Best Laundry Detergents Cheat Sheet

Best laundry detergents cheat sheet

Best Laundry Detergents Cheat Sheet

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The Best Laundry Detergents: Researched and Reviewed

There’s nothing as nice as the smell of freshly washed clothes, is there? Unfortunately, your laundry detergent could be having a harmful effect both on your family and on the environment.

That fresh laundry smell can come at a high cost. Laundry fragrances are designed to stay in your clothes, meaning that your skin and lungs are constantly exposed to them. It’s the same with other toxic ingredients used in laundry detergents. They wouldn’t be so bad if it was just a one time exposure, but some of these ingredients are designed to stick to your clothing, which means that you can’t get away from them.

Manufacturers aren’t required to list the specific ingredients of their products, because they are deemed to be commercially sensitive. This makes it even harder for consumers who are trying to make informed decisions about the products they use for their families.

So what’s the answer?

Do you choose a ‘sensitive’ formula? Unfortunately, that’s no guarantee of a non toxic laundry detergent. You can’t trust the big name brands with their claims of ‘sensitive’ formulas. You have to get to the bottom of each and every ingredient.

And it’s not just about our health. Laundry products end up in our waterways, so we have to think of the environment when we’re choosing products, too. So many ingredients are toxic to aquatic life, not biodegradable (so they never break down and stay in our waterways and oceans), or cause algal buildup which kills fish and plants.

So how do you wade through the greenwash and misinformation to find the best laundry products for your family? The ones which are truly non toxic for you and the environment?

Well, that’s where I come in. I’ve spent months finding all the ingredients in laundry detergents, researching them and reviewing them so that I can recommend nothing but the best to you.

There are heaps of laundry detergents available in Australia. I’ve researched 50 different products from 37 different brands! I didn’t do all of the mainstream ones, because I know that they’re going to be mostly the same. But I did try to do as many ‘natural’ and ‘sensitive’ ones as possible. The list of laundry products that I’ve reviewed are all in alphabetical order, below.

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Laundry Detergents Rated and Reviewed:

Here’s the list of laundry detergents that I researched and reviewed. Only a few of these are good, so download the ebook to find out which ones I actually recommend!

  1. Abode Front Loader Laundry Powder – Lavender & Mint
  2. Abode Natural Laundry Liquid Sensitive
  3. Aware Eco Choice Laundry Powder
  4. Aware Sensitive Laundry Powder
  5. Baby Organics Laundry Liquid – Lavendula
  6. Biozet Attack Front and Top Laundry Powder
  7. Bosisto’s Sensitive Laundry Liquid
  8. Bosisto’s Sensitive Laundry Powder
  9. Bygum Eucalyptus Laundry Powder
  10. Charlie’s Soap Laundry Liquid
  11. Charlie’s Soap Laundry Powder
  12. Cold Power Regular Front & Top Laundry Powder
  13. Dirt Good Laundry Liquid
  14. Dominant Liquid Laundry Detergent
  15. Earth Choice Laundry Liquid
  16. Earth Choice Ultra Concentrate Laundry Powder – Top & Front Loader
  17. Earthwise Laundry Liquid – Fragrance Free
  18. Earthwise Laundry Powder – Orange & Eucalyptus
  19. Ecostore Laundry Liquid – Geranium & Orange
  20. Ecostore Top & Front Loader Laundry Powder – Lemon
  21. Ecologic Laundry Liquid – Citrus Fusion
  22. Ecover Laundry Liquid
  23. Ecover Non-Bio Washing Powder Zero
  24. EnviroClean Front Load Laundry Liquid
  25. Euca Laundry Powder
  26. Green Potions No 13 Laundry Powder
  27. Herbon Laundry Liquid
  28. Herbon Laundry Washing Powder
  29. KinKin Naturals Laundry Liquid – Eucalypt & Lemon Myrtle
  30. Little Innoscents Laundry Liquid – Cherry Coconut
  31. Lux Pure Soap Flakes
  32. Method 4x Concentrated Laundry Detergent – Ginger Mango
  33. Omo Sensitive Front & Top Loader Laundry Detergent Washing Powder
  34. Orange Power 3x Laundry Liquid
  35. Orange Power 3x Laundry Powder
  36. Organic Clean Laundry Liquid
  37. Planet Luxe Laundry Liquid
  38. Purity Sensitive Laundry Liquid
  39. Radiant Laundry Powder Sensitive
  40. Resparkle Baby Laundry Powder & Soaker
  41. Resparkle Laundry Powder
  42. Rockin Green Liquid Laundry Detergent
  43. Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent Packs Free & Clear
  44. Seventh Generation Laundry Liquid 2X Concentrate Blue Eucalyptus and Lavender
  45. Simply Clean Lemon Myrtle Laundry Powder
  46. Sonett NO1010 Laundry Powder
  47. Surf Washing Powder Sunshine Lemons & Orange Blossom 2in1
  48. That Red House Organic Soapberries
  49. Trinature Alpha Plus Laundry Liquid
  50. Trinature Alpha Plus Laundry Powder

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Further reading on non toxic Laundry Detergents

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

Are we missing any?

It’s impossible to review every single brand of laundry detergents available in Australia, but I did try to include all the ‘natural’ ones. If I’ve missed your favourite, let me know! Drop me an email at info@hellocharlie.com.au with the name of the laundry detergent and a link to the ingredients, or pop it into the comments below.

I can’t promise that I’ll get to it straight away, but I will get back to you as soon as I can.

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Biggest Ever Baby Wipes Cheat Sheet – 45 Wipes Reviewed

Biggest Ever Baby Wipes Cheat Sheet

Hello Charlie's Safer Baby Wipes Cheat Sheet

When you’ve got a baby, you use a lot of baby wipes. Think about how many nappy changes you do each day! And every time you change your baby’s nappy, you wipe potentially toxic ingredients over the most sensitive parts of your baby’s body.

I know you’re looking for safer baby wipes, because I get so many emails about them! So I’ve researched and reviewed a whopping 45 baby wipes for you for this Cheat Sheet. And for the very first time, I’ve popped them all into a gorgeous ebook for you. You’ll be able to refer back to it whenever you want!

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Baby Wipes: Researched and Reviewed

Here’s all the baby wipes I’ve reviewed for this Cheat Sheet, in alphabetical order.

  1. After Touch Instant Wipes
  2. Aldi Mamia Fragrance Free Wipes
  3. Aldi Mamia Scented Baby Wipes
  4. Baby U Baby Wipes Fragrance Free
  5. Baby U Bamboo Baby Wipes
  6. Baby U Goat Milk Fragrance Free Baby Wipes
  7. Bambure Bamboo Baby Wipes
  8. Bambure Natural Baby Wipes
  9. Coles Comfy Bots Baby Wipes
  10. Coles Comfy Bots Fragrance Free Wipes
  11. Coles Little Explorer Baby Wipes
  12. Curash Baby Wipes Fragrance Free
  13. Curash Moisturising Baby Wipes
  14. Curash Soothing Baby Wipes
  15. ECOCARE Organic Baby Wipes
  16. Ecoriginals Baby Wipes
  17. Gaia Bamboo Baby Wipes
  18. Goat Kids Bamboo Wipes
  19. Huggies Fragrance Free Baby Wipes
  20. Huggies Lightly Fragranced Cucumber & Aloe Baby Wipes
  21. Jackson Reece Herbal Baby Wipes
  22. Jackson Reece Unscented Baby Wipes
  23. JAK Organics Baby Cleansing Oil Wipes
  24. JAK Organics Baby Aqua Wipes
  25. Johnsons Baby Skincare Wipes Lightly Fragranced
  26. Joonya Eco Baby Wipes
  27. Little Innoscents Baby Wipes
  28. Little One’s Fragrance Free Baby Wipes
  29. Little One’s Scented Baby Wipes
  30. Luv Me Eco Bamboo Wet Wipes
  31. Mommy Care’s Biodegradable Eco Baby Wipes
  32. Natracare Baby Wipes
  33. Nature Babycare Sensitive Wipes Lightly Scented
  34. Nature Babycare Sensitive Wipes Unscented
  35. Pea Pods Bamboo Baby Wipes
  36. Pigeon Baby Water Wipes
  37. Playdays Chemical Free Baby Wipes
  38. Red Nose Wipes by Aussie Wipes
  39. Seventh Generation Free & Clear Baby Wipes
  40. Simply Gentle Organic Baby Cleansing Pads
  41. Simply Gentle Organic Baby Wipes
  42. Thank You Baby Wipes
  43. Tooshies By TOM Baby Wipes
  44. WaterWipes
  45. Wotnot Baby Wipes

