Clean + Baby-Friendly Skincare That Actually Works

With so many brands green-washing our shelves with claims like, ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ we have dived deep into ingredients lists and third-party lab testing results to find truly clean + baby-friendly skincare for our families.

mom using non-toxic Evereden skincare on toddler

When it comes to finding clean + baby-friendly skincare (that actually works), the struggle can be very real.

While many certifying bodies have banned the use of harmful chemicals, we are still seeing some not-so-great ingredients lurking on labels more often than not. This is extra frustrating because a lot of the brands claim to be ‘natural,’ ‘safe’ and ‘non-toxic.’

We know that it can feel overwhelming to try to avoid this, that and every other chemical under the sun. We know just how clever brands are when they come to greenwashing. We know how frustrating it is when you find a non-toxic product, but it doesn’t work. We also know that truly clean and non-toxic skincare should be accessible.

In this article, we’ll go over:

  • Chemicals to avoid in skincare
  • The non-toxic skincare brands we have tried and trust
  • Our skincare picks for women
  • Our skincare picks for babies and children

Scroll down to learn more.

 

These are the chemicals you should 100% be avoiding in skincare.

(Especially if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding or using them on your baby or kids!)

 

  • Parabens – Often used as a skincare preservative, these are known hormone disrupters, carcinogens, and skin irritants. When reading an ingredients list, make sure there isn’t anything with ‘paraben’ on the end such as methylparaben, ethlyparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, isobutylparaben, or isopropylparaben. But beware: sometimes a company will shorten the word to just methyl, ethyl or propyl!
  • Petrochemicals – The problem with petrochemicals is that they can be contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, which is a volatile organic compound known to cause cancer, irritation and damage to your central nervous system.  These include ingredients like parfum, fragrance, parafin wax, butyl alcohol, butylparaben, butylene glycol, mineral oil, toluene, benzene, polyethylene glycol (PEG) as well as ethanolamine and dietanolamine.
  • Phthalates – Phthalates are used as a plasticizer and are found in nail polish, hair spray, perfumes, lotions, soaps, shampoos and more. As known endocrine disruptors associated with liver and kidney lesions and increasing your risk of certain cancers, they may exacerbate asthma and allergies in children. You will find this on an ingredients list as diethylphthalate (DEP), dibutylphthalates (DBP), diethylhexylphthalate (DEHP) or dimethylphthalate (DMP).
  • Synthetic Dyes + Colorants – Many synthetic dyes and colorants can contain heavy metals that cause skin irritation and organ toxicity. Be sure to avoid FD&C (Food, Drugs and Cosmetics) and D&C (Drugs & Cosmetics) dyes and pigments such as Yellow No 5 and No 6, Red No 3, Blue No 1 and No 2, as well as Green No 3 and S.
  • SLS, SLES + ALS – These sulfates are commonly found in shampoos and soaps as foaming agents. They can heavily irritate the skin and cause your body to overcompensate by creating an excessive amount of oil. Look out for and avoid sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate and ammonium laurel sulfate.

 

 

Non-Toxic Skincare Brands

At The Tot, we review every single product we put on our website. We don’t just read ingredients lists, we check the company’s test results and ensure that the products we’re selling are truly safe to use on our family’s skin.

The brands we currently love and trust include:

Check out our favorite picks below!

 

Non-toxic Skincare For Mamas

 

 

Stretch Mark Creams & Body Oils

Evereden Mama Collection

Evereden Mama Collection

 

$95

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BEB Organic Baby Bump Sensory Set

BEB organic baby bump sensory set

 

$144

EXCLUSIVE

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Matana Organics Stretch Mark Oil

Matana Organics Stretch Mark Oil

 

$25

EXCLUSIVE

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Gryph & Ivyrose Seal The Deal Balm

Gryph + Ivyrose Seal the Deal Moisturizing Balm

 

$49

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PAAVANI Ayurveda Vata Body Oil

PAAVANI Ayurvedic Vata Body Oil

$32 – $55

4 0z / 8 oz

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Erbaviva Stretch Mark Oil

 

Erbaviva Stretch Mark Oil

 

