These days, there is no shortage of all-natural, organic, and non-toxic baby skincare products. From soaps to diaper creams, there is something for every baby. When it comes to nourishing your little one’s skin, simplicity is key. After all, a laundry list of chemicals and synthetic fragrances will likely cause adverse reactions. Over the last 10 months, we’ve tried a variety of non-toxic bath and skincare brands — you’ll find a handful of favorites, below. Our list is based on a few things: the item’s efficacy, ingredient list, and smell (or lack thereof).
Ingredients to avoid
Before diving in, let’s take a look at standard ingredients that can cause skin irritation, rashes, and — in extreme cases — respiratory issues.
Most baby products (shampoos, soaps, and moisturizers) contain parabens. For that matter, a majority of adult skincare cosmetics contain parabens. Parabens are a type of preservative, but in essence, are neurotoxins. Among many things, parabens can cause skin irritation and hormone disruption.
Talc is a powdered mineral used in a wide range of consumer goods. It’s found in baby powder and can cause a variety of issues, including lung problems. As a known carcinogen, it should be avoided, entirely.
Like talc, propylene glycol is another carcinogen. It’s a chemical found in many baby products, including some baby wipes. Check for polyethylene glycol (PEG) and polypropylene glycol (PPG) on labels.
Often disguised as fragrances, phthalates are used in moisturizers, lotions, shampoos, and more. Not only are they linked to reproductive birth issues, but they can damage the liver, kidneys, and lungs.
Due to their ability to produce foam, sulfates are synthetic compounds used in products like shampoo. But, sodium lauryl sulfate can cause skin rash, lung, and eye irritation. For babies, they can be especially harmful to sensitive skin.
Formaldehyde can cause allergic reactions, skin irritation, and weaken the immune system. Mainly found in baby shampoos and liquid soaps, formaldehyde is another known human carcinogen.
Triclosan is a synthetic chemical used in skin care products to prevent the growth of bacteria. However, excessive exposure to triclosan can have an adverse effect on a child’s health (skin allergies, eczema, and allergies). Moreover, some studies raise concerns that triclosancan make bacteria antibiotic-resistant.
Top 5 Baby Skincare BRANDS
Thankfully, there are plenty of natural and non-toxic baby care lines on the market. Below are brands we love — companies that care about ingredients, sustainability, and keeping your baby’s skin irritation-free.
We can’t say enough good things about Puracy. Truly. Made with only plant-based, renewable ingredients and minerals, their products are both gentle and safe. Their baby surface cleaner is the best. No harsh chemicals, like parabens, sulfates, dyes, phosphates, chlorine, and formaldehyde are used. We have a variety of their products, but for Wilson, we always keep their shampoo, lotion, and a daily staple: stain remover, on hand.
Made with natural and certified organic ingredients, Babo Botanicals makes skincare products for the whole family. We use their diaper cream (a little goes a long way!), which is free of top allergens and is both cruelty-free and vegan.
I came across Earth Mama Organics when I was pregnant (I used their belly butter), but they support pregnancy, postpartum, and baby skincare needs. Speaking of postpartum, their nipple butter saved me — it’s so soothing and effective. I also put this on my C-section scar. For Wilson, we’ve tried their diaper balm, and after every bath, we put on their calming lavender baby lotion.
From bath care to moisturizers, Burt’s Bees, has gentle, effective, and affordable skincare products. They source responsibly, use recyclable packaging, and their formulas are made without phthalates, parabens, petrolatum, or SLS. Their baby buttermilk soap bar is a favorite, which comes without any added plastic.
As with the other brands listed here, we have a variety of Weleda products in our house. Living in Colorado, a climate that is so dry, Welenda comes in handy every winter. When Wilson has an eczema flare, our go-to is their sensitive care face cream. Their gentle shampoo and body wash also doesn’t dry out his skin. Weleda is headquartered in Europe but sources their ingredients on Weleda farms all over the world. Their formulas are free from synthetic compounds or toxic chemicals, using flower, fruit and root extracts, minerals, essential oils to make all of their environmentally-conscious products.
Last but not least, if you’d prefer, you can always DIY your baby’s skin care. What are some of your favorite baby skincare brands? Drop them in the comments, below. A final note: this blog post does contain affiliate links, which means I will earn a small commission if you choose to purchase any of the linked items. Thank you for supporting this creative passion of mine.