Bringing your brand new baby home for the first time can be overwhelming. Making sure they have a clean and safe home to grow up in quickly becomes one of our top priorities. Unfortunately, toxins and chemicals have a way of sneaking into our homes through anything from baby lotion to laundry detergent. Buying natural products seems like a great place to start, but what products and brands can we really trust? Can you trust a product just because it looks natural and has leaves on the front label? Turn those products around and find that there are still synthetic fragrances and preservatives in the ingredient list. How can these “natural” products still contain the same hormone disrupting, asthma causing, and highly allergenic ingredients we are trying to avoid? How can we make sure we’re taking care of ourselves, our home, and most of all our children?
After months of research, testing, and investigating ingredient lists, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite all natural products for babies, mommas, and the homes we reside in. We chose products that are safe for humans, gentle on the environment, and most importantly products that avoid harmful ingredients (link to unwanted ingredients blog post) that are dangerous to our health and our ecosystem.
Features: No Petroleum, No Parabens, No Artificial Fragrances or Synthetic Preservatives, No Animal Testing
This organic diaper balm isn’t just for babies’ bums! Use as a multi-tasking skin salve to tackle everything from chapped lips to callused feet, and most importantly babies’ bottoms. It contains all sorts of organic and natural ingredients to soothe and calm inflammation without preservatives and artificial fragrance. Calendula works hard to heal wounds, fight infection, and soothe problem skin from eczema, psoriasis, burns, scrapes, and sunburns. Tote this around with you everywhere you go--feel free to use it on your own skin, too!
Features: Vegan, Cruelty Free, Gluten Free, No Synthetic Dyes or Fragrances, 100% Biodegradable, No Animal Testing
New babies call for lots of handwashing, so choosing the right hand soap can be crucial. Research has found that regular soap is just as effective as antibacterial at removing disease causing bacteria. The dealbreaker? Regular soap doesn’t contain the harsh chemicals found in antibacterial soap that could be disrupting hormones and harming the environment. This entirely natural hand soap keeps your hands clean while organic plant extracts and essential oils work to replenish nutrients to your skin without the use of harmful synthetics or fragrance.
Features: Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth, No Synthetic Dyes or Fragrances, No Animal Testing
If you’re not already using it, castile soap is a multi-use household staple! Made entirely of plant-based ingredients and oils, castile soap is gentle enough use on skin but concentrated enough to clean just about anything. Try as a baby wash or shampoo, or add to a foaming soap bottle to make a great hand wash. Use to clean dishes, bottles, and toys without worrying about leaving behind a film of harmful chemicals.
Features: Certified Gluten Free, Certified Cruelty Free, No Synthetic Fragrance, USDA Organic, 99.9% Effective Against Most Common Germs
Hand sanitizer can be extremely convenient, especially in public places or if you’re on-the-go. This Lavender Organic Hand Sanitizer is the perfect size for your purse, diaper bag, or backpack. It contains organic ethanol--a natural disinfectant that is safe for our skin and the ecosystem. Best of all, it’s gently scented with pure lavender essential oil and contains vegetable glycerin to keep your hands from drying out!
Features: No Artificial Fragrances, No Synthetic Preservatives, No Animal Testing
If you’re searching for the perfect baby lotion, look no further. Earth Mama’s Calming Lavender Baby Lotion is super light weight and absorbent--you might even adopt it into your own beauty routine! Organic herbs and oils help to moisturize babies from top to bottom, and cheek to cheek. Dermatologist tested and clinically tested for irritation, this lotion is perfect for dry, chapped, and problem skin on babies (or moms!) of all ages.
Features: No Artificial Fragrances, No Synthetic Preservatives, No Animal Testing
Earth Mama Organics uses botanical blends of natural and organic ingredients, and has long been trusted by doctors, midwives, neonatal intensive care units, lactation consultants, and mamas worldwide. Their Calming Lavender Baby Wash is a natural, castile based liquid soap that’s perfect for your newborn’s delicate skin and hair. The relaxing scent of lavender, vanilla, and calendula is the perfect combination for a pre-bedtime baby spa. It also works great as a gentle hand soap!
