The new organic bath products for little people
Looking back wistfully over some baby photos the other day, I couldn’t believe how much my daughter (who’s about to turn three, yikes!) has grown and changed. But among the memories are a clutch of snaps that remind me how tricky life was for a while, because my baby had a range of allergies. Nothing life-threatening, luckily, but her beautiful face was a mess of puffy eyes with dark plum shadows, swollen cheeks and raw, flaky red skin.
We eventually discovered she was allergic to dairy and eggs, and also reacted to avocado, tomatoes and a host of other foods as well as certain bath bubbles. We changed her diet, banished the enemy and got used to the vile smell of her special formula (which we’d progressed to after a year’s breastfeeding). Slowly, over time, her skin improved, with fewer outbreaks. Her eczema cleared up and she stopped getting hives. She began to have milk and eggs in cooked food and now she seems to be mostly over it.
But she still has sensitive skin and can react at random times, so you’ll understand why I’m slightly neurotic about what we use at bath time and why I don’t always let the kids have bath foam. I have my trusty organic favourites and it takes a lot to tempt me away from them. But then I was asked to try a new organic brand, Little Siberica, and decided to give it a go. Yes, organic products all the way from Siberia, who knew? (Is it just me who associates it with woolly mammoths?)
We started with the baby bath foam. Suitable for newborns, it’s paraben-free and made from herbs and plants from Siberia and Far East Russia. It smells like fizzy sherbet sweets (I could spend hours sniffing at the lid), although the bottle states this is actually due to extracts of mallow and sage rather than extract of Refresher (yum). And while Little Siberica claim this product will soothe and calm small people, the billowing mountains of bubbles it created turned bath time into a not-calm-at-all riot of foam beards and pretend sneezing (into a handful of bubbles so they fly everywhere). But happy kids and, bonus, no reaction on the skin, so I was reassured of the gentleness of the ingredients.
Tuesday night is hair-washing night, after swimming. Could the Little Siberica Baby No Tears Shampoo with extracts of aloe and liquorice meet the chlorine challenge? Apparently so. And no need for added conditioner on my daughter’s fine but knotty hair, either. While the faintly citrusy fragrance didn’t match the bath foam’s Refresher-tastic scent, soft, shiny hair without a hint of chlorine the next day meant this was a win.
Silky-soft locks and giggles aplenty at a lovely-bubbly bath time have made me happily add this range to our bathroom shelf (the lovely packaging also helps, of course). But for me, finding a new product that is gentle enough not to make my daughter’s precious skin react is a big deal. Clearly there’s more to Siberia than woolly mammoths after all.
Lucy D received some items for review, but all thoughts are her own.
The Little Siberica range starts from £5.37 and includes shampoo, bath foam, moisturiser and massage oil. Available to buy from naturasiberica.co.uk
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