Babies have very delicate skin that is still so pure and perfect. Using normal soap and shampoo products on their skin would remove their protective oils and leave their skin dry and prone to irritations. Also many baby care products that you can buy at the supermarket contain chemicals that are way too harsh and unnecessary for their sensitive skin.
This No Tear Baby Shampoo is completely natural and uses only gentle, non-toxic and non-drying ingredients.
The secret to the no-tear part of this shampoo is using coco-glucoside instead of a soap or another cleansing agent. Coco-glucoside is a very gentle cleanser, made from natural plant derived fatty alcohols and corn starch glucose. It is non-ionic, meaning it is milder than the usual surfactants, and is non-irritating, hypoallergenic, non toxic, non drying to the skin and completely biodegradable.
We also add glycerin, another natural ingredient derived from plant oils, which also helps prevent drying out of the skin.
And lastly we add sweet orange and lavender essential oils, which are soothing and calming on both skin and mind.
As to preservatives, in this recipe we take advantage of nature’s own preservatives to keep bacteria and mould from forming. Both the essential oils and the glycerin have preserving properties. We also add a small amount of citric acid, which is found naturally in citrus fruits, which lowers the pH of the shampoo and inhibits bacteria growth.
If your baby suffers from cradle cap (seborrheic dermatitis), add 10 drops of rose geranium oil.
To prevent and get rid of nits, add 10 drops of tea tree, manuka, or lemon myrtle essential oil.
By the way, this No Tears Baby Shampoo is so mild, that you can use it on the whole body and not just as a shampoo!
No Tear Baby Shampoo
- 200 ml distilled water
- 25 ml coco glucoside
- 25 ml glycerin
- 1/4 teaspoon citric acid
- 20 drops sweet orange essential oil
- 20 drops lavender essential oil
- Heat the water, but don’t bring it to a boil.
- Stir in the citric acid until it has completely dissolved. Leave to cool down
- Add the other ingredients and stir gently until everything is well mixed.
- Pour in a bottle and use within 6 months.