You probably didn't spend too much time thinking about shampoos, lotions, and other such personal hygiene and cosmetic products until news reports started emerging about the prevalence of formaldehyde in them.
The short story is that the United States hasn't updated its cosmetics laws since 1938. As such, you could easily find formaldehyde in baby shampoos sold in the United States. Even in Johnson and Johnson's baby shampoo.
Can you believe it?
Given the news and ingredient lists of Johnson baby shampoos and body washes, we're happy to include them within our best baby shampoo faves. But, we're even happier to look at organic baby shampoos and products with all natural ingredients.
And that's exactly what we did.
To develop this list of safe baby shampoos, we spent a loooong time pouring over ingredient lists to rule out anything with parabens or phthalates, as well as other disgusting ingredients.
Then, we took a look at the reviews of parents to see what they thought. After that, it was a matter of testing products and giving you a list of the best baby shampoos.
The 100 percent natural seed oil blend nurtures baby's skin. And, the thick, soft foam gently cleanses your baby from head to toe.
Though this baby wash and shampoo rinses clean, it may dry out your baby's hair slightly.
You're not going to find anything dangerous for baby in this shampoo. It's made with a 100 percent natural seed oil blend. There are zero parabens, petroleum, sulfates, phthalates, dyes, or artificial fragrances. And, Babyganics does not test its products on animals. It's also been wrung through the wringer by pediatricians and dermatologists so you know it's totally safe for your little one.
The foaming pump makes it easy to use while still keeping a hand on your child (if necessary). It works into a lather quickly and you don't need very much to get the job done. That said, an extra pump or two will give your bath plenty of bubbles. Because it's a body wash and shampoo, you need anything else nearby to ensure your baby is clean. Finally, it rinses out quickly and easily. Could it get any easier?
Yep, it's totally tear-free as proven by moms and dads that have bravely undergone testing for their children.
There's a faint citrus scent accompanying this foaming baby shampoo and wash. It's delicious and all natural, though a little less like that "baby" smell you've come to love.
If you go in for the three-pack, each with 16 fluid ounces - and you buy it at the MSRP - you'll end up paying less than 60 cents per fluid ounce. That's an incredible price for a truly amazing product.
This incredible baby shampoo gently cleanses hair for children from newborns on up. It neither strips the natural oils nor leaves it tangled when you rinse it out.
If only this was a little cheaper! At over $1.60 per ounce, it's not the most affordable (though it is an incredible product).
Though this isn't a completely natural formula, the manufacturers claim that it's 95 percent natural. But, before you become concerned about the five percent, remember that this has been created with the aim of avoiding allergic reactions. It's been tested by dermatologists and pediatricians and the few ingredients that aren't 100 percent natural are there to alleviate cradle cap while remaining hypoallergenic. And, you won't find any of those pesky parabens, phthalates, or phenoxyethanols. So, what's the key ingredient? Avocado perseose which works to reinforce the skin barrier and cells while also getting your baby's hair clean.
While a pump is always appreciated, especially for parents and caregivers of newborns, it's not as if it's difficult to get the product from this bottle. It does the job and rinses easily.
Yep, this is a truly tearless formula.
Oooh, this is a delicious blend of coconut and chamomile. It's sweet and clean without overpowering anyone's senses (or masking the other brilliant baby smells).
You'll pay just over $1.60 per fluid ounce for this baby shampoo. But, if you need assistance with cradle cap or you're bathing a newborn, the price is justified.
This detergent-free formula is safe for newborns and early baths. The soft scent of lavender and vanilla will help children drift off to sleep after bathtime.
It's an awesome formula for newborns, but it's not completely tear-free - so watch where it drips.
For many children, bath time comes just before bedtime. It's a moment of controlled play with mom or dad before settling into a story, some warm milk, and a lovely sleep. Okay, that's the ideal. And, it doesn't hurt to get a bit of assistance in making the dream into a reality. If you need a bit of help getting your little one to calm during your evening routine, this might be just the shampoo and body wash for you. The lavender aroma does more than smell nice; studies also show that it relaxes and reduces stress.
This baby wash naturally balances your baby's skin while also hydrating it. You'll find this natural formula has everything you want; it's non-toxic, vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and hypoallergenic.
This just isn't strong enough for adult hair (sorry) and while it lathers well, you can't expect a lot of super bubbles.