Features: Synthetic Fragrance Free, Certified Gluten Free, Certified Cruelty Free
With so many options out there, picking the right products for your baby’s bum can be difficult. What we do know is that choosing products without synthetic fragrance is a great place to start. These Cucumber, Rosemary, and Aloe Baby Wipes contain plant extracts to keep your babe smelling good and to soothe sore skin without the use of synthetic fragrances. Their super smooth surface is soft enough for messy faces, but tough enough to handle all sorts of blowouts. We love that they’re made with plant fiber so they’re safe to flush!
Features: 100% Organic Muslin Cotton, Azo-Free and Formaldehyde-Free Dyes
Multi-use baby products are easily the most convenient--like these Organic Muslin Face cloths. We’d tell you they’re best as burp/drool cloths, but they’re also awesome for bath time, or if you want to get creative..as reusable wipes! These cloths are made with 100% organic cotton--free from pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. The best part is they get softer with every use!
Features: Fragrance Free, Cruelty Free, Broad Spectrum UV Protection, Water Resistant (80 min), Non-Nano Minerals
Recently the world became aware of the toxic chemicals found in traditional sunscreens. Chemical filters like oxybenzone are quickly absorbed into the skin and can cause allergic reactions or disrupt hormones. Instead of chemical filters, Kiss My Face’s Organic Mineral Sunscreen uses minerals like zinc oxide to block harmful rays without harming your skin. Mineral sunscreens may leave behind a white residue, but rest assured it’s the minerals doing their job!
Features: No Aluminum, No Propylene Glycol, No Baking Soda, No Parabens or Phthalates, Certified Vegan and Cruelty Free
Finding the perfect natural deodorant was a tough task..until we found Schmidt’s. Their Sensitive Fragrance Free Deodorant is made for people with extra sensitive skin (especially those who react to baking soda). It goes on smooth and doesn’t leave behind that sticky feeling you get with other sticks. We chose this one with parents and breastfeeding moms in mind--whether you’re snuggling or feeding, you shouldn’t have to worry about harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrances being near your baby.
Features: No Petroleum, No Synthetic Flavoring or Artificial Colors, No Artificial Preservatives, No Animal Testing
Here’s a lip balm you won’t want to sacrifice to your couch cushions. Earth Mama’s Lip Balms are made with the smoothing power of organic oils, and natural flavor from organic herbs and extracts. We’re seriously against lip balms made with synthetic scents and flavoring, so when we found these there was no turning back. Keep one on hand in your purse, car, backpack, or all of the above to soothe dry lips and chapped cheeks or noses!
Features: 100% Nature Derived, Gluten Free, Vegan, Certified Cruelty Free
Made of vegetable fibers from Korean plant roots, these Konjac sponges contain vitamins and minerals that work to nourish skin and inhibit bacteria, making them 100% biodegradable and completely natural. When wet, these sponges become soft and plump, perfect for the most sensitive of skin. Just a small amount of soap on the sponge will create a sudsy lather to gently clean, exfoliate, and remove dull, dry surface cells. Just squeeze out excess water and allow it to hang dry between each use! Great for you or baby!
Features: No Synthetic Fragrances or Dyes, Vegan, Cruelty Free, Paraben and SLS Free, Gluten Free, 100% Biodegradable
This Carina Organics Peppermint Shampoo and Body Wash is nothing like the 12-in-1 mystery liquids you see in the men’s care aise. Made from certified organic plant, vegetable, flower, and tree extracts, it gently washes away dirt and replenishes essential nutrients to your hair and skin. It’s natural ingredient list is safe for color-treated, permed, bleached, and highlighted hair, and is also 100% biodegradable, making it safe on the environment too!
Features: No Synthetic Fragrances or Dyes, Vegan, Cruelty Free, Gluten Free, 100% Biodegradable
There’s really no place for synthetic dyes and fragrances in hair care products. The light scent of peppermint extract in Carina Organics’ Daily Light Conditioner makes your bathroom smell like a spa after each use. This conditioner is light enough to use daily, but still detangles in a heartbeat. Made with natural oils and extracts, it will leave your hair feeling smooth and brushable after each use. Pair with Carina Organics Peppermint Shampoo and Body Wash for the full spa-like experience.
Features: 99% Nature Derived, Certified Gluten Free, Vegan, Certified Cruelty Free
We swoon over anything with cocoa butter. Packed with antioxidants, polyphenols, and fatty acids, it’s the perfect excuse to smell like chocolate all day. Andalou Naturals’ Kukui Cocoa Body Butter seriously moisturizes dry, cracked skin without leaving a heavy, greasy feel. It combines all sorts of natural ingredients like aloe vera, evening primrose, and superfruit antioxidants to help pamper and protect your skin’s moisture barrier.
