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Honest Company Diapers Review

Expensive, eco-friendly option that didn't perform as expected
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Price:   $0.51 List | $0.37 each (in 136-pack) at Amazon
Pros:  Eco-friendly, higher health score
Cons:  Disappointing leakage and absorption results, durability, price
Manufacturer:   The Honest Company
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  May 24, 2018
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RANKED
#17 of 22
  • Absorption - 40% 4
  • Leakage - 20% 5
  • Comfort - 15% 6
  • Health - 15% 4
  • Eco-friendly - 5% 7
  • Durability - 5% 3

The Skinny

The Honest Company diaper is a high priced diaper with multiple patterns. This product prides itself on being eco-friendly and good for baby. Compared to the competition, it is better than most diapers we tested at both. However, it isn't good at doing the essential jobs required for a diaper with poor performance in keeping liquids away from baby's skin and preventing leaks. Without these abilities, a diaper could cause messes or diaper rash, making it a no-go in our book. If you are looking for an eco-friendly option that is good for baby and keeps messes where they belong, there are other higher ranking green diapers available with better test results for absorption, leakage, ecology, and health.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Actress Jessica Alba and Christopher Gavigan, former CEO of Health Child Health World, co-founded The Honest Company. Jessica says she started the Honest Company "…to help moms and give all children a better, safer start." The company makes a variety of home products from soaps and cleaners to multi-vitamins and diapers. Both Christopher and Jessica were frustrated, trying to find the best products for their little ones, so they decided to create these products themselves. Honest strives to develop effective, safe, eco-friendly, convenient, and affordable products for families.

Performance Comparison


Honest tested above average for eco-friendliness and baby's health  but it wasn't at the top of the green pack.
Honest tested above average for eco-friendliness and baby's health, but it wasn't at the top of the green pack.

Likes


It is hard to say what we liked about this diaper. While it has some fun designs and we like that you get to choose what pattern you order, It didn't score that well in most of our tests. However, it did manage an above-average score for our ecological and health metrics, and that is something we can truly get behind.

The Honest diapers come in a variety of patterns you can choose from for a more custom look.
The Honest diapers come in a variety of patterns you can choose from for a more custom look.

This diaper earned a relatively high score for eco-friendliness, where many other diapers struggle in this metric. It is totally chlorine-free (TCF), uses plant-based plastics and pulp from sustainably managed forests. It also has a plant-based inner and outer layer, but Honest doesn't remark on its biodegradability. Honest offers a partial disclosure list for their diapers, and we wish it were a complete disclosure because we've caught them in "greenwashing" fibs before, which now makes most of their claims a little suspect, in our opinion.

The Honest diapers are super cute with lots of available patterns to choose from and they fit our little testers well.
The Honest diapers are super cute with lots of available patterns to choose from and they fit our little testers well.

For health, the Honest diaper scored above average. This diaper is TCF and offers a partial disclosure list. It is perfume and latex-free, but it has a print, and a lotion added, so it isn't lotion or dye-free. It could have scored higher if they offered a full disclosure list and were free of any additives.

Honest earned below average scores for leakage and absorption making it a poor performing diaper where it counts.
Honest earned below average scores for leakage and absorption making it a poor performing diaper where it counts.

Dislikes


The Honest diaper didn't perform that well in our tests for absorption or for leakage, which makes it a tough diaper to love. The two main objectives of a diaper are to lock away moisture and prevent contents from leaking out. With a low absorption score and leakage results that were below average, this diaper has questionable performance standards.

Honest diapers didn't perform well in our tests for absorption with more moisture on the test paper than competing diapers.
Honest diapers didn't perform well in our tests for absorption with more moisture on the test paper than competing diapers.

If a diaper can't lock moisture away in the core, there is a high probability that baby's skin is in direct contact with wetness. This moisture can lead to discomfort, skin irritation, and diaper rash over time. It can also lead to wet clothing or leakage because it doesn't absorb fast enough and could run off the surface and past the leg cuff or up the back. Our tests for leakage and online Amazon reviews both indicate that leaks are a possibility with the Honest diaper.

Sensitive skin can react to chemicals used in the production of the diaper or from dyes  fragrances  lotions  or the leg cuff design of disposable diapers. The Honest diaper caused a repeated rash on one of our testers.
Sensitive skin can react to chemicals used in the production of the diaper or from dyes, fragrances, lotions, or the leg cuff design of disposable diapers. The Honest diaper caused a repeated rash on one of our testers.

One of our testers developed a rash when using Honest. After a three-day break, the irritation went away, but it came back as soon as they tried Honest diapers again.

Honest diapers earned a below average score for durability with many online reviewers remarking on faulty tabs and falling apart.
Honest diapers earned a below average score for durability with many online reviewers remarking on faulty tabs and falling apart.

We also don't like that this diaper isn't very durable. It only earned one of the lowest scores in the group. After tallying reviews made by Amazon users, this diaper seemed to have some issues with faulty tabs and occasionally falling apart when compared to the reviews of other diapers we tested. With a higher price, you expect that diaper to stay in one piece, and you don't want to have to throw away an unused diaper because the tabs don't work.

The Honest diaper disappointed in its performance in our tests compared to the competition.
The Honest diaper disappointed in its performance in our tests compared to the competition.

Conclusion


The Honest diaper has some nice features and materials that make it eco-friendly and healthier for babies with TCF production and no perfumes or latex. However, it isn't the best at locking away liquids or at preventing leaks, two critical components of a diaper. Because it has difficulty doing the main job of a diaper, it is not a diaper we recommend. Also, we have noticed that since this diaper went mainstream with a higher distribution rate that it decreased in performance in our tests comparing this year to our 2014 tests. It also performed poorly compared to similar green diapers in our tests, which makes us wonder if the mass distribution has impacted the quality of the materials used in the production of this diaper. While this diaper has always had a relatively average score in our tests, it has now dipped below the average, which indicates that either it is losing performance abilities or other diapers are improving.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz