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Review and Giveaway: Beaming Baby’s organic bubble bath

http://www.beamingbaby.com/

I love trying new things and always want the best for Chloe and am always on the look out for new organic/natural/generally eco friendly goodies to try. So when Heather at Screaming Green (I love saying that name so much!) offered to let us try the Beaming Baby bubble bath it was a quick yes please! I had heard of Beaming Baby before but I hadnt actually tried anything from the range, so I did a little looking around and found that I love their ethics and wish I had come across them sooner!

Firstly it’s made in the UK, always a plus and 10% of Beaming Baby’s profits go straight to charity – by buying their baby skin care products you are supporting SANCCOB, a charity which rescues penguins from oil slicks on the African coast. And they also donate to ‘Baby Lifeline’,  giving hospital equipment to baby care units.

And if that’s not a good enough reason to buy their goodies then how about the fact that Beaming Baby are committed to being carbon neutral and reduce their carbon footprint where possible and work with suppliers to reduce theirs too.  What they can’t reduce, they offset by 120% and they invest in Gold Standard reforestation projects to help turn the world green. The bottles are made from 100% recycled plastic as well and can be recycled again.

So some finer details on the bubble bath itself, over 70% of the ingredients are organic and it is certified by the Organic Food Federation. It contains organic aloe vera and natural orange blossom. Its free from sodium laureth sulphate, alcohol, perfume, colouring, preservatives and benzoates.  Its hypoallergenic, pH balanced, dermatologist approved, suitable for sensitive skin,  not tested on animals and is Vegan Society approved.  And after all that it only costs around the £4 for a 250ml bottle. I love the way that they list the source of the ingredients on the bottle, so Citrus Aurantium Amara relates to Orange Blossom and Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice is Organic Aloe Vera, makes me feel much more trusting about a product when I know they aren’t trying to hide anything!

So how did we find it, well I love the look of the bottle, Chloe seems to approve of it too and I have to keep it on the shelf or she always tries to steal it. The actual liquid itself if colourless, I was maybe hoping that it might be slightly blue-tinted but alas it’s clear – I guess that to make it a different colour would mean adding extras in and to be honest I’d much rather it be clear then risk having something in it that might aggravate Chloe’s skin.

The second thing I noticed was the smell or lack off, I actually love orange blossom scent but I find it really hard to place the scent in the bottle, it’s not unpleasant, just not what I was expecting. The smell doesnt develop either when you pour it in the water. But again I’d rather it be very light then really strong – especially when her body wash and shampoo etc are scented as well!

Which brings me to another point, the bubble bath is actually quite runny, I almost poured in much more than I meant to the first time. It’s not a problem at all but just something to remember when pouring it in. As for the bubbles themselves, Chloe is a bubble monster (like most children probably) and although this does produce quite a bit of foam it’s not what I’d call bubble-licious. I (and Chloe) weren’t disappointed as I’ve come to expect that with more natural ingredients there is always some kind of a trade-off, so I wasnt totally expecting a bubble mountain! And Chloe was happy enough splashing about in the foamy bubbles.

We’ve been using it for 3 weeks now and Chloe’s skin is always lovely and soft after bath time, no dryness at all. This is great for everyday use as Chloe has a bath virtually everyday and I want something that’s not going to make her dry or get irritated. I’d definitely be happy to give this as a gift to someone with a young baby and I’m interested in trying some of the other goodies they have in the range, they have Baby Wipes, a Shampoo, Bodywash and a Baby Lotion and other bits all organic too.

Michelle xx

The bubble bath was kindly donated by Screaming Green to try but I did this review because I wanted to, no compensation was received for doing it. No one has told me what to write, all words (including spelling mistakes) and opinions are 100% my own and genuine.  

Giveaway! (Closed)

Heather at Screaming Green has very kindly offered 2 lucky readers the chance to try a bottle of Beaming Baby bubble bath for themselves!

To enter please pop on over to Screaming Green’s Facebook page and post on their wall your best baby bathtime tip. It could be your LO’s favourite bath game, toy, or just a fun way you get them washed without tears!

Once you’ve left your tip then please pop back here and leave a comment saying you’ve shared your tip and a way to contact you (email address/twitter ID).

One entry per person, per household please! You can follow me, Fluffy Mummy  on Twitter, it’s not a compulsory requirement to enter but it’s a great way of keeping track with news and giveaways – plus on who the winners are!

Terms and Conditions:

  • This is open to anyone in the United Kingdom.
  • And closes at 11.59pm on Thursday 29th September 2011.
  • The winners will be chosen by Random.org on Friday 30th September.
  • And the winners will be announced on this page and Twitter.
  • The prize is non-refundable and cannot be transferred. No cash alternative is available.

And the two winners are…………..

Jamie-Lee Norris and Carolina J. Congrats, please email your address details to fluffymummyblog@gmail.com


Review and Giveaway: Mama Packs

http://www.mamapacks.eu/

In the UK almost every mum to be looks forward to her ‘pack’ from the midwife and hospital, the excitement of opening it up and rooting through all the freebies inside is tangible in the ante-natal clinics! But there are a growing number of expectant mothers who feel let down by the contents as they look through the plastic printed bag.

