Unfortunately some baby wipes contain harmful ingredients that have no place in your baby’s body! You want the best for your little one, and so you ask yourself “are baby wipes vegan?”.
Lucky for you, I’ve done the research already. The answer is that while you can find vegan baby wipes, most are not. Keep reading to find out what brands are a thumbs up to buy and which are not!
What Are The Main Ingredients In Baby Wipes?
When it comes to baby wipes, the list of ingredients is usually going to contain many things. Traditional baby wipes will mostly consist of water, but traces of other ingredients will be present as well.
According to Jorja McDonnel of Canstar Blue, the specific ingredients list for any given brand of baby wipes can vary, but the most common ingredients are the following:
- And glycerin
What Should I Watch Out For?
According to this blog article by Vanessa Layton, there are specific chemicals in baby wipes that you should work hard to avoid.
Some of these ingredients include (but are not limited to) Bronopol, Triclosan, Sodium Lauryl, Propylene Glycol.
Many of these chemicals do offer benefits in regards to enhancing the overall effectiveness of the wipe when it comes to cleaning up the mess.
However, they also come with serious potential side effects for your baby’s health. For example, certain unwanted chemicals in baby wipes are irritants, while others actually serve as hormone disruptors.
Triclosan in particular is not only a suspected endocrine disruptor, but also a chemical that can contribute towards antibiotic resistant bacteria because of its antibacterial properties.
Additionally, watch out for any perfumes or fragrance additives; unless they are entirely natural (such as essential oils). There is a good chance they could be harmful to your baby’s delicate skin.
As Miss Layton’s article discusses, most major baby wipe companies are working on removing these harmful chemicals from their products, but the process is still ongoing (which is why reading the ingredients list is so important).
What To look For Before Buying Baby Wipes
Before buying baby wipes, please take a few extra seconds to look for the following:
- Baby wipes that are not tested on animals
- Baby wipes made from 100% cotton
- Baby wipes made from organic cotton
- Baby wipes that are unscented
- Baby wipes that are paraben free
- Baby wipes that are palm oil free
- Baby wipes that are Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
- Packaging that is biodegradable and/or recyclable
- Baby wipes that are only bleached with hydrogen peroxide (a safe, naturally occurring disinfectant)
What Baby Wipes Brands Are Vegan/Cruelty Free?
Finding a true vegan and cruelty free baby wipe brand can be difficult if you aren’t sure what to look for.
Luckily, not only are more and more brick & mortar stores beginning to carry vegan-friendly products, but there are many online stores that can offer vegan baby wipes as well.
The website Ethical Superstore in particular has a very good selection of vegan baby wipes available, and you can even view their ingredient list on each individual product.
In any case, during the course of my research I have discovered quite a few companies that produce high quality vegan baby wipes. Some of these brands include (but are by no means limited to):
- Babo Botanicals
- Honest wipes
- Storksak Organics
- Water Wipes
Which Baby Wipes Brands Are Not Vegan/Cruelty-Free?
Unfortunately, there are quite a few brands that are not vegan-friendly or cruelty free.
That being said, depending on where and how the wipes are manufactured, the company that produces them may not be required to list every single ingredient used in the creation process.
These “hidden ingredients” are discussed at length within this article from I Read Labels For You, and I believe that baby wipes containing any of these ingredients should be avoided.
Furthermore, in order for their products to truly be vegan and cruelty free, the company must not test those products on animals. This makes products such as Huggies a non-vegan option.
While they do not test the baby wipes themselves on animals they do test the individual components of the wipes (such as various chemicals) on animals.
In most cases the animals are treated well and experience no serious ill effects, but even so it makes the brand non-vegan-friendly. Another common brand of baby products that test on animals are Pampers.
Are There Some DIY Or Homemade Vegan Baby Wipes?
Are baby wipes vegan? Absolutely: if you make them yourself. Making your own baby wipes is a better choice in regards to making sure they contain no harmful ingredients.
It is also the better choice when it comes to affordability; it is quite easy to create high quality vegan wipes cheaply, which will save you from spending exorbitant amounts of money at the supermarket.
This recipe from VitaVibes is a great choice if you want to create healthy and vegan-friendly baby wipes for your child; the steps are even easy to follow and perform so if you truly want to try and make your own wipes then this is a good choice for you.
The ingredients you will need are: paper towels, distilled water, organic pure unscented castile liquid baby soap, and coconut oil.
And the instructions are essentially to combine all the liquids together, and then soak the paper towels in the mixture.
Ultimately, figuring out whether or not a particular brand of baby wipes is vegan-friendly comes down to whether they are cruelty-free or not.
And while finding a brand that is entirely vegan might take some time, it will be worth it in the end since your conscious will be clean knowing that no animal was harmed in the manufacturing of the baby wipes you are buying.
In addition, your baby will be safe, healthy, and happy.
What is your favorite vegan baby wipes brand? Do you check the labels on the packaging before you buy? Let me know on the comment section below. And don’t forget to share this article in your favorite social media platform!
Bonus: To learn how to make vegan and chemical free baby wipes check out the video below.