This week’s analysis looks at products from the Aveeno Baby range. The colloidal oatmeal (fine milled oats) used in all of Aveeno (owned by Johnson & Johnson by the way) products has recognised skin-soothing properties, especially beneficial for those with dry and eczema-prone skin. But let’s scrutinise the other ingredients.

As with my previous analyses, I’m looking for feedback on how useful these analyses are so that I can improve them in the future so please leave me a comment or get in touch with me. I don’t claim to be an expert on chemical ingredients – as with all of my other analyses I’ve spent hours and hours researching each ingredient and questioning its use. These reviews are not intended to replace professional or medical advice. They’re intended to make you a bit more conscious about the choices you make when shopping for skincare products and to make you ask questions, just as I ask them every time I buy a skincare product.

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Key to ingredient lists:

  • Ingredients known to have positive benefits
  • Ingredients that may cause irritation (especially to sensitive skin)
  • Ingredients considered potentially harmful/ toxic


Product: AVEENO® Baby Daily Care Barrier Cream ave_baby_barrier_cream_764x416-cutout_0

Size: 100ml

Price: £6.99

Product description:

“This formula helps to soothe and reduce redness of dry and delicate baby skin, protecting it from the causes of nappy rash. Creates a breathable skin barrier, to protect against external irritants. Contains natural colloidal oatmeal and  zinc oxide. Formulated to minimises the risk of allergies. Unscented, paediatrician tested.”

Ingredients (INCI):

  • Paraffin Liquidum – liquid mixture obtained from petroleum. It temporarily protects skin and slows the loss of moisture by forming a barrier on the skin’s surface. 
  • Zinc Oxide – UV filter/ sun protector; bulking function; skin protectant (i.e. temporarily protects injured skin from harmful stimuli,and may provide relief to such skin). 
  • Polyethylene – bulking agent/ stabiliser.
  • Avena Sativa Kernel Flour – powder obtained by fine grinding of the kernels of oats; providing provide many protective benefits for sensitive, irritated skin.
  • Sorbitan Isostearate – emulsifying agent.

My view and rating: ★★☆

This would be a great list if it wasn’t for the mineral oil. I personally don’t like using barrier creams that contain it as it doesn’t allow the skin to breathe therefore it could lead to further aggravation of an existing nappy rash. However, overall it’s not a bad list and if I used this cream, I would only use it sparingly (also because of zinc oxide which can dry out skin).



Product: Aveeno® Baby Soothing Relief Emollient Washave_soothing_relief_emollient_wash_764x416-cutout_0

Size: 354ml

Price: £8.50

Product description:

“Specially formulated with natural colloidal oatmeal and emollients blended into a creamy wash, this wash gently cleanses, soothes and helps comfort dry skin prone to irritation. Proven to help relieve dry skin. When used with AVEENO® Baby Soothing Relief Emollient Cream, it leaves skin feeling moisturised for 24 hours. Tear-free and soap-free. Unscented, paediatrician tested.”

Ingredients (INCI):

  • Aqua
  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine  – synthetic surfactant – has a cleansing function; it has been associated with irritation and allergic contact dermatitis
  • Glycerin – may be of animal or vegetable origin as it is found in every fat; humectant (i.e. a substance used to reduce the loss of moisture), skin conditioning function as it is softening and smoothing on the skin.
  • Sodium Lauroamphoacetate – cleansing agent/ foam booster.
  • Coco-Glucoside – synthetic surfactant produced by chemical reaction between glucose and coconut oil-derived ingredients.
  • Sodium Chloride – inorganic salt (also called table salt), thickening function
  • Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate – bulking agent.
  • Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil – skin conditioning function; sunflower oil is lighter than olive oil and tolerated by most skins; it has deeply moisturising properties. 
  • Avena Sativa Kernel Flour – powder obtained by fine grinding of the kernels of oats; providing provide many protective benefits for sensitive, irritated skin.
  • Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate – skin conditioning agent.
  • Lecithin – a naturally ocurring lipid (waxy substance in nervous tissue) found in both plants and animals. According to the PETA’s Caring Consumer guide, lecithin for commercial purposes is most commonly obtain from eggs and soybeans.
  • Polyquaternium-7 – film forming agent.
  • Glyceryl Oleate – composed of glycerin and oleic acid, a naturally occurring fatty acid; skin conditioning and emulsifying function.
  • Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer – emulsion stabiliser/ film forming.
  • Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer – film forming agent.
  • Tetrasodium EDTA – chelating (binding) agent.
  • Citric Acid – alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) used to adjust the acidity/ pH
  • Sodium Hydroxide – a highly caustic and reactive inorganic base; pH adjuster.
  • Tocopherol – a class of naturally occurring chemical compounds related to Vitamin E, antioxidant and skin conditioning function, fragrance ingredient
  • Ascorbic Palmitate – a compound composed of of Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) and palmitic acid, a naturally occurring fatty acid; antioxidant/ fragrance Ingredient.
  • Sodium Benzoate – fragrance ingredient, preservative; can cause irritation.

My view and rating: ★☆☆

If this wasn’t a product for babies affected by dry, sensitive or eczema prone skin, I would probably give it two stars as the list is quite decent (i.e. with no real ‘nasties’ and the good ingredients feature in the first third of the list). However, this product is meant to soothe irritated skin so I am concerned about the use of Cocamidopropyl Betaine which features high on the list, right after water, and is likely to cause irritation. I would use it with caution on anyone with sensitive skin.



Product: Aveeno® Baby Soothing Relief Emollient Creamave_soothing_relief_cream_764x416-cutout_0

Size: 223ml

Price: £8.50

Product description:

“Specially formulated with natural colloidal oatmeal, this fast absorbing cream immediately moisturises baby skin and is clinically proven to soothe and moisturise dry skin prone to irritation. Clinically proven to moisturise skin for 24hrs. Soothes delicate baby skin. Keeps skin feeling soft and moisturised. Unscented, paediatrician tested.”

Ingredients (INCI):

  • Aqua
  • Glycerin – may be of animal or vegetable origin as it is found in every fat; humectant (i.e. a substance used to reduce the loss of moisture), skin conditioning function as it is softening and smoothing on the skin.
  • Distearyldimonium Chloride – antistatic agent; can be an irritant. 
  • Petrolatum  – solid mixture obtained from petroleum. It temporarily protects skin and slows the loss of moisture by forming a barrier on the skin’s surface. 
  • Isopropyl Palmitate – binder/ skin conditioning agent. Can be derived from animals.
  • Cetyl Alcohol – can be of either animal or vegetable origin; emolient/ emulsion stabiliser function.
  • Dimethicone – lubricant and conditioning agent. Some limited evidence  of non-reproductive system toxicity.
  • Avena Sativa Kernel Flour – powder obtained by fine grinding of the kernels of oats; providing provide many protective benefits for sensitive, irritated skin.
  • Avena Sativa Kernel Oil – a fixed oil expressed from the kernels of the oats; skin conditioning properties. 
  • Avena Sativa Kernel Extract – an extract of the kernels of oats; skin condoning properties.
  • Butyrospermum Parkii Butter – fat extracted from the kernels of the fruit of the shea tree, native to Africa; skin conditioning function. Shea butter has intensely healing and nourishing, as well as soothing and calming properties.
  • Steareth-20 – is composed of PEG (polyethylene glycol) and stearyl alcohol. Due to the presence of PEG, this ingredient may contain potentially toxic manufacturing impurities, such as 1,4-dioxane.
  • Sodium Chloride – inorganic salt (also called table salt), thickening function
  • BHT – preservative; known human allergen; also some limited evidence of carcinogenicity.
  • Tocopherol – a class of naturally occurring chemical compounds related to Vitamin E, antioxidant and skin conditioning function, fragrance ingredient
  • Potassium Sorbate – naturally occurring antimicrobial compound, used as a preservative
  • Benzyl alcohol – naturally occurring and synthetic ingredient used as a solvent and preservative; has been associated with contact allergy.

My view and rating: 

Hmm, so much amber on this list as far as I am concerned so I’m really perplexed how this product can be described as soothing to delicate skin. As this is not a rinsable product and will be used on your entire body (and therefore ingredients can penetrate a larger amount of skin), I would be concerned about its long-term effect on my baby’s skin.




OVERALL VERDICT:

Overall, I feel quite disappointed by all three products but mostly the emollient cream which I wouldn’t use on myself (as a contact dermatitis sufferer), let alone my baby. The barrier cream is probably worth a try as it has the best ingredient list out of them all (although I think it’s quite pricey for what it is and there are other petrolatum-free products for a similar price). I also wouldn’t completely disqualify the body wash although the list is a bit too long for my liking and once again, it is quite pricey for what it is.

4 comments on “What’s inside…? Aveeno Baby range”

    • Glad you found this useful Lucy! You’re doing the right thing by not using anything just as yet – there’s so many harsh chemicals in some of those baby products, it’s quite shocking actually xx

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