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I don’t think you need to slather your baby in lotion after every bath, but sometimes a baby’s dry skin will be screaming for a moisturizer.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a huge fan of coconut oil, and we often put a little blob of the organic, unrefined good stuff in the bath with the boys.

My Top Pick for Best Natural Baby Lotion

If you’re looking for a creamy (not greasy), basic natural baby lotion with no sketchy ingredients, my pick is Babo’s Sensitive Baby Daily Hydra Lotion.

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DIY Skincare for Babies

Many readers have written in with their own strategies for keeping dry skin at bay, often without buying packaged lotions or creams. I’m always going to be the type to buy a natural baby lotion rather than lube up my kids with pure olive oil, but these strategies are still helpful:

  • babylotion--FelixHumidify, humidify, humidify. Lots of you suggested this. I bought an ionic humidifier to help clear Felix’s sinuses, and as an added bonus, I no longer wake up feeling like my skin is a size too small for my body.
  • Hydrate inside out. While at other times of the year I think the whole “drink eight eight-ounce glasses of water a day” wisdom lacks sufficient research to back it up, in the winter I do feel it helps to up the fluid intake. In any event, I tend to feel thirstier when I’m stuck inside a heated apartment all day.
  • Bathe less. One reader said her daughter only gets one bath a week and has no dry skin issues. I know that my own skin feels better when I take fewer showers, but I’m too grossed out by their germy classrooms to let me kids skip week-night bathing.
  • Get a chlorine filter. If you have a water baby like I do, the chlorine exposure might aggravate dry skin (and carries other health risks). We use this filter in the bath and this for the shower.
  • Apply organic shea butter. It’ll spread more easily when mixed with an oil (one reader suggests jojoba; another loves avocado). If you put the mixture near the stove while cooking dinner, it’ll melt and be perfect after a bath.
  • Lube your baby up with olive oil before her bath to ensure silky skin afterwards (but be careful, as she will be VERY slippery while in the bath).
  • Soap them at the end. Let your little one play in the bath first, and then after his skin becomes wrinkly, quickly use the soap to wash him. Less time in the drying soap prevents dry skin.

In addition to some of the above measures, I use a store-bought natural baby lotion on Felix and Wolf after baths (which is the best time to moisturize because skin is already full of water).

What About Eczema?

If your child summers from eczema, this post covers causes and treatments that our readers swear by.

We also love this Earth Mama Organics Eczema Cream

What Might Be Wrong with the Natural Baby Lotion You Have Now

Since pretty much everyone now knows that phthalates are bad, more and more cosmetics lines—especially those marketed for babies—are free of synthetic fragrance (although lots still do contain them).

Other common ingredients in baby lotion include:

Even lotions sold in health food stores and marketed as natural will contain some of these chemicals. Phenoxyethanol in particular is ubiquitous in “natural” baby lotion.

Coconut Oil: Refined vs. Unrefined and Virgin vs. Extra Virgin

Whether you are buying it to use as skincare or as food, definitely opt for unrefined coconut oil, as the refined variety is deodorized and bleached. Refined coconut oil has a higher smoking point and lacks the coconuty smell and taste, which is why it is sometimes preferred for cooking. And while there is a distinction between virgin and extra virgin olive oil, when it comes to coconut oil, these terms mean the same thing.

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Attitude Baby Lotions

While Attitude’s baby lotion has tons of ingredients, many of which are synthetic, they all seem to be super safe. Attitude is also EWG verified.


Babo Botanicals Moisturizing Natural Baby Lotion

This is my new favorite line, which we are now carrying in our online store. Babo’s line of natural baby lotions are light, smell delicious (but not cloying), and contain none of the bad stuff discussed above. Babo Botanicals products are produced on a certified organic farm in upstate New York. Their lotions contain natural skin softeners like calendula and meadowsweet, and I love their new fragrance-free line.

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Beautycounter Baby Daily Protective Balm

Unlike some Beautycounter products, this balm contains a short list of ingredients–mostly organic–such as sunflower seed oil, beeswax, and shea butter. It’s also garnered major praise from users!

California Baby Everyday Lotion

I’ve been a fan of California Baby for more than ten years, and they continue to make a great line of natural baby lotions.

