Once that tiny hand curls around your finger, you’ll know how precious and fragile your baby’s skin is.
Beyond softness, a baby’s skin is porous, somewhat dry, and more susceptible to infection than ours—it is an organ being exposed to the world for the first time, after all.
So while it builds up resilience, it needs a little extra protection.
Here, we can drop the whole nature vs. nurture debate and combine natural and organic baby skin care products.
For natural nurturing, we can turn to Laguna Herbals, a brand that uses Earth’s medicine and herbalist-developed formulations to support your baby’s skin. Or Thesis and their A+ quality and food-grade skin products for babies with allergies or skin sensitivities.
For those taking on the challenge of raising a zero waste baby, Butter Me Up Organics provides zero waste baby skin care capable of treating eczema and other skin irritations.
As always, the considerations we made in finding these soothing organic baby skin care products can be found at the end of the article.
*This post contains affilate links
- Laguna Herbals
- Butter Me Up Organics
- Meadowlark Botanicals
- Lemonbuzzz Soap
*Note: We are confirming a palm oil policy directly with this brand.
Between kisses, treat your lil’ tyke with some of the best organic baby skin care products from Laguna Herbals.
Choose between organic body butter to moisturize and protect, bum and body balm to soothe the diaper area, talc-free organic baby powder, organic baby oil, or a new momma organic baby gift—which has it all.
Earth’s medicine is contained in each of the rich contents: kokum-butter to regenerate skin; organic shea butter for a boost of vitamin A and E; and organic safflower oil to soothe and soften.
Save for the bum and body balm, which contains beeswax, the products are all vegan.
Psst, no one will tell if you “borrow” baby’s organic skin care products to add some youthful moisture to your own.
Trade a far-away factory and chemists for local production and a herbalist, and you get Laguna Herbals.
Andrea Sands, owner-and-operator of the Californian company, keeps her supply chains small and her herbal products well-vetted. She only includes the safest natural and organic plant or mineral-based ingredients.
Most products are vegan, the exception being the few which contain organic beeswax. Nothing is tested on animals, and their Leaping Bunny certification assures none of their ingredient vendors test on animals either.
Although some BPA-free PET plastic is used in packaging, glass and aluminum caps are prioritized. All packaging is 100% recyclable.
They donate 1% of profits to help save the planet, too.
Available: Laguna Herbals
*Note: We are confirming a palm oil policy directly with this brand.
Their Calming Ointment is a new parent must-have.
It’s baby-safe (obviously), certified organic, and hypoallergenic. Perhaps most importantly, it contains organic lavender to relax the mind.
Lavender is also one of the top essential oils specifically recommended for black and melanin-rich skin, making this ointment one of the best organic black baby skin care products.
The Multi-Purpose Ointment includes a patented waterproof barrier preventing clogged pores.
While the Multi-Purpose Ointment can come in a plastic tube, you can also opt for a glass jar which we would encourage.
Waxelene thinks that additives, chemical preservatives, and petroleum derivatives are yucky.
And we do, too.
The San Francisco-based company started out (in a kitchen!) with a petroleum jelly alternative (AKA Multi-Purpose Ointment).
While the fact that these organic baby skin care products are made in the USA has changed, their stock has since expanded.
They’re also made using a patented aeration process, which transforms natural and organic ingredients into breathable botanical ointments.
While their packaging isn’t entirely zero-waste, it is recyclable, and Waxelene removes a pound of plastic from the ocean for every purchase.
*Note: We are confirming policies with this brand.
bāeo’s nourishing organic baby skin care products are earth and baby friendly.
Their Bare Booty diaper balm is made with organic oils, beeswax, and a calming blend of essential oils to help everyone get some extra shut-eye.
They’ve also got a hydrating Bare Body Butter for the whole family. It too contains organic oils and beeswax.
For year-round face support, the bāeo Bare Face moisturizing stick soothes and protects new skin against the summer sun and winter wind. This one also contains beeswax.
These products are also available in a few eco friendly gift sets, especially handy if you have a baby shower coming up.
