paw OintmentPharmacy Action Paw Paw Ointment
Ingredients: Petrolatum, Beeswax, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ethyl Vanillin
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not on EWG.
Cost: 25g for $2.95
Comments: With petrolatum as the main ingredient, that’s as far as I need to go. I won’t use anything with petrochemicals.

 

Name: Pure by Phytocare Papaya Ointment PURE BY PHYTOCARE Papaya Tube
Ingredients: Butyrospermum parkii (Shea butter), Macadamia ternifolia oil, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) oil, Carica papaya (Papaya) ferment, D Alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Tribehenin (derived from Brassica napus), Sorbitan olivate (Olive derived emulsifier), Beeswax, Fragrance (NaTrue certified), Styrax benzoin resinoid, Calendula officinalis flower extract.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: not on EWG.
Cost: 10g for $6.95 /25g for $8.95 /100g for $18.95  (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: This looks pretty good. There is fragrance, but as the product is NaTrue certified, I’m happy that it’s not a synthetic fragrance.

 

 

Name: Pure Paw Paw Ointment – Flavoured Pure Paw Paw Ointment – Grape
Ingredients: Petrolatum, Carica Papaya Extract, Cera Alba, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Flavour.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: not on EWG.
Cost: 25g for $5.95
Comments: Another one based on petrochemicals, which knocks this out for me. I also wouldn’t choose this based on the added flavour.

 

Name: Pure Paw Paw Ointment – Plain Pure Paw Paw Ointment – Plain
Ingredients: Petrolatum, Carica Papaya Extract, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate
EWG Skin Deep Rating: not on EWG.
Cost: 25g for $4.95
Comments: Another petrochemical based product, so even though there’s no flavour, another one that I wouldn’t use or recommend.

 

Name: Suvana Paw Paw & Honey Balm Suvana Organic Paw Paw & Honey Lip Balm
Ingredients:Castor Seed Oil*, Beeswax*, Coconut Oil*, Cocoa Butter*, Papaya Extract, Honey*, Jojoba Oil*, Vanilla Bean Oil*, Candilia Wax, Carrot Seed Oil, Stevia Extract, Vitamin E. *Certified Organic Ingredients
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not on EWG. Our calculations show this as a 0.
Cost: 25g for $9.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: I really like this. The PawPaw is a bit of a way down the list, but it’s a great list of ingredients. I love this, and just wish it came in a larger size!

 

Name: Wotnot Baby Balm Wotnot Baby Balm
Ingredients:Aloe Vera Leaf Juice*, Beeswax*, Olive Oil*, Stearic Acid, Sorbitan Olivate and Cetearyl Olivate (Vegetable Emulsifiers), Vegetable Glycerine*, Flaxseed Oil*, Carica Papaya (Pawpaw) Extract*, Purified Water, Xanthan Gum, D-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Certified Gmo-Free Vitamin E), Rice Flour*, Chamomile Oil*, Tea Tree Oil*, Comfrey Oil*, Potassium Sorbate (Food Grade Preservative). *Certified Organic Ingredients
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not on EWG. Our calculations show this as a 1.
Cost: 100ml for $16.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: Although this isn’t a pawpaw balm, we’ve included it because it contains organic pawpaw and we like the ingredients!

The usual disclaimer applies.

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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.

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

Hello Charlie’s Top Picks for Safer Baby Moisturisers

My favourites, based on ingredients and affordability:

All the baby moisturisers, analysed:

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Supermarket Brands Baby Moisturiser

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

 

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

 

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

Any moisturisers we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments below!

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Safer Natural Baby Wipes Cheat Sheet

Hello Charlie Safer Baby Wipes Cheat Sheet

Hello Charlie 's Safer Baby Wipes Cheat Sheet

Baby wipes are one of the products that you use most with a baby. Think about how many nappy changes you do each day! Each time you do a nappy change, you’re wiping lots of ingredients on to your baby’s bottom. What are all those ingredients? Are they safe? How can you tell?

With ingredients in baby wipes linked to dermatitis, it’s important that you know exactly what’s in wipes before you use them on your little one.

Here’s our top picks for safer and more natural baby wipes:

  • WaterWipes
  • Simply Gentle
  • Bambure
  • Little Innoscents
  • Ecoriginals
  • Tooshies by TOM
  • Wotnot
  • After Touch Instant Wipes

And here’s the ones we wouldn’t use ourselves:

  • Nature BabyCare
  • Curash Baby Wipes Fragrance Free
  • Huggies Fragrance Free Baby Wipes
  • Johnsons Baby Skincare Wipes Lightly Fragranced
  • Aldi Mamia Fragrance Free Wipes
  • Coles Baby Wipes Scented

Mainstream supermarket brands are using ingredients that we try to avoid, such as parabens, phthalates (fragrance), PEG’s, propylene glycol, methylisothiazolinone, benzoates, triclosan and petrochemicals. Have a browse on the Skin Deep database and check out the toxicity of some of those supermarket wipes – not good.

While we know that the eco brands can sometimes be more expensive, when you have a look at the ingredients in some of the supermarket brands, we know you’ll agree with us that sometimes it’s worth spending that little bit extra!

If you’re using a brand of baby wipes that you love, and we don’t have it listed here, we’d love to know about it! Pop your suggestions into the comments section at the end of the article. If you’re keen to go the eco safe option, but don’t want to spend the extra on disposable wipes, have a look at our reusable wipes options at the end of the article. We’ve got a recipe for a wet wipes soak, and for a wet wipes spray to take out and about.

 

Name: After Touch Instant Wipes After Touch Instant Wipes
Ingredients
: 100% Biodegradable Cotton
EWG Skin Deep Rating:
Cost: 10 wipes pack for $2.50 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: These are a great option. Just add water, or your own wipes mix and you’ve got an all natural, biodegradable wipe right there.

 

Name: Aromababy Aromawipes Aromababy Aromawipes
Ingredients
: Purified Water, Vegetable Glycerine, Sweet Almond Oil, d-alpha Tocopheryl (Natural GMO free Vitamin E), Proprietory Blend Essential Oils, Hydroxymethylglycinate (Protein Derived preservative), Polysorbate (dispersant), Phenoxyethanol.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 30 wipes pack for $10.95
Comments: Not bad, although I would prefer to see these without phenoxyethanol. I would also question the essential oils – to be safest, these should be organic to avoid the issue of paraben-based preservatives. My biggest argument with these, though, is the price. UPDATE: it seems that these are no longer being made.

 

Name: Bambure (previously Bambeco) Bamboo Baby WipesBambure previously Bambeco Bamboo Baby Wipes
Ingredients: Aqua (purified and de-ionized water), Glycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Lavandula Augustifola Oil (Lavender Oil), Citric Acid, Tartaric Acid, Sodium Citrate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Citrus Medica Limonum Oil (Lemon Oil), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera)*, Tea Tree Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract (Chamomile)*
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 80 wipes pack for $5.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments:The PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil and Tocopheryl Acetate push the score higher on these, and there’s a couple of other ingredients that I’m not super keen on, but again, they’re better than any of the supermarket brands. The bamboo in these wipes makes them biodegradable.

 

Name: Bambure (Previously Bambeco) Natural Baby WipesBambure Previously Bambeco Natural Baby Wipes
Ingredients
: Aqua (purified and de-ionized water), Glycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Lavandula Augustifola Oil (Lavender Oil), Citric Acid, Tartaric Acid, Sodium Citrate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera)*, Tea Tree Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract (Chamomile)*
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 80 wipes pack $4.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: See my comments above. These wipes are non-biodegradable, but have the same ingredients as the bamboo ones.

 

Name: Ecoriginals Baby WipesEcoriginals Biodegradable Baby Wipes
Ingredients: Purified water , Citric acid (fruit based stabiliser), Sodium Citrate (corn based antioxidant), Silver dihydrogen citrate (natural preservative), Organic glyceryl caprylate (natural preservative), Lauryl glucoside (sugar based cleanser), Pure grapeseed extract, Pure green tea extract, Pure chamomile extract, Pure cucumber extract, Pure aloe vera oil
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 70 wipes pack for $6.75 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: These are very new to the market, but they look pretty good. Not much in here to be concerned about. I’d use these.

 

Name: Gaia Bamboo Baby WipesGaia Bamboo Baby Wipes
Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Didecyldimonium Chloride, Alkyl Dimethyl Benzyl Ammonium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Extract (*Certified organic), Lemon (Citrus Medica Limonium) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower (*Certified organic), Green Tea, Chamomilla (Anthemis Nobilis) Flower (*Certified organic), Tea Tree Extract
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 3 (Moderate Hazard)
Cost: 80 wipes pack for $6.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: Okay, so the bamboo makes them biodegradable, but some of these ingredients aren’t great. The two that concern me are Alkyl Dimethyl Benzyl Ammonium Chloride and the Cocamidopropyl Betaine – there’s good data on both of these that points to allergies and irritations. Better than the supermarket brands, but not the best.

 

Name: Joonya Eco Baby WipesJoonya eco baby wipes
Ingredients: Jojoba oil, Silver Dihydrogen Citrate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 1 (Low Hazard)
Cost: 80 wipes pack for $6.50 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: These look great. Nothing in there to get concerned about – all the ingredients look good, nice gentle preservatives. A welcome new addition!

 

Name: Little Innoscents Baby Wipeslittle_innoscents_baby_wipes
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerine, Glyceryl Caprylate, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Coco Glucoside, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Citric Acid
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 80 wipes pack for $6.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: Nothing to be concerned about here. Good ingredients and a gentle preservative. And I’m very pleased to note that these are actually made in Australia!

 

Name: Natracare Baby Wipes Natracare Baby Wipes
Ingredients
: Aqua, Olus oil (rape seed oil), Glycerin, Lauryl Glucoside, Polyglyceryl-2-dipolyhydroxystearate, Prunus armeniaca kernel Oil (organic Apricot Oil), Levulinic acid, Parfum, Sodium Levulinate, Terpineol, Limonene, Linalool, Chamomilla recutita (organic Chamomille), Maltodextrin, Tilia cordata (organic Linden), Tocopherol, Potassium sorbate, Glyceryl oleate, Dicaprylyl carbonate
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 50 wipes pack for $8.95
Comments: I’ll admit that I was suprised by these – I had the impression that these were pretty good until I looked at the ingredients list. There are a few problem ingredients in this one, the biggest one of which is the Parfum. Parfum rates high on the toxic ingredients list, especially where there is no further disclosure by the manufacturer as to what is actually in the fragrance. Limonene, Linalool and Geraniol can occur naturally in essential oils, or they can be synthetic, but there’s no information about this on the Natracare website, so it’s hard to tell. The wipes are made from organic cotton, which is good.

 

Name: Nature Babycare Eco Sensitive Wipes Lightly Scented Nature Babycare Eco Sensitive Wipes Lightly Scented
Ingredients
: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Sorbitan Caprylate, Decyl Glucoside, Propanediol, Benzoic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Citrate
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 4 (Moderate Hazard)
Cost: 70 wipes pack for $5.95
Comments: It’s the perfume in these that’s the biggie. Fragrances just should not be added to baby products – full stop. I also try to avoid Phenoxyethanol where possible.

 

Name: Nature Babycare Wipes Eco Sensitive Fragrance Free Nature Babycare Wipes Eco Sensitive Fragrance Free
Ingredients
: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Propylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Decyl Glucoside, Citric Acid, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf juice
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 3 (Moderate Hazard)
Cost: 70 wipes pack for $5.95
Comments: I’m not keen on the benzyl alcohol, sodium benzoate and the propylene glycol in these, and the fact that the aloe is right at the end of the ingredients list means that there’s not a lot of it. These aren’t my favourite, but they’re still better than the other supermarket brands.

 

Name: Pea Pods Bamboo Baby WipesPea Pods Flushable Baby Wipes
Ingredients
: aqua, glycerine, phenoxyethanol and alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride, cocoamidopropyl betaine, aloe extract, lemon oil, lavender flower extract, green tea, chamomile flower extract, tea tree extract
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 3 (Moderate Hazard)
Cost: 80 wipes pack for $6.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: There’s a few ingredients in here that I’m not so keen on: phenoxyethanol, cocoamidopropyle betaine and the benzalkonium chloride. Once again, though, they’re better than the supermarket wipes.

 

Name: Playdays Chemical Free Baby Wipes playdays baby wipes
Ingredients
: purified and de-ionized water, vegetable glycerin, (organic) aloe barbadensis gel, calendula and allantoin extracts, potassium sorbate
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 80 wipes pack for $6.69
Comments: These look pretty good, too. Nothing to worry about here.

