Baby Skincare – Gentle Brands
So I don’t think any of us have missed a certain ‘gentle’ baby skincare brand being promoted by all and sundry all over Instagram in the past few months. I’m at a bit of a loss when it comes to their campaign (which involves a rose and actually, I’m not even sure why) and despite me being less than favourable about them repeatedly on my own social media, they’ve asked for me to promote them on numerous occasions.
Now, I don’t like badmouthing brands. Nothing good comes from it and you just look like a big ol’ whinge bag. However, when it comes to actually promoting something as being suitable for sensitive skin, it riles me when influencers don’t do their research because it’s bloody important. When I first became mum to Milo, I stocked up on this particular brand and Milo’s skin stuck two fingers up at it. And rightly so. After mentioning it on social media, other mums replied they’d had similar adverse reactions and one woman even got in touch to say her military husband and colleagues used it to clean artillery with. If you’ve got products which can get guns sparkly, it’s probably not all that great for newborn flesh and we really need to invest more time in making sure what we’re bathing our children in isn’t going to cause irritation. Some children are obviously absolutely fine using them and that’s great, but we need to be wary of using the tagline ‘sensitive skin friendly’. It’s very, very often not the case.
That being said, trying to fathom what exactly IS suitable for sensitive skin and what just claims to be, is tricky business. It took me a few weeks to sift through endless brands before finding one which worked (and which I’ll be mentioning in a mo) and by that point, I was starting to think I was just going to have to stick to water at bath time and nothing more.
SO. I thought I’d share my top favourite bathing brands which I can solemnly swear haven’t brought Milo’s skin out in a rash, are worth buying and do help even the most reactive of baby skins. Some have helped clear up eczema, some have sorted out cradle cap and some have just enabled mums to bathe their little ones without lots of red blotches afterwards. I’ve hyperlinked them all so you can check out their websites and I hope it saves you a bit of time and money… because quite frankly, they’re two things we could all do with more of…
I’ve worked with Love Boo on a few different occasions and that’s because I really, really rate them. They’re the brand I mentioned above who were the first to provide me with products which actually worked. Everything smells amazing (which isn’t something you always find when shopping sensitive), they’ve got a tonne of stuff for sale including pillow spray, detanglers and even handy perineum oil and it’s a mum-led brand which I find just shouts trustworthy. They list all the ingredients included in each product on the website and there’s no nasty chemicals going on. My absolute favourite is their Kind & Creamy Baby Lotion; the smell of it is more addictive than aaalllll the crack.
Kokoso are another brand I’ve been happy to champion from the start because they’re a go-to for me. Founded by Lauren and husband Mark, this brand is raw, stripped back and totally natural. ALL the things you want to hear. It’s very simply coconut oil; and you can slather it here, there and everywhere. On your baby’s bonce, bum, hair and then save a bit for yourself too. They’ve now branched out in to body washes and the teeny tiny soft as you like hair brush which comes in their bath time packs are SO wonderful (yes, mainly because it creates a little baby comb over and that’s the cutest thing known to man)
These guys are quite new and weren’t around when Milo was small so I’ve only been testing them since I’ve had Rex, but I’m already being won over. I was a tad sceptical because I always am with anything which involves a celebrity behind the brand (Emma Bunton is one of the founders) but actually, they’re pretty darn ace. We’re currently using their body wash for the boys during bath time and it’s lightly perfumed, you don’t need to squeeze much out I think the pricing’s more than reasonable for how long everything lasts. Again, no nasty stuff and ergo, no nasty reactions. Ultimate fave here is their Skin & Body Wash.
I love a brand who come with a bit of a personality and these guys have definitely got one (we even received a little cuddly toy cow with our order. No, not necessarily important but y’know… fun). Before even unwrapping the products, I could smell them through the cardboard and they genuinely smelt DIVINE; I was pretty keen to get testing and see if they’d manage the whole fragrant yet safe thing or if Milo would instead emerge from bath time all Itchy & Scratchy show. Luckily for all of us, it went well. MooGoo are again, free from parabens and other bleugh stuff, and you only need to take a look at their website to see they can aid in easing all different conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, acne and psoriasis. They make products for babies, adults AND pets (ye-ha) and are toooootally worth buying. They’re someone I’ll shop with time and time again. My current favourite is their Irritable Skin Balm.
I’ve worked with founder Joanna judging the Junior Mag Awards and it’s clear she’s very passionate about what she does. No messing around, no cutting corners; she wanted to come up with a line which didn’t leave little ones itching like mad after bath time or crying if shampoo went in their eyes and set about creating great smelling yet 100% safe products. Everything in Child’s Farm’s catalogue is a treat for the senses and the packaging is bright, fun & friendly. Their new baby range is suitable for newborns upwards and I carry around their baby oil with me in the changing bag for whenever Rex is looking a bit flaky (honestly, his forehead’s like a snow storm sometimes). You really can’t beat them and their prices are incredibly reasonable.
When I mentioned using these guys on social media, a HEAP of people got in touch to say they loved their adult products and I think that always says a lot. I originally tested their children’s suncream (which incidentally is aces) and after seeing good results, decided to check out more of the line. I really love it when a brand gives you a solid sized bottle of something; there’s nothing more annoying as a parent than finding something you like but having to remember to stock up on it every few weeks and there’s no scrimping on FrezyDerm’s portions. Lots of nice smells, soft, milky products for easily irritable skin and if you take a look at their website, you’ll see they just about cover EVERYTHING. I even managed to get Milo some non-greasy hair products and Rex BABY COLOGNE(!) Honestly, if it’s liquid talc you’re after (yes, that’s a thing) or colic relief gel (also a thing) then these guys are definitely worth a browse. A real gem of a find.
You know where you stand with Burt’s Bees and they’re totally to be trusted. From baby soaps for delicate skin to rich moisturisers, this lot aren’t going to cause you any problems whatsoever (AND while you’re on the site, you can stock up on some treats for you…) I’ve been trying out their Baby Bee Cream-To-Powder and I have to say, it fixes any sort of redness Rex might have going on down there very, very quickly. I like the way it dries, it leaves the skin soft and with next to no fragrance, you know it’s in its simplest form and ideal for newborns.