Grace has fallen into the trap of kid marketing. She has started asking me to buy her junk at the grocery store that is decorated with her favorite cartoon characters. I don’t deprive my kids of treats, but there are some things I don’t want to buy.
“Grace, I’m not going to buy that because it really isn’t good for you.”
“If it isn’t good for kids, why is it here?”
“Some people still buy it and eat it even though it isn’t good.”
I’m starting to lay down the foundation with Grace that not every item in the store is an item that is good for her. This is a concept all of us know and understand. I don’t think many of us are fooled into thinking that candy bars are a health food.
However, I would place bets that most of us are fooled into thinking that the products lining the shelves in the bath and beauty aisle are safe for us and our kids. Unfortunately, that simply is not true.
In 2013 Johnson & Johnson admitted that their baby products contained ingredients that are known to cause cancer. You may be tempted to rid your bathroom of all Johnson & Johnson products, but your purge won’t be effective until you take a good look at all of your bath and body products.
Dangerous chemicals like phthalates and parabens are used regularly in bath and body products. Unless your products clearly state “phthalate & paraben free” on the label, you are likely using a potentially harmful product.
So if you don’t want to use the popular Johnson & Johnson brand on your little ones, what should you use?
10 Safer Bath and Body Products for You and Your Kids
I don’t claim that any of these safer bath and body products are 100% safe or perfect, but they are items that I have bought and used in my own home. Some of the links below are affiliate links.
1. Babyganics Foaming Body Wash & Shampoo – I’ve tried a couple different soap options for my kids and so far this one is my favorite.
2. Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm – I have only used conventional diaper rash cream on my babies a handful of times. It has such a strong medicine smell (even through the diaper!) and it makes me nervous. This diaper rash cream from Earth Mama Angel Baby has a very soft, natural scent. It has been effective for my babies.
4. Tom’s of Maine Toothpaste for Kids – This comes in a fluoride or fluoride free option.
5. Earth Mama Angel Baby Lotion – I like the way this lotion smells. I’ve used it on my babies and myself.
6. Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap – This super concentrated soap can be used on your body or in homemade cleaning products. It comes in a variety of scents. Make sure you don’t use the peppermint scent on sensitive body parts (like a baby’s bottom) because it can tingle. You shouldn’t experience that with the other scents.
7. Organic Coconut Oil – You can use coconut oil in the kitchen or the bathroom. I use it on a regular basis as a moisturizer, lip balm, or to keep frizz under control. It can also be used as a diaper rash cream.
8. Tom’s of Maine Bar Soap – This is available in my regular grocery store and I use it on a regular basis.
9. Garnier Fructis Pure & Clean Shampoo and Conditioner – This is not a perfect product, but I have been using it for months. I like it because: it isn’t pricey, it is available at my grocery store, and it is paraben & dye free. I’ve tried more natural shampoo options, but I haven’t found one I love.
10. Everyday Shea Bubble Bath – When I buy bubble bath for my children, this is the brand that I always get.
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When it comes to making changes to your beauty routine and striving to live a more natural life, start with the baby steps. You don’t need to throw out all of your conventional products at once and start from scratch. As you use up one of your products, try to replace it with a more natural option. Look to see if any of these safer bath and body products above are available at your grocery store or big box store or add one of them to your next Amazon order.
What are your favorite natural bath and body products? Have you tried any these safer options?
Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. Like I said earlier in the post, I don’t claim to have found the most perfect and natural products out there. This is simply a good starting point.