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Earth Mama

arth Mama’s Angel Baby lotion smells super yummy. Shea butter again makes an appearance here, along with olive oil, aloe, and calendula. Other good stuff about this Good Stuff: it scores a 0 on Skin Deep and all the ingredients are organic



This Australian line makes a super yummy natural baby lotion (including Soothing, Calming, and Sensitive formulations). You’ll pay about $20 for oughly 4.25 ounces, plus another $20 for them to ship it to you, which I realize is an insane amount of money for a lotion that’s mostly made up of the same ingredients as the other Good Stuff (like calendula and organic lavender oil). I’m including Enkido on this list because I like to support one of the rare companies whose entire line is safe. Almost every single product they sell—from eye makeup remover to anti-aging cream—ranks a 0 on Skin Deep, and nothing scores higher than a 1.


Lac Larde Organic Baby Lotion

Update: It’s come to our attention that Lac Larde has been using synthetic fragrances due to a dishonest chemist. They are rectifying the problem and we will report back as soon as their formula is safe.

Lac Larde organic baby lotion is my husband’s current favorite (for himself!).

MADE OF Moisturizing Baby Lotion

MADE OF’s Moisturizing Body Lotion contains no synthetic ingredients of any kind, including fragrances or preservatives. It’s also non-greasy and contains soothing ingredients like aloe vera.

Pleni Naturals

Pleni sent us a sample of their natural baby lotion for review. This is a balm rather than a lotion or cream, but is nice for kiddos with very dry skin. It contains mostly organic ingredients.


Poofy Organics

I love that Poofy’s lotions are made to order, which means they don’t need to use hardcore preservatives (although they still have a generous one-year shelf life). This fragrance-free natural baby lotion also has some cool ingredients, including kimchi seaweed and apricot kernel oil.

Thinkbaby Baby Lotion

Thinkbaby’s new baby lotion formula doesn’t contain dimethicone, so I can officially call it Good Stuff. Even though the ingredients aren’t organic, they are all low hazard.


Aveeno (also produced by Johnson & Johnson) makes a ;Calming Comfort Moisturizing Lotion, which, while free of phthalates and parabens, contains synthetic fragrance, dimethicone, and petrolatum.

CeraVe Baby is almost what I would call Okay Stuff, because it’s free of fragrance and parabens. Still, it’s all synthetics, nothing is organic, and it contains dimethicone, phenoxyethanol, and sodium hydroxide.

Eucerin Baby Body Lotion seems to have an identical ingredients list to Cerave Baby, so it’s basically the best of the Bad Stuff, too.

When I wrote this guide in 2010, Johnson’s Lotions contained fragrance, three different kinds of parabens, benzyl alcoholBHT, propylene glycol, and artificial colors. Things are much improved now! Johnson’s has responded to consumer demand (that’s you guys!), and cut the number of ingredients in their baby line by 50 percent. I also like that they disclose all of their fragrances now, rather than hiding behind the word “fragrance” on the label. Best of all, they’ve ditched the parabens and phthalates! Unfortunately, a bottle of Johnson’s lotion is still going to contain phenoxyethanol and dimethicone, both of which are considered moderately hazardous by EWG. Moreover, a few ingredients in their fragrance blend have no safety data available. Because lotion is something you slather on your baby’s entire body every day and don’t wash off, even the new version of Johnson’s lotions aren’t good enough.

To give credit where credit is due, however, Johnson’s Naturals lotion is actually pretty safe. The only thing I don’t love is the hydrogenated cottonseed oil it contains. Johnson’s has discontinued its Naturals line–too bad!

BabyGanics Smooth Move Daily Lotion isn’t totally terrible–but it does contain phenoxyethanol (a possible carcinogen), as well as several other ingredients that Skin Deep rates at least a 3.

Burt’s Bees Baby Lotion is doing some things right. They don’t use synthetic fragrance or parabens. Unfortunately, it also contains sodium benzoate, lactic acid, phenoxyethanol, and limonene.

Cetaphil Baby Lotion advertises organic calendula on the front of the bottle. Unfortunately, it’s full of chemical ingredients, including synthetic fragrance.

A lot of you have asked about Live Clean baby lotion. I can’t recommend it because of several gross ingredients, including “fragrance.”

