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Moisturize Baby's Skin Without Adding Toxins

What you rub all over your baby's body, seeps into their skin, goes into their blood stream and into their little tiny organs (same is true for mom and dad, of course ... only less tiny). Eventually, enough toxic build up can lead to a ton of different health concerns from brain development to hormone imbalance to immunotoxicity to cancer. Ever wonder why things like ADHD and cancer are so common today? Well, for one thing, our ancestors weren't bathing in and rubbing chemicals all over their bodies.  

Does your little one have a headache or nausea? Could be a reaction to the Quaternium-15 in their baby lotion. The Quater-who-what now?? What's a word like that doing in my baby's lotion?!

 
 

 

10 Common Baby Lotion Toxins You Must Avoid

You don’t really “need” to know this list. It’s why Blissful Miss Guides were created the first place . . . so you don’t have to bother your brain cells with all this scientific jargon and decipher ingredient lists. But if you’re into that sort of thing, check out what’s lurking in some of the most popular baby lotions on the market.

  1. 1.4-Dioxane

  2. DMDM Hydantoin

  3. FD&C Colors

  4. Fragrance (if all it says in the ingredient list is “fragrance” … dig deeper)

  5. Mineral Oil (or “baby oil”, both of which are derived from “petroleum oil”

  6. Nitrosamines

  7. Parabens

  8. Petrolatum

  9. Propylene Glycol

  10. Quaternium-15

What Do These Toxins Do?

Now that you know “what” some common toxic ingredients are, learn what they do to your child’s health in 10 Common Baby Lotion Toxins You Must Avoid, by Era Organics.

 

 

It Says "natural" . . . but is it?

Never assume that a product labeled "natural" is actually safe for your baby. Sometimes an ingredient is naturally derived, but is not safe for the human body (like aluminum in most antiperspirants). And often times a manufacturer will create a "mostly" natural product, label it as such, and then throw in a couple of toxins just for kicks. 

Easily Find A Safe & Natural Baby Lotion

It may seem like you need a college course to educate yourself on what is truly safe to use on your baby. But like I said, that's why Blissful Miss Guides were created in the first place. So busy parents like you can find a product you can trust is safe AND actually works well ... based on the enthusiastic reviews of parents who already tried them and love them.

Relieve Common Skin Irritations

Does your baby suffer from one of these skin irritations?

  • Sensitive Skin

  • Allergies

  • Diaper Rash

  • Eczema

  • Psoriasis

  • Keratosis Pilaris

  • Cradle Cap

If so, any one of the lotions in this guide may work wonders for them. The fact that they are void of skin irritating chemicals, and often full of naturally healing ingredients makes them a God-send to many parents trying to relieve their little one’s skin issues.

Also check out the Blissful Miss Natural Baby Shampoo & Body Wash Guide for more products that may help with skin irritations.

 
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Why You Can Trust This List

 
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EWG

The Environmental Working Group rates products according to their toxicity to the human body. Each Blissful Miss guide begins with products rated safe by EWG. Products are rated 1 through 10, with 1 being the safest.

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Reviews

Products are cross-referenced with human reviewers on Amazon, who have tried them, love them and rated them with a super awesome 4 stars or higher. 

This Easy List will totally help you find a Safe & Natural Baby Lotion that won’t harm your little angel's health. EWG Rated, Toxin-Free and Parent Reviewed. Another great Natural Product Guide from Blissful Miss. Safe, Loved & Legit!

EWG Verified

 
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EWG VERIFIED™ products have undergone the highest and most rigorous evaluation, with detailed info submitted by the manufacturer for full transparency. 

These products are marked with the EWG VERIFIED™  logo.

 

Baby Mantra Calming Lotion with Shea Butter & Lavender Oil

EWG Verified™

  • Calm & Relax with Lavender Oil

  • Heal & Moisturize with Shea Butter, Vitamin E and more

  • Light Aromatic Scent

Infused with the wonders of Vitamin E and Aloe, Baby Mantra Calming lotion provides “just right” moisture to baby’s delicate skin (and yours!) with no residue. Lavender oil relaxes for a perfect bed time option. Reviewers tend to love the “not overwhelming” scent and say a little seriously goes a long way.

REVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

  1. One mom saw a huge difference in her toddler’s bumpy eczema within 24 hours. The scent is nice and she loves it so much, she gifts to others.

  2. Another reviewer can’t say enough good things. Her first bottle lasted 5 months, even after she discovered how much she loves using it herself!

