Products I Like – Toxin-Free Baby Wipes Not Made in China

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Last updated on April 12th, 2017

Toxin-Free Baby Wipes Not Made in China

Some of you had concerns over the fact that Honest Co. toxin-free baby wipes are made in China. I looked into it and came to the conclusion that there was no reason to panic and stop using Honest Co. baby wipes. However, I asked you if you would be interested in my looking into baby wipes that are NOT made in China. You said, “yes.” And so I did. After reading ingredients of all baby wipes available in the US, I chose these two companies. The ingredients of these toxin-free baby wipes met my high standards.

As you can imagine things that are not made in China can be costly. Personally, I’ve been washing my son in the sink with castile soap and reusable cloth wipes since he was born. You might try that, at least once in awhile, to reduce the amount of baby wipes you have to buy.

And without further ado I present you with my findings of toxin-free baby wipes.

 

Toxin-Free Baby Wipes: Natracare Organic Cotton Baby Wipes

 

Manufacturing Facility Location: Greece (part of European Union)

Ingredients: Aqua, Olus (oil from rapeseed), Glycerin (made from sugar), Lauryl Glucoside (coconut & sugar based), Polyglyceryl-2-dipolhydroxystearate (complex ester of glycerin & stearic acid), Prunus armeniaca (organic apricot essential oil), Levulinic acid (plant starch based – parfum ingredient from organic acids), Parfum (natural scent derived from several components e.g. geraniol, limonene), Sodium levulinate (plant derived fragrance), Sodium Chloride (salt),Terpineol (from plant oil), Limonene, Linalool, Chamomilla recutita (Organic chamomile), Maltodextrin (starch), Tilia cordata (Organic linden), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower seed oil), Potassium sorbate (potassion salt of sorbic acid), Glyceryl oleate (glycerin & oleic acid), Dicaprylyl carbonate (solid plant-derived fat), Sodium phytate (salt – GM Free corn derived).

Baby Wipes Material: Certified organic cotton cloth – it can’t get much better than that. (Actually, it can if organic cotton is grown using the principles of organic regenerative agriculture.

Notes by Manufacturer: Natracare wipes are dermatologically tested on humans with sensitive skin at a specialist testing center at a hospital specializing in dermatitis. The results of this testing was 100% clear from any reactions of sensitivity, allergy or dermatitis. The people that our wipes were tested on had sensitive skins and a tendency to dermatitis, which is why the results are so important.

What I Think About Ingredients: My immediate concern was about the perfume ingredients. If perfume is synthetic, it is a mixture of undisclosed ingredients that may include, among other things, very toxic phthalates. A company representative assured me that the perfume in Natracare wipes is not synthetic. It is a naturally occurring limonene and linalool contained in organic apricot, combined with organic chamomile and organic linden oils.

The other ingredients I always pay attention to in the baby wipes are preservatives. Because of the use of water, all baby wipes have to have preservatives. NatraCare uses potassium sorbate and sodium chloride (salt) to protect the baby wipes from mold and bacteria. Potassium sorbate is one of the “safer” preservatives, and is widely used in food (that doesn’t mean I am advocating eating food with preservatives). I did not find any studies linking potassium sorbate with cancer or environmental problems. However, there is a study linking potassium sorbate with altering the DNA within human white blood cells.  In high concentration – around 10% – it may cause skin irritation, but I double-checked with Natracare and the concentration they use is way below that.

The cleanser used in the formulation of the toxin-free baby wipes is laurel glucoside. If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that when saponified soap can’t be used, the second best choice is the glucoside family of cleansers, as they do not have any contaminants and do not normally irritate the skin.

And I love the fact that these toxin-free baby wipes are biodegradable and compostable. They can be thrown into a compost bin!

And lastly, a big plus for me is that Natracare takes a public stand against GMOs (for more information, visit here).

Where to Buy: health stores and Amazon

Toxin-Free Baby Wipes: Jackson Reese Baby Wipes

 

Manufacturing Facility Location: United Kingdom

Ingredients: Aqua (Purified and Deionised Water),*Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Betaine, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Levulinic Acid, Sodium Levullinate, Glycerine, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Sodium Citrate, *Certified Organic Ingredients,* Aloe Vera Certified Organic by Mayacert

Baby Wipe Material: chlorine-free cloth made from wood pulp, 100% biodegradable and compostable

What I Think About the Ingredients: I have not found any concerning ingredients. I like that the cleanser is from the glucoside family, that the aloe vera is organic (otherwise it may have contaminants), and the preservative is potassium sorbate – the same preservative that NatraCare uses that we talked about earlier. The fabric of these toxin-free baby wipes is not as good as organic cotton, but a big plus is that it is chlorine-free and compostable. You can throw them away into your compost bin and feel good about it!

Where to Buy: Amazon

I did look at other so-called toxin-free baby wipes that are not made in China but their ingredients did not meet my high standards. An example is Nature Babycare Baby Wipes. They are made in Turkey. Ask me if you’re interested in knowing more, and I will share my independent research with you.

For more information about baby wipes, read these posts:

Kirkland Signature Baby Wipes and Others

Huggies Baby Wipes – Safe or Toxic?

Joonya Eco Wipes Review

Hidden Ingredients in Baby Wipes

Products I Like – Biodegradable Baby Wipes

Are WaterWipes Baby Wipes Natural and Safe?

Naty Baby Wipes – Organic or Toxic?

Baby Wipes Rating List 

 

 

28 Responses

  1. Rachel

    I was hoping to see Jackson Reece unscented wipes here! So glad that it is. I went crazy researching wipes and eventually settled on the Jackson Reece ones. I had been using seventh generation for awhile until I actually looked at the ingredients and was very disappointed. We love the Jackson Reece wipes and feel so much better knowing they are one of the safest choices out there for disposable wipes.

  2. Louise

    Thanks for the post. Interested to know your thoughts on Waterwipes? They only have water and grapeseed fruit extract? Thanks.

    • Irina Webb

      Hi Louise! Thank you for asking the question! Because of water in baby wipes, a preservative has to be used to protect baby wipes from mold and bacteria. Natural GSE has no antimicrobial properties whatsoever. Yet, there are brands claiming to be using this ingredient as preservative (may I scream danger?).

      • Ellie

        I’m glad Louise asked the question I was going to ask. I like WaterWipes… can you elaborate on “danger”? Does it mean we have to use them quickly so no bacteria will grow? Or be aware of a stink from the wipes or a bacterial infection on the tushie? Would love to hear more. Thanks!

        • Irina Webb

          Hi Ellie, thank you so much for asking the question. I think the best would be to write a post about Water Wipes, which I will do in a few days or so. If you have not, make sure to subscribe to my blog so you receive my bi-weekly updates by email. Thanks!

  3. Laura

    What is bad about seventh generation wipes? What about their other products?

    • Irina Webb

      Hi Laura! While Seventh Generation baby wipes are better than most wipes, they do not live up to my high standards. Here are the ingredients: “Water, cocamidopropyl pg-dimonium chloride phosphate, sodium benzoate, quillaja saponaria wood extract, citric acid, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, tocopheryl acetate.The wipe material used in this product is a blend of wood pulp, polypropylene and polyethylene.” The cleanser used (cocamidopropyl pg-dimonium chloride phosphate) is less studied than glucosides so there is not much information available. I wish aloe barbadensis leaf extract were organic. And lastly, the wipe cloth is in part made of plastic. Thank you for asking the questions!

  4. Ashley

    Thank you tremendously for all that you do on this earth for us. I am a single mom with 2 kids and naturally love to research and am 110% hate man made chemicals that are toxic so you have given me such a blessing to pass the time to someone who does a better job than me. You help me soo much.

    I originally wanted to know what is your # 1 choice for baby wipes cleanestly pure for humans not concerning environment but only baby?

  5. Arlene

    Apparently Bambo and Broodychick now make wipes as well. They don’t have ingredients listed on their websites though, but I’m guessing that if the diapers are of such good quality, their wipes may be also.

  6. Kathleen

    I purchased your list on diaper wipes and see that Bumboosa is not on there. I am curious as to your thoughts on that product. Thanks so much!

    • Irina Webb

      Thank you, Kathleen, for the purchase! I will make a note to include Bumboosa. Thank you for the great suggestion!
      I could not wait and I just reran the spreadsheet. Bumboosa wipes are between Huggies and Naty. Let me know if you have any questions.

