Johnson's Baby Shampoo, Original

Baby shampoo

  • Extremely gentle
  • Good smell
  • Inexpensive
  • Too mild for adults who use styling products

Reviews say Johnson's Baby Shampoo is a mild shampoo that works well for babies and younger children because of its lack of irritants. Several reviewers say Johnson's Baby Shampoo is too mild for adults, however, especially for those who use a lot of styling products. For a simple shampoo that won't cause buildup and is good for all adult hair types, reviewers recommend Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo (*Est. $3 for 22.5 oz.).

Paula Begoun covers Johnson & Johnson shampoos in her book on hair care products, including an analysis of ingredients. User reviews can also be found at and, but most reference use on adult hair.

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1. Don't Go Shopping for Hair-Care Products Without Me

In this detailed and extensively researched book on hair care products, Paula Begoun devotes a section to Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo varieties, including the Original formula. This is the most thoughtful analysis we've found of the shampoo's active ingredients.

Review: Shampoos, Paula Begoun, Third Edition, September 2004


Reviews for Johnson's Baby Shampoo are mostly positive at, but many of them are based on adult usage. Several users say that Johnson's is gentle, but claim that they have to use a lot to get hair completely clean.

Review: Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo, Contributors to

3. DooYoo

At this British site, more than 30 owners rate this shampoo. Virtually everyone gives it score of 4 or 5 stars, praising its effectiveness in gently cleaning the hair of both children and adults. The one 2-star review is from an owner who said the shampoo irritated her daughter's eyes.

Review: Johnson's Baby Shampoo, Contributors to


Owners at love Johnson's Baby Shampoo. This shampoo is not only for babies and toddlers, users say, but also for adults with sensitive skin. Some also use this as a gentle body wash. Many like the smell.

Review: Johnson's Baby Shampoo, Original, Contributors to


The dozen reviews here for Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo are mixed. About two-thirds like the shampoo, and the remaining third give it very poor ratings, saying it irritated their baby's skin or eyes.

Review: Johnson's Baby Shampoo Reviews, Contributors to


One owner uses the original formula for her son and the honey formula for her own hair. She praises various Johnson & Johnson formulas and thinks they are all good products. She also likes the smell of these shampoos.

Review: Johnsons Shampoo, Original 20 oz for Baby, Contributors to

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