  3. Only thing that works for another little one’s sensitive, eczema prone skin. Instantly relieves dryness. Mama rubs her down three times a day with this stuff. 


Baja Baby Organic Lavender Lotion

EWG Verified™

  • Relieve Dry, Cracked, Extremely Dry Skin

  • Soothe & Heal Eczema, Dermatitis & More

  • Calm & Relax with Lavender Oil

Enrich baby’s skin with the luxurious raw ingredients of Baja Baby. A trio of Organic Avocado, Almond and Grapeseed Oils along with vitamins A, D & E soothe and heal eczema, dermatitis, and other skin issues. Super great for sensitive, irritated or extremely dry skin. Goes on smoothly without greasy residue and parents love the light lavender scent, which calms both mom and baby. Ahhhh!!!

REVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Works on chronic dry fingertips and chapped knuckles.

  2. Leaves baby’s skin super duper soft! Goes on smoothly ... not sticky or gooey.

  3. Heals cracked skin with no greasy residue.


Baja Baby Organic Unscented Lotion

EWG Verified™

  • Relieve Dry, Cracked, Extremely Dry Skin

  • Soothe & Heal Eczema, Dermatitis & More

  • Unscented Formula

This unscented formula with give you the same awesome healing and moisturizing benefits as the previous lotion, but without the added scent. The ingredient list is exactly the same, minus the organic lavender and lemon oils. So if you and/or baby “just don’t do scents” … this one’s for you guys!

REVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

  1. A mom who’s daughter didn’t care for the lavender version, happily switched to unscented and says it’s not thick at all, is easy to apply, absorbs quickly and keeps the moisture all … day … long.

  2. An adult reviewer switched from Cetaphil, and says this is effective for their mild eczema. They even use it on their face.

  3. This stuff is amazing, cleared up a toddler’s eczema in one week, leaving skin super soft and gorgeous. It also lasts longer than expected


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BareBaby Organics Premium Moisturizing Lotion - Unscented

EWG Verified™

  • For Normal, Dry & Sensitive Skin

  • Excellent for Eczema & Skin Irriations

  • Unscented (contains a subtle “naturally derived” scent)

Dr. Kent & Kim McCorkle created this lotion with their own children in mind after Kent’s chemist background gave him pause over the ingredients in the “organic” and “natural sounding” products they had started using. "Wolves in sheep's clothing” they call them! 

Starting with Aloe Leaf Juice, a skin care superstar in a gazillion ways, they added the soothing oils of Coconut, Olive, Avocado, and Grapeseed. There’s Shea Butter for awesome skin conditioning & moisturizing, followed by Calendula, Chamomile, Jojoba and more skin loving goodness.

REVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Got eczema? Several former eczema suffering reviewers have far happier skin since using this lotion.

  2. A family with a variety of skin issues from a daughter with dry and ashy hands, to a son with a red, dry, irritated and rough nose on high pollen days … finally found a lotion that relieves all of the above ... with no burning sensation or oily residue.

  3. Long lasting, absorbs quickly and has a nice and barely there scent that is naturally derived. One reviewer describes the smell of this “no fragrance added” lotion as natural, almost sweet, honey-floral scent that she adores.


Earth Mama Angel Baby Lotion Sweet Orange

EWG Rating - 1

  • Excellent for Diaper Rash, Eczema, Psoriasis & Karatosis Pilaris

  • Lightweight & Creamy

  • Yummy Vanilla Orange Scent

This is Earth Mama Angel's classic baby lotion. Made with healing and infection fighting organic Calendula, it’s great for super dry skin from cheeks to bottoms to toes! The Vanilla Orange "creamsicle" scent is delicious without overpowering. Lots of mom's love this lightweight lotion so much they use it for themselves, even as a daily facial lotion, with wonderfully silky soft results! 

Review Highlights

  1. One mom says her little one smells so good she just wants to eat her up! She likes this baby lotion so much, she bought a bottle for herself … which just happened to cure her elbows of winter psoriasis. Nice!

  2. Another mom who bought this for her baby finds herself applying it to her own hands a lot. She loves the scent, of course, the convenient pump dispenser, and says it has a nice and creamy consistency.

  3. This lotion cleared up the red eczema patches all over a little boy’s legs, back and bottom within a few weeks of use. And like so many, his mom loves it so much she sneaks a squirt for her own hands here and there. Leaves skin soft, not greasy and she, too, adores the mild non-overpowering scent.