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Baby Wipes: Researched and Reviewed

I’ve written quite a few posts about baby wipes over the years, so for more information, have a look at these articles:

  1. What Are Baby Wipes Made From?
  2. Baby Wipes: Toxic Ingredients You Should Avoid
  3. Are Your Baby Wipes Giving Your Baby Nappy Rash?
  4. Why Flushable Wipes Aren’t Really Flushable

Are we missing any?

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

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

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Adult Body Wash & Shower Gel Cheat Sheet

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Body Wash & Shower Gel Cheat Sheet Hello Charlie

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

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

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

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

Safe Picks for Body Wash & Shower Gel

(in alphabetical order)

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

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Body Wash & Shower Gels – the Full Rundown

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Disposable Nappies: A Hello Charlie Cheat Sheet

safer disposable nappy cheat sheet

safer disposable nappy cheat sheet

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

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

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

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

Disposable Nappy Top Picks:

1. Bambo Nature
2. Muumi

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

3. Moltex
4. Naty

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

Better than the supermarket brands:

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

Thanks, but no thanks:

Huggies
Snugglers
Pampers
Aldi (who I didn’t include below because I couldn’t get any information at all about them)

Ingredients in Disposable Nappies

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

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

What to look for in a disposable nappy

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

Why is ‘Cradle to Grave’ impact so important?

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

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

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

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What’s in Bambo Nature nappies?

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

Made in Denmark.

What are Bambo Nature nappies made from?

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

Comments:

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

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

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

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

Eco Verdict: Excellent

Performance: Excellent

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

ecoriginals eco nappies

What’s in Ecoriginals nappies?

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

Made in China, in an ISO certified factory.

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

What are Ecoriginals nappies made from?

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

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

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

Eco Verdict: Above average

Performance: Good

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

huggies disposable nappies

What’s in Huggies nappies?

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

Made in Australia.

What’s are Huggies Nappies made from?

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

Comments:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eco Verdict: who knows?

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

moltex eco disposable nappies

What’s in Moltex nappies?

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

Made in Germany.

What are Moltex Nappies made from?

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

Comments:

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

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

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

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

Eco Verdict: Great

Performance: Great

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

Muumi eco nappies

What’s in Muumi Eco Nappies?

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

Made in Finland.

What are Muumi nappies made from?

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

Comments:

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

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

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

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

Eco Verdict: Excellent

Performance: Excellent

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

pampers disposable nappies

What’s in Pampers nappies?

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

Made in 25 different countries.

What are Pampers nappies made from?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eco Verdict: who knows?

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

What’s in Naty nappies?

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

Made in Denmark.

What are Naty nappies made from?

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

Comments:

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

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

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

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

Eco Verdict: Great

Performance: Not so great

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

seventh generation eco nappies

What’s in Seventh Generation nappies?

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

Made in USA.

What are Seventh Generation nappies made from?

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

Comments:

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

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

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

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

Eco Verdict: Average

Performance: Average

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

thank you eco nappies

What’s in Thank You Nappies?

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

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

What are Thank You nappies made from?

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

Comments:

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

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

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

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

Eco Verdict: Average

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

tooshies by TOM eco nappies

What’s in Tooshies Nappies?

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

Made in Mexico.

What are Tooshies nappies made from?

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

Comments:

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

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

Eco Verdict: Above average

Performance Verdict: Average

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

Links to other disposable nappy comparisons

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

Ethical Consumer (UK)

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

CHOICE magazine (Australia)

Baby Gear Lab (US)

Gimme the Good Stuff (US)

Mama Natural’s Green Diaper Showdown (US)

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