Wednesday, 19 March 2014

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 decided to look further into this, as I didn't want to waste all the effort I was making to ensure Chunk wasn't getting these additives in his food by giving him these same chemicals when bathing him!

I was HORRIFIED by how many shampoos, shower gels and conditioners have either (or both) sodium benzoate and SLS in their ingredients. And the worst thing? The 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 Chunk'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.

additive free shampoo for children
Green People Shampoo & Conditioner
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 on Chunk, 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! Chunk has not 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.

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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.


  1. Great idea to keep the natural, additive free thing going through toiletries as well as food - it makes sense doesn't it?! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

  2. This sounds fabulous, I have a little one with very dry skin too and finding the right products can be a problem. Will like Mini-U, which is very natural
    I blogged about it - here is the link

    Popping across from the ThankfulThursday linky.

  3. Well done on finding what you were looking for. I must admit I never heard of this brand but I will give it a go... everything for the kids :-)

  4. I'm pretty sure we have tried this brand before. We liked it! Well done for sourcing it out! #ThankfulThursdays

  5. Thank you so much for sharing this. My kids have eczema badly so I can't use store bought shampoos and conditioners. I definitely will be checking these out. Thank you so much for joiing in Share With Me linky. I am loving your blog! #sharewithme

    1. Hi Jenny - you should definitely give our no nasty kids range a go! Especially our Baby Salve - it's fab for eczema!

  6. I am having a problem with my son's skin. So dry =(

    I will also try to source out products that wont hurt him and will probably try this brand =)

  7. I'm always looking for a non irritant shampoo, may be this will be the one

  8. Green People stuff is so amazing. We use the baby balm and the baby bath as well as the big people shampoo :)

  9. Wow, I can't believe how hard it can be to find natural ingredients in shampoo! My youngest has really sensitive skin an exzcema so I may look into this more x x x

  10. Thanks for sharing this, it really is soul-destroyingly hard to find natural baby products! I'm a big fan of They only make a few products but they work incredibly well and don't contain these additives.

  11. I haven't heard of these before but my niece has excema so this would be so good for her

  12. I've just been trying out some green people products myself and am definitely a fan


  13. These products sound great. I know that Charlie from Mad Mummy Musings has her own shop - Sophias Choice - and she stocks some of these types of products - Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x

  14. Hello to everyone here! :) Thank you to all our lovely customers and bloggers who are saying such lovely things about our products! You can find our products on our gorgeous new website and also we have a fantastic Beauty Hub with lots of articles about organic and natural skin care :)

  15. Thanks for linking up, really interesting research and article. My daughter has skin flair ups regularly and we've found Green People products very gentle for her. Thanks for linking up :)

  16. I've never even considered additives in toiletries! Great post thankyou

    Thanks for linking up

  17. So what's the issue with that ingredient??? I don't know a lot about that kind of stuff! AND I have a hair product addiction LOL - I am always buying a new shampoo or something. So let me know!


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