In search of new baby wash & shampoo w/ conditioner brand aside from J&J for my kids. any recommendation?

Angela Nina - posted on 08/16/2010 ( 162 moms have responded )

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I have been using J&J on my kids and is devastated when I found out that they are being sued for making toxic baby shampoos and baby wash..and i'm very very bothered by this news..

http://www.topclassactions.com/lawsuit-s...

Now, I'm looking for other brands that i can use which is REASONABLY priced.. Aveeno is supposed to be good but it's by J&J too and I don't wanna take any chances..

any suggestions and recommendations? I would prefer one that i can buy in a store rather than online and is affordable too :) thanks in advance moms! (and dads too if there are dads in here)

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Sarah - posted on 08/16/2010

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J&J also tests on animals, so it is boycotted in this house. We use a glycerine based soap that we buy at the farmer's market. I know that doesn't help you, but maybe you have a market in your area that you can visit and look around for something. Okay, here is the hippie- living- in- a-log- cabin-in-the- woods method I learned from my 100 year old grandmother (still around BTW).... mix up baking soda into a paste (just thinner than toothpaste) and rub that on the scalp to get the dirt and oils off rise well, but make sure you don't get into eyes or mouth, you can add some lavender or other oil to the mix to make it smell better, but not necessary. If you are looking for a "body wash" use the same mixture, but add sand just enough to add a little grit (I know it sounds crazy) this works as an exfoliant and is chemical and additive free.

Karen - posted on 08/17/2010

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I'm so blessed to be a Melaleuca customer. I wouldn't buy anything else. So many companies are "Greenwashing" their products to make them appear to be safe. Just to let you know ladies that these companies do not have to list all of their ingredients. They are called trade secrets. Every product has to have a preservative to give the product a shelf live. Check out quaternium 15. It's a formaldehyde releaser the can cause allergies, skin problems, even cancer. Melaleuca's products have the finest tea tree oil from New South Wales, Australia. It was our company that actually brought tea tree oil to the U.S. It heals, penetrates, and disinfects. It is also the preservative in their products. I would not trust any other company out there for my family. I also would never compromise my children's health for cheaper products. These companies do not care what they are doing to us. It denfinitely is about the almight dollar. My daughter's allergies and hearing problems are gone :) She was so sick all of the time and wasn't able to hear in school. She was not reading by the end of the first grade. I couldn't get any answers from doctors. As a mom, I was ripping out my hair trying to find answers. My psorasis is gone. My customers that have kids that were bleeding from head to toe with itchy and painful ezcema...gone. I could go on and on about success stories and the honest and ethical practices of this company. I actually save money too! I am a customer for life!!!

Ann - posted on 08/17/2010

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Babies don't really need soap. Make sure it's hypoallegenic if you must. Water will suffice in most cases (we're just sucked in by advertising). Never let conditioner (wax in it) get on your little girls vagina's-this can easily leave a film and lead to yeast infections. Rinse it out with her standing and her head hung over so it doesn't run down her body. My Dr. taught me this when my daughter kept getting yeast infections as a wee one.

Ann

Rachel - posted on 08/29/2010

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Honestly I switched my twins to Panteen Pro V. But they dont fight bath time so it is easy to keep out of their eyes. It has done wonders for my sons hair who has had wild rough hair since he was 18 months. now it is nice and lays flat. lol. I did not know about the problems with the shampoo though and have been using it on my baby... I will have to stop. thanks

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Anita - posted on 09/14/2010

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pls let me know what is best product for kids i been using j&j since their birth i have 2 daugthers aged 3 & 7 pls let me know i live in UAE.

Kellean - posted on 09/03/2010

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I had learned when my children were babies that J&J used harsh detergents in their shampoos and this was 20 years ago. Because of this I chose not to use their products. I tried their bath powders and my Pediatrician discouraged it. He said that commercial powders can sometimes make babies skin dry and not allow their natural oils to soften their skin. As well as you have to be careful with the bottles when opening them as to not let your baby inhale them. Using a powder puff is an easier way to apply the powders. I ended up making my own powders (natural) and used a powder puff so that my babies wouldn't be able to inhale any of the powder.

Recently I have read a lot of great reviews on Burt's Bees Products. Mom's love the Burt's Bees Baby Bee Tear Free Shampoo & Wash for their babies. Their baby shampoo's are pH Balanced, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate Free (to me this is very important), Paraben Free, Phthalate Free, and not tested on animals. The other highly recommended tear free baby shampoo is the Avalon line. Avalon Organics Gentle Tear-free Shampoo & Body Wash. Parent's really like this shampoo as well. They say that it is highly concentrated so only use a tiny bit. It is a foaming cleanser for daily, head to toe bath care. Soothing tear free formula is enriched with organic sunflower oil and organic chamomile.
Sulfate free, Paraben free, 100% Vegetarian ingredients and no synthetic colors or fragrances.
As parent's is important that we avoid shampoo's that have Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate in them. This is a harsh detergent that strips our babies natural oils in their hair. It can also cause a lot of scalp problems and cause dry patches on our babies skin.

