Baby H has such lovely soft, squishy, smooth, nice smelling skin. He has had some moments though, like infected eczema on his scalp which required two courses of antibiotics to get rid of…it’s actually very upsetting to see your child with a skin condition of any sort, because it’s just usually very uncomfortable for them and of course it doesn’t look nice. So what do you get…lots of people commenting on the rash, or whatever it may be, offering unwanted advice or stating the obvious or even worse, people who think you’re not taking care of your baby properly when in fact you are doing everything in your power to make it better.
But I digress.
I only use nice stuff on my baby. Apivita, an organic skincare range from Greece is certainly a skincare range that offers plenty of benefits. Everything from their vast skincare range looks like it could be amazing. When I was in Greece on my honeymoon, I was amazed at how this brand was everywhere.
They have a kids skincare range too – I have the Eco-Bio Baby & Kids Hair and Body wash with Calendula and Honey (£14) and the Natural Caring Oil with Lavender & Calendula (£16) to review.
I am a bit of a baby organic skincare expert now – I’ve tried out quite a few.
First of all – the Calendula and Honey Hair and Body Wash.
This product contains honey, calendula, almost, chamomile and also has some lavender oil which helps promote restful sleep since many babies have a bath as part of they’re bedtime routine. This is also gentle enough for use on small babies (check, because a ‘kids’ product isn’t always suitable for babies), and is free from mineral oil, paragons, silicone, alcohol and propylene glycol. Perfect!
When it comes to baby washes, I like something that doesn’t foam too much (it just gets in the way and in H’s eyes) but doesn’t leave a residue on his hair (which some do – I can tell cos his hair will go floppy rather than spiky!). I want something gently cleansing that doesn’t leave his skin squeaky clean either.
At the moment I mainly use Melvita and Burts Bees as his cleanser, as my beloved L’Occitaine baby wash is discontinued. I like both of them and does this Apivita compare?
Yes it does. This wash smells good (not as good as the Burts Bees, which has a very distinctive smell, however, that is a fragrance) and it has a nice, not too foamy cleansing feel too it. Most importantly, it doesn’t irritate H’s skin or eyes or leave it feel in dry. Like!
The Natural Caring Oil with Lavender and Calendula was something else I wanted to try because I regularly use oils on Baby H. It’s surprising how many baby oils look the part and feel the part but when you read the ingredients, it’s just mineral oil. CHECK THE INGREDIENTS!
I love use Burts Bees oil a lot as I like the smell, but it’s a weak moisturiser compared the the blissful Aromatherapy Associates oil, which leave Baby H’s skin so soft. However that is very pricey.
Apivita’s oil is also a very pure formula, containing calendula, jojoba, almond oil and lavender essential oil (Note: Lavender essential oil CAN be irritating to some people, please do check before using all over). It’s free from silicone, mineral oil, parabens etc. It can also be used on cradle cap (leave on for 30-60 mins to soften).
I like this oil very much – although Mr C reckons it smells ‘girly’ that is just the lavender. It comes with a pump applicator which seems a bit odd at first as it’s an oil. It’s hard to say what the best dispenser for an oil is – Burts Bees cap is practical but it’s easy to get too much, Aromatherapy Associates’ pump leaks, Melvita’s gorgeous baby oil has a super annoying slow dropper…maybe a pump ain’t so bad after all.
Because it comes through a pump, the oil is a runnier texture than the other oils I have mentioned here but it isn’t by any means a rubbish or non-hydrating oil. The lightness makes it easy to spread and rub in…oil always sits on the skin for a little bit.
I like this oil because it hydrates nicely, and it’s my second favourite after Aromatherapy Associates, although, it does smell better and its cheaper so this may be the one I buy next time.
Also in the range is a shampoo, a body wash, a lip balm for older kids and a barrier cream with zinc. Prices vary from £6-£16.
The range from Apivita Kids is not huge but it’s a select and lovely collection which I’d recommend for mums looking for products without unnecessary additives. They’re not cheap, but there’s plenty pricer too – also unlike some ranges that look organic, these actually are. I would buy these products in the future without hesitation.
Check out the range available at M&S here.