My interest in nontoxic products started with my son. I have mentioned before how just fresh from the hospital, in the haze of no sleep an hour long nursing sessions something clicked in me, the products I used for personal care had toxins in them.
Almost immediately I threw everything out, and replaced them with more natural products but still store bought. Don’t get me wrong, some of those are way better, but can be pricey. So it was only natural that I started to look into making most of my own products.
What’s really wrong with conventional baby products?
Here are a couple of examples of the ingredients found in conventional products:
- Quaternium 10 and 15: They are a group of chemicals used as preservatives, and are formaldehyde releasers. Although little evidence has been collected, they are suspected carcinogens.
- Parabens: A family of preservatives. Endocrine Disruptors.
- PEGs: a Family of emulsifiers and cleansing agents. They open up the pores allowing toxins to enter the skin easily.
Now, let’s talk cost
This recipe uses 6 oz of Dr Bronner’s Baby-Mild Castille soap. I buy this 32 oz bottle at $13.03, which means the cost of 6 oz is $2.44, the rest of the ingredients come to pennies for the amount used as well. I don’t know you but natural, safe, and cheap sounds really good to me!
Homemade All Natural Baby Wash & Shampoo
This recipe combines the calming effects of chamomile and the gentleness of pure Castille soap, making it gentle enough for even newborns.
- 6 oz Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild liquid Castille soap
- 1 tsp herbal infused oil.
- 10 drops of pure chamomile essential oil
Using a clean container and a small funnel, add all ingredients. Shake gently before each use.
This recipe can be used as is, or you can dilute a squirt in a small amount of water in a small bowl with each use. Which is what I used to when my son was a small baby.
Shelf life: 6 months.