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Aleva Naturals Review

This comfortable but pricey diaper didn't absorb liquid very well but is average for leaks and durability
Aleva Naturals
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $0.60 List
Pros:  Comfortable, average leaks
Cons:  Expensive, poor absorption, not as eco-friendly as competition
Manufacturer:   Aleva Naturals
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Sep 22, 2021
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  • Absorption - 40% 1
  • Leakage - 20% 6
  • Comfort - 15% 8
  • Health - 15% 6
  • Eco-friendly - 5% 4
  • Durability - 5% 6

The Skinny

The Aleva Naturals diaper is a comfortable option that performed average for leaks in our tests. This pricey diaper is nice looking and appears fragrance-free, but the disclosure of materials and eco-friendliness is vague and incomplete, which left us with questions. Overall, this diaper appears durable in comparison to some of the competition. Still, it has lower absorption, which means moisture remains near the baby's skin which increases the risk of rash, wet clothing, and leaks. Overall, this diaper costs more than higher-scoring competitors, making it a less than desirable choice in our opinion.

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Pros Comfortable, average leaksGreat absorption, soft material, better health and eco-benefitsImpressive absorption, great leak protection, comfyGreat absorption, better health, and higher eco-friendlinessDurable, comfortable for baby, affordable
Cons Expensive, poor absorption, not as eco-friendly as competitionLess durable, below-average leak preventionAverage eco-friendliness, lower health scores, less durableHard to find a good fit, not as comfy or durableAverage absorbency, less eco-friendly
Bottom Line This comfortable but pricey diaper didn't absorb liquid very well but is average for leaks and durabilityA soft and cozy diaper with some green practices and high absorbency but less than stellar leak protectionTop performance in absorption and leaks with a comfy feel but they aren't as green as some of the competitionA high absorbing, healthier option that is Earth-friendly, but it isn't very durable or comfyA durable diaper that has some health and comfort benefits without breaking the bank
Rating Categories Aleva Naturals Seventh Generation... Babyganics Nature Babycare Mama Bear Gentle Touch
Absorption (40%)
1
9.0
9.0
10.0
6.0
Leakage (20%)
6.0
5.0
8.0
6.0
7.0
Comfort (15%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
3.0
7.0
Health (15%)
6.0
6.0
3.0
6.0
7.0
Eco Friendly (5%)
4.0
6.0
4.0
8.0
4.0
Durability (5%)
6.0
4.0
3.0
1
9.0
Specs Aleva Naturals Seventh Generation... Babyganics Nature Babycare Mama Bear Gentle Touch
Type of Diaper Green Green Green Green Traditional
Chlorine-Free Elemental
Chlorine-free
Totally Chlorine-Free Totally
Chlorine-free
Totally
Chlorine-free
Elemental
Chlorine-free
Perfume-Free Yes Yes Not Listed Yes Yes
Biodegradable Yes No No 99.9% No
Contains SAP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Miscellaneous Materials Details Bamboo Based Plastics Corn Based Plastics
Wetness Indicator Yes No Yes No Yes
Stretchable Side Wings Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stretchable Back Yes No Yes No Yes
Eco-awards FSC Certified
Vincotte OK Biobased Certified
Swedish Asthma and Allergy Foundation Recommended
"Good Environmental Choice" Eco Label from Swedish Society for Nature Conservation
EcoCert
GOTS Certified

Our Analysis and Test Results

Aleva Naturals® was started by a pharmacist when his newborn needed an all-natural product for severe nasal congestion. Growing up in an Ayurvedic culture (ancient science of life), he used his experience and knowledge to boil water, eucalyptus oil, and mint to create vapors to relieve his son's congestion. After sharing his recipe with friends, he decided to start Aleva Naturals. Aleva Naturals prides itself on being pure, natural, and vegan in every product line. Since 2008, the company has grown to 20 products sold in 12 countries.

Performance Comparison


In our leak test, the Aleva did not leak any mock urine into the...
In our leak test, the Aleva did not leak any mock urine into the tray, but the absorption paper was fairly soaked through.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

Likes


This diaper has comfortable materials that are soft to the touch and yet still feel durable, which is no small feat in the world of disposable diapers. The elastic feels skin-friendly, but the closure tabs are somewhat rough compared to others.

The Aleva is comfortable and scored well compared to other diapers...
The Aleva is comfortable and scored well compared to other diapers when it came to fabric, elastic and motion areas.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

We also liked that this diaper is relatively durable. While a diaper doesn't need to last for very long, it should keep the waste contained until a diaper change. Some comfortable diapers had trouble staying together and stopping messes from happening.

We experienced average leaks in our tests, but overall the leakage score went down for this brand in our current testing, which is likely due to its inability to absorb liquid quickly.

We can't say we like it for health results, but we don't dislike it either. This diaper scored above average for health, but it wasn't anything to write home about compared to higher scoring brands. It is chlorine, lotion, and latex-free. It doesn't mention fragrances or dyes, but we didn't smell anything when we opened it, but there is a print on the front of the diaper. Aleva doesn't have a full disclosure list or allergy certification.

Given that some diapers had no moisture transfer, the Aleva diaper...
Given that some diapers had no moisture transfer, the Aleva diaper is a disappointment with a full wetness transfer to the test paper indicating poor absorption.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Dislikes


Our biggest dislike is the absorption test results for the Aleva diaper. It is one of the lowest scoring diapers in our tests for absorption with an excessive amount of liquid transfer from the diaper to the paper surface. This kind of transfer indicates that the diaper is not locking moisture in the core and that it will instead sit against the baby's skin, which can cause irritation and possible diaper rash. Poor absorption is a real bummer because it leads to leakage and is one of the key functions of a diaper. This option fails to meet expectations in our tests.

Given the focus on being vegan and all-natural, it is somewhat disappointing that they haven't made a more significant effort to be more eco-friendly. The Alev earned an average score for eco-friendliness due to a lack of full disclosure and only vague comments concerning materials. While they claim to have a bleach-free diaper, they don't specify what they mean, and we suspect they are using ECF pulp like most other brands because TCF pulp is brag-worthy, and they don't mention it. The company only specifies the material makeup of the top and bottom layer as bamboo, which means the core is likely wood pulp that contains dioxins. Most diaper brands have this makeup, but it isn't very reassuring for a diaper that claims eco-friendliness.

Aleva Naturals diaper is soft and comfortable with skin-friendly...
Aleva Naturals diaper is soft and comfortable with skin-friendly elastic and fabric.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Conclusion


The Aleva Naturals diaper offers impressive leak test results and is super comfortable with soft fabric, skin-friendly motion points, and elastics. However, it earned one of the lowest overall scores with disappointing absorption, health, and eco-friendliness results. While it has some interesting features, the limited absorption and higher price make it a diaper that isn't as good as most of the competition.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz