Becoming a mother is the most rewarding feeling I’ve ever experienced. Waiting all those months, planning each detail for your precious little one- the journey is wonderful. Like every mother, I wanted the best for my baby. When it came to skincare and hair-care toiletries for my boy, I was very clear I wanted to go au-naturel as much as possible. Thanks to my grandmother and mother, my boy has his stack of extra virgin coconut oil for his massage, green gram powder for baths and even organic baby food ready for when he starts solids- all of them homemade!
In this fast paced life, it is much convenient and easier to get ready-made toiletries especially when the time you have is less and the tasks are lengthy. Not everyone is blessed with relatives who shower them with homemade organic toiletries for babies. The next best choice we have are companies who produce organic toiletries for babies. I had been doing my research for organic choices for my baby and found that Indian market is still unclear about organic toiletries for babies. Let me try to give a clear picture how products are classified:
Organic toiletries for babies labelled as “100% organic” must contain only organically produced ingredients and processing aids, excluding water and salt. No other ingredients or additives are permitted. Any remaining ingredients must consist of non-agricultural substances that appear on the NOP National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. The ingredients must be grown, handled and processed without the use of pesticides or any other synthetic chemicals, irradiation, fertilisers made with synthetic ingredients or bio engineering.
The USDA seal and the seal or mark of the organic certifying agent(s) may appear on product packages and in advertisements of these organic toiletries for babies. Processed products containing less than 70 percent organic ingredients cannot use the term “organic” anywhere on the principal display panel. Certified Organic products do not do any animal testing and are minimally processed. These products, as per USDA standards should contain at least 95% organic contents.
These organic toiletries for babies are mostly named as ayurvedic medicines as they are made from traditional Ayurveda formulas. It should have true list of all the ingredients, with proportions and botanical names. If the manufacturer has made the formula of ingredients himself, then the label would have – “Proprietary Ayurvedic Medicine”. No mention on use of fertilisers to grow the herbs. Generally not animal tested.
This is a tricky term as the organic toiletries for babies labelled ‘Herbal’ can mean it contains extracts of plants (as mentioned in ingredients) but the extraction can be made using chemical solvents. These herbs can be grown organically or with help of fertilisers. No mention on animal testing.
USDA rules state that if a product contains minimum of 70% organic ingredients (mentioned with quantity on the label) it can be certifies as ‘Made from Organic ingredients’. Very similar to certified organic products. Free from most additives, pesticides and other additives.
Organic toiletries for babies that are made form plants and herbs that occur in nature and not synthetic chemicals from laboratory and not man-made. This does not imply these plant/ herb growth cannot be enhanced using chemicals, fertilisers or pesticides. Generally free form other chemicals like colourants, preservatives and other synthetic additives. No proper regulation to content. It can even have less than 1% natural ingredient.
Hope all mommies have a better clarity on labelling of organic toiletries for babies. It is a choice we make for our precious ones. a happy baby makes a happy mommy.
Love from Akshiv. This is the first time I’m sharing his picture on Blog. My little panda!