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  1. Melissa says

    We use Eco Chic Movement. It is naturopathic doctor formulated and contains a blend of herbs that are anti-bacterial and anti-yeast and help to heal wounds! It was the only thing that worked for us, and best of all is cloth diaper safe. We buy it from their website

  2. Joanna says

    Honest companies “organic healing balm” is great and scores only a 1 on skin deep. It also can be used for multiple issues including diaper rash. I use it on my baby with no issues.

  3. Lauren says

    Your site has been an enormous help to me! Thanks for your great work. What do you think about Acure Baby Buns? And for that matter, also their All Better Balm?

    • Maia James says

      Eh, it’s not terrible, but it’s got a lot of ingredients, and some of them aren’t so great (sodium benzoate, etc.).

      • Analu says

        Hi Maia, so do you not recommend I buy this cream for my baby? I thought baby”ganics” was like short for baby “organic” products so I guess I assumed this diaper rash cream would be healthy for my baby’s bottom. I really love your articles and always consider your input when buying products. So would you recommend this product or do you absolutely prefer I checkout the other ones on your Good Stuff list instead? Or is this one not bad? Please advise, thank you!

        • Maia James says

          BabyGanics doesn’t use all organic ingredients, which is one reason I think they are sneaky (given the company name!). Overall, they are still better than a mainstream brand, and I don’t think you’re harming your baby by using their diaper cream. But I definitely think there are better options out there.

    • Maia James says

      Not good. Parfum, petroleum ingredients, etc. I know it’s effective, but unfortunately they haven’t cleaned up the ingredients!

      • Hina says

        I bought BAbo botanicals diaper rash cream, it wasnt any helpful for rashes or prevention of rashes. I was resistant to use soducream but had no other option in hand as i had got it for free so i used it n it really works great n soothes the baby tube of this babo botanicals diaper cream is just sitting idle in the shelf!
        I also dont really like the babo botanicals oatmeal lotion for babies. rather Weleda calendula is better. what abt shea moisture?

  4. Ashley says

    I recently discovered the product “SkinFix” at Target and would like to know if it would be considered good stuff?

  5. Miss G says

    I’m a big fan of Dimpleskin’s Bum Bum Balm for maintenance, but I prefer something with zinc oxide in it for when flare ups occur

  6. Amber D says

    LOVE this site! I’ve used it for 3 years now and am getting ready to give it a shout out on the Kansas City Moms Blog. 🙂

    One question: Why do you think Boudreaux’s Butt Paste ranks so well on EWG?

  7. Michelle says

    I recently bought Burt’s bees baby bee multipurpose ointment. I thought it was okay but I might have researched wrong on this one. Just wondering how you would rate this one?

      • Morgan says

        Thanks for all of your input on this! It looks like Burts Bees Baby Multipurpose Ointment isn’t ranked as well on the EWG list because it contains castor oil and frangrance. The jar says the fragrance is “natural” so I’m not sure if that helps? Also do you know what the concerns are with castor oil? I’m seeing it in a lot of things as I’m searching for a new diaper cream. Thank you!

  8. Natasha says

    Hi Maia,
    Thank you for the very helpful portal and a great resource! What do you think about Reese and Luke Shea Butter Baby Balm?


  9. Staci Grauman says

    Hi, I am planing to use Thirsties cloth pocket diapers. Are Acure baby products safe to use with cloth diaper? In there diaper balm it says the active ingredient is “Non-nano uncoated zinc oxide 14%”.

    Thanks for the help! Staci G

    • Maia James says

      Yes, it should be fine to use with cloth diapers. My understanding is that zinc may cause staining but won’t cause build-up on a cloth diaper.

  10. Jeanette says

    My newborn cant shake off summer heat and a rash.. I tried Aquaphor (ped suggested) and A+D, nothing. How about MotherLove Diaper and Thrush ? I used it with my son and found it worked well.
    Thoughts on that?

      • Vicki says

        I was wondering the same, since on EWG it actually has horrible ratings (as does the whole Burt’s Bees line of products).
        I have absolutely loved this website and have used it for many product choices, but quick question: Are there other sources that you use other than EWG/Skin Deep? I usually like to use at least 3 and more to get a consensus.

        • Maia James says

          Other than this website?:). I don’t know of another comprehensive source. You could check out the Think Dirty app. 

  11. Allyson Martin says

    I’ve been reading that Burt’s Bees has a new diaper ointment formula, but as a soon-to-be first time mom, I’m not sure what is different because I can’t find the old formula to compare it to! I only keep reading that the new formula contains lanolin. Do you have any info or update on this? Thanks so much!

    • Maia James says

      I don’t know about the new vs. old formula but here are my thoughts on lanolin: Lanolin is the greasy discharge from a sheep’s sebaceous glands, and is used in host of cosmetics, from lip balms to breastfeeding creams. Although highly effective in soothing and healing chapped skin, lanolin contains a heavy load of pesticides (the wool is soaked in chemicals to remove parasites before the lanolin is scoured out of it), and at the moment there are no truly organic options out there.

      • Majda says

        You are correct Maia. Most Lanolin ingredients are not highly refined.
        As a result, consumers believe they are allergic to Lanolin. This is not true, they are allergic to the impurities left behind. The sheep were fed chemicals or grazed on chemically treated fields and the wool is processed in chemicals in refinement stage to extract oils. Pure Lanolin that is highly refined is very expensive and not used often in Cosmetic products. Baby Butz cream uses pure Lanolin, highly refined, and is safe and effective. Just one of the reasons this cream works well and is used in neonatal units and recommended by Pediatricians.

  12. Ricki S says

    We use natural stuff from The Solid Bar Company, their calendula diaper balm especially, to keep vulnerable baby bottom areas rash free. We used it on our 4 year old daughter, many moons ago, and now it works just as fine on our little boy and it has always seems to keep him rash free and soft without any adverse effects, especially as we live in a hot humid area………any thoughts on this from your perspective?

    • Maia James says

      You want organic unrefined coconut oil, as the refined variety is deodorized and bleached. And while there is a distinction between virgin and extra virgin olive oil, when it comes to coconut oil, these terms mean the same thing. This one is great because it’s even packaged in glass:

  13. Linda Wilson says

    Our grandson also had a terrible rash that through elemination we decided had to be due to allergies in the diaper creams. We found a gal that makes an all natural cream except for the zinc oxide. Her price was only $10 for a large jar with a flat shipping rate. She packaged it in a glass jar so it did not absorb anything for the packaging and sent it right out.

    Within a week we were clear of the rash. I understand her son has lots of allergies so she was forced to find ways to keep him healthy so she makes all his needs with healthy, chemical free products.

    Here is her email if anyone is intersted to see if she can help your baby, desi

  14. Jean says

    Your site is incredibly helpful. What do you think about Aleva Naturals Soothing Diaper Cream and Aleva Naturals Bamboo Baby Sensitive Wipes?

  15. Marlyn says

    I just came across your website and I’m loving it. It has been so helpful for me being a first time mommy and having no idea about baby products and ingredients. I would love to know your thoughts on the Era Organics Honeybuns diaper balm? Thank you!

  16. Alikea says

    Hi Maia,
    What do you think about French product Mitosyl ? Thank you so much

    Fish liver oil ………….. 20 g
    Zinc oxide ……………. 27 g
    Vitamin A……….. 12 000 IU For 100 g
    The other ingredients are: geranium essential oil, methyl salicylate, butylhydroxyanisole, petrolatum, wool fat, purifies water. This is a protective and healing ointment that contains zinc oxide and liver of fish oil rich in vitamin A

  17. Majda says

    Baby Butz cream is the safest, most effective diaper rash treatment available without a prescription.
    Heals most skin rashes in 4-6 hours! Using only natural ingredients. Pediatricians hand out samples to patients and its used in neonatal hospital units.

  18. Analu says

    Hi Maia, do you typically list your favorite/safest product first? So if I am looking to change diaper rash creams to a natural and safe one should I just go for Babo? Is that the best/healthiest one??

    • Maia James says

      No, actually they are usually in random or sometimes alphabetical order. For diaper rash cream, my top pick is the Green Goo–this is for both safety and effectiveness. You’ve given me a good idea with this question, though! We should probably be adding some indication of Top Pick next to our favorite products! 

  19. Chloe says


    Where did you find a reference for about a possible carcinogenic action of geraniol? (Weleda diaper cream)
    I couldn’t find any and geraniol oil has been shown to have anti-tumor properties.

    • Maia James says

      I don’t like Mustela, I think Honest diapers are fine, and I don’t know the Owlet monitor but will add to my list!

  20. Amelia says


    Have you had a chance to look at Weleda’s new White Mallow line? The ingredient list is different than the Calendula. Wondering if it’s safer enough to be “good stuff” or not yet. It has the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance.

    PS We love your website! Having gone through more than a half dozen different formulas and needing to thicken my little one’s bottles (medical conditions)it has been so helpful to know which soy formula and oatmeal is best. We are very pleased with Nature’s One Soy and Happy Baby Oatmeal.

  21. Nida says

    Hello, love your website we just discovered it recently. Please tell how the Mustela 1,2,3 diaper rash cream is? Would love to know if its good stuff that we can use on our baby 🙂 thanks a ton!

      • Belen Tissera says

        Hi, Many thanks for all your feedback. Could you tell me which ingredients you don’t like of Mustela 123. My baby is 7 months old and I have been using it since she was born.
        I’m really worried now that I read that from you.

  22. Shalimar says

    I really enjoyed this, however, I wanted to share that my experience was that cloth diapers do not help with diaper rash.

    My niece was set up with cloth diapers before birth, but she was born with extremely sensitive skin. Unfortunately, when wearing cloth diapers she would get a terrible rash that wouldn’t go away, even with copious applications of cream–we tried every kind we could find in stores. We learned that using disposable diapers helped it clear up and mostly prevented the diaper rash. I think it is because of the way that disposable diapers can pull the urine away from the skin, whereas cloth will absorb but continually touch the skin. We only noticed the pattern because we would occasionally use the diapers they give you in the hospital and the others we had received as gifts.

    It was really sad for me to have to admit that cloth wouldn’t work for her, because I was her nanny and I wanted to make the cloth diapers work so badly. We worked on it for three months, but in the end we couldn’t get the terrible rash to go away with cloth so she got switched to disposables.

    That was 9 years ago and now I’m having a baby and will not be using disposables. I’m hopeful that things work out better for me, and I’m glad I found this to help me pick out a safe and natural cream for my little one.

  23. Rachel says

    Wondering if you know much about Rocky Mountain Soap Co. products ( I’ve been loving their Baby Bum Balm for my little one, and am convinced their Belly Butter saved me from stretch marks during my pregnancy. Would love to know your thoughts on their products!

  24. Chloe says

    It looks like Broudreaux’s Butt paste has changed their formula. It now says Paraben-, preservative- and phthalate-free under each of the three past options. Is this true?

  25. Renee SL says

    Silly question, but I”m first time mom here, and first time my son is getting diaper rash at 16 months….teething with 4 teeth starting to pop through, so his diapers have been very loose and even though we change him immediately after he goes, he’s still red and irritated. Question is, can I put any of the “Good Stuff” diaper creams on his penis? I just want to make sure that it’s safe and won’t burn him or anything. Thank you! 🙂

    Also, what do you think of this cream?

    Cocos nucifera (Coconut) oil, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) butter, Olea europaea (Olive) oil, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Almond) oil, Beeswax, Triticum vulgare (Wheat) germ oil, Santalum paniculatum (Royal Hawaiian sandalwood) wood oil†, Coriandrum sativum (Coriander) seed oil†, Chamaemelum nobile (Roman Chamomile) flower oil†, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) oil†, Boswellia carterii (Frankincense) oil†, Citrus aurantium bergamia (Bergamot) peel oil (Furocoumarin-free)†, Cistus ladanifer (Cistus) oil†, Cananga odorata (Ylang Ylang) flower oil†, Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) flower oil†
    †100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oil

    and also this kids bath wash:

    Deionized water, Decly Polyglucose, Vegetable Glycerin, Sorbitol, Dimethyl Sulfone, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, PG-Hydroxyethylcellulose Cocodimonium Chloride, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Quillaja Saponaria Bark Extract, Saponaria Officinalis Extract, Aleurites Moluccana (Kiwi) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Dimethicone PEG-8 Meadowfoamate, Cedrus Atlantica† (Cedarwood) Bark Oil, Hyaluronic Acid, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens† Flower Oil, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Linoleic Acid, and Linolenic Acid.

    Thank you!!

    • Maia James says

      Yes, the Good Stuff diaper creams are fine on his penis.
      The two ingredients lists you pasted look fine to me. There are lots of essential oils in both of these, but if your son doesn’t react to them, should be okay.

