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When I was a kid, I still remember using tear-free yellow shampoo in the tub each night. And I doubt I’m alone. If I had to guess, I’d say that yellow kids shampoo is probably one of the most popular kids shampoo for Gen X and Millennial parents, because so many of us remember it from our own childhood.
When I became a parent, my first instinct was to use this same shampoo, conditioner, detangler, and lotion I remember from my own childhood. Before hitting the buy button, however, I did a bit of research and checked in with my mom friends.
And I’m so happy I did!
As it turns out, there are some ingredients in major baby shampoo brands that I’m just not comfortable using with my own baby. Unspecified ingredients like fragrance really concern me, because there’s no way of knowing exactly what component ingredients go into making that fragrance. And with fragrance, there are often phthalates (suspected endocrine disruptors).
I’ve learned a lot since my daughter was born and am now hyper aware of how personal care products like shampoo, conditioner, bubble bath, lotions – heck, even laundry detergent, cleaners, and dish soap – could effect my family’s health in a negative way. Because of that, I now look for plant based baby shampoos with natural ingredients, in addition to other environmentally-safer choices like choosing glass bottles and sippy cups, and plastic free baby spoons.
Today, I want to share that information with you. I hope it helps you make better decisions and find the safest baby shampoo for your own little ones, as well as natural shampoo for kids that are a bit older, too.
The Best Natural Kids Shampoo: Natural Ingredients You Can Feel Good About
I put this list together by consulting a few different resources.
Most importantly, I’ve used the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Skin Deep Database to ensure the kids shampoo I’ve included is the safest possible.
EWG rates products on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the safest, and 10 being the most concerning. In addition to the 1 to 10 scale, EWG also has a EWG VERIFIED™ mark, which means the product meets the strictest ingredient and manufacturing standards. EWG VERIFIED™ products don’t contain any ingredients the EWG has identified as unacceptable.
I’m pretty strict about the personal care products I use with my own daughter, and really only want to use products that are the safest. As such, I’ve only included products ranked as EWG VERIFIED™ (the very best) or 1/10 (the safest rating other than EWG VERIFIED™). I’ve also looked at EWG’s ratings of component ingredients for hazard ratings.
Worth noting, all of the organic kids shampoo I’ve included on this list are available on Amazon.
I don’t have a lot of time for shopping, so do tend to order a lot of my basics via Amazon Prime, and suspect a lot of other parents are the same!
Also worth noting, companies sometimes change formulations – I’ve done my best to ensure this is correct at the time of writing, but it’s subject to change. If in doubt, I definitely think you should the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Skin Deep Database yourself – it’s a great resource! At the end of the day, this is just my opinion, and you’ll have to form your own!
The Winners – The Safest Baby Shampoo We Could Find
Below, you’ll find the 13 natural baby shampoo products I’ve included in this list. All of them are either EWG VERIFIED™ or rated as a 1/10 on EWG’s safety scale.
Our Top 3 winners are all EWG VERIFIED™. With Babo Botanicals Sensitive and Pipette Baby Shampoo, all component ingredients are individually ranked as 1/10 – which means all the ingredients in these two kids shampoos are the safest possible in my opinion.
I think the Hello Bello Lavender is the safest scented product, as it only contains one component ingredient that’s rated more than 1/10 on the hazard scale – and that ingredient is rated 2/10 (still very safe!).
- Safest Baby Shampoo & Best Overall – Babo Botanicals Sensitive Baby 2-in-1 Shampoo and Body Wash – EWG VERIFIED™with all ingredients ranked 1/10 on the hazard scale (low hazard).
- Safest Baby Shampoo & 2nd Place Overall – Pipette Baby Shampoo + Body Wash – EWG VERIFIED™with all ingredients ranked 1/10 on the hazard scale (low hazard).
- 3rd Place & Safest Scented Baby Shampoo – Hello Bello Lavender 2-in-1 Kids Shampoo and Wash – EWG VERIFIED™with 1 ingredient ranked 2/10 on the hazard scale (low hazard).
