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Parasol ReviewPrice: $0.37 List | $0.31 each (in 224-pack) at Amazon
Pros: Free of several irritants, average leakage, durable
Cons: Expensive, poor absorption, ecological
Bottom line: Healthy for baby, but pricey for below average absorption
Chlorine-Free: Elemental , Chlorine-free
The Parasol diaper is an average diaper with average scores for health, leakage, and comfort. It has soft fabric and skin-friendly tabs and motion points. On the downside, this diaper didn't perform well in our tests for absorption which means there is a potential for skin irritation and diaper rash from contact with excess moisture. The absorption problem coupled with the average leak performance means this diaper is potentially going to disappoint and leave more than one person feeling wet. This makes it a diaper we don't recommend.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
Parasol Essentials for baby make diapers and wipes. This company was founded on the belief that baby products should be safe and eco-conscious. The company has spent years creating a soft top sheet layer that uses less wood pulp than traditional diapers. They believe that eco-friendly diapers don't have to be bulky or rough. The company makes efforts to use fewer materials from sustainably managed forests, less packaging materials, and reduced shipping waste so their diapers have a smaller overall footprint.
This chart includes the overall scores for each diaper tested in this review for a quick comparison of the competition. The Parasol (in blue) scored in the bottom half of the pack.
The sections below detail what we like and dislike about the Parasol diaper compared to the competition.
The Parasol performed fairly well in our tests for leakage with a 6 of 10 score, which is average for the group. While nothing to sing about, and we did experience some leaking, it is better than some of the competition and one of the higher scores for the Parasol in our tests.
We did like that this diaper earned an above average score for health with a 6 of 10 and some serious consideration for chemicals and materials that could be potential irritants to baby's skin. This diaper is free of chlorine, perfume, lotion, and latex with a partial disclosure list on what the diaper is made of.
The Parasol also earned average scores for comfort and durability, so while it isn't the most comfortable or durable option, it does offer a very soft fabric and skin-friendly motion areas and tabs. The diaper is fairly durable with few complaints on how it holds up between diaper changes, but it isn't anything to write home about and other diapers were more durable.
This diaper did not perform well in our tests for absorption with a score of only 3 of 10 for locking liquids away. This is significantly below the top scoring options that come in with scores as high as 10. The Parasol had more wetness transfer to the test paper than much of the competition which could mean possible skin irritation for baby, diaper rash, or wet clothing.
While Parasol markets itself as an "eco-conscious" diaper it didn't stack up well compared to other green diapers we tested. This diaper earned a 3 of 10 for ecology. The Parasol has a partial disclosure list for ecology. It shows a Nordic Swan Eco-label and is PEFC, cruelty-free, and vegan. It does not discuss biodegradability for the diaper or packaging, and it doesn't mention the use of renewable resources. Bambo Nature has similar accreditation and earned higher scores in most metrics. Nature Babycare also has significant eco-friendly certifications and manufacturing processes.
This is a pricey diaper at about $0.46 per diaper, which is higher than the average option. Given the lower overall score and the disappointing absorption results it certainly doesn't worth the added cost.
The Parasol diaper is an average diaper with few above average scores in individual metrics. It performed average for leakage, but the absorption score was disappointing. Given that a diaper needs to lock away liquids and prevent leaks it is frustrating that this option isn't really good at either. This self-proclaimed "eco-conscious diaper" had surprisingly little supporting information for ecology leaving us disappointed. Overall, the higher price and lower scores mean the Parasol is a no-go in our opinion.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz
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