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The Best Organic & Natural Baby Lotions, Based on Ingredients

Better Goods

Mar 1, 2021

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Today we'll be looking at:

  • What ingredients should be avoided in baby lotions.
  • Ratings for 20+ of the most popular clean baby lotions.
  • How to use baby lotion the right way.

Because baby wipes are used on our children's most sensitive areas, it's extremely important to ensure that they're free of toxic chemicals and irritants.

In our research, we found that many of the top brands available have chemical ingredients that are potentially toxic and dangerous. Many of them are made with polyester or plastic-based cloth derived from petroleum.

However, there are several brands available that offer a baby wipe that's as free of toxic chemicals as possible, and some are even made from natural materials like chlorine-free wood pulp.

While it's true that baby wipes aren't an absolute necessity, many parents find them far too convenient to give them up.

If baby wipes are an indispensable part of your parenting repertoire, we'll arm you with the knowledge you need to buy the best non-toxic and safe wipe.

Babies have thin, sensitive skin. This means that in the winter months and dry climates, their skin can quickly dry out. Dry skin can quickly become itchy, irritated and uncomfortable.

Baby lotion is another name for moisturizer—it's basically baby moisturizer.

A good, clean and non-toxic baby lotion is the perfect solution to keep baby's skin moisturized. Much like adult moisturizer, these products function by adding moisture to the skin, and keeping the existing moisture in the skin.

Our Methodology

We researched the internet, online stores and social media to find the most popular clean baby moisturizers (along with some top-selling non-clean moisturizers for comparison).

Each ingredient in every product was researched and analyzed for safety based on available public research. Where possible, sources for information are included.

Products are ranked from best to worst with an internal score based on the ingredient rankings.

Notes On Ingredients:

Irritants: Ingredients marked with an asterisk (*) are potential irritants or allergens. Unfortunately, almost all of the products we looked at contain at least one potential irritant. The most common irritants are essential oils and some alcohols.

Some baby lotions contain more harsh preservatives, namely parabens. These are toxic preservatives that have been linked to breast cancer, hormonal disruption and skin irritation. Anything ending in “-paraben” such as methylparaben, ethylparaben and butylparaben is included.

Parabens are not part of the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) list, meaning they can be included in products labeled as organic—a trick you need to watch out for. Conversely, the European Union has banned products with parabens since 2012.

As of 2020, the FDA says of parabens: "We do not have information showing that parabens as they are used in cosmetics have an effect on human health."

Because there are products with safer alternatives, we don't recommend using products with parabens.

Phenoxyethanol and sodium benzoate are two other preservatives found in the products we looked at. These two ingredients are safer than parabens. However, sodium benzoate is a known potential skin irritant and phenoxyethanol, which is not recommended to be used in baby products due to irritation potential.

Silicones: While this isn't strictly an unsafe ingredient, we don't recommend baby lotions with silicone. This is because silicone simply acts as an occlusive, meaning it seals the skin. The purpose of this is to seal in moisture, but silicones also clog the skin's pores, which can lead to acne and irritation. Silicones are also derived from petroleum, making them decidedly a non-natural and non-eco-friendly ingredient.

Fragrance: A very common reason for skin irritation, and a 2008 study found that 83% of drugstore creams contained fragrance or a fragrance-related allergen.

The term fragrance when used in products is an umbrella term, and there are currently 3059 chemical ingredients that can be used in fragrances. And what’s worse is that manufacturers can just list “fragrance” and not the individual ingredients that go into the fragrance.

Some of these 3059 ingredients have been linked to health effects like cancer, allergies, reproductive issues and more.

We always considered non-natural fragrance as a “bad” ingredient.

A Note on Irritants

Better Goods identifies ingredients that can act as potential irritants or allergens. When it comes to baby products, this is even more of a concern, as babies have much more sensitive skin than adults.

In the ingredient listings, all irritants are marked with an asterisk (*). If you wish to avoid potential irritants, consider using a lotion that has few (or no) ingredients identified with an asterisk (*).

We reviewed 20+ of the most popular baby lotions. They're rated on this scale:

Best ???? – These products are the best of the best. They contain organic ingredients, are non-toxic and are often the best choice for our environment.

Good – These products are typically quite good, but don’t go above and beyond like our best choices.

Iffy – These products are typically okay, but have some issues that make us unable to give them a “Good” rating. Often times they contain ingredients that are questionable.

Bad – These products typically have toxic ingredients or issues that make them dangerous or unsuitable to use. These products should typically be avoided.

The Best Non-Toxic Baby Lotions

The Honest Company

The Honest Company Organic All-Purpose Balm
Rating: Best 🌟
Price: $12.95 ($3.81 per oz)

This is an excellent baby balm with all organic ingredients, the main ones being organic sunflower seed oil, beeswax (making it non-vegan), olive oil and shea butter. We give this product a top rating for its great list of ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • Organic Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Organic Beeswax (Cera Alba),
  • Organic Olive Oil (Olea Europaea Fruit Oil),
  • Organic Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera),
  • Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Organic Tamanu Seed Oil (Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil),
  • Organic Calendula Flower Extract (Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract),
  • Organic Roman Chamomile Oil (Anthemis Nobilis Oil)*,
  • Tocopherol

Potential irritants: 1*

Earth Mama

Earth Mama Angel Natural Non-Scents Baby Lotion
Rating: Best 🌟
Price: $17.99 ($2.25 per oz)

Organic aloe and olive oil make up the base of this lotion. This is a non-scented lotion, and gets a top rating for the good list of non-toxic ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • Organic Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Organic Olive Oil (Olea Europaea Fruit Oil),
  • Organic Rooibos Extract (Aspalathus Linearis Extract),
  • Organic Calendula Flower Extract (Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract),
  • Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Olivoyl Hydrolyzed Oat Protein,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Glyceryl Oleate,
  • Glyceryl Stearate,
  • Kosher Vegetable Glycerin,
  • Xanthan Gum

Made Of

MADE OF Organic Baby Lotion
Rating: Best 🌟
Price: $14 ($2 per oz)

With all-organic mix of argan, coconut, sunflower and avocado oils, along with aloe, this product gets a top rating.

Ingredients:

  • Organic Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Organic Argan Oil (Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil),
  • Organic Oat Kernel Extract (Avena Sativa Kernel Extract),
  • Organic Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera),
  • Organic Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Organic Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima Oil),
  • Organic Vanilla Extract (Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract),
  • Glycerin,
  • Stearic Acid,
  • Caprylhydroxamic Acid,
  • Glyceryl Caprylate,
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Xanthan Gum,
  • Citric Acid

Baja Baby

Baja Baby Organic Unscented Baby Lotion
Rating: Best 🌟
Price: $26.95 ($2.25 per oz)

This unscented baby lotion is primarily made of water, organic avocado oil, grape seed oil and sweet almond oil.

