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graphicBest of the best - Weleda Baby Calendula Shampoo & Body Wash

graphic Must-haveShea Mooti Baby’s Pure Shea Butter Soap

graphicBest Organic - Essential Care Gentle wash & shampooOrganic Children bath & shower wash - Berry Smoothie, Citrus Crush, Lavender Burst
graphicBest eco-friendly - Organic Babies no-scent baby wash & shampoo
graphicBest budget - Earth Friendly Baby Lavender shampoo bodywash
graphicHighly commended - Halos N Horns Zingy Orange hair & bodywash
graphicHighly commended - Aromababy Pure Baby Wash
graphicHighly commended - Earth’s Best Lavender shampoo and bodywash


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Weleda Baby Calendula Shampoo & Body Wash

RRP: £6.95 for 200mls
Price per ml:  3.47p
Supplied and manufactured by www.weleda.co.uk
Tested October – December 2009

All products in the Weleda range contain natural raw materials mostly grown organically or biodynamically – this growing method takes into account the seasons and the rhythms of the planets.
Parent Testers loved the creamy consistency of this shampoo bodywash. It smells gorgeous, lathers well and produces bubbles that will not dry out or irritate even the most sensitive skin. One Tester commented on the excellent information Weleda provide on their website.This includes five sections for each product:  ‘about the product’, ’ingredients’, ‘how to use’, ‘press coverage and awards’ and ‘customer reviews’. This product got an overwhelming ‘thumbs up’ from Parent Testers and their children.


This is what some of the Testers said:

    • Because it doubles as a shampoo and bodywash it saves me having to buy two different products making it cost effective
    • My husband loved the smell and asked me to buy this one from now on. I have also tried it and I loved it as well!
    • I also love the fact that the ingredients are so nourishing for young sensitive skin and there are absolutely no artificial or harmful ingredients.

    Award:  Best of the Best

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    Shea Mooti Baby’s Pure Shea Butter Soap

    RRP: £4.99 for 100mls

    Price per ml:  4.9p
    Supplied and manufactured by  www.sheamooti.co.uk
    Tested February 2012

    The name "Shea Mooti" came about because Violet used ethically-sourced Shea Butter from AfriKids’ Daughters, a multi-cooperative in northern Ghana, to create her initial range of products. ‘Mooti’ comes from ‘Muti’ meaning ‘tree’ in Shona – the language of Violet's native Zimbabwe.

    As well as this soap, the Shea Mooti range includes the aptly named Mama’s Everything Body Balm (we tested this as a nappy balm, and you can read the reviews in the TIPS Awards section of this website), Mama’s Belly Rub (we tested this as a belly balm , and you can read the reviews  in the TIPS Awards section of this website) and Mama’s soothing Leg and Foot cream.

    This is the first baby soap we have tested because we found it so hard to find one that complied with our strict criteria for ingredients. Testers were full of praise for this soap. They told us that although quite expensive it was cost-effective as it lasted well. Maybe a smaller bar would be good idea as it would be easier for little hands to use the soap.

    Although especially designed for use with babies, this soap would be ideal for all the family, especially for anyone who has dry skin. Testers were impressed with the soap's rich creamy lather, the fact that it didn't dry the skin but left it feeling soft and moisturised.

    In fact we were so impressed with this product we decided it is a Must have for your bathroom or baby bag!


    This is what some of the Testers said:
    • It didn’t become soggy like other soaps
    • Seems to last a long time, not much needs to be used and it cleans well
    • It’s a very good soap and my child’s dry skin did benefit after using this


    Award:  Must-have 

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    Essential Care Gentle wash & shampoo

    RRP: £9.50 for 200mls
    Price per ml:  4.75p
    Supplied and manufactured by  www.essential-care.co.uk
    Tested October – December 2009

    Essential Care’s founder Margaret Weeds has been creating skincare products for 30 years. In the beginning, Margaret did this to treat her family’s eczema. Margaret is still responsible for Essential Care’s unique product formulations and she takes great care to use only the highest quality, organic, pure, and ethically-sourced raw ingredients. This attention to detail is reflected in the quality of the information Essential Care provide online and on pack. 
    Testers praised this product’s lovely long-lasting fragrance. With its innovative pump dispenser Essential Care Gentle Wash and Shampoo is especially easy to use. The pump also prevents wastage. The quality of the ingredients– no artificial additives and a formula certified by the Soil Association -  makes this product an obvious choice for people who are concerned about the environment or for anyone with sensitive skin. 