 

Name: Red Nose Wipes by Aussie Wipes Red Nose Wipes by Aussie Wipes
Ingredients
: Water, propylene glycol, polysorbate 20, phenoxyethanol, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, aloe vera (aloe barbadensis gel extract), chamomile flower extract, tocopherol acetate (vitamin e), citric acid.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a but we estimate it at a 3/4
Cost: 100 wipes for $5.99
Comments:  These are made by Aussie Wipes as a fundraiser for Sids & Kids. While that’s a great cause, the ingredients aren’t exactly awesome. There’s phenoxyethanol and propylene glycol, both of which are allergens, and polysorbate 20 which has contamination concerns. All in all, they’re okay, but only okay. I’d avoid these if I had a baby with eczema. You’re better off to make an outright donation to Sids & Kids to help them with their fundraising.

 

Name: Seventh Generation Baby WipesSeventh Generation Sample
Ingredients: Water, cetyl hydroxyethylcellulose, glycerin (vegetable oil derived), citric acid, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E acetate), potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate (food-grade preservatives).
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 2 (Low Hazard)
Cost: 64 wipes pack for $7.43
Comments: It’s the tocopheryl acetate that pushes the score up on these – it can cause allergies and immunotoxicity. Otherwise, this is a pretty good ingredients list.

 

Name: Simply Gentle Organic Baby WipesSimply Gentle Organic Baby Wipes
Ingredients: Aqua, *Hamamelis Virginiana, **Potassium Oleate, **Potassium Cocoate, **Glycerine, *Prunus Dulcis, *Prunus Armeniaca, *Lavandula Angustifolia, *Pelargonium Graveolens, *Cananga Odorata, *Aloe Barbadensis, *Rosa Damascena, Potassium Palm Kernelate, Palm Kernal Acid, Potassium Citrate, Phenoxyethanol.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 25 wipes pack for $9.95
Comments: I’d prefer not to see the phenoxyethanol in these, but otherwise this is a pretty good list of ingredients. But the price – ouch!

 

Name: Simply Gentle Organic Cotton Baby Cleansing Wipes Simply Gentle Organic Cotton Baby Cleansing Wipes
Ingredients: 100% biodegradable cotton.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 0
Cost: 60 pieces for $9.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: This is a great option for newborns. Midwives recommend that newborns only have cotton wool and water, and these are ideal.

 

Name: Tooshies By TOM Baby Wipes tooshies by TOM eco baby wipes
Ingredients
: Aqua, Glycerin (plant based), Silver Citrate, Sodium Citrate (plant based), Citric Acid (plant based), Glyceryl Caprylate (naturally derived), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder (Organic), Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract (Organic), Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a but we estimate a 1 (Low Hazard)
Cost:70 wipes pack for $6.95 (Coming soon to Hello Charlie)
Comments: These look good! Gentle, plant based preservatives, fragrance free and no nasties. Another great addition to the eco baby wipes scene, and ones that I’ll be recommending.

 

Name: WaterWipesWaterWipes at Hello Charlie
Ingredients
: 99.9% purified water, 0.1% citrus grandis seed extract
EWG Skin Deep Rating
: 0 (Low Hazard)
Cost: 60 wipes pack $7.50 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: What can you say? Only two ingredients, and the wipes are awesome! Although there are contamination concerns with grapefruit seed extract, I’ve spoken to the managing director of this company personally, and there are no contamination issues with their supply. My favourite wipes ever.

 

Name: Wotnot Baby Wipes Wotnot Baby Wipes
Ingredients: Purified water, certified organic aloe barbadensis* (certified organic aloe vera), glycerin (vegetable oil extract), tocopherol acetate (vitamin e), potassium sorbate (a natural preservative), polysorbate 20 (surfactant derived from fruit and berries), citric acid.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 80 pack wipes $7.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: Again, the tocopheryl acetate pushes the score up on these. Otherwise, this is a good ingredients list. They’re biodegradable, too, which is good. I’ve used and like these.

 

Reusable Baby Wipes

Save money, and have control over the ingredients in your wipes by switching to reusables. Even if you’re not already using cloth nappies, it’s pretty easy to switch to reusable baby wipes. You’ll need cloth wipes, water or a natural wipes solution, and a wet bag or bucket.

Cloth wipes are pretty easy to make with some facewashers, or even some cut up flannel material (although in my experience, you really need to take the time to stitch the hems of flannel material, otherwise it frays). Here’s a couple of brands that I’m aware of:

Charlie Banana Organic Cotton Wipes 10 pack, cost $18.95

Grovia Cloth Baby Wipes 10 pack, cost $17.95

Pea Pods Bamboo Reusable Wipes 5 pack, cost $9.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)

Nature’s Child Organic Cotton Reusable Baby Wipes 3 pack, cost $9.95 ( Buy at Hello Charlie)

Under the Nile Organic Cotton Wipes 12 pack, cost $27.95

You can pre-wet reusable wipes, and take them out and about in an airtight container. To pre-wet them, simply pop the clean wipes into a heat-proof container (I had a big glass mixing bowl for mine), then pour over some boiling water and add a few drops each of organic lavender oil and organic tea tree oil. I’ve also come across a recipe that you can make up and spray onto baby’s bum then use dry wipes. You could also spray the wipes solution straight onto the dry wipes. Use one cup of water, a few drops of pure liquid castille soap (Dr Bronner’s would be good) and a few drops of organic lavender oil or organic tea tree oil. Put the mixture into a spray bottle and voila!

Supermarket Brand Baby Wipes

I’ve had heaps of requests to review some supermarket brands, so that you can really compare. So here goes – a couple of packs that I picked out at my local Coles and ran through the EWG database. It’s interesting to note that I could not find ingredients for any of these brands on their websites, I had to go to Coles and photograph the ingredients so that I could bring them home and work it all out … which I know many people don’t have time to do. Just another way to discourage you from finding out exactly what’s in your baby wipes, in my opinion.

Name: Aldi Mamia Fragrance Free Wipes
Ingredients: Water, Propylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citric Acid
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Comments: I had an email asking us to review the Aldi wipes, as one of our lovely customers had heard that they were pretty good. They’re definitely better than they were. The methylisothlazolinone has been removed, and so have the parabens. However, there’s still propylene glycol, polysorbate 20 and phenoxyethanol. There’s better wipes out there, but at least Aldi have listened to their customers and taken some of the really problematic ingredients out.

Name: Curash Baby Wipes Fragrance Free
Ingredients: Water, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Comments: Whew – I think it would be faster to say what I do like about these than what I don’t, but here goes. Phenoxyethanol, plenty of parabens, and the real nasty in this one, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol. Nothing natural except the water. I’d avoid this one at all costs.

Name: Coles Baby Wipes Scented
Ingredients: Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Aloe Extract), Polysorbate-20, Phenoxyethanol, Chamomile Recutita Flower Extract (Chamomile Extract), Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Citric Acid
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Comments: What’s wrong with this product? How about phenoxyethanol, parabens, fragrance, propylene glycol … no thanks.

Name: Huggies Fragrance Free Baby Wipes
Ingredients: Water, Potassium Laureth Phosphate, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Malic Acid, Methylisothiazolinone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 4 (Moderate Hazard)
Comments: This one’s got parabens, and methylisothlazolinone (which is the chemical linked to dermatitis caused by baby wipes). Another one I’d avoid.

Name: Johnsons Baby Skincare Wipes Lightly Fragranced
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Lauryl Glucoside, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Carbomer, p- Anisic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid [JX157- 26648].
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Comments: Let’s see … phenoxyethanol, and fragrance are enough to put me off here. The rest of the ingredients aren’t horrendous, but it’s enough to push the score up into the 4 or 5 range on EWG.

So there you have it – all the supermarket wipes scored higher on the EWG Skin Deep ratings than the natural ones we stock at Hello Charlie. They’re also chock full of chemical ingredients that are suspect, such as parabens, propylene glycol, petrochemicals, sulphates, etc, etc. I think I’ll be sticking with the naturals!

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 Charlie. Thanks!

© Copyright Vanessa Layton 2015

By Vanessa Layton

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Safer Hand Sanitisers – A Hello Charlie Cheat Sheet

Safer Natural Hand Sanitisers - A Hello Charlie Cheat Sheet

Safer Natural Hand Sanitisers - A Hello Charlie Cheat Sheet

I’m a soap and water kind of girl, not a hand sanitiser girl.  Nothing kills germs like soap and water. There are times, however, that you need to get your hands clean and there’s no soap and water available, so a hand sanitiser is the next best thing. But after using one in Bali last year that made all the skin on my hands peel off, I thought it was time to get down and dirty and sort out some safer hand sanitisers.

Hand sanitisers are harsh on your skin. They have to be to kill bacteria. Alcohol, while it’s great at killing bacteria, is also great at enhancing skin absorption. What this means is that whatever other ingredients are in your hand sanitiser are going to be more easily absorbed into your skin. And while there are alcohol free hand sanitisers with natural ingredients, there are some doubts about whether they work as well as alcohol based hand sanitisers at killing germs.

This is why it’s so important to use a good hand sanitiser (choose one with moisturising ingredients to offset the drying effects of the alcohol), and to stick with soap and water unless there’s really no alternative.

Here’s our top picks for safer hand sanitisers:

  1. Squeakie Natural Hand Sanitiser (because the ingredients are good, plus it complies with WHO and CDC guidelines, so it does actually work!)
  2. After Touch Hand Sanitiser (alcohol free)
  3. Bentley Organic Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer
  4. Dr Bronner’s Hand Sanitizing Spray
  5. EO Hand Sanitizers (Gel and Sprays)
  6. Melrose Organic Hand Sanitiser

And here’s our down and dirty detailed analysis of hand sanitisers:

After Touch Hand Sanitiser/AntibacterialName: After Touch Hand Sanitiser/Antibacterial
Ingredients: Aqua, Citrus Aurantium Amara Extract, Olea Europaea Leaf Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis, Caprylic Acid, Glycerin, Betain, Decyl glucoside
EWG Skin Deep Rating: not available, but we estimate around a 2
Cost: 50mL for $4.50
Comments: This looks pretty good. It’s alcohol free, and according to their website, kills 99.9% of harmful bacteria. Their website also says it’s chemical free, which is clearly nonsense, but the ingredients do look okay. Nothing alarming. Be aware, though, that the CDC (Centre for Disease Control) says that alcohol free sanitisers may not work as well as those with alcohol.

 

Name: Bentley Organic Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer with Organic Aloe Vera and LemonBentley Organic, Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer with Organic Aloe Vera and Lemon
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Lauryl Betaine, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice Powder*, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Extract, Lactic Acid, Potassium Sorbate
* Certified Organically Grown Ingredient
EWG Skin Deep Rating: not available but we estimate around a 2
Cost: 50 ml for $5.23
Comments: This looks pretty good as well. Another alcohol free choice and nothing too alarming in this one, either.

 

NaDettol Instant Hand Sanitiser me: Dettol Instant Hand Sanitiser
Ingredients: Alcohol Denat, Water, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine, Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Fragrance, Limonene, CI19140, CI42090
EWG Skin Deep Rating: not available, but we estimate it around a 6
Cost: 200ml for $5.69
Comments: Hmm. There are contamination concerns with the PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, there’s propylene glycol, there’s fragrance and limonene, and there’s FD&C colours (CI19140, CI42090). Not much to recommend this.

 

Dr. Bronners Fair Trade & Organic Lavender Hand Sanitizing SprayName: Dr. Bronner’s Fair Trade & Organic Lavender Hand Sanitizing Spray
Ingredients: Organic Ethanol (62%)*, Water, Organic Glycerin, Organic Lavender Oil
* Certified Fair Trade Ingredient
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 2 (Low Hazard)
Cost: 59ml for $6.95
Comments: This is a good, alcohol based product. There’s glycerin added to combat the drying effects of the alcohol, and the lavender is soothing and antibacterial.

 

Ego Aqium Hand Sanitiser Name: Ego Aqium Hand Sanitiser
Ingredients: Alcohol, Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Acrylates /C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Parfum, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional
EWG Skin Deep Rating: not available, but we estimate it around a 4
Cost: 70mL for $2.99
Comments: There’s perfume and limonene, the Aminomethyl Propanol is considered an irritant, and the butylphenyl methylpropional is a fragrance compound that’s also considered an irritant. That’s enough for me to avoid it.

 

EnviroCare ready2go Foam Hand SanitiserName: EnviroCare ready2go Foam Hand Sanitiser (unscented)
Ingredients: Purified water, biodegradable surfactant (plant based), citrus pulp extract, citric acid, lactic acid, glycerine (plant)
EWG Skin Deep Rating: N/A
Cost: 50ml for $6.90
Comments: Another alcohol free sanitiser, which also looks pretty good. The Mandarin version has mandarin oil in it – delicious. However, I’m not impressed with the manufacturer of this one, who won’t disclose what the ‘biodegradable surfactant’ is. ‘Surfactant’ isn’t an ingredient, it’s a group of chemicals. As this is a skincare product, the manufacturer needs to disclose all the ingredients, but say that they won’t due to intellectual property concerns. I’m not saying not to use this (from what I can see, I like it and we’re stocking this at Hello Charlie), but the manufacturer is doing the wrong thing here, and they need to disclose. I’ll keep you updated on this one.

 

EO Hand Sanitizer Gel LavenderName: EO Hand Sanitizer Gel Lavender
Ingredients: Ethanol, Purified Water, Vegetable Glycerin, EO Essential Oil Blend [Organic Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil], Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Carbomer, Dimethicone, Aminomethyl Propanol
EWG Skin Deep Rating: not available for this product, but we estimate a 2 (based on their other sanitiser sprays on EWG with similar ingredients)
Cost: 60ml for $8.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: This is an alcohol based gel, with added glycerin and jojoba oil to make it less drying on the hands. The ingredients are good, and it kills 99.9% of germs.

 

EO Hand Sanitizer Spray Organic LavenderName: EO Hand Sanitizer Spray Organic Lavender
Ingredients: Organic Ethanol, Purified Water, Organic Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Essential Oil, Organic Echinacea Angustifolia Leaf Extract, Vegetable Glycerin, Tocopherol
EWG Skin Deep Rating: not available for this product, but we estimate a 2 (based on their other sanitiser sprays on EWG with similar ingredients)
Cost: 60ml for $7.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: Another alcohol based one from EO, this time a spray. Again, the ingredients are good, and it kills 99.9% of germs.

 

Hands First Alcohol Free Hand Sanitiser Name: Hands First Alcohol Free Hand Sanitiser
Ingredients: Benzalkonium Chloride, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Aloe Vera
EWG Skin Deep Rating: not available, but we estimate it as a 4
Cost: 50ml for $3.50
Comments: The Benzalkonium Chloride in this would make me avoid it. Sure, it’ll kill germs, but it’s a skin toxicant, and allergen and particularly bad for people with eczema and asthma. It’s also one of the disinfectant chemicals that’s been linked to the rise of superbugs. There are definitely better choices.

 

Kenkay No Rinse Hand SanitiserName: Kenkay No Rinse Hand Sanitiser
Ingredients: Alcolec BS, Cellulose, Glycerin, Mannan, Water – Purified (not a full ingredients list)
EWG Skin Deep Rating: N/A
Cost: 100mL for $3.95
Comments: It’s hard to tell whether this is any good or not. As it’s got ‘bursting beads of aloe vera and vitamin e’, and there’s no mention of this on the ingredients list, I can tell that we don’t have all the ingredients. So I can’t make a judgement until we know.

 

Melrose Organic Hand SanitiserName: Melrose Organic Hand Sanitiser
Ingredients: Organic Ethanol (62%), Organic Glycerin, Purified Water, Organic Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil
EWG Skin Deep Rating: N/A but we estimate around a 2
Cost: 50ml for $5.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: Another good alcohol based sanitiser, with glycerin to help offset the drying effects of the alcohol. Lemon myrtle oil is a good antibacterial oil, too.

 

Natralus NatraSan Hand Sanitiser Aloe Vera and CucumberName: Natralus NatraSan Hand Sanitiser Aloe Vera and Cucumber
Ingredients: Purified Water, Alcohol (Derived from Sugar Cane), Vegetable Glycerine, Kakadu Plum Extract, Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Polysorbate 20, Acrylic Polymer, Benzalkonium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, PHMB, Potassium Sorbate, Chloroacetamide, Vanilla Extract, Tea Tree Extract, Fragrance.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: N/A but we estimate it at a 5
Cost: 28ml for $4.80
Comments: Eek! I have no idea how this one slipped under my radar, but until recently we were selling this at Hello Charlie. As soon as I checked the ingredients list, I dumped it. Fragrance, Chloroacetamide, Benzalkonium Chloride, what was I thinking? Avoid.

 

Natures Sunshine Silver Shield Skin and Hand GelName: Nature’s Sunshine Silver Shield Skin and Hand Gel
Ingredients: Silver Shield® Solution (colloidal silver and purified water 98.5%) 24ppm silver with TEA and carmbomers
EWG Skin Deep Rating: N/A
Cost: 85g for $11.19
Comments:  The TEA (Triethanolamine) in this is a skin sensitiser and an irritant, so I’d avoid this product because of that. However, I’m even more concerned when I read the claims on their website about what a miracle colloidal silver is. I’d give it a miss.

 

Perfect Potion Natural Hand SanitiserName: Perfect Potion Natural Hand Sanitiser
Ingredients: alcohol (plant derived ethanol), aqua (water), glycerin, vegetable (derived from Palm oil) oil, dehydroxanthan gum, citrus limon (lemon) certified organic, Limonene, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) certified organic, linalool, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil
EWG Skin Deep Rating: N/A
Cost: 50ml for $8.95
Comments: There’s nothing too scary in this. The only thing is the palm oil. There’s nothing on Perfect Potion’s website about whether their palm oil is sustainable. If this is an issue for you, this may not be a product you’d choose to use. There’s also lemon oil in this, and while it’s organic, it can still be irritating for some people.

 

Simplyclean Lemon Myrtle Hand SanitiserName: Simplyclean Lemon Myrtle Hand Sanitiser
Ingredients: Ethanol (plant derived alcohol), water, carbomer (thickener), glycerin (vegetable based skin moisturiser), aminomethyl propanol (ensures correct pH for perfect skin compatibility, less than 5%), pure Australian lemon myrtle oil, green colour (food grade)
EWG Skin Deep Rating: not available on EWG, but we estimate it as a 3
Cost: 250 ml for $8.50
Comments: The aminomethyl propanol is a skin irritant, and the green colouring is just not necessary. Food grade or not, we don’t know what’s in it, and I choose not to use products with unnecessary ingredients.

 

Soap2go Antibacterial GelName: Soap2go Antibacterial Gel
Ingredients: Alcohol, Water, Xanthan Gum, Glycerine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Allantoin, Ocean Fragrance, Tocopherol, Cellulose, Lactose, Jojoba Esters, CI 42090
EWG Skin Deep Rating: N/A but we estimate it at a 4
Cost: 60mL for $3.00
Comments: It’s the fragrance and the colour (CI 42090) in this that would make me avoid it. Otherwise there’s nothing else scary, but as fragrance is one of the top ‘must avoids’, that make this product an ‘avoid’.

 

Squeakie Natural  Hand Sanitiser Name: Squeakie Natural Hand Sanitiser
Ingredients: pure milk whey alcohol, purified water, bladderwrack extract, rosehip oil, aloe vera, omega 9, lime essential oil, palmarosa essential oil, cellulose gum, vegetable glycerine
EWG Skin Deep Rating: N/A but we estimate it at a 2
Cost: 75ml for $8.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: Another excellent alcohol based sanitiser – in fact it’s our favourite. The lime oil in this is steam distilled from the fruit so that it’s not an irritant, rather than from the peel which can be. As an aside, the manufacturer tells me that Squeakie is Australia’s only natural hand sanitiser that meets WHO and CDC (Centre for Disease Control) guidelines.

 

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Cheat Sheet: Safer Toothpastes for Adults and Children

Safer Toothpastes - a Hello Charlie Cheat Sheet

Safer Toothpastes - a Hello Charlie Cheat Sheet

For the first time, we’ve reviewed not only natural children’s toothpastes, but natural toothpastes for adults as well. So here they are, safer toothpastes for everyone!

Top Natural Toothpaste Choices for Children (in alphabetical order):

  • Baby Organics Toothpaste
  • Jack ‘n Jill Kids Toothpastes
  • Little Innoscents Milky Whites Organic Toothpaste
  • Phytoshield Ankle Biters Toothpaste
  • Red Seal Natural Children’s Toothpaste
  • Weleda Calendula Toothpaste
  • Weleda Children’s Tooth Gel

Top Natural Toothpaste Choices for Adults (in alphabetical order):

  • A Vogel Dentaforce Toothpastes
  • Comvita Toothpastes
  • Jason PowerSmile Toothpaste
  • Maharishi Ayurveda AyurDent Classic Toothpaste
  • Miessence Toothpastes
  • Phytoshield Toothpastes
  • Redmond Earthpastes (but not wintergreen – see below)
  • Riddells Creek
  • Weleda Toothpastes

Safer toothpastes for children – the reviews

 

Name: Aloe Dent Children’s Toothpaste Aloe Dent Children’s Toothpaste
Ingredients: Glycerin (Vegetable Source), Sorbitol (Plant Origin), Hydrated Silica (Mineral Origin), Aloe Barbadensis, Aqua, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate (Protein Derivative), Aroma, Escin (Horse Chestnut), Hydroxyethylcellulose (Plant Origin), Menthol (Natural Origin), Ubiquinone (Co Enzyme Q 10), Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree Oil), Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate (Protein Origin), Xylitol (Plant Origin), Citric Acid, Cl 14700
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 5 (Moderate Hazard)
Cost: 50ml for $8.95
Comments: The big problem here is with the ‘aroma’. It’s fragrance by another name. EWG says that Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate is a formaldehyde releaser, so it’s another one to be avoided. All in all, there are better toothpastes out there.

 

Name: Baby Organics Orange Toothpaste Baby Organics Orange Toothpaste
Ingredients: Certified Organic Blend of Aloe Vera, Peppermint, Parsley, Thyme, Rosemary & Sage Extracts, Purified Water, Sodium Bicarbonate, Organic Sugar Cane Ethanol, Calcium Carbonate, Xanthan Gum, Organic Coconut Extract, Organic Stevia, Sweet Orange Essential Oil, Organic Celtic Sea Salt, Olive Leaf Extract & Grapefruit Seed Extract.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a but we estimate it at a 1
Cost: 100ml for $8.35
Comments: Good ingredients, good choice for little teeth! Certified organic is always awesome, too.

 

Name: Dr. Sharp Wild Berry Kids Toothpaste Dr. Sharp Wild Berry Kids Toothpaste
Ingredients: Glycerin, Hydrated Silica, Water (Aqua), Natural Flavor, Xylitol, Salva Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf/stem Extract, Commiphora Myrrha Resin Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Flower/leaf/stem Extract, Carrageenan, Cellulose Gum, Calcium Glycerophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Lauramidopropyl Betaine, Sodium, Benzoic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: not sure that this is available in Australia any more.
Comments: The first thing that jumps out here is the flavour – it might say natural, but without the ingredients, who knows? It looks okay otherwise.

 

Name: Jack N’ Jill Natural Calendula Toothpaste BananaJack N’ Jill Natural Calendula Toothpaste Banana
Ingredients: Silica, Vegetable Glycerin, Xylitol, Certified Organic Calendula, Officinalis Extract, Xantham Gum, Natural Flavour (USDA organic), Purified Water
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 1 (Low Hazard)
Cost: 50g for $6.50 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: One of our favourites here at Hello Charlie. Great ingredients, and kids really love these flavours. The flavours are USDA certified organic, so you know there’s no nasties.

 

Name: Lavera Children’s ToothpasteLavera Children’s Toothpaste
Ingredients: Glycerin, Aqua, Silica, Xylitol, Xanthan Gum, Fragaria Chiloensis Fruit Extract*, Rubus Idaeus Fruit Extract*, Maris Sal, Carvone, CI 75470, Aroma**, Geraniol**, Limonene**, Linalool**, Citronellol** (*certified organic agriculture ** from natural essential oils)
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 3 (Moderate Hazard)
Cost: 75ml for $6.95
Comments: The flavour is an issue with this, but otherwise it’s pretty good.

 

Name: Little Innoscents Milky Whites Organic ToothpasteLittle Innoscents Milky Whites Organic Toothpaste
Ingredients: Aloe Vera Juice (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice)*, Glycerine*, Emulsifying Wax (Cetearyl Olivate and Sorbitan Olivate), Organic Ethanol*, Calcium (Calcium Lactate), Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Caprylate, Decyl Glucoside, Stevia (Stevia Rebaudiana Extract) *, Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate), Organic Strawberry Flavour (Fragaria Vesca)*, Spearmint Oil (Mentha Viridis)*
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a but we estimate it as a 1
Cost: 50ml for $4.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: Certified organic by ACO, organic flavour – this looks great.

 

Name: Okinawa Coral Kids Toothpaste Okinawa Coral Kids Toothpaste
Ingredients: Calcium carbonate (coral minerals), stevia (stevia rebauduana) leaf extract, xylitol, golden seal (hydrastis canadensis) extract, ginkgo (ginkgo biloba), ginseng (panax ginseng) root extract, echinacea (echinacea angustifolia) extract, mentha viridis (spearmint) leaf oil, natural mixed berry, natural bubblegum flavour, sorbital, aqua (purified water), hydrated silica, hydrogen peroxide, sodium cocoyl gluamate, sodium magnesium silicate, cellulose gum.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 3 (Moderate Hazard)
Cost: 170g for $15.93
Comments: As usual, it’s the flavour that’s a problem, but also hydrogen peroxide. Not sure that this is necessary in a children’s toothpaste?

