Saturday, November 6, 2010

No More Tears

So. Yesterday. I had this great idea to quit buying the Aveeno baby shampoo that I've used on my kids since they were born, and try a more earth friendly, organic version. We've been trending that way with our food lately, and this seemed like a good idea to add to the mix. Plus, my grocery store has a little natural foods section that has all that stuff, making it easy.

After looking around I settled on a nice bottle of baby shampoo with ingredients like coconut oil and aloe and nothing I couldn't pronounce. It even smelled good. Kind of expensive, but I figured on that. You get what you pay for, right?

Later that night, the kids were in the bath, and we broke it out. Both of the kids love to wash their own hair, and are moderately good at it, so I usually let them. Life was good. Until Molly started screaming bloody murder. I looked over, and she had a few suds from the shampoo lather in her eye. She's not exactly adept at the whole self-grooming coordination thing, so this happens a lot. Except that normally it doesn't bother her, and tonight she's dying. I rinse it all out of her eye (which she loves, of course), and she's okay, but all red and disgruntled. And then I look at the bottle and see something I missed earlier:

"Mama wants you to know: this is not a no-tear formula and it has no anesthetizing ingredients. So use extra care around your angel baby's eyes!"

I really had no idea that regular baby shampoo had to have anesthetizing ingredients in it. I guess I always thought that it was just made of gentle ingredients so as not to irritate eyes. Strange. But I think I'm going to have to go back to it. In my mind, baby shampoo = no screaming freak-outs when it gets in a baby's eyes. I thought that was the whole point. Also, I have to add that while the shampoo smelled lovely last night, kind of like grapefruit, this morning my kids hair smelled a bit like vomit. Aveeno, I apologize, and here we come running back. Unless anyone has a better idea.

I'm Cooking: I keep messing around with a brown rice/smoked salmon salad recipe, and I think I got it right the other night. No exact measurements to follow here, but cooked brown rice mixed with wilted spinach, carrots, smoked salmon, white balsamic vinaigrette, soy sauce, and Parmesan cheese. Yum!


  1. Your salad sounds delicious! One thing on the anesthetizers - they just make it so your kids don't feel the damage that the irritating ingredients are doing to their eyes (albeit minor). One way around the whole issue is to let your kids wear goggles when they bathe/wash their hair.

  2. Hmmm. Thanks Laurie! This is an issue I just knew nothing about, but is worth looking into. My kids would love to wear goggles in the bath!