Guide to choosing natural & clean baby wipes

Choosing natuarl and clean baby wipes

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Baby wipes are an essential item for all parents. Whether you are using reusable wipes or disposables, we all have to clean our babies and toddlers bottoms. If you are using reusable wipes you have total control over the ingredients (usually it is only water and perhaps an essential oil), but when you are choosing to buy disposable wipes it can be quite confusing and overwhelming to choose the very cleanest product. I had a look at what was available at the supermarkets and chemists and compared them against our ingredients policy. I looked at the ingredients list on all of them to see if I could find a clean and natural choice.

How do the ingredients in these wipes stack up against our own policies?

I chose wipes which were marketed as ‘natural’ or looked like a natural choice to assess against our ingredients policy. The wipes I assessed were:

Waterwipes, Gaia, Eco by Naty and Little Ones, Thank You, Jak Organics, Little innocents, Thank you and Rascal and Friends, Joonya, Tooshies by Tom & Jak Organics Aqua Wipes.

Choosing the cleanest baby wipes possible

What I found with all of those choices is that they ALL contained ingredients which would not be allowed on our site based on our extremely strict ingredients policy. Choosing clean ingredients is important in wipes especially as these are going on very sensitive areas on children, you don’t want any endocrine disruptors or toxins there!

So here is what I found with these wipes, in no particular order.

Water Wipes®

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What were the ingredients which were above a rating 1-2 on the EWG?

IngredientEWG ScoreWhat does the data say?
Benzethonium chloride3-5A similar compound is a known human toxicant or allergen
Restricted in cosmetics (recommendations or requirements) Canada & Japan
A peer-reviewed publication reports quaternary ammonium compounds cause reproductive toxicity in animals

There are two ingredients listed on the pack, water and citrus seed extract. BUT the packet states it contains trace amounts of
Benzethonium chloride
This most likely comes from the citrus seed extract; unfortunately citrus seed extract can be contaminated with 3 toxins: ethylparaben, triclosan and/or Benzethonium chloride according to the EWG. Water wipes® state that theirs have trace amounts of Benzethonium Chloride. Based on the EWG’s Skin Deep Data Base® , this has toxicity concerns.

They don’t actually have to disclose this so it is great they are being so open to customers. When we choose any product containing Citrus Seed Extract here at Honestly Natural, we ask for certificates that the CSE has NO contamination concerns. There is CSE available without these trace amounts.

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Ingredients as of 2/7/20:

Gaia Bamboo Wipes®

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What were the ingredients which were above a rating 1-2 on the EWG?

IngredientEWG ScoreWhat does the data say?
Phenoxyethanol2-4Classified as irritant
Cocamidopropyl Betaine 1-6This ingredient’s score is higher if used in products that will not be immediately rinsed off due to increased risk of absorption. Possible contamination concerns
Polysorbate 20 1-3Limited evidence of sense organ toxicity

Next I looked at Gaia’s® bamboo wipes. There were three ingredients which wouldn’t comply with our policies.
Cocamidopropyl Betaine was also voted ‘Allergen of the Year” in 2004 by the the American Contact Dermatitis Society.

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Ingredients as of 2/7/20:

Little One’s Fragrance Free®

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What were the ingredients which were above a rating 1-2 on the EWG?

IngredientEWG ScoreWhat does the data say?
Tocopheryl Acetate (synthetic) 2-3Contamination concerns. Human skin toxicant or allergen – strong evidence based on the Synthetic version
Phenoxyethanol2-4Classified as irritant
Sodium Benzoate1-3Insufficient data to determine safety
Polysorbate 20 1-3Limited evidence of sense organ toxicity
(after speaking with the supplier, I was told the tocopheryl acetate is a SYNTHETIC version)
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Ingredients as of 2/7/20:

Eco By Naty®

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There were two ingredients I found which have data to show they could be irritating.
The ingredients of concern based on EWG ratings were:

What were the ingredients which were above a rating 1-2 on the EWG?

IngredientEWG ScoreWhat does the data say?
Potassium Sorbate2Although only a 2, it states:
Human skin toxicant or allergen – strong evidence ( very common preservative in many natural products ) This is on our no list in our Ingredients policy
Sodium Benzoate1-3Insufficient data to determine safety
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Ingredients as of 2/7/20:

Little Innoscents®

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I was also asked to check out Little Innoscents®. We love their sunscreen and other products of theirs, however their wipes contain a preservative which doesn’t comply with our ingredients policy

What were the ingredients which were above a rating 1-2 on the EWG?

IngredientEWG ScoreWhat does the data say?
Potassium Sorbate2Although only a 2, it states:
Human skin toxicant or allergen – strong evidence ( very common preservative in many natural products ). Potassium Sorbate is on our NO list in our ingredients policy.
Ingredients as of 2/7/20:
Water (Aqua), Glycerine, Glyceryl Caprylate, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Coco Glucoside (Conditioning Surfactant), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Citric Acid

Thank You®

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What were the ingredients which were above a rating 1-2 on the EWG?

IngredientEWG ScoreWhat does the data say?
Phenoxyethanol2-4Classified as irritant.
According to Bill Statham author of The Chemical Maze, it could cause mild irritation on sensitive skin
Potassium Sorbate2Although only a 2, it states:
Human skin toxicant or allergen – strong evidence ( very common preservative in many natural products )
Polyglyceryl-2-Dipolydroxystearate  ?0 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical NO data on this ingredient
Dicaprylyl Carbonate ?0 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical

There are two ingredinets above with no data. When it comes to ingredients with NO data or studies we are unable to determine where the rating lies in order for it to meet our ingredients policy. In these cases we choose not to stock products with ingredients with insufficient data until further data is available .

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Ingredients as of 2/7/20:

Rascal and Friends®

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What were the ingredients which were above a rating 1-2 on the EWG?

IngredientEWG ScoreWhat does the data say?
Sodium Benzoate1-3Restricted in cosmetics (recommendations or requirements) Japan
Insufficient data to determine safety by the EPA
*Petroleum derived skin irritant based on information from the Chemical Maze book and App.

Rascal and Friends® contain one ingredient which would NOT comply with our ingredients policy.

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Ingredients as of 2/7/20:

So which wipes would comply with our strict ingredients policy?

I have found a brand which is free of anything hidden and contains beautiful clean ingredients. They contain ingredients which are beneficial to the skin and can help keep nappy rashes away. How good does that sound!

Joonya have a fabulous ethos, the wipes are biodegradable AND the packaging is 100% recyclable!
All the ingredients are non-toxic and the wipes are super effective. There is no alcohol, chlorine, petrochemicals, formaldehyde, parabens or phenols.
Yippeee. They also contain skin loving and nourishing ingredients which won’t dry your little ones bum out. Check out the full description of these beautiful wipes here

Tooshies By Tom are another beautiful choice. These wipes are 100% biodegradable and made with organic aloe vera and chamomile to soothe delicate skin. All the ingredients are safe for little bums. The difference with these and Joonya are that they contain Jojoba Oil to moisturise the skin and help wipe away messes leaving a smooth bum. They also have recyclable packaging, they both have similar ingredients so it all does really come down to preference. You can find the Tooshies by Tom here.


Jak Organics: now let me be clear, not all of the Jak wipe products . These aqua wipes have ingredients with only a rating 1 or 2 on the EWG. But their other wipes, the Baby wipes contains Potassium Sorbate (discussed above).

Their Aqua wipes are great, similar to what water wipes were trying to do just without the contaminant. They have nailed this one by only adding 99.9% pure water and 3 other natural and safe ingredients. If you are looking for a simple wipe with only a few ingredients this is the one for you. You can find them here.

Lastly we had a conversation with WotNot about their wipes. I spoke in detail about their Tocopheryl Acetate to ensure it is the natural Version not the Synthetic. On ingredients lists Tocopheryl Acetate is just that on the list, companies don’t need to disclose if it is the synthetic or natural version if they don’t want to. So this is something we ALL WAYS ask as the synthetic version has shown to be skin irritating and could have contamination concerns. WOTNOT wipes only contain natural and clean ingredients perfect for little bums. With only 6 gentle ingredients this is another nice choice.

This blog demonstrates what we are trying to do for you here at Honestly Natural. Looking at all natural products, evaluating every single ingredient, to find you the very cleanest products which align with our strict ingredients policy. Ensuring the best for your health and well-being 🙏🙏
This review is an honest appraisal of commonly bought natural wipes against our ingredients policy. I was also asked to add brands in so if there are other brands you want me to check the ingredients of please message me.

We have an extremely strict ingredients policy

If you want to know more about what Honestly Natural is about please read our About page or our Ingredients Policy. We have created a space where you can find only the CLEANEST natural products on the market, no green-washing and no misleading claims. Every ingredient in all products must only be a rating 1-2 on the EWG scale where ever possible (other natural stores allow up to a 5-6).
Sometimes we use more that the EWG, we have an in house aromatherapist and homeopath as a consultant for ingredients. We also refer to the Chemical maze for information. Sometimes we still say NO to something which is a 2 on the EWG as data suggests it could still potentially be irritating. We want only the cleanest and least irritating ingredients here.

This ensures every product is Clean, safe and completely natural for you and your family xx


 

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One Comment on “Guide to choosing natural & clean baby wipes”

  1. Thanks for this! Just to let you know, tooshoes by Tom actually contain fragrance. It’s natural/essential oils but fragrance nonetheless and I personally react to it and others with a nasty rash on my hands (little ones bum is fine!)
    I asked my dermatologist who confirmed it and asked my to avoid using them. It might be worth others knowing

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