I was recently given the opportunity to review a sample portion of Seventh Generation's Baby Shampoo & Wash. The sample was given to me for free by Smiley360. For more information on my disclosure policy, please click here.
I had high hopes for this product since I am a big fan of 'going green', but I concluded my testing with mixed feelings. First off, I washed both kids using this product, not just the baby, and I found out that a little bit goes a long way. I was very pleased with the amount of suds I got without trying too hard to build up a lather. I was able to wash their hair and body twice, and still had enough left over to wash baby again - all that out of a 0.53 ounce sample. This product regularly retails for around $7.99 in a 10 ounce bottle, so you are looking at a "green" clean for your baby at about 13 cents. That's not bad at all in my opinion, especially considering that babies usually only need a good wash 2-3 times a week! So for anyone that says being "green" is too expensive, it's time to rethink your stance! Yes, it is a bit more than the non-green wash, but the more who switch, the greater the impact will be on our families and the environment.
In addition to the reasonable cost for this product, I also noted that it left both kids' skin feeling soft and smooth. No film, no residue, no little crusty patches where their skin was drying out - especially good for us since my son has dry skin.
Now to the parts that I didn't like so much. This baby wash is heavily citrus-scented, not so bad in itself, but recently a lot of chemical hair-dye kits have also come with a "citrus" scent. Last time I dyed my hair, the citrus-combined-with-chemical-stink blend was so strong I couldn't even stay in the bathroom and had to get some fresh air. Unfortunately, because of this I am left with the remaining stigma of the citrus 'stink' and don't really care for the smell on this baby wash. I'm sure for others, the strong citrus smell is pleasant, or at the very least a non-issue. For me though, I feel like I just dyed my baby's hair every time I get a whiff of her head! On another note, it appears that I now have a strong grip of the 'smell-linked-to-memory' arrangement.
One last thing I didn't entirely like (but understand, since there is a necessity for certain ingredients) is that there were some things on the back of the sample that I didn't understand. I like to be able to turn over a natural product, scan through the wording, and be able to comprehend what exactly is inside. When I see things like Sodium Coco Sulfate, Decyl Glucoside, Magnesium Chloride... etc, etc, I get a little antsy. However, this product is USDA Certified to be Biobased at 98% (which means 98% of it is derived from plants), so I'll have to take their word for it, even though I don't exactly think the government-run USDA always has my best interests at heart... (*cough, cough, Monsanto!, cough*) LUCKILY... I do trust Seventh Generation. And I'm sure that they wouldn't print anything about their product that wasn't true. Green companies are well-known for having their consumers' needs in mind, something that drives my 'green' purchases almost every time.
Will I buy this product? Probably. I'll just be sure to steer clear of the kids' heads until my traumatizing citrus-hair-dye experience fades in my mind. I did sign up on their website, which says it will let me have access to special deals, programs and coupons, and if I get a good deal I'll most likely grab a few products at once. If you want to join Seventh Generation's mailing list, you can click here to sign up.
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