Avoid the use of antibacterial soaps which kill bacteria that are beneficial to health, and which are also often irritating.

Healthy alternatives

Fragrance-free

Brand nameProduct description
Attitude2 in 1 Shampoo and Body Wash, fragrance-free
Made ofOrganic Body Wash/Soap, fragrance-free
Opas SoapBaby and Me Soap

With fragrance (essential oils)

Brand nameProduct description
DruideProtective Soap
Rocky Mountain Soap CompanyBaby Bear Soap

Tips

There is now a wide variety of locally produced natural soaps. They are made from animal or vegetable fats and are healthy for children’s skin.

You too can create your own natural soap. You will need 5 ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup of coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup of olive oil
  • 2/3 cup of other vegetable oil (almond, grapeseed, sunflower, etc.)
  • 1/4 cup of lye (100% sodium hydroxide)
  • 3/4 cup of cool distilled water

To follow the different steps of this recipe, visit DIY Natural.


Ingredients to avoid in products you choose

  • Ammonia: irritant and corrosive to the skin, eyes, and the respiratory and digestive tract
  • BHA/BHT: possible carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, BHA possibly toxic for reproduction
  • Dyes: possible carcinogens, skin sensitizers, photosensitizers and mutagens
  • Formaldehyde: carcinogen, irritant to eyes and respiratory tract, respiratory sensitizer
  • Glycol: irritant
  • Mineral oil: possible carcinogen depending on the degree of purification, allergen
  • Perfumes: allergens
  • Phenol: irritant and corrosive to the skin, eyes, and the respiratory and digestive tract
  • Triclosan: endocrine disruptor