Many baby and kids skin and body care products contain at least trace amounts of synthetic and artificial ingredients, including chemical preservatives, artificial fragrances, artificial colorants, and foaming agents. In addition, not every ingredient is clearly safe or toxic – the jury is still out on many ingredients, including certain natural ones (especially as there is not one uniform natural certification). However, lucky for us, there is now an abundance of natural and organic baby and kids care products that are free of all or most nasties and companies that provide real, healthy baby care products. Although conventional baby care companies are jumping on the band wagon, why not learn what small companies or dedicated natural skin care companies offer? The list below is not comprehensive and will be updated periodically.
And please remember, whenever you see a new brand at a store proclaiming to be all natural or organic (without the certification), please check the labels! In fact, always check labels. You are your own best source of information – stay educated and stay on top of it.
Avishi Organics was founded and is run by a mom who, during her first pregnancy, was dissatisfied with the therapeutic benefits offered by other natural and organic skin care products developed for pregnant women and new moms and their newborns. Her company offers just two products, both of which target sensitive skin and its conditions during pregnancy in moms to be and in newborns. The Intensive Baby Balm is USDA certified and developed to soothe, restore, and deeply nourish severely dry, extremely sensitive, and/or irritated skin. The star ingredients are coconut oil (fights eczema, dermatitis, skin allergies and inflammation), neem oil (fights viral, bacterial, fungal skin conditions), and plantain (relieves inflammation). The remaining ingredients (castor oil, beeswax, olive oil, St. John’s Worth, calendula, lavender oil, and tocopherol) are also derived from nature and are not supplemented with additives. The stretch mark oil (as the baby balm, the company’s other product) has no parabens, sulfates, petroleum or derivatives, mineral oil or derivatives, fragrances, colors, animal ingredients, GMOs or other chemicals – after all, Avishi means “from nature.”
Babo Botanical’s skin care collection is made entirely on a certified organic farm in upstate New York. The collection offers 100% natural and organic shampoos and washes, bubble bath, conditioner, lotions, and bunny-shaped soaps, as well as a sunblock stick offering broad spectrum protection with mineral blockers. The line is completely free of artificial ingredients and the scents (some of which are a bit on the heavy side) are natural in origin as well. In addition, there is a fragrance free line as well, which is super for those allergic to all scents.
BabySpa makes only baby and toddler care products with two distinct lines of products addressing the special needs of each age group. The company’s products are free of toxic and questionable ingredients (thus, no BPA, petrochemicals, parabens, phthalates, SLS etc) and instead include ethnobotanicals- songa, kizis, and kendi that are native to certain geographic areas where they have been used by the indigeous population. The product range for baby and toddler products are vast – from shampoo to body wash and from massage oil to face cream, as well as a good selection of gift sets. You are likely to find whatever you need for your little one.
Although, in my view, Badger Balm’s star products are its amazing sunscreen and repellent products, the company has a relatively small but very good, clean selection of baby skin care product such as zinc oxide based diaper rash cream, baby oil, baby balm, and baby soap. All products are 100% natural and certified organic.
Beautycounter is a relatively new company that updated an existing business model and made it much better – as it has consultants with whom you can place an order if you like, it reminds me of Avon in a way, but much better as the ingredients are clean. In fact, the company banned 1,500 ingredients from its products (BHT, BHA, parabens, and so on). The product line is extensive and includes skincare items, make-up, a bath and body, as well as a line of baby care and kids care products. The baby care products include baby wash, baby oil, and baby balm, while the extensive kids line has shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lip balm, and mineral sunscreen products. You can place an order on the company web site or work with a consultant who can assist you.
Bee Lovely Botanicals
Bee Lovely Botanicals is a small, family-owned and family-run bee farm that makes natural and wholesome products from the goodness of their all naturally treated beehives. The husband (a biologist) and wife team initially made products just for themselves and the family, harnessing the power of honey and propolis derived from the hives. The products became so popular that they launched a business and now offer a Happy Baby Butt Butter (made with extra virgin coconut oil, lanolin, Bee Lovely Botanicals’ beeswax, cocoa butter, castor oil, zinc oxide, glycerin, water, lactobacillus ferment, propolis extract, lavender essential oil, tea tree essential oil, aloe vera powder) and soaps perfect for baby and the whole family (as well as lip balms and hand lotions).