Please note that sweet almond oil can trigger nut allergies.

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Organic Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima Oil),
  • Organic Grape Seed Oil (Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil),
  • Organic Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil)*,
  • Stearic Acid,
  • Organic Glycerin,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Isopropyl Myristate,
  • Candelilla Wax (Euphorbia Cerifera Wax),
  • Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Panthenol,
  • Allantoin,
  • Glucose,
  • Glucose Oxidase,
  • Lactoperoxidase

Potential irritants: 1*

Bambo Nature

Bambo Nature Snuggle Time Body Lotion
Rating: Best 🌟
Price: $5.50 ($1.62 per oz)

With organic ingredients including organic aloe, coconut oil, shea butter, this is a good baby lotion in terms of ingredients. It does include sodium benzoate, a preservative that some might wish to avoid, however.

Sodium benzoate is a chemical preservative. Reports show that people with sensitive skin should not use products which contain sodium benzoate as it may induce contact allergy. (source)

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Organic Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Organic Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera),
  • Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Canola Oil,
  • Organic Glycerin,
  • Cetearyl Glucoside*,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Stearyl Alcohol,
  • Tocopherol,
  • Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate,
  • Xanthan Gum,
  • Citric Acid,
  • Sodium Benzoate*

Potential irritants: 2*

Cloud Island (Target Brand)

Cloud Island Sensitive Care Baby Lotion - Fragrance Free
Rating: Best 🌟
Price: $7.99 ($1 per oz)

Target’s Cloud Island lotion gets a surprisingly good rating based on ingredients. With a base of organic aloe, shea butter, cocoa butter, we give this product a top rating.

Ingredients:

  • Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Water (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water),
  • Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao Butter),
  • Organic Glycerin,
  • Glyceryl Stearate,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Organic Borage Oil (Borago Officinalis Seed Oil),
  • Organic Chia Seed Oil (Salvia Hispanica Seed Oil),
  • Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate,
  • Organic Carob Gum (Ceratonia Siliqua Gum),
  • Organic Ethyl Palmate,
  • Organic Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera Biennis Oil),
  • Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol),
  • Lactobacillus Ferment,
  • Organic Oat Kernel Extract (Avena Sativa Kernel Extract),
  • Organic Marshmallow Root Extract (Althaea Officinalis Root Extract),
  • Organic Quinoa Seed Oil (Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Oil),
  • Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate,
  • Lactobacillus,
  • Coconut Extract (Cocos Nucifera Extract)

Non-Toxic Baby Lotions Rated "Good"

Mee Beauty

Mee Beauty Bee Gentle Baby Body Lotion
Rating: Good
Price: $16.99 ($2.12 per oz)

This product contains phenoxyethanol. Because this preservative can be irritating to baby’s sensitive skin, we recommend products that don’t have this ingredient over those that do.

Emulsifying wax gets an iffy rating because it can be made of either vegetable wax or a petroleum-based wax, and the exact makeup does not need to be disclosed. (source)

Phenoxyethanol is a common preservative. Typically, this ingredient is considered safe in products not meant for babies. An EU study found skin irritation in animal studies even when exposed to very low amounts. (source)

Ingredients:

  • Organic Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Honey,
  • Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Organic Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Emulsifying Wax NF,
  • Stearic Acid,
  • Tocopherol,
  • Phenoxyethanol*,
  • Caprylyl Glycol*

Potential irritants: 2*

Pipette

Pipette Baby Lotion - Fragrance Free
Rating: Good
Price: $10 ($1.67 per oz)

Although this isn’t an organic product, it still has a good list of ingredients. As a preservative, it uses sodium benzoate, one of the safer preservative ingredients.

Sodium benzoate is a chemical preservative. Reports show that people with sensitive skin should not use products which contain sodium benzoate as it may induce contact allergy. (source)

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Squalane,
  • Glycerin,
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,
  • Cetearyl Olivate,
  • Sorbitan Olivate,
  • Pomegranate Sterols (Punica Granatum Sterols),
  • Ceramide NP,
  • Sodium Carbomer,
  • Sodium Benzoate*,
  • Sodium Dehydroacetate,
  • Phytic Acid

Potential irritants: 1*

Kiehl’s

Kiehl’s Baby Nurturing Baby Cream for Face & Body
Rating: Good
Price: $20 ($2.99 per oz)

Although the ingredients of this product aren’t organic, they’re still good. There are no ingredients of concern to be found.

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Glycerin,
  • Squalane,
  • Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Apricot Kernel Oil (Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil),
  • Propanediol,
  • Glyceryl Stearate,
  • Olive Oil (Olea Europaea Fruit Oil),
  • Cetearyl Glucoside*,
  • Sodium Citrate,
  • Citric Acid,
  • Caprylyl Glycol*,
  • Xanthan Gum,
  • Rice Bran Oil (Oryza Sativa Bran Oil),
  • Tocopherol

Potential irritants: 2*

California Baby

California Baby Super Sensitive Everyday Lotion
Rating: Good
Price: $14.49 ($1.7 per oz)

This unscented lotion has no ingredients of concern. The list of ingredients is taken from the official site, but seems to be in incorrect order. The primary ingredients are likely organic aloe, canola oil, safflower seed oil and water.

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Calendula Extract in Vegetable Glycerin,
  • Glyceryl Stearate,
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Glyceryl Caprylate,
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,
  • Organic Canola Oil,
  • Safflower Seed Oil Polyglyceryl-4 Esters,
  • Levulinic Acid,
  • Basil Leaf Extract (Ocimum Basilicum Leaf Extract),
  • Anise Seed Extract (Pimpinella Anisum Seed Extract),
  • Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera Biennis Oil),
  • Rosemary Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis Extract),
  • Phytic Acid,
  • Xanthan Gum USP,
  • Organic Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Yucca Root Extract (Yucca Schidigera Root Extract)

Aleva Naturals

Aleva Naturals Sleep Easy Calming Lotion
Rating: Good
Price: $9.99 ($1.25 per oz)

With many organic ingredients including aloe, shea butter and olive oil, along with no ingredients of concern, this is a safe lotion.

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Organic Aloe Powder (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder),
  • Glycerin,
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Glyceryl Stearate,
  • Stearic Acid,
  • Coco-Caprylate/Caprate,
  • Organic Olive Oil (Olea Europaea Fruit Oil),
  • Sucrose Polystearate,
  • Glyceryl Caprylate,
  • Glyceryl Undecylenate,
  • Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia Oil),
  • DL-alpha-Tocopherol,
  • Calendula (Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract),
  • Roman Chamomile Oil (Anthemis Nobilis Oil),
  • Bisabolol

Eco By Naty

Eco by Naty Baby Lotion
Rating: Good
Price: $8.99 ($1.34 per oz)

This product has a simple list of ingredients with a few of concern.

