As mentioned in the earlier post, here are the initial products which I am planning to use with my soon-to-arrive newborn baby boy.

KEY to ingredient lists:
  • Ingredients known to have positive benefits
  • Ingredients that may cause irritation (especially to sensitive skin)
  • Ingredients considered potentially harmful/ toxic

Weleda Calendula Body Lotion (200ml)

What the manufacturer says about the product:

“Gently care for delicate skin with this light baby lotion. A mild and light milk with caring organic almond and sesame oils and soothing extracts of organic calendula and chamomile. Enriched with perfectly compatible lipids in a lotion which supports newly developing skin in its natural protective job. Baby’s skin is left velvety-soft and smelling of nothing but baby, making everyone smile! Suitable for vegetarians.”

EN_Baby_Calendula_Body_Lotion_RGB_largeIngredients (INCI):

  • Water (Aqua)
  • Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil
  • Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil
  • Glycerin
  • Alcohol
  • Glyceryl Stearate SE
  • Cetearyl Glucoside
  • Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides
  • Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract
  • Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract
  • Beeswax (Cera Alba)
  • Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter
  • Xanthan Gum
  • Glyceryl Caprylate
  • Fragrance (Parfum)*
  • Limonene*
  • Linalool*
  • Geraniol*
  • Citral*
  • from natural essential oils

My view:

This is a great list with many natural ingredients, most at the top and towards the middle. Sesame seed and almond oils have soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, as does the calendula, so I have high hopes for this lotion.

The only ingredients that may cause irritation to more sensitive babies are the fragrance ingredients, even despite being natural and in trace amounts (i.e. at the end of the list and after ‘parfum’).

Note to vegans: glycerin can be of animal or vegetable origin.

I purchased my lotion from Boots.


Weleda Calendula Cream Bath (200ml)

What the manufacturer says about the product:

“Wash baby’s skin as gently as a touch with this extra-mild baby bath for delicate skin. Calendula’s sunny warmth and gentle skin soothing powers are matched with silky sweet almond oil and organic sesame oil to prevent drying, in a truly nourishing blend. Warm and cosseting on the skin, kindly cleansing, it’s a bath made to keep skin soft, smooth and with the lovely fragrance of natural, clean baby. Suitable for vegetarians.”

EN_Baby_Calendula_Cream_Bath_RGB-largeIngredients (INCI):

  • Water (Aqua)
  • Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil
  • Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil
  • Alcohol
  • Glycerin
  • Calendula Officinalis Extract
  • Glyceryl Stearate SE
  • Fragrance (Parfum)*
  • Xanthan Gum
  • Glyceryl Stearate Citrate
  • Limonene*
  • Linalool*
  • from natural essential oils

My view:

Another great list – short and simple, but with good ingredients featured at the top. Same concern about the fragrance being a potential irritant so it is worth testing it on babies with more sensitive skin.

I purchased my bath wash from Feel Unique.


Weleda Calendula Face Cream (50ml)

What the manufacturer says about the product:

“There’s a lot of learning when baby first faces the world – and baby skin is developing too. Five times thinner than grown-up skin, and much more prone to moisture loss, baby skin needs natural help. Organic calendula extract wraps its protective mantle around tender facial skin, while skin-friendly lanolin and organic almond oil moisturise. Easy to use on the face and quickly absorbed. Suitable for vegetarians. Also suitable for sensitive adult skin.”

Ingredients (INCI):EN_Baby_Calendula_Facial_Cream_RGB-large

  • Water (Aqua)
  • Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil
  • Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil
  • Alcohol
  • Glyceryl Stearate SE
  • Lanolin
  • Beeswax (Cera Alba)
  • Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract
  • Xanthan Gum
  • Fragrance (Parfum)*
  • Limonene*
  • Linalool*
  • Geranoil*
  • Citral*
  • from natural essential oils.

My view:

A very similar composition of ingredients to the body lotion, as well as the other products from the range, so again this cream has high potential.

I purchased my cream from Feel Unique.


Weleda Calendula Nappy Change Cream (75ml)

What the manufacturer says about the product:

“Soothes irritated skin and reduces redness from day one. Organic calendula, the humble pot marigold, has an exceptional property used in our Calendula Baby Care products. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory, so in hard- working Nappy Change Cream we take calendula and chamomile extracts and blend with sweet almond and sesame oil, making a rich cream to reduce redness and gently care for the nappy area. Skin-friendly lanolin and zinc oxide provide a barrier against damp. Midwives agree we’ve been offering an exceptional product for nearly 30 years! Suitable for vegetarians.”