The places I always use when looking for a product like shampoo's or body washes is Amazon.com and I also shop online at www.allergysuperstore.com. The main reason I shop these two stores is because parent's like ourselves are the ones who give the recommendations. I like the Allergy Superstore because a lot of their products are environmentally friendly.
I hope this helps!! :)

Mari - posted on 08/29/2010

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This is terrible. I use the products from the same company but I also use products from Arbonne. What I like about them is they have minimum smell and you don't have to lotion your child for 20 minutes to make sure it has absorbed. Their lotions are not heavy either, meaning grease. You do have to order them online but they arrive like 3 days after you have ordered. Very nice product, European. Good luck finding the right one.

Annie - posted on 08/28/2010

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I use California baby, available at Target stores...it may be a lil pricey, but remember you only need a small amount to clean your small baby:)

Aurora - posted on 08/27/2010

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Bert's Bees baby wash. Try CVS. My son has eczema and it doesn't irritate it.

Amy - posted on 08/27/2010

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I have stuggled with this for the last few years. The Environmental Working Group is a GREAT resource. Their website is www.ewg.org. If you scroll down on the right of the page you'll see something called SKIN DEEP. You can type in item (i.e. Johnson & Johnson Body Wash) and it will tell you all about the crap in it. Explore this a little bit...I've completely changed everything I buy. Some products are a little hard to find but I've had luck at amazon. Whole Foods carries some products too. Good luck!

Carrie-Ann - posted on 08/27/2010

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I use Live Clean baby wash/body wash it's around 5.00 canandian its a little on the pricey side but is is wonderful... how old are your kids? if they are young they don't really need conditioner...

Michelle - posted on 08/27/2010

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California Baby and Dr Bronners baby wash are the best. No crazy chemicals there. I'd buy in bulk.

Mary - posted on 08/27/2010

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I don't buy this, but I have gotten it as a gift and love it - the burt's bees baby line. I bought several things of Huggies brand wash on a closeout really cheap - it may take me through adulthood on both of my kids!

Jennifer - posted on 08/27/2010

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Try Weleda. It's an all natural product. Works great and leaves little one's skin so soft and smelling good. It uses calendula in all of it's baby products. You can buy it online, at Target or at Whole Foods.

Reiko - posted on 08/27/2010

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We like Kiehl's baby products, they carry it at Nordstrom's, if there is one close to you. I've also noticed that Target carries a good selection of the natural and organic products like California Baby, Method, Burt's Bees. But they ARE pricey, I don't know why products with FEWER ingredients are so much more expensive, WTH?? We try to avoid parabens in our house (it's hard, seems like EVERY skin type product has them). Do you have a Whole Foods near you? Their skin care section has an excellent selection of healthier products, and their staff is pretty knowledgable.

Pattie - posted on 08/27/2010

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I'm going to play devil's advocate here and say I think that no matter what brand you choose you're going to end up taking a risk. J&J got nabbed but I'd bet most companies are doing it too! All the diaper companies are being sued for similar things. So outside of organic I think you're out of luck. Personally, in my house we use J&J and that article won't deter me. Anything that would be recalled is going to be hauled of the shelf and my kids have never had a reaction. I think you're taking more of a chance by changing your kids soap than sticking with this supposedly defective product that your kids have never had reactions to. Just as marketing can bombard us with ads the news can bombard us with scare stories! My advice? J&J was working for your kids - stick with it!

Alana - posted on 08/26/2010

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I use Mustella on my twin boys. It is ten times better on their skin than J&J. I always found that the J&J brands dried out their senistive skin. The hair and body wash is priced around $13 dollars but one container has lasted me 9 months so it's totally worth it. You can find it in the store/ online at Babies R Us. I also use their baby oil, scalp moisturizer, and moisturizing bath oil. I just won't skimp when it comes to my boys sensitive skin. Mustella smells better than any other baby bath product out there.

Amy - posted on 08/26/2010

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I have been using Arbonne on my kids but I don't really like the smell. I am pretty sure Target carries Burt's Bees stuff & have noticed they have a bigger selection of organic & kid friendly products.

Rebecca - posted on 08/26/2010

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http://www.safecosmetics.org/article.php...
This link tells about what is in the bath products.

