Suggestions for Organic And/or Gentle Baby Cleansers & Lotions

Updated on June 12, 2008
A.R. asks from Quincy, MA
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Hi-
I was just wondering if anyone had suggestions and experiences with product lines that feature chemical free, all natural baby wash and lotions. Now that the warmer weather is here, my daughter will be getting more frequent baths and I want to be sure I am using the most gentle products to help keep her skin healthy and soft.

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I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you ladies that responded to my request. I was very happy to see all the suggestions so quickly! I decided to start with Burt's Bees b/c it is easy to find and I am a already a fan of the Mama's lotion for the pregnant belly. We'll see how this goes; however, I am glad to know that I have back-up products to try next if need be.

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L.L.

answers from Burlington on

Hi A.,
I belong to Melaleuca and absolutely love their baby wash, as well as their other products.
Let me know if you are interested and I can set you up.
L.

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L.M.

answers from Boston on

California Baby is a nice product line... AND it's easily available at Target or online. Best of luck to you!!!

L.

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G.S.

answers from New London on

I have a 1 year old and I use little twig organic products. We sell them at organik in mystic and they are great. They even make an unscented for extra sensitive skin.

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C.R.

answers from Boston on

Hi:
We use Ecover laundry detergent and cleaning products. A wonderful company and gentle products to babies and the environment. Also, California Baby is a line I recommend. We use their baby soap/shampoo and bought their sunscreen. It is expensive, but we use it sparingly. I often just bathe our baby with warm water to avoid using soap/products with each bath. I hope this was helpful!

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J.A.

answers from Boston on

I love California Baby products, you can buy them in bulk straight from the company. All natural, chemical free and smell great. The only thing I don't like about the baby wash is that it doesn't lather up very much but it seems to do the job. I bought the gallon size of their lavender and tee tree oil baby wash last August and I don't think I have gone through half the container. I use it to bath my two girls every night and use it in their soap dispensers. Tee tree oil is suppposed to be a natural lice deterent.

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A.W.

answers from Jacksonville on

I use a shampoo made by Modern Organic Products. It's a formula especially for infants and toddlers called pear shampoo. I use it all over on body and hair and it works great for my 2 boys with eczema prone sensitive skin. You can check out the company website at www.mopproducts.com and look under the products and shampoos tab. I'm not sure where to buy it around here, as we just moved here, but it's sold online and at salons and you can look up locations on their website. Good luck!

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A.C.

answers from Boston on

Hi A. -

We use products from Aubrey Organics and California Baby.

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A.C.

answers from Pittsfield on

I'm using Weleda, Burts Bees, Jason, and Dr. Bronners.
Don't believe anything that says "natural." If you want organic, you may have to go to a health food store or co-op, although Stop + Shop and Price Chopper both have Burts Bees and some other less evil options. Avoid ingredients you can't pronounce unless they're the scientific names of plants. There are also lots of resources for making your own soaps and cleaning products if you're crafty. They make great gifts. One year I made chap stick for people, you'd have thought I was Madame Curie!

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H.A.

answers from Boston on

Another site to look at is www.safemama.com. This site has all sort of info on both baby products where it offers suggestions of healthy and safe bath products along with info on plastics and other potentially harmful chemical related products we have in our homes. It also uses the cosmetics database as a reference, so you know they are working in conjunction and won't get conflicting information.
Good luck!

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M.C.

answers from Hartford on

I like nature's gate. I use many of their products for my whole family because most of us have sensitive skin. I find that their ingredients are very basic and pure and there's alot less residue.

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J.A.

answers from Boston on

I use the Arbonne baby products on my children (if you don't know a consultant, my neighbor Carolann is an Arbonne consultant - email her at: [email protected]____.com). It's really good, especially for sensitive skin and it's all natural. I am sure Carolann can tell you a lot more about the line. All I know is that it works and is gentle.

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R.F.

answers from Boston on

Aubrey and Weleda are 2 wonderful companies that have great baby care lines. We carry they in the store where I work and customers love them. California Baby is also another company we carry although not their baby washes and shampoos but we do special order them for Moms who love them as well.

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M.L.

answers from Portland on

We really like the California Baby line of products. They are roughly $10 a bottle for any of their products and a little goes a long way. The bottles seem to last forever.

