Budget Green (and Safe): Baby & Kid Products

Last week I posted a list of low-hazard personal care products based on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. You can read more about the database and search products here, or use the permanent button in the sidebar. My goal was to highlight products that are relatively inexpensive, but readily available in drugstores, grocery stores, and places like Target.

This week, I’ve created a similar list; this one consists exclusively of baby and kid personal care products.

According to EWG, the hazard ratings are

0-2 Low Hazard

3-6 Moderate Hazard

7-10 High Hazard

Baby & Kid Products


1 California Baby Shampoo & Body Wash Super Sensitive; Tea Tree & Lavender; Swimmer’s Defense

2 Tom’s of Maine Baby Shampoo & Body Wash, Jasmine

2 Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo, Lightly Scented

2 California Baby Shampoo & Body Wash, Calming

3 Huggies Baby Wash Extra Sensitive, Fragrance Free

3 Huggies Tear-Free Baby Shampoo, Extra Sensitive

3 Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Shampoo with Natural Lavender

4 Johnson & Johnson’s Head-to-Toe Baby Wash, Originial

4 J & J Buddies Instant-Foam, Easy Rinse Shampoo

4 J & J Softwash Shampoo

4 J & J Baby Shampoo, Original; Honey & Vitamin E; 2-in-1 Detangler; with Natural Chamomile; 2-in1 Extra Conditioning

4 Huggies Natural Care Wash

4 Huggies Baby Shampoo, Extra Gentle; Nourishing with Mango, Coconut & Aloe

4 Huggies Naturally Refreshing Hair & Body Wash

4 CVS Baby Wash, Regular and Tear-Free

4 Walgreen’s Tear-Free Baby Shampoo

4 Aveeno Body Wash & Shampoo

4 Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash; also, Shampoo Bar

The worst offenders (those with the highest hazard ratings) in this category are Baby Magic products, Huggies Toddler 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner, Bubblin’ Berry, Johnson & Johnson Soothing Naturals Gift Set, which all rated a 7.

Bubble Bath

0 Aveeno Baby Soothing Bath Treatment

2 California Baby Bubble Bath (all fragrances)

4 Johnson & Johnson Soothing Vapor Bath

4 Rite Aid Night Time Baby Bath, Tearless with Lavender & Chamomile

4 CVS Baby Bath, Lavender & Chamomile

4 Johnson & Johnson Bedtime Bath

The highest rated products in this category, again, belong to Baby Magic with a 7.

Diaper Cream

0 Rite Aid Zinc Oxide Ointment

0 Vaseline Pure Petroleum Jelly Jar for Baby, Creamy Formula, Enriched with Vit. E

1 Aquaphor Hydrophor Baby Diaper Rash Ointment

1 Badger Diaper Cream

2 Balmex Extra Protective Clear Ointment

2 Boudreaux’s Butt Paste (I used this with my daughters and it was great for getting rid of diaper rash, fast!)

2 Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment (This was the other product I used; it works really well on chapped skin.)

2 California Baby Diaper Rash Cream

2 Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Diaper Ointment

3 Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Diaper Rash Cream

4 Walgreens Zinc Oxide Ointment

4 Balmex Diaper Rash Ointment (Zinc Oxide) with Aloe & Vit. E

4 A+D Diaper Rash Cream, Original; and with Zinc Oxide

4 Aveeno Diaper Rash Cream, Fragrance-Free

4 Desitin Clear Ointment

4 Johnson & Johnson Baby Diaper Rash Cream

Baby Lotion

0 Vaseline Pure Petroleum Jelly Jar for Baby, Creamy Formula, Enriched with Vit. E

1 Badger Baby Balm, Certified Organic

2 Aveeno Daily Baby Moisturizing Lotion

2 California Baby Every Day Lotion, Calming; and Super Sensitive

3 CVS Petroleum Jelly, Lavender & Chamomile

4 Aveeno Calming Comfort Baby Lotion

4 Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Skin Cream; and Buttermilk Lotion

5 Huggies Baby Lotion, Extra Sensitive

The worst in this category are most Johnson & Johnson lotions and some Huggies lotions with ratings from 7-9.


*See Update at Bottom of Post*

2 Seventh Generation Chlorine-Free Baby Wipes; also, Unscented with Aloe & Vit. E

3 Pampers Wipes, Natural Aloe, Unscented

4 CVS Ultra Soft Cloths

4 Pampers Sensitive Wipes

4 Huggies Supreme; also, Natural Care Wipes

Toothpaste (baby)

3 Gerber Toddler Tooth & Gum Cleanser, Natural Mixed Berry Flavor

3 Spiffies Tooth Wipes

3 Oral-B Stages 1 Baby Tooth & Gum Cleanser

3 Gerber Grins & Giggles Infant Tooth & Gum Cleanser

Toothpaste (kids)

1 Tom’s of Maine Goofy Grape Liquid Toothpaste, Fluoride-Free

1 Burt’s Bees Doctor Burt’s Children’s Toothpaste

2 Tom’s of Maine Natural, Fluoride-Free Toothpaste for Kids

3 Kiss My Face Kids Toothpaste

4 Crest Kids Spider-Man Super Action Liquid Gel

4 Crest Wild Expressions Fluoride, Anti-cavity Toothpaste Liquid

4 Crest Neat Squeeze Toothpaste for Kids

4 Oral-B Stages Mickey Mouse Toothpaste

4 Aquafresh Kids Fluoride Toothpaste with Triple Protection

4 Aquafresh Mary Kate & Ashley Toothpaste

4 Colgate Children’s Anti-cavity Fluoride Toothpaste

4 REACH Anti-cavity Fluoride Toothpaste

4 Tom’s of Maine Natural Anti-cavity Fluoride Toothpaste for Children

If you haven’t already, please see the post on Budget Green (and Safe): Personal Care for adults.

I’d like to reiterate that you should be careful not to go with an entire product line because they have a few low-rated items. Check the list first. I’ve found a wide range of ratings in different products within the same line.

If you have experience with any of these products and would like to let the rest of us know how effective you think they are, please write about them in the comments.

Update (4/7/09): After reading a comment from Elena, I’ve learned about Tushies Baby Wipes. They, too, are very safe (rating a 1) as long as you go with the unscented version. Scented varieties rate a 4. I’ve not seen them in my local stores, but they may be available in your area. They are available on Amazon.com, too.

Photo Credit: BigTallGuy

Budget Green (and Safe): Personal Care

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I’ve written before about the Environmental Working Group (here and here) and I’ve mentioned their Skin Deep Cosmetics Database (there’s a permanent button link to the Database, like the one above, in the sidebar). EWG has taken thousands of products and rated them according to their chemical hazards. It’s an excellent resource, but as you might imagine, many of the lowest rated products (those most free of chemicals) often belong to brands that are either hard to find, and/or expensive.

I’ve combed the database and compiled a list of low-hazard products that either can be found in most drugstores, or those I’ve actually seen in Target and/or Kroger. Some are common national brands and others are from organic companies, but all are readily available and relatively inexpensive. I hope this list will be of use to you when you’re shopping. To read more about chemicals in products, check out EWG’s website. You may specifically be interested in their study, Hormone-Altering Cosmetics Chemicals in Teens.

0-2 Low Hazard

3-6 Moderate Hazard

7-10 High Hazard


1 CVS Ultra Dry Anti-Perspirant, Roll-On, Unscented

1 Kiss My Face Active Enzyme Deodorant Stick

1 Burt’s Bees Herbal Deodorant

1 Almay Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant Stick Clear Gel

1 Lady Mitchum Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant Clear Gel

1 Mitchum Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant Clear Gel

1 Ban Classic Clear Gel Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant, Unscented

1 Ban Classic Invisible Solid Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant, Unscented & Powder Fresh

1 Almay Stay Dry Hydro Solid Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant, Powder Fresh & Soothing Aloe

1 Sure Invisible Solid Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant, Unscented

1 Nature’s Gate Organics Deodorant

1 Speed-Stick Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant Solid, Unscented

2 Kiss My Face Liquid Rock Roll-On Deodorant (I really like this stuff. I first learned about it at Eco-Chick.)

Lotion & Hand Cream

1 Badger Unscented Healing Balm, Certified Organic

1 Burt’s Bees Farmer’s Friend Hand Salve

2 Curel Soothing Hand Lotion

2 Kiss My Face Hand Cream

2 Burt’s Bees Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream

3 Aveeno Intense Hand Relief Cream

4 Neutrogena Hand Cream Norwegian Formula, Fragrance Free

4 Cetaphil Therapeutic Hand Cream

5 Nivea Moisturizing Skin Cream


1 Burt’s Bees Grapefruit & Sugar Beet Shampoo

1 Burt’s Bees Rosemary & Mint Shampoo Bar with Oat Protein & Pro Vitamin B5

2 CVS Maximum Strength Therapeutic Shampoo (dandruff control)

2 Burt’s Bees Super Shiny Grapefruit & Sugar Beet Shampoo

3 Kiss My Face Whenever Shampoo (Daily Use)

3 Kiss My Face Shampoo & Conditioner

3 Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Moisturizing Shampoo for dry/damaged hair

