Aleva Naturals Review
Pros: Few leaks, comfortable
Cons: Expensive, poor absorption
Manufacturer: Aleva Naturals
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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.
This diaper is great at preventing leaks and earned an 8 of 10 for leakage in our tests, which is the high score for this review. We experienced no leaking in our tests, and Amazon reviewers, though only a few, indicated similar experiences concerning leaks. Leakage is one of the two most important aspects of a diaper and how well it functions.
This diaper also scored well for comfort and felt quite cozy compared to the competition. The Aleva earned one of the highest scores for comfort as well. This diaper has very soft material, and the motion points are not abrasive. The elastic feels like it is skin-friendly, but the closure tabs are somewhat rough.
We also liked that this diaper is relatively durable. While a diaper doesn't need to last for very long, it does need to keep the waste contained until a diaper change, and some comfortable diapers had trouble staying together and stopping messes from happening.
For health results, we can't say we like it, but we don't dislike it either. This diaper scored just above average for health. This diaper is chlorine, lotion, and latex-free. It doesn't mention fragrances or dyes, but we didn't smell anything when we opened it, and there is a print on the front of the diaper. Aleva doesn't have a full disclosure list or allergy certification.
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 be against baby's skin, which can cause irritation and possible diaper rash. Poor absorption is a real bummer because, along with leakage, absorption is one of the key functions of a diaper, and it fails to pass muster.
Given the focus on being vegan and all-natural, it is somewhat disappointing that they haven't made a more significant effort to be 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 by this. We suspect they are using ECF pulp like most other diaper 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, and it disappointing for a diaper that claims eco-friendliness.
The Aleva Naturals diaper offers impressive leak test results and is super comfortable with soft fabric and skin-friendly motion points and elastics. However, it earned a below-average score overall with disappointing scores for absorption, health, and eco-friendliness. While it isn't a terrible diaper and has some interesting features, the limited absorption and higher price make it a diaper that isn't as good as much of the competition.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz