A fortnight ago, I launched a little series here on (Not) Just A Mummy about natural skincare for kidlets. You can check out the first post, about de-chlorinating skin naturally, HERE. With so many options out there, it can be tricky knowing what you actually need to use, and what’s an added extra.Things get even more confusing when you try and steer clear of the added ingredients found in many popular ‘baby ranges’ and stick with the natural stuff.
I wrote earlier in the week about natural skincare as a category and the in’s and out’s of the ‘natural’ label (you can find that HERE). The kids skincare market mirrors that of the standard one in that there is a definite shift towards eliminating certain groups of ingredients and increasing the natural and organic options available. Not all natural products are created equally though and it pays to still check the labels to ensure something less than stellar hasn’t snuck into the mix.
I mentioned in the first post of the series that keeping it simple is key. Kids, unless they have a specific skin concern, don’t generally need oodles of product. There are times however when you do need to add something to the bath water to rid a little body of whatever it is they’ve somehow rolled in at the park. Likewise, bubba and toddler hair has a habit of getting kind of gross at times (my sons head is currently sporting a small but defined dreadlock. How it got there, I do not know and I fear it may have to be cut out as no amount of conditioner seems to do the job). A kid specific shampoo (and conditioner if you have a long locked babe), is always good to have on hand as they tend to be that bit gentler than the adult variety.
Here’s my picks for the best body washes, bath soaks and shampoos. I’d love to hear what else you use and love. Feel free to share in the comments!
Billie Goat Soap’s Billie Baby Body Wash, $15.95
Designed for newborn skin, it doesn’t get much gentler than the Billie Goat soap range. I first fell in love with the range when they were starting out with their plain bars of goats milk soap and have loved seeing the evolution into a bunch of fantastic natural prodz for the whole family. Goats milk is especially great for sensitive skin and conditions like eczema which makes this the ideal pick for precious complexions. Free from parabens, SLS, propylene glycol, DEA, fragrance and petrochemicals.
Natural Instinct Baby Bath Wash, $7.95
If you’re looking for something with a bit of scent, the Natural Instinct range is a great option. Formulated using the Natural Ingredient Standard for naturalness, safety and effectiveness in face, body and hair care, all NI products are free from sulphates, petrochemicals, parabens and PEGs, artificial fragrance and colour, propylene glycol, silicones, animal derivatives, PABA & EDTA and mineral oils. The gorgeous scent in this particular wash comes from a mix of organic burdock, chamomile, horsetail, lavender, rosehip and red grape.
Green People Scent Free Baby Wash & Shampoo, $14.95
If you’re looking for a certified organic, fragrance free, ultra (ultra) gentle shampoo then this is the one for you. If your little one suffers from dry, itchy skin, eczema or dermatitis it’s worth switching to a completely fragrance free shampoo. This is due to the fact that the run off from standard formulas can actually exacerbate these kinds of skin conditions. Many parents switch to fragrance free, natural bath and body products but forget about the hair stuff! Free from SLS, parabens, lanolin, methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone, phthalates, artificial perfumes, petrochemicals and colourants.
GAIA Natural Baby Conditioning Detangler, $11.50
Praise the lord for this stuff I say. While my son was a total baldie baby, he’s now the proud owner of a head full of loose curls that get tangled easily. Managing to get shampoo into and out of his hair is hard enough, without worrying about conditioner. I use this spray once a week (after I’ve washed his hair, usually after his swimming lesson) and it works a treat. Like all Gaia products, it’s free from artificial fragrance, petrochemicals, mineral oils, lanolin, phthalates, soap, sulphates, paraben preservatives and propylene glycol.