Ever notice that once you become a mother, it gives you the strangest new addictions.
Like SIPPY CUPS? Am I the only one who loves finding cool sippy cups for my kids?
Caleb now laughs when I ask him if he wants a sippy. He tells me “no, a straw and a cup.” 🙂
One thing that has stood out to me over the years however are ingredients in baby soaps, lotions & shampoos.
I always remember wondering “what on earth is in this stuff?” after reading through a label…
I pretty much pushed those questions from my mind over the years, just because…
After all, they used the Johnson and Johnson soaps in the hospital on all 3 of my boys. Its just what you use, right?
For years now I have been using natural soaps for myself.
I purchased them through a site called THE LOTE TREE for a good while… but she has since stopped selling online… so I had to find more shops.
The thing is, if Im using them, why not my kids?
There is a website called SKIN DEEP that list THOUSANDS of products… from toothpaste – make up – & of course soaps.
You would be amazed at what is actually packed into these many “popular” baby products…
Skin Deep is a NON PROFIT organization that spent who knows how many hours, days, months, years… compiling this information… and why?
“Because the FDA doesn’t require companies to test their own products for safety.”
Im not going to go through all sorts of baby products here…
You can learn all about that over at the SKIN DEEP website…
but I figured id list one of the most popular baby washes I’ve seen used… and actually one IVE USED MYSELF…
HUGGIES baby wash – extra gentle:
Has these moderately hazardous ingredients in it.
PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Fragrance, PEG-150 Distearate, Quaternium-15, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Citric Acid
Now what do those actually do?
Heres a quick list of what each ingredient is linked to.
• parabens – may cause breast cancer due to hormone mimicking properties
• fragrance – often means Diethyl Phthalate or DEP, which is an endocrine disruptor that has been linked to reproductive and genital abnormalities
• propylene glycol (Disodium PEG-12 Dimethicone sulfosuccinate) – FDA says is safe for general use but can cause cancer and contains toxins that affect reproduction
• sodium laureth sulfate – can cause skin and eye damage
• PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine and PEG-150 Distearate – unless vacuum stripped, contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which has been identified as a probable human carcinogen by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
• Quaternium-15 – may release formaldehyde, which is a known carcinogen and can cause contact dermatitis from preservatives.
• Citric Acid – can cause burning in the eyes.
Now my point to posting all this is NOT to make those who use these soaps feel bad.
I for one can admit I like the smell of these soaps and I have used them on all my children… UNTIL NOW.
It was just the convenient thing to do… so I thought.
Dr’s handed these samples out at the hospital… there are coupons in the paper…
Walmart sells it, and walmarts, well, its right there… so for me, It just seemed easiest.
But there are many more options out there for us moms…
and it didnt have to cost me $15 a bottle for the “so called organic brands – or more natural stuff.”
They smell amazing…
and the lather is perfect.
& best of all, they really are affordable.
My kids have since learned that their soap doesn’t come from a bottle 🙂
– but rather a bar, that they rub on a loafa and are good to go.
I have also opted not to use conventional shampoos on my kids.
That’s an entirely new post on its own 🙂 and maybe I can get away with this because I have boys 😉 but I just dont see why its needed as long as we bathe our kids properly… and scrub their head well. If they are really messy, rub a little bar soap on their head, it works fine.
AGAIN, I have boys… and no tangles 🙂 – if I had a girl with curls, I can imagine needing some detangler or something.
I have tried the “no shampoo” route… but I am just not there yet. I do however skip days washing my hair, and just rinse it to style.. so instead of washing with shampoo 7 days a week, I am down to like 3.
I think we have to take baby steps in these processes… and these are just some of mine.
Want to give it a try?
PJ over at Goat Milk Stuff has agree’d to issue my readers a special 10% off promotional coupon code! If you purchase any soap or products from her website, use “drea10” at check out to save 10%.
That promo code is only good until Nov 11th! So act fast.
The soap PACKAGES would make great christmas gifts 😉 hint hint, wink wink.
Any time you order from her site you also earn points.. which then equals discounts for you. Each order also qualify you for free samples! Its really a great deal and her soaps go a long way!
PJ btw is a mother of 8!! YES 8… and she uses goat milk soap on all her kids.
I got to share a picture of her beautiful family…
*Learn more about PJ and her Family HERE*
ALSO if you want to try making your own wash for baby… heres a recipe I found online today…
NOTE: I have never used this recipe… but it looks like it be fun to try.
(I would not use it if you have milk allergies)
Baby Bath Milk
1 cup powdered milk
¼ cup corn starch
¼ cup finely ground oats
2-3 drops lavender, rose, or chamomile essential oils
Mix ingredients together and put in a shaker style bottle. To use, sprinkle a small amount in warm bath water.
Recipe taken from HERE.
Like I said before. This isnt a “Ooooo Im more eco-chic because I use natural soaps” 🙂 – It really is just a choice I felt was important and I wanted to share why I chose to do so.
If you have any natural products you love, list them! I love learning about new things.
Again shop www.goatmilkstuff.com – using the promo “drea10” and save 10% – valid through Nov. 11th
*Note: Another goat milk shop I recently learned about that I have to give a quick shout out as well, is the Thankful Goat. Shes a local in my area and her soaps are incredible too. She doesn’t have an official shop up yet, but I have been encouraging her to do so! So maybe in time I can link you all to an etsy shop for her, but for now her blog has info on how to order from there as well.
—disclosure: Goat Milk Stuff did not send me any free soaps. I bought all of these myself. The only thing I requested was for a promotional code to help you all get your jump start on buying these awesome soaps. To those curious what soap I use on myself. I use two kinds. Main soap is the ORGANIC CASTILE & the TEA TREE one. I got the boys a cotton scent I believe as well.