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Old 03-17-2012, 06:28 PM   #1
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Safest (and economical) baby/kids soap & shampoo

What is the safest soap and shampoo for kids that is still reasonably economical? I'm new to becoming aware of our constant exposure to chemicals and am wanting to buy a safe soap for my girls that won't break the bank. Any thing acceptable at Target? We used california baby due to sensitivities with my first but it seemed expensive - is that the best I'm going to do - or is that stuff even acceptable?

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Old 03-17-2012, 07:14 PM   #2
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Bar soap lasts a lot longer than liquid IMO. Also I try not to use soap on non dirty parts, it's not really good for the skin. Helps stretch it out.
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Old 03-17-2012, 07:42 PM   #3
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I really like SheaMoisture from Target. It's a bit pricey, but last forever!
and I agree with the above poster.
I tell my older girls to wash only private parts, arm pits and hair.
With the babies, it's usually only hair and neck folds.
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:00 PM   #4
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Re: Safest (and economical) baby/kids soap & shampoo

The most economical I've found is Everyday Shea which is $9.99 for 32OZ at whole foods. It seriously does us about 6 months, plus the moisturizer is great too. I started off with unscented but then progressed to vanilla and the lavendar and the kids did well with those(two have eczema). I noticed they started doing a baby line now, but of course like anything baby, it costs way more per oz than the adult/regular version. So I'll stick with that!

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Oh and if I do feel like buying something different then my new strategy is to buy things we need(but are $$$) for occasions like xmas or easter etc. So my newbie got a bottle of california baby as one of his xmas gifts and is getting erba organics(best ever for cradle cap, but $$$) in his easter basket.

The older kids get fun stuff, plus things like fun band aids, spinning tootbrushes etc. I'm a bit jaded of buying "stuff" just for the sake of filling a stocking or basket. I'm currently on the hunt for some brain quest flash card thingys for their easter baskets!
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Dr.Bronners. I know they sell it at Target BUT vitacost.com is the cheapest place to buy it. Up front it seems like alot of money but it's my kids shampoo and soap and I have 2 kids and we've had it alot a year now and I'm still using the same bottle. You only need to use like a drop at a time. It lasts forever! It took me a while to fork out the money because I'm so cheap but I'm so glad i did. It ended up being SO cheap in the long run!
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or vitacost.com even sells Dr. Woods baby version soap which is even cheaper. I use the Dr.Woods black soap and love it and I plan to buy the baby version when the bronners is all gone
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I use soap all over and so does my dd, our skin is quite fine.

My favorite is Dr. Bronner's liquid any scent, except peppermint is not great for the privates. I am especially fond of the almond for washing great nephew.

I soap up, rinse and even repeat, this stuff is not cheap but a little goes a long way!

Oh, and keep it out of the eyes, it can hurt!
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I can't use Dr. Bronner's with older daughter. For her, I have had to go to bar soap only because she's sensitive to citric acid (at least this is my guess, she has always had issues with liquid soaps, even CA baby). For the baby, I've been using Earth Mama, Angel Baby. Not sure what I'm going to use as she gets bigger though.

Shouldn't babies have their diaper areas washed too? Should suggest to older DD to only watch pit and privates, might be better for her. Her issue though is she likes to stand in really hot water for a long time if she's cold. Not the case this week but she's been known to run out of hot water with shampoo in her hair.
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We did homemade bar soap, I knew every ingredient by name, most are edible, and you can find it pretty cheap at farmers markets or online. When DS was little we used it as body and hair soap, then when he started to get tangles added a natural conditioner.
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