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 Nappies

When I asked Huggies about the ingredients in their nappies, I was directed to their website, where they answer the question ‘What are Huggies nappies made from?

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? 

Bambo Nature Disposable 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 Nappies

When 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