Friday, October 4, 2013

Baby Sebamed Extra Soft Baby Wash Review

This is a review of Baby Sebamed Baby Wash with pH 5.5. It claims to be extra soft and suitable for your baby's delicate skin.

Sebamed Extra Soft Baby Wash review

Sebamed Extra Soft Baby Wash review

Quantity: 200 ml
Price: INR 475
Shelf Life: 36 Months. To be used within 12 months of opening.
Made in Germany.
Availability: Easily available online.

Sebamed Extra Soft Baby Wash review



Sebamed Extra Soft Baby Wash Ingredients Review

I checked each ingredient and this formulation is surely mild though but it is NOT 100% safe.
  1. PEGs are generally safe but not safe when applied on broken, damaged or irritated skin. Therefore any product containing PEGs should be avoided when the skin is not 100% healthy (cuts. allergy, burns etc). 
  2. Squalane is shark liver oil so therefore this product is not cruelty free (you can read more on Squalane on the internet and it is DIFFERENT from Squalene).
  3. Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol and Sodium Benzoate are used as preservatives. Sodium Benzoate is a high risk ingredient (read more HERE). Many companies are reformulating their products to remove sodium benzoate and use an alternative preservative because of health risks.
  4. All products (including the ones that claim to be mild and safe) contain preservatives. Of course a product cannot survive on the shelf for long without preservatives, so preservatives like parabens and phenoxyethanol are unavoidable. But avoid long time contact of such products near eyes, lips, ears etc and rinse thoroughly.
  5. Magnesium Sulfate is commonly known as Epsom Salt (bath salts).
  6. Sodium lactate, allantoin and squalane are the good ingredients in this wash which make it milder and skin conditioning.
Sebamed Extra Soft Baby Wash Description Review

Baby Sebamed Baby Wash is highly concentrated. You literally need just a drop of it for a very small baby. My kid is 4+ and I dilute 2-4 drops in a little water and dab it on my kid's skin with my hands. It does not foam in normal or cold water but it foams very mildly in warm water. You can still easily feel that it has spread on the skin. It also rinses off easily without much rubbing.

Chicco and Pigeon products always caused red bumps on my kids face. But Baby Sebamed Baby Wash is neutral on the skin. It never stung and never caused any allergy or reaction on the skin. I am not too sure about the tear-free claim because I wash it off carefully from my kid's face. It may have sometimes reached his eyes and mouth while rinsing, but my kid never cried or got red eyes. At times I use a washcloth to rinse it off the face as you cannot splash water directly on a kid's face.

It is a light golden transparent gel. Smells amazing. It has a fragrance but my kid feels very uncomfortable when any fragrant body wash is applied to his face, especially right under the nose. Being mild, it should have rather been fragrance free too because synthetic fragrances are nothing but added skin irritants and babies don't need them.

Since this wash is highly concentrated, a little goes a long way. However, there are times when my family members bathe my kid and they don't understand the 'use sparingly' instruction and try to use more to make it lather. So this bottle did not last exceptionally long. If you are a careful parent and know how to use it deliberately and sparingly, it will last quite long.

For kids up to 3 years of age, this is a mild product as compared to the other washes in the market, though it is comparatively quite costlier. By the way, is currently offering flat 15% off on Sebamed with coupon code FLAT15 (valid till midnight Oct 10, 2013).

The only thing I really disliked about this wash is the packing. No matter how carefully you dispense it, the bottle always feels slimy. The liquid leaks from the cap joint and there is some product wastage. Also, once half empty, it keeps falling due to the slender shape.

I actually wanted to repurchase the Nuby All Natural Foaming Shampoo and Body Wash, but it is discontinued in India. Not sure about the availability in other countries. These days it is actually very difficult to find a product with least chemicals for your kid.

I am now using Aloe Derma Body Wash for my kid, which I found to be better than Sebamed. I will be reviewing it shortly.

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