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  1. Karolina says

    Hi Maria,
    First of all I wanted to thank you for all the hard work and research you put into your articles. I don’t really buy anything for my kids anymore without consulting your website first. I just have a question about the babo botanicals baby lotion. One of the ingredients is emulsifying wax. From my understanding this is not a natural ingredient and some people argue that it is toxic. Emulsifying wax is rated 4 on the skin deep database which I find concerning since a product (babo baby lotion) containing an ingredient rated a 4 is verified by the ewg. Shouldn’t all the ingredients be 0-2? What are your thoughts on this? Is there any way to verify that babo uses vegetable based oils rather then petroleum oils to derive the wax?

    Thank you so much for your time!

    Karolina

  2. Maatecare says

    Maaté’s Body Butter contains Sesame Oil, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Aloe Barbadensis, Kokum Butter, Moringa Seed Oil, Orange Oil, Coriandrum Sativum Extract, Saffron Oil, Vetiver Oil, Marigold Oil and Rosemary Oil which ensures your baby’s sensitive skin gets the comfort and protection it needs. This baby body lotion gives you intensely moisturizing experience that will provide long-lasting hydration to your little one while promoting the growth of healthy skin cells and boosting collagen.

  3. Rose Anna says

    Any thoughts on the baeo baby brand? I know it’s newer to the marketplace and wonder if you’ve tried or analyzed it?

  4. Analu says

    Hi Maia,

    I am obsessed with the smell of Noodle & Boo’s super soft lotion for babies, can you please advice if it is Good Stuff or if it’s at least Okay Stuff??? I am hoping and praying it is because I absolutely love the smell of it for my newborn baby girl!!!

    Please advise, thanks!

  5. Chenden says

    Thank you for this fabulous post. I have a question. For a new parent that is researching the best baby products to buy, which product will you recommend as the must-have before every other product? Thank you.

  6. Tierney says

    I just love your site! I get excited every time you post a new guide or update one. I have jumped on the Tubby Todd bandwagon mainly because it’s so cute and trendy but I think I might return to my trusty Earth Mama brand lotion, it’s been a favorite for over 5 years now. THANK YOU for all you do!!!

  7. Megan says

    I am so appreciative for your site and all of your research, Maia! I am a physician and find your information very helpful for my family and my patients. Do you have any thoughts on the Puracy line of products?

    • John Goss says

      Hi Megan,
      John here from Gimme the Good Stuff…
      Thanks for the kind words about our work and website.

      Unfortunately the Puracy line does not appear to qualify as “Good Stuff”.

      BENZISOTHIAZOLINONE is a skin lung and eye irritant. It is also associated with allergic reactions and has immunotoxicity/ecotoxicology concerns.

      “Natural Fragrance” is a very broad term that can obfuscate what is actually in their “proprietary” blend. Generally speaking, anything with the word “fragrance” is suspect for containing phthalates and I could not help but notice that when they list what is NOT in their products, they do not list phthalates. That is a big concern.

      PHENOXYETHANOL has a fairly high concern for organ system toxicity.

      TOCOPHERYL ACETATE is associated with allergies, immunotoxicity, cancer and ecotoxicology.

      Puracy, at first glance, looks exactly like the reason we started Gimme the Good Stuff. It is marketed directly to folks who wish to avoid concerning chemistry but, in fact, has a fair amount of concerning chemistry. Remember that no amount of nontoxic ingredients in a product erases the toxic ones.

      You can contact me directly at john@gimmethegoodstuff.org to discuss this further. I’d be happy to help you (and thus your patients) find the Good Stuff.

      Best,
      John

      • Megan says

        Thank you so much for your thorough reply, John! I will stick with the “good stuff” products previously recommended!
        Megan

  8. Kelly T. says

    Did Acure stop making that Bare Baby Lotion? Yours are out of stock, I couldn’t find it on Acure’s website, and it’s on Amazon for a ridiculous price…

    Also, what are your thoughts on the brand 100% Pure? These are their ingredients for their baby lotion: Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Juice) Leaf Extract*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Theobroma Cacao (Organic Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Oil, Lonicera Caprifolium Flower and Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Citral**, Limonene** and Linalool** * Certifed Organic ** Component of Natural Essential Oil

    • Robin Jaworski says

      I am wondering the same as Kelly! I used the Acure bare baby for a while but read they were discontinuing the baby line. So I switched to the acure simply unscented instead…but that too is now impossible to find. Whole Foods and Amazon used to readily carry it but not anymore. Very frustrating. Now I see the same occurrence with Eco-Me laundry detergent. Every favorite of ours. Super depressing.

  9. Emily Chaudhury says

    I am having a hard time finding any safety reviews for rainbow research baby oh baby unscented baby lotion. We love it and the ingredients appear safe, and are so much simpler than so many. Curious what your take on it is.

    Ingredients: Purified water; organic extracts of chamomile, calendula (marigold), and comfrey; vegetable glycerine, shea butter; coconut butter; soy extract; retinyl palmitate (vitamin A); ascorbyl palmitate (vitamin C); tocopherol (vitamin E); phenoxytol (green tea); grapefruit seed extract.

    https://www.vitacost.com/rainbow-research-baby-oh-baby-body-lotion-unscented-16-fl-oz?isrc=ppd:carousel1:pos1:000518200244

  10. Kristina Floyd says

    *** If you are drinking or bathing in city water, then you are likely getting a steady damaging dose of fluoride in the water. This will cause skin problems, among other health concerns.

    “Fluoride is a highly toxic substance. … In terms of acute toxicity (i.e., the dose that can cause immediate toxic consequences), fluoride is more toxic than lead, but slightly less toxic than arsenic. This is why fluoride has long been used in rodenticides and pesticides to kill pests like rats and insects.
    Fluoride Action Network | Health Effects
    fluoridealert.org/issues/health/”

  11. Leigh says

    Hello,

    I was wondering your thoughts on the young living essential oils line for babies? They have lotion and baby wash…
    thank you in advance

  12. Christine says

    Hi! How do you feel about Kiehl’s Mom & Baby Moisturizing Cream? I use a lot of their products on myself (and especially love their ultimate hand salve) so am considering using this on baby. There’s a long list of long-named ingredients but they all seem to check out on EWG’s cosmetics database, with a small exception for Oryza Sativa Bran Oil, which has potential for pesticide contamination. I’ve contacted Kiehl’s to ask about it, but thought you might have an opinion. Thanks!

  13. Beth Bishop says

    I don’t believe that we need to slather ourselves head-to-toe in body lotion after every shower, but there are few things more satisfying than rubbing hand cream into parched palms. And in the winter, my legs and arms become dry as well, and I like to have something on hand to moisturize.

  14. Concerned Mommy says

    Hi Maia,

    I was purchasing the Babo botanicals lotions off a well known website and before I went to check out a notification warned me about proposition 65, noting that the product contained an ingredient included on the prop list. I checked the lotion on the skin deep website and there were no warinings of cancerous or developmental issues. Do you know why this came up?

    Thanks

  15. RIley Armstrong says

    Hi,
    I do not every see you comment about Honest Company products. Do you have any opinion about that?
    Thank you,
    Riley

  16. Annie says

    Hi Maia,
    I have to say that you are a good person, and thank you for your hard work so that I learned a lot, but I still need your help.
    Well, I tried some baby skin products for my 2 year old daughter who has a very sensitive skin, but I am so disappointed at those stuffs, and feel so sorry for my little one. Recently, I have met a new brand, 100% pure. The brand claim that 100% natural and 100% cruelty-free, all products are completely, 100% free of artificial colors, artificial fragrances, synthetic chemical preservatives and all other toxins. They produce skincare not only for adults but also for babies.
    I would be grateful if you could check whether the product is good or not for babies.
    Any comments will be much appreciated.

  17. paula says

    What can I get for amy 2 month old, she has pimples all over her face that now turned red. She is highly allergic to everything (I am on a diet of rice and chicken because of that). Don’t know if it is acne or eczema, seems she is itchy my doctor didn’t pay much attention but it is getting worse. She has cradle cap too. Thanks!!!

  18. sheryl balitanas says

    Wanted to ask your opinion re: Mustela products?
    Thank you for doing the research, this is a great help especially for mothers like us, who mostly rely online…

      • Maria says

        I would like to know as well! I am using the Live Clean Kids shampoo and body wash currently, and it says it is “Hypoallergenic, pediatrician tested and 96% plant derived”, so I’m curious!

        (I want to start purchasing for the baby, as I’m in my third trimester now. :O )

  19. Rachel says

    I hope I am not asking a question that was asked in the past- What about Weleda calandula baby body cream? I see alcohol in the ingridiants , thanks so much for all the helpful info!!

    • Maia James says

      In general, I consider Weleda to be Good Stuff. It does have a few ingredients that EWG doesn’t love, but nothing that I’m overly concerned about.

  20. Ashley says

    Have you done reviews on eczema or rash creams? I’ve been looking at Babo Botanicals Miracle Moisturizing Baby Cream or California Baby Calendula Moisturizing Cream. Our little one gets a small rash on her face following bath time, I think it’s like an eczema. Antibiotic ointment clears it up but I’m looking for a healthier, more natural alternative.

