10/04/2010 04:05 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

ParentView: Eco.Kid Hair Products

In an ideal world I would love to use just eco-friendly shampoo and conditioner on my children. However, I don't live in such a place so it's the usual children's products for us.

I have in the past reached for the bottles of organic and green shampoos in the supermarket, particularly when my babies are new, worried as I was about the chemicals that make our usual brand lather up so well.

There is a new one out called eco.kid – question is would the children (and me) like it?The eco.kid range of shampoo, conditioner and leave-in conditioner is formulated using Australian essential oils plus ingredients derived from plants and flowers.

So you'll find tea tree oil, aniseed oil, sandalwood and citrus peel extract in them but not undesirables like synthetics, artificial preservatives, colouring or fragrances and no sulphates.

These products handily not only clean your children's hair but help in that age old and incredibly tiresome battle with head lice thanks to the essential oil scents that is pleasant to us (we loved it) but not to the little critters.

While I would use a special head lice treatment if my children had visitors, it doesn't hurt to wash their hair in products that are going to hopefully help prevent them getting them again. That was a big plus for me.

The packaging is great, lovely pictures of children and cute names for the products; Prevent for the shampoo and Nourish for the conditioner while the leave-in one is called Daily Tonic.

We found the shampoo didn't lather up as well as our usual one but that seems common with ranges that contain no sulphates but it didn't seem to affect how well it cleaned.

I have a couple of gripes though. These are more expensive than ordinary children's shampoos which is off-putting. However, it's the small size of the shampoo and conditioner bottles (250mls) that annoys me.

Wouldn't it be more eco-friendly to make larger bottles, like the size of the leave-in conditioner which is 500mls? That would result in less waste in both the manufacturing and disposal surely?

My nine-year-old also wasn't keen on how the leave-in conditioner, which has a handy spray nozzle, made her hair feel but that's a small price to pay in the head lice war.

The shampoo and conditioner are priced £8.99 for a 250ml bottle and the leave-in conditioner is £12.99 for 500mls available from

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