When it comes to children's skin, less is always best! Their skin are often the most sensitive to chemical and synthetics included in commercial soaps and lotion. Even companies that tout themselves as organic or specialising in babies' and toddlers' products have ingredients that contain known irritants such as laurates, phthalates, sulfates and parabens.
So imagine our joy when Jo Lauren sent a couple of their bath products over for the monkies to try. Not only are they organic - Parents World Magazine Singapore awarded them the “Best Organic Baby Skincare 2014” award - they are the first 100% food grade ingredients baby skincare and bath collection!
What this means is that the ingredients used are totally ingestible! If it is safe enough to eat, I’m sure it is wholesome enough for the skin. And not to forget those harrowing moments when baby thinks that the foam bath is cotton candy and candidly took a bite from it… no joke, all three monkies did it! But no worries for Jo Lauren products, it is food grade remember?
Luckily for us, all three monkies have no flaring issues with sensitive skin. Then why would we want to use food grade product for them? Because our skin can absorb 60% of what we apply on it. We would definitely want to minimise the monkies’ exposure to chemicals and toxins.
Yes, I know what you are you are thinking - good stuff sure to be expensive! Surprisingly, the products are all affordably priced, with each item costing less than $20.
All well and good, but the toughest test has got to come in the form of the Diva. This Diva of mine is famed for procrastinating when it comes to bath time. There is always something more fun than bath: colouring, LEGO-building, playing make-believe with her cooking set.
But the day she used the Baby Castile Wash (S$16.90), she was hooked.
Castile soap is a top quality soap with origins from the Castile region of Spain, and is made by mixing olive oil with a lye. It is considered the mildest soap because glycerin, a by product of the process which prevents skin dryness with its moisturizing properties, is retained in the product. Besides glycerin, the Baby Castile Wash is infused with oils of coconut, olive and jojoba as well as organic aloe vera to soothe babies' sensitive skin.
Of course Ale does not know all of these. For her, she likes the novelty of seeing the foam being dispensed from the pump. She will mould it to different forms, imagining them to be rabbits and snowman before rubbing them on her body. I for one, like it for the fact that the pump dispenses just the right amount of foam and not use more soap than is required for the skin.
Just a point to note though, castile soap do not contain numbing agents and so is not tear-free. So it is not recommended that the baby castile wash be used on the face, especially around the eyes. Instead, that is where the Baby Colloidal Oatmeal Bath Bag (S$19.90 for 15 bags) comes in.
Colloidal oatmeal is produced by finely grinding oat and boiling it to extract the colloidal material. It has been used for centuries as a soothing agent to relieve itch and irritation. Jo Lauren had packed the colloidal oatmeal into individual bath bags for convenient usage, which contains nothing but USDA Certified Organic Oatmeal. Great news for sensitive skin babies then as there is only one food grade ingredient in this product.
For best results, dip a Baby Colloidal Oatmeal Bath Bag into the warm water and gently massage over the child's problem areas.
As much as the monkies' skin felt smoother after just one wash, I have to say that the wifey is the biggest beneficiary! She has dry patches on her skin and after using the bath bags for a few days, there is marked improvement with no more complaints of itchy legs. Yay to that, and even the monkies agree!
But if your child is suffering from a bad bout of eczema, then perhaps the Baby Miracle Balm (S$13.90) might just be the best product ever for him/her. That is because the balm is specially formulated by the founder of Jo Lauren, and is created especially for baby rashes.
Jo Lauren's founder, Jolene was in the skin care industry before her daughter, Lauren came along. Her daughter's eczema condition got so bad that it spurred her to find a natural, no-steroid solution for her. And that was how Jo Lauren (Jolene. Lauren. Jo Lauren...geddit?) was born.
Today, Jolene's daughter boasts lovely, fair and smooth skin which you can read in further detail here. The good thing about the balm is that it can be used as a daily moisturizer as well as for dry, itchy skin, baby rashes and eczema. In fact, it is also great for bug bites, scratches, cuts, stings, bruises and whole lot of other boo-boos!
So it seems like the young and adult residents of the Cheekiemonkies household give a big thumbs up to Jo Lauren's products. We really liked them, they were kind to our skin, and most of all they made bath time fun!
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