Nature Moms

Home | Green Gift Guide | Essential Oils | Homestead | Advertise | Blog | Contact | Subscribe via RSS

Site Directory



essential oils

Natural & Organic Baby Skin Care

Baby's are known for having the softest skin out there. But what do you need to do when baby experiences skin problems?

Your Baby’s Skin Solutions May Be Closer Than You Think by Amanda Thomas, Owner, Our Natural Baby

You may ask yourself when you look at the several hundred baby skin care items at your disposal “What are all of ingredients listed?” or “Do I know what all of these ingredients are for?” Turns out what you don’t know may be causing problems for your baby’s sensitive skin. As an example we compare two common baby wash products; Gerber Skin Nutrients ™ Baby Wash with Oatmeal Moisturizers, and California Baby Super Sensitive Body Wash™.

Gerber ® Skin Nutrients ™ Baby Wash with Oatmeal Moisturizers

California Baby® Super Sensitive Body Wash™

Purified water, coamidoproypl Betaine, Sodium Tridecetg-3 Sulfate, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Coco- Glucoside (and) Glycerol Oleate, Sodium Lauroyl Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Oats, Wheat Amino Acids, Oat Kernel Extracts, Aloe Vera Gel, Chamomile Extract, Hydrolyzed Silk Protein, Panthenol, Citric Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance, Retinyl Palimate, Soduim Laureth-13 Carboxylate, PEG-150, Disterate, Disodium Lauroamphodiacetate, Tertasodium EDTA, Quaternium-15, Cholecalciferol, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide

Aloe Vera 100% Decyl Polyglucose Vitamin E Vegetable glycerin Citrus seed extract.

So, what’s the difference? According to Aubrey Hampton, of Aubrey Organics®, the difference is that many synthetic ingredients are harmful, hazardous, toxic chemicals. For example, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is an inexpensive synthetic detergent used in products from shampoos, body wash, bubble baths, and laundry detergent for its foam-building abilities, which imitates more expensive products. It causes eye irritations, skin rashes, hair loss, dandruff, and allergic reactions. It is frequently disguised in pseudo-natural skin care products with the added explanation "comes from coconut". Jessica Iclisoy, developer of California Baby®, comments, “Little girls get yeast and bladder infections that they have to fight with for the rest of their lives because of bubble baths and cleansing agents”.

Petroleum based ingredients are also harmful as well. Petrochemicals such as petroleum jelly and mineral oil cause problems with the skin’s photosensitivity (i.e., promotes sun damage), and tends to interfere with the body's own natural moisturizing mechanism, leading to dry skin and chapping. You are being sold a product that can create the very conditions it claims to alleviate. Manufacturers use petrolatum because it is unbelievably cheap. The synthetic fragrances used in skin care products can have as many as 200 ingredients. There is no way to know what the chemicals are, since on the label it will simply say "Fragrance." Some of the problems caused by these chemicals are headaches, dizziness, rash, eczema, hyperpigmentation, and violent coughing.

The best way to avoid these ingredients is to purchase naturally based products. You may find that some of your allergy problems and skin irritations will suddenly disappear when you no longer use skin care products formulated with petrochemicals and other synthetics. You may find that your baby’s itchy red patches or diaper rash disappear when you switch to more natural alternatives.
So, what should I look for in a natural care product? First, look for high quality ingredients that are food or vitamin grade, natural, hypoallergenic and biodegradable, such as Decyl Polyglucose. Decyl Polyglucose is an effective, gentle, cleaner with no reported adverse effects. Secondly, the manufactures should use certified organic herbs. Finally, fragrances should be pure, aromatherapy quality essential oil infusions.

Burts Bees Apricot OilSome who come across this kind of information feel unmotivated to act upon it. They may feel that if we have survived so far with the presence of these chemicals, which our government allows, then there is no need for such a fuss. Very simply, the difference is that synthetic chemicals and fragrances create skin irritations and allergic reactions while natural products and essential oils are non-stripping to the skin and promote wellness.

Because of a personal experience with severe eczema of my young son; I was motivated to investigate natural options that didn’t aggravate his condition. We at Our Natural Baby know the difference natural skin care for your baby can make. We know from experience how damaging the chemicals and synthetic fragrances found in standard skin care products are to children. We strive to allow you and your baby to experience a more natural lifestyle by providing quality products at affordable prices. We have researched and collected the best natural products, and now have them available through our online boutique. We are confident in the products we carry because we use them in our own household on a daily basis. As consumers, each person has a significant influence on business and industry. Because there are more natural alternatives, it can now be a simple choice of where you choose to spend your money. We know that in the past; the options for quality natural products were difficult to find in one convenient location, and so we created ONB. We invite you to discover high quality, easy-to-use products that support your natural lifestyle. Come, and make your baby, Our Natural Baby.


Related Articles:

Natural Teething Remedies

Breastfeeding Benefits and Advantages

Breastfeeding In Public

Crib Tales - Co-sleeping

Baby Sign Language

Co-Sleeping, Making it Work!

Co-sleeping With Toddlers

Attachment Parenting

Natural Remedies for Diaper Rash

Natural Remedies for Baby Eczema

Natural Remedies for Baby Fevers