Sodium benzoate is a chemical preservative. Reports show that people with sensitive skin should not use products which contain sodium benzoate as it may induce contact allergy. (source)

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Organic Olive Oil (Olea Europaea Fruit Oil),
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Organic Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Glycerin,
  • Arachidyl Alcohol,
  • Behenyl Alcohol,
  • Gluconolactone,
  • Cetearyl Glucoside*,
  • Arachidyl Glucoside,
  • Xanthan Gum,
  • Sodium Benzoate*,
  • Tocopherol,
  • Sodium Hydroxide*,
  • Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Potassium Sorbate,
  • Citric Acid

Potential irritants: 3*

Nature's Baby Organics

Nature's Baby Organics Face & Body Moisturizer - Fragrance Free
Rating: Good
Price: $14.95 ($1.87 per oz)

The ingredients of this product show nothing of concern. While it’s not a fully organic product, the clean list of ingredients gives this product a good rating.

Sodium benzoate is a chemical preservative. Reports show that people with sensitive skin should not use products which contain sodium benzoate as it may induce contact allergy. (source)

Ingredients:

  • Organic Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Organic Cucumber (Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract),
  • Organic Matricaria Extract (Chamomilla Recutita Extract),
  • Organic Calendula Flower Extract (Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract),
  • Organic Vanilla Extract (Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract),
  • Safflower Seed Oil (Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil),
  • Ethylhexyl Palmitate,
  • Glyceryl Stearate,
  • Sorbitan Olivate,
  • Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Olive Oil (Olea Europaea Fruit Oil),
  • Jojoba Seed Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil),
  • Glycerin,
  • Tocopherol,
  • Hydroxyethylcellulose,
  • Xanthan Gum,
  • Capryloyl Glycine,
  • Undecylenoyl Glycine,
  • Gluconolactone,
  • Sodium Benzoate*,
  • Glycine

Potential irritants: 1*

Babo Botanicals

Babo Botanicals Calming Baby Lotion - Lavender and Meadowsweet
Rating: Good
Price: $13.99 ($1.75 per oz)

This product has only one ingredient of concern, which keeps us from giving it a top rating.

There is some concern that tocopheryl acetate is at risk of being contaminated with hydroquinone, a known human carcinogen. While we believe this risk to be small, we consider tocopheryl acetate an iffy ingredient. (source)

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Organic Safflower Seed Oil (Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil),
  • Organic Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Vegetable Glycerin,
  • Emulsifying Wax,
  • Glyceryl Stearate SE,
  • Oat Kernel Flour (Avena Sativa Kernel Flour),
  • Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Natural Fragrance of Lavender Oil,
  • Jojoba Seed Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil),
  • Tocopheryl Acetate*,
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Caprylhydroxamic Acid,
  • Glyceryl Caprylate,
  • Organic Calendula Flower Extract (Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract),
  • Organic Matricaria Extract (Chamomilla Recutita Extract),
  • Organic Watercress Flower/Leaf Extract (Nasturtium Officinale),
  • Organic Kudzu Root (Pueraria Lobata Root Extract),
  • Organic Meadowsweet Flower Extract (Spiraea Ulmaria Flower Extract),
  • Xanthan Gum,
  • Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil (Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil)

Potential irritants: 1*

Little Twig

Little Twig Baby Lotion - Fragrance Free
Rating: Good
Price: $11.49 ($1.35 per oz)

The base of this product is organic sunflower oil, octyl palmitate (derived from palm oil), aloe, and glycerin.

There are two ingredients of concern that keep us from giving this product a top rating.

There is some concern that tocopheryl acetate is at risk of being contaminated with hydroquinone, a known human carcinogen. While we believe this risk to be small, we consider tocopheryl acetate an iffy ingredient. (source)

Ethylhexylglycerin can be a mild skin and eye irritant. Extra care should be taken when using products with this ingredient around the face. (source)

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Organic Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Octyl Palmitate,
  • Organic Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Organic Glycerin,
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Glyceryl Stearate,
  • Tocopheryl Acetate*,
  • Sodium Carbomer,
  • Stearic Acid,
  • Organic Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia Flower Oil),
  • Organic Green or White Tea Extract (Camellia Sinensis Tea Leaf Extract),
  • Organic Roman Chamomile Flower Extract (Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract),
  • Organic Cucumber (Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract),
  • Organic Jojoba Seed Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil),
  • Organic Borage Oil (Borago Officinalis Seed Oil),
  • Panthenol,
  • Allantoin,
  • Ethylhexylglycerin*,
  • Capryloyl Glycine,
  • Potassium Sorbate

Potential irritants: 1*

ATTITUDE

Attitude Calendula Natural Body Cream
Rating: Good
Price: $12.95 ($1.93 per oz)

With no ingredients of concern and no potential irritants, this product gets a passing grade.

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Dicaprylyl Ether,
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,
  • Coco-Caprylate/Caprate,
  • Cetearyl Olivate,
  • Glycerin,
  • Tapioca Starch,
  • Sorbitan Olivate,
  • Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Isoamyl Laurate,
  • Stearyl Alcohol,
  • Glyceryl Stearate,
  • Levulinic Acid,
  • P-anisic Acid,
  • Sodium Levulinate,
  • Citric Acid,
  • Xanthan Gum,
  • Calendula (Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract),
  • Blueberry Fruit Extract (Vaccinium Angustifolium Fruit Extract),
  • Matricaria Extract (Chamomilla Recutita Extract),
  • Moringa Extract (Moringa Oleifera Extract),
  • Maltodextrin,
  • Linalyl Acetate,
  • Vanillin

BabyTime

BabyTime by Episencial Soothing Cream
Rating: Good
Price: $13 ($3.82 per oz)

With many organic ingredients and no ingredients of concern, this product gets a good rating.

Ingredients:

  • Organic Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Water,
  • Glycerin,
  • Cetearyl Olivate,
  • Sorbitan Olivate,
  • Organic Safflower Seed Oil (Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil),
  • Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Organic Neem Seed Oil (Azadirachta Indica Seed Oil),
  • Organic Jojoba Seed Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil),
  • Organic Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima Oil),
  • Pear Fruit Extract (Pyrus Communis Fruit Extract),
  • Tocopherol,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Phenethyl Alcohol,
  • Caprylyl Glycol*,
  • Xanthan Gum,
  • Milk Ferment Lysate Filtrate (Lactobacillus),
  • Blueberry Fruit Extract (Vaccinium Angustifolium Fruit Extract),
  • Organic Cucumber (Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract),
  • Organic Matricaria Extract (Chamomilla Recutita Extract),
  • Organic Green or White Tea Extract (Camellia Sinensis Tea Leaf Extract),
  • Organic Calendula Flower Extract (Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract),
  • Organic Borage Oil (Borago Officinalis Seed Oil),
  • Organic Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera Biennis Oil),
  • Organic Flax Seed Oil (Linum Usitatissim Seed Oil),
  • Citric Acid

Potential irritants: 1*

BareBaby Organics

BareBaby Organics Premium Moisturizing Lotion - Unscented
Rating: Good
Price: $16.95 ($2.12 per oz)

This baby lotion is a base of organic aloe, coconut oil, and olive oil. There is only one ingredient of concern, which keeps us from giving it a top rating.