Features: Vegan/Gluten Free, No Alcohol, No Fluoride, SLS Free, Certified Cruelty Free
There is nothing pleasant about traditional mouthwashes: the alcohol burn, the watery eyes, and the awful taste. Dr. Brite uses all-natural ingredients to create a detoxifying solution to freshen bad breath and leave your mouth feeling squeaky clean. Coconut oil nourishes and keeps your mouth from feeling dry while vitamin C helps promote healthy gums. Each ingredient serves a purpose in making your entire mouth feel fresh and clean!
Features: No Artificial Flavors/Colors/Sweeteners, Vegan, Certified Cruelty Free, Fluoride Free
Dr. Brite uses a mineral based formula made with botanical ingredients to effectively clean teeth and gums without the harsh chemicals found in traditional toothpaste. Activated coconut charcoal, organic coconut oil, and non-acidic vitamin C help gently polish away cavity-causing bacteria while whitening with each use. We love that instead of using typical black charcoal, Dr. Brite uses white charcoal made from coconuts for a cleaner, less messy experience!
Features: Hand-Felted 100% New Zealand Wool, Certified Cruelty Free, Free of Dyes and Perfumes
Synthetic scents in laundry products may be filling our homes and our lungs with dangerous chemicals. These pollutants can be linked to asthma, migraines, skin issues, and gastrointestinal distress. Molly’s Suds Wool Dryer Balls are made of 100% wool with no scents, dyes or chemicals. They naturally soften fabrics and actually reduce dryer time by 15-30%! Scent your laundry however you’d like by adding a few drops of your favorite essential oils to each dryer ball.
Features: No Harsh Chemicals, Preservatives or Carcinogens, Vegan, Certified Cruelty Free
Molly’s Suds’ Laundry Powder is made up of only 5 earth derived ingredients and is formulated for the sensitive skin of even the tiniest humans. Each load requires only one tablespoon of powder, making it super long lasting and affordable. While they don’t use harsh chemicals or synthetic fragrances, they do add a small amount of organic peppermint oil for a fresh clean laundry scent (there is an unscented version available as well!).
Features: Cruelty Free, No Synthetic Dye or Fragrances, Non-Toxic
Aunt Fannie’s products are designed to protect the invisible helpers in our microbiomes. This means that they don’t take more than they need to when it comes to germs and good and bad bacteria. Natural disinfecting properties in vinegar and the anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties of essential oils help promote a clean, healthy, and balanced environment in our homes. Their Cleaning Vinegar is entirely non-toxic, making it safe for cleaning food contact surfaces, countertops, or even toys!
Features: Includes 4 General Purpose Microfiber Cloths and 1 Glass and Polishing Cloth, 3.1 Million Fibers Per Square Inch
With just water, E-Cloth microfiber cloths can remove over 99% of bacteria with only water, significantly reducing the need for chemicals, disinfectants, and paper towels--making them one of the best green cleaning products around. They’re perfect for cleaning hard surfaces, or when used dry, work great as a gentle dusting cloth. The millions of fibers trap dirt, grim, grease, and bacteria while leaving surfaces lint and streak free. Just rinse with hot water between each use and machine wash clean!
Choosing to be more conscious of the products we buy and the brands that we support is a huge first step towards living naturally. We can create a healthier, more natural environment for ourselves and our families by choosing non-toxic skin care, and household cleaning products. Better yet, by finding non-toxic products that are biodegradable and safe for the environment we can help create cleaner air, land, and water for people and animals everywhere. Next time you take a stroll through the natural aisle, be conscious of ingredient labels and take advantage of tools like the Think Dirty app or the EWG Skin Deep Database to research products and ingredients before you buy.
If you’re looking for an easier solution to finding natural products but don’t know where to start, check out Poppyseed Goods’ Natural Starter Kits. Choose from one of 3 kits--Home Essentials, Personal Care, or Little Human, all filled with safer, more natural alternatives to daily use products. Each product has been thoroughly researched by our team to make sure they’re free of harsh chemicals, synthetic fragrances, and toxic ingredients. These kits make the perfect addition to your baby or wedding registry, and are perfect for new homeowners or students heading off to college.