Don’t get in a lather trying to find the best organic baby shampoo. Here are my favourite brands for an eco-friendly bath time.
That’s where organic baby shampoo comes in. However, it’s a bit of a tricky market to navigate. Even in the baby shampoo market, there is a lot of greenwashing going on. And not only that but clever tricks to make you feel like you’ve made a green purchase, when really your purchase may be no different to a conventional baby shampoo. Just perhaps with a higher price tag.
The Organic Beauty Product Problem
When brands use the word organic on their products, this means that they contain ingredients that are grown organically. In short, this means the ingredients have been grown without the use of harsh chemicals, such as herbicides and pesticides.
This move is great. However, particularly in the UK, there is currently very little in the way of regulations around beauty product labelling. This means that there are no regulations around the minimum quantity of organic ingredients your baby shampoo should contain, in order to be able to say that the product is organic. Any brand or beauty product could technically label its product as natural or organic. This is even if the product contains as little as 1% organic or natural ingredients.
What To Look For
Whilst it is a minefield, there is some help. There are things to look out for to ensure that your baby shampoo (or any other health or beauty product for that matter) is the real deal.
Independent COSMOS Organic certification, spearheaded by the Soil Association, for example, is a good one to look out for. This certification guarantees that 95% of all physically farmed ingredients are organic. It also ensures that at least 20% of the total ingredients are organic. Although, do note that for rinse-off products, such as shampoo, at least 10% of the total ingredients must be organic.
The Best Organic Baby Shampoos
Now let’s wash that greenwash out of our hair. Here are my favourite organic baby shampoo brands that, when it comes to their ingredient labels, aren’t hair-raising.
Green People’s Organic Babies Baby Wash & Shampoo (£9.50 for 150 ml) is a scent-free and ultra-gentle organic shampoo, bubble bath, and body wash in one. Its gentle ingredients make it suitable even for newborn babies.
Containing 85% certified organic ingredients, it’s gentle and non-irritating for daily use. Aloe vera helps to naturally protect delicate skin from dryness and irritation. Meanwhile, the gentle natural cleansing properties of German Chamomile and Yucca help to retain natural skin and scalp oils. This means it’s suitable for even the most sensitive skin. This includes skin prone to eczema, psoriasis & dermatitis.
As well as being certified organic, this baby shampoo is also certified vegan and certified cruelty-free.
In terms of packaging, this baby shampoo is packaged in plastic. However, the plastic Green People use is derived from recyclable and renewable sugarcane, rather than fossil fuels. Some biodegradable plastics do interfere with the recycling process and should be avoided. However, Green People say that sugarcane-based plastics can be easily recycled at any Local authority-run plastic kerbside recycling scheme.
Whilst it is on the expensive side, I’ve found the shampoo to be very concentrated. As such, a little does go a long way.
Buy Green People’s Organic Babies Baby Wash & Shampoo for £9.50 directly from Green People.
Odylique Organic Gentle Wash & Baby Shampoo
Odylique’s Baby Gentle Wash & Shampoo (£11.50 for 200 ml) contains 70.3% certified organic ingredients of natural origin. In plain English, this includes aloe vera juice, coconut and corn-based cleansers, as well as extra virgin olive oil, and palm oil-free vegetable glycerine. Meanwhile, chamomile and calendula herbs, as well as chamomile and lavandin essential oils, provide a soothing scent that can also help calm any skin irritation.
Suitable for babies over 3 months of age, this extremely gentle and moisturising bath wash and shampoo helps to maintain the natural oil and acid balance of a baby’s skin. Its olive oil content also helps to naturally tackle cradle cap.
As well as being certified organic by the Soil Association, this baby shampoo is also COSMOS Certified Organic. Additionally, it’s also certified cruelty-free and is vegan friendly, and palm oil-free.
Although it does come in a plastic bottle, this is made from recycled plastic. It is also fully recyclable at your kerbside.
Buy Odylique’s Baby Gentle Wash & Shampoo from Ethical Superstore for £11.50.
Beaming Baby’s Organic Shampoo and Bodywash (£11.99 for 500 ml) contains 80% certified organic and vegan-friendly ingredients.
Hypoallergenic and PH balanced, each bottle contains over 70 ml of organic aloe vera that heals, moisturises, and nourishes baby’s sensitive skin. And free from alcohol, parabens, sodium Laureth sulphate (SLS), perfume, and colourings, it’s gentle enough for use every day. It’s also particularly soothing for babies with nappy rash, eczema, or sensitive skin.
Whilst you do get more for your money with Beaming Baby’s shampoo, I would say this one is quite thin and watery compared to other brands.
Again, Beaming Baby bottles are packaged in plastic. However, Beaming Baby says that the bottles are made from 100% recycled plastic, and can be recycled again.
Buy Beaming Baby shampoo from Amazon.
Neal’s Yard Baby Bath and Shampoo
Whilst not certified organic, Neal’s Yard Baby Wash and Shampoo (£8.50 for 200ml) does contain a decent percentage of organic ingredients.
This gentle cleansing wash for skin and hair blends organic lavender and chamomile essential oils with mild, vegetable-based cleansers. These tend to the delicate skin and hair of babies without irritation. Just a little is needed to create a gentle foam.
Do note that some labels recommend using this shampoo only on babies aged 3 months and over. Neal’s Yard says that this shampoo is gentle enough for newborns who weigh at least 3kg / 6lb 10oz. However, they say their labels will be updated accordingly.
Buy Neal’s Yard Baby Bath & Shampoo from Naturisimo for £8.50.
As always, I will keep updating this list as I come across any more great brands. And do let me know if you have any organic favourites.
Do also check out my eco-friendly baby essentials if you are looking for more eco-friendly baby ideas.