By Jenna Catherine
As Beauty Editor at Eluxe Magazine, it’s no surprise that my true passion is in eco-beauty, but the whole reason for switching from toxic to pure was as a result of becoming pregnant and having my first baby. I was shocked to discover that many personal care products aimed at babies are actually pretty toxic: recently, there was even a woman who successfully sued a top international company, Johnson & Johnson, because the judge ruled that her ovarian cancer was caused by…Baby Powder!
Clearly, there is a serious need to pay attention to the ingredients of products you’re using on your baby. Did you know, for example, that Johnson’s Baby Oil is just mineral oil, which has been proven to block and clog pores? Or that their ‘No More Tears’ shampoo has formaldehyde? Or that Vaseline is a petroleum by-product? Or that many shampoos and body washes for babies contain harsh ingredients like sodium laureth sulfate, which can sting eyes and irritate skin, or ‘fragrance’ which could contain a cocktail of harmful chemicals?
Today, after trying and testing many products, I’d like to share with the best organic skincare for babies.
One of the first most precious moments you spend with your newborn is giving your little one their first bath. We take pictures, we cuddle and wrap them in cute towels, but do we ever think about what’s in the shampoo and body wash that we will be using on them? Truth is, many ‘tear free’ soaps contain chemical numbing agents and other toxic ingredients. Here are a few healthy picks that will gently cleanse and hydrate your precious newborn’s delicate skin without the use of any harsh chemicals or artificial fragrances:
Gentle, scent and SLS free, vegan friendly…what more could you ask for? This is a good alternative to “regular” body washes and soaps. It lathers great, and the pump is very handy. I like to use this one on a body pouf, and it helps keep skin moisturized
A gentle, castile soap with soothing organic calendula, vanilla and sweet orange essential oils. Zero toxins and no artificial fragrance. It’s the perfectly safe baby shampoo, body wash, or hand soap for your entire family. The ingenious self-foaming bottle makes sure the castile soap stays just where you want it.
The perfect alternative to soap, this Baby Bath Tea is a unique product that uses the natural cleansing and soothing properties of organic oats and flowers, plus cocoa butter as a luxurious moisturizer. Together these ingredients work as anti-inflammatory agents to reduce redness and inflammation associated with diaper rash, sunburn, eczema or allergens. Gentle enough for newborns, and beneficial for sensitive or compromised skin.
Based on chamomile, this is scent free and tear free for babies children with sensitive skin. It may also be suitable for those prone to eczema and psoriasis, and is suitable for washing body hair and nappy area. Protects young delicate skin from dryness and irritation.
Prefer a bar soap? This one doesn’t irritate or dry out your baby’s sensitive skin. It contains powerful moisturizing ingredients and is hardened with beeswax to help it last up to 4 times longer than traditional soap.
Keeping our baby’s skin soft and moisturized is so important, especially for babies that have cradle cap or baby eczema. Baby oil can be rubbed all over the scalp, and also works wonders for soothing babies during gentle massage – just make sure your baby oil is 100% mineral oil free. There’s not much to say in terms of reviewing these, as all the oils are pretty pure and simple. Pick them based on the scent that you prefer – or if your baby is allergic to nuts, avoid anything with almond, coconut or macadamia nut oil. They might cost a bit more than regular Mineral Oil, but your baby’s worth it, right?
- Olivier Mon Bebe Sweet Almond Oil
- Weleda Calendula Baby Oil
- Badger Chamomile & Calendula Calming Baby Oil
- Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Baby Oil Rub
- Sophie La Girafe Baby Oil
Every babe needs a soothing, moisturizing lotion. Skip the J&J and others that are full of toxic, carcinogenic preservatives like parabens, and choose one of these organic, healthy options.
Bring cooling comfort to red, dry, itchy, irritated skin with this all natural scent-free formula with calming calendula and raspberry butter. It restores moisture balance, while nourishing probiotics and neem oil fortify and soothe developing skin. And did you know that just like our bellies, skin needs both good and bad bacteria to flourish? The probiotics here ensure that baby skin is balanced and healthy with good bacteria. The cream can also be used to soothe eczema, dermatitis, cradle cap, baby acne or diaper rash.
This is lightly scented, but it’s all natural. It smells a bit like baby wipes and orange, and is formulated with aloe and shea butter to soothe baby’s delicate skin. Hypoallergenic, it can be used for the whole family, especially for those with sensitive skins.
This one gets a five star rating from moms on Amazon (and me, too)! This silky smooth lotion drenches skin with bamboo extract, aloe vera and organic proteins, leaving your baby soft and moisturized. The silica content in the bamboo extract naturally soothes dry, irritated skin to help your baby and anyone in the family who has skin conditions such as eczema. There are no synthetic fragrances or colours and this is gluten, paraben, DEA and cruelty free, as well as vegan friendly.
More Mom Tips
Not much point to using organic creams and oils if you’re just wiping your baby off with chemical laden baby wipes! And make no mistake – most of them are. Harmful parabens, decyl glucoside, polyglyceryl-10 laurate, fragrance, sodium hydroxide and alcohol are just a few ingredients commonly found in baby wipes, even those marketed as being ‘gentle’. Avoid!
Babyganics make some great wipes that are infused with all-natural, plant based ingredients like chamomile to soothe your baby’s skin. But the best wipes you could use are a simple, reusable cotton cloth with some warm water. Don’t forget that baby wipes are not biodegradable and using them every day contributes to the pollution of the planet – is that what you want for your baby’s future?
Diaper Rash Cream
Looking for more new mom lifesavers? A must have in your diaper bag is a diaper rash cream, and one that’s safe for cloth diapering I even better. Use an organic coconut oil to create a natural barrier to prevent diaper rash. Coconut oil really can do double duty, as a moisturizer and also a perfect massage oil. Looking for something a little more heavy duty? Dimpleskins Bum Bum Balm was what I personally for my babies. It has a coconut oil and beeswax as the main ingredients, and also soothing, healing calendula; which will help to heal any minor irritations.
The Right Pacifier
Did you know most pacifiers contain harmful plastics and chemicals? Not so the Goldi dummy, which is made out of 100 % natural rubber and is free from harmful plasticisers. It’s best to use a soother in a cherry shape, as it does not matter which way round they are put in the mouth, and because the shape of the tip is modeled like a breast nipple, which should prevent nipple confusion for a bottle fed baby.
Don’t Forget the SPF
Once your precious babe is over 6 months old, you can start using a baby sunscreen to protect their delicate skin from UV rays. SunSense Toddler Milk is carefully formulated for the delicate skin of children. It gives increased protection against the sun’s harmful radiation yet contains lower levels of those substances which may irritate your child’s sensitive skin. Of course, whenever possible keep children out of direct sunlight, and just protect them with natural shade such as trees and umbrellas and encourage them to wear hats, shirts and other protective clothing.
For the Little Fashionista
Finally, when I first became a new mom, I was worried about the products I was using that would be coming into contact with my precious babe. The first that came to mind was my nail polish, because it can be so toxic. S’N’B’ Mum’s to Be has an entire nail polish line that has all the glamour without the harmful chemicals and toxins. This polish is easily washable with soap and water. It is made with water, acrylic polymer and non-toxic colorant and is designed especially for use during pregnancy or for the new mom. You can feel good about painting your nails with this polish, and know that it won’t be harming your innocent babe.
Plus, when your little one grows and starts begging you to paint their cute little nails, they have an entire line dedicated to children that is safe and non-toxic, called S’nails. Seriously, it’s just the cutest nail polish line, and it’s also safe for your growing little one, too!