Disposable nappies, disposable chemical filled wipes, disposable breast pads IF you get any at all, and a ton of leaflets. The Mama Pack is here to change all that!

Mama Packs are the UK’s only ethically influenced Mum & Baby sample pack. A pack you wont find nasty chemicals in, a pack you’ll love receiving or giving! The Mama Pack is here to offer an ethical alternative to the current natal packs and to also encourage women to seek the services of those organisations who distribute the packs, enabling them to make more informed choices about raising their children.

And it’s so true, I was excited to get my pack from the hospital and didnt really know what to expect but honestly most of it went in the recycling bin, leaflets trying to sell me stuff I didnt want or need. There were a few useful things along with the one (yes 1) breastpad but mostly it wasnt really informative or needed. Then when I had Chloe and we started on using cloth nappies, I heard about Mama Packs, an eco version of the one I received in hospital. Mama Packs are stocked in many of the cloth nappy shops I buy from, and I got this one from Screaming Green – you do have to be quick though as they generally go out of stock only a few days of Heather receiving them!

Whilst the contents of the packs do vary, they include a wealth of useful information as well as eco-friendly, organic and ethical samples. So what was in the Mama Pack I received I hear you ask, well here it is!

  • Firstly the bag itself, it’s a reuseable, good-sized bag (they usually have ‘Mama Pack’ printed on them but the these ones are blank). Such a great idea, and something that can be reused over and over!
  • Child Benefit Claim form – no need to feel like you ‘have’ to get the hospital pack to get the form now or having to go to the hassle of ringing up for one.
  • Book Of Green – An Eco Living directory.
  • 2 Nature Babycare Eco Nappies
  • A pack of 10 Waterwipes – Containing 99.9% water, safe for newborns.
  • A sample of Soap Nuts – These are inside the brown paper bag in the main pic.
  • Some Gin Gins - Ginger Hard Candy sweets.
  • Pregnacare cream sample
  • A packet of Rude Health multigrain flakes
  • An E-Cloth – Eco glass and polishing cloth
  • Sample of fruit flavoured liquid Iron
  • Organic Apoteke face hydrating gel
  • Clipper Organic Redbush Tea bag
  • Teapigs chamomile Flowers – Caffeine free tea bag.
  • And a few leaflets with some info on some of the samples and healthy living etc (not a whole forests worth!).

The bag itself is a great idea – perfect for if you’re in hospital to keep all your bits and pieces in, The Book of Green was nice to flick through, lists of eco companies – some I’ve bookmarked for future use. The soap nuts are always good, we’ve used them for a while and it’s a great way to introduce people to them. The Waterwipes are a great alternative to the mainstream chemical wipes and I’m sure they would be used asap along with the Nature Babycare nappies which again it’s great for people to try eco versions of things.

I think Mama Packs are such a great idea, perfect to take along to an expectant/new mummy, regardless of whether they’re ‘into’ a green parenting lifestyle or not. I have heard from other mums that had packs a year or so ago that there used to be a WAHM (Work At Home Mum)  newsletter/magazine included, advertising WAHM businesses which I think is a lovely idea. There are so many great WAHMs out there selling everything from nappies, clothes, jewelry, and everything in between that it would be great to get their names out a bit more and support them. So I would have loved it if something like that was in this pack and maybe even a little treat for the mummies, some Green and Blacks maybe? (Yummy!)

It would be so fantastic if Mama Packs became more well-known and all mums would know about them. I for one will be passing mine on to a lady at OH’s work who has just had a baby. As far as I’m aware she ‘into’ the whole being green as such but that’s the beauty of Mama Packs, it’s all useful stuff that doesnt push the big green/eco messages but carries it along gently, if you get what I mean! I’d have loved it if someone had bought this to me whilst I was in hospital, thoughtful and useful at the same time.

Michelle xx

Giveaway! (Closed)

So as a treat to any mums to be/new mums out there, I picked up three Mama Packs in total, so I have two to giveaway. All you have to do is post a comment below, giving your thoughts on Mama Packs (good or bad- if you can think of any!), or things you’d like to see included or just that you’d like to try one!

One entry per person, per household please! You can follow Mama Pack and Screaming Green on Facebook and me, Fluffy Mummy  on Twitter, it’s not a compulsory requirement to enter but it’s a great way of keeping track with news and giveaways!

Terms and Conditions:

  • This is open to anyone in the United Kingdom.
  • And closes at 11.59pm on Thursday 15th September 2011.
  • The winners will be chosen by Random.org on Friday 16th September.
  • The winners will be announced on this page and Twitter.
  • The prize is non-refundable and cannot be transferred. No cash alternative is available.

And the 2 winners are……….  A. Wiley and Zoe!

Congrats and I will email you know, if you havent heard from me by tomorrow then please do get in touch so I can post out your Mama Packs!

The Mama Packs mentioned in this post were free from Screaming Green (I did pay the postage for them) but I did this review because I wanted to, no compensation was received for doing it. No one has told me what to write, all words (including spelling mistakes) and opinions are 100% my own and genuine.