My life is ripe with babies. I have babies in Los Angeles, babies in Chicago, and babies in New York City. Not to mention, toddlers and pre-teens galore. No, I’m not Octo-Mom on speed, delivering progeny across an ungrateful nation – I’m in my late thirties and all my friends have babies. This means much embracing of the cuteness and chubby cheeks. This also means a lot of “what are the best natural products for my adorable baby?” Generally followed by “can you babysit Saturday night?”
Well, moms and sensitive-skinned adults, I found a great product. California Baby’s Calendula Shampoo and Bodywash is about as pure and sudsy as they get. It is great for the little ones, but also a fantastic product for those of use with sensitive skin. This product gets a rating of ONE from Skin Deep – this must be in capital letters because it is the first natural product I have reviewed to receive the highest of ratings from the Environmental Working Group cosmetic database.
Why is it so pure? It contains organic and sustainably grown ingredients – calendula has been known to soothe skin for centuries. It is free of fragrance, scent masking agents, sodium lauryl sulfate, and DEA. It is biodegradable and free of common allergens. And it is naturally tear-free without the use of numbing agents.
But enough of the PR ingredients list – how does it work? Very well, I’m happy to report! I considered offering the product to my friends to use on their babies. After I finished attacking Tokyo – (because that would be monstrous! Who tests on babies?) – I decided to shower up and let the suds roll into my own eyes. And yes, the product does not sting. It’s not pleasant to have soap in your eyes – I rubbed at them exactly like I was an infant – but stings there were none. It has a light, pleasant smell that comes off really minty in application.
All in all, this is a great shampoo/bodywash for babies and sensitive big kids like us. Just heed this one warning – this product is highly concentrated, so a little goes a long way. I did not read the instructions to use only a dime-sized amount and basically almost drowned in a monster explosion of suds. It was totally akin to Bobby Brady using the washing machine
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