 

Name: Phytoshield Ankle Biters ToothpastePhytoshield Ankle Biters Toothpaste
Ingredients: Calcium Carbonate (chalk), Purified Water, Glycerol, Sorbitol, Xylitol, Lauryl Glucoside, Silica, Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Natural Fruit Flavours and Flavour Modifiers, Spearmint Oil, Peppermint Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Menthol, Totarol
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 2 (Low Hazard)
Cost: 75g for $ 6.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: The flavour, it’s always the flavour! Nothing else nasty in this, though, so it’s getting our vote.

 

Name: Red Seal Natural Kids ToothpasteRed Seal Baking Soda Toothpaste Kids
Ingredients: Calcium carbonate, Purified water, Sorbitol, Glycerin, Lauryl glucoside, Silica, Cellulose gum, Stevia rebaudiana extract, Spearmint oil, Peppermint oil, Eucalyptus oil, Menthol, Natural fruit flavours (peach, banana), Totarol
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 2 (Low Hazard)
Cost: 75g for $2.61
Comments: Flavour again, but otherwise this is another good one.

 

Name: Snappy Jaws Kids ToothpasteSnappy Jaws Kids Toothpaste
Active Ingredient: Xylitol (from birch tree)
Other Ingredients: Calcium hydrogen phosphate, water, sorbitol (from berries), glycerine, hydrated silica, lauryl glucoside (from palm), natural flavour, hydrogenated castor oil, vegetable gum, citric acid, potassium sorbate, peppermint oil, natural colour
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 3 (Moderate Hazard)
Cost: 75g for $ 5.50
Comments: This time it’s not just flavour, there’s colour, too. I understand manufacturers tempting kids with natural flavours, but there’s no need for colours, too. Not my favourite because of this, but not terrible, either.

 

Name: Spry Kids Tooth Gel NaturalSpry Kids Tooth Gel Natural
Ingredients: Purified water, Xylitol, Calcium glycerophosphate, Cellulose gum (thickening agent), and Grapefruit seed extract (as a preservative).
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 60ml for $7.50
Comments: This seems okay, the only issue is the GSE which has contamination concerns. It’s also an antioxidant, not a preservative, so I’d be wondering how much is used in this. Without further information, I’d give this one a miss.

 

Name: Weleda Calendula ToothpasteWeleda Calendula Toothpaste
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Calcium Carbonate, Glycerin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Alcohol, Calendula Officinalis Extract, Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Extract, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Oil, Xanthan Gum, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Limonene*.* from natural essential oils
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a but it used to be listed as 1
Cost: 75ml for $9.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: Ah, Weleda, we love you! Great ingredients, fabulous company, biodynamic products. What’s not to love?

 

Name: Weleda Children’s Tooth GelWeleda Children’s Tooth Gel
Ingredients: Glycerin, Water (Aqua), Silica, Algin, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Esculin, Flavor (Aroma)*, Limonene*.* from natural essential oils
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 2 (Low Hazard)
Cost: 50ml for $7.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: My personal favourite children’s toothpaste. My 8 y.o. has only ever used this, and I’ve been known to sneak it, too.

 

Safer toothpastes for adults – the reviews

 

Name: A.Vogel Dentaforce Rosemary Toothpaste A.Vogel Dentaforce Rosemary Toothpaste
Ingredients: Water, calcium carbonate, sorbitol, glycerin, silica, hyroxyethylcellulose, Echinacea purpurea (Coneflower extract), Alcohol, Mentha piperita (Peppermint oil), Krameria triandra (Ratanhia extract), Romarinus officinalis (Rosemary oil), Menthol, Mentha viridis (Spearmint oil), Limonene.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 100g for $11.90
Comments: Looks like a pretty good list of ingredients, nothing that I can see that would cause concern. Worth a try!

 

Name: AloeDent Triple Action Toothpaste Fluoride FreeAloeDent Triple Action Toothpaste Fluoride Free
Ingredients: Glycerin (veg origin), Sorbitol, Hydrated Silica, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Aqua, Xylitol, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Carboxymethyl Chitosan (from shellfish), Escin (from Horse Chesnut), Hydroxyethylcellulose, Menthol, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Ubiquinone (Co-Q10), Melaleuca Alternifolla (Tea Tree) Oil, Citric Acid, CI75810 (colour), Limonene*. *Natural constituent of essential oils.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 100ml for $10.75
Comments: There’s a few issues with the Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, including environment toxin concerns, and the Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate is a formaldehyde releaser. This would put me off, especially when there’s better products available.

 

Name: Auromere Herbal Toothpaste Cardamom FennelAuromere Herbal Toothpaste Cardamom Fennel
Ingredients: Fine Chalk (A Gentle Cleanser), Glycerine (From Vegetable Oil), Water, Herbal Extract Blend: [Peelu (Salvadora Persica), Neem (Azadirachta Indica), Indian Licorice Root, Pomegranate Rind, Commom Jujube, Rose Apple, Clove, Persian Walnut, Barleria Prinoitis Bark (Vajradanti), Indian Almond, Bedda Nut, Asian Holly Oak, Prickly Ash, Zanthoxylum Alatum, Sappan Wood, Catechu, Bengal Madder, Acacia Arabica Bark (Babul), Sarsaparilla, Cinnamon, Medlar Bark, Mayweed, Bishop’s Weed (Flower Extract)], Silica, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (From Indian Coconut Oil), Carageenan (From Seaweed), Cellulose (Plant) Gum, Clove Oil, Peppermint Oil, Spearmint Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Menthol, Thymol, Anethol, Geranium Extract
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 4 (Moderate Hazard)
Cost: 117g for $12.95
Comments: This is an interesting one. Apart from the SLS, this scores quite high on EWG because of the choice of essential oils. Clove, cinnamon and thyme are essential oils that can cause allergies. One to consider carefully before using.

 

Name: Comvita’s Natural Gentle ToothpasteComvita’s Natural Gentle Toothpaste
Ingredients: Glycerin, aqua, calcium carbonate, hydrated silica, xylitol, betaine, caprylyl/capryl glucoside, Chondrus crispus (carrageenan) powder, Chamomilla recutita (German chamomile) flower extract, Leptospermum scoparium (manuka) branch/leaf oil, Mentha arvensis (peppermint) leaf oil, Foeniculum vulgare (fennel) oil, menthol, Mentha viridis (spearmint) leaf oil, olea europaea (olive) leaf extract, xanthan gum.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 100g for $9.95
Comments: A good lineup of ingredients. It’s worth noting that there are questions about carrageenan (although the jury is still out). I’d use this, though.

 

Name: Desert Essence Natural Tea Tree Oil and Neem ToothpasteDesert Essence Natural Tea Tree Oil and Neem Toothpaste
Ingredients: Calcium Carbonate, Glycerin (Vegetable Derived), Water (Aqua), Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Distillate, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Carrageenan (Plant Derived), Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Oil, Sodium Bicarbonate, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil*, Melia Azadirachta Extract (Neem), Sea Salt.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 1 (Low Hazard)
Cost: 176g for $12.95
Comments: Looks pretty good, but watch out for the wintergreen oil, which should not be used by children, or pregnant or breastfeeding woman.

 

Name: Dr Organic Organic Aloe Vera ToothpasteDr Organic Aloe Toothpaste
Ingredients: Glycerin, Aloe barbadensis leaf Juice, Sorbitol, Hydrated silica, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Mentha piperita oil, Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, Menthol, Cetraria islandica extract, Sodium monofluorophosphate, Escin, Melaleuca alternifolia (leaf) oil, Xylitol, Aqua, Sodium benzoate, Potassium sorbate, Citric acid, Limonene. Contains Sodium monofluorophosphate.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 100ml for $9.95
Comments: I get cross with this brand. Calling yourself Dr Organic, and using one organic ingredient does not make it an organic product. It sets off my greenwash alarms. Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate has a few issues, but otherwise the ingredients are okay. Just don’t be fooled into thinking it’s organic – it’s not.

 

Name: Epic Spearmint Toothpaste Xylitol Sweetened Fluoride Free Epic Spearmint Toothpaste Xylitol Sweetened Fluoride Free
Ingredients: Vegetable Glycerin, Purified Water, Hydrated Silica, Xylitol, Natural Flavors, Sodium Lauroyl Sorcosinate, Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf/Stem Extract, Cellulose Gum, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Calcium Glycerophosphate, Copper PCA, Zinc PCA.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 138g for $12.95
Comments: Problems again with the Sodium Lauroyl Sorcosinate, and flavours in this one. Both the copper PCA and zinc PCA are bioaccumulative, so on balance, I’d probably give this one a miss. There are better choices out there.

 

Name: Forever Bright ToothgelForever Bright Toothgel
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Gel (Stabilized Aloe Vera Gel), Sorbitol, Hydrated Silica, Glycerin, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Carrageenan, Flavor, Bee Propolis, Sodium Saccharin, Sodium Benzoate, Chlorophyllin-Copper Complex
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 3 (Moderate Hazard)
Cost: 130 g for $10.25
Comments: Sulphates and saccharin are enough to put me off this one.

 

Name: Grants of Australia Toothpaste – Extra Fresh Grants of Australia Toothpaste – Extra Fresh
Ingredients: Water (aqua), Calcium Carbonate, Glycerin (Vegetable), Xylitol, Silica, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Cellulose Gum, Dicalcium Phosphate, Dihydrate, Natural Flavours, Stevioside (Stevia), Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil – certified organic, Magnesium Hydroxide, Potassium Chloride. Contains Minerals: Calcium, Potassium, Phosphorous, Magnesium, Sodium.Natural flavour contains extracts of: Mint Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Cardamon, Celery, Caraway, Coriander, Dill, Thyme, Rosemary & Sage.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 1 (Low Hazard) 
Cost: 110g for $4.95
Comments: The only issue I have here is the Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate. Otherwise it’s a good list of ingredients.

 

Name: Jason PowerSmile Whitening ToothpasteJason PowerSmile Whitening Toothpaste
Ingredients: Calcium Carbonate, Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Carrageenan, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Powder, Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Perilla Ocymoides Seed Extract, Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf/Stem Extract, Silica, Sodium Bicarbonate
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 1 (Low Hazard)
Cost: 170g for $11.00
Comments: Another good one. I’d use this, too!

 

Name: Lemon Myrtle Fragrances ToothpasteLemon Myrtle Fragrances Toothpaste
Ingredients: Calcium Carbonate, Water, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Silica, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Cellulose Gum, Xylitol, Dicalcium Phosphate Dihydrate, Stevioside, Peppermint Oil, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Menthol, Magnesium Hydroxide, Potassium Chloride.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 110g for $9.95
Comments: Our friend Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate is here again, but otherwise this is a good line up of ingredients, and one probably try.

 

Name: Maharishi Ayurveda AyurDent Classic ToothpasteMaharishi Ayurveda AyurDent Classic Toothpaste
Ingredients: Dicalcium phosphate dihydrate, Sorbitol, Glycerin, Aqua, Calcium carbonate, Silica, Mentha spicata herb oil, Mentha piperita oil, Quercus infectoria gall extract, Terminalia chebula fruit extract, Chondrus crispus, Terminalia belerica fruit extract, Emblica officinalis fruit extract, Barleria prionitis plant extract, Glycyrrhiza glabra root extract, Piper longum fruit extract, Albizzia lebbeck bark extract, Zingiber officinale root extract, Mimusops elengi bark extract, Salvadora persica root extract, Azadirachta indica bark extract, Symplocos racemosa bark extract, Sodium silicate, Eugenia caryophyllus oil, Acacia catechu bark extract, Menthol, Thymol, Limonene*, Linalool*, Farnesol*, Isoeugenol**from real essential oil
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 75 mL for $9.95
Comments: I can’t see any issues with this one. Good line up of ingredients, definitely worth trying.

 

Name: Manuka Health Propolis & Manuka Honey Toothpaste with Manuka OilManuka Health Propolis & Manuka Honey Toothpaste with Manuka Oil
Ingredients: Calcium carbonate, water, sorbitol, glycerine, MGO™ 400+ Manuka Honey, sodium lauryl sulphate, silica, cellulose gum, magnesium aluminium silicate (kaolin clay), aromatic oils and limonene, titanium dioxide, BIO30 New Zealand Propolis, menthol, Glycyrrhiza glabra (Liquorice) root extract, Tea Tree oil, chlorophyll
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 100g for $11.75
Comments: The only issue I can see with this is the SLS, and I choose not to use products with sulphates.

 

Name: Miessence Mint ToothpasteMiessence Mint Toothpaste
Ingredients: Certified organic aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda), Non-GMO Xanthan Gum, sea salt, certified organic mentha spicata (spearmint) essential oil, certified organic mentha piperita (peppermint) essential oil, stevia rebaudiana extract, certified organic cinnamomum zeylanicum (cinnamon) leaf essential oil, certified organic syzygium aromatica (clove) bud essential oil
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 1 (Low Hazard)
Cost: 150g for $ 10.55 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: Love, love, love.