Ethylhexylglycerin can be a mild skin and eye irritant. Extra care should be taken when using products with this ingredient around the face. (source)

Ingredients:

  • Organic Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Organic Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera),
  • Organic Olive Oil (Olea Europaea Fruit Oil),
  • Cetyl Palmitate,
  • Sorbitan Palmitate,
  • Sorbitan Olivate,
  • Glyceryl Stearate,
  • Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Vegetable Glycerin,
  • Phenethyl Alcohol,
  • Caprylyl Glycol*,
  • Ethylhexylglycerin*,
  • Xanthan Gum,
  • Hydroxyethylcellulose,
  • Organic Calendula Flower Extract (Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract),
  • Organic Grape Seed Oil (Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil),
  • Organic Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima Oil),
  • Organic Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Organic Giant Kelp Extract (Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract),
  • Organic Marshmallow Root Extract (Althaea Officinalis Root Extract),
  • Organic Rose Hip Fruit Extract (Rosa Canina Fruit Extract)*,
  • Organic Rosemary Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis Extract),
  • Organic Passionfruit Flower Extract (Passiflora Incarnata Flower Extract),
  • Organic Matricaria Extract (Chamomilla Recutita Extract),
  • Organic Jojoba Seed Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil)

Potential irritants: 2*

The Honest Company

The Honest Company Purely Sensitive Face & Body Lotion (Fragrance-Free)
Rating: Good
Price: $9.95 ($1.17 per oz)

Although this lotion is not organic, there are no ingredients of concern. We recommend this fragrance-free version of the lotion over the scented versions, which contain essential oils that are recognized consumer allergens.

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,
  • Glyceryl Stearate SE,
  • Glycerin,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Safflower Seed Oil (Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil),
  • Castor Seed Oil (Ricinus Communis Seed Oil),
  • Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Glyceryl Stearate Citrate,
  • Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Calendula (Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract),
  • Matricaria Extract (Chamomilla Recutita Extract),
  • Coconut Extract (Cocos Nucifera Extract),
  • Rhus Verniciflua Peel Wax,
  • Rhus Succedanea Fruit Wax,
  • Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters,
  • Soybean Oil (Glycine Soja Oil),
  • Ethyl Macadamiate,
  • Caprylyl Glycol*,
  • Panthenol,
  • Microcrystalline Cellulose,
  • Xanthan Gum,
  • Allantoin,
  • Cellulose Gum,
  • Tocopherol,
  • Caprylhydroxamic Acid,
  • Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate,
  • Ascorbyl Palmitate,
  • Potassium Sorbate,
  • Malic Acid*,
  • Citric Acid

Potential irritants: 1*

Babyganics

Babyganics Moisturizing Daily Baby Lotion
Rating: Good
Price: $9.23 ($0.54 per oz)

This lotion contains many organic ingredients with water, organic cocoa butter and cetyl alcohol making up the first few ingredients. There are only two ingredients of small concern.

Ethylhexylglycerin can be a mild skin and eye irritant. Extra care should be taken when using products with this ingredient around the face. (source)

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao Butter),
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Squalane,
  • Decyl Oleate,
  • Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Propanediol,
  • Organic Glycerin,
  • Glyceryl Stearate,
  • Caprylyl Glycol*,
  • Ethylhexylglycerin*,
  • Undecylenoyl Glycine,
  • Capryloyl Glycine,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Carbomer,
  • Stearic Acid,
  • Organic Beeswax (Cera Alba),
  • Tomato Seed Oil (Solanum Lycopersicum Seed Oil),
  • Organic Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Cranberry Seed Oil (Vaccinium Macrocarpon Seed Oil),
  • Organic Black Cumin Seed Oil (Nigella Sativa Seed Oil),
  • Raspberry Seed Oil (Rubus Idaeus Seed Oil),
  • Sodium Hydroxide*,
  • Organic Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima Oil),
  • Organic Canola Oil,
  • Organic Olive Oil (Olea Europaea Fruit Oil),
  • Organic Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Organic Soybean Oil (Glycine Soja Oil),
  • Tocopherol,
  • Sodium Phytate

Potential irritants: 2*

Hello Bello

Hello Bello Premium Baby Lotion Original Scent
Rating: Good
Price: $6.98 ($0.82 per oz)

This baby lotion has a large list of ingredients, but none of them are of concern besides one listed below. Many of the ingredients are organic as well.

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,
  • Glycerin,
  • Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Glyceryl Stearate,
  • Glyceryl Caprylate,
  • Organic Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Organic Jojoba Seed Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil),
  • Organic Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Organic Oat Kernel Extract (Avena Sativa Kernel Extract),
  • Organic Avocado Extract (Persea Grattisima Extract),
  • Organic Calendula Flower Extract (Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract),
  • Organic Cucumber (Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract),
  • Bergamot Fruit Oil (Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Fruit Oil),
  • Organic Geranium Flower Oil (Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil),
  • Hydroxyethylcellulose,
  • Hydroxyacetophenone,
  • Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate,
  • Sodium Gluconate,
  • Tapioca Starch,
  • Caprylhydroxamic Acid,
  • Triethyl Citrate,
  • Xanthan Gum,
  • o-Cymen-5-ol,
  • Citric Acid,
  • Phenethyl Alcohol,
  • Alpha-Ionone,
  • Gamma Undecalactone,
  • Heliotropine,
  • 3-Hexenol,
  • Delta-Decalactone,
  • Raspberry Ketone

Baby Lotions Rated "Iffy"

Elizabeth Parker Naturals

Elizabeth Parker Naturals Baby Balm
Rating: Iffy
Price: $14.99 ($7.5 per oz)

This balm has a great list of ingredients but has the unfortunate inclusion of tocopheryl acetate, which can be contaminated with toxic hydroquinone. While this is typically in trace amounts, we can’t recommend it over products that don’t have this danger.

