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TIPS-tested shampoos

Follow one of the links below to find out more about the shampoos we tested:

graphicBest of the best - Weleda Baby Calendula Shampoo & Body Wash

graphicBest Organic - Essential Care Gentle wash & shampoo, Organic Children Berry Smoothie shampoo
graphicBest eco-friendly - Organic Babies no-scent baby wash & shampooJackson Reece Kinder By Nature Natural Baby Shampoo
graphicBest budget - Earth Friendly Baby Lavender shampoo bodywash
graphicHighly commended - Halos N Horns Mango Melon Shampoo/Conditioner

graphicHighly commended - Halos N Horns Berry Burst Shampoo/detangler

graphicHighly commended - Earth’s Best Lavender shampoo and bodywash


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Weleda Baby Calendula Shampoo & Body Wash

RRP: £6.95 for 200mls
Price per ml:  3.47p
Supplied and manufactured by www.weleda.co.uk
Tested October – December 2009

All products in the Weleda range contain natural raw materials mostly grown organically or biodynamically – this growing method takes into account the seasons and the rhythms of the planets.
Parent Testers loved the thick and creamy consistency of this shampoo. It smells gorgeous, lathers well and leaves hair clean and shiny. Weleda provide excellent information on their website. This includes five sections for each product:  ‘about the product’,’ ingredients’, ‘how to use’, ‘press coverage and awards’ and ‘customer reviews’.
Testers agree this shampoo is ideal for all the family, especially for anyone with sensitive skin. This product proved to be cost-effective as it can be used both as a shampoo and as a bodywash and parents don’t have to buy two separate products  - this is an added bonus.


This is what some of the Testers said:

  • My little girl loved it. It did not sting her eyes and she could not get enough of the stuff!
  • If my daughter's skin was bad I would buy this for the calming calendula
  • It smells fantastic and it can be used on hair and body so you don’t need two separate products

Award:  Best of the Best

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Jackson Reece Kinder By Nature Natural Baby Shampoo

RRP: £3.99 for 200mls
Price per ml:  2p
Supplied and manufactured by www.jacksonreece.com
Tested June-July 2017

 

Jackson Reece wipes are the brainchild of husband and wife team Colin and Janet Cordner. Their first son Jackson suffered from sensitive skin. Having failed to find a brand of wipes that was gentle enough for his delicate skin, in spite of extensive searching, Colin and Janet decided to develop their own. When their second son Reece was born, the choice of a name for their new brand became obvious. The rest, as they say is history...
Our Parent Testers are already big fans of the Jackson Reece range of baby wipes, which has achieved 5 TIPS Awards including Best of the best!
Jackson Reece's new range of unscented baby skincare products (which also includes Natural Baby Moisturiser and Natural Baby Body Wash) was highly anticipated and we are pleased to say the new products did not disappoint.
Jackson Reece Kinder by Nature Natural Unscented Baby Shampoo has been specially designed for children with sensitive skin and eczema. There’s nothing more sensitive than smooth, delicate baby skin. That’s why Jackson Reece have created this unique shampoo with soothing natural ingredients. Unlike other baby shampoos, this product is free from any harsh or unkind ingredients like alcohol or any kind of fragrance. That’s why they named it 'Kinder by Nature' - 99% of ingredients are derived from renewable vegetable extracts, with no nasty chemicals, alcohol or parabens. This baby shampoo has a 100% fragrance and perfume free formula, is pH balanced, made in UK and not tested on animals.
Our Testers were unanimous in their praise for this cost-effective shampoo. They said it was easy to use, easy to rinse out and was ideal for little ones with sensitive skin. Although Jackson Reece Kinder by Nature Natural Unscented Baby Shampoo is unscented, Testers enjoyed its 'nice and natural' smell and said it was pleasant to use. However most important was the fact that children previously unable to use off-the-shelf shampoos were finally able to enjoy hair washing free from irritation.


This is what some of the Testers said:

  • I only had to use a small amount for great results
  • Effective cleaning with less chemicals than most baby shampoos
  • Actually exceeded my expectations. I expected it to be quite benign but I liked it. Ryan's hair was left shiny and felt smooth. Want to get more!
  • Loved the clear explanation of why ingredients are included
  • I would say 10/10 for info on pack. I had no complaints and I used it on all 4 of my children, they loved it too. I thought the scent was not too strong which is ideal for young children's skin.

We are delighted to give the Jackson Reece Kinder By Nature Natural Baby Shampoo our Best eco-friendly award in recognition of this excellent new product.

Sharon Trotter© 2017

Award:  Best eco-friendly

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Essential Care Gentle wash & shampoo

RRP: £9.50 for 200mls
Price per ml:  4.75p
Supplied and manufactured by  www.essential-care.co.uk
Tested October – December 2009

Essential Care’s founder Margaret Weeds has been creating skincare products for 30 years. In the beginning, Margaret did this to treat her family’s eczema. Margaret is still responsible for Essential Care’s unique product formulations and she takes great care to use only the highest quality, organic, pure, and ethically-sourced raw ingredients. This attention to detail is reflected in the quality of the information Essential Care provide online and on pack.
Testers praised this product’s lovely long-lasting fragrance. With its innovative pump dispenser, Essential Care Gentle Wash and Shampoo is especially easy to use. The pump also prevents wastage. Testers praised this shampoo for being kind to eyes so there were no problems when their Little One’s hair was being rinsed. The quality of the ingredients– no artificial additives and a formula certified by the Soil Association -  makes this product an obvious choice for people who are concerned about the environment or for anyone with sensitive skin.


This is what some of the Testers said:

  • It washes hair well and left the children’s skin feeling very soft and smooth after their bath
  • It lathered easily, had a lovely smell and left hair soft and shiny
  • I love every aspect of this shampoo!


Award:  Best Organic

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Organic Children Berry Smoothie shampoo

RRP: £8.50 for 200mls
Price per ml:  4.25p
Supplied and manufactured by www.greenpeople.co.uk
Tested December 2013

With 10 TIPS Awards under their belt, the Organic Babies and Organic Children ranges are already a firm favourite with our Parent Testers. With excellent organic formulations and eco-friendly credentials, all products are ideal for any skin type and suitable for vegans. In fact, Organic Babies and Organic Children products are perfect for all babies, big and small!  
Parent Testers who reviewed this product were unanimous in their praise for this high quality shampoo. It was easy to dispense, just the right consistency, lathered well, rinsed out with ease and left hair smelling gorgeous (raspberry, apple and vanilla aroma). Even though this shampoo is expensive, most of our reviewers agreed the quality of the product justified the cost especially for children with sensitive skin or eczema. One of our the Parent Testers involved in this trial has two children who suffer from eczema and this shampoo did not irritate their delicate skin.
We wouldn't normally give two products in the same category a Best Organic TIPS award, but the Organic Children Berry Smoothie shampoo scored so well that we have decided to do just that.


This is what some of the Testers said:

  • The product was very easy to dispense. Have found it to be probably the easiest to dispense out of any products I have used.
  • We found some other products are really thick and gloopy and difficult for the girls to rub in themselves. This was really easy for us and them to apply.
  • The product was very effective. It smelled lovely, went on easily, rinsed off easily and seemed to result in the girls’ hair sitting very well (we often have problems with static with one of the girls' hair and this was not an issue with this product).
  • It exceeded my expectation, the smell was amazing, I kept smelling the boys hair all the time


Award:  Best Organic

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Organic Babies no-scent baby wash & shampoo

RRP: £6.75 for 150mls   
Price per ml: 4.5p
Supplied and manufactured by www.greenpeople.co.uk
Tested October – December 2009

All products in the Organic Babies range are handmade in small batches using the most natural and organic ingredients. These products are suitable for vegetarians and certified by the Organic Food Federation.
Organic Babies No Scent Baby Wash and Shampoo is a wonderful product that is totally natural and free from harsh ingredients. It is easy to use, lathers well and leaves hair feeling silky smooth. Parent Testers loved the fact that this product can be used as a bubble bath, shampoo and bodywash. It worked especially well to detangle matted toddler hair – this saves having to use a conditioner. Children loved using this mild product which proved ideal for anyone who has sensitive skin or suffers of eczema.
Manufactured by a company known for its ecological and ethical business credentials, this product is a worthy winner.


This is what some of the Testers said:

  • Great top to toe cleanliness even direct from a sponge or flannel. I would also use this as a face and hand wash for toddlers and young children
  • The best shampoo I have found for very thick baby hair
  • I particularly liked the clear labelling to tell you what was in the product

 

Award:  Best eco-friendly

 



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Earth Friendly Baby Lavender shampoo bodywash

 

RRP: £3.99 for 250mls
Price per ml: 1.59p
Supplied and manufactured by www.earthfriendlybaby.co.uk
Tested October – December 2009

Earth Friendly Baby is committed to developing high quality products at a price that everyone can afford. Each product in this comprehensive range contains natural ingredients - these are plant-derived where possible and biodegradable. Earth Friendly Baby do not use artificial colours, synthetic fragrances, parabens or sodium lauryl/laureth sulphate (SLS or SLES). The shampoo and bodywash comes in Organic Chamomile, relaxing Organic Lavender and fresh Organic Mandarin.
Testers praised this product for its ‘absolutely lovely’ fragrance and ease of use. Its pop-up lid closes with one click – this helps to avoid any accidental spills. Earth Friendly Baby Lavender shampoo bodywash lathers exceptionally well, although it does not contain any harsh detergents. A little goes a long way so this product is great value for money. This is why we have decided to award it Best budget.


