Before I even started my organic and cruelty free journey I subconsciously knew that the products we put on our skin can be harmful. Because I always made sure I used what I thought to be good skin care products on my kids!
I will give you a run down of what I currently use on my little ones. And I will also give you a quick analysis on how safe these products are! Just a quick note on my kids, we recently found out my eldest has eczema. The poor little guy is also allergic to insect bites so comes up in horrible rashes if he gets bitten. We have to be really careful with what products we use on him because of his sensitive skin.
Bath Time Products:
Moo Goo Milk Shampoo
This is a fantastic shampoo that I have used since my eldest was a baby. It smells fantastic, leaves their hair silky soft and has no nasties in it. With the exception of a few of their products they are vegan friendly. The Moo Goo brand gets its name from the fact that their first cream was based on a balm used in dairy farms to help keep the cow’s udders healthy and supple!
They are an Australian brand that has a real cult following in the organic and cruelty free circles. The Moo Goo website is fantastic. They list all their ingredients for each product and also give a brief explanation on what each ingredient is. Moo Goo have a variety of products for a number of different skin conditions, babies and those that just love nasty-free skin care! Have I raved about them enough to convince you to check them out?!
Yes to Baby Carrots Shampoo + Body Wash
This is a relatively new product to us. We only started using this about a month ago. Most everyone has heard of the Yes To brand (Yes To Cucumbers, Yes To Tomatoes, Yes to Coconut etc, etc.) Yes To are an American brand that are a certified member of the leaping bunny program. They try to be as natural as possible but upon inspection of the ingredients there are a few I do not like. Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (see here all about fragrances in skin care), Tocopheryl Acetate (see Yes To’s response to this product, they answer the questions without really answering the question..!) and Retinyl Palmitate (I am not sure that this is doing in a child’s body wash! See here).
We have not used this product for very long so do not have much of an opinion on it. But I will not be re-purchasing this product based on the ingredients in this product.
Change Time Products:
Curash Medicated Nappy Rash Cream
To be honest for nappy rash creams I usually just buy what is on special. I want a product that’s gentle but something that actually works. This Curash cream does the job. When my boys have a very red bottom I will by-pass this and go straight for the Lucas’ Paw-Paw ointment (which I was quite distressed to find out that it is made from petroleum). The good old paw-paw ointment works a treat every time. I put it on and by the next nappy change the bottom in question has absolutely no redness. But I digress, the Curash cream works well on low-grade rashes. I very rarely use any product on their bottoms. I will only use powders or creams when they are irritated. This cream is far from organic and I will not be repurchasing.
Some better creams I would suggest: Badger Balm Baby Balm, Ecostore Baby Nappy Balm, Nature’s Child Organic Bottom Balm, Miessence Baby Barrier Balm and Mambino Organics Little Bottoms Diaper Balm.
Moo Goo Full Cream Moisturiser
I use this on both boys, particularly on my eldest when he has a flare up of eczema. It is a fantastic moisturiser that is so creamy, nourishing and non-greasy. This is one of the non-vegan products as it contains honey and milk protein. I can not rave about this brand enough!
Gaia Natural Baby Powder
As with the nappy rash cream I only use powder when it’s really necessary. In hot and humid Queensland it is sometimes necessary to use a powder to keep things as dry as possible down there to avoid than needing the nappy rash cream. Gaia are a cruelty free, natural and certified organic skin care brand. They have a whole range of baby products which are a bit more expensive compared to Curash or Johnson & Johnson but it’s worth it for the peace of mind.
So there you have it, the lowdown on what products I use on my bundles of joy.