Tested on animals:No
This moisturizing balm, claimed to be designed for a baby's skin, has a great price, but despite some very effective emollients, it's not a surefire bet for parents who want the gentlest products for their children's skin.
Kissable Cheeks Balm comes in stick form for convenient application around a baby's lips and face. The formula is a basic blend of emollients, including sweet almond oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, and sunflower seed oil. Basic in this case isn't bad, as these are all gentle moisturizing ingredients suitable for use on an infant's skin.
Despite the positives, this is a product to avoid because of the inclusion of lavender oil. While it might smell soothing, it absolutely isn't soothing for skin. Lavender can cause skin irritation, lead to allergic contact dermatitis, and cause skin cell death (Sources: The New Ideal in Skin Health: Separating Fact from Fiction, Thornfeldt, Carl M.D., Allured Books, 2010, pages 286–287; Contact Dermatitis, January 2008, pages 9–14; Hautarzt, February 2002, pages 93–97; Contact Dermatitis, August 1999, page 111; and Cell Proliferation, June 2004, pages 221–229). This is bad news for a baby's skin, which is extremely delicate and has an immune system that's still forming, which makes it more likely to experience a sensitized reaction.
Give this one a pass, and instead choose one of the excellent fragrance-free products mentioned in our article Skin Care for Babies and Children.
- Contains a blend of emollients to gently moisturize a baby's skin.
- Lavender oil can lead to skin irritation, cell death, and allergic contact dermatitis.