Following my diagnosis, I completely overhauled the skin care products that I use (see my other post on the skin care products that I use), so it was only right that I did the same for Sophia’s skin care products too. I started using Honest products when Sophia was first born and I experimented with some other brands too, until I finally came across some amazing natural products that work wonders. Some of the products are local too which is a bonus.
Shampoo and Conditioner
Rocky Mountain Soap Co. is a great local company that is made in Canmore, Alberta. Rocky makes toxin free, 100% natural skin care products for mini-humans and big humans too. I used some Rocky products before I was diagnosed, but now a large chunk of the skin care products in my house are from Rocky Mountain Soap Co.
I use the Rocky cherry kid shampoo and conditioner for Sophia. The shampoo and conditioner work a treat and smell amazing which is an added bonus. They are pretty gentle too as it doesn’t bother Sophia if the bubbles accidentally get into her eyes.
One product that Rocky are famous for is their baby bum balm. I don’t know if this is true, but it’s what they tell me in the store LOL! This stuff is a miracle worker and it’s worth loving just for the name alone. As the name suggests, it is meant to be a diaper balm for bambino’s little bottoms and is seriously great for this. Touch on wood, Sophia hasn’t had a diaper rash yet.
The bum balm is also great for so many other things too, like dry skin – try it on your elbows. I’ve been told that the bum balm is great for cradle cap, but Sophia didn’t have cradle cap so I haven’t investigated if this is true.
Sticking with Rocky Mountain Soap Co., I use the chamomile Baby Foaming Wash. The foam is light as air so is really gentle on Sophia’s delicate skin and seems to do the trick as she comes out of the bath tub nice and clean…job done!
Live Clean is a pretty large company and the products are readily available everywhere. On the plus side they are paraben free, sulphate free and use natural, plant based ingredients. I use Live Clean’s Baby Lotion with chamomile, lavender and aloe on Sophia – it smells lovely and the lavender has the added benefit of helping her to go to sleep at bedtime (I cover her in lotion after bath-time 😊).
Aveeno has a lavender and vanilla body lotion too, but unlike Live Clean Baby, Aveeno’s version has Fragrance/Parfum in it which is why I don’t use Aveeno’s version. Companies can hide anything under the label Fragrance/Parfum as this is considered to be their trade secret. For this reason, you have no idea if they are sneaking any bad ingredients or chemicals into the products. I do use some Aveeno products, but only ones without Fragrance/Parfum.
Organic Healing Balm
The Honest Company’s Organic Healing Balm is a little miracle worker, just like the Rocky Mountain Bum Balm. I very rarely use the healing balm, but it has come in handy for healing up scratches on Sophia’s face…one sharp nail always sneaks out of getting cut and then she scratches herself…argghhh! It is also great on small patches of dry skin, especially around Sophia’s nose if she has had a cold.
I use Clean Kids Naturally’s Wild Watermelon Bubble Bath. It bubbles up nicely when you first add it into the tub, but as it is a natural product, the bubbles don’t last very long once Sophia jumps in and starts splashing around as the bad ingredients that keep the bubbles alive are not added to this bubble bath.
Live Clean Baby has a great 2-in-1 bubble bath/body wash called Live Clean Baby Calming Bedtime Bubble Bath and Wash. We take this with us on vacation or to the swimming pool etc. as it has a great secure lid for travelling (the Rocky Mountain foaming soap and the Clean Kids Naturally bubble bath both have pumps). The Live Clean 2-in-1 is made with lavender, jasmine and vanilla so it smells really lovely and has the added calming benefit of lavender again.
Sophia got her first tooth at 4 months so we have been brushing her teeth for quite some time now. We initially used Honest Kids Toothpaste, natural and fluoride-free, in strawberry blast by The Honest Co. Sophia seemed to like the toothpaste but I thought I would give another natural one a whirl once this one ran out. I am now using Tom’s of Maine’s mild mint Toddler Training Toothpaste (for ages 3 months to 24 months) which is natural and fluoride free. Sophia likes the new toothpaste too and I would give the Tom’s an extra star for being easier to wash out of her toothbrush afterwards. The Honest toothpaste was a bit of a pain in the butt for rinsing off the residual toothpaste after brushing Sophia’s teeth.
A side note on fluoride; I chose to use fluoride free toothpaste initially as bambino’s are too small to spit out the excess toothpaste and you don’t want them swallowing fluoride. Once Sophia was 1, I was recommended by a nurse (at her 1 year vaccination visit) to start using fluoride. This didn’t seem right to me so I questioned this with my dentist on Sophia’s first trip to get her teeth checked out…too cute! My dentist told me to keep using fluoride-free toothpaste until Sophia is at least 3. An excess of fluoride can cause a lot of problems to the teeth. I have decided to keep using fluoride-free toothpaste as per my dentist’s recommendation.
Touch wood, Sophia’s hair doesn’t get crazy tangled. I do have an emergency bottle of Attitude’s Little Ones Hair Detangler just in case though. Attitude is a Canadian company, based in Montreal, and their products are 100% safe for your family and the planet, and free of cancer causing chemicals, mutagens and endocrine disruptors.
The detangler has come in super handy for after swimming – somehoe Sophia’s hair gets a little tuggy after swimming. The detangler seems like a popular product as it was constantly out of stock when I tried to order it direct from Attitude online. I eventually managed to get a couple of bottles of detangler when it was back in stock, and now my local organic market, Blush Lane, stocks the detangler so it will be easy to get replacement bottles in the future.
I have experimented with a few different brands of sunscreen for Sophia and the best one, hands down, is Live Clean Baby. It is a thick white cream which makes it easy to see where you have put it, but it rubs in well and doesn’t transfer onto your clothes which is amazing.
Like me, Sophia has really pale skin, so I am super diligent with making sure she has sunscreen on so that she doesn’t burn. Touch wood, this sunscreen has been great.
I tried Goddess Garden Organics Baby SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen initially for Sophia but this was a bit of a disaster. As with most natural sunscreens, it is so thick that it is almost impossible to rub in and Sophia would get upset with you trying to rub it in. Since discovering the Live Clean Baby natural sunscreen, I have just stopped using the Goddess Garden Organic sunscreen.
I have recently discovered another natural sunscreen brand called The Green Beaver Company. They have some spray sunscreen options, which Simon prefers, so I thought I would give them a whirl. The spray sunscreen is a little oily, but it rubs in really well as a result. This is in contrast to other natural spray sunscreens which don’t rub in and stay white on your skin.
I don’t use talc/talcum powder on Sophia but I just wanted to highlight how bad talc is in the hope that you don’t use it on your precious little bundles. Talc containing asbestos is a known carcinogenic and there are cases pending against Johnson & Johnson claiming their well known Baby Powder caused ovarian cancer due to the asbestos ingredients. The detrimental effects of non-asbestos talc is not known. Google how detrimental talc is and please please do NOT use this on your bambinos, or yourself for that matter.