I was at the mall the other day and could not help but notice the number of bath and body gift sets for the holidays being marketed toward children. Being curious, of course I looked at the ingredients listings of each of these gift products and was discouraged to see so many questionable ingredients.
Kids like to feel pampered too. I know my own boys always have enjoyed (naturally) scented soaps, bubble baths, etc. They are now 11 and 13 and enjoy smelling like citrus.
I feel confident knowing what is in the Outrageous Orange Body Wash from Seed when they lather up, but well meaning gift givers at the mall can sometimes be unaware about what is -- or is not -- in these products.
Let's take a look at some of the orange body washes that you may come across while putting together bath and body gifts this season--
Body Wash #1 Ingredients: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Acrylates Copolymer, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Fragrance, Sodium Hydroxide, DMDM Hydantoin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Benzophenone-4, Gelatin, Acacia Senegal Gum, Mica, Lonicera Japonica Flower Extract (Honeysuckle), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Extract (Orange), Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, FD&C Yellow No. 6
Body Wash #2 Ingredients: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Polyglyceryl-2 Caprate, Trisodium Sulfosuccinate, Honey, Limonene, Fragrance, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Fruit Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Benzophenone-4, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Disodium EDTA, Citral, Denatonium Benzoate, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Citric Acid, Orange 4, Yellow 6
Body Wash #3 Ingredients: Water, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Lauroamphodiacetate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, PEG-150 Distearate, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Polyquaternium-10, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Fragrance
What is most striking to me is that Body Wash #3 is actual a designated children's body care product, with "kids" on the label and cute packaging to attract the youngsters. Sadly, it is full of questionable ingredients and contains not a drop of real orange.
All three contain artificial fragrance, sulfates, and other skin irritants.
Now, let's look at Seed Good to Grow Outrageous Orange Body Wash:
Water (Aqua), Coco-glucoside, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Lauroyl Lactalyte, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Glycerin, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Glycol Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, Gluconolactone (and) Sodium Benzoate, Citrus Sinensis (Orange Essential Oil), Citric Acid, and Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
The ingredients we use serve a purpose. For example, we have chosen careful to only use the most gentle surfactants. We use soothing aloe vera to calm, glycerin to seal in moisture, grape seed oil to moisturize and strengthen, shea butter to nourish and heal, plus Vitamin B5 (panthenol), which penetrates the skin and provides excellent hydration. We also use antioxidant-rich Vitamin E to protect, and you will never find artificial dyes or fragrances in ANY of our products. That cheerful orange that kids love so much is 100% pure orange essential oil. Nothing more.
When you're thinking of kids -- young, tween or teen -- this Christmas, consider a more healthy and natural alternative to bath and body gifts.