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Best Natural and Organic Hair Care Products for Babies and Children

Updated on March 27, 2011
Mmmm... natural baby shampoo?
Mmmm... natural baby shampoo?

Why Bother?

Our babies and children are so very precious to us. We may even treat them more special than we treat ourselves, at times. So it makes sense that we also want the best for them: the best food, the best toys, the best clothes, and of course... the best in hair care products.

These days, most people are familiar with the fact that natural and organic foods are best for the body. It's entirely possible that you are aware that it is just as important to use skin and hair care products that are also free of harmful chemicals. Or maybe that hasn't settled in yet?

Our skin is the body's largest organ. It is our first layer of defense and also like one huge sponge. While many of us are pretty tough on our skin, it makes sense to respect it. And everyone knows the tender softness of a baby's skin is something to protect!

Who's in there... or maybe the question should be "What?"
Who's in there... or maybe the question should be "What?"

What are you looking to Avoid?

Conventional hair care products for babies and children may boast that they are tear free, but that perk may only be realized for part of the population, and not necessarily the ones you're trying to stop from having any extra tears! While mild formulation is important, getting soap into the eyes hurts because it's not supposed to be there, whatever type it is. Tip that head back, cover those eyes with a cloth, and if you must... flush it out with clear water!

Some chemical ingredients that you might want to be aware of include:

  • Fragrance - This is often added as a perk, but can irritate skin and eyes and is generally not a genuinely sourced ingredient. Natural essential oils are used more often in organic products, but if you see the word "fragrance" go ahead and put the bottle back on the shelf.
  • PEG-80 - This ingredient can be toxic to the organs (remember the skin and scalp qualify here) and there is a possibility that it is a contaminated ingredient and could have effects from other chemicals intertwined with its own.
  • Quaternium-15 - This one has a long list of disadvantages, but is still used in the popular Johnson's Baby products... cancer causing, toxic to organ systems, allergy and immune system issues, and formaldehyde contamination, just to list a few.
  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine - Another one with toxicity related to allergies and the immune system as well as contamination with other chemicals.
  • D&C Red 33 - Artificial colors are also equalling increased cancer risk. Might be pretty, but it's caustic.

For more information about how your current and/or chosen products rate as far as their chemical composition, please visit the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database. I was a regular organic food buyer not paying a whole lot of attention to my skin care products... until I visited that site. You will find information about every ingredient in your beauty product - it is very comprehensive!

Now I know I'm safe
Now I know I'm safe

The Best of the Best

Since I'm a mother and all three of my children have sensitive skin, we've tried several natural and organic cleansers, shampoos, and conditioners. Here's our take on the best of the best:

  • Giovanni Organic Hair and Body Care Products - While these are designed for adults, the kids love them and they do not irritate their skin. They leave the hair clean and silky, while leaving no residue or who knows what behind. Styling products as well. Pricey, but worth it 100%!
  • Aubrey Organics - This company creates only all natural products which rate well on the Skin Deep site. They carry adult & baby products. No funny stuff here!
  • Nutribiotic - We like the skin cleanser, and they also have shampoo and conditioner. The skin cleanser is an all around mild non-soap so it can easily be used for baby as well.
  • California Baby - The favorite of moms at my former cooperative buying club. The kids and parents love the products and they have a nice detangler, too!
  • Magick Botanicals - Designed for people of all ages who are chemically sensitive, these products are free of gluten, salicylates, and fragrance. I remember many mothers of children with severe eczema feeling good about using Magick.
  • Earth Mama Angel Baby Organics - Our family has not tried these, but they rate very well and have only a few ingredients, which is also good to pay attention to: if the list is too long to read, put it back on the shelf!

Bottom Line

You have to find what works for you and your family! Of course I've recommended some products you can start with if you like, but the true test will be how they feel when you use them. There are so many out there it is certain that you'll find the right one!

Remember to check out the Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database to see how your product rates so you know what you're putting in your body... through your skin!