There is some concern that tocopheryl acetate is at risk of being contaminated with hydroquinone, a known human carcinogen. While we believe this risk to be small, we consider tocopheryl acetate an iffy ingredient. (source)

Ingredients:

  • Almond Oil (Prunus Dulcis Oil)*,
  • Organic Beeswax (Cera Alba),
  • Organic Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera),
  • Organic Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Organic Calendula Flower Extract (Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract),
  • Manuka Mel (Leptospermum Scoparium Mel),
  • Sodium Bicarbonate,
  • Tocopheryl Acetate*,
  • Organic Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia Flower Oil)

Potential irritants: 1*

Era Organics

Era Organics Baby Lotion for Dry, Sensitive Skin
Rating: Iffy
Price: $16.87 ($2.03 per oz)

With all organic ingredients, phenoxyethanol is the only is the only ingredient of concern. Because there are other lotions with better preservatives, we give this product an iffy rating.

Emulsifying wax gets an iffy rating because it can be made of either vegetable wax or a petroleum-based wax, and the exact makeup does not need to be disclosed. (source)

Phenoxyethanol is a common preservative. Typically, this ingredient is considered safe in products not meant for babies. An EU study found skin irritation in animal studies even when exposed to very low amounts. (source)

Ingredients:

  • Organic Matricaria Extract (Chamomilla Recutita Extract),
  • Organic Oat Kernel Extract (Avena Sativa Kernel Extract),
  • Organic Chickweed Extract (Stellaria Media Extract),
  • Herbal Tea Infusion,
  • Organic Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Organic Vegetable Glycerin,
  • Emulsifying Wax NF,
  • Stearic Acid,
  • Organic Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera),
  • Organic Calendula Oil (Calendula Officinalis Oil),
  • Organic Arnica Oil (Arnica Montana Oil),
  • Organic Rose Hip Oil (Rosa Canina Oil)*,
  • Organic Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima Oil),
  • Phenoxyethanol*,
  • Caprylyl Glycol*

Potential irritants: 3*

Weleda

Weleda Calendula Body Lotion
Rating: Iffy
Price: $13.99 ($2.06 per oz)

While the list of ingredients in this product appears clean at first glance, there are a large number of potential allergens/irritants, which prevent us from giving it a good rating.

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Sesame Seed Oil (Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil),
  • Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil)*,
  • Glycerin,
  • Raw Grain Alcohol,
  • Glyceryl Stearate SE,
  • Cetearyl Glucoside*,
  • Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides,
  • Calendula (Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract),
  • Matricaria Extract (Chamomilla Recutita Extract),
  • Beeswax (Cera Alba),
  • Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao Butter),
  • Xanthan Gum,
  • Glyceryl Caprylate,
  • Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend),
  • Limonene*,
  • Linalool*,
  • Geraniol*,
  • Citral*

Potential irritants: 6*

Puracy

Puracy Organic Baby Lotion
Rating: Iffy
Price: $13.99 ($1.17 per oz)

While there’s a lot to like about the ingredients list in this lotion, there are a few ingredients that prevent us from giving it a top rating.

Phenoxyethanol is a common preservative. Typically, this ingredient is considered safe in products not meant for babies. An EU study found skin irritation in animal studies even when exposed to very low amounts. (source)

Ethylhexylglycerin can be a mild skin and eye irritant. Extra care should be taken when using products with this ingredient around the face. (source)

There is some concern that tocopheryl acetate is at risk of being contaminated with hydroquinone, a known human carcinogen. While we believe this risk to be small, we consider tocopheryl acetate an iffy ingredient. (source)

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Organic Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Organic Vegetable Glycerin,
  • Glyceryl Stearate,
  • Vegetable Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate,
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,
  • Vegetable Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Organic Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Organic Jojoba Seed Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil),
  • Phenoxyethanol*,
  • Ethylhexylglycerin*,
  • Xanthan Gum,
  • Essential Oil Blend (Lavender),
  • Essential Oil Blend (Pink Grapefruit),
  • Tocopheryl Acetate*,
  • Lecithin

Potential irritants: 2*

Eucerin

Eucerin Baby Body Lotion - Fragrance Free
Rating: Iffy
Price: $12.59 ($0.93 per oz)

This product has dimethicone, a petroleum-derived ingredient in the silicones family. Silicone makes the skin feel like it’s being hydrated, but it’s simply a short-term effect. Silicones can trap debris in the pores, cause acne and congestion, and can accumulate on the skin.

Phenoxyethanol is a common preservative. Typically, this ingredient is considered safe in products not meant for babies. An EU study found skin irritation in animal studies even when exposed to very low amounts. (source)

Pentylene glycol has shown evidence of being an irritant. Studies show that it can cause contact dermatitis, which indicates that Pentylene Glycol is a sensitizing ingredient and can be considered as an allergen. (source)

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Cetyl Palmitate,
  • Glycerin,
  • Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum),
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Polybutene,
  • Sorbitan Stearate,
  • Tapioca Starch,
  • Panthenol,
  • Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Dimethicone,
  • Phenoxyethanol*,
  • Carbomer,
  • Pentylene Glycol*,
  • Caprylyl Glycol*,
  • Sodium Hydroxide*,
  • Sodium Citrate,
  • Citric Acid

Potential irritants: 4*

Cetaphil

Cetaphil Baby Daily Lotion
Rating: Iffy
Price: $8.99 ($0.67 per oz)

While none of the ingredients are of high concern in this product, we prefer products with more natural ingredients.

Perfume is a blanket term that hides the exact chemical makeup of the fragrance used in this product. We never recommend products that have chemical fragrance: read here for a full explanation.

Propylene glycol acts as a penetration enhancer, increasing skin absorbtion of other ingredients in a product. When none of the other ingredients in a product is potentially dangerous, this isn’t a concern. (source)

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Sorbitol,
  • Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Isopropyl Palmitate,
  • Octyldodecanol,
  • Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate,
  • Glycerin,
  • Panthenol,
  • Hexyldecanol,
  • Hexyldecyl Laurate,
  • Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil)*,
  • Caprylyl Glycol*,
  • Carbomer,
  • Perfume,
  • Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate,
  • Sodium Hydroxide*,
  • Dipropylene Glycol,
  • Calendula (Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract),
  • Squalane,
  • Propylene Glycol*,
  • Glyceryl Caprylate,
  • Heliotropine,
  • Tocopherol,
  • Soybean Oil (Glycine Soja Oil)

Potential irritants: 3*

Shea Moisture

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Chamomile & Argan Oil Baby Healing Lotion
Rating: Iffy
Price: $9.99 ($0.77 per oz)

There is some concern that tocopheryl acetate is at risk of being contaminated with hydroquinone, a known human carcinogen. While we believe this risk to be small, we consider tocopheryl acetate an iffy ingredient. (source)