Mrs. Meyers Baby Blossom Lotion contains fragrance, phenoxyethanol, and ceteareth-20, which is often contaminated with carcinogenic 1,4-dioxane. Despite bragging about aromatherapy all over the label, I knew all of the Mrs. Meyers stuff smelled too good to be true (take a whiff of anything with the geranium scent—it’s heavenly), and so I asked for more details. I was told:

“To answer your question regarding our fragrances – our aromatherapeutic fragrances are a proprietary combination of natural essential oils and synthetic fragrance ingredients formulated in compliance with IFRA / RIFM’s (International Fragrance Association and Research Institute for Fragrance Materials) guidelines for safety. Please note…none of our fragrances contain phthalates.”

Perhaps Skin Deep would lower the score on this product if they knew that it was phthalate-free (they currently give it a 4), but I still don’t feel comfortable using it.

Mustela is fancy and France and calls itself “eco-friendly,” but it also contains “perfum” (AKA fragrance). Mustela did recently remove the parabens from their products.

Puracy makes a baby lotion that many of you have asked us about. Unfortunately, it contains benzisothiazolinone and phenoxyethanol.

You guys ask me all the time about Tubby Todd. With phenoxyethanol and sodium benzoate, Tubby Todd not quite Good Stuff.

Yes to Naturals Baby Body Lotion says it’s 100% natural, but this is flat-out untrue because it has synthetic fragrance and sodium benzoate in it.


Baby oil is generally a combination of mineral oil (a petroleum byproduct) and synthetic fragrance. According to some sources, it seals up the pores in a way that doesn’t allow skin to breathe effectively. Baby massage oils are now readily available due to the popularity of baby massage (which, along with baby sign language, I never got around to trying). This one from Badger is my favorite.

Beautycounter also makes a nice Soothing Baby Oil.

Check out our Hand & Body Lotion Review for some more clean lotions that are safe for kids and babies.

Baby Lotions

147 responses to “Safe Baby Lotion Guide”

  1. E.Emmanuella

    Please what about Lanoline products

  2. This is AWESOME!!!! Thank you so much for putting this together.

  3. Shreya

    Do you know of any research regarding Bubsi or tubbytods?

  4. Haslo

    How about Honest lotions and other honest products?

  5. Jess

    Baby dove? Specifically the sensitive skin with no fragrance.

  6. April Anderson

    Any thoughts on Original Sprout? Thanks 🙂

  7. Heather Johnson

    What about Pipette?

  8. Michele

    What about Shea moisture products

  9. Karolina

    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!


  10. 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.

  11. Sara Simcox

    Any thoughts on dr bonners organic baby magic balm?

  12. Rose Anna

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

  13. Analu

    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!

  14. 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.

  15. Tierney

    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!!!

  16. Alex

    Hi! What happened to Lafe’s baby lotion? It used to be good stuff. Thanks!

  17. GSP

    What about Weleda products, specifically, Weleda baby lotion?


    1. Maia James

      Welled is basically Good Stuff:)

      1. Micki

        I just posted a comment yesterday but Weleda has carrageenan. Isn’t that bad stuff?

  18. Rochelle

    What do you think of Shea Moisture Baby Lotion?


    1. Maia James

      I’d call it Good Stuff:)

  19. kavitha

    I really like “Noodle & Boo Super Soft Moisturizing Lotion” for Daily Baby Care . Is this a good one ?

  20. Megan

    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?

    1. John Goss

      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.


      1. Megan

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

  21. Kelly T.

    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

    1. Robin Jaworski

      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.

  22. jessica

    I would love to know your opinion on Tubby Todd products, especially because they are not in the EWG database. Thanks!

  23. Emily Chaudhury

    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.


  24. Kristina Floyd

    *** 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

  25. James


    I was wondering you thoughts regarding Sophie La Giraffe baby lotion?


  26. Leigh


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

  27. Alex

    What are your thoughts on Vanicream/Vaniply? Thanks so much in advance.

  28. Christine

    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!

    1. Christine

      Just a couple of meaningless form letters from Kiehl’s.

  29. 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.

  30. Katherine Kuni

    What are your thoughts on the Everyone Baby line?

  31. Concerned Mommy

    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?


  32. Janell

    What about Seventh Generation baby lotion?

    1. Maia James

      I think it’s fine:)

  33. RIley Armstrong

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

    1. Maia James

      overall, I think Honest is fine.

  34. Jackie

    Way about Everdayday Shea in lavender scent?

  35. Justina Merdian

    What are your thoughts on the Max and Madeline product line??

  36. Caitlyn

    Have you looked into Tubby Todd products? They claim to be natural and organic what is your opinion ?

  37. Annie

    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.

  38. paula

    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!!!

  39. Holly

    Hi, wondering your opinion on the Tubby Todd (https://tubbytodd.com) line of products! They claim to be all natural. Thanks!

  40. sheryl balitanas

    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…

  41. Kelly

    What do you think about Acure lotion?

  42. Marry

    What about live clean body wash and baby lotion?

    1. Maia James

      Don’t know that brand but will add to our list for a future investigation!

      1. Maria

        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 )

    2. Jessica Carter

      We have been using Live Clean too so I would be interested to know as well. Thank you!

  43. N

    What do you think of the Mustela line for babies?

  44. Katelyn

    What about Eucerin baby wash and shampoo? Thank you! Love this site.

    1. Maia James

      I don’t like this brand–sorry!

  45. Paige

    What are your thoughts on Aveeno baby products?

    1. Maia James

      For the most part I consider Aveeno Sneaky Stuff.

  46. Rachel

    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!!

    1. Maia James

      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.

  47. Ashley

    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.

    1. Maia James

      Here is a post about safe products and treatments for eczema: https://gimmethegoodstuff.org/natural-eczema-treatment-for-babies-kids/

  48. Bnz

    What about mothercare lotion and pigeon milk lotion

    1. Maia James

      Will add to our list for research!

  49. Natasha

    What cream would you advice for baby’s cradle cap?!

  50. Lupe


    1. Maia James

      I’m not a fan of this petroleum-derived product.

  51. Victoria

    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.

    1. Maia James

      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).

  52. Brittany Hayes

    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!

    1. Maia James

      CA Baby is Good Stuff, as are all of the Better Life products:)

      1. Gmama

        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.

  53. Tameka Hunter

    Hi Maia.

    Is Cetaphil was good?

    1. Maia James

      I consider it Sneaky Stuff. It uses organic calendula but still has a bunch of chemical ingredients.

  54. Tina Parker

    Please send me samples of your products before I buy

    Thank you

    Tina Parker
    4339 St Rt 122
    Franklin Ohio 45005

  55. Katie

    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….

    1. Maia James

      I think the Shea line is fine:).

  56. Posh

    Hi, what do you think about Putto Secret Lotion?

    1. Maia James

      Don’t know that one! Will investigate.

  57. Liz

    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!

    1. Maia James

      I don’t know that brand but will look into it!

  58. Andrea Price-Johnson

    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.

  59. Shopoholicnot

    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.

    1. Maia James

      Yes, any powder that is free of fragrance and uses cornstarch is probably Good Stuff:)

  60. Alicia Evans

    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.

  61. Summer Rayne Mommy

    Is Johnson & Johnson safe to use on baby lotion / body wash etc.

    1. Maia James

      I consider J&J Bad or Sneaky Stuff, based on my research.

  62. Kate


    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?

    1. Maia James

      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!

      1. Kate

        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.

  63. Mel

    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!


    1. Maia James

      If it were my child, and this was the only thing that worked, I would not worry about the thuja.

  64. Zbunny

    What do you think of Tom’s line of products?

    1. Maia James

      I think it’s Okay Stuff. You can see here that EWG gives it a moderately hazardous score: https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/592817/Tom's_of_Maine_Baby_Lotion%2C_Lightly_Scented/
      However, the highest score comes from “fragrance,” which EWG has wrong (Tom’s baby lotion is naturally scented).

  65. Polina Melamud

    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!

    1. Maia James

      I think this is probably the lotion you mean? https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/574234/Babo_Botanicals_Moisturizing_Baby_Lotion%2C_Oatmilk_Calendula
      EWG gives it a 3 out of 10, and the only ingredients that score higher than a 2 are emulsifying wax and potassium sorbate. In this case of the former, EWG is rating “emulsifying wax” as a 4, when what this lotion contains is “vegetable emulsifying wax NF.” These are in fact two different ingredients, and the NF version is less concerning. Potassium sorbate is a food-grade preservative that I wouldn’t want in my food, but which doesn’t worry in skincare products, especially in very small concentrations. All this said, Babo is not 100% natural, and if you want something that has fewer ingredients and is more natural–but still feels like a lotion rather than an oil/balm–I love this: https://gimmethegoodstuff.org/store/farmaesthetics-nourishing-lavender-milk/

  66. Kinga

    How about Organic Coconut Oil to moisturize your baby’s skin? or the Honest co. Organic Body oil?

    1. Maia James

      Either of those are Good Stuff:)

  67. Tracy C

    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.

    1. Maia James

      That line is a mix of Okay Stuff and Sneaky Stuff, depending on the specific product.

  68. Maia James

    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.

  69. Mary

    How about Cetaphil Baby lotion?

  70. Mimi Becker

    What is your take on shea moisture baby line?

    1. Maia James

      For the most part, we consider Shea Moisture Good Stuff (you can see our review of the baby wash here:https://gimmethegoodstuff.org/safe-product-guides/baby-wash/)

  71. Lindsey

    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.

    1. Maia James

      For eczema specifically, this post will be helpful: https://gimmethegoodstuff.org/natural-eczema-treatment-for-babies-kids/

  72. Carly

    What about Baby Sebamed? I was gifted some and not sure if i want to use it

    1. Maia James

      I hadn’t heard of this brand before, but I just checked it out. Unfortunately, it has lots of yucky ingredients in it.

      1. mildred

        Thought sebamed lotion is good and what about aveeno

  73. Sarah

    What about Farmaesthetics Nourishing Lavender Milk? Is it safe or no?

    1. Maia James

      Yes, we love the Lavender Milk:)

  74. Jennifer

    What about mustela baby was and lotion?

  75. Nora

    Any info on ThinkBaby lotion? Thanks for all your research!

    1. Maia James

      I’d consider it Good Stuff (don’t love dimethicone, but otherwise no problematic ingredients).

  76. Erica

    Hi Maia,

    What would you recommend for baby eczema? Thanks!


  77. Hasan

    Hello Maia,

    Did you get the time to review baby oils? If not, do you recommend any good stuff?

    Thank you

    1. Maia James

      We have not yet done a thorough review of baby oil. One safe brand that people love is Beautycounter’s: http://www.beautycounter.com/suzanneweaver-goss?goto=kids%2Fbaby%2Fbaby-soothing-oil.html

      1. Veronica

        Earth Mama Angel Baby has a baby massage oil that is completely safe and non-toxic and scores safely.

    2. Veronica

      Earth Mama Angel Baby has a baby massage oil that is completely safe and non-toxic and scores safely. It’s awesome, I use it on my own baby!

  78. Brittany

    How about CeraVe wash, shampoo and lotions?Thanks!

    1. Maia James

      Unfortunately, it’s bad stuff in my opinion.

  79. Maia

    Yes, it sure is! Thanks for checking:)

  80. Robin

    Poofy Organics is still available here. Is it still Good Stuff?


  81. MelissaW

    What about California Baby Everyday Lotion?

    1. Maia James

      Yes, California Baby is fine:)

  82. Kendell

    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

    1. Maia James

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

  83. haley_808

    Honest Company face + body lotion?

    1. Maia James

      Good stuff:)

  84. Sushil Karwa

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


    “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?

    1. Maia James

      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.

    2. Sonia

      I agree – I am always remiss to believe something until I see sources (from a research org that I trust.)

  85. Guy

    Hi Maia,

    And what a pretty name! I appreciate the study, research and hard work that goes into all of this for I do these type of thing’s myself when it comes to caring for ones’s family. I have a question regarding Babo Botanicals for I am finding that it is on Skin Deep rating of 3..http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/search.php?query=babo+botanicals+moisturizing+baby+lotion

    1. Guy

      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,


  86. K. Turner

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

    1. Dee

      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

    2. Kelly

      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

    3. Athena Blitz

      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.

  87. Dana

    How about Honest Company face and body lotion?

    1. Dawn little

      What about honest or shea? Are they safe for any?

      1. Maia

        Both Honest Co. and Shea Moisture have ingredients that basically check out as Good or at least Okay Stuff.

    2. Abha

      They are the Worst !!

  88. Robin

    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. 🙂

    1. kiran

      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 ?


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