Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Our favorite non-toxic diaper cream: Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm

Luckily for us, Nate has never had too many problems in the diaper rash department. (I just got an image of poor Natey reading these entries as a teenager. At least I have enough self control to omit the naked sitting-on-the-potty shots. That should count for something.) But I always like to put a coating of cream on him for bedtime to protect sensitive parts during the long overnight stretch. I used Balmex regularly until I realized that the ingredients include several chemicals of concern. Environmental Working Group gives Balmex diaper cream a "5" (which is a moderate hazard rating). They list endocrine disruption, neurotoxicity and organ system toxicity among their concerns. Although I'm better than I used to be (just a tiny bit), I'm still no expert at reading labels (who has time for that?!), so I'm going to trust them on this one.

Earth Mama Angel Baby Angel Baby Bottom Balm, 2-Ounce Jars

I then switched to Episencial Nurturing Balm because I love their Episencial Sunny Sunscreen. The sunscreen scores well on EWG and does a great job protecting our skin from the sun. I naively assumed that their whole line was non-toxic. Unfortunately, I just looked up the EWG rating and that cream also ranks in the moderate hazard category with a "4." Our local big box baby store started carrying it and I was so happy to have found a relatively inexpensive, safe cream that I didn't have to order online. I'm so disappointed.
I've used Earth Mama Angel Baby Angel Baby Bottom Balm in the past and really liked it. I'm going to switch back now that Episencial's tainted for me. Like all EMAB products, the Baby Bottom Balm gets the highest non-toxicity score available on EWG's Skin Deep (a Zero). It smells pretty herbalicious (okay, I know that's a stupid word, but it's better than "herby") and works well too. My only complaints are that the jar is on the small side and I have to order it online. Apparently some Targets have started selling EMAB products, but none around me. Boo.

Look, ma - no diaper rash!
 Do you have a favorite diaper cream? What's it's rating on EWG's Skin Deep?
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