All products are made with either USDA organic ingredients or those sourced locally. You won’t see toxic chemicals like parabens, SLS, or fragrances in the ingredients list, but we’re still inquiring about any potential palm oil derivatives.
For products that have a barely-there impact on our planet, Bare Essential Organics, or bāeo for short, is a go-to choice for natural baby skin care products.
They support manufacturing partners who support our planet through the use of carbon offsets, solar power, and local supplier preferences.
bāeo uses reusable tins or aluminum bottles for most products and 100% recycled/recyclable plastic tubes for the remaining few.
While they want a minimal impact on our planet, the company wants a maximum social impact.
For their canvas product pouches, they partner with ABLE, a luxury ethical shoe and eco friendly handbag brand committed to wage-transparency and women’s empowerment.
1% of bāeo’s sales from their baby line gets donated to Baby2Baby, a non-profit for low-income children.
For shoppers who could use a little support, you can get 15% off by recommending a friend.
*Note: While not entirely vegan, there are some vegan baby skin care options available.
The non toxic and organic baby skin care products from Butter Me Up Organics deserve a place near the changing table.
Here’s what’s on offer:
Organic Talc-Free Baby Powder (that also works as feminine powder), Baby Butt Butter diaper cream, Calm Balm aromatherapy for the whole family, Organic Baby Butt Spray diaper changing spray, Organic Baby Wash/shampoo, Organic Baby Oil, pure castile soap, and an organic bath tea.
Many products feature a skin-supporting blend of organic oils and butters (shea, mango, coconut, avocado, olive, and jojoba). These nearly-edible ingredients can also be used in several ways.
The Baby Butt Diaper cream, for instance, is also perfect for boo boos and eczema.
Unfortunately, the process and costs associated with organic certification are too much for a small business that doesn’t take any shortcuts. They are not only organic-equivalent but use only the purest (often fair trade) ingredients.
Everything is cruelty-free but there are some non-vegan products made with beeswax and/or organic milk, like the Baby Butt Diaper cream.
Butter Me Up Organics is a modern-day apothecary that got its start when a very pricy body butter inspired founder Jillian to try to make her own.
In doing so, she spent three years devouring information about safety, certifications, quality, and natural ingredients that support a healthy body and planet.
All that time paid off, as Jillian receives countless emails raving about her products which have been nothing short of a miracle for treating a child’s eczema, among other things.
Every earth-friendly recipe is her own and all products are made in small batches in a California-based studio.
Even with people trying to convince her to use plastic, Butter Me Up Organics has stuck with eco-friendly packaging materials (paper, tin, and glass) for over a decade. She also uses recycled shipping materials and soy inks.
They’ve been totally zero waste since they started!
*Note: We are confirming a palm oil policy directly with this brand.
Meadowlark Botanicals is the small Etsy shop bringing you top rated organic baby skin care products.
Their range includes organic eczema cream, natural diaper cream, organic magnesium lotion for sleep, and calming lavender bubble bath.
Moms with buns still in the oven, you can support your own skin with pre-baby skin care products like stretch-soothing belly balm or organic nausea balm. There’s a new mom gift & care package, too.
Regardless of what you choose, you’ll get a product free of GMOs, preservatives, dyes, and fragrances.
You’ll commonly see raw African shea butter, herbal and botanical ingredients, and organic cold-pressed vegetable oils on the ingredient lists.
All products are cruelty-free and vegan, too, but we’re still waiting for them to confirm their palm oil policy.
Meadowlark Botanicals is based out of Cincinnati, Ohio but they partner with independent retailers throughout the US and abroad (including fair-trade women’s groups in West Africa).
This Etsy shop believes: “What we put on (and in) our bodies greatly contributes to our health, happiness, and well-being.”
That’s why they only use quality, therapeutic, and sustainable ingredients, not just for their baby products, but for all skin care products (like their ethical moisturizers for mom).
Every product is carefully crafted in a peaceful workshop, and small batches ensure what you receive (via Etsy’s carbon-neutral shipping) is fresh!
No wonder they’ve accrued many thousands of happy customers, the world over.
*Note: We are confirming policies directly with this brand.
For a petroleum-free post-bath time routine, you can support your baby’s soft skin (and your own) with Thesis’ Baby Pure Unscented Body Cream.
It’s made with 100% organic ingredients (like raw shea butter, cold-pressed Jojoba Seed oil, and virgin coconut oil) and 0% preservatives.
As an unscented product, it’s also totally free of fragrance or essential oils, making it suitable for babies with allergies or skin sensitivities.
With no petrochemicals, mineral oil, petrolatum, parabens, phthalates, sulfates, detergents, palm oil, or synthetic chemicals, it’s really one of the safest natural organic baby skin care products there is!
Stored in a stylish, reusable glass jar, it will save our planet as well as dry, damaged skin.
With family-run Thesis, you and your family will get “radical purity without a compromise.”
Their line is 100% free of synthetic ingredients and animal products and they’re certified by both Leaping Bunny and PETA.
Most ingredients are actually food-grade. You may actually confuse their product label for a health food store shopping list!
They use only certified organic botanicals (butters, essences, oils, herbs, etc.) and natural clays and salts.
These ingredients are sourced fairly, either locally in the USA or through Fair Trade certified suppliers.
Instead of just using lighter (and cheaper to produce) plastic bottles, they avoid plastic except for where it’s absolutely necessary. Everything comes in eco-friendly apothecary glass containers.
*Note: Lemonbuzzzsoap uses only RSPO palm oil.
We’re all abuzz about the natural organic baby skin care products from this Etsy shop.
In addition to a range of vegan and cruelty-free soap that’s perfect for little ones, Lemonbuzzzsoap also has two products that would make for a handy diaper bag addition: Baby Butter and Baby Balm (which contains beeswax).
Both are made with love, alongside pure and healthy ingredients: organic coconut oil, organic argan oil, organic shea butter, organic calendula, and organic chamomile.
You won’t find any synthetic fragrances, dyes, or chemicals in the ingredient lists.
They come in either a reusable/recyclable glass jar or pocket-sized metal tin.
If you’re trying to bee better for the planet, let Lemonbuzzzsoap help.
Hailing from Centralia, Washington, the Etsy shop has skin care products that support the entire family—along with honey bees.
The herbs and honey come from Mrs. Lemonbuzzz’s small family farm, where honeybees are treated with respect, not chemicals. Other ingredients are sourced organically and locally.
Everything is ethically made in small artisan batches before being sent out in packaging that will lead to even more buzzing: upcycled and handmade bee-friendly seed paper!
Plant the paper with your little ones and teach them how to increase biodiversity in your own backyard.
To further support our pollinator friends, all purchases support Lemonbuzzz’s urban farming and beekeeping.
An ethical beauty industry aims to not only support your baby’s vulnerable skin now but a healthy planet for their future.
As grown-ups (reluctant or not), we can help by making sure that our skin care products (like organic body wash, zero waste makeup remover, organic moisturizer, and organic face wash) and beauty products (organic lipstick, natural foundation, and zero waste mascara) are natural and planet-friendly, too.
Fortunately, we can use the same criteria to judge the sustainability of both.
For mini-me, jumpstart a healthy skin care routine for them by considering the following:
- Non-toxic natural & organic ingredients: We’re talking locally and ethically-sourced ingredients from Mother Earth’s medicine cabinet. Even better when they’re natural enough to eat.
- Vegan: Although we make an exception in some cases for responsibly-sourced beeswax.
- Palm oil-free: Or from certified responsible sources
- Ethical ingredient sourcing policies
- Thoughtful packaging: Zero waste is best (reusable glass jars and aluminum tins), but recyclable is okay if alternatives aren’t available.
Skin is the body’s largest organ.
Protecting new and developing skin can improve the epidermis barrier, help keep your baby infection free, and provide other long-term benefits—but only if the right products and formulations are used.
That means ingredients that won’t dry out baby skin (thus creating a cycle of dependence). It also means those that support a healthy planet, so we can ensure that future generations also have access to these sustainable, skin-supporting ingredients.
Simply put, choosing organic baby skin care products (and organic baby products in general) is one of the best things we can do for our miniature human.
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