Ingredients (INCI):EN_Baby_Calendula_Nappy_Cream_Baby_Child_RGB-large

  • Water (Aqua)
  • Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil
  • Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil
  • Zinc Oxide
  • Beeswax (Cera Alba)
  • Lanolin
  • Glyceryl Linoleate
  • Hectorite
  • Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract
  • Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract
  • Fragrance (Parfum)*
  • Limonene*
  • Linalool*
  • Benzyl Benzoate*
  • Benzyl Salicylate*
  • Geraniol*
  • Farnesol*

*from natural essential oils

My view:

Again, a great list with beneficial ingredients featuring high at the top. There are a few fragrance ingredients, albeit in small amounts, so will be looking out for signs of irritation. Also, as it contains zinc oxide (which can dry out skin), I am only going to use it only when the nappy rash strikes.

Note for vegans: lanolin is an animal-derived product.

I purchased my cream from Boots.


 Fushi ORGANIC VIRGIN shea butter (250g)

What the manufacturer says about the product:

“Organic Shea Butter is rich in Oleic, Stearic and Linoleic acids that help protect, nourish and keep the skin beautifully soft and moisturised. It is also rich in essential vitamins A, E and F. Vitamin F protects the skin, particularly from the suns harmful UV rays. It helps promote youthful skin, reduce fine lines and dryness. Vitamins A and E help maintain overall health of the skin and hair as well as nourish the skin and maintain blemish free skin. Shea Butter benefits also include wound-healing (anti-bacterial) properties to heal skin problems in a healthy, soothing way.”

Ingredients (INCI):web-new-virgin-butter

Organic Unrefined RAW Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter)

My view:

This is an amazing product which I’ve been using on my pregnant belly for the past few months and my skin feels supple and soft to touch. Probably one of my biggest revelations EVER which I will continue to use for years to come.

I purchased mine Fushi.


Naty by Nature disposable nappies (size 1)

What the manufacturer says about the product:naty nappies

  • “Leakage barrier made of 100% GM free, compostable, corn based film that is not only watertight but also “breathes” naturally resulting in an airier, drier and more comfortable nappy
  • Totally Chlorine Free (TCF) and FSC certified wood pulp
  • The printing colour is free of heavy metals and not harmful to health
  • No perfume
  • Soft, cloth-like feel provides a non-bulky fit, enabling your child to move around freely!”

My view:

I haven’t tested them yet but I am impressed with Naty’s claims about the nappies being chlorine-free as well as free from mineral oil which many nappies do contain. The cost was also appealing to me as the price per nappy is only marginally higher than other most popular brands.

I purchased these nappies from Boots.


La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water (150ml)

What the manufacturer says about the product:La_Roche_Posay_Thermal_Spa_Water_Spray_150ml_1393592347

“La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water is ideal for daily use and can be used to soothe and soften sensitive skin, comfort and refresh the skin after cleansing and hydrate and refresh skin in warmer weather. It is naturally rich in mineral salts and oligo elements, such as Selenium. The micro-droplets penetrate the skin immediately for intense soothing and softening of sensitive skin. For all skin types (adults, children and babies).”

Ingredients (INCI):
Water (Aqua)

My view:

This one is yet to be tested. I have high hopes for it as have heard it really does soothe sensitive skin, however I am concerned about the cold sensation on my baby’s bottom so will probably wait a while before I start using it.

I purchased this water from Feel Unique.


Natural Honeycomb Sponge

What the manufacturer says about the product:natural-honeycomb-sponge-approx-12-cm-180165-en

“Natural sponge for showering and bathing. Its origin is the Mediterranean Sea (the Aegean Sea and the North Coast of Africa). Its size varies from 3 to about 15cm. Natural and unbleached. Great durability.”

My view:

I have recently introduced these beauties into my household and I absolutely love them! Compared to synthetic sponges, these natural sponges are not processed with chlorine or other artificial ingredients to ensure they are clean – instead, natural sponges are full of natural enzymes and minerals that prevent the growth of odours, mould or bacteria so they are hypoallergenic. In addition, they are softer, more absorbent, last longer and are fully biodegradable! What is there not to love about them?

I purchased my sponge from Ecco Verde.


Have you used any of these products on your babies/ children? If so, what was your experience of them? If not, what other products have you used on your little ones that you would recommend?

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