Best Baby Oils In India For Healthy Body & Hair
Whether it be massage oil or hair oil for babies, coconut oil is hands down the best option you can choose. Its antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant and anti-microbial properties helps moisturize and nourish baby’s skin, reduce eczema, baby acne and cradle cap.
Out of the different varieties of coconut oil like refined, virgin, organic etc., organic virgin coconut oil is the best option for babies.
Virgin coconut oil is derived from fresh coconut milk through cold processing. The advantage of cold processing is that minimal nutrients are lost in the process.
Personally, I have been using Max Care Virgin Coconut oil for my son since he was a month old. I used to warm the oil a little bit and apply it on his skin and hair till he was about 1 year old as that helps in better absorption and gives a cozy, warm feeling.
Now, if you are looking for alternatives other than coconut oil, then we have compiled a list of other baby oils suitable for massage as well as for hair.
Note that if your baby has dry, sensitive skin, then avoid using mustard oil, olive oil, clarified butter and other oils rich in oleic acid as it makes the baby’s skin more permeable—meaning the skin becomes more penetrable and the oil passes through the skin rather than absorbing and retaining moisture.
This list has been curated in consultation with our panel of mothers of children aged between 6 months and 3 years, as well as going through the product ingredient list and online reviews.
We have not included in this list any of the baby oils that contain mineral oil, which is also known by the name paraffinum liquidum. Mineral oil, which is a by-product of crude oil, is said to clog pores affecting the ability of skin to eliminate toxins and has a number of other undesired side effects.
Best Massage Oil for Babies
Suitable for both skin and hair, Dasapushpam baby oil is made with virgin coconut oil as base and contains extracts of ten highly beneficial flowers found in Kerala. Free of parabens, preservatives, mineral oil and phthalates, this oil is completely natural and based on Ayurveda.
In addition to moisturizing skin and improving hair growth, it also has anti-microbial properties that help improve skin’s immunity, nourish the skin and heal diaper rashes.
Most of the mothers who have used it on their babies have had positive experience. They say it has helped improve their babies’ skin texture and reduced skin rashes within just 2-3 days of using it.
Being completely natural, your baby is unlikely to have any negative side effects unless he/she is allergic to any of the ingredients used.
Overall rating: 4.4/5 based on 71 customer reviews.
Dabur Lal Tail is a natural ayurvedic baby massage oil that is composed of sesame oil (til oil), Ratanjyot, Shankupushpam, Champor and Urad.
The baby skin easily absorbs sesame oil, while the rest of the ingredients protect skin against diseases, helps in blood circulation and nourishes the muscles. As sesame oil is generally warm in nature, it is better to use it during Winter.
The oil is 100% natural and devoid of any harmful chemicals and is proven to strengthen baby’s bones, muscles and also facilitates better sleep in infants.
While most of users have fairly positive opinion, some find the smell a bit too harsh.
Overall rating: 4.4/5 based on 371 customer reviews.
Mamaearth massage oil is a blend of cold pressed sesame oil, virgin coconut oil, virgin olive oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, lavender oil and Chamomile oil.
Being 100% natural, it is free from harmful parabens and mineral oil.
The oil is non-greasy and has a pleasant smell from the presence of essentials oils like lavender and chamomile oil. Sesame oil helps build the skin’s immunity against fungal and bacterial infections, while almond and jojoba oil moisturizes the skin and relieves itching and dryness. The oil is especially found to help in reducing eczema.
Overall rating: 4.5/5 based on 67 customer reviews
Almond oil is highly beneficial for baby skin as it is rich in oleic and linoleic acid, making it an excellent moisturizer that doesn’t clog the skin’s pores. It is also found to be useful in reducing dryness, skin inflammation and making skin and hair smooth.
Suitable both for internal and external application, Hamdard Roghan Almond oil is excellent for winter time as it helps keep body warm while the skin remains soft and supple, and hair lustrous.
Other than few remarks about damaged packaging, there are hardly any complaints.
Overall Rating: 4.3/5 based on 247 customer reviews.
Suitable for babies over the age of 3 months, Biobloom baby massage oil is a blend of cold pressed almond oil, olive oil and organic vegetable oil (sesame oil base). It is 100% natural and devoid of any harmful chemicals like mineral oil, parabens or phthalates. Being rich in Vitamin E, the oil helps keep skin as well as hair well-nourished and smooth.
Other than some users finding the smell to be a bit unpleasant, there are hardly any negative comments about the product.
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Best Hair Oil For Babies
Out of the above mentioned massage oils, Max Care Virgin Coconut Oil, Dasapushpam Baby Oil, Hamdard Roghan Sweet Almond Oil and Biobloom Baby oil are pretty good for hair growth as well as for eliminating cradle cap in babies. Dabur Tail is better suited for massaging rather than for hair.