    This is what some of the Testers said:

    • It dispensed just the right amount and the smell was lovely
    • It is expensive but worth it as it is so lovely
    • Smells gorgeous and cleans well. This product has the ‘feel good’ factor!


    Award:  Best Organic 

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    Organic Children bath & shower wash - Berry Smoothie, Citrus Crush, Lavender Burst

    RRP: £8.95 for 200mls
    Price per ml:  4.5p
    Supplied and manufactured by www.greenpeople.co.uk
    Tested February 2015

     

    With a dozen TIPS Awards already under their belt, the Organic Babies and Organic Children ranges are already a firm favourite with our Parent Testers. With excellent organic formulations and eco-friendly credentials, these products are ideal for any skin type and many are suitable for vegans. In fact, Organic Babies and Organic Children products are perfect for all babies, big and small! 

    We sent 30 Testers 1 sample bath & shower wash to review: we had 10 each of the Berry Smoothie, Citrus Crush and Lavender Burst. Testers used the productlittle ones aged six months old to 9 years. 

    Parent Testers were very impressed by the excellent information provided on pack and online. This includes a detailed list of ingredient with an explanation of what they are and what they do. Testers agreed the bath & shower washes were easy to dispense and lathered well - this is despite the products being free of sulphate. The fruity varieties smelt almost good enough to eat and little ones (and not so little ones!) really enjoyed bath time with these lovely products. Although more expensive than most similar products, many Testers said they would consider paying a little extra because they agreed this is such a good product. However most Testers said they would rather buy this bath & shower wash if it was on offer or if a larger bottle was available (making it more cost-effective).
    Parent Testers whose children had extra sensitive skin remarked on the gentleness of this formulation. Ideal for all skin types and indeed all ages, these washes are undoubtedly some of the best organic washes available, so we are delighted to allocate them our TIPS Best Organic award.


    This is what some of the Testers said:

    • The smell was my favourite feature. It is so nice and the scent lasts for a long time which is great, even my older children enjoyed using it.
    • I tried it myself and really liked it, as the salicylic acid in the product helped to clear up my adult acne, and didn't irritate my sensitive skin either.
    • My little boy and I loved the fragrance - it reminded me of orange jelly.
    • This product appeared to have a calming effect on my children's irritated skin


    Award:  Best Organic 

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    Organic Babies no-scent baby wash & shampoo

    RRP: £6.75 for 150mls   
    Price per ml: 4.5p
    Supplied and manufactured by www.greenpeople.co.uk
    Tested October – December 2009

    All products in the Organic Babies range are handmade in small batches using the most natural and organic ingredients. These products are suitable for vegetarians and certified by the Organic Food Federation.
    Universally praised by Parent Testers, Organic Babies no scent baby wash and shampoo is easy to use, lathers well and is safe for even the most sensitive skin types. Manufactured by a company known for its ecological and ethical business credentials, this product is a worthy winner.


    This is what some of the Testers said:

    • It saves money and bathroom shelf space by being a multiple use product
    • No complaints of stinging eyes and produces a good amount of toddler-pleasing bubbles
    • Does the job as well as high street’ brands only this is not full of synthetic nasties which I think is important when choosing  products for babies and young children

     

    Award:  Best eco-friendly

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    Earth Friendly Baby Lavender shampoo bodywash

     

    RRP: £3.99 for 250mls
    Price per ml: 1.59p
    Supplied and manufactured by www.earthfriendlybaby.co.uk
    Tested October – December 2009

    Testers overwhelmingly praised this product for its ‘divine’ fragrance and ease of use. Its flip top lid closes with one click – this helps to avoidany accidental spills. Earth Friendly Baby Lavender shampoo bodywash lathers exceptionally well, although it does not contain any harsh detergents. A little goes a long way so this product iss great value for money. This is why we have decided to award it Best budget.



