When choosing bathing-related products, it’s really important to go organic. You’ll want to choose the best organic baby shampoo for your baby, and definitely avoid traditional brands that use harmful chemicals. Note that any baby shampoo you use can also be used as a body wash, so you won’t need to purchase a separate product to wash your baby.
Why Use an Organic Baby Shampoo?
“Myth – The government prohibits the use of all dangerous chemicals in personal care products, and companies wouldn’t risk using them.
Fact – With the exception of color additives and a few prohibited substances, cosmetics companies may use any ingredient or raw material in their products without government review or approval (FDA 2005).” –EWG Skin Deep Cosmetics Database
Because babies’ little bodies and system are not fully developed and can be extra sensitive, it’s important to select healthy, non-toxic bathing products to limit exposure to harmful chemicals. Sadly, mainstream personal care products often are the biggest offenders when it comes to including harsh and harmful chemicals in their products – including baby and children’s products. No longer can we feel safe using mainstream brands like Johnson & Johnson or Aveeno Baby (owned by J&J). Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, for example, contains artificial food dyes, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate that can cause allergies or irritation, and highly irritating fragrances that receive a “High Hazard” rating from EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database.
Choosing a natural, preferably (mostly) organic, and non-toxic baby shampoo and body wash for your little one is an absolute must, and the good news is that most of these products are relatively affordable. Thanks to the EWG, we have great data to help us make healthy choices when it comes to baby shampoos and body washes.
Choosing The Best Organic Baby Shampoo:
This is the soap we have been using since the very beginning with our son. In my opinion, it’s the very best organic baby shampoo available.
It is so pure and gentle that it’s suitable for babies with very sensitive skin – and even for baby’s very first bath. I love this company and am so thankful for this product! It is a gentle castile-based soap made with organic calendula, and contains no fragrances, Triclosan, phthalates, parabens, petroleum products, dyes, or sulfates. It is such a natural formulation that it is also not tear-free, which means that you’ll need to be careful when using the product near baby’s eyes.
Certified organic by Oregon Tilth, the Non-Scents shampoo is also vegan and gluten-free. They do offer a lavender body wash as well as an orange-scented wash, but I believe in going conservative when it comes to using fragrances on babies (even essential oils) and sticking with the unscented version.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 1 with no risks identified.
An organic shampoo and body wash, Babytime’s Playful Wash is a calendula and aloe-based soap. This product is great for sensitive skin and has been considered by many moms to have even healed their child’s eczema.
It contains fragrances made naturally from citrus oils (organic tangerine extract), and has a light, fresh scent. Please note that this product is not tear-free (which is preferred because companies usually use chemicals to make their products tear-free), so you’ll need to be careful when using this product near baby’s eyes. I don’t love that this product is scented, but overall it seems like a great option for babies, especially those with sensitive skin. It definitely makes the list of best organic baby shampoo. EWG Skin Deep Rating: 1
The Honest Co. makes a natural, hypoallergenic, tear-free shampoo and body wash that contains no sodium laurel sulfate, sulfates, parabens, synthetic fragrances, dyes, formaldehyde carriers, monoethanolamine (MEA), diethanolamine (DEA), triethanolamine (TEA), or common allergens. Many of its ingredients are organic (but not all, so this isn’t a 100% organic baby shampoo).
EWG’s Skin Deep Database has limited information available on this product, but in general a quick scan at the ingredients list yields relatively low ratings of 1-2. In general, it’s safest to use an unscented product; I even prefer to avoid products that are naturally scented, or scented with essential oils, because you just don’t know exactly how these unnecessary additives might affect your little one.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 1 with some concerns identified, including risk of irritation.
The Gentle Nursery’s Top Pick:
In my experience, the best organic baby shampoo and body wash is the Earth Mama Angel Baby Non-Scents Shampoo & Body Wash. It’s so pure and gentle and is certified organic.