And this link is where you can see what toxins are in which bath product. I have been using Laffe's shampoo and body wash which is expensive in Target, but I found it online for only 10 which is worth it b/c it lasts a long long time, and has scored a 0 on the safe cosmetics data base which means it has no toxins. I like it. I can't believe what crap they put into stuff, no wonder cancer is rampant.

http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/browse....

Sheri - posted on 08/26/2010

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I use Aveeno on my son and spectro excema baby wash on my 2yr old. I live in canada so it may be different than the product in the states. Spectro can be used on babys as well it is an infant body wash and is for sensitive skin.

Vanessa - posted on 08/26/2010

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I am very happy with California Baby. It's all natural, and the shampoo/body wash has tea tree oil in it which smells nice, is also "tear free" and it doesn't dry out my children's skin or hair. I use the conditioner too, which you can leave in or rinse out. It makes my daughters hair nice and manageable.

Lesa - posted on 08/26/2010

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Most personal care products are at least somewhat toxic, since our country doesn't regulate their ingredients. Check out ewg.org for listings of product safety. Most of the natural baby products are about $10, but they last pretty well. Target stocks Earth Mama Angel Baby (castile soap) and California Baby.

Nicole - posted on 08/26/2010

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Dove baby wash and Shampoo, senstive works great. They use this at all hospitals

Sally - posted on 08/26/2010

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Even the fancy organic baby soaps have toxic chemicals in them. To be sold commercially, soaps have to have preservatives. The organic vegetable preservatives are less carcinogenic than the chemical petroleum based ones, but they are still carcinogens. The only way to protct your babies from such things is to make your own and store them in the fridge. I've started doing that with lotions, but haven't been brave enough to try soap yet.

Carlene - posted on 08/26/2010

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Thanks so much for this. I did not know this and now I am hurt.. I have been using their products along with DOVE. .Now you can try dove. Its very good and leaves the skin soft. I guess Dove is what I will be using from now on.. .Thanks again...

Elizabeth - posted on 08/26/2010

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I love sauve!!! you can buy it at any store and it is really cheap!! i only use it for my kids!

Denise - posted on 08/26/2010

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I changed to Burt's Bees for my daughter since she had sensitive skin. I found out that the products I had been using had way too many chemicals in them and they irritated her skin. Plus they smelled wonderful!

Tammy - posted on 08/25/2010

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if you want to get away from the toxicants i can help you with that checkout my site www.saferisbetter.com/dream1972

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My daughter has eczema and most soaps/shampoos make her itch, so I've tried tons of them. We just started using Kids' Wonder Wash by All Terrain - I found it at our local Meijer store. It's $6.99 for a big 12-oz. bottle (was on sale for $4.99) and only has 8 ingredients. And doesn't make her itch! Very happy with it.

Marcy - posted on 08/25/2010

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J&J is really being sued for that? Oh My!! I use that on my 6 mo. old daughter. I have used Parents choice which is Walmarts off brand, and it works good in my opinion.

Kristi - posted on 08/25/2010

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P.S. Alba products are also good, but some contain parabens (anything that is called blah-blah-blah-paraben, such as methylparaben).

Kristi - posted on 08/25/2010

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You should look for products that don't have lauryl/laureth sulfates (soaping agent that can cause tissue irritation) in them or parabens (preservative in liquids that can cause cancer). There are many products on the market that meet these requirements. Try Jason, Kiss my Face, or Burt's Bees. Many stores separate these products into the "natural" food sections, but you can buy them at Fred Meyer and Target. Yes, they are a little more expensive, but your kids' health is worth it, so you are not going to find them for 1.99. But if you shop the sales and comparison price shop, you'll find them for $5 or $6 at Freddy's and Target. About the same as Aveeno for the most part. They last plenty long. Avoid all of those bubble bath products and drug store shower soaps. They cause vaginitis, etc. Kiss My Face sells a kids shampoo/conditioner combo that my kids really like. It's an orange scent. You can do the same with their tooth paste. The lauryl/laurel sulfate products that make toothpaste foam up are not good for kids who tend to swallow much of it. These same companies make lots of kid toothpastes toxin free. Melaleuca, by the way, is another name for tea-tree oil. Jason sells a Melaleuca line of products that is really nice (and on sale at Freddy's all the time). There are SO many things available if you pay attention to the ingredients. Good luck! :)

Alicia - posted on 08/25/2010

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Good tip about the sunscreen Valerie. Mosquito repellent as well. Deet is THE WORST thing you can put on your child's skin. "Buzz Away" from the natural health food store is awesome. As is Bush Flower spray (if you can find it..)

