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Aleva Naturals Review

Pricey and comfortable this leak proof diaper doesn't absorb much liquid
Aleva Naturals
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $0.58 List
Pros:  Few leaks, comfortable
Cons:  Expensive, poor absorption
Manufacturer:   Aleva Naturals
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Jul 28, 2017
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  • Absorption - 40% 1
  • Leakage - 20% 8
  • Comfort - 15% 8
  • Health - 15% 6
  • Eco-friendly - 5% 4
  • Durability - 5% 6

The Skinny

The Aleva Naturals diaper is a comfortable option that didn't leak in our tests. This pricey diaper is nice looking and seems fragrance-free, but the disclosure of materials and eco-friendliness is vague and incomplete, which left us with more questions than answers. Overall, the diaper appears to be durable. Still, it has lower absorption, which means moisture remains near baby's skin until the diaper is changed, which could lead to diaper rash and skin irritation or wet clothing and discomfort. Overall, this diaper costs more than diapers that scored higher in our tests, making it an option we don't recommend.

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Pros Few leaks, comfortableGreat absorption and leak prevention, better health and eco-friendlinessAbsorption, comfy, durable, better healthGreat for health, eco-friendly, comfyGreat health, good absorption, eco-friendly
Cons Expensive, poor absorptionHard to find a good fit, not as comfy or durableAverage leakage and eco-friendlinessAverage for leaks and durabilityPossible leaks, not so cozy
Bottom Line Disappointing absorption can't be overcome with fewer leaks and comfortable materialsEarth friendly, healthy choice that works greatKeeps baby drier in a cozy, durable diaper that has better health statsComfy, healthy option with performance where it countsBest green bang for the buck that works well with a top health score
Rating Categories Aleva Naturals Nature Babycare Babyganics Bambo Nature Free & Clear
Absorption (40%)
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10
9
6
8
Leakage (20%)
8
8
6
6
5
Comfort (15%)
8
3
8
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6
Health (15%)
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Eco Friendly (5%)
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Durability (5%)
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Specs Aleva Naturals Nature Babycare Babyganics Bambo Nature Free & Clear
Type of Diaper Green Green Green Green Green
Chlorine-Free Elemental
Chlorine-free
Totally
Chlorine-free
Totally
Chlorine-free
Elemental
Chlorine-free
Totally
Chlorine-free
Perfume-Free Yes Yes Not Listed Yes Yes
Biodegradable Yes 99.90% No No No
Contains SAP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Miscellaneous Materials Details Bamboo Based Plastics Corn Based Plastics
Wetness Indicator Yes No Yes Yes No
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
Nordic Eco-label
FSC Certified
Asthma-Allergy Denmark
FSC Certified
Rainforest Alliance 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 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.

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

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz