Monday, October 15, 2012

Homemade Baby Shampoo & Wash!

With two active (ie. super dirty) boys in the house we tend to take a lot of baths and go through a lot of baby shampoo & body wash. Like all mothers, I only want the best for my little ones and I do my best to make sure that the products I am putting on my children are free of harmful chemicals. When I was pregnant with Declan a few years ago, a report came out regarding Johnson&Johnson and their use of formaldehyde and other harmful chemicals in their baby products. Chemicals that have been traced back to cancer – on a baby? come on! Though Johnson&Johnson are continuing to make changes to their products and have come out with a Natural Baby Shampoo since then, I did not want to give this Fortune 500 company my business and looked into switching to a safer product.

I decided on Aveeno Baby Shampoo & Wash. It boasted a "Natural Oat Formula", pediatrician recommended among other things and Aveeno produces amazing "natural" products for adults so I really didn't think I had to think twice about it. At least not until I got pregnant with Cullen and started looking closer into the products that we put on our children and ourselves. It was then that I discovered that Aveeno is a subsidiary of non other than the pharmaceutical company Johnson&Johnson and also uses harmful chemicals. Whoops! I wasn't happy that they pulled one over on me and was disappointed in myself for not doing the appropriate research the first time around ... :) but I'm not perfect and life goes on. So, once again I looked into changing products ...

There are several organic options out there nowadays, Burt's Bees, California Baby, BabyGanics, etc. And while these products are wonderful and I would be happy to support them, the price-tag on these organic washes are often times staggering. There had to be a way that I could have clean babies for low cost and still be keeping them safe. So, next best thing ... make your own Baby Shampoo! Dr Bronner's Organic Soaps are baby mild and is primarily created using natural plant/animal ingredients, pure essential oils and gentle preservatives. By diluting this soap and adding additional oils it becomes the perfect mix of cleanse and re-hydration on my little one's sensitive skin.

Cast of Characters are ...
~ Organic Coconut Oil, Dr Bonner's Baby Mild Castile Soap, Lavender Essential Oil

~ LOVE this stuff!

~ Add a 1/4 cup of Dr Bronner's Castile Soap to a 1/4 cup of water

~ Then a 1/4 cup of Coconut Oil (or other oil) to your soap and water mixture

~ If you're like me you keep your house on the 'cooler' side and your coconut oil has congealed ... :) not to worry, run it under some hot water and it'll liquify for you.

~ After a couple drops of your essential oil - shakey shakey!

~ Then pour into your dispenser of choice! I am using a repurposed facewash bottle here; but you could always leave it in a jar if you prefer!

~ and of course a pic of my handsome bathing baby Declan!

Homemade Baby Shampoo & Body Wash

• 1/4c Dr Bronners Unscented Baby Mild Soap
• 1/4c Coconut Oil (or vitamin E oil, avocado oil, etc)
• 1/4c Water, warm/hot
• Essential Oils (preferably lavender)

~ In a mason jar or other lidded container ... mix together the first three ingredients. Add a couple of drops of scented Essential Oils (lavender is perfect for a calming bath experience) and shake it up! Your Soap is ready to use, be sure to shake before each use. For added convenience, place the shampoo into an old soap dispenser.

PLEASE NOTE :: Castile Soap is not "tear-free" so be sure to use caution when washing your little one. Goggles are a fun touch for toddlers!

**The article also posted on Uniteforher and Frugally Sustainable Blog Hop

16 comments:

  1. Heather, can you please say where you got the Castille soap and the essential oils? I see your Trader Joe's coconut oil ... ;)

    Stacy

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    1. Hey – Sorry! ... the Baby Mild Castile Soap ($9) & the essential oils ($11) were both found at Whole Foods. The purchasing right off the bat is a bit pricey but it'll last you forever and you can use it for everything! check it out. :)

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  2. Great! I will definitely check it out. I think I may need to invest in some mason jars. one more question...do you have to add the essential oil (like lavendar) or can you just use the soap and the coconut oil?

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    1. You don't Have to add the essential oils! :) just makes it smell nice. For things like Detergent and making your own Wipe Solution the Tea Tree Oil is important for anti-bacterial properties but ... in this case – purely for the scent!

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  3. Thank you for the recipe, I just made one as a gift for my sister's baby but the water keeps separating at the bottom from the oil and soap solution. Where do you think I went wrong? Any idea to fix it?

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    1. What a great idea for a gift for your sister's baby! you could pair it with new washcloths or a towel for the baby too. or make a basket! ~ so many possibilities! :)
      The solution will separate a little bit but it shouldn't be very obvious ~ I always use warm/hot water and I realize that I didn't add that in the directions and that could've made the difference. thank you for pointing that out and I'll be sure to change it. I don't think you need to start over, I would just tell your sister to give it a shake each time she uses it. I hope that she likes it! enjoy!

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  4. I'm in the same boat! But once I decided to go organic for baby skin care, I realized there are really very few available. California Baby and BabyGanics (and Burt's Bees too, I think) are not organic. They are natural, at best. And what does that REALLY mean? I had no idea there were so few organic skin care products available. And the price! Yikes! I mean, my daughter is worth it but come on! Yes, I would choose "natural" over nothing but it really stinks that more companies are not getting on board with organic skin care.
    Nice recipe. I'll have to try it. Is the consistency thin? Does it suds up nicely?

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    1. Hi! :) wow - late response! the consistency is pretty thin but I've read that if you put it in a foaming soap dispenser (dollar store i believe has foaming soap that you can dump out and use the bottle/pump) that it comes out quit nicely! but even in the liquid consistency that it is the suds appear immediately after starting to rub into their bodies or hair. Good Luck & I'd love to hear how it turned out!

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  5. During the school year we always add tea tree to our shampoo because lice don't like the smell of it. We have had three children in school for a few years, and we have never had lice in our house, even when the school sends a letter home saying to "watch out there's an epidemic!" I have always told my friends that and those that try love it!

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    1. AWESOME TIP! I didn't know that lice didn't like tea tree oil. Makes sense though! Thank you for sharing!

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  6. I got Dr Bronner's Peppermint Castile Soap because I'm going to be using it for a shampoo recipe for myself. Do you think that would be okay to use for this one too or would it be too strong for the little ones?

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    1. I think that the Dr Bronner's Peppermint Castile Soap would be too strong for your little one's skin. The Dr Bronner's Baby-Milk soap, while still stings their eyes, is gentle on the skin. Would love to know how your homemade shampoo with the peppermint is working for you though?!

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  7. Just made this, adding two tablespoons of honey. We'll see how it goes in the morning!

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    1. That's great, Zen! would love to hear what you thought of it!

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  8. Question about babies born with a lot of hair. Should the 1/4 of coconut oil be reduced per equal parts to the Dr. Bronner & water? I asked because it seems to leave my daughter's (5 months) hair oily even after rinsing her hair out 3x. Thanks!

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  9. When I mean a lot of hair, mine has an inch to an inch & 1/2 of hair =)

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