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REVIEWS.COM — The best baby shampoo should be as gentle as possible, leaving hair clean but avoiding ingredients that could dry or irritate delicate skin. After talking with dermatologists and chemists and testing 16 of the most promising brands on our own heads, we found our top picks: a range of products from national chains and up-and-coming companies that deliver on their promise of stress-free bath time.
If, above all else, you want a product that’s as gentle as can be, you should choose an unscented formula. Dr. Bobby Buka, a leading dermatologist in New York City, was especially wary of synthetic fragrance, while Romanowski and dermatologist Dr. Jody Levine were more worried about essential oils. But either category has the potential to cause skin irritation and allergic reactions. So for our sensitive-skin contenders, we skipped both, nixing products that included fragrance, parfum, or essential oil. To be safe, we also skipped products with limonene and linalool, fragrance components that can cause similar allergic reactions.
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