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There’s a big, fascinating world of organic & natural products out there. And with a growing movement of parents who value natural ingredients and sustainable farming practices, it seems like it’s never too late to join – or too early.

From the clothing they wear to the foods they eat, parents are showing their commitment to going organic, and bringing the next generation into it, too.

But first things first: what does it mean to live organically? What exactly is natural baby shampoo? What makes an organic baby product?

Let’s take a look at some common terms used to describe natural & organic products.


Bisphenol A, also known as BPA, is a chemical commonly added to plastic products. It can be found in Tupperware, baby bottles, canned goods, and a huge variety of household items. Some experts have claimed that BPA can inhibit hormone production, cell growth, and reproductive function.



A carcinogen is a substance that has been shown to cause cancer.


Certified Organic Cotton

Organic cotton that’s been certified to be grown without genetic engineering, toxins, pesticides, and synthetic fertilizers. Certified organic cotton meets strict federal regulations.



A designation that shows that products were not tested on animals.



Concern for the environment and environmental issues.



The impact certain lifestyles and actions have on the environment and the earth. At My Little North Star, we use certified organic cotton, which give our organic baby products a reduced eco-footprint.



Chemicals added to products to prevent or slow down fire. Flame-retardants do not biodegrade and have been linked to cancer and adverse effects on hormone balance, the reproductive system, child development, and more.



Formaldehyde is a chemical that’s used in buildings and many household products. In addition to being a carcinogen and irritant, formaldehyde also has adverse effects on babies with sensitive skin.



A generic term used on product labels for an ingredient that adds scents. Many fragrant ingredients have been linked to cancer, toxicity, allergies, and irritation.



A term for products that were manufactured to cause less allergic reactions. Our hypoallergenic organic changing pad covers and crib sheets, for example, are designed for babies with natural allergies.



Products that do not contain additives or preservatives. Products such as natural baby shampoo do not contain parabens, petrolatum, or SLS.



Food and materials grown without synthetic materials, pesticides, and fertilizers.


Parabens & Phthalates

Common preservatives linked to cancer, allergies, asthma, and reproductive problems.



Also known as petroleum jelly, petrolatum is added to many products to help with moisturization. When not properly refined, it can be contaminated with a toxic substance and possible carcinogen called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs.



This is a practice resulting in minimal long-term effects on the environment. Sustainable farming is environmentally friendly, supports the surrounding communities, and is economically viable for the farmer.


Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLES)

A chemical that’s commonly found in toiletries like shampoos, toothpastes, and body washes. It’s commonly added for a pleasing lathering effect, but it’s also known as a skin irritant.


We admit—you may need to take baby steps before you fully commit to organic living. But hopefully, our simple introduction has pointed you in the right direction. After all, it’s worth it for the earth—and your little ones, too!

There’s so much more to learn about the benefits of going organic. If you’d like to learn more, take a minute to look through our other informative blogs, or explore our entire collection of natural and organic baby products.


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