$32

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Esker Soothing Belly Oil and body plane tool

 

Esker Belly Oil + Body Plane Set

 

$120

EXCLUSIVE

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Moisturizers, Cremes, & Serums

 

Doctor Rogers Restore Face Cream

 

Doctor Rogers Restore Face Cream

 

$72

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Earth Harbor MERMAID MILK Nutrient Glow Moisturizer

 

Earth Harbor Mermaid Milk Nutrient Glow Moisturizer

 

$42

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Earth Harbor AQUA AURA Reparative Eye Creme

 

Earth Harbor Aqua Aura Reparative Eye Creme

 

$34

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Earth Harbor CELESTINE Hydra-Plumping Peptide Serum

 

Earth Harbor Celestine Hydra-Plumping Peptide Serum

 

$45

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Cleansers

 

Freegirl Skincare Oily/Acne Skincare Collection

 

Freegirl Skincare Oily/Acne Skincare Collection

 

$176

EXCLUSIVE

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Doctor Rogers Restore Face Wash

Doctor Rogers Restore Face Wash

 

$42

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Earth Harbor Aloha Love Cream Cleanser

Earth Harbor Aloha Love Nourishing Cream Cleanser

 

$18

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Sahara Rose Luminous Clarifying Facial Cleaner

 

Sahara Rose Luminous Clarifying Cleanser

 

$32

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Face Masks

 

Province Apothecary Detoxifying + Clarifying Clay Mask

Province Apothecary Detoxifying + Clarifying Clay Mask

 

$48

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LOLI Beauty Pank Pitaya Mask

 

LOLI Beauty Pank Pitaya Mask

 

$38

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Knours Be Kind Exclusive Set

Knours Be Kind Exclusive Set

 

$51

EXCLUSIVE

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Earth Harbor GLOW JUICE Refining Enzyme Mask

 

Earth Harbor Glow Juice Refining Enzyme Mask

 

$40

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Skincare for Babies + Kids

 

Diaper Creams

 

The Organic Pharmacy Nappy Balm

 

The Organic Pharmacy Nappy Balm

 

$45

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Mini Bloom Toot Toot Balm – Set of 2

 

mini bloom toot toot balm – set of 2

 

$35

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Mini Bloom Discovery Kit

 

mini bloom Discovery kit

 

$69

EXCLUSIVE

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Balms and Oils

 

Kiss Kiss Goodnight Peace of Mind Hydrating Balm

 

Kiss Kiss Goodnight Peace of Mind Protective Balm

 

$28

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Erbaviva Baby Butter

 

erbaviva baby butter

 

$20

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Erbaviva Baby Lip & Cheek Balm

erbaviva lip & cheek balm

 

$13

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Pleni Naturals Berry + Olive Barrier Baby Balm

 

Pleni Naturals Berry + Olive Barrier Balm

 

$15.99

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Gryph & Ivyrose Knight In Armor Body Oil

 

Gryph & Ivyrose Knight in Armor Body Oil

 

$29

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Beb Organic Nourishing Oil

 

beb organic nourishing oil

 

$48

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Erbaviva Organic Baby Trio

 

erbaviva organic baby trio

 

$48

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Body Wash & Lotions

 

Newborn Essentials

evereden newborn essentials

 

$55

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Gryph & Ivyrose Newborn Essentials

Gryph + Ivyrose Newborn Essentials

 

$87

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erbaviva organic baby body wash

 

erbaviva organic baby body wash

 

$18

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Gryph & Ivyrose Thats A Wrap Body Wash

Gryph + Ivyrose That’s A Wrap Body Wash

 

$29

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Beb Organic Bubbly Wash

 

beb organic bubbly wash

 

$68

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Gryph & Ivyrose Bath Set

Gryph + Ivyrose Bath Set

 

$111

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Mini Bloom Mom + Baby Welcome Set

 

mini bloom mom + baby welcome set 

 

$60

EXCLUSIVE

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Sunscreen & Bug Sprays

 

 

erbaviva organic baby sunscreen

 

erbaviva organic baby sunscreen

 

$23

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Erbaviva Buzz Spray

 

erbaviva organic children’s buzz spray

 

$21

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