We’ve been testing the new Jack n’ Jill bathtime range for the past few months so if you’re a parent interested in natural bathtime products for children, then I hope you find this review useful.
Don’t you agree that finding bathtime and skincare products for your little ones that won’t strip off their skin’s natural oils and instead will keep it moisturised for hours can be a bit of a challenge? When our Leo was born over six years ago, I found it so difficult to navigate around this topic and sadly followed the ‘crowds’ and opted for products from one of the leading high street brands. I’m sure you know which one – I know, I know, terrible! These days, I feel much more confident about reading labels and ingredient lists but it took me a while to get here. As there are more and more brands springing up and taking advantage of the ‘green movement’ by manufacturing products that claim to be natural when in fact this couldn’t be further from the truth, it can feel like a minefield for parents to make the right choices.
Jack n’ Jill are an Australian brand best known for their natural fluoride-free toothpastes for children. We’ve been using these for over two years now and although I think the price is still a huge barrier for more parents to switch to a fluoride-free option, our boys absolutely love brushing their teeth now. In the past I would worry about them swallowing some of the conventional fluoride toothpaste but this is no longer necessary as Jack n’ Jill toothpastes are absolutely safe for children and babies to swallow due to natural ingredients used. If you’re interested, you can check out my analysis of ingredients within various natural toothpastes for kids (including the Jack n’ Jill ones) in my blog post What’s inside…? Natural children toothpaste.
But going back to the Jack n’ Jill bathtime range. In July last year, I happened to meet some of the lovely Jack n’ Jill team members at the ‘Love Natural, Love You‘ events in London’s Kensington Olympia and as a result of our chat, they offered to send us a few products from their new bathtime range to test on our boys. It’s taken me a LONG TIME to write this post but we’ve certainly tested all the products thoroughly so I hope the wait was worth it 🙂
As we liked Jack n’ Jill toothpastes already, I was intrigued about their latest venture to bathtime products. All of the products are promised to be natural and free from the usual nasties (i.e. parabens, sulfates, palm oil, synthetic fragrances & colour). Instead, the new Jack n’ Jill bath time range relies on naturally-derived cleaning ingredients, such as soap bark and quinoa. On top of that, the range is also hypoallergenic, cruelty free and not tested on animals. Whereas the bottles are BPA-free and also recyclable.
Overall, there are nine products in the new Jack n’ Jill bathtime range: a bubble bath, 2-in-1 body wash and shampoo, and moisturiser, each available in three categories:
- Simplicity – “naturally unscented, hypoallergenic and great for ultra-sensitive skin of all ages. This range is perfect for newborns and natural bath time fun.”
- Sweetness – “a blissful & uplifting aromatherapy blend with Australian native Orange Pearl extract, Organic Coconut oil, Neroli oil, Palmarosa oil and Ylang Ylang oil.”
- Serenity – “a tranquil & soothing unique aromatherapy blend with native Australian White Cyprus extract, Australian Lavender oil, Clary Sage oil and Chamomile oil.”
Each range has a distinctive fragrance, ingredient formulation as well as different characters.
We were sent the following three products from Jack n’ Jill bathtime range:
Sweetness Bubble Bath (300ml, £9.99)
“This Sweetness Bubble Bath contains natural extracts and hydrating ingredients to provide an enriching and fun bath time experience. Soaking in a warm bubble bath will leave skin feeling super soft and deeply cleansed and relaxing essential oils such as Ylang Ylang and Palamrosa are perfect for before bed time.
Natural extracts such as soap bark and orange pearl provide a deep cleansing action without over drying, and quinoa and panthenol enrich the skin with essential vitamins and amino acids. Glycerin and orange pearl extract deeply hydrate to keep skin feeling conditioned, soft and smooth. This gentle formula is non-irritating and perfect for sensitive skin and creating rich, long-lasting bubbles that kids will love.”
Benefits of Australian Native Orange Pearl Extract: Native Orange Pearl is a species of vine with extracts from this plant containing powerful anti-oxidants. Protects the skin from breaking down. Has proven anti-inflammatory properties to soothe skin and help fight bacteria and other harmful toxins.
