Ever since Baby H was born, I have been committed to only using good quality, natural skincare on him. As a result I have tested many many different brands. H has normal to dry skin, and has suffered eczema, from serious (an infection on his scalp) or lingering small patches which have all but disappeared. However, in certain conditions (for example in the current British heatwave) he is prone to rashes which can be itchy and red.
I haven’t yet found ‘the one’ when it comes to baby skincare for him – the main staples of his routine is a hair and skin wash, followed by lotion. Burts Bees smells fantastic, but is not hydrating enough overall. Kiehls is decent but takes forever to sink in. L’Occitaine lotion I like but the range is being discontinued. Melvita was good too but is also being discontinued.
I have tried a few products from the current Weleda baby range, Calendula. The range is lovely but has a stronger Calendula smell. Weleda have brought out a new line for kids and people with sensitive skin (5 years in the making!) specifically fragrance-free and free from synthetic preservatives, which makes it excellent for sensitive skin, kids with eczema and itchy skin conditions.
The Baby Derma range is 100% natural (NATRUE certified) and is completely fragrance free (no essential oils either). It contains White Mallow which is calming and protective and Coconut Oil, which is a source of vitamin E and omega 6 and 9 fatty acids. (Each product has it’s own set of ingredients which you can check for potential allergens below).
I have used enough high end baby skincare for H to know what I like; I want creams that sink in quickly, that feel nice on the skin and leave his skin springy and nicely hydrated. He has dry skin on his arms and face in particular so it MUST be hydrating and it should last too. It must not irritate him at all or sting and ideally, be low on scent and additives like colour. That’s all!
Anyway, lets look at our products individually. First up is the Face Cream which comes in a metal tube:
I have been using this over my favourite baby face cream, L’Occitane, which is highly fragranced. White Mallow Face Cream is thick but not overly so, and sinks in beautifully into the skin (don’t know about your kiddy, but H hates me rubbing cream in his face, so I NEED it to sink i before he wipes it all over me!). I don’t think it stings him at all, even with his current rash because he would be moaning about it, and it leaves his skin feeling soft for a good few hours.
In terms of fragrance – all of these products are clearly ‘unfragranced’ but they have their own ‘smell’ which I can describe as…I don’t know a very very very faint PVA glue like smell WHICH disappears after a few minutes, letting your baby’s own sweet smell to come through. It’s not weird or unpleasant at all, but whenever I have something completely unfragranced, it’s always quite difficult placing what the product DOES smell like (because it’s bound to smell like something).
It’s a really beautiful texture and the only face cream I am using on H at the moment (other than Sudocrem on his little heat rash). Highly Recommended. Ingredients:
The Nappy Change Cream:
I am pretty loyal to Sudocrem when it comes to Nappy Cream and it’s still the one I use on a regular basis, but the Weleda nappy cream is a nice lightweight alternative too. Sudocrem tends to leave baby with a very white covered butt, whereas this one sinks in a bit like lotion (even though it contains Zinc Oxide too). If you are looking for something more lightweight than Sudocream, but is quite natural and protective at the same time, this is a good alternative.
Texture (you can see it’s thick and there’s an oily quality to it):
I have put this in the baby bag because it’s handier than my Sudocrem (I use the giant 400g tubs!) and this is better than the other ones I carry around (like Drapolene, that seems to bring H out in a rash!).
Weleda White Mallow Body Lotion:
This comes in a generous 200ml bottle and is a lighter texture than the face cream.
I like this lotion very much and so does Mr C (who does many bath times!). The lotion sinks in fast, it doesn’t sit on the skin leaving a slick BUT you can very much feel that the skin it still well hydrated after application. It’s none irritating and has a nice slick to it if you do baby massages. It’s not too watery either (Earth Friendly Baby have an extremely watery lotion that disappears into nothing) it’s just a great balance of lightweight and hydrating.
Overall, this is one of the best baby skincare ranges I have ever used on H. The products appear to be effective and truly none irritating for sensitive skin types – I will definitely buy the two moisturisers when I run out.
White Mallow Body Lotion £11.95 for 200ml (95% Organic).
White Mallow Face Cream £9.95 for 30ml (97% Organic).
White Mallow Nappy Change Cream £8.95 for 30ml (88% Organic because mineral ingredients like Zinc Oxide cannot be grown).