  7. Charley

    Hi, thanks for your recommendations. I’m curious if you have reviewed Ology Bamboo baby wipes?

    • Irina Webb

      Hi Charley, they are not bad. I wish there were no polysorbate 20 in them though. It may be contaminated with carcinogenic 1,4-dioxane. Hopefully, the company makes sure they source a clean one. Next time, I update my Baby Wipe Rating list, I will include them so you can see how these wipes stack against the others.

  8. Jessica

    Hi!

    What are your thoughts on Babyganics Face, Hand & Baby Wipes, Fragrance Free? They seem to be tied in highest safety rating with Honest Company on EWG Skin Deep. Water Wipes is #1 but because of the mold issues (and your great post), I won’t ever use them.

    Thanks!

    • Irina Webb

      Hi, Jessica! Yes, the Skin Deep database’s rating does not provide all the answers. I created my own detailed baby wipes rating list that includes Babyganics wipes, too. To read more about the list, visit, here. Thank you.

  9. Elizabeth Holden

    I purchased your wipe review list. I do not see Attitude Baby Wipes on your list, though they are EWG Verified. Where do you put those in your ratings please?

    • Irina Webb

      Hi, Elizabeth! Thank you for purchasing my baby wipes list and supporting my mission! As not many people asked for Attitude wipes, I have not included them yet. Normally I update it every year in January but I would like to include these wipes as soon as I can. I am at the ER right now with a possibility of appendicitis so we will. For now I can tell you that attitude wipes look good with the exception of preservatives. Without speaking to them my understanding is that the preservatives they use are not effective enough to protect against strong bacteria such e.coli when wipes are open and being used. So make sure you do not touch the wipes in the package with dirty hands. Let me know if you want me to issue you a refund or wait when I update the list. I want you to be happy. ~Irina

  10. Alina

    Hi Irina
    Thank you for the useful info.
    I was hoping that you could let me know if Aleva organic baby wipes are considered better than the rest of the wipes?

    • Irina Webb

      Hi, Alina: no, Aleva Naturals baby wipes are not considered the best. You might want to consider getting the baby wipes rating list that can help choose the best baby wipes for your baby and your preferences. Thank you for the question! ~Irina

  11. KC

    Hi Irina. I am wondering about the effect of wipe warmers upon non-toxic wipes with safe cleansers. I read your post on WaterWipes which shared that these wipes do not have a cleanser. I also learned that the wipe warmers (hot cars, etc.) and bacteria on mom’s hands may promote bacteria/mold growth on WaterWipes. What about a wipe like, Natracare, that does have a safe cleanser, — will a wipe warmer foster bacteria/mold growth, and thus, diminish the safety, of Natracare wipes? BTW- I have thoroughly enjoyed your site! Thanks!

    • Irina Webb

      Hi KC: Thank you for your question. Yes, warm environment of a baby wipe warmer may increase chances of bacteria contamination for the wipes that are not well preserved. Have you looked into purchasing my Baby Wipes Rating List? https://ireadlabelsforyou.com/baby-wipes-rating-list-ebook/ In the Baby Wipe Rating List, I marked with asterisks the wipes that I have concerns about so I would avoid putting those in a baby wipe warmer. Let me know what you think. ~Irina

  12. patricia

    what about the rapeseed oil content in natracare baby wipes? as far as i know rapeseed is the same canola oil which is not good for your body? thanks

    • Irina Webb

      Hi, Patricia:

      Canola is not a good for consuming orally. As for the wipes, there are so many other substances to worry about in baby wipes, that canola oil is the least of my concerns. And yes, in an ideal world, we do not want to use any disposable wipes. Soapy water and organic cloth are the best. ~Irina

  13. WillieMaude Fender

    Guess I’ll have to poison my baby then, or use homemade wipes or baths instead seeing as how 800 of those Natracare wipes costs oh, only $91 dollars. I’m dirt poor, what everyday American mom can afford that? Not one mom I know can afford that. That’s ridiculous. Guess I’ll have to be a bad mom for buying Kidget brand wipes for my baby or Parent’s Choice brand since I’m poor and that’s what I can afford. Who pays $30 for 250 wipes? What planet are these people on? Absurd. Enraging. Guess the richies get to have all the good quality everything while the poor degenerates like me and my baby get to have all the cancer causing everything, oh well!

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