  21. Victoria says

    Hi, I was wondering about the Shea Moisture line as well, particularly the honey and lavender one. Also, would you mind weighing in on Aleva Naturals and Baby Mantra. Thank you so much for your time. I for one so appreciate this site and your research.

    • Maia James says

      Shea Moisture is for the most part Good Stuff, and I just took a quick look at the Aleva wipes and didn’t love what I saw (PEG chemical, for one). Baby Mantra is fine (although definitely not 100% natural).

  22. Brittany Hayes says

    Hi Maia!
    I am so happy to have found you! Thank you for all your hard work!
    I scrolled through the comments before asking this, but didn’t see an answer.
    Is the “California Baby Calendula lotion” good stuff?
    Also, ALL the “Better Life” products are good right?
    Thank you!

      • Gmama says

        Calendula is listed as a toxic item for pregnant women so it’s confusing that many of the baby items have this and EOs but yet those are listed as problematic for pregnant mamas.

  23. Tina Parker says

    Please send me samples of your products before I buy

    Thank you

    Tina Parker
    4339 St Rt 122
    Franklin Ohio 45005

  24. Katie says

    Just found your site abs I’m obsessed!! Thank you so much for providing such amazing resources! After reading your reviews I returned all of the mustela products I received at my shower 🙂 I have a newborn with sensitive skin, and I’m looking for a lotion and wash with very little or no fragrance. (I wanted to love Babo but i thought it had too much scent) Coukd you please tell me your thoughts on Shea Moisture’s fragrance free line- it looks ok but there are some ingredients listed at the end that I’m suspicious of: http://www.sheamoisture.com/Fragrance-Free-Gluten-Free-Baby-Healing-Lotion_p_1286.html
    I’m also curious about their baby oil….

  25. Liz says

    What is your opinion on DNA Miracles products? I was gifted their hydrating baby lotion and diaper cream, but don’t know anything about the company so I’m not sure if I want to use it or not. Thanks!

  26. Andrea Price-Johnson says

    there are safe companies out there…one that I have joined is called Beautycounter…they ban 1500 ingredients and have the highest standards in safety. They also have a social mission, taking on Washington DC to get safe products in the hands of EVERY person…check them out. Since I joined the company I have been researching everyday products and am aghast at what I’ve found…formaldehyde releasers in No More Tangles and Mr Bubbles? (I used these on my kids!) In lotion, in mom’s mascara and foundation (which can be transferred to baby) lead in many lipsticks- lead transferred to baby via mom’s kisses. Be aware be educated and…call the senate so they will pass the bill that’s been drawn up! for more info check out my website http://www.beautycounter.com/andreapr... or ask me about it. My father just died from cancer, and I can’t tell you how many family members have it including children…this is not our DNA changing…there are environmental factors.

  27. Shopoholicnot says

    I haven’t found anything on your site regarding baby powders. I know there are some talc free options out there. What do you think of the honest brand or the All Natural Mummy’s Miracle Moringa Baby Powder Cornstarch? I have a chunky baby with rolls under his neck and need something that will help keep that area dry. Thanks.

  28. Alicia Evans says

    So glad I found this site! I’m going to be a first time mom in November and I’ve always loved Burts Bee and it’s disappointing that most of the products are sneaky. I will try to find a different product to use for my baby girl.

  29. Kate says

    Hello,

    EWG has Babo lotions with the score of 3, and no Earth Mama Angel Baby lotions score below 1. Why not update the information on your page and maybe look into advertising other products with less hazardous levels?

    • Maia James says

      While EWG is an incredible resource for the research we do here at Gimme the Good Stuff, I don’t always agree with their assessments. Sometimes I like a brand that they do not, and vice versa. While we mostly agree on which products are bad and which are good, there are exceptions. Did you have specific lotion brands in mind you would like to recommend? Thanks for your comments!

      • Kate says

        Thank you for the response!

        From the easily accessible lotions “Shea Moisture Raw Shea Chamomile & Argan Oil Baby Healing Lotion” seems to be good. Earth mama has good lotions but as mentioned before they just don’t score 0 on EWG, in fact non of the baby lotions do. From online stores Terressentials have an organic baby line but unfortunately they’re not rated on EWG. If you have any thoughts on that brand as well as Shea Moisture, would be nice to hear them. While I understand you can disagree on certain points with EWG, you do
        use them as a point of reference, so it can get confusing for your readers to see something that’s rated highly by you to be rated poorly there.

  30. Mel says

    Hi Maia,

    What are your thought on Mom of 11 Kids No Time For Eczema? My son suffers from eczema on his chest and this is the only natural ointment we have found to work on him (we’ve tried everything else from coconut oil to switching to laundry soap to Sierra Sage, etc). My only concern is it contains Thuja, which I’ve read might be neurotoxic?

    Thanks for your great research!

    Mel

  31. Polina Melamud says

    Hi Maia.
    I’ve been using Babo Botanicals lotion that you are recommending as a “good” stuff, but I recently discovered that EWG gives it C rating. Do you have any comments on that score from them?
    Thank you!

  32. Tracy C says

    I’m so glad I found your safe products guide! I’m in need for a body lotion for my baby but here where I live it’s hard to find most of these brands unless it’s bought online. I’d like to know your opinion on the Yes to Naturals line of products for babies since it’s easily accessible for us.

  33. Maia James says

    Unfortunately, no, I don’t like Cetaphil, and consider their baby lotion Sneaky Stuff. It has organic calendula, which is great, but still full of chemical ingredients, including synthetic fragrance.

  34. Lindsey says

    Hi! I’m looking for a baby lotion, bath wash, shampoo, and sunscreen that is safe for my baby and will help his sensitive eczema! Any suggestions? Thanks in advance! We are currently using Eucerin and Aquafor. Would like to make the switch.

  35. Kendell says

    Hello Maia I am currently trying to switch to a new line of shampoo, wash and lotion for my 4 year old and 2 year old is there any advice you can give me on what to get or what the absolute best is ?
    thank you

    • Maia James says

      I recommend you check out Babo, Earth Mama, and Acure (the first and the last of those are available on this site).

  36. Sushil Karwa says

    Read this review on Amazon for “Lafes Organic” product.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R1NDYYKFHHPKHC/ref=cm_cr_pr_viewpnt?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B001KYEZ2E#R1NDYYKFHHPKHC

    “I went out of my way to find a lotion that has nothing like chemicals or carcinogens. This product has two ingredients; lactoperoxidase and glucose oxidase which are both preservatives. Lactoperoxidase creates hydrogen peroxide when used and was thought to kill bacteria back in the 90’s. In fact there is little to NO evidence of this chemical ever being tested for ANY reaction on humans! It basically creates “free radicals” that cause cancer. Glucose oxidase has the same situation going on with it; No data on it anywhere in cosmetics! To hear that something in your lotion is carcinogenic just makes me mad! I am a mother of two and I have never found a lotion that was actually worth it including this one! All of my information is brought to you by google search and wikipedia.”

    What do you think about this review?

    • Maia James says

      I’m not sure where this reviewer is getting his/her info. There is no evidence to suggest that glucose oxidase nor lactoperoxidase are carcinogenic. You can check EWG’s Skin Deep database for more info on both of these ingredients.

    • Guy says

      Actually it looks like they have an old formula and a new one. I am currently speaking in regards to the “Babo Botanicals Moisturizing Baby Lotion”. Is it true that there is an old formula and the one you have above is a newer one?

      Thanks Maia,

      Guy

  37. K. Turner says

    Ummm bathing less is unsanitary and disgusting and is the main source of the “hands,foots, mouth” disease…..please check your sources 🙁

    • Dee says

      That is actually not true. My son suffered from eczema and the dermatologist as well as the pediatrician all recommended only bathing him once a week or “if needed”. They specifically said babies hardly get dirty and the constant soap/water dries out their skin

    • Kelly says

      I completely disagree about bathing once a weekly be unsanitary. I have 4 children under 7. Never had hand foot and mouth and I only bathe them once a week, and wash hair less frequent then that. Hand and face washing we do very often. My newborn is 2 months and I have only washed her 3X. Once with soap in bath, twice with bath and warm water and wash cloth. All have good skin and we are never sick. No colds or flus in the last year! Cheers

    • Athena Blitz says

      Bathing less, as in once a week should not cause any diseases 🙄
      I shower nightly as I work in a dental office, but most of us would benefit from not bathing daily as it would help retain moisture and help maintain beneficial skin flora. Not bathing daiiy doesn’t mean you don’t wash your hands, face or any other body parts that might need cleaning.

  38. Robin says

    Hi Maia,

    Just wanted to comment that I still use the Poofy Baby Lotion, and their Ciao Eczema one as well. They can be somewhat challenging to locate on the Poofy site though. 🙂

    • kiran says

      Hi Maia ,

      Can you please update this list. EWG now says some of the products are much better than listed previously and even certified them. Did you do any research on Attitude products ?

      Thanks.

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