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Best Baby Shampoo In India

(Last Updated On: March 12, 2018)

With numerous brands coming under the scanner for selling products with carcinogenic ingredients, parents are showing extreme concern and caution while choosing baby products for their little ones. While organic is the best way to go, often there are limited choices and they are sometimes unaffordable too. That is why we have compiled this list of best baby shampoo containing relatively harmless chemicals and affordable organic options too.

So, what were our main considerations in forming this list? Obviously the most important consideration is the ingredients used. We checked the ingredients to see whether they are carcinogenic or if they come under the list of harmful ingredients to be avoided. 

Next, we looked for No tear formula. If shampooing causes tears and discomfort to your little one’s eyes, they may start dreading bath time all together. For this reason, we chose only those shampoos that have no tear formula.

Earlier, people used to believe that baby shampoo doesn’t sting because it contains anesthetics (which is totally UNTRUE by the way). But the real reason why they don’t sting is because, manufacturers have made a few subtle changes in the chemical formula of baby shampoos. The tear free formulas don’t contain sodium lauryl sulfate—an ingredient which can irritate eyes and scalp. This chemical agent helps clean the hair really well by producing a rich lather. Devoid of it, the baby shampoos still clean hair well, but it won’t remove oil quite thoroughly.

Other important factors we kept in mind are having hypoallergenic formula and nourishing ingredients that helps keep baby’s hair soft and shiny. Ingredients like coconut oil, Shea butter etc. are found to be useful in this regard.

Note- As reaction to ingredients vary depending on individuals, we have not considered individual reviews that talk about rashes, reactions and dryness. If your baby’s skin is particularly sensitive, you may have to try out a few options before finalizing on the choice that suits your little one best.

So, now let us get on to the list of best baby shampoos.

 Best Baby Shampoo in India

 Mamaearth Gentle Cleansing Shampoo for Babies

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Ingredients: Purified Water, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Disodium Cocoamphoacetate, Panthenol, Aloevera Extract, Calendula Extracts, Vegetable Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate & Lavender essential oil, Enriched with our Secret Mama’s Love oil

When we individually googled each of the chemical based ingredients listed in Mamearth Shampoo, it is all found to be mild, non-irritant and quite gentle on baby’s skin. The ingredient, panthenol is found to help in regenerating skin, while extracts of aloe vera, as everyone knows is extremely beneficial for hair growth. Other ingredients based on coconut oil and jojoba oil also has a nourishing effect on the hair.

The formulation is found to be hypoallergenic, tear free and quite safe for baby skin. The pH of 5.6 which is best for scalp too. Overall user reviews are also fairly positive, indicating general satisfaction over its efficacy.

GAIA Natural Baby Shampoo

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Ingredients: purified water, decyl glucoside (sugar), disodium cocoamphodiacetate (coconut), cocoamidopropyl betaine (coconut), guar gum, vegetable glycerine, hydrolysed wheat protein, panthenol (pro-vitamin b5), lactic acid, certified organic chamomile extract*, certified organic avocado oil*, certified organic evening primrose oil*, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate (plant derived, protein -amino acid preservative), phenoxyethanol (plant derived preservative, amino acid – glycine), and the pure essential oils ofcertified organic lavender*, certified organic sweet orange* and certified organic chamomile*, limonene, linalool – naturally occurring components of essential oils.  * = certified by Australian Certified Organic (ACO). 

Though the price of GAIA natural shampoo is a bit on the higher side, its ingredients are found to be quite safe and are certified by Australian Certified Organic—making it absolutely worth the money spent. Unless your baby is allergic to any of the ingredients, chances of developing rashes or dryness are also quite slim. Free of any harmful chemicals, it is also found to be tear-free and quite gentle on baby skin too.

Bio Disney Mickey Baby Tear Proof Shampoo

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Ingredients: Chinai Ghas, Mandukpami, Shikakai, Ghritkumari, Ritha, Seb, Nariyal Tail, Purified Water

Biotique baby products are mostly based on Ayurvedic formulation, devoid of any chemicals. Bio Disney shampoo also follows suit and contains only natural ingredients. The manufacturers also claim the ingredients to be organic and free of preservatives. It is also tested by pediatricians to be safe for baby skin and hair.  Moreover, it is a budget-friendly option too.

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Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo

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Ingredients: Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, sodium lauroamphoacetate, Glycerine, Coco-Glucoside, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, glyceryl oleate, sodium benzoate, styrene/acrylates copolymer, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, polyquaternium-7, sodium hydroxide, avena sativa (oat) kernel flour. 

Aveeno baby wash and shampoo is a popular option amongst parents for babies with sensitive skin. The product is found to have chemical ingredients like sodium benzoate and C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, however it is in very low concentration and has so far not been certified to be harmful by any of the health authorities.

Aveeno contain extracts from oats, coconut oil, sunflower oil, which are found to be nourishing and helps maintain softness and texture of the baby’s hair. The formulation is tear free, hypoallergenic and recommended to be safe by pediatricians too. Yet another advantage is that it can be used as baby wash too. So, you don’t have to carry two different products for your baby when you are on a trip.

Sebamed Childrens’ Shampoo

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Ingredients: Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Disodium Cocamphodiacetate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Sodium Lactate, Coco Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, PEG 3 Distearate, PEG-150 Distearate, Laureth-2, Alcohol, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate

Most of the ingredients used in Sebamed Children’s shampoo are plant based or found to be mild and safe for topical application. Maintaining a pH level of 5.5, the shampoo helps maintain moisture in the skin without causing irritation or dryness. The formulation is also found to be hypoallergenic and tear-free. The extracts from fennel, yarrow, melissa, mistletoe and chamomile are also found to nourish hair growth.

Though mild, as there are a few chemicals in the formulation, it is advised to first do a sample test on your baby’s skin before application in order to rule out any chances of rashes or skin irritation.

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