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L.G.

answers from Boston on

Hi A.,

I tried Burt's Bees and Avalon Organics lotions and oils and they both gave my baby a rash. The things that worked best for us were
1) Aquaphor (this isn't organic, and it is petroleum based, but it is unscented and very mild, and 2) organic grapeseed oil.

I don't sell either of these things out of my home.

You can get Aquaphor and pretty much any drugstore and the grapeseed oil I got at Whole Foods.

E.T.

answers from Boston on

Hi A., Shaklee offers an all-natural baby shampoo & baby bath in one that is great. It is called "Small Wonder", and they also have a creamy baby oil. You can check these out at my web site www.emilytaft.com as I am a Shaklee Distributor. I give this duo as a new baby gift whenever the occasion arrives, and the moms have been really happy with the products and continue to order the shampoo & baby bath. The baby oil is great but is mostly used just on infants, and some pediatricians now frown on using any oil; so it is a personal choice - as is everything. Please let me know if I can answer any questions. When you open up my home page, click "Personal Care" on the menu at the left of the page. Then scroll down and click into "Baby Care". Then click into "Baby Shampoo & Bath". Here you can read about it and also scroll down under the pricing to click into the red icon that says "Read Label", which will tell you exactly what the ingredients are. If you choose to order, just proceed as you would at any other secure website. Please contact me with any questions at all. If you are local, I would be happy to include what you want in my next order and deliver it to you if that is more convenient for you. I am in Georgetown - where are you? Please let me know. Best Wishes. E. Taft ###-###-#### [email protected]____.com

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M.P.

answers from Burlington on

Weleda has a childrens line of healthy options. I used their calendula bar soap for bath time, a warming apricot after bath oil, and calendula cream for any skin irritation; diaper area or elsewhere. You can find weleda at most health food stores. they do make sampler kits, so you can try it out on a small scale first. My children are 12 & 9 and I still use weleda products with them. Give it a try, I hope you like it. To look closer at the company and it's products go to their website; usa.weleda.com

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D.M.

answers from Sacramento on

Take a look at the ingredient list and make sure that there is no quaternium-15 (formaldahyde) on the list. Many baby washes have it as one of the main ingredients. So scary!! Let me know if you're interested in learning more about better, safer products sold by Melaleuca. They're an absolutely great company that does not put harmful chemicals in their products and they have a home, bath, cosmetic, baby/kids, phamaseudical, vitmain, and pets line.

D.
www.yourfamilyfreedom.com

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S.C.

answers from Bangor on

I have had great success shopping from an online store that offers safe, chemical free products. I have especially loved the products that I use for the kids. They have a bath oil & skin therapy lotion called Renew that uses tea tree oil as a healer. It's called Renew & one product that I won't ever be without! You can go to www.melaleuca.com to see more info & can get personal help by requesting more info. from my website - www.collins.advancingwithus.com. Hope this helps! We sure have seen an amazing difference in our home since swithing from traditional name brand products to these & are saving time & money too!

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K.F.

answers from Boston on

Hi A.,

I am a representative with a wonderful wellness company called Melaleuca. We have really great products that are all natural and they have been a great addition to our family. The lotions are wonderful and the kids shampoo and body wash are great as well. My children love them. I would love to help you with anything you need and are products are 100% guaranteed. Please email me at [email protected]____.com if interested and check out www.melaleuca.com for yourself. I hope you find what works best for you and your child.

K.

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V.J.

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Weleda is excellent and smells wonderful (also easy to find i.e. Whole Foods)! Weleda uses biodynamic ingredients (biodynamic agriculture has higher standards than organic). Druide is also so good, but a little harder to find try Hatched (5 Green St. in Jamaica Plain) or online. They have the most amazing foam baths (try "Breathing"). They are a small company based in Canada that uses organic ingredients.

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R.B.

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Sweet Grass Farm makes a Farm Baby line that is all natural and smells great! They have a baby wash and lotion. I like the fact that they're all natural and from New Hampshire so there a relatively local company.