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,
  • Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Glyceryl Stearate,
  • Vegetable Glycerin,
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Glyceryl Stearate Citrate,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend),
  • Mango Seed Butter (Mangifera Indica Seed Butter),
  • Argan Oil (Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil),
  • Jojoba Seed Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil),
  • Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao Butter),
  • Panthenol,
  • Allantoin,
  • Bisabolol,
  • Frankincense / Boswellin Extract (Boswellia Serrata Extract),
  • Borage Oil (Borago Officinalis Seed Oil),
  • Matricaria Extract (Chamomilla Recutita Extract),
  • Myrrh Extract (Commiphora Myrrha Leaf Cell Extract),
  • Tocopheryl Acetate*,
  • Glyceryl Caprylate,
  • Benzoic Acid,
  • Caprylyl Glycol*,
  • Triethyl Citrate

Potential irritants: 2*

Little Twig

Little Twig Baby Lotion Calming Lavender
Rating: Iffy
Price: $11.49 ($1.35 per oz)

There is some concern that tocopheryl acetate is at risk of being contaminated with hydroquinone, a known human carcinogen. While we believe this risk to be small, we consider tocopheryl acetate an iffy ingredient. (source)

Ethylhexylglycerin can be a mild skin and eye irritant. Extra care should be taken when using products with this ingredient around the face. (source)

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Organic Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Ethylhexyl Palmitate,
  • Organic Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Glycerin,
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Glyceryl Stearate,
  • Tocopheryl Acetate*,
  • Sodium Carbomer,
  • Stearic Acid,
  • Organic Lavender Extract (Lavandula Angustifolia Extract),
  • Organic Green or White Tea Extract (Camellia Sinensis Tea Leaf Extract),
  • Organic Roman Chamomile Flower Extract (Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract),
  • Organic Cucumber (Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract),
  • Organic Jojoba Seed Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil),
  • Organic Borage Oil (Borago Officinalis Seed Oil),
  • Organic Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia Flower Oil),
  • Organic Lemon Oil (Citrus Medica Limonum Oil),
  • Organic Tea Tree Leaf OIl (Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil),
  • Panthenol,
  • Allantoin,
  • Ethylhexylglycerin*,
  • Capryloyl Glycine,
  • Potassium Sorbate

Potential irritants: 1*

Fifi & Friends

Fifi & Friends Super Soft Baby Lotion
Rating: Iffy
Price: $12.43 ($1.47 per oz)

While this product has a relatively short list of ingredients, we count a total of 6 potential allergens/irritants, and therefore recommend avoiding this product.

Perfume is a blanket term that hides the exact chemical makeup of the fragrance used in this product. We never recommend products that have chemical fragrance: read here for a full explanation.

Sodium benzoate is a chemical preservative. Reports show that people with sensitive skin should not use products which contain sodium benzoate as it may induce contact allergy. (source)

Pentylene glycol has shown evidence of being an irritant. Studies show that it can cause contact dermatitis, which indicates that Pentylene Glycol is a sensitizing ingredient and can be considered as an allergen. (source)

Urea is a penetration enhancer, meaning it will increase the dermal absorption of other ingredients. This is typically not an issue unless there are other ingredients of concern in a product. (source)

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Glycerin,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Beeswax (Cera Alba),
  • Gluconolactone,
  • Cetearyl Glucoside*,
  • Perfume,
  • Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil)*,
  • Xanthan Gum,
  • Sodium Benzoate*,
  • Pentylene Glycol*,
  • Sodium Hydroxide*,
  • Lactic Acid*,
  • Serine,
  • Sodium Lactate,
  • Sorbitol,
  • Urea,
  • Aloe Powder (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder),
  • Calcium Gluconate,
  • Sodium Chloride,
  • Allantoin

Potential irritants: 6*

Seventh Generation

Seventh Generation Baby Lotion with Moisturizing Coconut Care
Rating: Iffy

This product contains several fragrance ingredients considered by the European Union’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCSS) to be at high risk of causing contact allergy. Because this is a lotion meant for babies, we don’t recommend this product.

The EU’s SCSS considers jasmine flower extract to be an ingredient of  high concern of causing allergic contact dermatitis. (source)

The EU’s SCSS considers sweet orange oil to be an ingredient of  high concern of causing allergic contact dermatitis. (source)

The EU’s SCSS considers limonene to be an ingredient of  high concern of causing allergic contact dermatitis. (source)

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,
  • Organic Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera),
  • Sodium Carboxymethyl Starch,
  • Cetearyl Glucoside*,
  • Glycerin,
  • Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao Butter),
  • Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Xanthan Gum,
  • Citric Acid,
  • Rosemary Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis Extract),
  • D-Dodecalactone,
  • Delta-Decalactone,
  • Dimethyl Heptenal,
  • Gamma Octalactone,
  • Hexyl Acetate,
  • Jasmine Flower Extract (Jasminum Sambac Flower Extract)*,
  • Maltol,
  • Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus Sinensis Oil)*,
  • Vanillin,
  • Glyceryl Caprylate,
  • Caprylhydroxamic Acid,
  • D-Limonene*

Potential irritants: 2*

TotLogic

TotLogic Body Lotion
Rating: Iffy
Price: $14 ($1.75 per oz)

We recommend avoiding this product for the reasons stated below.

Benzyl alcohol is listed by the The European Union’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) as a well-recognized consumer allergen. (source)

Phenoxyethanol is a common preservative. Typically, this ingredient is considered safe in products not meant for babies. An EU study found skin irritation in animal studies even when exposed to very low amounts. (source)

Ethylhexylglycerin can be a mild skin and eye irritant. Extra care should be taken when using products with this ingredient around the face. (source)

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Glycerin,
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,
  • Glyceryl Stearate,
  • Glyceryl Stearate Citrate,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Sodium Alginate,
  • Xanthan Gum,
  • Panthenol,
  • Olive Oil (Olea Europaea Fruit Oil),
  • Tocopherol,
  • Benzyl Alcohol*,
  • Phenoxyethanol*,
  • Ethylhexylglycerin*,
  • Essential Oil Blend (Bergamot),
  • Essential Oil Blend (Wild Mint),
  • Lemon Peel Oil (Citrus Medica Limonium Peel Oil)*,
  • Essential Oil Blend (Basil)

Potential irritants: 2*

Baby Lotions Rated "Bad"

Aquaphor

Aquaphor Healing Ointment Tube for Baby
Rating: Bad
Price: $11.99 ($1.71 per oz)

Although this product has a short list of ingredients, it’s primarily a petroleum jelly and mineral oil product. These ingredients are occlusive, meaning they seal the skin to keep moisture from leaving. However, they’re synthetic (petroleum-derived) and can clog pores. For this reason, we recommend a product with natural ingredients over one with petroleum jelly.

