Back in November (seems like more than just a couple of months ago, no?) I was very kindly sent a lovely package of skincare for me and my babies.
While pregnant with The Princess, I saw an advert for a ½ price sale of very well-known baby products at a very well-known high street chemist. I decided to go and stock up on baby toiletries, but was horrified when I stood and actually read the lists of ingredients on these products. One particular product, claiming to promote relaxation and sleep, much like lavender itself does, claiming to be gentle and soft for baby, all packaged up in a lovely lavender bottle, contained no lavender whatsoever. Now, to be fair, the product never claimed it did contain lavender, but the marketing led me to believe that it would. Or should. Call me crazy, but I imagined only natural things should be rubbed, massaged, slathered and soaked into the delicate skin of a baby.
After reading ingredients’ lists of several baby products manufactured by big brands, which took a long time given that most of the lists contained over twenty ingredients and I needed a chemistry degree to understand most of them, I am now rather discerning when it comes to what I will and will not put on my babies’ skin. Basically, natural, organic, plant-based stuff – yes. Parabens, SLS and chemical-based stuff – um, no.
Which brings me to Spa Organics, a skincare company based in Conwy in North Wales, who use only organic plant oils in their products.
I was sent Skin Repair Cream and Kids and Babies Shampoo and Body Combo for my babies to try, and Age Defying Moisturiser with SPF 15 for me. And after three months of testing these products I can very safely say they work!
Little Pea, just like his sister when she was a similar age, has eczema around his chin and occasionally around his eyes. I was given hydrocortisone for The Princess which I was told would clear it all up in no time, but when I read about the side effects of using hydrocortisone, I decided her skin was too delicate and precious for this nasty stuff, and left it well alone. Since using the Skin Repair Cream on Pea’s eczema, I’ve noticed a definite improvement. It hasn’t cleared it up, obviously this product isn’t designed to do that, but it does take the redness away, and leaves Pea’s face feeling soft and moisturised, which can only help to ease the dry, itchy feeling of eczema.
The Kids and Babies Shampoo and Body Combo is so fab I’ve been using it myself! It smells wonderful, like a raspberry bubblegum (it is bubblegum scented), and is so moisturising that sometimes after I’ve showered, I forget to apply body cream as I don’t get that horrible tight-skin feeling that many other shower gels can leave. As there are no chemical nasties in the Shampoo and Body Combo, it doesn’t lather up or provide huge amounts of bubbles. If you are used to using regular high street products, the lack of bubbles may seem odd, but it is the chemically things (scientific, eh?) like sodium laurel sulphate, that produce a bubbly lather, so less lather means less chemicals, which can only ever be good.
As for the Age Defying Moisturiser, well I’m not entirely sure I now defy age – the drooping black bags below my eyes tend to give away the fact I am no longer a care-free twenty-something. But it has allowed me to go make-up free, which is a miracle in itself. Through my teens and twenties I had terrible spots, so I slathered my face in foundation and concealer and powder and anything else that promised to make me look ‘flawless’. In my thirties I became a mother, and realised I had no time for make-up any more, but still could not face being bare-faced, so BB cream was my choice of cover. However, since using this cream, my skin has adopted a certain sheen, which has given me the confidence to ditch the BB cream and foundation. My skin is far from perfect, thanks to ten or more years of spots, but it is looking a lot healthier and plumper and, dare I say, dewy, since I have been using this cream every day. Honestly, my sister was shocked when I told her I was wearing no make-up today, she thought I had at least a little something on.
I really can’t recommend these products highly enough. Not only are they organic and natural, and produced here in the UK, but they are very reasonably priced, making them worthy competitors of more well-known organic brands. I will definitely be buying Spa Organics products in the future, in fact, I think I have just run out of shampoo. And conditioner. And cleanser…..where’s my credit card?