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M.W.

answers from Providence on

Hi A.,

I am a sales consultant with The Happy Soul...The Happy Soul is a retailer of aromatherapy & spa products that sell exclusively through *Home Party, *Catalog, & *Internet Sales.
The Happy Soul is happy to report that our line of Pure Bath products are paraben free and chemical free. Our Pure Bath line is an unscented line so you can mix your own custom scents or leave it unscented!
Our Gentle skin cleanser is gentle enough to use on baby and baby any skin that it touches. You can mix it with Pure Lavender essential oil for a nice before bedtime relaxing bath for baby! I have a 2 year old that I do that for and he loves it!
If you have any questions or want more information you can email me [email protected][email protected]____.com or you can check out the website at thehappysoul.com

I'm sorry to sound like a billboard but they are really wonderful products and I have fallen in love with everything that I have tried!

Good luck and I hope you find what you are looking for!

ps-I have a great recipe for all natural bug repellant made with essential oils that is safe for children. CHEMICAL FREE!

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H.A.

answers from Hartford on

Hi A.-
I would start by finding ingredients that you definitely don't want to be putting on your kids. it is more complicated than one product line. you can look at livingorganiclife.org- the provide a toxic list of ingredients to avoid. parabens- which are in almost everything as a preservative, mimic hormones in the body- very scary over a lifetime. there are so many others.... aubrey organics also has a littel toxic ingredients list you can get at a health food store. in general, you won't find anything non-toxic at walmart or any of those stores....
good luck. really it's such a good choice in many ways. these companies making these toxic products are contaminating our world, the people who live around the toxic factories and the people who use their products...people just really don't know yet the dangers of this chemical revolution...congrats for being more aware than most and searching for the truth....your kids will thank you some day.
heidi

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A.B.

answers from Boston on

I really like the Arbonne baby care line. It's a little pricey, but it last a long time, so it may be worth it. It's the only thing that doesn't dry my kids skin out!

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C.R.

answers from Boston on

In my research, the mildest, most basic baby products I've found are Aubrey Organics baby shampoo and soap. All organic, no fragrances or synthetics of any kind, and pretty simple ingredients. I use their shampoo for my daughter and I love it. The Weleda line has a nice calendula soap. For lotions- the best thing I've found is organic virgin olive oil! Avoid anything with lavender or tea tree essential oils in it, or anything in a plastic tube with a #7, or in metallic containers as each of those things can leach estrogen-mimicking substances.

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M.M.

answers from Lewiston on

I am not sure where you live but I have bought all kinds of products at Shaws Supermarket. They have a huge selection of those products....anything you need, they have it (lotions, soaps, baby products, wipes, all kinds of organic products etc).

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R.H.

answers from Boston on

Arbonne and Burts bees are my favorites. Arbonne is vegan (in case that is important to you), and it's great for sensitive skin, but it's expensive. You have to get it from a consultant (apparently there are a lot of them on mamasource so shouldn't be a prob). Burt's bees is less expensive, just as nice IMO and available in most supermarkets in the organic/natural section.

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S.J.

answers from Hartford on

I always look up any products I use on my daughter in the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep website http://www.cosmeticdatabase.com They have lists of products - soaps, lotions, sunscreens, diaper creams... - with safety ratings. You'd be surprised at how many products you think are safe to use that are not, including some with organic ingredients.

I found a soap/shampoo on Skin Deep that I love, called Nature's Paradise Baby Organic 2 in1 Foam Coconut shampoo and body wash. The only ingredients are water and coconut oil and extracts. It smells great and is VERY gentle. I just googled the product name and ordered it online. I highly recommend it and checking out that website.
Good luck!

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J.E.

answers from Hartford on

I've used Burts Bees for my baby (now a toddler) and for myself as well. And believe me, it's tough to find Paraben-free products!

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C.M.

answers from Boston on

Hi A.,
I work for a wellness company that manufactures chemical free, non-toxic products. They have products for children like tear-free body wash with ingredients naturally derived from coconuts and oats, natural vitamin E, aloe vera, and chamomile.
If you would like to contact me to discuss these gentle products for babies please feel free to email me at [email protected]____.com
Good Luck!

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L.C.

answers from Barnstable on

Hi A.,

I've been using "organic" and/or chemical free products on myself and my daughter who is 2 1/2 now since I was pregnant.

I have found the best body wash/shampoo is California Baby. My daughter has a slight case of exzema, and this has not irritated her skin. I believe the have all different kinds of things in the line of product. It is made with lavender, no parabens, harsh synthetics, etc. If you can't find that, I started out using the Aubrey Organics line before I found California Baby. Good luck in your search!