Alicia - posted on 08/25/2010

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I use either "Kiss My Face" (which by the way you can now get at Superstore and I don't have to run to Nutters which I am VERY excited about). It is certified organic which is what you have to look for so that you can be sure that there is no sodium chloride or formaldehyde. It has a nice orange smell and is gentle on sensitive skin. The chiropractor that I work for sells a certified organic product called Mi essence; people rave about it, I haven't tried it yet due to the cost. You get a teeny bottle for like $18.00, they import it from Australia. I'm sure it works very well; however, kiss my face is awesome & no more expensive than the "other brands".

Amy - posted on 08/25/2010

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(Quoting Kim Bailey) "I recently also read about many of the baby foods having things in them that are not regulated either. Organic may be a little more expensive but I rather cut corners in other areas and make sure the little one comes first. Knowledge is power, read up on things and ask questions!!!"


The best way to know what is in your kids food is to make it yourself. It's actually not very difficult to make first foods for babies - just find a small food mill, cook the food until it's quite tender, season it *lightly*, and then put through the food mill. Once you've gotten it to the consistency you want, put it in small containers in the freezer, and thaw out in the fridge or microwave before using.

Julie - posted on 08/25/2010

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J+J is BAD! We did an experiement in college... READ THE LABEL - it is VERY harsh and contains novacaine to deaden the baby's eyes from the pain of the harsh shampoo... SERIOUSLY!

Prell was also bad.

Ivory is nice as is Dove.

Small people's hair have no different needs than ours -

Nicole - posted on 08/25/2010

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GO TO YOUR LOCAL HEALTH FOOD STORE!!!!! I'm shouting for a reason! J&J is not a "family company" as they portray themselves! The stuff they put in their products is horrible! Try Alba Botanicals, Nature's Gate, Live Clean Baby, even Burt's Bees (although they have been bought by a large company, they have appeared to stay true to their natural formulas). Make sure all the products you put on baby are organic and free from petroleum, SLS, parabens, etc.

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Burt's Bees has some great, affordable shampoos (that also double as soaps too). Sold at Target as well as elsewhere, I'm sure.

Valeri - posted on 08/24/2010

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Make sure you check out whatever you put on your little one at www.cosmeticdatabase.com. Their rating system is 0-10 (0 being extremely safe. - 10 being the most toxic) I use California Baby Shampoo and Body Wash which is pricey but 1 - $15-$17 large pump bottle lasts 6 months easily. Now that my little one has pretty much hair I started using Rainbow Shampoo and Conditioner which I buy at Whole Foods. I think it's great that you are concerned about the shampoo/bodywash that you use on you child but PLEASE make sure you do the same with their sunscreen. The FDA is not doing their job regulating what goes into this stuff. I like Badger for swimming and very hot days because it is VERY thick and 0 rating. For average days we use Mr. Ts SuperGoop - rating of 3. I just don't use anything with a rating over 3 - the lower the better.

Lisa - posted on 08/24/2010

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I am a HUGE fan of Live Clean baby products....they smell so good and they dont have those harsh chemicals in them like parabens, etc.

Amber - posted on 08/24/2010

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i just use regular soap you just have to be careful not to get it in there eyes. and if they have a dipper rash regular soap helps.

Michelle - posted on 08/24/2010

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@Marina Lewis - California Baby makes a Calming bath wash and lotion that works well for my kids

Marina - posted on 08/24/2010

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I have been using Burts Bees and they sell the complete line on Amazon. I buy in bulk which is much cheaper since I dont have to pay shipping. It also lasts a long time. I just started using the J&J lavender infused baby wash and lotion for those fussy nights but thanks to these postings i will no longer use them. I am really bad when it comes to doing research on products and I am trying to improve but in the meantime thats why I find this site helpful. So any suggestions on what to use in the bathtub for those fussy nights?

Tracie - posted on 08/24/2010

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read the label ladies, they all contain chemicals, even "salon" bought formulas...heck some of those are even worse because they have all the shine enhancers etc, which are made with chemicals... unless ur baby is sitting for hours literally soaking in these baby shampoos...they are not readily absorbed into the skin...

Roaya - posted on 08/24/2010

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anything bought in a salon will work, it is a little more expensive then store brands but u r paying for the quality and don't have to ever worry about anything bad being in it cause its professional haircare plus it will work a lot better than store brands. Just give it a try.

Michelle - posted on 08/24/2010

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California Baby is safe. You can get it at Target. It does cost a bit more but at least you have the peace of mind that it won't hurt your child. I also buy on amazon in bulk for less.

Amanda - posted on 08/24/2010

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i used suave tear free shampoo and body wash it a all in one my obgyn also told me if they break out with normal baby wash you can use any "female" wash on babys because it has to be for sensative skin and it wont iritate there skin just make sure not to get it in there eyes

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