 

Name: Nature’s Goodness Olive Leaf ToothpasteNature’s Goodness Olive Leaf Toothpaste
Active ingredient: Olive leaf extract
Other ingredients: Sorbitol, hydrated silica, glycerine, water, hydrogenated castor oil, lauryl glucoside, vegetable gum, lemon oil, peppermint oil, citric acid, potassium sorbate, natural colour.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 110g for $7.15
Comments: Aside from the ‘natural colour’, this looks a good ingredients list, too.

 

Name: Okinawa Coral White Toothpaste Okinawa Coral White Toothpaste
Ingredients: Calcium Carbonate (Coral Minerals), Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf Extract, Xylitol, Hydrastis Canadenis (Golden Seal) Extract, Ginkgo Biloba, Panax Ginseng (Ginseng) Root Extract, Echinacea Angustifolia (Echinacea) Extract, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Sorbitol, Aqua (Purified Water), Hydrated Silica, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Cellulose Gum.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 170g for $16.95
Comments: This looks a reasonable ingredients list. Interestingly, it doesn’t have the hydrogen peroxide that’s in the children’s toothpaste, making it a better choice.

 

Name: Phytoshield Natural Herbal ToothpastePhytoshield Natural Herbal Toothpaste
Ingredients: Calcium Carbonate, Water, Sorbitol, Glycerol, Xylitol, Lauryl Polyglucose, Silicon Dioxide, Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Herbal Oil Blend, Eucalyptus Oil, Menthol Crystals, Peppermint Oil, Aniseed Oil, Zinc Oxide, Thaumatin, Totarol, Ethanol (from Totarol Tincture).
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 100g for $6.95
Comments: Nothing scary in this one, either. Another good choice.

 

Name: Red Seal Baking Soda ToothpasteRed Seal Baking Soda Toothpaste
Ingredients: Purified water, Sodium Bicarbonate, Calcium carbonate, Sorbitol, Glycerin, Sodium lauryl sulphate, Cellulose gum, Silica, Peppermint oil, Menthol, Eucalyptus oil, Aniseed oil, Sodium Saccharin, Totarol
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 100g for $ 3.40
Comments: SLS and saccharin means that I wouldn’t use this. It’s not terrible, but there are better choices.

 

Name: Redmond Earth Paste Toothpaste PeppermintRedmond Earth Paste Toothpaste Peppermint
Ingredients: Purified Water, Food Grade Redmond Clay, Xylitol, Peppermint Essential Oil, Menthol, Redmond Real Salt, Tea Tree Oil.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 1 (Low Hazard)
Cost: 113g for $9.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: I love this. We’ve started using this at home, and even my finicky husband loves it.NB – Hello Charlie is not stocking the wintergreen toothpaste as wintergreen is not safe for children, or for pregnant and breastfeeding women. To be safe, stick with peppermint or spearmint.

 

Name: Riddells Creek Certified Organic Toothpaste MintRiddells Creek Certified Organic Toothpaste Mint
Ingredients: Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Purified Water, Peppermint extract, Parsley extract, Thyme extract, Rosemary extract, Sage Extract, Sodium Bicarbonate, Organic Ethanol, Calcium Carbonate, Xanthan Gum, Soapwort Extract, Saponified Organic Coconut Oil and Saponified Organic Olive Oil, Organic Stevia, Spearmint Essential Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil, Organic Tea Tree Essential Oil, Celtic Sea Salt, Olive Leaf Extract, Almond Extract, Vanilla Extract.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 1 (Low Hazard) 
Cost: 100g for $ 9.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: Another great choice. Great ingredients and certified organic by ACO.

 

Name: Silicea Toothpaste With Collodial SilicaSilicea Toothpaste With Collodial Silica
Ingredients: Collodial Silica, Hydrated Silica, Sea Salt, Peppermint Oil, Cellulose Gum, Aniseed Oil, Menthol, Fennel Oil, Clove Oil, Dicalcium Phosphate Dihydrate, Sorbitrol, Glycerin, Water.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 50ml for $6.05
Comments: Nothing jumps out here – the ingredients all look good. Another one that’s worth a try.

 

Name: Thursday Plantation Tea Tree ToothpasteThursday Plantation Tea Tree Toothpaste
Ingredients: Calcium carbonate, purified water (aqua), sorbitol, glycerin, sarcosinate, hydrated silica, mint flavour, xylitol, celllulose gum, sodium phyrophospate, sodium benzoate, tea tree (melaleuca alternifolia) oil
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 110g for $5.95
Comments: No ingredients list on the manufacturer’s website, which I never like. Nothing jumps out, except the ‘mint flavour’.

 

Name: Vitacare Multicare Toothpaste Cool Mint Freshness + AcaiVitacare Multicare Toothpaste Cool Mint Freshness + Acai
Ingredients: Water, Hydrated Silica, Sorbitol, Glycerin, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Titanium Dixoide, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D), Calcium Lactate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vaccinium macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Powder, Xylitol, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate (Licorice), Stevia Rebaudiana Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Sorbic Acid, Xanthan Gum.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 6 (Moderate Hazard)
Cost: 96g for $7.95
Comments: The retinyl palmitate (vitamin A) is the first thing that jumps out at me with this one – there are all sorts of issues with this. I’m not keen on tocopherol acetate (it’s the non-natural vitamin E), the Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, the vitamin D. I think you get the picture – avoid!

 

Name: Weleda Plant Gel ToothpasteWeleda Plant Gel Toothpaste
Ingredients: Glycerin, Water (Aqua), Hydrated Silica, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Krameria Triandra Root Extract, Commiphora Myrrha Extract, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Oil, Algin, Alcohol, Esculin, Limonene*.* from natural essential oils
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a but it used to be listed as 1
Cost: 75ml for $9.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: One of my favourite toothpastes – I’ve used this for years. I try others, but I always come back to it. Great ingredients that work.

 

Name: Weleda Ratanhia ToothpasteWeleda Ratanhia Toothpaste
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Calcium Carbonate, Glycerin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Alcohol, Krameria Triandra Root Extract, Commiphora Myrrha Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Oil, Xanthan Gum, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Limonene*.* from natural essential oils
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a but it used to be listed as 1
Cost: 75ml for $9.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: Another excellent product from Weleda!

 

Name: Weleda Salt ToothpasteWeleda Salt Toothpaste
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sodium Bicarbonate, Glycerin, Silica, Prunus Spinosa Fruit Juice, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Commiphora Myrrha Extract, Krameria Triandra Root Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Bark Extract, Arum Maculatum Root Extract**, Sodium Chloride, Cyanopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Alcohol, Esculin, Sodium Sulfate, Sodium Silicate, Flavour (Aroma)*, Limonene*, Linalool*.* from natural essential oils
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 3 (Moderate Hazard) 
Cost: 75ml for $9.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: EWG gives this a higher rating because of the flavour, but all of Weleda’s flavours are from essential oils and they’re all biodynamic. Weleda is a highly trustworthy company, and all their toothpastes get the thumbs up from me.

 

Which one do you use? Have we missed any? Let us know in the comments below!

The usual disclaimer applies. See your dental professional should you have concerns.

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Cheat Sheet – Safer Nappy Rash Creams

Nappy Rash Creams Cheat Sheet

 

Nappy rash – nobody seems to know what causes it. Some babies get it, some babies don’t.

Doing what I do, I hear lots of stories about terrible cases of nappy rash – diet related, eczema related, nappy related.

Thankfully, my two only had a couple of incidents – one of which was directly related to an emergency pack of supermarket disposables! Our incidents were pretty easy for fix – no more supermarket brand nappies, a couple of days of bare bums (with plenty of towels on the floor for the inevitable accidents!), a slathering of nappy rash cream and we were sorted.

But which nappy rash cream? I hear you ask. And therein lies the rationale for our latest cheat sheet – this one on safer nappy rash creams.

Once again, I’ve concentrated on the nappy rash creams where the manufacturers claim that they are more natural or organic than what’s in the supermarket.

Everybody chooses how ‘green’ they want to be. It’s important for some people to avoid a particular ingredient, it’s a different ingredient for others. This guide aims to give you a bit more insight into the products that you choose.

We’ve put a whole bunch of products to the test, and as usual we were looking at products that were free from:

  • parabens
  • phthalates (fragrance and perfumes)
  • PEGs
  • propylene glycol
  • petrochemicals
  • SLS
  • BHA
  • Boric Acid
  • Synthetic Fragrance

One thing I would like to say – all the brands here are really trying to do the right thing. It’s very difficult to navigate the minefield of ‘safer’ ingredients. The brands on this list are the good guys (with a few exceptions, which you’ll see below) and I support each and every one of the brands I’ve reviewed here.

Just because one of the products below has a rating of 4, for example, doesn’t mean that you should avoid it at all costs – it simply means that you should look a little more carefully at the ingredients list to see if there is something you particularly want to avoid. It’ll still be a better choice than the standard supermarket brands!

Phew! This is a big one – our biggest ever Safer Nappy Rash Cream Cheat Sheet. Everything has been checked and updated for 2015. There are some great new entries, and I’m so pleased to be able to present to you a long list of great nappy rash creams.

The usual disclaimer applies.

Safest Nappy Rash Creams in alphabetical order:

  1. Badger Baby Balm
  2. Badger Baby Zinc Oxide Nappy Cream
  3. Beauty & the Bees Botty Butter
  4. Dr Bronner’s Organic Baby-Mild Body Balm
  5. ECO Baby Essentials Bottom Oil
  6. Ecostore Baby Nappy Balm
  7. Egyptian Magic
  8. Grovia Magic Stick Diaper Balm (and the zinc version)
  9. Kiwiherb Baby Balm
  10. Little Innoscents Organic Baby Intensive Soothing Cream
  11. Miessence Baby Barrier Balm
  12. Nature’s Child Organic Bottom Balm
  13. Wotnot Baby Balm

And some more good ones:

  1. Bottoms Up Balmy Bottom Butter
  2. Brauer Naturals Nappy Balm
  3. Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Diaper Ointment
  4. Organic Babies Green People Organic Nappy Cream Baby Balm
  5. Sanctum Baby Bottom Balm
  6. Weleda Calendula Nappy Rash Cream
  7. Weleda White Mallow Nappy Rash Cream

And some we don’t recommend (but we’ve reviewed anyway so that you can see why!):

  1. Jurlique Baby’s Soothing Barrier Cream
  2. Curash Medicated Nappy Rash Cream
  3. Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment
  4. Sudocrem Healing Cream

