Review – Little Ones fragrance free baby wipes

Brand: Sainsbury’s Little Ones

Pack size: 64 wipes

Price: 60p per pack (0.01p per wipe) / multipack offers available

You may have previously read my other review of the fragranced version of the Sainsbury’s own brand wipes. In it I discussed how my baby had a bout of nappy rash when I tested them (could have just been a coincidence) and the store kindly swapped that half used pack of wipes for the fragrance free sensitive version.

Like the fragranced version these wipes are a good size and have a good amount of moisture in them. They also have that foamy texture that I’m not keen on but may not bother other people.

Packaging wise, each packet has the plastic lid to seal in moisture and to prevent the wipes from drying out. The wipes nor the packaging can be recycled. These wipes have the ‘Leaping Bunny’ logo on the back to state they are cruelty free.

Unfortunately, when we started using these wipes Emery began to have a bit of redness on his bottom, even though the wipes are marketed as sensitive and fragrance free. I didn’t want to let it get as bad as last time in case it was wipes causing irritation so I stopped using them.

It’s a shame that these wipes didn’t work well for Emery because they are a good price point and are a certified cruelty free product which are easy to get hold of (who doesn’t have a Sainsbury’s in their town?). I would suggest trying these for your baby and if they do not suit him or her then take them back to customer services. Sainsbury’s have a brilliant refund policy for their own brand goods.

Have you tried these wipes from Sainsbury’s? Did they work for you?


Review – Child’s Farm fragrance free biodegradable baby wipes.

You may have heard of Child’s Farm from social media. Earlier this year there was a Facebook post about a baby who had tried many prescription eczema creams to no avail but the mother tried moisturiser from Child’s Farm and the baby’s skin improved drastically.

Brand: Child’s Farm

Price: £2.50

Pack size: 64 (0.04p per wipe)

These wipes are a bit smaller than the ubiquitous Mamia wipes but they are adequately wet so you don’t need to use a lot when tackling a “code brown situation”.

The opening is a resealable plastic sticker which did not loosen at all during my testing period.

Although the packet states “fragrance free” (they also have a grapefruit scented version in an orange packet) the wipes did have a scent to me but I couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was. In the end I decided I didn’t like the scent but others may find it pleasant. It wasn’t overpowering but I was aware of it. It didn’t seem to have any effect on the skin and no redness or sensitivity occurred.

The wipes themselves are biodegradable so you can feel good knowing that at some point they will disappear from the landfill. The packaging however is not and it is not recyclable either.

Overall these are great quality wipes but they do come with a premium price tag. However you can feel good knowing that the wipes are biodegradable. The only gripe I had was the scent. I may try the grapefruit ones and hope I can cope with those. I would definitely suggest trying these out because everyone reacts differently to scents.

Review – Waitrose essentials baby wipes.

Waitrose have two different price points for their wipes. This is the cheapest version of the fragrance free wipes. I’ll get the pricier version later and compare the two.

Brand: Waitrose essentials

Pack size: 80 wipes

Price: 63p (0.8p per wipe)

These fragrance free wipes feel like they are good for sensitive skin. We didn’t have any problems regarding rashes or irritation whilst using these.

The actual wipes are an okay size; small to medium (closer to medium). The wipe itself feels very thin. I imagine the more expensive own brand wipe might feel better quality. Even so, I had no problems using these wipes and there is enough moisture in each wipe to clean baby’s bottom thoroughly.

None of the packaging is recyclable. There is a piece of sticky plastic to open and close the packet. It did not come loose during our testing period. Waitrose own brand products are all certified with the “leaping bunny” logo which is great. They have a good range of baby washes, bottom soother, and massage oil.

Overall, despite the wipes feeling thin, they do a good job cleaning up any mess and did not cause any redness. However, at this price point you would be better off going for Mamia wipes.

Review – Loves baby ultra soft fragrance free wipes.

Brand: Tesco

Pack size: 64

Price: 60p (0.01p per wipe) / also available as multipack

I bought a pack of the sensitive wipes before I started this review series. Actually, I bought a case of twelve since it looked like a good deal. I did not repurchase these for the review and went off memory.

From what I recall the wipes were a decent size and were delicate enough for use on newborn skin. The packs have a plastic lid closure which is great for locking in moisture. This type of packaging however is not recyclable.

The unfortunate thing I remember most about these wipes is that they felt so dry! Halfway down the pack you might start to get wetter wipes but I did not enjoy using these to clean up drier poop. I felt like I needed to use way more wipes than necessary to clean up because they wouldn’t cling to anything. That is the main reason for not re purchasing. I gifted a few of these into a newborn baby pack before having used them and I felt the need to apologise to the mother as I didn’t realise they were so useless.

Tesco do not have the Cruelty Free International “leaping bunny” logo on their packaging but they do have a rabbit figure next to a statement that reads, “This product is not on animals. We fund research into alternatives.” This is also the case for all their toiletries and household products.