Ingredients:

  • Petroleum Jelly (Petrolatum),
  • Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum),
  • Ceresin,
  • Lanolin Alcohol*,
  • Panthenol,
  • Glycerin,
  • Bisabolol

Mustela

Mustela Hydra Bebe Body Lotion
Rating: Bad
Price: $16.49 ($1.63 per oz)

With many non-natural ingredients and chemical fragrance, we don’t recommend this product.

Perfume is a blanket term that hides the exact chemical makeup of the fragrance used in this product. We never recommend products that have chemical fragrance: read here for a full explanation.

There is some concern that tocopheryl acetate is at risk of being contaminated with hydroquinone, a known human carcinogen. While we believe this risk to be small, we consider tocopheryl acetate an iffy ingredient. (source)

Polysorbate 60 can be contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, possible human carcinogens.

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Glycerin,
  • Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate,
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • 1,2-Hexanediol,
  • Beeswax (Cera Alba),
  • Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer,
  • Perfume,
  • Jojoba Esters,
  • Caprylyl Glycol*,
  • Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate,
  • Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax,
  • Tocopheryl Acetate*,
  • Polysorbate 60,
  • Sorbitan Stearate,
  • Citric Acid,
  • Avocado Extract (Persea Gratissima Fruit Extract)

Potential irritants: 2*

Johnson & Johnson

Johnson's Moisturizing Baby Body Lotion with Vanilla & Oat Extract
Rating: Bad
Price: $6.12 ($0.23 per oz)

With synthetic fragrance—which can use hundreds of potentially toxic chemicals—along with phenoxyethanol and sodium hydroxide, we can’t recommend this lotion.

Phenoxyethanol is a common preservative. Typically, this ingredient is considered safe in products not meant for babies. An EU study found skin irritation in animal studies even when exposed to very low amounts. (source)

The ingredient “fragrance” means that there is a mixture of several essential oils or synthetic or natural chemicals that makeup the scent of the product. According to European and US legislation, the ingredients of the fragrance do not have to be revealed on the product’s ingredients list. Because these ingredients are not disclosed, we always consider this a “bad” ingredient.

Ethylhexylglycerin can be a mild skin and eye irritant. Extra care should be taken when using products with this ingredient around the face. (source)

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Glycerin,
  • Cocoglycerides,
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Corn Starch (Zea Mays Starch),
  • Phenoxyethanol*,
  • Carbomer,
  • Potassium Cetyl Phosphate,
  • Fragrance,
  • Ethylhexylglycerin*,
  • Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides,
  • Sodium Hydroxide*,
  • Disodium EDTA,
  • P-anisic Acid,
  • Oat Kernel Extract (Avena Sativa Extract)

Potential irritants: 2*

Johnson & Johnson

Johnson’s Head-To-Toe Baby Lotion
Rating: Bad
Price: $5.92 ($0.22 per oz)

Our biggest issue with this lotion is the inclusion of fragrance, phenoxyethanol, and tocopheryl acetate. The latter ingredient can be contaminated with hydroquinone, a known carcinogen.

While some of the other ingredients are overtly toxic, we prefer to avoid silicones (dimenthicone) and disodium EDTA which can act as a penetration enhancer, leading to more of the toxic ingredients to be absorbed into the body.

There is some concern that tocopheryl acetate is at risk of being contaminated with hydroquinone, a known human carcinogen. While we believe this risk to be small, we consider tocopheryl acetate an iffy ingredient. (source)

This product has dimethicone, a petroleum-derived ingredient in the silicones family. Silicone makes the skin feel like it’s being hydrated, but it’s simply a short-term effect. Silicones can trap debris in the pores, cause acne and congestion, and can accumulate on the skin.

Ethylhexylglycerin can be a mild skin and eye irritant. Extra care should be taken when using products with this ingredient around the face. (source)

Phenoxyethanol is a common preservative. Typically, this ingredient is considered safe in products not meant for babies. An EU study found skin irritation in animal studies even when exposed to very low amounts. (source)

The ingredient “fragrance” means that there is a mixture of several essential oils or synthetic or natural chemicals that makeup the scent of the product. According to European and US legislation, the ingredients of the fragrance do not have to be revealed on the product’s ingredients list. Because these ingredients are not disclosed, we always consider this a “bad” ingredient.

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Glycerin,
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Tocopheryl Acetate*,
  • Corn Starch (Zea Mays Starch),
  • Dimethicone,
  • Ethylhexylglycerin*,
  • Potassium Cetyl Phosphate,
  • Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides,
  • Disodium EDTA,
  • Carbomer,
  • Sodium Hydroxide*,
  • P-anisic Acid,
  • Phenoxyethanol*,
  • Fragrance

Potential irritants: 3*

Eucerin

Eucerin Baby Eczema Relief Body Crème
Rating: Bad
Price: $8.59 ($1.72 per oz)

We don’t recommend this product for the following reasons.

Stearate (PEG-40) can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide, a possible human carcinogen and known human carcinogen respectively.

Phenoxyethanol is a common preservative. Typically, this ingredient is considered safe in products not meant for babies. An EU study found skin irritation in animal studies even when exposed to very low amounts. (source)

Ethylhexylglycerin can be a mild skin and eye irritant. Extra care should be taken when using products with this ingredient around the face. (source)

Benzyl alcohol is listed by the The European Union’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) as a well-recognized consumer allergen. (source)

Ingredients:

  • Colloidal Oatmeal,
  • Water,
  • Glycerin,
  • Castor Seed Oil (Ricinus Communis Seed Oil),
  • Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum),
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Glyceryl Stearate,
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,
  • Octyldodecanol,
  • Cetyl Palmitate,
  • Stearate (PEG-40),
  • Chinese Licorice Root Extract (Glycyrrhiza Inflata Root Extract),
  • Ceramide 3,
  • 1,2-Hexanediol,
  • Phenoxyethanol*,
  • Piroctone Olamine,
  • Caprylyl Glycol*,
  • Ethylhexylglycerin*,
  • Benzyl Alcohol*,
  • Citric Acid

Potential irritants: 3*

CeraVe

CeraVe Baby Moisturizing Lotion/Cream
Rating: Bad
Price: $9.99 ($1.25 per oz)

We recommend avoiding this product for the reasons listed below.

This product has dimethicone, a petroleum-derived ingredient in the silicones family. Silicone makes the skin feel like it’s being hydrated, but it’s simply a short-term effect. Silicones can trap debris in the pores, cause acne and congestion, and can accumulate on the skin.

Phenoxyethanol is a common preservative. Typically, this ingredient is considered safe in products not meant for babies. An EU study found skin irritation in animal studies even when exposed to very low amounts. (source)

A study found a link between behentrimonium methosulfate and possible reproductive toxicity in mice. (source)

There is some concern that tocopheryl acetate is at risk of being contaminated with hydroquinone, a known human carcinogen. While we believe this risk to be small, we consider tocopheryl acetate an iffy ingredient. (source)

Polysorbate 60 can be contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, possible human carcinogens.

Ethylhexylglycerin can be a mild skin and eye irritant. Extra care should be taken when using products with this ingredient around the face. (source)

Ingredients:

  • Dimethicone,
  • Water,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Phenoxyethanol*,
  • Niacinamide,
  • Allantoin,
  • Potassium Phosphate,
  • Ceramide NP,
  • Ceramide AP,
  • Ceramide EOP,
  • Carbomer,
  • Zinc Citrate,
  • Behentrimonium Methosulfate*,
  • Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate,
  • Sodium PCA,
  • Arginine PCA,
  • Sodium Hyaluronate,
  • Cholesterol,
  • Dipotassium Phosphate,
  • Disodium EDTA,
  • Tocopheryl Acetate*,
  • Lauric Acid,
  • Phytosphingosine,
  • Xanthan Gum,
  • Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate,
  • Polysorbate 60,
  • Ethylhexylglycerin*

Potential irritants: 2*

Dove

Baby Dove Rich Moisture Lotion
Rating: Bad
Price: $7.49 ($0.58 per oz)

This lotion uses triethanolamine, chemical fragrance, and phenoxyethanol. For these reasons, we recommend avoiding it.

This product has dimethicone, a petroleum-derived ingredient in the silicones family. Silicone makes the skin feel like it’s being hydrated, but it’s simply a short-term effect. Silicones can trap debris in the pores, cause acne and congestion, and can accumulate on the skin.

Triethanolamine (TEA) has been shown to be carcinogenic in animal studies. (source)

Phenoxyethanol is a common preservative. Typically, this ingredient is considered safe in products not meant for babies. An EU study found skin irritation in animal studies even when exposed to very low amounts. (source)

The ingredient “fragrance” means that there is a mixture of several essential oils or synthetic or natural chemicals that makeup the scent of the product. According to European and US legislation, the ingredients of the fragrance do not have to be revealed on the product’s ingredients list. Because these ingredients are not disclosed, we always consider this a “bad” ingredient.

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Glycerin,
  • Petroleum Jelly (Petrolatum),
  • Stearic Acid,
  • Glycol Stearate,
  • Dimethicone,
  • Isopropyl Isostearate,
  • Triethanolamine*,
  • Tapioca Starch,
  • Phenoxyethanol*,
  • Glyceryl Stearate,
  • Caprylyl Glycol*,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Fragrance,
  • Magnesium Aluminum Silicate,
  • Carbomer,
  • Disodium EDTA,
  • Stearamide AMP,
  • Titanium Dioxide

Potential irritants: 3*

Burt's Bees Baby

Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Nourishing Lotion-Fragrance Free
Rating: Bad
Price: $7.99 ($1.33 per oz)

We take issue with a few ingredients in this lotion.

The lactic acid in the lotion is the biggest thing that gives us pause. While this ingredient is often used in skincare as a chemical exfoliant, we feel that it has no place in a product for use on a baby’s delicate skin.

In skincare products with lactic acid, you’re recommended to wear sunscreen after use because it increases sensitivity to UV rays.

Because of this, we can’t recommend this product.

Sodium benzoate is a chemical preservative. Reports show that people with sensitive skin should not use products which contain sodium benzoate as it may induce contact allergy. (source)

Phenoxyethanol is a common preservative. Typically, this ingredient is considered safe in products not meant for babies. An EU study found skin irritation in animal studies even when exposed to very low amounts. (source)

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Glycerin,
  • Decyl Cocoate,
  • Beeswax (Cera Alba),
  • Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Glyceryl Stearate Citrate,
  • Polyglyceryl-3-Stearate,
  • Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera Oil),
  • Olive Oil (Olea Europaea Fruit Oil),
  • Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate,
  • Grape Seed Oil (Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil),
  • Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Calendula (Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract),
  • Matricaria Extract (Chamomilla Recutita Extract),
  • Roman Chamomile Flower Extract (Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract),
  • Cornflower Extract (Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract),
  • St. John’s Wort Extract (Hypericum Perforatum Extract),
  • Linden Extract (Tilia Cordata Extract),
  • Soybean Oil (Glycine Soja Oil),
  • Canola Oil,
  • Buttermilk Powder,
  • Rosemary Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis Extract),
  • Tocopherol,
  • Magnesium Aluminum Silicate,
  • Xanthan Gum,
  • Sucrose Stearate,
  • Lactic Acid*,
  • Glucose,
  • Citric Acid,
  • Potassium Iodide,
  • Sodium Chloride,
  • Potassium Thiocyanate,
  • Lactoperoxidase,
  • Glucose Oxidase,
  • Potassium Sorbate,
  • Sodium Benzoate*,
  • Phenoxyethanol*

Potential irritants: 3*

Vaseline

Vaseline Intensive Care Deep Moisture Jelly Cream
Rating: Bad
Price: $3.99 ($0.89 per oz)

This cream is a laundry list of bad ingredients. With multiple types of parabens, petroleum jelly, PEG-100 and tocopheryl acetate (which can be contaminated with toxins), this product should be nowhere near you or your baby.

Stearate (PEG-100) can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide, a possible human carcinogen and known human carcinogen respectively.

Phenoxyethanol is a common preservative. Typically, this ingredient is considered safe in products not meant for babies. An EU study found skin irritation in animal studies even when exposed to very low amounts. (source)

This product contains one or more parabens. These are preservative linked to endocrine disruption and is associated with the proliferation of breast cancer cells. (link)

Ingredients:

  • White Petrolatum,
  • Water,
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,
  • Stearic Acid,
  • Glycerin,
  • Sodium Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate,
  • Glycol Stearate,
  • Stearate (PEG-100),
  • Glyceryl Stearate,
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Phenoxyethanol*,
  • Methylparaben*,
  • Isopropyl Myristate,
  • Propylparaben,
  • Stearamide AMP,
  • Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer,
  • Disodium EDTA,
  • Potassium Hydroxide,
  • Cedrol,
  • Tocopheryl Acetate*,
  • Titanium Dioxide

Potential irritants: 3*

When To Apply Baby Lotion

This is a simple question with a simple answer: the best time to moisturize your baby's skin is right after bath time. This helps trap the moisture from the bath in baby's skin.

It might seem counterintuitive, but frequent baths can actually dry the skin out. Soaps remove the natural oils from baby's skin, causing it to dry out.

Applying baby lotion regularly in the winter months is also a good idea. When the air in your home is cool and dry, it can dry out baby's skin as well.

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