It is all about the ingredients, folks!

This is the current published list of ingredients in Johnson’s baby shampoo that promises to be as gentle as pure water, and to cause no tears:

Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Lauryl Glucoside, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Glycerin, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, PEG-150 Distearate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Fragrance [Benzyl Acetate, Ionone Beta, Methyl Ionones, Peach Pure, Phenyl Ethyl Alcohol, Tropional], Polyquaternium-10, Disodium EDTA

The list of ingredients in Johnson’s baby shampoo is different on the Amazon product page, so I am not sure what to make of that? While I do know that Johnson’s did remove a number of objectionable ingredients in their baby shampoo due to consumer demand, the product is still not one we would recommend:

Cocamidopropyl Betaine is described as toxic. PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate is described as having a number of health concerns. Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate is listed as a common toxic ingredient. Many personal care products on store shelves that we lather in our hair, rub on our skin, and put in our babies’ bathtubs contain chemicals that are to cause health problems, with no warnings at all to consumers. Unfortunately, companies in the United States are allowed to put ingredients into personal care products with no required safety testing, and without disclosing all the ingredients.

I’ve learned that while there is some debate over the often cited statement that 60% to over 70% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bodies,  a growing body of research is showing that even minute amounts of chemicals, when combined with other chemicals, can have unpredictable effects on the body. Keep in mind that our scalp is made of skin!

Step away from the suds!

I’ve also learned that if a shampoo produces suds, it is not natural. Even those that are coconut derived have been identified as cancer causing. In addition, suds may make our hair squeaky clean but, they strip our hair of it’s natural oils and sets us up for a vicious cycle. With all the protective oils washed away, our hair overproduces oil to compensate. Over time, this leaves our scalp and hair unhealthy.

We recommend people nourish themselves and their children with real food, and nourish their scalp and skin with real ingredients.

Below is the list of ingredients in Morrocco Method’s Heavenly Essence Baby Shampoo:

Aqua (Water), Saponins (Green Tea), Acetic Acid (Raw Apple Cider Vinegar), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Montmorillonite, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Xanthan Gum, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Flax) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Opuntia Ficus-Indica (Prickly Pear) Extract, Phenylpropanol [natural preservative], Salicylic Acid (White Willow), Tocotrienols (Vitamin E), Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Glycerin (Vegetable), Maris Sal (Sea Salt), Citrus Aurantium Amara Fruit Extract, Citrus Sinensis Peel Extract, Citrus Reticulata Fruit Extracts, Lactic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid

Below is the list of ingredients in Morrocco Method’s Sea Essence Baby Shampoo:

Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Saponins (Green Tea), Acetic Acid (Raw Apple Cider Vinegar), Montmorillonite, Xanthan Gum, Opuntia Ficus-Indica (Prickly Pear) Extract, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Flax) Seed Oil , Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Phenylpropanol [natural preservative], Salicylic Acid (White Willow), Algae Extract, Spirulina Platensis (Spirulina) Powder, Vetiveria Zizanioides (Vetiver) Root Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil , Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Flower Oil, Glycerine (Vegetable), Maris Sal (Sea Salt) , Citrus Aurantium Amara Fruit Extract, Citrus Sinensis Peel Extract, Citrus Reticulata Fruit Extract, Lactic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid

What do you notice about this list? They are recognizable and nourishing … and they don’t produce a lather! I have used both shampoos on my own hair and can say I don’t think they are only for babies!

This is the review I wrote on behalf of these products:

As a long time customer of Morrocco Method, who has passionately encouraged those in the Nourishing Our Children community to follow my lead, I was delighted with the introduction of the new baby shampoos! The bottles caution that the shampoos are for external use only, and to avoid contact with eyes. The fact that they don’t lather makes it so much easier to do that! There are no suds running into tender eyes. These Morrocco Method shampoos are the most natural way to “no more tears”, in my opinion. Not only do the shampoos clean, but they also nourish the hair and scalp. I think the scent on both the Sea Essence and Heavenly Essence is quite pleasant without being overpowering. I like that there is more than one baby shampoo, so we can rotate the kind of nourishment that is applied. The fact that we are instructed to dilute them 1:1 with water, doubles the bottle, so it is more cost effective than one may initially realize. I love that the ingredients in the shampoos are so carefully sourced, and recognizable. Clean and pure! I will definitely add this to my list of recommended products! Thank you so much, Anthony Morrocco, for continuing to provide us with what I think is highest quality hair care products on the market!


Morrocco Method has offered our community members an exclusive 15% off of the entire store.  Use the discount code nourishing15 – it expires at the end of this month!

Learn more!

How to nourish your hair and scalp? webinar
Step away from the suds article
How can we clean our hair with mud? article