Best Nappy Rash Creams Evaluated

Name: Aromababy Barrier Balm
Ingredients
: Cold pressed pure Sweet Almond Oil (Prunis Dulcis), Beeswax, Cetostearyl Alcohol, Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera biennis), Calendula Oil (Calendula Officinalis), Carrot Oil (Daucas carota), d-alpha Tocopherol (GMO free natural Vitamin E), Rose Essential Oil (Rosa damascena), Neroli Essential Oil; (Citrus aurantium), German Chamomile Essential Oil (Matricaria recutita), Roman Chamomile Essential Oil (Anthemis nobilis)
EWG Skin Deep Rating
: n/a but we estimate it at a 1
Cost
: 100g for $34.95
Comments
: I rather like this one. The ingredients are good, and the choice of essential oils is good for babies, too, although I would prefer an unscented version to avoid any chance of irritation. My biggest gripe with this is the cost – ouch! And it’s not even certified organic to justify such a high price.
Aromababy Barrier Balm
Name: Aromababy Moisturising Nappy Change Cream
Ingredients
: Purified Water, Cold Pressed pure Sweet Almond Oil (Prunis dulcis), Palm Wax (Vegetable Emulsifying Wax), Vegetable Glycerine, Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), d-alpha Tocopherol (GMO free natural Vitamin E), Rose Essential Oil (Rosa damascena), German Chamomile Essential Oil (Matricaria recutila), Neroli Essential Oil (Citrus aurantium), Hydroxymethylglycinate (protein derived preservative), Citric Acid.
EWG Skin Deep Rating
: n/a but we estimate it at a 2.
Cost
: 125ml for $12.95
Comments
: This is okay, but there’s better choices out there. I’m not keen on the palm wax, and there are better preservatives out there than Hydroxymethylglycinate, which scores a 6 on EWG Skindeep’s Database.
Aromababy Moisturising Nappy Change Cream
Name: Baby Organics Nappy Lotion
Ingredients
: Purified Water, Grape Seed Extract, Organic Safflower Oil (ACO), Glycerol Monostearate, Biodynamic Macadamia Oil (ACO), Wheatgerm Oil, Jojoba Oil, Lecithin, Palmitic Acid, Vitamin E, Lactic Acid, Guar Gum, Olive Leaf Extract, Vanilla Extract, Almond Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Zinc Oxide, Chamomile, Rosehip, Lavender and Organic Lemon Myrtle Essential Oils, Certified Organic Herbal Blend of Marigold, Rosehip, Chamomile, Evening Primrose Oil.
EWG Skin Deep Rating
:
Cost
: 100g Tube for $8.95
Comments
: The lactic acid pushes up the EWG score on this one, but it’s an okay product. When the first ingredient is water, though, you’ll get more bang for your buck with other products.
Baby Organics Nappy Cream
Name: Badger Balm 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).* Certified Organic
EWG Skin Deep Rating
: 0
Cost
: 21g for $13.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments
: Love, love, love! One of my most trusted brands – awesome ingredients, certified organic.
Badger Balm Baby Balm
Name: Badger Baby Zinc Oxide Nappy Cream
Ingredients
: Active Ingredient: Non-nano, uncoated Zinc Oxide 10%. Other Ingredients: *Helianthus Annuus (Organic Sunflower Oil) Oil, *Cera Alba (Organic Beeswax), *Calendula Officinalis (Organic Calendula) CO2 extract, Tocopherol (Sunflower Vitamin E).* Certified Organic
EWG Skin Deep Rating
: 0
Cost
: 87 ml for $19.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments
: More love! The zinc is great as a barrier balm and the ingredients are awesome and organic.
Badger Baby Zinc Oxide Diaper Cream
Name: Beauty & the Bees Botty Butter
Ingredients
: Leatherwood beeswax & honey, Certified (BFA) Organic Olive oil, castor/wheatgerm/sesame/ coconut carrot oils, cocoa butter, leatherwood honey, Marigold infused Certified (BFA) Organic Olive, Siam benzoin
EWG Skin Deep Rating
: n/a but we estimate it at a 0
Cost
: 40 ml for $23.55
Comments
: What’s not to like? It’s all good stuff in this one. And because all the ingredients are oils, there are no preservatives. A good choice.
Beauty & the Bees Botty Butter
Name: Billie Baby Baby Butt Cream
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Zinc Oxide (CI 77947), Goat Milk (Caprae Lac), Octyldodecanol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearyl Stearate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Hydrogenated Caster Oil, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Colloidal Oatmeal, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Benzalkonium Chloride, Alcohol Denate., Phenethyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide
EWG Skin Deep Rating
: n/a but we estimate it at a 3
Cost
: 80g for $14.95
Comments
: There’s a few ingredients that push this score up. There are safer preservatives available than the Benzalkonium Chloride; there’s tocopherol acetate instead of tocopherol (which is the natural vitamin e); and there’s a lot of synthetics in this one. There’s better choices available.
Billie Baby Baby Butt Cream
Name: Bottoms Up Balmy Bottom Butter
Ingredients
: *organic helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, *organic beeswax, *organic aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, *organic elaeis guineenis (palm) oil, *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 oil, *organic lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, *organic anthemis nobilis (roman chamomile) flower oil, sodium bicarbonate, xanthan gum.99% *Certified organic ingredients
EWG Skin Deep Rating
: n/a but we estimate it at a 1
Cost
: 100ml for $18.50
Comments
: Another good choice, with lots of certified organic ingredients.
Bottoms Up Balmy Bottom Butter
Name: Brauer Naturals Nappy Balm
Ingredients
: Safflower oil, Coconut oil, Zinc oxide, Camellia oil, Paw Paw ferment, Beeswax, Honey, Shea butter, Cocoa Butter, Lecithin, Hydrogenated castor oil, Vitamin E, Potassium sorbate.
EWG Skin Deep Rating
: n/a but we estimate it at a 1
Cost
: 100g for $11.95
Comments
: Another pretty good choice. The lecithin is probably the only thing in this that I don’t like (lecithin can be contaminated with nitrosamines). I guess my only thing with this one is that I’d prefer certified organic ingredients.
Brauer Naturals Nappy Balm
Name: Buds Organics Baby Bum Balm
Ingredients
: Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil*, cera alba (beeswax)*, spent grain wax, argania spinosa kernel oil, butryspermum parkii (shea butter) extract, plukenetia volubilis (inca inchi) seed oil*, sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil*, macadamia (macadamia) ternifolia oil*, parfum/perfume, lavandule angustifolia (lavender) oil*, pelargonium (geranium) graveolens oil*, cananga odorata (ylang ylang) oil*, melaleuce alternifolia (tea tree) oil*, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract.Parfum made from essential oils; * certified organic by ecocert
EWG Skin Deep Rating
: n/a
Cost
: 50 ml for $21.95
Comments
: Another one that looks pretty good, and it’s certified by ecocert, which is great. My biggest issue with this is the perfume. It’s from essential oils, but I’d prefer to see the oils listed so you can see if there will be any issues for your baby. That’s the only reason that I’m not loving this one.
Buds Organics Baby Bum Balm
Name: Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Diaper Ointment
Ingredients
: prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, zinc oxide, cera alba (beeswax, cire d’abeille), lavandula hybrida oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, anthemis nobilis flower oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, calendula officinalis flower extract, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, tocopherol, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, glycine soja (soybean) oil, canola oil (huile de colza).
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a but we estimate it at a 1
Cost: 85g for $19.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: It’s good to see that the ingredients in this has changed for the better. Nothing too concerning in this, and I like the fact that it’s oil based so no preservatives.
Burt's Bes Diaper Ointment
Name: Dr Bronner’s Organic Baby-Mild Body Balm
Ingredients
: Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Organic Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Organic Beeswax, Organic Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Tocopherol
EWG Skin Deep Rating
: 1
Cost
: 14g for $7.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments
: Another awesome product from one of my most trusted brands. Everything to love here.
Dr Bronner’s Organic Baby-Mild Body Balm
Name: ECO Baby Essentials Bottom Oil
Ingredients: *helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, *camellia oleifera (camellia) seed oil, *beeswax, *helianthus annuus and calendula officinalis (calendula) infused oil, anthemis nobilis flower (chamomile roman) oil, lavendula angustifolia (lavender) oil, *citrus reticulata (mandarin) peel oil, *helianthus annuus and *rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary antioxidant) oil.*Certified Organic Ingredient
EWG Skin Deep Rating
: n/a but we estimate it at a 1
Cost
: 95ml for $15.00
Comments
: Nice. Good stuff, and certified organic. I like it!
ECO baby bottoms oil
Name: Ecostore Baby Nappy Balm
Ingredients
: Olea Europaea Oil, Cocos Nucifera Oil, Sesamum Indicum, Cera Alba, Zinc Oxide, Pseudowintera Colorata
EWG Skin Deep Rating
: 0
Cost
: 60ml for $10.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: Another love from another of my favourite brands!
Ecostore Baby Nappy Balm
Name: Egyptian Magic
Ingredients
: Olive Oil (Olea Europea Fruit Oil), Bees Wax, Honey, Pollen, Royal Jelly and Propolis Extract
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 0 (Low Hazard)
Cost
: 118ml for $49.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments
: Yes, I know that this is expensive. But it’s not just water, there are expensive ingredients in here. I keep this on my bedside table, it’s so useful. A new love for me!
Egyptian Magic

Name: Gaia Natural Baby Skin Soothing Lotion
Ingredients: Demineralised water, cetearyl octanoate (vegetable oil), grape seed oil, Certified organic shea butter*, caster 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 hydroxylmethyl glycinate; essential oils of Certified organic lavender*, Certified organic sweet orange* and Certified organic chamomile*, limonene, linalool
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a but we estimate 2
Cost: 100ml for $12.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: It’s the preservative in this that’s the problem. Sodium hydroxylmethylglycinate is a formaldehyde releaser, and there are safer preservatives out there. It’s a shame, because the other ingredients in this are good and certified organic.

Gaia Skin Naturals Skin Soothing Lotion

Name: Grovia Magic Stick Diaper Balm
Ingredients: Vitis vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, Apis mellifera (Beeswax), Limmnanthes alba (Meadowfoam) Oil, Simmondsia chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Oil, Butyrospermun parkii (Shea) Oil, Rosa mosqueta (Organic Rosehip) and a proprietary blend of essential oils.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a but we estimate a 0
Cost: 56g for $19.50 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: Love, love, love! Simple ingredients that work. We also love the new zinc version, with the same ingredients, but added zinc.

 

