A good friend of mine said it best (in reference to Johnson and Johnson baby wash):
“I couldn’t even use it. How could I put it on my baby’s skin when it has been tested on animals?”
I couldn’t agree more. Our house is a “no animal testing” zone. Our cleaning products–from laundry to the floors–are earth-friendly and animal-friendly, as are our health and beauty products. Bonus, these two wonderful qualities tend to go hand-in-hand. I’ve tried several of the mainstream brands of baby products (some gifted and some I purchased myself) and thought I’d share my faves for your future purchasing decisions.
You need three simple items when it comes to baby body care. Soap, lotion, and diaper cream.
Soap: Burt’s Bees Bubble Bath (or the combined shampoo/body wash) win. It isn’t ridiculously sudsy and it smells great. I do not at all love that Burt’s Bees was purchased by Clorox a few years ago (Clorox is a massive corporation that does test on animals), so I may search for a different product. However, I do like that my purchasing shows Clorox that consumers do not want crap that has been tested on our furry friends. Mixed feelings there.
Lotion: I love Method Squeaky Clean Baby Body Lotion! Oh it smells nice (rice milk and mallow apparently make it smell so yummy) and it is super affordable at $5.50. Babies smell great on their own, but I can’t help but want to just eat my child up even more when his hair is all fuzzy and clean and he smells like this moisturizer.
Diaper Cream: I’ve tried a few (even a sample of Desitin, another Johnson and Johnson product bleh). I dig the Burt’s Bees version the best purely because the smell is lovely. Diaper creams generally have zinc in them as the active ingredient, so I don’t know if one is actually more effective than the other. I will try California Baby next because it has tea tree oil in it and I believe tea tree is miracle medicine for all skin related issues. Even though we use cloth diapers part-time and we change diapers (nearly OCD) frequently, my baby’s little bum does look irritated sometimes after a #2 or at the edges of the diaper when using disposable. Plus, I’m just plain terrified of real diaper rash, so I load this stuff on as a preventative measure.
Two more very luxurious products
Mustela Multi-Sensory Bath is pretty blissful. I put just a tiny smidge in the bath water and it has an appealing scent and it isn’t drying or irritating to skin at all. It makes already silky baby skin even silkier. This company does not proudly display that it is animal-friendly on it’s packaging, but the website confirms the company doesn’t test on animals and aside from beeswax, no animal derivatives are used either. Further, they keep junky contaminates like BPA out of their products. Apparently they have fabulous stretch mark products, which will be a next purchase (light hair, light eyes, and a ton of amniotic fluid…I didn’t stand a chance in the battle against stretch marks on my belly).
Debra’s Rhapsody Soothing Baby Powder smells like what heaven must smell like. Plus, all-natural, healing ingredients are used. Aside from diaper cream, this powder can be used to soothe any skin irritations baby may have. I confess, I sometimes shake some on myself merely because it smells so darn good.
I’ll be sure to share any other really wonderful products I discover along the way. However, with all the baby stuff that takes over a home, my advice is to keep it simple and don’t buy a bunch of stuff. It isn’t necessary. Find a few things you like and stick to them.