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TIPS-tested baby skincare products 


We have tested over 60 baby skincare products under 9 categories for you. Follow the links below to find out more:

graphic Nappy cream or balm (16 products get awards)
graphic Baby bath (6 products get awards)
graphic Baby wash (8 products get awards)
graphic Baby oil (13 products get awards)
graphic Baby lotion (10 products get awards)
graphic Children’s shampoo (8 products get awards)
graphic Children’s toothpaste (4 products get awards)
graphic Face cream (4 products get awards)

graphic Ointment (9 products get awards)

graphic TIPS special awards (Top Product and Top Brand)

 



TIPS Top Product - Weleda Baby Calendula Lotion

www.weleda.co.uk

RRP: £7.50 for 200mls Price per ml:  3.75p

This was easy to award. It goes to the top scoring baby skincare product out of 530 samples tested. Congratulations to Weleda Baby Calendula Lotion. This excellent product is non-greasy and goes on easily, leaving beautifully soft silky skin. Even when used on skin affected by eczema it was soothing and caused no irritation. Weleda Baby Calendula Lotion works perfectly as a moisturiser or a cleanser for the nappy area.

Award :  Best of the Best Lotion and TIPS Top Product


TIPS Top Brand - Weleda (UK) Ltd

www.weleda.co.uk

Allocating this award was a little more tricky. This involved lots of maths to add up the final scores for each brand before dividing the totals by the number of samples submitted. Comments from Parent Testers were also taken into consideration and congratulations go to the Weleda baby range as the overall winner. This is a beautifully presented range of products manufactured using only the finest ingredients. A company with excellent eco-friendly credentials, Weleda is committed to restoring health and maintaining wellbeing naturally, ethically, safely and without animal experimentation. All Weleda products come with excellent information leaflets. Comprehensive advice about pregnancy, birth and baby skincare is available on Weleda’s recently updated website.

 

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You can find out more about how the tests were carried outby following one of the links below:

 

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Introduction

Only products that comply with our strict criteria can be submitted for a TIPS trial – this is part of the TIPS robust selection process explained in the ‘Methodology and criteria’ section below. This means that any product we approve for testing is already a winner.
When selected for a trial, volunteer Parent Testers receive products to test and are asked to provide their comments using a detailed questionnaire. Testers’ feedback is collated, evaluated and reviewed by Sharon Trotter.


On completion of the judging process, awards are confirmed and the results are published on the TIPS website.

Please note that products tested by TIPS are not free or promotional products, but samples for the sole purpose of independent testing.  Only Testers who have agreed and signed a copy of the TIPS Award Scheme terms and conditions can take part in a TIPS trial.

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Overview:

At TIPS, our aim is to source the best products available. This brand new trial replaces our 2007 trial although many of the products we featured last time have won awards.
This trial is the largest carried out by my team of independent parent testers. The statistics are amazing in themselves with over £4,000 worth of products sent out to 100s of testers. We started out with 15 manufacturers, who kindly supplied 470 samples (47 products). Since 2010 we have completed a further 17 retrospective trials (using the same criteria s the original trial) including 7 new suppliers. Testers completed and returned 100s of detailed questionnaires, that were collated by Sharon and awards confirmed.
I would also like to say a special thank you to our team of dedicated parent testers whose comments and detailed feedback allow the TIPS testing programme to achieve a level of independence and impartiality that is second to none. I hope this will provide parents with a definitive list of products that are all safe to use and all comply with a water-only approach to baby skincare for the first month of life.

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Methodology and criteria

All babies involved in this trial were over six months of age (excluding nappy creams which can be used from birth). Carefully selected Baby skincare products that made it through the strict submission process were shortlisted for this trial with testing carried out during the winter of 2009-10.
The updated TIPS criteria states that TIPS will only test skincare products free from:

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)
  • Sodium Laureth Sulphate SLES)
  • Parabens (Methyl, Propyl, Butyl and Ethyl Paraben)
  • Phthalates
  • Triclosan
  • Propylene Glycol (PG)
  • DEA (diethanolamine)
  • MEA (monoethanolamine)
  • TEA (triethanolamine), or
  • Methylchloroisothiazolonone (MIT) or Methylisothiazolinone (MIT).


Products may also lose marks if they contain artificial preservatives or perfumes that have the potential to irritate the skin, even if they do not appear on the list of banned ingredients. We are confident that this new criteria has allowed us to select the best baby skincare products on the market today.

