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Oh, man! I've been doing a lot of research lately on safe, natural, American made non-toxic beauty products that don't have harmful ingredients in them. I know that sounds weird. How could baby products have harmful ingredients like petroleum? Well, there is so much green washing, it's difficult to know what products are really natural. You can be sure that these petroleum free baby products are.
I've done multiple online searches trying to find brands that offer the safest alternatives for babies. Even the brands you think are safe, because you know them, you use them, or they appear to be green-friendly, surprisingly, many of them are not.
I started using an app called Think Dirty. You scan your bath and beauty products to see what ingredients are in them. If they are harmful, you can see what harm they cause.
Many baby products contain synthetic ingredients that are known carcinogens, and linked to cancer. I think that's pretty scary, so I wanted to provide brands and products that offer safe alternatives. Naturally, all of my picks are American Made too.
Badger Balm Calming Baby Oil is made from Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil, CO2 Extract of Calendula, and Essential Oil of Roman Chamomile. Baby oil that reads, mineral oil and perfume, we don't want you. Shop the Badger Balm Amazon store.
Nature's Baby Organics Silky Baby Powder is talc-free, non-irritating, absorbent powder for diaper area, under arms and chin. The baby powder you might be familiar with is made of talc and fragrance. Talc is a known carcinogen, and possibly linked to ovarian cancer. If it means I have to get in touch with my silky side, I'm all in. Shop the Nature Baby Organic's Amazon store.
California Baby Calendula Cream is excellent for use on general diaper area. Botanically based, the light and fluffy Calendula Cream contains the ingredient of Calendula, which has been used to soothe the skin for centuries. Petroleum and its byproducts, in fact, have not been used to soothe skin for centuries. Visit the California Baby Amazon store.
Dr. Bronner's Liquid Castile Soap, made of water, organic coconut oil, potassium hydroxide, organic palm kernel oil, organic olive oil, organic hemp oil, organic jojoba oil, citric acid, tocopherol. Use this as shampoo, body wash, and bubble bath. Move aside Johnson & Johnson, there's no place for your baby shampoo. Shop the Dr. Bronner's Amazon store.
Waxelene, the petroleum jelly alternative made of four simple ingredients including, organic soy and rosemary oil, beeswax, and vitamin E oil. Petroleum jelly, you're not welcome here anymore. Visit the Waxelene Amazon store.
Please consider sharing this post with anyone who's pregnant or has children. I encourage you to scan one beauty product you use daily with the Think Dirty app. See what ingredients are in it, and if they are harmful, find out what the side effects of that ingredient are.
I’m so proud of myself with this list because I’ve either heard of these brands or used them with my daughter. I started looking at more natural options once she was born.
Lots of good ones on here. I love the castile soaps. This soap works for young and for old. I think going back to basics isrally the best idea.
The waxelene is interesting to me, not because I have a baby but because I have a mother, lol. She actually has to use oxygen now & you cannot use petroleum based products on the face or anywhere near it because the oxygen might cause it to leave burns! I had no idea Waxelene existed!
I use unscented Dr. Bronner’s soap daily for myself and for multiple uses.
Thanks Jill for sharing useful info with us. ‘Think dirty’ is a great application.
I’m so glad you enjoyed the post!
We love Waxelene! It’s perfect for dry skin, rough heels and lip gloss. It is easily our most used item for kids and adults in our house.
Think Dirty sounds like an amazing app — definitely going to download that one!
I can’t tell you how much I’ve waited for a post like this. I’m a GIANT fan of the Environmental Working Group that researches and exposes chemicals in everyday products, like make-up, baby care, skin care, etc.
Yes, I love products made in the America but to hit my buying trifecta, it must also rate low on EWG’s toxicity scale and be from a company that is not affiliated with animal testing.
I don’t buy any products anymore without seeing how they rank in the EWG skindeep database.
Anything Dr. Bronner’s … love it all the way! Gosh this reads like a commercial but I can’t help it. I love when people get the word out about toxins in everyday products.
Thanks for this post!
Love finding out about new products. This is great cause I’m about to start shopping for baby 🙂 in the next couple of months and this information is great to know.
I’m glad you enjoyed the post, Sean! I think small steps to eliminate petro-toxins from our everyday routine is easier when we know the alternatives out there!