Organic Coconut Oil: Loaded with good fats, Coconut Oil retains the moisture content of the skin, as the fats eliminate moisture loss. Stimulates hair growth getting deep into its follicles, promoting scalp health as well as adding shine and softness to the hair. Coconut Oil can also prevent hair breakage and split ends.”
*Naturally occurring in the Essential Oils, **Certified Organic Ingredients.
Our verdict on Sweetness Bubble Bath:
This is a really gentle bubble bath – it doesn’t foam that much which is fine from my point of view, as that means the product doesn’t contain harsh detergents (which most conventional bubble bath products do). After using the bubble bath exclusively for a few months, I can safely say it hasn’t irritated my boys’ skin at all.
I also really like the packaging of the range – the wide bottles with a big pump are handy for little hands to squirt the product into the bath all by themselves, which adds to the fun.
Simplicity Shampoo & Body Wash (300ml, £9.99)
“Benefits of quinoa: Helps prevent dry skin as it contains important minerals like calcium, iron and phosphorus. Provides elasticity & builds connective tissue in the skin due to its high levels of Vitamin B2. Contains essential amino acids which act as natural strengtheners, protect the hair and promote hair growth.
Soap Bark is derived from a Chilean Native Tree. Soap Bark is used as a natural soap and cleanser. Contains antioxidants as well as providing anti-inflammatory benefits. Soap Bark acts as a natural foaming agent as an alternative to SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphates).”
Our verdict on Simplicity 2-in-1 Shampoo & Body Wash:
We used this product only as a bath wash as our boys have mixed-race hair which requires a different hair care routine (I’ll be posting a blog post about their hair care products soon). So as a body wash, this has worked really well – my older son Leo’s skin is prone to eczema and he’s reacted really well to this product – no flare ups due to this product at all.
Serenity Moisturiser (300ml, £11.99)
“This gentle Serenity Moisturiser contains natural extracts and hydrating ingredients to create an enriching and hydrating formula. This light Moisturiser is formulated especially for children’s sensitive skin with mild and non-irritating ingredients. Rich ingredients such as allantoin, glycerin and panthenol work together to leave skin super soft and deeply hydrated.
Conditioning oils such as grapeseed and ylang ylang add even more hydrating properties, and the relaxing white cypress oil is the perfect addition to a post-bath Moisturiser.
Benefits of white Cypress Oil: White Cypress Oil induces a calming and relaxing effect – perfect for before bed baths. Contains antiseptic properties which helps protect the skin from harmful bacteria and other toxins.
Australian Lavender Oil: Traditionally used for its healing powers as a natural antiseptic, Lavender Oil also improves the length and quality of sleep. Excellent for tired muscles, relaxation and stress relief.”
Our verdict on Serenity Moisturiser:
To be honest, I wasn’t too fond of the ‘synthetic’ smell of this moisturiser which I’m not too sure which ingredient it’s attributed to. I’m not too keen on conventional body lotions for children (I prefer oils and butters) so for that reason, I only tested this lotion on Leo (who’s 6 years and has occasional eczema flare ups). We manage his eczema really well by applying my own homemade body butter or simple plant-based oils so deviating from this routine always makes me worry how his skin will react. Unfortunately, despite a few attempts, this lotion just didn’t agree with Leo’s skin as it ended up with quite a few really dry patches after application.
All in all, we found both the Simplicity Body Wash and Sweetness Bubble Bath really gentle on our boys’ skin – we’ve used them exclusively for a few months and in conjunction with a good body cream or oil, they haven’t stripped their skin off any natural oils. The prices of the entire range are higher than what you might usually spend on this type of product but the bottles are a good size and despite being used on a daily basis, they both lasted for nearly six months so they’re excellent value for money. The branding is really cute and appealing to children too – Leo really loves the characters which are across all the other Jack n’ Jill products. I also love the green credentials of the company and the fact that the plastic bottles are recyclable.
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