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Award criteria:

  • Best of the best - highest scoring product overall
  • Best organic - products certified organic in origin and made to the highest possible standards
  • Best eco-friendly - products manufactured by companies that: include high proportions of natural or organic ingredients in their formulation; ensure that their packaging is recyclable; and have an ethical approach to business that attempts to reduce their overall carbon footprint
  • Editor’s choice - products that, in the editor’s opinion, are worthy of a special mention.
  • Must have - products that have been voted by Testers as being particularly useful.
  • Highly commended - products with high scores but not best in their category
  • Commended - products worthy of an award but not overall favorites
  • Special awards - including Top Brand, Top Product and Editor's Choice

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Guidelines 

I am often asked which skincare products I would recommend. It is not my role to endorse a particular brand so I decided to set up the TIPS trials. It is hoped that this fair and neutral review process will be acknowledged for its independence and impartiality. The TIPS Awards Testing Scheme was launched in March 2007. Baby skincare products were one of our first standard trials to be completed which remains our most popular results page.
The products selection criteria were strict: products containing alcohol, SLS, SLES, triclosan, propylene glycol, artificial perfumes or preservatives (parabens and phthalates) were excluded. The selection criteria are stricter each year (see Appendix 1). This is to make sure that only the very best skincare products are accepted for submission.
Please remember that there are no standards or definitions to regulate the use of terms such as hypoallergenic, suitable for sensitive skin, paediatrician approved and pH balanced. The basic ingredients used in the manufacture of these products are the same as for standard formulations. The only difference is in the marketing literature. This is why the TIPS criteria is so important: we only test products that meet our strict guidelines on safety.

 

 

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Completing the questionnaire


Pre-filled answers
For each skincare product we have checked:

  • the formulation
  • recyclability of packaging
  • where a product is made (manufacturing in the UK reduces a company’s carbon footprint).

Answers to questions on these topics are pre-filled in your questionnaire.

You will have to answer questions on the following topics:

  • Design of product – did you enjoy the graphics?
  • Information on product and online: does the manufacturer include a full list of ingredients online and on pack? Does the manufacturer give advice on using water-only for the first month in their marketing literature?
  • Scent: does the product smell fresh or is it unpleasant? In order to be safe products should have minimal perfumes (preferably natural or organic in origin).
  • Ease of use: is the product easy to dispense, easy to apply and easy to reseal? Does it absorb into the skin without any stickiness or leaving any residue behind?
  • Effectiveness: do the products clean your baby’s skin or provide the protection you would Price: by calculating the RRP of each product then dividing it by the volume we get a cost per ml or per gm (depending on whether the product is a liquid or a solid). This provides a good idea of cost-effectiveness although a little can go a long way so price may not be as important as you think.
  • Price: by calculating the RRP of each product then dividing it by the volume we get a cost per ml or per gm (depending on whether the product is a liquid or a solid). This provides a good idea of cost-effectiveness although a little can go a long way so price may not be as important as you think.

  • Adverse reactions: did you notice any adverse reactions when using this product (this may include rashes, spots or red areas caused by the product you are testing).
  • Feedback: tell us about your favourite features, suggestions for modifications, and whether you would recommend or buy this product
  • Awards: you will be able to suggest an award from our recommended list
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More about the trial process

I am often asked which skincare products I would recommend. It is not my role to endorse a particular brand so I decided to set up the TIPS trials. It is hoped that this fair and neutral review process will be acknowledged for its independence and impartiality. The TIPS Awards Testing Scheme was launched in March 2007, and baby skincare products were tested that year.

The products selection criteria were strict: products containing alcohol, SLS, SLES, triclosan, propylene glycol, artificial perfumes or preservatives (parabens and phthalates) were excluded. The selection criteria for the 2009 trial is even stricter (see Methodology and criteria). This is to make sure that only the very best baby skincare products are accepted for submission. We have divided this trial into the following eight categories: baby bath, baby lotion, baby oil, baby wash, baby shampoo, nappy cream, children’s toothpaste and belly balm for mums-to-be – this is a new category for TIPS. In 2014, we added a new category for Ointments (for cuts, grazes, burns, rashes and much more...) and in 2015 we also added Face creams.

 

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Conclusion

As you can see, there are many aspects of design and formulation to assess when testing any skincare product. A well-designed baby skincare product should:

  • come with a full list all ingredients and ideally an explanation of why these ingredients have been used (this information should be on-pack and online)
  • provide consumers with the latest advice
  • be safe and gentle, even on delicate skin
  • not contain harsh ingredients or unnecessary additives
  • be made from bio-degradable materials, and
  • be sold in recyclable packaging.

This can only be achieved when manufacturers pay close attention to detail at all stages of the manufacturing process.


I hope you will find these guidelines useful when testing products.
Thank you again for all your hard work. You can be sure that your independent testing and comments will help to give parents the best and most unbiased advice available.


Kindest regards
Sharon Trotter - Founder and Director of TIPS Ltd
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References:

Trotter S (2008). Neonatal skincare and cordcare – implications for practice. In: Examination of the newborn and neonatal health – a multidimentional approach. Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier Worldwide, Chapter14.
Trotter S (2009). Baby care – back to basics™ leaflet. TIPS Limited, Scotland
Trotter S (2010). Neonatal skincare. In: Care of the Newborn by Ten Teachers. Hodder Education, Health Sciences, Chapter 7.

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