The Runners Up
The other kids shampoos I’ve included are below. Three of them are EWG VERIFIED™ (Baby Mantra 3-in-1, Baby Mantra Newborn Shampoo and Wash, and Babo Botanicals Lavender and Meadowsweet 3-in-1). The remaining 8 choices are all rated 1/10 – the safest rating, other than verified status.
- Baby Mantra 3 in 1 Bubble Bath, Shampoo and Body Wash – EWG VERIFIED™with 2 ingredients ranked 2/10 on the hazard scale [low hazard]).
- Baby Mantra Newborn Shampoo and Body Wash – EWG VERIFIED™with 2 ingredients ranked 2/10 on the hazard scale [low hazard] and 1 ingredient ranked 3/10 [moderate]).
- Babo Botanicals Lavender & Meadowsweet Calming Shampoo, Bubble Bath & Wash – EWG VERIFIED™with 4 ingredients ranked 2/10 on the hazard scale [low hazard]) and 1 ingredient ranked 5/10 [moderate].
- Burt’s Bees Baby Shampoo
- California Baby Tea Tree and Lavender
- California Baby Super Sensitive
- Nurture my Body Organic Baby Shampoo and Wash
- Aquaphor Baby Wash and Shampoo
- Eucerin Baby Shampoo
- Baby Bum Shampoo and Wash (Fragrance Free)
The Best Natural Shampoo for Kids Reviews
The Winner – Best Organic Shampoo for Kids
A fragrance free shampoo and wash that’s EWG VERIFIED,™ with all ingredients achieving the EWG’s highest safety rating of 1/10. Free from harsh chemicals and fragrance free, this shampoo and body wash contains organic and plant based ingredients.
We love that Babo Botanicals makes their products in the USA, and are PETA-certified cruelty free. This natural kids shampoo is also paediatrician and dermatologist tested, tear-free, and free from common allergens like gluten, soy and dairy.
It’s also free from common bad stuff, like sulfates, parabens and phthalates.
All ingredients score a 1/10 on EWG’s Hazard Scale. In my view, that makes this one of the safest kids shampoos you can buy.
The Runner Up – Organic Shampoo for Kids
This is a tear-free formula made from plant based ingredients. It’s vegan and PETA-certified to be cruelty free. Parents won’t need to worry about any bad stuff in this safe baby shampoo. It’s free from sulphates and synthetic fragrances. Pipette also used biologists, paediatricians, and dermatologists to create it, which we love.
As with the Babo Botanicals Sensitive Shampoo and Wash, all ingredients in this score a 1/10 on EWG’s Hazard Scale, making this one of the safest and best natural shampoo for kids.
Our 3rd Choice: Best Fragranced Natural Shampoo for Kids
This 2-in-1 shampoo and body wash is vegan and cruelty free. And it’s free from common bad stuff like sulfates, SLS and SLES, synthetic fragrance, phthalates, parabens, formaldehyde donors, common allergens (gluten, peanut, dairy), and MEA, DEA, and TEA.
Our top choices are fragrance free, but this is the best if you want a fragranced shampoo and wash. As with the top 2 choices, this kids shampoo is EWG VERIFIED™.
Overall it’s a great choice. I ranked it in 3rd place because EWG’s Hazard Scale ranks one ingredient as a 2/10 on EWG’s Hazard Scale.
Still very safe and in the “low hazard” range, and a great option if you’d like some fragrance.
More Picks: Other Safe & Natural Baby Shampoos
Although these 3 additional natural baby shampoos didn’t make our top 3 list, they are all EWG VERIFIED™, making them great options.
A few more great natural shampoos for kids…
These final 7 choices aren’t EWG VERIFIED™, but EWG does rate them as 1/10, which they consider to be low risk. We think these are still great choices worth trying out.
I hope this article helped you find the best shampoo for your kids! If you know parents or care givers who would like to learn about natural kids shampoo, please share this article with them!