Although Tesco have done a great job with all their cruelty free products I’m afraid I cannot recommend these wipes. They are very well priced but I think you get better quality wipes from other supermarket own brands. Do check out their shower gels, toothpastes, detergents, and cleaning products though!

Have you tried Tesco baby wipes? Did you fare better than me?

Review – Nutmeg sensitive wipes.

Brand: Morrisons
Pack size: 64 wipes
Price: 56p (0.9p per wipe / multi buy available)

Apparently the formula for these wipes changed earlier this year and people aren’t liking the new ones but I haven’t used the previous version so I cannot comment on those.

The wipes are a tad on the small side but they aren’t inadequate. Just slightly smaller than I’m used to but there’s nothing to complain about. They are not the wettest wipes I have ever used but I’m satisfied with how they feel. One side is smooth and the opposite side has a sort of bumpy texture, but it isn’t irritating or obvious. I think it’s to help grip poo.

The pack has one of those plastic lids to prevent wipes from drying out. Sadly that sort of packaging is not recyclable. Morrisons own brand toiletries have the Cruelty Free International leaping bunny logo on them to confirm their cruelty free status.

I used these at the tail end of Emery’s nappy rash and it didn’t get any worse so I would agree with the sensitive claim.

It seems weird but I don’t really have anything enthusiastic to say about these wipes, nor do I want to slate them. For the price they are a decent wipe and they do their job.

Have you tried the Morrisons wipes? Are you one of the people who preferred the old formulation? 

Which baby toiletries are *not* cruelty free?


When you walk into the baby aisle of a supermarket you are faced with a number of big baby brands that pay for their spot on the shelf. You assume they are good reliable products and I’m not saying they don’t work, it’s just a shame that the companies that produce them do not tend to be in the ethical lists. Let’s have a look at the ‘famous’ baby products.

Procter & Gamble (P&G) – Pampers nappies and wipes
P&G produce a bunch of well known household products such as Always, Ariel, Gilette Head & Shoulders, Oral B, and Pantene. Although they have stopped testing on non-food and non-drug products they do sell cosmetics in China and this means they are classed as a non-cruelty free company.

Johnson & JohnsonJohnson’s baby shampoo, powder, wipes etc., Aveeno cream
This American company also owns Acuvue, Clean & Clear, Listerine, and Neutrogena, as well as having fingers in many healthcare pies. They have recently stopped using animals for live testing but seeing as they own many pharmaceutical brands, it’s going to be hard for this company to be cruelty free.

Kimberly-ClarkHuggies nappies and wipes, Pull-Ups, Little Swimmers
Other household brands you may have heard of include Andrex, Kleenex, and Kotex. Although this company is looking at alternative methods of testing, they continue to do animal testing “unless required by law” and therefore cannot be classed as cruelty free.

It almost seems unfair to mention brands such as Vaseline, E45, Oilatum, Snufflebabe or Sudocrem as they are all owned by pharmaceutical companies. Whilst animal testing is still required by law for healthcare products, none of these will come under the cruelty free umbrella.

In conclusion, it is best to go for the supermarket own toiletries (Sainsbury’s, Co-op and M&S toiletries are all Leaping Bunny certified). You could also check out brands such as Child’s Farm, Good Bubble, or Burt’s Bees baby toiletries. Or you can wait until you’ve read my upcoming reviews for those before purchasing!

Do you ever consider which baby products are tested on animals before buying?

Review – Water Wipes.

Brand: Water Wipes
Pack size: 60
Price: £2

These are on the expensive side but they seem to be quite popular as they have been developed specifically for sensitive skin and the fact they are chemical free is a huge draw for parents wanting something natural. The ingredients state the wipe solution is made of 99.9% water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract. Looking at these ingredients, you may as well have reusable wipes but anyway…

The wipes are a tiny bit on the small side but they are perfectly adequate to use. I love how wet these wipes are as they are great for wiping poo. They also seem very gentle on baby’s skin. Water might settle at the bottom of the pack so it is advised that you flip the pack upside down and squeeze the pack to redistribute the water. This may mean you get very wet wipes when you get to the bottom of the pack.

The packaging is has the recyclable sign and I assume this means the packet. There is no lid on these wipes but there is a resealable plastic tab. I’ve found this to be sufficient but I do also store the pack upside down, partly to prevent the wipes drying out and partly to ensure the moisture filters through.

I emailed the company, who are based in Ireland, about their animal testing stance and here is the reply:

“We can reassure you that WaterWipes have not been tested on animals at all, and have no animal by-products in them. … WaterWipes are made in a unique patented process which facilitates the absence of conventional chemical preservatives such as parabens and alcohols. They are completely vegan and cruelty free.”

I used these during Emery’s bout of nappy rash as I was confident they wouldn’t irritate his skin further. I also felt they cleaned his bottom thoroughly.

Overall, although these are dear they are very mild so if your baby has allergies or sensitive skin then these are a great choice. You could go the washable wipes route whilst at home and maybe have a pack of these for outings.

Have you ever tried these? Do you think they are worth the money?