Even if a shampoo for kids is labeled as safe and gentle, you must double check the ingredients list and make sure there aren't colors, fragrances and perfumes that may irritate your kid's eyes and skin. According to the "No More Toxic Tub" report published by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, many commercial brand children's bath products contain formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane, which are cancer-causing chemicals. Safe shampoos for kids should be organic and have a short list of ingredients that does not include any synthetic dyes or fragrances. Contact your pediatrician if your child exhibits signs of allergy or any type of skin rash.
Organic Blessings Little Angel Shampoo and Body Wash
Little Angel Shampoo and Body Wash by Organic Blessings is 100 percent chemical-free and is certified organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, meaning its ingredients are grown and processed without the use of pesticides and chemicals. Ingredients of the Little Angel Shampoo and Body Wash include organic coconut oil, soybean oil, olive oil, aloe leaf juice powder, apple essence and red mandarin essential oil. It is not tested on animals, and it comes with a pump that makes the liquid foam so it is easier to keep away from your kid's eyes. This shampoo comes in 8 oz. bottles.
Aubrey Organics Calaguala Fern Treatment Shampoo
The Calaguala Fern Treatment Shampoo by Aubrey Organics is recommended by Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database as a shampoo that is gentle and safe for children. It is an aromatic shampoo based on an ancient Mayan recipe that removes oily buildup and soothes the scalp. It is not tested on animals and the ingredient list includes calaguala extract, cade wood essential oil, yucca root, soap bark, organic evening primrose oil, white pine bark, coconut oil-corn oil soap, organic lemon peel oil and "Aubrey's Preservative," which contains vitamins A, C and E as well as citrus seed extract. This shampoo comes in 11 oz. bottles.
California Baby Super Sensitive Shampoo & Bodywash
The Super Sensitive Shampoo & Bodywash by California Baby is formulated to be gentle enough to use for your child's first bath. It contains no fragrance and is recommended by New York University dermatologist Dr. David Cohen for children with fragrance intolerance and chemical sensitivities. It is made with organic ingredients, which include aloe vera leaf juice, coconut and palm oil extracts, vitamin E, citrus seed extract and vegetable glycerin. This shampoo comes in 8 and 19 oz. bottles as well as 1/2-gallon and gallon containers.