Family Friendly Products To Try
If, like me, your bathroom looks more like the beauty section of a department store stuffed full of products – most half-used and some completely pointless then it’s time to cull that clutter! Investing in multi-tasking bathroom products that’ll work for the whole fam is not only kinder to the environment (less plastic, mamas!) but also on your wallet AND will make sure your bathroom is more zen than chaotic. Try these for starters (oh and remember that as a general rule you shouldn’t use perfumed products on babies under the age of six months).
On The Bathroom Shelf:
Kiehl’s Crème de Corps
Perfect for hydrating dry skin after a session at the pool or a day at the beach, this Kiehl’s bestseller contains ingredients including Shea Butter and Avocado Oil to ensure super-soft skin. Many mamas swear by it for their kiddos (and some claim it really helps with eczema too) – wonderfully gentle and nourishing plus easily absorbed, definitely one for the bathroom shelf!
Available at Kiehl’s stores across the UAE
Lush Sleepy Body Lotion
The stuff of dreams?! Mamas worldwide promise that this cream helps their kiddos sleep better and even helps with their own insomnia (I’m a sufferer so I am DEFINITELY trying it!) – in fact it’s become a bit of a viral sensation so you might be lucky to find a pot! Made with a gentle oatmeal infusion, calming lavender flower and cocoa butter – slather it all over everyone after bath time and you’ll all be in the land of nod within no time.
Available at Lush stores across the UAE and online at lush.com
In The Shower:
Rahua Classic Shampoo and Conditioner
100% natural and 70% organic plus vegan, gluten free and cruelty-free this shampoo and conditioner is ideal for all hair types and uses a combo of sustainably grown ingredients from the Amazon rainforest (all harvested by the indigenous community). Containing beautiful Rahua oil and Palo Santo oil, the mainly plant-based ingredients and zero nasty combos make these products perfect for use on the entire family’s hair.
Pssst…they’re not cheap but a little goes a looooong way, mamas! Just don’t allow the kids to make bath time ‘potions’ with them, as mine did.
Available at Bloomingdales, Harvey Nichols, House of Fraser and at Basharacare.com
Four Cow Farm All Natural Hair & Body Wash
A traditional Castile Hair & Body Wash made only from gorgeous 100% extra virgin cold pressed Olive oil infused with Organic Chamomile, this wash is handmade (yes, really!) over days using traditional techniques, is free of artificial fragrances (read, kind to skin) and is excellent for big and little people alike.
Available at Mumzworld.com and Sprii.ae
The Organic Pharmacy Mother and Baby Apricot and Chamomile Body Wash
Gentle and kind and soothing and protecting – what’s not to love?!
Available at Harvey Nichols and online at www.beautifulbrands.ae
By The Sink:
Desert Essence Natural Tea Tree Oil Toothpaste with Baking Soda and Essential Oil of Mint
Fluoride and gluten free, flavoured with pure essential oil of peppermint and formulated with baking soda and Tea Tree Oil plus Neem from From India’s “toothbrush tree”(known for its dental benefits), this toothpaste has had rave reviews for getting your pearly whites gleaming!
Available on Amazon.com
Vita Coco Coconut Oil
You may have noticed tropical looking displays of coconut oil in the supermarket – and if, like me, you’re trapped by gorgeous packaging you’ve probably snapped up a jar. But this is so much more than just a pretty product, it’s one of those things that all mamas should have in the house because not only is it perfect for cooking (we make pancakes and popcorn using coconut oil which gives them the most delicious flavour), it’s also amazing as a moisturiser, for removing makeup, as a hair masque and even for slathering on the kiddies after their bath (makes them smell divine and their skin even softer).
Available in Spinneys supermarkets across the UAE
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