Baby’s bottoms are remarkably resilient to all that nappy wrapping and bottom wiping – but even the least allergy-prone skin will have a reaction or two at some point. Which is when you’ll be glad of some Green People in your home!
No, not the little leprechauns with their pots of treasure at the end of a rainbow, although the wonderfully green products – both by name and ingredient – in the Green People range do seem to have a lot in common with those characters.
Green People products do indeed hold treasure (in the form of lotions, potions and elixirs) in little pots
which many parents would go to the end of a rainbow in search of to soothe their babe’s troubled bot
Thankfully we don’t need to head to the end of the rainbow for this treasure, but rather just online or to an excellent organic pharmacy where you can shop with your NV medical card. In the process of reviewing these products, I’ve become rather obsessed with finding baby lotions and potions whose ingredients are not only effective, but also indisputably safe for your baby and their skin. Thanks to this obsession, it has taken an eternity to write this review.
Fact of the matter is that as I researched our shortlist of baby lotions and potions for our New Baby Checklist, I was dismayed to discover that many of the ‘organic’ brands I had believed to be brilliant for babies contained one (or more) ingredients that have a health questionmark hanging over them. I’m no chemistry master, so it’s required significant effort (in between my own baby’s nappy changes) to get to grips with the vast world of ingredients out there. Admittedly, there’s probably only a trace quantity of any of these questionable ingredients in the products, but I was baffled. Why use those ingredients at all?
Nonetheless, when I revisited the ingredient list on Green People’s Organic Babies range of products (which you can view in complete detail at the bottom of this post), I was pretty ecstatic to discover they were pitch-perfect, with absolutely none of the ‘not-quite-sure’ ingredients to mar any parent’s joy at balming their baby’s beautiful-but-tender little bottom.
Organic, FairlyTraded and packed with only wonderful, natural ingredients, Green People’s Organic Babies range delivers potions that will darn well make not just your baby’s bottom but the whole world feel better
The scent-free Rescue Balm is our favourite and the perfect solution for skin that’s suffering the slings and arrows of post-natal adversity, whether it is mother or babe. Shea butter, hemp, beeswax, calendula and almond oils are the miracle ingredients, and this lotion is also suitable for skin that may be prone to eczema and psoriasis, plus it is vegetarian approved (although not vegan, due to the beeswax content).
Most importantly, the Rescue Balm is safe to use before, during and after breastfeeding with no parabens, lanolin, methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone, phthalates, artificial perfumes, petrochemicals or colorants to worry about, so no need to rinse away before breastfeeding.
Also delivering a perfect score for ingredients are the fab Dry Skin Lotion and the Baby Wash & Shampoo. Woo-hoo, happy bath times for all ahead!
Why buy this product New babies – and their skin – are entirely unpredictable, not to mention your own skin in those hormonally challenging months after your baby’s arrival. Having a lotion that you can trust is natural and safe is just what you need to have to hand.
Favourite In Range Mum & Baby Rescue Balm
Best For Families with a new baby, those with sensitive skins and families who believe in using products that are truly and fully organic.
What Parents Love The results = red rash one night, perfect baby skin the next morning – and not a single synthetic ingredient on site!
Designer Details Green People started back in 1994 when Charlotte Vøhtz’s then-two-year-old daughter Sandra developed various skin reactions including allergies and eczema. Realising that these were a response to the chemical-based products she was using, Charlotte drew upon her background in natural medicine to start developing products her daughter could use and the first Green People range was launched in 1997. There are now ranges for all ages from Organic Babies through to men and older skins. Green People products always use natural, organic alternatives in place of chemical baddies such as Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) Parabens or synthetic fragrances or colorants and – as a result –are variously certified by the Soil Association, Organic Food Federation and Ecocert.
Ingredients (in order of greatest quantity to least. Any highlighted ingredients are linked to the excellent Environmental Working Group’s Ingredient Database, with detailed ingredient information)
Mum & Baby Rescue Balm Helianthus Annus Seed Oil (Sunflower) • Elaeis Guineensis Oil (Palm) • Cera Alba (beeswax) • Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (sweet almond oil) • Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (Shea) • Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil (hemp) • Cetearyl Olivate (from olive oil) • Sorbitan Olivate (from olive oil) • Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (marigold) • Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
Dry Skin Lotion Aqua • Helianthus Annus Seed Oil (Sunflower) • Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (sweet almond oil) • Cetearyl Glucoside (plant derived emulsifier) • Cetearyl Alcohol (emulsifying plant wax) • Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (Shea) • Theobroma Cacao seed butter (cocoa) • Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (marigold) • Glyceryl Stereate (plant derived emulsifier) • Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice powder (aloe vera) • Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate (plant derived emulsifier) • Sclerotium gum (natural gum) • Xanthan gum (corn starch gum) • Commiphora Myrrha oil (myrrh) • Sodium Citrate (acidity regulator) • Dehydroacetic acid • Benzyl alcohol • Citric Acid
Baby Wash & Shampoo Aqua • Sodium Coco-sulfate (from coconut) • Cocamidopropyl Betaine (derived from coconut) • Decyl Glucoside (derived from corn) • Chamomilla Recutita (chamomile) flower extract • Levulinic Acid (plant derived) • Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice powder (aloe vera) • Yucca Schidigera stem extract (yucca) • Potassium sorbate • Citric Acid