Either a new mother or an experienced one,we always love to experiment and choose best products for our baby 👶 as they are the whole world to us. With so many products around,its natural to get confused and anxious in choosing the best!
I am one of them. Though my lovely has completed 4 months, I still feel like its yesterday, when she was born and the confusion around what would be the best for my baby. Well, Dabur and Himalaya are my top favorites as they are quite old brands, trusted by everyone even elders and are pocket friendly too.
While there are other brands like Mee Mee, Chicco and Sebamed somehow Dabur and Himalaya seem to be safe as they are always tagged as ‘Herbal’. This word rings a bell in our ears and we entrust our faith that these will be the best.
Why am I talking about other brands while I am publishing my reviews on Patanjali. So lets’s get going.
The day my pediatrician asked me to start massaging my Lovely, my mother in law insisted me to use mustard oil which was a strict no from pediatrician. I was only asked to use olive oil or almond oil massage only. So I picked up the new Dabur olive and almond baby massage oil.
While my stock was about to get over I got set again to order my refill from first cry and what do I see. Patanjali Shishu care range. They had everything from massage oil to baby bath gel, baby shampoo, diaper rash cream, hair oil, baby soap and baby powder. I thought of trying my hands on the massage oil, baby bath gel and baby hair oil.
Shishu Care Baby Massage Oil – Whats different in Patanjali compared to other oils?? well I found it to be good.. It’s non sticky gets absorbed easily, smells nice and has all the ingredients one would want in a massage oil.
It has more of almond oil, followed by sunflower oil, jojoba oil, wheat germ oil and mustard oil. So it’s a blend of oils of all the traditional oils as well as modern oils.
All of these oils are known to have amazing health benefits for skin and hair and wheatgerm being a rich source of Vitamin E. While other oils have sesame oil as the base, Patanjali has olive oil as the base oil. So an amazing oil for massage given that it has a blend of such amazing oils.
The bottle is priced at Rs. 85 for 100 ml.
Shishu Care Baby Bath Gel – I got this one as well and the baby wash gel is a combination of Aloevera juice, Honey and Extracts of Neem, Turmeric and Tulsi. The base again has olive oil.
Honestly, I dont like the fragrance of the bath gel. In today’s world when we are not allowed to apply powder on baby’s skin, I feel at least they could smell good with their bath gel or baby soap. Also , it says for normal skin. What about babies who have sensitive skin? Sorry no option with Patanjali. So I prefer my Himalaya baby soap over the Patanjali Bath gel.
The bottle is priced at Rs. 75 for 100 ml.
Shishu Care Hair Oil – Claims to be good for Baby’s hair growth. With maximum 35 ml of olive oil and 10 ml of almond oil followed by sunflower oil, mustard oil and coconut oil seems to be very good for hair growth. The hair oil is non sticky again and is light in the texture.
The bottle is priced at Rs. 70 for 100 ml.
So all in all, Patanjali can be considered or will be considered by those who have faith on all the Patanjali products claiming them to be herbal. A win win situation for the old school thinkers like my mother in law and the modern thinkers like me as each of them have mustard oil and are mineral oil free.
Now comes the twist. When I started this article, I had mentioned that we look for the best for our babies as they are the world to us. While we have blind faith on some of the companies, its always good to do an ingredient list check along with additives.
I checked all the three Shishu care range products and I was amazed that all of them had BHT (Butylated hydroxytoluene) and Phenoxyethanol(that was included in Body wash). I googled to check what these are and was taken aback by the search results. While BHT is an antioxidant and is used in many cosmetics and oils, I read in some reviews that its not good as these can cause cancer according to some researches. Phenoxyethanol on the other hand can be used in less than 1% quantity in cosmetics but again is not safe as per FDA as can cause allergic reactions. But why additives??
Well I am ok with elders using cosmetics with such additives but I shall not agree with this for my baby even if its 1% doubtful. Hence I would at least not move to Patanjali baby products back. Please dont be surprised with the half empty bottles. Since I bought them online, couldn’t return them so started using on myself after I finished my research except for the baby hair oil which I did apply for 2 to 3 times.
That brings me back to my trusted brands – Dabur and Himalaya.
Hope you found this review helpful. You are the best judge for your baby! So read, think, research and decide!! Happy Parenting!! 😍