Grovia Magic Stick Nappy Balm
Name: Jurlique Baby’s Soothing Barrier Cream
Ingredients: Aqua (Water); Carthamus tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil; Dicaprylyl Ether; Glycerin; Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride; Cera alba (Beeswax); Macadamia ternifolia Seed Oil; Sorbitan Oleate & Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate; Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil; Magnesium Sulfate; Calendula officinalis Flower Extract; Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract; Prunella vulgaris (Self Heal) Flower Extract; Spilanthes acmella Flower Extract; Aloe barbadensis Leaf Extract; Lauroyl Lysine; Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter) Oil; Fragrance (Parfum); Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate; Honey; Lactic Acid; Allantoin; Citrus grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract; Tocopherol (Vitamin E); Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A); Alcohol; Linalool; Limonene; Coumarin; Geraniol
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a but we estimate 6
Cost: 125ml for $35
Comments: Perfume; Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate; Retinyl Palmitate; none of these are good. And it makes me mad that something so expensive has water as the largest ingredient. Avoid!
Jurlique Baby's Soothing Barrier Cream
Name: Kiwiherb Baby Balm
Ingredients
: New Zealand Olive Oil, organic beeswax, coconut oil, organic Calendula flowers, Koromiko (Hebe Stricta) dried herb, organic Chamomile derived flowers, Lavender essential oil.
EWG Skin Deep Rating
: n/a but we estimate 0
Cost
: 50g for $19.95
Comments
: A new one on our list, and I love it. All good!
kiwiherb baby balm
Name: Little Innoscents Organic Baby Intensive Soothing Cream
Ingredients: Purified Water(aqua), Aloe Vera Juice (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice)*, Vegetable Glycerine, Sunflower Oil (Helianthus Annuus) *, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii)*, Emulsifying wax, Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima)*, 100% Propriety blend of essential oils (Aroma), Lavender Oil (Lavandula Angustifolia)*, Rosewood Oil (Aniba rosaeodora)*, Calendula C02 Extract Oil (Calendula Officinalis)*.*Denotes Certified Organic
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a but we estimate 0
Cost: 75ml for $10.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: Another good one, and at a reasonable price.
Little Innoscents Certified Organic Intensive Soothing Cream
Name: Mambino Organics Little Bottoms Diaper Balm
Ingredients: olea europaea (organic extra virgin olive) fruit oil, simmondsia chinensis (organic jojoba) seed oil, butyrospermum, parkii (organic shea butter) fruit, cera alba (organic beeswax), cocos nucifera (organic coconut) oil, avena sativa (organic oats) kernel flour, organic calendula officinalis flower extract in olea europea (organic olive oil), calophyllum inophyllum (organic tamanu) oil, rosmarinus officinalis (organic rosemary) leaf extract, azadirachta indica (organic neem) oil, anthemis nobilis (organic chamomile) flower oil, chamomilla recutita (organic matricaria) flower oil, melaleuca alternifolia (organic tea tree) leaf oil
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a although we estimate 0
Cost: may not be available in Australia
Comments: This is a lovely one, USDA certified organic, but unfortunately it seems that it’s no longer available in Australia.
Mambino Organics Little Bottoms Diaper Balm
Name: Miessence Baby Barrier Balm
Ingredients: Certified organic helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, Certified organic unrefined cera alba (beeswax), Certified organic cocos nucifera (coconut) seed oil, Certified organic butyrospermum parkii (shea) fruit butter, Certified organic persea gratissima (avocado) fruit oil, avena sativa (oat) kernel flour,Certified organic copernicia prunifera (carnauba) wax, Certified organic simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, Certified organic calendula officinalis (marigold) flower extract, Certified organic matricaria recutita (chamomile) flower extract, Certified organic althea officinalis (marshmallow) root extract, Certified organic calendula officinalis flower C02 extract, Certified organic daucus carota (carrot) CO2 extract, Certified organic rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) C02 extract
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 0
Cost: 20g for $27.85
Comments: Lovely ingredients, and a great product.
Miessence Baby Barrier Balm
Name: Nature’s Child Organic Bottom Balm
Ingredients: Certified Organic Olive Oil, Certified Organic Sunflower Oil, Certified Organic Almond Oil, Certified Organic Beeswax, Unrefined Certified Organic Calendula infused in Sunflower Oil, Certified Organic Comfrey infused in Sunflower Oil, Natural Vitamin E, Certified Organic Lavender Oil, Certified Organic Chamomile, Roman Oil.* This product is Certified by ACO (Australian Certified Organic)
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a but we estimate 0
Cost: 50ml for $19.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: Another favourite. Great ingredients, certified organic, and it’s oil based so no preservatives.
Nature’s Child Organic Bottom Balm
Name: Organic Babies Green People Organic Nappy Cream Baby Balm
Ingredients: Elaeis guineensis (palm) oil*^, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, cera alba (beeswax)*, zinc oxide (natural mineral), cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil*, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter*^, lecithin* (from sunflower oil), calendula officinalis (marigold) flower extract*, aroma [anthemis nobilis (roman chamomile) flower oil*^], tocopherol (vitamin e), geraniol*, citronellol*, limonene*, linalool*. *99.9% certified organic agricultural ingredients ^fairly traded
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a but we estimate a 2
Cost: 40ml for $20.95
Comments: Again, a pretty good choice with no water, so no need for preservatives.
Organic Babies Green People Organic Nappy Cream Baby Balm
Name: Pitta Patta Barrier Cream
Ingredients: Aqua, Mango Butter (Mangifera indica); Jojoba Seed Oil (Simmondsia chinensis); Beeswax; Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii); Olive Oil (Olea europaea); Emulsifying wax (Ceteareth 20 & Cetearyl Alcohol); GM Free Vitamin E Oil (Tocopheryl acetate); Calendula flower Extract (Calendula officinalis); Comfrey Herbal Extract (Symphytum officinale); Marshmallow Herbal Extract (Althaea officinale) Emollient; Rosemary Leaf Extract (Rosmarinus officinalis); Potassium Sorbate & Sodium Benzoate; Indigo Essences
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a but we estimate around a 2
Cost: 150ml for $15.95
Comments: This is okay, nothing TOO scary, but there are better choices out there.
Pitta Patta Barrier Cream
Name: Sanctum Baby Bottom Balm
Ingredients: Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) Seed Oil*, Coconut (Cocus nucifera) Oil*, Shea (Butyrospermum parkii) Butter*, Beeswax (Cera alba)*, Apricot (Prunus armeniaca) Kernal Oil*), Jojoba (Simmondsia chiensis) Oil*, Tocopherol, Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Leaf Extract, Lavender(Lavendula augustifolia) Oil*, Lemon (Citrus medica limonum) Fruit Oil*), Sweet marjoram (Origanum marjorana) Leaf Oil, linalool, limonene.*certified organic
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a but we estimate a 1
Cost: 150g for $15.95
Comments: Another nice cream – good ingredients and it’s oil based, so no preservatives.
Sanctum Baby Bottom Balm
Name: Weleda Calendula Nappy Change Cream
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Zinc Oxide, Beeswax (Cera Flava), Lanolin, Glyceryl Linoleate, Hectorite, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Benzyl Salicylate*, Geraniol*.*from natural essential oils
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 75ml for $14.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: Here’s why you can’t rely solely on EWG – according to EWG, this rates a 3 (although based on slightly different ingredients). Weleda is a very trustworthy company, but the requirement that chemicals occurring naturally in essential oils be listed makes it appear as though these are synthetic ingredients and are rated as such. Still one of my favourite companies, and this is a product that I recommend. The only reason to avoid this is if you’re looking for an unscented product.
weleda calendula nappy change cream
Name: Weleda White Mallow Diaper Rash Cream
Ingredients: Active ingredient: Zinc Oxide 14%, Inactive Ingredients: Borage Oil, Coconut Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glyceryl Oleate, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Beeswax, Lactic Acid, Lanolin, Sesame Seed Oil, Sodium Caproyl Lactylate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Sunflower Oil Unsaponifiables, Sweet Almond Oil, Viola tricolor Extract, Water, White Mallow (Althaea officinalis) Root Extract, White Wax
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a but we estimate it at a 1
Cost: 50ml for $14.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: A good product from a great company.
weleda white mallow nappy change cream
Name: WOTNOT Baby Balm
Ingredients: aloe vera leaf juice*, beeswax*, olive oil*, stearic acid, sorbitan olivate and cetearyl olivate (vegetable emulsifiers), vegetable glycerine*, flaxseed oil*, carica papaya (pawpaw) extract*, purified water, xanthan gum, d-alpha tocopherol (certified gmo-free vitamin e), rice flour*, chamomile oil*, tea tree oil*, comfrey oil*, potassium sorbate (food grade preservative) *certified organic ingredients
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a but we estimate it at a 1
Cost: 100ml for $16.95
Comments: Another good choice. There’s no nasties in here, and I love that so many of the ingredients are certified organic (more than 70%).
Wotnot Baby Balm
Name: Curash Medicated Nappy Rash Cream
Ingredients: Water, Zinc Oxide, Vitamin E, Almond Oil, Beeswax, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Ceresin wax, Sorbitol, Liquid Paraffin, Glyceryl Oleate, Propylene Glycol
EWG Skin Deep Rating:
Cost: 100g for $6.99
Comments: Wow – where to start? Perfume, parabens, petrochemicals (paraffin), propylene glycol … Need I say more? It may have won silver in the Mother & Baby awards, but clearly no-one checked the ingredients first.
Curash Medicated Nappy Rash Cream
Name: Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment
Ingredients: Purified Water, Wool Fat (Anhydrous Lanolin), Liquid Paraffin, Soft White Paraffin, Dexpanthenol (Related to Vitamin B5), Almond Oil, White Beeswax, Cetyl alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Protein XN.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a (can’t estimate because of missing ingredients in EWG database)
Cost: 100g for $10.95
Comments
: This isn’t as bad, but it’s based on petrochemicals, so I’d avoid. No information about Protein XN on EWG, and I couldn’t find information anywhere else.
Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment
Name: Sudocrem Healing Cream
Ingredients: Zinc Oxide, Benzyl Alcohol B.P., Benzyl Benzoate B.P., Benzyl Cuinnamate, Lanolin, Purified Water E.P., Sodium Benzoate, Waxes, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Propylene Glycol B.P., Citric Acid, Butylated Hydroxyanisole BHA), Linalyl Acetate, Lavender Fragrance, Liquid Paraffin (Heavy) B.P.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a but estimated at 6
Cost: 125g for $10.50
Comments: Once again, where to start? Fragrance, BHA (specifically listed by EWG as an ingredient to avoid in nappy creams), petrochemicals… yuk! Avoid.
Sudocrem Healing Cream

Have we missed any? What’s your favourite? Let us know in the comments below!

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Safer Disposable Nappies – a Hello Charlie Cheat Sheet

Safer Disposable Nappies

Cheat Sheet – Safer Disposable Nappies

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, 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 an absorbency like 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 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.

Spoiler alert: this article gets pretty technical, so for those of you who just want to know the good stuff, here’s my list. For all the meaty, nitty gritty details, scroll down and keep reading!

Top picks:

1. Bambo Nature

2. Moltex

3. Beaming Baby

Better than the supermarket brands:

4. Seventh Generation

5. Nature BabyCare

Not on my baby:

6. Huggies

7. Snugglers

8. Pampers

Nappies get pretty technical. So let’s start with a Disposable Nappy 101 class – what’s in them?

What’s actually in a disposable nappy?

There’s a lot of engineering, and a lot of technology in a disposable nappy. However, all disposable nappies have the same basic parts:

Inner lining

Often made with polypropylene or polyethylene (both of which are considered to be safe plastics), to hold the absorbent centre in. Some manufacturers infuse this layer with a moisturising lotion. As we know, moisturising lotions can contain all sorts of chemicals, including phthalates and petroleum based products.

As this is the part that sits right next to your baby’s skin, it’s important that you know what this is made from.

Absorbent core

The bulk of a disposable nappy is the absorbent centre. This is usually made up of wood pulp and superabsorbers. Super absorbers were first used in disposable nappies in the early eighties, and the first ones used were sodium polyacrylates (SAPs). SAPs can absorb up to 30 times their weight in liquid, which means that nappies need a lot less of the bulky woodpulp, and are much more effective at containing leaks. The fact that nappies absorb a lot of moisture also means that babies are a lot less likely to get nappy rash. Some of the eco nappies are now using some super absorbers made from biodegradable materials, such as wheat or corn. The natural super absorbers are not yet as effective as the SAPs, which is why there’s still a mixture being used even in the most eco of disposables.

The wood pulp is usually bleached, and often using a chlorine based bleach that can leave behind dioxins.

Some nappy manufacturers put a fragrance in between the absorbent core and the outer layer. Fragrances can be made up of dozens of different toxic chemicals, which is why many people have allergic reactions to fragrances and perfumes.

Waterproof Outer layer

The outer layer is often made of polyethylene or polypropylene film, and prevents the nappies from leaking. This layer can contain phthalates.

Inks for cartoon characters

All those cute little cartoon characters on nappies are printed with ink. These can be skin sensitizers such as Disperse Blue 106, Disperse Yellow 3, Blue 106, Orange 37/76, Brown 1. Inks can also contain heavy metal pigments.

Tabs, elastics and glues

The sticky tabs fasten the nappy around baby, and the elastics around the legs to help prevent leaks. Glues are used to stick all these things together.

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

I emailed various manufacturers and asked for a full list of their ingredients, as well as asking about specific ingredients, such as whether they bleach with chlorine, or whether their nappies contain phthalates, perfumes or lotions, amongst other things.

I approached Huggies, Snugglers, Pampers, Bambo Nature, Moltex, Seventh Generation, Beaming Baby, Nature Babycare.

What’s in Huggies nappies?

Huggies Disposable NappiesWhen 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?

The website tells us that the inner lining is made from polypropylene and polyethylene, as is the ‘surge layer’ below the inner lining. The inner lining touching baby’s skin has a ‘pure gentle balm’, but we couldn’t get any information as to what this lotion contained.

The absorbent core is a mixture of woodpulp, from ‘sustainable and renewable plantations’, and a sodium polyacrylate super absorber.

The waterproof outer layer, according to the Huggies website, is a ‘cloth like outer cover’.

There’s nothing about what any of the tabs, elastics, or ink is made from. All we were told about the glue was that it was ‘safe and non-toxic’.

The question of chlorine bleaching is directly addressed, with the website saying that they are ‘bleached with hydrogen-peroxide, not with chlorine’, and that there is no latex at all used in the manufacturing process.

We emailed again with more specific questions, but didn’t get any answers. When we phoned the helpline, we were told that the information we were 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.

What’s in Bambo Nature nappies? 

Bamboo Nature Eco NappiesAbena, the manufacturer of Bambo Nature, are amazingly forthcoming about what’s in their nappies. They sent us a full list of everything used in their nappies.

The inner lining is made from polypropylene, without using any dangerous chemicals such as chlorine, solvents or phthalates.

The absorbent core is made from peroxide-bleached (H2O2) paper material from controlled forestry without the use of optical brighteners. The super absorbers are a mixture of biodegradable wheat starch and acrylic polymers (sodium polyacrylates).

The waterproof outer layer is a mixture of polypropylene and polyethylene.

The tabs are made from paper and polyethylene and foil produced from polyethylene; the glue is made from resin and wax; and the elastics are made from lycra. The inks don’t contain any heavy metal pigments.

There are some other small parts produced from polypropylene without the use of organic solvents, chlorine or phthalates.

There are no perfumes, moisturising lotions or latex used.

Most impressively, Abena, the manufacturer of Bambo Nature, also emailed us a list of ingredients that they know are NOT in their nappies, including phthalates, PVC, chlorine, lead, TBT, and a whole bunch of other nasties.

In addition, 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.

Bambo Nature scored top marks in the Ethical Consumer Guide to Disposable Nappies.

What’s in Moltex nappies?

Moltex Disposable NappiesMoltex was a another manufacturer who replied commendably quickly to my request for information on ingredients.

The inner lining is 40% polylactic acid (which is biodegradable) and 60% polypropylene.

The absorbent core contains FSC certified, chlorine free wood pulp and a sodium polyacrylate super absorber. There is also a tea leaf extract in the core to neutralise odours, but we didn’t get any information as to what this actually is.

Waterproof outer layer is a biodegradable film made from a mix of copolyester and polylactic acid.

The tabs are made from polypropylene, polyethylene, polyurethane and hotmelt (a form of thermoplastic adhesive, but we weren’t told what the actual ingredients were); the glue is hotmelt; the elastics are made of polyurethane elastomer; and the ink doesn’t contain heavy metals.

There are some other small parts to the nappy that are made from polypropylene.

There are no perfumes or moisturising lotions, and there’s no latex. Moltex also specifically say that they are free from TBT (tributyltin).

Moltex nappies are certified in Australia by GECA (Good Environmental Choice Australia), which doesn’t allow the use of chlorine or optical brighteners, phthalates, or organic solvents and inks can’t contain heavy metal pigments. There’s more information about the GECA standards for nappies here.

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

What’s in Beaming Baby nappies?

Beaming Baby Disposable NappiesWhen I first emailed Beaming Baby I didn’t get much detail by way of reply. However, a few weeks later I received a very detailed follow up email which had clearly taken them a long time to put together (for which I am very grateful!).

The inner lining is a mixture of polypropylene, polyethylene, and PLA polypropylene (PLA polypropylene is biodegradable) and a lotion made from aloe vera.

The absorbent core is made up of chlorine free wood pulp and super absorbers made from 80% sodium polyacrylate and 20% bio-SAP from non-GM corn starch.

The waterproof outer layer is made of oxobio polypropylene and oxobio polyethylene. Beaming Baby say that this is biodegradable, but according to European Bioplastics, it’s degradable rather than biodegradable.

The tabs are made from polypropylene and polyurethane; the glue is a thermoplastic polyolefin; the elastics are made from polypropylene and polyethylene; and we didn’t receive any information about the inks.

There are some other small parts to the nappy that are made from polypropylene.

We were also told that Beaming Baby nappies are chlorine free, latex free and contain no perfumes or phthalates.

What’s in Seventh Generation nappies?

Seventh Generation Disposable NappiesSeventh Generation replied quite promptly to my email requesting ingredients. Here’s what they said:

“Our diapers are made of chlorine free wood pulp fluff, sodium polyacrylate (also referred to as SAP or absorbent gel), polyolefin nonwoven fabric, adhesives, polyolefin film, synthetic rubber elastic strands.”

(Hello Charlie note: the polyolefins used are polyethylene and polypropylene.) We also found a listing of ingredients in Seventh Generation nappies listing on the website that was the same as the email I’d been sent.

Further digging and questioning got us little farther.

The inner lining of Seventh Generation nappies is polypropylene.

The absorbent core contains chlorine free woodpulp with no optical brighteners and a sodium polyacrylate superabsorber. The training pants also use some vegetable based superabsorber, as well as SAPs.

The waterproof outer layer is a mixture of polypropylene and polyethylene.

We were told that the tabs are Velcro, that the ingredients of the glue are proprietary, and that the elastic is elastic, which is not exactly helpful. The ink doesn’t contain heavy metals.

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, Moltex or Beaming Baby, all of which have biodegradability up at around 75 to 80%).

We do know that Seventh Generation nappies are chlorine free, latex free and phthalate free, and that no perfumes are used. There are no petroleum based lotions, but we couldn’t find out anything about the lotion that is used.

What’s in Nature Babycare nappies?

Nature Babycare Disposable NappiesIn response to our request for a full list of ingredients, we were given a link that directed us to the Nature Babycare website.

Under a heading that says ‘we are the only nappy brand that declares it’s eco ingredients’, there are just five points, some of which link to certificates showing that they’re not fibbing about these claims, nosiree. None of the links give ANY information about their ingredients. Not exactly a model of clarity.

Further digging around their website led us to their FAQ page.

That tells us that Nature Babycare 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’.

They do say that there’s no latex in their nappies, but it’s not exactly what I’d call full disclosure.

There’s also have Health Issues page that assures there’s no harmful or toxic chemicals in Nature Babycare nappies.

If that’s the case, why not let us know what’s actually in them, and why not answer our specific questions about phthalates, etc.?

There’s a lot of greenwash on their website about how various parts of the nappy is biodegradable, etc, but there’s another page explaining why you can’t, after all, compost any of their nappy or assume that it will break down in any way.

While we know that it’s the cradle to grave impact, not biodegradability, that is the most important way to tell if a disposable nappy is more eco friendly than another, the Nature Baby website is confusing. And of course, it’s designed to confuse, so that you don’t know if what you are choosing is better or not. I’m not impressed.

The ingredients that we did manage to get were:

Inner lining: plastic free and based on GM free corn

Absorbent core: Chlorine free cellulose fluff pulp, with sodium polyacrylates as the super absorber.

Waterproof outer layer: plastic free and based on GM free corn

Inks are free of heavy metals, and nappies do not contain latex.

No information about lotions, elastics, glues, tabs.

We can’t find any information on their website about phthalates, lotions, PVC or anything else at all and judging by the ingredients in their baby lotions and baby wipes, we’re going with the rule of thumb that if they don’t specifically say it’s not in there, assume the worst.

Nature Babycare nappies scored well on the Ethical Consumer Guide to Disposable Nappies, but this report was much more concerned about ethics and environmental responsibility, not ingredients. The lack of information about what’s actually in the nappies confirms to me that they’re the best of the supermarket nappies, but they would certainly not be my first choice for my baby.

What’s in Pampers nappies?

Pampers Disposable NappiesPampers were probably the least helpful of any of the manufacturers I approached.

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 the 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.

Links to other disposable nappy comparisons:

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. 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)

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 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 the toxicity of their ingredients ratings. Personally, I look for brands that are free from petrochemicals, don’t test on animals, use natural ingredients and are from ethical companies.

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 Charlie. Thanks!

© Copyright Vanessa Layton 2013

By Vanessa Layton

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Cheat Sheet – Safer Baby Bubble Bath

Safer Baby Bubble Bath A Hello Charlie Cheat SheetBeing a ‘less is more’ kind of a parent, it’s not often that we use bubble bath in our house. It’s not necessary to get your children clean, it doesn’t do anything like wash or detangle hair, so we tend not to use it. Occasionally, however, I bow to the pleading and pop a capful of bubble bath into the bathwater.

The problem with bubbles, of course, are the chemicals required to produce them. Surfactants are what makes bubble bath bubbly, and these can often be chemical nasties like sulphates.

I’ve had lots of requests to compare against supermarket brands, so I’ve included the ‘No More Tears’ from Johnson & Johnson. Not many surprises there – I didn’t expect it to be something I’d be happy using on my children, and I’m still not.

I’ve reviewed a bunch of bubble baths that are claiming to be safer and more natural, so read on to find out which are the safest bubble baths to use with your baby.

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 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. For example, although the Nature Babycare bubble bath doesn’t have a very high toxicity rating, I would avoid this every single time because there’s nothing natural about this, and it contains lots of ingredients that I try to avoid. This is pure greenwash in my opinion, and I would much prefer to support an Australian company like Cherub Rubs or New Zealand’s ecostore, who are using great ingredients and really trying to do the right thing.

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 Charlie. Thanks!

Name: Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Bubble BathBurt's Bees Baby Bubble Bath
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, linalool
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 4 (Moderate Hazard)
Cost: 354 ml for $19.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: It’s the fragrance, as always. There’s really no need for fragrance in baby products. This product is pretty good, other than that.

Name: Cherub Rub Bubbles for Bub  Cherub Rub Bubbles for Bub
Ingredients: *Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) floral water, Caprylic glucoside, Cocoamidopropyl betaine, Sodium lauroamphoacetate, vegetable glycerine, sulphated castor oil, Xanthonomonas campestris (xanthan gum), *Olea europaea (olive) oil, *Prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil, *Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, *Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, *Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, *Citrus nobilis (mandarin) oil.*Certified organic.
EWG Skin Deep Rating:  n/a
Cost: 250 ml for $17.95
Comments: The ingredients in this look good, with the exception of the Cocoamidopropyl betaine. I’m pretty impressed with this, though and would be happy to try this at home.

Name: Ecostore Baby Bubble Bath Ecostore Baby Bubble Bath
Ingredients: Aqua (water), Lauryl Glucoside (plant derived surfactant), Coco Glucoside (plant derived surfactant), Glyceryl Oleate (plant derived conditioning agent), Sodium Hydroxymethyl Glycinate (preservative), Linalool, Geraniol, Coumarin, Citronellol, d-Limonene
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 200ml for $10.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: I know the essential oils push the score up on this one, but the ingredients are good and ecostore are trustworthy. I use this at home, and I like it.

Name: Ecostore Sleepytime Bubble Bath Ecostore Baby Sleepy Time Bath
Ingredients: Water; Polysorbate 20; Sodium Hydroymethylglycinate; Lavandula Hybrida Oil; Geranium Maculatum Oil; Eucalyptus Globulus Oil; Citral; Citronellol; Coumarin; d-Limonene; Geraniol; Linalool
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 200ml for $10.95 (Buy at Hello Charlie)
Comments: As for the other ecostore bubble bath, it’s the essential oils that push the score up. I’m happy with that – essential oils are strong, but I trust ecostore and am happy to use this. In fact, this is my favourite!

Name: Ecokid Call Me Bubbles Bubble Bath Ecokid Call me Bubbles Bubble Bath
Ingredients: Coco-Glucoside (Coconut)*, Coco-Glucoside and Glyceryl Oleate (Coconut)*, Caprylic/Capric Glucoside (Coconut)*, Aqua (Spring Water)*, Hydrolysed Wheat Protein*, Glycol Distearate (and) Coco Glucoside (and) Glyceryl Oleate (and) Glyceryl Stearate (Coconut)*, Lactic Acid, Essential Oil Blend (Cananga Odorata, Citrus Sinensis, Citrus Paradisi, Pogostemon Cablin)*, Sodium Benzoate, Australian Rosalina Oil (Melaleuca Ericifolia)*, Broad Leaf Paperbark Gum Oil (Melaleuca Quinquenervia)*, Lemon-scented Iron Bark Oil (Eucalyptus Staigeriana)*, Lecithin (and) Tocopherol (Vit E) (and) Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vit C) (and) Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate, d’Limonene† Citral†, Geraniol†, Linalool†, Farnesol†, Citronellol†, Eugenol†, Nerolina†
*Pure Plant Essences/Wild Harvested/Organically Certified †From Essential Oils
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 250ml for $14.9
Comments: Again, the essential oils push this score up, but there are a couple of other ingredients that have known contaminants (like the lecithin). I’d use this.

Name: Naty by Nature Babycare Eco Bubble Bath Naty by Nature Babycare Eco Bubble Bath
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Peg-8 Cocoate, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Decyl Glucoside, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Citric Acid
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 250ml for $9.00
Comments:  No perfumes, dyes or parabens, but we’ve got PEG’s and phenoxyethanol and Cocamidopropyl Betaine. The EWG toxicity rating might be low,but I won’t be using this one as I prefer to avoid those ingredients.

Name: Pitta Patta Organic Baby Bubble Bath Pitta Patta Baby Bubble Bath
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); Indigo Essences; Citric Acid (maize); Phenoxyethanol; Benzoic Acid; Dehydroacetic Acid
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 200ml for $13.95
Comments: SLS and paraben free. I don’t like the phenoxyethanol in this, but it’s not bad otherwise.

Name: Johnson’s Baby Bubble Bath & Wash No More Tears Johnson’s Baby Bubble Bath & Wash No More Tears
Ingredients: Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG 80 Sorbitan Laurate, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Acrylates Copolymer, Glycerin, Disodium Lauroamphodiacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Glycol Distearate, Fragrance, Tetrasodium EDTA, Laureth 4, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Polyquaternium 7, May Also Contain: Sodium Hydroxide.
EWG Skin Deep rating: 5 (Moderate Hazard)
Cost: 444ml for $9.79
Comments:  One of the worrying ingredients in this is the PEG 80 Sorbitan Laurate – it can be contaminated with 1,4 Dioxane. See the end of the post for a recent article about what J&J is doing about this. This is a product that I would definitely not be using with my children – PEG’s are one of my ‘must avoids’. There’s also Cocamidopropyl Betaine, and the Tetrasodium EDTA (triclosan). I know it’s not claiming to be natural, but this is just a nasty chemical cocktail.

Name: Jurlique Baby’s Soothing Bubble Bath
Ingredients: Aqua (Water); Sodium Laureth Sulfate; Alcohol; Cocamidopropyl Betaine; Decyl Polyglucoside; PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate; Fragrance (Parfum)*; Linalool*; Macadamia ternifolia Seed Oil; Quillaja saponaria (Soap Bark Tree) Bark Extract; Aesculus hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract; Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract; Equisetum arvense (Horsetail) Extract; Urtica dioica (Nettle) Extract; Betula alba (Birch) Leaf Extract; Achillea millefolium (Yarrow) Extract; Arctium lappa (Burdock) Root Extract; Chamomilla recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract; Sodium Chloride; Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride; Honey; Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil; Glycerin; Lecithin; Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate; Lactic Acid; Citrus grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract; Citral*; Coumarin*; Geraniol*; Citronellol*; Limonene* * From Natural Essential Oil
EWG Skin Deep Rating: n/a
Cost: 200ml for $22.0
Comments: As for the J&J bubble bath, the PEGs are really not good, nor is the Cocamidopropyl Betaine. I’ll admit that I had been sucked in by the greenwash with Jurlique –  I always had the impression they were great, and can remember spending a fortune on products for a friend who loves this brand. No more! I’m very unimpressed with Jurlique, and it just goes to show – don’t believe the hype, or the wood panelled store. The only way you know it’s any good is if you read the label.

As ever, if there’s something I’ve missed, or something you’d like to ask, please drop me an email at info@hellocharlie.com.au. I can’t promise that I’ll be able to add anything new to the list straightaway, as these Cheat Sheets are pretty time consuming to do. But I will get to them, and it’s great to investigate brands that I haven’t come across before!

Further reading:

Baby Shampoo Toxins

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