Now that Baby H has hit seven months, I have really found some stand out organic skincare products that I like to use on him; these products are gentle enough for his dry and sensitive skin, are reasonable priced and are organic or at least omit any nasty or potentially allergenic ingredients.
I will share more thoughts on baby skincare on my new mummy / parenting blog very soon! It is called Dragon Baby in honour of the fact that H was born Year of the Dragon, and I have finally got a few posts up on there. The link is - Dragon Baby – on Blog Lovin’ here – and here is the Twitter to stay updated on new posts.
So onwards to these numerous organic baby products I keep discovering! Organic Monkey is a Fairtrade UK based company set up by two mums, who were disappointed by the range of truly organic skincare products for babies on the high street.
I was talking to a PR lady about Baby H being somewhat fractious at night (hence a slow down to my blogging) due to teething (which by the way, goes on and on and on) and she told me all about these two products. Well…I am all for trying new products!
Rock the Cradle Organic Scalp Oil (30ml – £7.50) is a product for relieving dryness on the scalp. I have tried a few other scalp oils to date and perhaps the nearest to compare to is Green Baby’s scalp oil (which I used a few times but didn’t really like – it was no more effective then olive oil).
Dry, flaky skin can be an unsightly and unwelcome addition to your little monkeys scalp. We have come up with a gentle, moisturising blend of organic oils to relieve dryness with organic geranium essential oil (great for helping to restore skins natural balance). This nourishing, easily absorbed oil will help to soften and loosen dry skin, making it easier to gently remove with a soft brush or dry washcloth.
I have had some serious problems with H’s scalp – his cradle cap which appeared at 3 months got worse and worse, and although Boot’s own cradle cap cream was ok, as was Detinox (a cradle cap shampoo which is HARSH) mildly soothed symptoms neither could clear it up.
Baby H’s cradle cap in it’s middling stages:
Many people say leave the scales to fall off, which is true, but at the same time they can be itchy. H itched his like crazy and he was mittened up constantly, but still, the scratching ended in an infection…that’s another story. Is scalp is now beautiful and healthy but it took 2 rounds of antibiotics and a prescription cleanser from the Dr that surgeons use to clean their hands to sort everything out…
Therefore for us, I found gently removing some of the scales helped him along. One of the best methods I’ve found for removing the scales (gently) is using an oil like this, leaving it for a little while, then using a steralised toothbrush to work some out with some shampoo.
This is the best premade scalp oil for babies I’ve tried – I prefer it to say, Burts Bees Nourishing oil which I use a lot on H as I love the smell. It’s actually purer – the ingredients for this oil is:
?Carthamus tinctorius (safflower oil), ?Cocos nucifera, (coconut oil), ?Prunus amygdalus (sweet almond oil), ?*Olea europea (olive oil), Tocopherol (vitamin E oil), ?Pelargonium graveolens (geranium essential oil), **Citronellol, **Geraniol, **Linalool
? Organically grown ingredient.
* Fairtrade ingredient certified to international Fairtrade standards. www.fairtrade.org.uk
To be realistic if you are on a budget you can certainly use olive oil instead on babies scalp, but I found that a little heavy and hard to wash out. I am also convinced that something too heavy on the babies head can cause problems too and I prefer to let the scalp breathe a little.
This is a nice product – now that H’s scalp is cradle cap free I must admit I don’t use oils on it because of my above point (I use a spray moisturiser) but this oil can certainly be used on other body parts, or on another baby!
Cheeky Monkey Organic Cheek Rub For Teething (30ml – £7.50)
I was very excited to get this cheek rub to try because it is so interesting and as far as I know, there’s nothing else similar available.
We have developed an organic cheek rub made up of a soothing blend of 100% organic ingredients combining Arnica, Sweet Almond, olive and Sunflower oils with organic Roman Chamomile, Lavender and Spearmint essential oils to help calm and relieve.
Baby H trying to eat the oils:
Some babies have a hard time when they are teething. Baby H has had some rough nights – they’re difficult and symptoms include dribbling, cheek rubbing, red cheeks, pulling his ear, tears, tears, tears.
When this occurs, I have an army of products to help – calpol, teething powder, and teething toys. If he is in pain I don’t try and keep him away from painkillers, although I don’t like administering them willy nilly, I think, I wouldn’t hold back from paracetemol if I had a headache…
Anyway. One a rough night he was pains, I gave him some teething powder then used this rub. The oil is light textured, a light golden hue and smells like fresh peppermint. It is really lovely smelling – refreshing but relaxing.
I rubbed this into H’s chubby cheeks in circular motions and he really enjoyed it. I do think it seemed to relieve some of the pain, he felt more ready to rest afterwards and the smell is lovely.
Don’t get me wrong – if your baby is having severe teething pains no doubt they will need painkillers but this product is a lovely addition to any teething ‘kit’ and it has that lovely addition of being soothing to a baby – having their mum or dad do a massage for them when they’re not feeling so good.
Totally love this innovative little oil.
Do you like it H?
I think the range is really nicely packaged (in frosted glass bottles – good quality) and I have no issue dispensing the oil out (sometimes people put oils in stupid bottles and you have to wait forever to get a decent amount of oil). Certainly if I were gifting another mum I’d consider these kinds of products over another babygro, because they will come in useful – all babies will teethe, and many many babies get cradle cap.
Cradle Cap Oil is here and the Cheek Rub for Teething is here (£7.50 each). They also have a Belly Rub which contains lavender which I am tempted to buy as H loves lavender and he sometimes gets windy at night so this would be a nice wind down treat.
Do you have a baby with teething or cradle cap problems?