Earth Mama Angel Calming Lavender Baby Lotion

EWG Rating - 1

  • Excellent for Diaper Rash, Eczema, Psoriasis & Karatosis Pilaris

  • Lightweight & Creamy

  • Calm & Soothe

  • Lavender Vanilla Scent

Same formula as other Earth Mama Angel baby lotions, but with organic Lavender & Vanilla to relax, calm and soothe baby (and you!) while getting super soft, super moisturized and totally healthy skin.

Review Highlights

  1. A new mom tried samples of this lotion from the hospital when her baby girl was born. When it was gone she tried other brands, but they all gave her dry skin and rashes. Within 2 days of going back to this lotion the rashes were gone.

  2. Magical! That’s how another a reviewer describes her own use of this lotion. She had an allergic reaction to certain fabrics and body oil. Earth Mama Angel cured her itchy skin issues the moment she put it on.

  3. This lotion keeps a baby boy’s skin soft without being greasy. Mom says the scent is not too strong and doesn’t overwhelm. Great replacement for Johnson & Johnson.


Earth Mama Angel Natural Non-Scents Baby Lotion

EWG Rating - 1

  • Excellent for Diaper Rash, Eczema, Psoriasis & Karatosis Pilaris

  • Lightweight & Creamy

  • Unscented

The unscented version of Earth Mama Angel baby lotion is described by one reviewer as simply "fresh" ... like sun dried laundry. Ahhhh Same great formula as the previous two.

Review Highlights

  1. Cleared up two stubborn patches of dry, irritated, red skin on the back of a little boy’s heels within a few weeks of use.

  2. A mom who sought out a safe & natural lotion for her daughter loves how truly effective it is. Her 2-year old’s cheeks were cracked and bleeding from super dry winters, but within a couple of days of using this lotion, her baby's cheeks were silky smooth again.

  3. Great lotion, describes another reviewer. Absorbs well, soothes sensitive skin and has no added fragrance. It has a pleasant, light, earthy and natural scent from the plant oils. This is another mom who uses it on her own hands as well as her baby.


Shea Moisture Raw Shea Chamomile & Argan Oil Baby Healing Lotion with Frankincense and Myrrh

EWG Rating - 1

  • Great for Eczema, Rashes and other Skin Issues

  • Thick & Creamy

  • Frankincense & Myrrh Scented

This rich moisturizing cream is made for baby's sensitive skin, but lots of reviewers don't even have a baby. They bought it for themselves and are in love with the creaminess of it and the scent that … smells "divine" ... "fantastic" ... "baby smells like an angel".

Review Highlights

  1. A mom and dad duo love this cream and say that their baby likes it so much she eats it! They have to keep the bottle out of reach. It smells fantastic and worked great on their little one’s eczema.

  2. We all think our baby is an angel, but one mom says her baby smells like one … even a full day after this lotion is applied. Shea Moisture also cured the little tiny bumps on her daughter’s neck and shoulders that no other lotion helped.

  3. This lotion is super creamy and moisturizes another reviewer’s kiddos like no other she’s tried. The scent is divine and it all but eliminated her daughter’s dry skin and eczema. The absence of harmful chemicals triples the score.


California Baby Calendula Everyday Lotion

EWG Rating - 1

  • Great for Extremely Dry Skin

  • Healing Calendula for Rashes, Eczema, Psoriasis etc

  • French Lavender Scent

Calendula is a super hero, super "healing" herb. The calendula in this lotion comes from flowers grown on California Baby's own organic farm. It's the Parent Magazine award winner of "Mom Knows Best Beauty Awards" and gets thumbs up from actual moms and dads like you.

Review Highlights

  1. This worked wonders to clear up a rash on an newborn boy’s face. Mom is double pleased that it also smells amazing.

  2. Another mom is thrilled that her 12-year old daughter’s psoriasis on her elbow, knees, fingers and toes is finally gone. Not even doctor-prescribed steroid based creams, any other over the counter cream or treatments came close to curing her severely cracked skin that even bled sometimes. One week of California Baby and her skin looked almost as good as new! Wow.

  3. Great for eczema! A reviewer tried every natural and not so natural product, and says this stuff works. They recommend applying a couple of times a day for faster results.


California Baby Super Sensitive Everyday Lotion

EWG Rating - 1

  • Formulated for “Super Sensitive” Skin

  • Excellent for Eczema & Skin Issues

  • Unscented

When super sensitive skin is on the line, “unscented” is often your best friend, as even organic essential oils can irritate the most sensitive of skin. This Super Sensitive formula from California Baby has been used successfully by many parents to clear up their little one’s eczema, one teenager's facial acne, and more. And it leaves the skin silky soft. While no fragrance has been added, it does have a naturally derived scent that one reviewer describes as "fresh baking flour or fresh homemade bread”. Another reviewer who doesn’t love the scent said the lotion absorbs quickly and then you don’t smell a thing.

Review Highlights

  1. Just the right consistency, says another parents. It absorbs well and cleared up her baby’s dry skin eczema within days of use.

  2. This is the only lotion a mom tried that actually cleared up a toddler's eczema. He doesn’t need the lotion for eczema anymore, but mom is still using it!

  3. After trying Burt’s Bees and Aveeno, a reviewer found that California Baby Everyday Lotion (and shampoo) is the only thing that doesn’t cause him any skin irritation. (NOTE: There are two California Baby shampoos on the Blissful Miss Baby Shampoo Guide.)


California Baby Overtired & Cranky Everyday Lotion

EWG Rating 1

  • Take baby from Cranky to Sweet!

  • Soothes Sensitive & Extremely Dry Skin

  • Lightly Scented with hints of Tangerine blended with other essential oils

This lotion will take your baby from cranky to sweet with a special “defrazzling” blend of pure aromatherapy essential oils (like tranquil chamomile & notes of uplifting tangerine). Dry, sensitive & allergy prone skin is soothed, cooled and moisturizes with calendula Not much to “not love” here.

Review Highlights

  1. Smells amazing. The lite scent is soothing and the lotion is soft and moisturizing without feeling greasy.

  2. A little goes a long way.

  3. Not greasy at all and sinks into skin fast.


California Baby Eucalyptus Ease Everyday Lotion

EWG Rating - 1

  • Clears Up Congestion

  • Thin and Smooth Consistency

  • Energizing Eucalyptus Scent

Fresh and vibrant eucalyptus clears both the mind and senses, as well as the nose and lungs. Great for any healthy child, but one mom loves that it helps her congested little one sleep through the night.

Review Highlights

  1. Helps comfort a mom’s little one on those really congested days, and helps them sleep through the night. She says the consistency is really thin, but she wouldn’t want it to be much thicker as it’s supposed to be a coating and not deeply moisturizing lotion.

  2. Another parent’s son always gets compliments on how good he smells, and mom loves that she knows every ingredient on the ingredient list.

  3. A mom who loves California Baby bubble bath is excited to now use the lotion for her toddlers as well.


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Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion - Fragrance Free

EWG Rating - 2

  • Relieve Itchy Skin, Eczema, Diaper Rash etc

  • Daily Moisture for up to 24 Hours

  • Unscented

Cure itchies with Aveeno Baby Lotion. Collodial Oatmeal in this lotion helps heal and relieve itchy skin, diaper rash and eczema. But your baby (or you) doesn't need to be itchy to enjoy the silky smooth skin this lotion delivers every day. Reviewers love the convenient pump, that it is non-greasy, moisturizes well and is not tacky or sticky. It is not scented, so baby's sensitive skin won't be reacting to any added fragrance.

Review Highlights

  1. One reviewer says there’s something in this lotion (pretty sure it’s the collodial oatmeal) that naturally stops itching, and she’s not talking about itching caused by dry skin or anything. When her daughters complain about an itchy back from the tags on their clothes or long hair, mom lathers this lotion on and they stop complaining. It even worked on mom’s own itchies when she had mild hives.

  2. Worked for a baby girl’s dry skin, rash and eczema under her diaper.

  3. Another reviewer loves that Aveeno lotion actually moisturizes, unlike Johnson & Johnson baby lotion that she finds too greasy with too strong of an aroma.


Puracy Organic Baby Lotion - Lavender & Grapefruit

EWG Rating - 2

  • Calming Lavender

  • Long Lasting (even after washing)

  • Lightweight Formula

  • Lavender & Grapefruit Scent

Get super long lasting moisture in this calming, lightweight lotion. From little skin bumps, eczema and cradle cap, reviewers love the results on both their kiddos and themselves. One mom swears her daughter sleep better from the relaxing lavender.

Review Highlights

  1. Smoothed out little bumps in just one day on a baby’s lower legs, and banished her cradle cap as well. Mom uses this on her face now and has smoother skin.

  2. This is the only lotion another mom will use on her "extremely prone to eczema” boy, and says it smells amazing.

  3. Several reviewers remark at the wonderful customer service at Puracy Organic.


Shea Moisture Olive & Marula Baby Head-To-Toe Lotion

EWG Rating - 2

  • Deeply Moisturize Extra Dry Skin

  • Thick Consistency

  • AMAZING SCENT (keep reading!)

Reviewers LOVE THIS SCENT! Can't emphasize that enough. No one describes exactly what it smells like, but almost every review mentions the divine scent. They also love how it moisturizes, it is thick, not greasy, lasts a long time, a little goes a long way, it helps with eczema and all that good stuff.

Review Highlights

  1. The smell is divine, says the mother of a baby boy with eczema. She threw out all of her Johnson & Johnson products and is in love with this stuff. It doesn’t feel greasy and moisturizes her son’s skin perfectly.

  2. A mom of another eczema suffering baby absolutely loves this lotion. When her daughter’s skin gets very dry, it always helps keep it moist and soft. An added bonus … she always gets compliments on how good her baby girl smells.

  3. Another reviewer says that Johnson and Johnson and many others she's tried burn her daughters skin, but this lotion does not. The smell is amazing. It is thick and a little goes a long way, so it lasts a long time.


Eucerin Baby Body Lotion - Fragrance Free

EWG Rating - 2

  • Protect, Repair & Enhance the Health of Skin (including Eczema and the like)

  • Light Consistency

  • Dermatologist & Pediatrician Recommended

  • Fragrance Free

Soothe, hydrate and protect baby’s delicate skin with natural Shea Butter and Pro-Vitamin B5. This light formula keeps skin moisturized for hours, even after washing your hands. It comes in a convenient pump, which is super helpful when you’re tending to a squirmy baby or toddler. Right?!

Review Highlights

  1. Clears up dry, itchy skin within a couple of days. One mom finally found a lotion that works for her 4-year-old boy’s dry itchies, and uses it for the whole family.

  2. Great for sensitive skin, light consistency, no funky smell that some unscented lotions have.

  3. Nasty eczema GONE within a few days for both a newborn AND mom. Mom hated using so much cortisone cream, which was the only way to stop the inflammation, until she found Eucerin. She’s in love with this lotion.


Little Twig Baby Lotion Calming Lavender

EWG Rating - 2

  • Great for Sensitive Skin, Eczema & Skin Issues

  • Nice and Creamy

  • Relaxing Lavender Scent

This creamy lotion relaxes with natural lavender, while leaving skin smelling fresh. The handy pump makes for easy dispensing. Like most of the lotions on this guide, is awesome for sensitive skin, eczema and the like … AND gives the whole family's skin a "positively radiant glow!

Review Highlights

  1. A mom desperate for her own relief of super sensitive hands and dishydrotic eczema is thrilled to have found a lotion that actually works. Little Twig has never triggered a flare up when other brands … even those made for eczema … do. She uses it on her baby girl as well. 

  2. Wonderfully mellow fragrance, even for those who cannot tolerate “any” fragrance. Smells like “real” lavender and is, indeed, relaxing.

  3. Nice and creamy, not too greasy, and leaves skin super soft.


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This Easy List will totally help you find a Safe & Natural Baby Lotion that won’t harm your little angel's health. EWG Rated, Toxin-Free and Parent Reviewed. Another great Natural Product Guide from Blissful Miss. Safe, Loved & Legit!

More Resources for Choosing Safe Baby Products

  1. Well known Midwife, Kama Lee Jackson, recommends The Environmental Working Group (EWG) along with more tips in Ask the Expert: What Kind of Baby Products Should I Use? on Mothering.com.

  2. The Non-Toxic Baby is a Huffington Post article referencing Dr. Jack Maypole in outlining how to choose everything from safe food to toys to clothing.

  3. Check out the Comprehensive Safe and Natural Baby Food Guide at The Soft Landing for everything you need to know about feeding your little one.

Disclaimer

The safety of products suggested by Blissful Miss is based on the Environmental Working Group rating system. This is not to say that every ingredient in and of itself is considered 100% safe, but combined with several other non-toxic ingredients that product receives a high rating by EWG. Any product on this list can be researched on the EWG Skin Deep Database for specific details of how each ingredient is rated and what the known concerns are, if any.

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