I recently published an article about the best shampoos for babies and kids. While researching this article, I also tested soaps and body washes you can buy here in SW Portland. While making your own soap with your kids can be fun and gives you control over what goes inside, timewise it’s not feasible for all of us. Here are the top three products I found out there…
(seed) Power Body Care. If you love that squeaky clean feeling with no residue, then (seed) products will absolutely delight you. Founded in 2008 by husband and wife Rebecca and Benjamin Gournay, former Johnson & Johnson execs, the two sought out natural, non-toxic personal care products when talking about starting a family. When they discovered grape seed, according to their site, “We began working with a microbiologist in Boulder and confirmed real scientific benefits: grape seeds, like several other seeds, are intrinsically concentrated with incredible antioxidants and essential fatty acids promoting healthy skin.”
(seed) products are built around Vitis Vinifera, the grape seed, and if you read through the label, the ingredients are all recognizable, including grape seed oil, panthenol, acai oil, passion fruit. Another great thing is that seed’s shampoo bar is only $4.49, and the packaging eliminates use of plastic because it’s a bar in a recyclable box. Our family uses it as both a shampoo and body wash, though we prefer it as a body wash as it’s not tear free. (seed) products are available at Whole Foods.
TheraNeem Therape cleansing bar. New in the Organix South line-up, the cleansing bar for kids and babies is cured in a solar-powered facility in Florida. TheraNeem uses 10% certified organic neem and the scent brings my mind to a summer outdoor shower among acres of pine trees. The ingredients read like a grocery shopping list; coconut oil, olive oil, marigold extract, orange peel, lavendar, rosemary and more deliciousness inside. Recycled packaging and printed with soy-based inks, the cleansing bar works as beautifully as it smells. In SW Portland, TheraNeem products are available at Market of Choice, Food Front and Whole Foods.
Joon Natural Beauty body wash. Joon was launched by mom Tameka Linnell, who began scrutinizing product labels after her first child was born. She and husband Gary formed the company to encourage young girls to develop healthy skin care habits at an early age. Joon is intended for girls 6 – 12 years old. At the risk of sounding corny, I am a sunlover misplaced in Oregon and I leave the shower feeling like Joon’s beauty wash does exactly what the company set out to do–capture eternal summer. The fresh apricot and zippy mint scent is divine and it stays with you throughout the day.
In Portland, Joon products can be bought at Whole Foods, with prices starting at a very approachable $5.99. While the ingredients in Joon body wash are non-toxic, the only concern I have is that the label says there may be sodium hydroxide, better known as lye. According to the chemist at Joon, there are trace amounts, if any, and they have placed this on the label as a precaution. Cosmetics Database rates sodium hydroxide as a low hazard with studies showing brain, nervous system, behavioral, metabolic and organ effects at very low doses.