This is what some of the Testers said:

  • It left my son’s hair soft and shiny and it really highlights the blond in his hair
  • Don’t change anything about this product as its perfect
  • Smells gorgeous and it lasts. This product has the feel-good factor!

Award:  Best budget

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Halos N Horns Mango Melon Shampoo/Conditioner

RRP: £2.63 for 200mls   
Price per ml:  1.31p
Supplied and manufactured by www.halosnhorns.co.uk
Tested October – December 2009

Halos N Horns were the first baby product manufacturers to recommend not using manufactured skincare products for the first month of life – this information was provided on their website and with their products. This groundbreaking approach highlights Halos N Horns dedication to promote safe skincare based on the latest expert advice. The website offers quality information about skincare for babies and children. Parent Testers agreed Halos N Horns Mango Melon shampoo/conditioner cleaned hair efficiently and smelt ‘divine’ - leaving hair smelling great all day. It lathered well and seemed to help untangle hair. Testers said this product provides excellent value for money, which makes it ideal for people on a budget.


This is what some of the Testers said:
  • My little boy likes using this shampoo as it does not sting his eyes so we get less fuss when his hair is washed
  • My daughter liked using it herself which made bath times less stressful
  • Her hair was left soft and easier to brush
Award:  Highly commended

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Halos N Horns Berry Burst Shampoo/detangler

RRP: £2.63 for 200mls   
Price per ml:  1.31p
Supplied and manufactured by www.halosnhorns.co.uk
Tested October – December 2009

Halos N Horns were the first baby product manufacturers to recommend not using manufactured skincare products for the first month of life – this information was provided on their website and with their products. This groundbreaking approach highlights Halos N Horns dedication to promote safe skincare based on the latest expert advice. The website offers quality information about skincare for babies and children. Parent Testers loved the beautiful berry scent and agreed Halos N Horns Berry Burst shampoo/detangler cleaned hair efficiently. It lathered well and seemed to help untangle hair. Testers said this product provides excellent value for money, which makes it ideal for people on a budget.


This is what some of the Testers said:
  • My daughter’s curly hair can be a nightmare to brush after shampooing and this product left it clean and detangled – very impressive!
  • I would use this as it makes hair care for my daughter much easier due to her long hair
  • I actually sent the baby bath and the baby shampoo to a friend in Brazil and she also loved it

Award:  Highly commended

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Earth’s Best Lavender shampoo and bodywash
RRP: £5.49 for 250mls   
Price per ml:  2.19p
Supplied by www.kinetic4health.co.uk
Tested October – December 2009

Kinetic Natural Products Distributors was founded in the early 1990s by brothers Alexander and Kim. Earth’s Best Organic by JASON range is one of the many natural brands available on their website.
Both Testers and children were particularly fascinated by the push button pop-up lid - this can be opened with one hand. This prevents accidental spills and makes this reasonably priced product even more cost-effective. The product scored less because it is imported from the USA – this increases its carbon footprint for UK customers.
Testers praised the lavender scent – they said it was ‘lovely and calming’ but not overpowering. The shampoo lathered easily leaving hair clean without being ‘squeaky dried out’ clean. This versatile product proved gentle but effective for all age groups, including parents!


This is what some of the Testers said:

  • I really liked the smell and the boys hair was always lovely and shiny
  • The lavender scent was calming and helped unwind the kids
  • Although the bottle was easy to open for me, the baby couldn’t work it out so none got wasted when he got hold of it!

Award:  Highly commended

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Sharon Trotter©2010

Weleda Baby Calendula Shampoo & Body Wash

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Essential Care Gentle wash & shampoo

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Organic Children Berry Smoothie shampoo

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Organic Babies no-scent baby wash & shampoo

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Earth Friendly Baby Lavender shampoo bodywash

 

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Halos N Horns Mango Melon Shampoo/ Conditioner

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Halos N Horns Berry Burst Shampoo/ detangler

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Earth’s Best Lavender shampoo and bodywash

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