My Hunt for Additive-Free Kid’s Shampoo…
Recently I found out how certain additives in food can affect children’s (and adult) behaviour/mood, and shockingly these same additives can be found in our toiletries.
I don’t want to waste all the effort I’m making to ensure my son isn’t getting these additives in his food by giving him these same chemicals when bathing him!
I’m HORRIFIED by how many shampoos, shower gels and conditioners have either (or both) sodium benzoate and SLS in their ingredients. And the worst thing? CHILDREN’S products have them in too!
I started by looking through all our toiletries and surprise surprise I had to bin his L’Oreal Kids shampoo and conditioner, and some Johnson’s bath bits. Two huge companies within the baby and child toiletries industry, so I am not a happy bunny!
Thankfully my son’s eczema means he only ever uses eczema creams and oils for bathing, but he still needs shampoo and conditioner.
I went into town and looked at a few shops, and every single product I looked at had one of those chemicals in- even the ‘organic’ and very expensive products tended to have the sodium benzoate in them.
I assumed I would easily find a product online, but OH NO. I was looking at companies across the world, and reading articles about child-friendly shampoos, and I trawled through many lists of ingredients on every single product.
After two weeks I was losing the will to live, and then thankfully found the company Green People.
Their ‘Lavender Burst Shampoo and Conditioner’ don’t contain SLS or Sodium Benzoate, and they are also suitable for children with eczema. HALLELUJAH!
I got in touch with the company and they kindly sent me some samples to try, as well as some ‘Itch Away’ shampoo for me to try, as I suffer from a dry scalp.
We have been using them for a few weeks now, and they are fab! My son hasn’t had any eczema reaction to the products, and they have a sweet, subtle smell. His hair feels clean and soft after use, and I’m itching a lot less!
So if you’re looking for SLS/SB free hair products, give them a try. They are not as cheap as I’m used to, with their RRP as £8.50 each, but on Amazon* they have been half price at times, so I’ve stocked up!
If you know of any other products that don’t have these additives in, please comment below so I can make a list on here.
*Contains an Amazon affiliate link, meaning I would possibly make a small commission if you buy through this link. For the purpose of this post, I was given these items to review. No payment was received for this post, and all opinions are honest and my own.