The No-Tears No-Flakes Baby Shampoo

Mustela Foam Shampoo for Newborns Review

I have a bag in my office filled with empty shampoo and body wash bottles, finished tubes of face lotion, cleaned-out tubs of cream. An outsider would think they had stumbled upon some sort of secret hoarding problem; regular readers of A Model Recommends would know that I am merely saving the packaging as a reminder to write up my beauty reviews.

There’s quite a stash, now, of finished-off baby products and so I thought I’d make a start on some recommendations. I think that possibly the most-used (or most useful!) baby bathtime product I can think of is the Foam Shampoo for Newbornsfrom Mustela. I’ve tried so many baby shampoos now (I get sent tonnes of beauty products for both adults and children, it being a big part of my day job to test them) and this one tops the list.

The usefulness of this foam shampoo is twofold: firstly, it requires minimal rubbing-in, so there’s less chance of product running into your baby’s face, mouth, eyes, nose, ears, any other place that’s likely to make them scream bloody murder. The foam just sort of “perches” on their heads, staying perfectly in place until you rinse it away.

The second very useful aspect of this shampoo is that (and I have only just discovered this) it has been formulated to help prevent and treat cradle cap. It has a low concentration (I presume, looking at the ingredients list) of salycilic acid, which helps to exfoliate the scalp and remove cradle cap flakes. It also contains moisturisers to keep the skin soothed and hydrated and help prevent further problems.

Does it work? Well. I didn’t use it with Angelica, until fairly recently, and she did have cradle cap as a baby. Ted hasn’t had any cradle cap at all and I’ve used it on him since birth. (Not literally his actual birth, because that would be weird. “Do you want skin to skin with your new baby, dear?” “Not until you’ve wiped him over, weighed him and washed his hair with foam shampoo, ta ever so.”) I’m sure that there are proper over-the-counter treatments and so on for cradle cap (are there? I have no idea!), but if it’s just low-level ongoing management you want then this did the trick for me.

I would have highly recommended this foam shampoo even without the cradle cap-treating aspect because for angsty bathers like Angelica (who cries if you even mention the word “hair”) it’s a total dream. No lathering required. Genuinely no stinging if it does happen to somehow go in the eyes (not like certain other shampoos that promise no stinging but make you feel as though your eyes have been replaced with aniseed balls!) and easy to rinse out.

Mustela Foam Shampoo for Newborns costs £7.95 at* and a bottle lasts for ages. You need far less than you initially think you will, unless you go crazy with the application and make snowscenes/crazy foamy hairstyles on their heads, which does end up being very wasteful. Ooh – a special mention must also go to the Mustela Gentle Shampoo* which does need lathering but has the most beautiful, beautiful smell. It’s almost worth Angelica’s bathtime hairwashing hell just to smell her head after I’ve washed it with this – it’s summery orange blossom overload. Absolutely gorgeous. You can find it at Escentual again, it’s £7.50 here*.



*© 2017 The Uphill®: *Outbound links are affiliate links, which means that I receive a very small percentage of any sale made. This does not affect my content in any way and does not cost you anything, but you are most welcome to Google the products on a new page if you prefer. All opinions are my own and any sponsored or paid posts will always be clearly marked as an AD in the title. I accept press samples and receive product and services to review as part of my job. "The Uphill" and "Ruth Crilly" are registered trademarks.



  1. October 25, 2017 / 2:08 pm

    My daughter is the same, anything that threatens to wet her hair or face is greeted with a tantrum. She has no problems splashing water all over her baby brother though, who takes the attacks with patience and laughter.

    • October 25, 2017 / 2:58 pm

      Same!! She takes a perverse pleasure in wetting Ted’s head for hair-washing, especially pouring huge cups of water over his little face!

  2. Amy
    October 25, 2017 / 3:53 pm

    Thank you for this review Ruth. I’m going to order some right away. My 5 month old has had bad cradle cap since birth. Olive oil starting to get rid of it, but this shampoo looks great for preventative use, and with a bit of luck might just get rid of the stubborn flakes on the very top of his scalp!

  3. October 26, 2017 / 11:15 am

    I keep seeing the Mustela products in the stock-high-sell-cheap kind of pharmacy we have here in Bucharest, Romania (if you were ever curious about where your readers are coming from, ha!), and I’d kind of want them for myself :)) do you think their products could go well with adults too? I know they also have a line for mums, but thins mum-ing endeavour doesn’t tempt me too much :))

    • Holly
      October 31, 2017 / 5:14 am

      Not Ruth clearly, but I’ve used the gentle shampoo she mentioned for her daughter as it’s easier to just share with my son, and it’s actually quite lovely! It does smell wonderful, and cleanses thoroughly without being too drying. Works on my baby’s (obviously) fine baby hair and my very long, thick, coarse hair. Hope that helps!

  4. Sk
    October 26, 2017 / 6:05 pm

    I love Mustela products! The only thing that works on my baby!!! Worth every penny

  5. AK
    October 27, 2017 / 4:10 pm

    One of my kids still had “cradle cap” when he was 8!!
    Tried everything – not that keen on anything that had salicylic acid in it – it is what is in Aspirin after all and you wouldn’t give that to your child.
    Only thing that has worked and continues to work is Moo Goo milk shampoo. Give it a go

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *