When I was pregnant I decided to try and be eco friendly using the most natural products I could find.
When looking through the massive aisle in Tesco's with different baby wipes, I already knew I wasn't going to buy the usual J&J or pampers chemical ridden wipes, I don't use chemicals on my sensitive skin & I'm definitely NOT going to use chemicals on my baby's delicate skin!
I initially picked up the Nature Babycare wipes (see my other review) and then I saw the Jackson Reece wipes. I had never heard of the brand previously so I was sceptical, so I picked up both.
~ Ingredients ~
A lot of the wipe state "pure" "sensitive" "hypoallergenic" but still contain harmful chemicals, eg Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Parabens, PEG's, Laureths etc. When you look at the ingredients in the Jackson Reece it set my mind at ease:
Aqua, Betaine, Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice (Aloe vera), Caprylyl/capryl glucoside (vegetable derived), sodium levulinate, Glycerin (vegetable derived), Parfum (allergen free), Potassium sorbate (naturally occurring preservative), Lavandula angustifolia (lavender), Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree oil)
When I searched for the ingredients on EWG Skin deep database, all ingredients had a 0-1 score (low
risk) apart from Potassium sorbate which was a 3 - because of some allergy concerns and Parfum - which was not on there, but Jackson Reece state that the parfum is allergen free so I presume this is tested and safe.
I was looking through the ingredients of Pampers sensitive wipes & came across the ingredients:
- PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil - risk rating of 4 - 6 another chemical restricted concentration for cosmetics & not for use on damaged skin
- Benzyl Alcohol - risk rating of 6 - causes allergic affects
- Phenoxyethanol - risk rating of 3-4 which is classified as an irritant & restricted for use in Japan, it is also classified as toxic or harmful when used around the mouth and lips - so don't wipe your baby's face!
- BIS-PEG/PPG-16/16 PEG-PPG-16/16 Dimethicone, which states that is not for use on damaged skin with a rating of 3-6 moderate risk
~ Packaging ~
The wipes come in a plastic packaging & I could not find any hard packaging which you get with some baby wipes. The packets are a bold green with leaf pattern, playing on the "natural" selling point with a cute little baby smiling in the corner. The pack comes with a re-sealable label on the top which opens to pull out the wipes then reseals to keep in the moisture. There is a bit of a problem with the way the wipes are folded, as when you pull one out, the next one is meant to pop up for next time, but I have found this happens in groups, but sometimes you pull and get 5 come out in one, or have to dig around for the next one.
~ Product ~
The wipes have a fresh clean scent, not too sweet or floral which you can get with some of the other brands. You can smell the lavender & aloe vera mainly. There is a fragrance free option.
The wipes are relatively large and normally only need to use one or two for a pooey bum (and my little girl is a big pooper!), they are quite moist and are good at cleaning off sticky hands as well as bum, but not too wet where you have to dry afterwards. It leaves her bum soft and not sticky. I have never had any instance of nappy rash.
~ Availability ~
This is one of the problems points. They usually cost around the £2 - £2.40 mark. You can buy these from larger Tesco's stores, but I cannot get them online shopping, Mothercare in the shops and online stock them (£2), they are also available at John Lewis (£2.39), Sainsburys (£1.98). But they are not in Boots!
Amazon does have them, but they are £5 per 72!
~ Would I recommend ~
I love these wipes, they are the best I have found. They are biodegradable so wont stay in the landfill for decades. They are natural and contain no harsh chemicals, which are safe for my little one & doesn't cause any nasty irritation or nappy rash. I would definitely recommend these to anyone who wants to use disposable wipes.
However, I am going to go one step further on my eco mission, as I have been using reusable nappies, I am going to invest in some washable wipes, which should save me money in the long run. But for those people that washables are not an option, these are a great eco bio-degradable natural option.