4 White Rain Classic Care Daily Clarifying Shampoo

4 Suave for Men 2-in-1 Thickening Shampoo

4 Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo for normal to oily hair

4 Aussie Aussome Volume Shampoo

4 Clairol Herbal Essences Shampoos

4 Burt’s Bees Very Volumizing Pomegranate & Soy Shampoo

4 Suave Performance Benefits 2-in-1 Smoothing Shampoo

4 Dove Shampoo Moisture

5 L’Oreal Vive Volume-Infusing Shampoo

5 Dove Go Fresh Therapy Shampoos

5 V05 Herbal Shampoo

Make-up, Foundation

2 Physician’s Formula Organic Wear, 100% Natural Origin Matte Finishing Veil

2 L’Oreal Quick Stick Instant Foundation

3 Cover Girl Cover FX Mineral FX Pure Mineral Formula SPF 15

3 Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Make-Up, Oil Free, SPF 20

3 Neutrogena Visibly Firm Moisture Make-Up

3 L’Oreal Ideal Balance Quick Stick Make-Up, SPF 14

3 Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Tinted Moisturizer, SPF 15

3 L’Oreal Bare Naturals Powdered Mineral Foundation, SPF 19

4 Max Factor Facefinity Foundation, SPF 15

4 Cover Girl Smoothers All Day Hydrating Make-Up

Make-Up, Concealer

0 Physician’s Formula Twins Cream 2-in-1 Correct & Cover Concealer

2 L’Oreal Bare Naturale Gentle Mineral Concealer

2 Burt’s Bees Concealing Cream

2 Cover Girl Smoothers Concealer

Make-Up, Eyeliner

1 Burt’s Bees Wings of Love Eyeliner Pencil

1 Burt’s Bees Two in One Eyeliner & Eyebrow Pencil

2 Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner

3 L’Oreal HIP Eyeliner Pencil

3 Maybelline Define-A-Line Eyeliner

Make-Up, Mascara

1 Almay One Coat Triple Effect Mascara, Blackest Black

2 L’Oreal Double Extend Waterproof Lash Fortifier & Extender

2 Rimmel Volume Flash Instant Thickening Mascara

3 Revlon Fabulash Waterproof Mascara

3 L’Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Volume-Building Mascara

3 Revlon 3D Waterproof Extreme Mascara

4 Almay Bright Eyes Mascara, Waterproof

Remover: 1 Maybelline Expert Eyes Moisturizing Mascara Remover for Waterproof Eye Make-Up

Make-Up, Eyeshadow (Bad News Here; Very Few “Standard” Brands Have Any Shadows in the Low Numbers)

2 Burt’s Bees Natural Cosmetics Eye Shadow

3 Kiss My Face 3 Way Color

4 Physician’s Formula Mineral Wear Talc Free Mineral Eye Shadow

4 Maybelline Shadow Stylist Eye Shadow

4 L’Oreal for Eyes & Cheeks Touch of Color

5 Cover Girl Smoothers Eye Pencil

5 Cover Girl Eyeslicks Gel

Make-Up, Lipstick

3 Burt’s Bees Lipstick with Vitamin E & Comfrey

3 Max Factor Lipfinity

3 Cover Girl Outlast All Day Lipcolor

3 L’Oreal Endless Kissable Lipcolour

Make-Up, Blush

3 Physician’s Formula Mineral Wear Talc Free Mineral Blush

3 Burt’s Bees Natural Cosmetics All-Natural Blushing Cream

3 L’Oreal Bare Naturale Blush

Some notes on this list:

  • I did not include Boots No. 7 products because they are not incredibly inexpensive or widely carried. However, a Target near where I live does carry Boots No. 7. In the database, they were especially good on eye shadow and lipstick, two areas in which there weren’t a lot of options.
  • Also, be careful not to go with an entire product line because they have a few low-rated items. Check the list first. I’ve found a wide range of ratings in different products within the same line.

If you have experience with any of these products and would like to let the rest of us know how effective you think they are, please write about them in the comments.

I’ll be adding another post like this one with Baby & Kid products soon.