Burt’s Bees Baby Bee product line is a complete line of baby care products, including bath products (Baby Bee Shampoo, Baby Bee Buttermilk Bath Pint, Baby Bee Buttermilk Soap, Baby Bee Bubble Bath), moisturizers (Baby Bee Buttermilk Lotion, Baby Bee Apricot Baby Oil, Baby Bee All Better Balm, Baby Bee Skin Crème) and diaper care products (Baby Bee Diaper Ointment and Baby Bee Dusting Powder). Burt’s Bees also offers a 100% natural herbal insect repellent and bug bite relief as well as sunscreen. Burt’s Bees baby care products are over 95% natural and contain no parabens, mineral oil, petrolatum, paraffin, phenoxyethanol, formaldehyde releasers, petrochemicals or other harsh synthetic ingredients. In addition, Burt’s Bees baby care products are also eco friendly. On its website, Burt’s Bees provides a list of ingredients for each of its products. The products are widely available nationwide.
California Baby offers a full-line of baby care products created with natural and organic ingredients, including hand washes, first aid hand washes, various shampoos and conditioners, body washes, lotions and diaper care. Certain of the baby products were specifically made for newborns and are identified as such on the company’s web site. California Baby also sells a natural bug repellent and sunscreen and, important for today, hand sanitizer too. California Baby products contain no parabens, sulfates, DEA, PABA, DEET, synthetic colors, fragrances or dyes, and the product packaging is phthalate-free and recyclable. All products are made in the US in the company’s solar powered facility. The products are widely available nationwide.
Dolphin Organics is a family-owned and operated company based in New York and its certified organic products are manufactured in the US. The product line includes body wash & shampoo, conditioner, bubble bath, and body lotion. The products come in fragrance-free and simply citrus (natural fragrances only). Soon a mineral based sunscreen will be available as well. No artificial anything in the products – no parabens, mineral oil based products or other nasties. The display of the ingredient list on the back is in chart form – best I have seen in any product. The company’s Do Naturals line is not organic but contains natural ingredients and includes mineral sunscreen too (both titanium and zinc oxide). Available from various online stores and also on the company’s web site.
Earth Mama, developed by an Oregon mom who’s a nurse and a herbalist, offers a full line of baby care products, including organic herbal bath blossoms, bottom balm, baby oil, diaper rash soap, shampoo and wash, as well baby lotion. Earth Mama products do not contain any synthetic preservatives, lanolin, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, petroleum products or other synthetic ingredients. Earth Mama products are free of toxins or potential toxins. The Earth Mama website provides a complete listing of all ingredients used in their products and a great FAQ page that addresses all ingredients and relevant concerns. The product containers are made of “1” plastic (polyethylene terephthalate), free of BPA and PVC.
EO Products (in which EO stands for Essential Oils) is a B-corporation that makes skincare products that are good for the consumers and kind to the environment. Dedicated to clean ingredients, sustainable manufacturing, and transparency throughout the whole process, the company makes a whole range of certified organic or non-GMO bath, body, face, skin, hair, and hand products based on essential oils and botanicals. In addition, the company has an Everyone line of skincare products that are perfect for every person in the family and every budget too. They are non-GMO and are free of synthetic fragrances, harsh chemicals, preservatives, and gluten. The Everyone line includes a baby line as well, with products such as Everyone Baby Wipes, Everyone Baby Wash Cloth, Everyone Baby Wash and Everyone Baby Lotion (in Chamomile+Lavender and Calendula+Oat scents), and Everyone Baby Certified Organic Oil. All ingredients score well on the EWG scale, with none over 2. All products are also pH balanced. In addition, there is an Everyone Soap for older kids in various scents. They all work well and both my kids use EO products.
Erbaviva organics was founded by husband and wife team Robin Brown and Anna Cirronis when they had their first son, focusing on making safe and nontoxic products for moms and babies. The products are certified organic and the product line for Baby includes items such as baby lotion, baby shampoo, diaper cream, body wash, body oil, cheek and lip balm, and a broad spectrum sunscreen. The travel kit includes a sample size body wash, body lotion, diaper cream, an baby shampoo. The product line for moms is also nice, and includes deodorant and football, for example. All products are organic and all natural. Erbaorganics provides a list of ingredients for each product – visit their website for more information on their products.
Gabriel – Clean Kids
Gabriel Cosmetics’ Clean Kids line offers body and hair products for kids, including shampoo and detangler, germ busting soap and foaming bath. The various herbal extracts give the products a pleasant and light scent – nothing overpowering or artificial. All products are 100% organic and contain no sulfates, parabens, phthalates, glycol, lanolin, petroleum, mineral oils, or artificial colors. The company provides a list of ingredients for each product – visit their website. Available online.
