I’ve always believed that in sticking as close to nature’s goodness as we realistically can – we remain the safest! Yet, that is an ideal, not an absolute and in no way at all do I claim to be any sort of green, organic activist! I am however, the mother of a six year-old who seems to be reactive to a whole lot of things commonly found around us. Rayna is six and has had childhood asthma since she was about 9 months old. If you’re one of my regular readers, you know I’m quite keen on photography, and we have a family tradition of making an autumn album every year. This is a photograph from a few years back that came at a great price to me :
Right after we came back from the park, Rayna was covered in a very prominent rash that became worse over the next few hours and we had an emergency call to make sure her little three year old body wasn’t going into some form of anaphylactic shock. After an ardous investigation, we were told that she’d had a very strong reaction to plant allergens that are present on leaves, barks etc, and her eczematic symptoms would gradually wear off in a few weeks. We were told to use nothing but water on her skin and since then, we’ve only used medicated, absolutely lack lustre products on her. While her sister gets to use loads of colourful and funky bath products, Rayna’s forbidden it all…not very nice to be constantly reminded that you’re different, is it?!
A week back, I got a lovely email from Green People asking me if I would review some of their products and after hearing about Rayna, they very kindly sent us a hamper to try on her. Now, to begin with, I held my breath – but after I read what their website said and the fact that the company’s been started by someone whose child suffered eczematic reactions allayed a lot of my fears!
So, these are the things we tested out thoroughly, (I used them too ;P ) so my opinions are very grounded in actual experience :
Children’s Berry Smoothie Shampoo and Children’s Berry Smoothie Conditioner – Our verdict – We absolutely loved it! The smell is amazing and girly in a very age-appropriate way… plus they worked tangle-free wonders on my older daughter’s very thick hair too (You can see them both in this post, running around modelling Mini Boden with their very different hair). One is poker straight and gets greasy fast, the other is frizzy-haired and dry, just like mommy! 😉 So to get a set of hair products that works for both is great! I totally fell in love with them
Children’s Sun Lotion SPF 25 – “Organic Children Scent Free Sun Lotion SPF25 is made without parabens, alcohol (ethyl alcohol, ethanol), lanolin, methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone, phthalates, artificial perfumes, petrochemicals and colourants to bring you the purest children’s sun lotion that nature can offer.” The company also claims that SPF 25 is more than sufficient cover and we don’t need more. I think the texture of this beat anything I’ve used from other brands, however, sunscreen being sunscreen, it’s got that slight sheen which had to be rubbed in nicely into our darker skin so as to not glow ultraviolet! ;P It’s suitable for children who may be prone to eczema or psoriasis too! They have it in a small “try-me” size before you bite the bullet on the big one! ;P
Aloe Vera After Sun Lotion : Whilst this lotion was fabulous on my older daughter with normal skin, I felt Rayna needed something a more hydrating/thicker/greasier (?) But given that most of you might be parents of children who aren’t as sensitive as her, it would be churlish of me to rate this lower It’s worked a treat on me and I love the natural scent, plus I’m a huge believer in what aloe vera has to offer. Those with a child that needs that extra bit might want to test this out first…
Mandarin and Aloe Vera Toothpaste: If I could use this sweet, mandarin flavoured toothpaste, I would! Made with essential oils of Myrrh which protects against bacterial growth and other such causes of tooth-trouble- I think it’s a great product! If you, like me have been troubled by the flouride controversy – to use or not to use?! Here’s what sold it to me -this is 100% natural – free from SLS and fluoride !
Sticky Hand Sanitiser – Promises to naturally sanitise sticky fingers, faces, toys and high chairs! I must admit, I’m a bit of the hand-washing enthusiast ;P Not always the greatest idea if your children already have dry skin. I used to carry moisturiser and massage their hands etc when we travelled, but I felt this did the job very gently. This is what it offers :
- Cleans dirt, grime and germs with a squirt
- No need for water so perfect for days out
- Mum can use it too after every nappy change
- Tea Tree extract for added antiseptic properties
- A great ‘eco buy’ for families as you get up to 200 squirts per bottle
I’ve used a lot of products, even leading organic brands but if you’re buying personal care products for children, I totally and unflinchingly recommend the Green People Organic Children range! The ownership and fun that accompanied the natural goodness was something I can’t put a price tag on – my little baby Rayna (she’ll always be my little baby, my youngest!) said to me ‘Look mummy, my skin isn’t itchy and I smell like a berry!” Rahel (the older) is chuffed to bits with all the beautifully packaged “only-for-them” bits in the bathroom! Thank you Green People, it’s been a lovely bath-week on you! x
*Disclaimer : This is a sponsored post, and I was given this hamper for my participation! All opinions, stories, anecdotes and ramblings are authentically mine! :)*
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