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M.C.

answers from Boston on

I've liked everything I've tried from Burt's Bees - I also hear really good things about Weleda's Calendula baby line (orange packaging - they have it at Babies R' Us and health food stores).
M.

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E.P.

answers from Boston on

Hi A.,

I use Dr. Bronner's for all of my baby's needs and for my own.

E. P.

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L.C.

answers from Bangor on

Hi A.,
Arbonne http://www.seethedifference.myarbonne.com has a wonderful baby line. No nuts, mineral oil, fragrances or dyes are in the products. Very good price and you use so little for each application it lasts a long time. They are in a squeeze bottle, but you can purchase the pumps separately for a dollar and reuse them and it is easier when you have only one hand to use. I have samples if you want to try one before you buy. Let me know. L.

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P.S.

answers from Portland on

Hi A.,

I am an independent consultant with Arbonne International and have the perfect baby line for you to try! The product is fragrance and chemical free... PLUS... we do not have any animal by-products in any of our products. The ABC (arbonne baby care) line is very gentle and made of the finest botanicals. We do not use any nuts in this product! I would be happy to send you a sample of the baby line if you would like to try it. Let me know your address and I will get that out to you!

Pam

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M.W.

answers from Bangor on

Burt's Bees Baby Bee products are nice.

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K.S.

answers from Burlington on

Hi A.. I agree with you on this point. I have used many products that you can get in the drug store and my kids did not agree with them at all. I have an almost 4 year old and 20 month, both girls. I switched to different products about two years ago that a friend of mine recommended to me, I loved them so much and so dod my kids, that I eventually became a rep or the company. It is called Arbonne ABC Baby Care. The whole line is vegan certified, botanically based and I find to be the most gentle products I have ever used on my kids. The suds from the wash can actually get in their eyes and not bother them. I was so excited because it made bath time so much better. They have hair and body wash, body lotion, body oil, sunscreen (works so well), and diaper rash cream. The other thing is that there are no fragrances or dyes added to them, so I have never had an issue with any irritation. Check it out if you have a chance, you can go to the website www.arbonne.com and if you have any questions I would be more than happy to give you some more info. I hope this was helpful!! I like you want to make sure that what I am putting on my kids is healthy for them! K. Symula

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R.D.

answers from Boston on

Have you tried Arbonne Baby Care Products? They are all an all natural product line developed exclusively for babies & children and adults with senstive skin. There is a hair & body wash, body lotion, body oil, SPF 30+ waterproof sunscreen & an awesome diaper cream which I have often used on rashes on my own body from the garden.

I use these products on my own child and find them extremely gentle & effective, they do not have any added fragrnces, chemicals or animal by-products & are not tested on animals.

I have used Arbonne products for a little less than 5 yrs myself and really think they are the best! Let me know if you'd like help getting some!

Hope this helps!

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S.C.

answers from Boston on

Try the website www.cosmeticdatabase.com. It's through a company called Skin Deep. They are an independent research firm. When I gave birth to my little guy one of my postpartum nurses told me about it. Some of the big Boston hospitals (Brigham and Women's, Saint Elizabeth's) stopped using baby wipes altogether because of the potentially toxic substances in the wipes. they use only washclothes and warm water.Skin deep rates all the baby products (wipes, lotions, cleansers etc) Great website!

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T.M.

answers from Lewiston on

Hi A.,
I use Koala Pals Tear Free body wash. It is from a company called Melaleuca. They also have baby lotions and other kids stuff. They have over 400 everyday products that are all natural. If you would like more information on how to get their products, please email me at [email protected]____.com or you can call me at ###-###-####.
-T.

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L.K.

answers from Boston on

The Good Health Food Store in Hanover on Rt. 53 has lots of organic baby washes. The best I found were Burt's Bee's brand. They have a lotion, bar shampoo, baby wash, and so on. Smells wonderful!
L.
Mom of 6 and 3 year old girls, baby #3 due in August

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S.S.

answers from Boston on

We use Berts Bees stuff. Wash and baby oil. They smell great and are very gentle.
-S.

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L.S.

answers from New London on

Visit the website http://www.cosmeticdatabase.com and click the babycare link. The items that score the lowest, like 1-3 on a 1 to 10 scale, pose the least amount of hazard for your baby's health.

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