Peace 4 Parents

Amy Phoenix (aka Rainbow Recognizer) is a gentle, yet direct parenting guide and healing facilitator dedicated to sharing insights and practices to transform frustration and anger, heal the past, nurture conscious relationships, and experience the peace of the present. Visit her at


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      michael 5 years ago

      Organic hair care products are the way to go. Skin is your body's biggest organ and any harsh detergents you put on your head eventually run down your body and get absorbed. Stay organic and natural whenever possible. We offer a great selection of organic hair care and beauty products at and they continue to be our best sellers. Thanks for the great article.

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      mabmiles 6 years ago

      Informative and useful hub.Thanks for sharing.

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      NicoleSmith 6 years ago

      Great information, cool.

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      Emma 7 years ago from Houston TX

      Interesting and educative hub,thanks for sharing.

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      Leanne 7 years ago

      Hi thanks for your article, some good information here and a great read. People do not realise that skincare ingredients absorb into our bloodstream through our skin so its great your helping to get the word out there. I believe that if you wouldn't want your baby to eat it you probably shouldn't be puttting it one their skin. Certified Organic products are another great option to look out for as the certification absolutely guarentees the products authencity. Again thanks and great post!

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      Babycareworld 7 years ago

      Nalin baby care deals in world class baby care products including,baby powder,baby shampoo,baby lotion,baby soap,baby cream for nourishing baby skin.

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      Liquid Soul 8 years ago

      I really like your information!!

      I believe education is the key to empowering to see through the "green-wash" of slick markteing to recognize the products for what they really are!! Misleading labels and clever advertising relating to organic content often mask the use of potentially toxic ingredients, which seriously undermines the integrity of of the organic claim!!

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      dermaxin 8 years ago

      That's cute

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      Maternity Clothes 8 years ago

      Interesting article. I'm surprised that more people don't know about this.Sounds like your problem is a little more complex-- but today, some people just don't know about any alternatives.

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      olivesorganic 8 years ago

      you have to be careful as many product that list organic are not truly 100% organic. Many of the baby products still contain chemicals they have different names then most people are used to. Feel free to look at olives organic botanicals as all the products are 100% organic and do not contain any chemicals, preservative and are safe and effective for your little one. I hope this helps for more info check out products from olives organic botanicals

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      babyearthermomete 9 years ago

      Hey RainbowRecognizer,

      Thanks for the great Hub, I have used Aubrey Organics for awhile now and did not realise they had baby products as well until reading about it on your Hub.


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      Organic Mamma 9 years ago

      The best leave in detangler I have found is the Original Sprout Miracle Detangler. It makes my daughters curly hair so much more manageable.

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      RainbowRecognizer 9 years ago from Midwest

      Thank you for the add, I appreciate knowing about other products that work!

      I also want to mention that for the really sensitive little one who hasn't actually gotten dirty enough to warrant a bubbly wash, a good massage with water and a clear rinse can also loosen oils and dead skin on the scalp, leaving baby's head nice and clean. Without the fuss and cost of finding the perfect product, too :o)

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      MorReiJac 9 years ago

      Innersense Organic Beauty is certified organic and their Sweet Spirit Leave In is a great detangler for kids AND adults!

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      chantelg4 10 years ago from Northern Ontario

      SLS is for sure a nasty one for me, makes my scalp dry an itchy. That's why companies came out with conditioner. Great Hub!

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      RainbowRecognizer 10 years ago from Midwest

      Hi Amy Jane - I imagine you have come across many of them, it's such an individual thing, but certainly a starting place :)

      Hi TjMum - Thanks for adding the note about SLS! I was thinking of that after publishing... And water does do just fine with the little ones, us, too, for that matter. :)

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      tjmum 10 years ago from Isle of Wight

      Another nasty to look out for is SLS (sodium laureth sulfate) which is an industrial degreaser that is put in just about every cosmetic product, including toothpaste. It is the thing that makes products foam, but also makes them sting if you get them in your eyes. I wash my boys in just water, as one has eczema and most usual products are too harsh for him.

      A great hub and some great products, just wish we could get a few more in the UK!

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      amy jane 10 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks for all the great suggestions! I have used the California Baby detangler and it really is wonderful :)

      Great hub!