Green People, one of the UK’s best-known organic skin care companies, is now in the US too. Since its formation by a mom in 1997, the company has focused on making a wide range of skin and body care products for the whole family, all of which are free of nasties (such as SLS/SLES, parabens, MI, MCI, triclosan, phthalates, gluten, lanolin, propylene glycol, alcohol denat, foaming agents, aluminum, irritating emulsifiers, synthetic fragrances, colorants, petrochemicals, mineral oils, silicones, ethoxylated ingredients, formaldehyde and donors, EDTA, octyl methoxycinnamate, urea, DEA, TEA or PEGs). The babies and kids skin and body care line is impressive – the “organic babies” line includes a good selection of organic baby bath, shower, and skin care products ranging from baby wash and baby shampoo to baby salve and baby lotion in various formulations. The “organic children” line is amazing – not only does it offer body washes, body lotions, shampoos, conditioners and other skin care staples in a range of natural scent options, it also has a specific line for pre and teen-aged kids (including aluminum-free deodorant). My kids use their products too.
Honest, founded by actress and mom of two Jessica Alba, carries a comprehensive line of bath and body care products for babies and kids. From bar soaps and shampoo & body washes (made with absolutely no artificial or toxic ingredients) to conditioners and face and body lotions and oils, the company’s expansive and always expanding natural body care products and packaging are free of the following chemicals and additives: phthalates, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates, PVC, parabens, benzene, chlorine, synthetic fragrances, triclosan, formaldehyde-based preserving agents, nanoparticles, TEA, MEA, phosphates, polyethylene glycol (PEG), quaternium 15, DMDM hydantoin, 1-4 dioxane, bisphenol-A (BPA), alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs)/nonylphenol, BHA, benzalkonium chloride. Visit their site often, as they regularly release new items – the Soothing Bottom Wash and Organic Baby Powder (talc-free) are recent releases. The company also offers monthly subscription services which will save you over 30% on the price. Most, if not all, baby care products are made in the USA.
Lavera’s Baby & Kinder line consist only of 100% natural ingredients that were independently evaluated and recommended by “OEKO-Test” and highly recommended also by organic lifestyle midwives in Germany. The line contains no artificial anything, and is free of all types of fragrances. The products, including a baby shampoo and a baby cream as well as a tooth paste, are also perfect for kids suffering from dermatitis and eczema. The products are available in health food stores such as Whole Foods and also on the company’s web site (which always offers great deals and free samples).
Little Twig makes baby bath products ranging from baby wash to bubble bath, from shampoo to detangler, and from face care to baby powder, as well as baby oil and sunscreen. The company also makes convenient travel-size products and sets. All products are available in Tangerine, Lavender, or Unscented and are free of any and all questionable chemicals (no talc, no parabens, no phthalates, no sulfates, no GMOs, no artificial colorants etc). You can also get bath mitts and wash cloths! Available online and at stores like Whole Foods.
MooGoo is an Australian skin care company whose products were first developed when the founder adapted a cream used in dairy farms to help a family member with a skin problem. Since then, a large range of products has been developed for people with sensitive skin and scalps and MooGoo the company was officially born. Its products are now stocked in Australia, Ireland, Malaysia and the US. Of course, anyone can buy MooGoo products via its online store. Although the company has not sought organic certification in Australia, it focuses on using natural, edible ingredients based on how much they help the skin – ingredients are local and from sustainable sources, all of the packaging recyclable and some of it in airtight formats to prevent spoilage (as no preservatives are used). No parabens, phthalates, SLS, chemical additives, colorants, artificial fillers, scents and other undesirables. The super wide range includes a good selection of baby and children’s skin care products such as eczema, psoriasis, and scalp creams, nappy balm, bubble wash, and soothing MSM cream. Up the cutie factor and buy your kid a Toy Cow 🙂 (not sure where it is made). Great products, I have used them for years now.
Motherlove offers certified organic baby care products, including a diaper rash balm, a baby oil, a baby bath and a baby salve. Motherlove baby care products contain no mineral oil, lanolin, parabens, phthalates, or other synthetic ingredients or artificial fragrances. On its website, Motherlove provides a list of ingredients for each of its products.