    This is what some of the Testers said:

    • We have to be careful what we use on our son who suffers from eczema but this was fine.
    • Fun  design and because it would be different from her baby brothers shampoo it was something just for her
    • My husband also tried it and he liked it, especially the smell

    Award:  Best budget

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    Halos N Horns Zingy Orange hair & bodywash

    RRP: £2.99 for 250mls  
    Price per ml:  1.19p
    Supplied and manufactured by www.halosnhorns.co.uk
    Tested October – December 2009

    Halos N Horns were the first baby product manufacturers to recommend not using manufactured skincare products for the first month of life – this information was provided on their website and with their products. This groundbreaking approach highlights Halos N Horns dedication to promote safe skincare based on the latest expert advice. The website offers quality information about skincare for babies and children. Parent Testers agreed Halos N Horns Zingy Orange hair and body wash helped to make bath time fun. They were reassured that it is safe to use and efficient at cleaning dirty children. It also has the added attraction of a delicious fruity smell. Testers said this product provides excellent value for money, which makes it ideal for people on a budget.


    This is what some of the Testers said:

    • It washed all the grime off without too much effort
    • It’s great, does the job well and smells gorgeous
    • It’s just lovely to use, nice texture that works well on babies skin – an all round winner

    Award:  Highly commended

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    Aromababy Pure Baby Wash

    RRP: £8.50 for 150mls   
    Price per ml: 5.6p
    Supplied and manufactured by www.aromababy.com
    Tested October – December 2009

    Aromababy pride themselves on providing products free from any ingredient that may irritate sensitive skin. They use 100% natural or organic raw materials in all their formulations. On their website, Aromababy advise to wash babies in plain water for the first month - this is refreshing and should be applauded.
    This baby wash scored less because it is imported from Australia - this increases its price and carbon footprint for UK customers. Testers liked the flip top lid which closes with one click – this helps to avoid any accidental spills. Aromababy Pure Baby Wash is a high quality product which is supremely gentle for younger children or those with sensitive skin. Hopefully this lovely range of products will become easier to source as the list of UK stockists increases.


    This is what some of the Testers said:
    • The product had a great feel and texture. The consistency was just right for a wash
    • I thought I wouldn’t like it but it was the best one I trialled
    • It was really easy to get a tiny amount out making it was ideal for me
    Award:  Highly commended

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    Earth’s Best Lavender shampoo and bodywash
    RRP: £5.49 for 250mls   
    Price per ml:  2.19p
    Supplied by www.kinetic4health.co.uk
    Tested October – December 2009

    Kinetic Natural Products Distributors was founded in the early 1990s by brothers Alexander and Kim. Earth’s Best Organic by JASON range is one of the many natural brands available on their website.
    Testers and children alike were particularly fascinated by the push button pop-up lid - this can be opened with one hand. This prevents accidental spills and makes this reasonably priced product even more cost-effective. The product scored less because it is imported from the USA – this increases its carbon footprint for UK customers.
    Testers praised the wonderful lavender scent – they said it was ‘pleasant’ but not overpowering. The wash foamed easily providing lots of lovely bubbles. These proved  gentle but effective for all age groups including parents!


    This is what some of the Testers said:

    • I tested this myself and it did the job well
    • It left my sons hair whispey and soft with a lovely mild scent
    • The unique flip-top lid, activated by the push button was very innovative

    Award:  Highly commended

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    Weleda Baby Calendula Shampoo & Body Wash

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    Essential Care Gentle wash & shampoo

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    Organic Children bath & shower wash - Berry Smoothie, Citrus Crush, Lavender Burst (RT)

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    Organic Babies no-scent baby wash & shampoo

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    Earth Friendly Baby Lavender shampoo bodywash

     

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    Halos N Horns Zingy Orange hair & bodywash

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    Aromababy Pure Baby Wash

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