  26. Jessica says

    Have you heard of Little Calendula’s Baby Bee Balm Cream? (ingredients on bottle: cold pressed extra virgin olea Europaea, cera alba, purified aqua, organic calendula officinalis, lavendula officinalis, essential oil, CO2 extract of vanilla planifolia, and sodium borate). Thanks!

  27. Stephanie Kerr says

    It’s perfectly fine to use a zinc diaper cream on cloth diapers. It might stain but it won’t ruin them. The only ingredient in diaper creams that will cause repelling is petroleum.

  28. Yelena says

    Hi Maia,

    What do you think of Weleda Calendula diaper rash cream? And also Weleda Skin Food moisturizer? Are those good stuff? What do you think of the Weleda brand in general?

    • Maia James says

      I’m really torn on Weleda. The only ingredients of concern are the essential oils they’ve chosen to impart that distinctive scent (like limonene and geraniol).

  29. Olivia says

    My sister just had my nephew about six months ago and she could never find any method that prevented or even treated his diaper rash. The cloth diapers didn’t make any difference either. It was a constant battle for her. It started as a little joke at first but I suggested that she try Anti-Monkey Butt Baby Powder as a preventative measure. I actually use the adult version for myself when I work out. But I kid you not it actually worked! So well that she started using the diaper rash cream as well in case a little rash did flare up. It contains calamine in the cream so it soothes his delicate skin. It’s definitely worth a look at!

  30. Ashley says

    Hi! I love this page and I’m on it every day! My wife and I just adopted a baby boy! He was 4weeks premature and is 3 weeks old now. He was born addicted to methadone so we are still in the hospital. Reading your guides and surfing your page has helped me tremendously!
    My grandmother just bought Emily diaper skin and soother plus and it seems to be working really well.

    Organic sunflower oil
    Red peony root
    Phellodendron amurense bark
    Dictamnus root bark

  31. CJ says

    I am curious about Paladin diaper rash ointment. Is is safe and clean for use and infants. It works really well and I want to ensure that it is considered safe. I also used Drstin but after reading the post Im going to get rid of it.

  32. Rose B says

    Hi, great website, soooo helpful. What about Live Clean (baby) Diaper ointment?

    Ricinus Communis (Caster) Seed Oil, Zinc Oxide, Cera Alba, Colloidal Oatmeal, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojaba) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract .

    note: Also using the Live Clean (baby) body lotion.

  33. Nicole says

    Can you review this bum butter ingredient list and let me know what you think of this product please…

    Anthemis Mobilis (Roman Chamomile) Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Olea Europea (Olive) Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil*

  34. Chelsey says

    What about this one? It’s supposed to be all natural…Thanks!

    Aqua, Zinc Oxide, Castor Oil, Emulsifying Wax NF, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Calendula Extract (Aqua, Glycerin, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Sodium Benzonate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid), Vitamin E D-Alpha Tocopherol Blend, Optiphen Plus, French Lavender Essential Oil, Frankincense Essential Oil

  35. Kinga says

    I recently bought the Babo calendula diaper rash cream and only now realized that one of the ingredients listed on the back is fragrance. Thoughts?

      • Ms. Milkweed says

        Oh, just saw this and it’s similar to my question, in the comments further down – on my tube of Babo, the ingredients list actually just says “fragrance” – not “natural fragrance” – I wonder if Babo would disclose what the fragrance is?

  36. ALAA ALRAYES says

    what do you think of this baby rash cream: Alteya Organics Organic Diaper Rash Cream?
    the ingredients are the following:
    Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Apricot Kernel (Prunus Armeniaca) Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Non-Nano Uncoated Zinc Oxide, Cera Alba (BeesWax)*, Copernicia cerifera (carnauba) Wax*, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*, Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa) Oil*, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Extract*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil*, Tocopherol. * Certified organic ingredients


  37. ALAA ALRAYES says

    what do you think of this baby rash cream: Alteya Organics Organic Diaper Rash Cream?
    the ingredients are the following:
    Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Apricot Kernel (Prunus Armeniaca) Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Non-Nano Uncoated Zinc Oxide, Cera Alba (BeesWax)*, Copernicia cerifera (carnauba) Wax*, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*, Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa) Oil*, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Extract*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil*, Tocopherol. * Certified organic ingredients

    thank you!

  38. Ms. Milkweed says

    I loooove your site and refer to it regularly as a trusted resource on par with EWG. And I can’t believe the time it must take you to respond so thoroughly to all of these product questions in the comments. So thank you!

    Here’s my question: I’m using Babo Botanicals Oatmilk Calendula Soothing Diaper Cream and it is miraculous. My LO had terrible diaper rash with broken skin and sores and my usual go-to, Earth Mama, along with copious coconut oil, wasn’t helping. The Babo cream is amazing. But I’m wondering why I can’t find an EWG link for that specific product so that I can get a sense of what some of the more complicated ingredients are, and also wondering about the fragrance. Somewhere I read that Babo’s fragrances are all naturally derived, but in the ingredients it’s just listed as “fragrance” and it’s a very strong smell that’s not recognizable to me. Do you know anything about Babo’s ingredients or specifically the fragrance?

    Thanks, you rock!

  39. Belen Tissera says

    Hi, Many thanks for all your feedback. Could you tell me which ingredients you don’t like of Mustela 123. My baby is 7 months old and I have been using it since she was born.
    I’m really worried now that I read that from you.
    Do you consider Honest diaper cream safer than Mustela?

  40. Ashley says

    This site is everything, thanks! We’ve used various products on your list/from the comments section to treat diaper rash. But now I’m pregnant with a 2nd child, and – IF we choose circumcision – I was wondering if any of these provide a strong enough barrier to protect the site afterwards. I know the hospital recommends piling on the A&D, but is there a safer option that has a petroleum-like feel in order to get that same effect?

  41. Paulette says

    Hi! For baby powders, what do you think of the Burt’s bees one? The fragrance it contains is listed as natural, and it contains limonene. Is this okay?

  42. Kelly T. says

    Ever heard of Booty Love by Thirsties? Here are the ingredients: Extra Virgin Olive Oil*, Beeswax*, Oregon Grape Root, Myrrh Gum, Yarrow Herb*, Calendula Flower* What are your thoughts?

  43. Karen says

    Have you been able to check on Baby Hugo Naturals Diaper Rash Cream yet? EWG only references an ‘old product’ and referencing the ingredients list on my container, they’re slightly different.


  44. Chris says

    Imagine this may be an old article as California Baby Diaper rash scores a 1 not a 2 currently on ewg so you may want to update so people don’t dismiss that product.

  45. Vanessa says

    Thoughts on Peas in a Pod Smooth as a Baby’s Bum Balm?

    Olea europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Beeswax*, Jojoba oil*, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) Flowers*, Matricaria recutita (Chamomile) Flowers*, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) Buds*, Rosa centifolia (Rose) Flowers*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Lavandula officinalis (Lavender) Oil*, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*. * = certified organic

  46. Maryam Ahsan-Forgeron says

    I came across Zum Products on the website I got it as a baby gift and their Zum Baby line is awesome. I think the Salve for Baby’s Bottom has been an instant miracle at healing rashes. It is worth a look at for review. Ingredients appear to be straight forwards—maybe the only question would be all organic.

  47. Lauren says

    Not sure if anyone mentioned but my favorite by far is Puremedy Diaper Rash Salve. It is incredible on regular and yeast diaper rash and wonderful ingredients.

  48. Kavina says

    Hi, what are your thoughts on 7th generation diaper cream?

    Ingredients: Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, zinc oxide, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, hydrogenated (palm/rapeseed) vegetable oil, lecithin, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract.


  49. Alicia F. says

    I’ve been told countless times to use Bag Balm to help with diaper rash. Would this be any good as far as ingredient safety goes?

  50. Luciana Giambarberi says

    Green Goo has lavender. Essential oils are know to be hormone disrupters. I’ve also noticed a lot of changes with formulas per posts here and on amazon. Would love an update on this topic!!! Thanks 🙂

  51. Amy says

    I’m trying to find research about lanolin – we’ve been using A&D and Butt Paste since baby was born and then I found this guide. I’d like to switch to something more organic but want to show my husband the research as to why lanolin isn’t good stuff..

  52. Annie Laughlin says

    I read that the Green Goo Baby Balm and Earth Mama Diaper Balm has lavender oil in it. I looked at the ingredients on the guide and it says that lavender oil is an endocrine disruptor. From their website: “In preliminary study, linked to prepubertal breast development in three boys, and to estrogenic and anti-androgenic activity in lab assays (Henley et al 2007 Prepubertal gynecomastia linked to lavender and tea tree oils. N Engl J Med. 2007 Feb 1;356(5):479-85.)”

    I really liked the diaper balm until I found that out.

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