The Honest Company’s 2 in 1 shampoo and body wash is probably one of the best when it comes to baby washes and shampoos. It's definitely among the top-notch products out there, largely due to the consistency in quality of the Honest Company - owned and founded by actress and devoted mom Jessica Alba. It’s one of the most ethically based and family-friendly companies out there, committed to making natural and organic-based high-quality products with affordable prices. As this Sweet Orange Vanilla shampoo and wash perfectly demonstrates, the Honest Co. has stayed true to its standards – the product is guaranteed to be free from SLS, sulfates, parabens, synthetic fragrances, formaldehyde-releasing chemicals, as well as MEA, DEA, or TEA. It’s a plant-based hypoallergenic hygienic product that blends coconut oil, jojoba protein, and quinoa extract, all of which are great for moisturizing skin, as they leave it fresh and healthy. It’s also got a tear-free formula, so it’s also safe for the baby’s face, with extracts such as aloe, chamomile, and calendula that help soothe the skin and reduce or prevent further inflammation and irritation. Moms have hailed it as the perfect shampoo that’s free from artificial fragrances, but that still leaves your baby with a mild smell of fresh orange and a touch of the sweet note of vanilla. And, it’s also extra friendly to the skin if your baby happens to have eczema or other annoying skin conditions that affect their delicate skin, so you can be sure to use it freely and safely with each bath.
The Bella B Bee cradle cap shampoo is listed as an Amazon Choice product, which means it’s definitely worth your attention, especially if your little one is having the annoying temporary skin condition. The Bella B Bee is made from natural and organic ingredients: gentle aloe vera, organic shea butter, and oatmeal make up the base. Tea tree oil, as well as organic flower extracts from lavender, marigold, and chamomile add to its effectiveness and soothing qualities - - they help moisturize the skin properly and naturally as well as soothe an itching scalp, reduce inflammation and promote new building blocks of skin. This product is marketed especially for sensitive baby skin and cradle cap and it’s labeled as hypoallergenic and paraben free, which means you won’t find any unwanted artificial preservatives inside your baby’s shampoo - it’s as mild as it gets. Possible downsides to this otherwise good-quality product are its rather tiny size (a regular package is only 8oz, which means it’ll go pretty quickly, plus a lot of other shampoos out there come in bigger sizes), and also it’s not fragrance-free (the product description says it has a ‘very light, fresh scent’), which can be a no-no for some mothers who don’t want any added fragrances in their baby’s shampoo.
Another one on Amazon’s Choice List, Dr. Eddie’s shampoo, along with the Bella B, is one of the best shampoos for ultra-sensitive scalps that you can find on the market. Created by a pediatrician, this shampoo is especially effective in fighting dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis (aka cradle cap) in babies. It’s free from a lot of the usual boogymen of synthetic chemicals that we commonly find in baby hygiene products. It’s also fragrance-free, which will be a great relief to a lot of parents out there, especially because fragranced shampoos can sometimes be counter-productive when it comes to maintaining a healthy scalp. Besides on the scalp, the Happy Cappy can be used on other body parts as well, such as behind your baby’s ears, the armpit area and also the neck folds, all of which are likely places of irritation, scaly skin, and redness. One of the best things about this shampoo is the pyrithione zinc, an FDA approved active ingredient, which is considered a safe and effective means for persistent skin conditions such as dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis. A lot of Amazon reviewers have actually used it on their own hair and scalp to fight scaly skin, praising its effectiveness for treating adult skin conditions as well.
The Cetaphil Baby Wash and Shampoo is another baby shampoo on the Amazon Choice list. It’s a two-in-one product, which means it’s both applicable for the baby’s body and the head/hair/face region, one of the most sensitive areas on a baby’s body. This makes the Cetaphil Baby Wash and Shampoo a great deal and good value for your money. Its formula contains organic calendula, which acts as a calming agent on your baby’s skin - everywhere on the body. It’s hypoallergenic, mineral oil and colorant free, and it can cleanse the infant’s skin without drying it or causing any itchiness; what’s more, it won’t even cause teary eyes in your little one, because baths should be times of fun - not tears! The Cetaphil Baby Wash & Shampo is also marketed as great for adults because of its soothing calendula properties; its perfect for any age and person that wants to use it. One of the good things about the Cetaphil shampoo is its very affordable price, which also translates into affordable use because it lathers so well - you won’t actually have to use much shampoo during each bath. While the reviews considering the use of this shampoo and body wash are positive overall, there is however a significant amount of complaints on the strong fragrance that comes after the wash. Some parents refrain from using it because some strongly perfumed baby hygiene products can exacerbate certain skin conditions, such as eczema for example.
The Johnson’s shampoos have been on the market for baby hygiene products for ages, and that, of course, is not something to be taken lightly. Johnson’s children shampoos are usually specialized in being ‘tear-free’, and this particular one is no exception. It’s all you need in a baby shampoo basically – it lathers well, saving you from using too much shampoo, and it makes the baby’s hair shiny, leaving a pleasant, fresh smell behind. It doesn’t contain the usual suspects - parabens, phthalates, sulfates, and dyes. On the contrary, it has a hypoallergenic formula and comes in a variety of sizes, so you can choose which one suits you best – whether you want to just try it out first with the 50ml or maybe just take the 600ml one and save yourself additional trips to the pharmacy or store. Some people have been complaining about a recently changed formula, although customers who reviewed the new batch claim that the shampoo has nevertheless still maintained the same level of quality and effectiveness. A lot of older and senior citizens also swear by Johnson’s baby shampoo as the perfect hair-care product not only for young developing skin but also for an old and gentle scalp.
The TotLogic is also one of those brands that aren’t that well known on the market but are sort of like hidden gems, which they’ve proved by getting on the list of Amazon’s Choice products (although a downside might be its slightly higher price tag than other shampoos of its kind). As you’d expect, this is also a shampoo based on natural ingredients and is free from all the scary, harsh chemicals that you simply don’t want on your baby’s skin - sulfates, formaldehyde, phthalates, parabens, dioxane 1-4, SLS/SLES and petroleum-derived ingredients. The shampoo is suitable for sensitive skin and it’s hypoallergenic. A big, big plus is that the TotLogic shampoo doesn’t contain any artificial fragrances, making it a great product for babies who have problems with skin conditions like eczema, which can actually be made worse by the added fragrances or perfumes. The great thing about it is that it actually gives off a light scent of its natural ingredients such as lavender and chamomile, so you’ll still get a fresh smelling hair for your little one without the fear of artificial chemicals! The company is proud to stand behind products that are vegan and cruelty-free, so this might be a perfect option for the mommies which are concerned about animal rights, and are vegans or vegetarians, knowing they don’t have to choose between what’s good for their baby and what’s good for the animal world out there as well.
The Himalaya Herbal Healthcare baby shampoo is a lesser known brand on the market with a very affordable price. It’s labeled as a mild-formula, ‘no tears’ shampoo, and uses hibiscus and chickpea as its main organic ingredients which are supposed to make the baby’s hair stronger and healthier. The hibiscus acts as a natural conditioner and emollient, and the chickpea acts as a natural source of protein that helps nourish the hair, strengthen it and give it a special glow. Additional natural ingredients are the rice extract and the vetiver root which have soothing properties and help cool the baby’s scalp and let the skin breathe. The Himalayan shampoo is hypoallergenic and is also free from SLS and SLES, parabens, phthalates and silicone, petroleums and artificial colors. For the mothers who are especially careful when it comes to animals’ wellbeing, the company stresses its care for animals and says that there was no animal testing done of this product. All in all, it’s a very solid product, with generally positive customer reviews on Amazon.