If nothing short of all-natural is important to you, then you absolutely must consider this baby shampoo and body wash from Puracy. The name itself should give it away, even if you don't want to spend time looking through the labels (though you'll probably do that too). It rates the best Environmental Working Group (EWG) Ingredient Safety Scores (Green Category) and this product is also backed by a 100 percent guarantee. That's pretty impressive for any FMCG product, let alone one that retails at this price. We bet that very few people have any reason to complain, however; this is an awesome baby shampoo.
There are no added fragrances, clear formula chemicals, sulfates, or DEA. You also won't find any scent-masking agents; you will, however, spot organic and sustainably-grown ingredients on this label.
Unfortunately, this is just a little pricey for some parents to justify - especially if their baby doesn't battle eczema.
As with any vegan formula, this one is entirely plant and mineral-based. It's also gluten, soy, and dairy-free. On top of that, it's virtually nut-free, with the exception of coconuts. This shampoo and baby wash has been allergy tested and deemed to be completely safe. It's free of clear formula chemicals and scent masking agents. As you would expect, there are no parabens, PABA, phthalates, or dyes in this shampoo either. And, it's been shown to be non-drying. It does have organic aloe vera and soapbark, which work together to maintain a healthy scalp without stripping natural oils. Basically, it could probably be labeled as a healthy, cleansing water.
The pump bottle is excellent and holds a lot more than many other products on this list. However, this is a low-foaming formula and you shouldn't expect to get a gorgeous lather with it. However, an easy rinse is all you need to remove it and leaving it on for a longer period of time will enable you to get tough dirt from hair and skin.
Yes! And that's important without the foaming lather you get with other products.
This isn't the best-smelling shampoo on the list; indeed, it's fragrance-free. But, it's created to alleviate skin sensitivities rather than smell good, and that's the tradeoff.
You'll pay about $1.03 per fluid ounce when you order from Amazon. That's nowhere close to the cheapest baby shampoo on the list. But, it's also not the most expensive. And, for a natural product that helps babies cope with eczema, it's really not a bad price.
This dermatologist-formulated baby wash is hypoallergenic to protect your child's sensitive skin. This no-tears formula is about as irritating as water should it get into baby's eyes during a vigorous bathtime.
You won't get a lot of foam action with this baby wash from Johnson's, and you will need to add a separate moisturizer if your baby has dry skin.
You know this brand. You may have even expected to buy Johnson's baby shampoo as soon as you discovered that a baby was on the way; it's just what you know and trust. There are reasons for that. Hospitals use it, your mother used it, and Johnson's baby anything is recognizable enough that you can expect that all your friends and family use it too. This baby shampoo is hypoallergenic and free from all the little nasties that you don't want anywhere near your baby. And, it's super affordable; if you're on a budget and your baby doesn't have any special skin care concerns, this is the product you want.
This soap-free formula is perfect for babies with skin conditions - or just sensitive skins. Indeed, this baby wash and shampoo from Aveeno is designed to protect against dry skin and eczema (and it's still less than 60 cents per ounce!).
Sadly, this isn't the easiest product to whip into a lather. But then, it doesn't have any soap to assist that process along.
The key ingredient of this awesome baby shampoo and body wash is oatmeal. That's the same with many Aveeno products as it's naturally calming for eczematic and irritated skins. It's soap-free, hypoallergenic, and pediatrician-recommended. And (we know you're wondering), it's paraben-free. If your baby suffers from sensitive skin, it's likely that your dermatologist would recommend this before suggesting the all-natural route. That has as much to do with the fact that this product works as it does brand recognition.
If this shampoo came in a package with a pump, we'd love it even more. That's because it works into a lather easily and spreads through hair and over your babe's body super well. And then, let's talk about the cleaning power that comes while still remaining gentle on baby's skin.
Yes, yes, and yes. It's on the bottle and the company will stand by that statement too.
The light smell of this product is sort of an oatmeal odor. It's deliciously soothing without overpowering that lovely baby smell that you've become addicted to.
Okay, this isn't the cheapest product on the list; it's a pumped up version of our budget pick (Johnson's). If you buy it at the MSRP, you'll pay about 75 cents per fluid ounce. But, you'll never pay the full price on Amazon. Instead, you'll pay closer to 55 cents per fluid ounce, which is a real bargain for the product that you get.