Natralia is an Australian company that makes its products locally. It offers the Happy Little Bodies line for kids, but it also makes a skin care line targeted for adult with dry skin or eczema and offers natural solutions for acne-prone skin. Natralia’s Happy Little Bodies line includes the Eczema Body Wash & Shampoo, the Eczema Moisturizing Lotion, and the Eczema Relief Cream. The star ingredient for the line is colloidal oatmeal that is effective for dry skin and eczema and contains antifungal avenacins compounds, cleansing saponins, UVA ray absorbing flavonoids, anti-inflammatory vitamin E, and moisturizing phenols. The product is natural but not certified organic. That said, it has no harsh chemicals, colorants, fragrances, mineral oils, parabens, or other additives, and the preservative of choice is phenoxyethanol.
Nature’s Baby Organics
Nature’s Baby offers a range of baby skin care products that includes shampoo & bodywash, conditioner & detangler, bubble bath, eucalyptus chest rub, deodorizers, diaper cream, face & body cream, and baby oil. Most of the products are available in lavender chamomile, vanilla tangerine, and coconut pineapple. The products, although not certified organic, contain at minimum 70% organic ingredients and are free of parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances & colors, SLS, sodium methyl sulfate, propylene glycol, aluminum, mineral oil & derivatives, oxybenzone, nano partilces, DEA, MEA, TEA, PEGs & derivatives, ethoxylated ingredients related to 1,4 dioxane, formaldehyde & donors, as well as GMOs. The preservative the company uses is food grade sodium benzoate. Most products are also vegan.
NomNom skincare is a UK skincare company that makes a limited but focused set of eco-friendly skin and body care products for moms and babies. The baby line includes a baby butter made with calendula, baby oil with starflower, baby bath with aloe vera and orange blossom, and set of these as a kit. The products are without fragrances, chemicals, and are, over 80-percent organic and 100-percent natural. Available online.
Rainbow Research Corporation
Rainbow Research has an extensive line of natural and organic baby and children’s skin care products, including organic body washes, organic body lotions, and organic baby and kids shampoo, all products in unscented and scented varieties (fun scents such as berry banana blast and cherry almond scent). The company’s products contain no mineral oil, petroleum, artificial dyes or colors, sulfates, or animal products. The ingredients are listed on the company’s website. Available online and at stores like Whole Foods.
Trillium Organics offers a baby skin care line with products such as soap, moisture oil, diaper balm, and a body rub of dry herbs. All products are 100% organic and fee of parabens, sulfates, surfactants, petrochemicals, artificial colors and fragrances, and animal products (except beeswax), and come in recyclable packaging.
TruKid makes all natural skin care products for babies and kids, including fragrance-free products. Always sodium laureth / lauryl sulphate, parabens, and dioxane free – and in BPA-free and phthalate free packaging – the company offers hair and body care products (soaps, lotions, balms, diaper care), sun relief balms, and natural sunscreen, as well as eczema products.
Weleda offers a full line of baby care products, including a calendula shampoo and body wash, a calendula cream bath, a calendula soap, a calendula baby cream, a calendula face cream, a calendula lotion, a calendula oil, a calendula weather protection cream, a calendula diaper care product, children’s sunscreen, children’s tooth gel and a baby tummy oil. Weleda uses only natural ingredients in all of its products. Weleda skin care products do not contain any synthetic ingredients or preservatives. Weleda’s website provides a listing of all ingredients used it its products. The products are widely available online and also at specialty stores such as Whole Foods.
Yorba Organics was recently launched and the company introduced a full line of bath and skin care products for babies, and a separate product line for the whole family. Every Yorba ingredient is ethically-sourced and wild-harvested, and only pure, naturally-derived ingredients are used in the products – no GMOs, no artificial colors, fragrances, preservatives, or potentially harmful ingredients. The organic product offerings are certified organic by Ecocert, and all products are 100% natural in origin. Each product has a special ingredient – for example, the Baby Foam Bath is made with wild-harvested Marula Oil. The baby product line includes items such as baby foam bath, baby lotion, baby body butter, baby oil, diaper cream, baby powder. The products are also available in bundles. Yorba fully discloses all ingredients and their source on its web site.
Zoe Organics offers organic baby care products, including baby cream, diaper balm, bath tea, massage oil, baby balm, and baby wash. These products are free of parabens, sulfates, surfactants, petrochemicals, artificial colors and fragrances, and animal products (except beeswax). Available online and at specialty retailers, as well as mass retailers such as Target – finally!
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