Firstly a quick sum up of the story behind Jackson Reece wipes that you might not have heard about. Janet and Colin, struggled with eczema on their son Jackson and normal baby wipes did nothing but exacerbated the condition. They ended up using cotton wool and water whilst searching for a nature wipe and eventually came to the decision that they would have to develope their own. After the birth of their second son Reece, Herbal Wipes were born.
I’m sure their story of a LO with eczema or even just very sensitive skin can be found in a lot of homes but when I’ve been seen by other mum’s using Jackson Reece wipes, most have never heard or seen them before. I first came across Jackson Reece wipes some time last year in my search to find a more eco baby wipe for use when out and about (as we usually use washable cloth wipes at home). They appeared to tick all the big and important boxes; bio-degradable wipes and degradable packaging, suitable for sensitive skins, not tested on animals and dermatologically and hypoallergenic approved. But when I had a further look I saw that there was a another huge list of great things about the wipes:
- They are manufactured in the UK thereby reducing their carbon footprint.
- Certified Organic Aloe Vera naturally hydrating, healing & cooling.
- Certified Organic Tea Tree Oil, naturally antibacterial.
- Certified Organic Lavender Essential Oil, soothing and calming.
- Bio-degradable wipes made from wood pulp which is a sustainable resource.
- Compostable wipes which will degrade in twelve weeks in aerobic conditions and are registered by DIN CERTCO in Europe as compostable.
- Cloth is made from nature and will degrade by nature
- Our cloth is not chlorine bleached
- Contains High Purity Water
- Formula uses renewable natural plant resources derived from a unique vegetable based preservative system which is suitable for vegans.s.
- Formula has a balanced ph.
And better yet, they actually list every single ingredient they use on the back of the packet and tell you what it does, so it’s not just a long list of mumbo jumbo scientific sounding names. I so wish more brand were so honest and open about things!
They also dont contain any of the ‘nasties’ that you hear about in the news, which can be bad for various reasons, including being drying, harsh or in some cases cause rashes:
- No Alcohol
- No Parabens
- No SodiumLauryl Sulfate (SLS)
- No Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
- No Phthalates
- No (MIT) Methylisothiazolinone
- No Triclosan
- No Propylene glycol
- No Petro Chemicals
- No Benzoates
- No Phenoxyethanol
So after the run down of what’s in and not in them, what are they actually like? Well we were sent a pack of each of their wipes, the original Herbal Wipes, the unscented version and the newer handy travel pack. Now I have used Jackson Reece wipes before but I hadnt seen the unscented ones, so I was eager to take a look at them.
We’ve been using them pretty much non stop around the house and in the change bag when out and I am impressed with them all. The wipes are lovely and moist – they have a foamy feeling to them which I find really nice and helps to get messes cleaned up easily, without leaving a sticky residue. They are quite stretchy and thick as well, I havent torn a wipe or put my finger through one, which has happened with other wipes before, so they are lovely and strong. The handy pack ones are a slightly different texture but a really great things when out and about is they are flushable (and degrade in 8 days!) which is fab!
They have a gorgeous smell to them which is quite strong and yes it does remind me of a herbal/aromatherapy kind of fragrance. Which although some might find a bit strong, I love, as it covers any nasty wafts that Chloe might present me with at change time. But if you do find the smell a bit much then the unscented version is for you and it doesnt have a chemically smell at all, just well clean!
I’ve used them on mucky hands as well and have found them great for cleaning quickly, they aren’t so wet that you’re just soaking her skin and moving the sticky mess around, they do pick it up. And as they have aloe – a natural healer, lavender – a natural disinfectant and tea tree oil – also a natural disinfectant and cleaning agent I dont feel bad when using them on Chloe’s face.
I have noticed that the lid on the unscented pack is slightly different and well, superior to the others. It’s thicker and opens upwards rather than sideways. Now nearly all baby wipes I’ve tried use the sticky sideways opening, which on cheaper brands, does tend to lose its stickiness and the wipes inside end up drying out. This hasnt happened with any of the packs we’ve used but I do prefer the opening on the unscented pack. Usually we dont use baby wipes as often as we have the last few weeks testing these out, so a big pack does last ages but I’m pretty sure we’d never have the drying out issue with the thicker newer closure, I hope the bring it out of the other packs.
I love these wipes, the story behind them, the ethos and ethics of them and the wipes themselves! It’s great to find an eco product that works better than the mainstream versions. The downside, well they arent always as readily available as other wipes, I usually add a pack to an order when I’m buying cloth nappies as most of the shops I buy from stock them. But I have seen them about in John Lewis, larger Tescos, and Mothercare stores (a full list of retailers can be found here). And yes price, they are on par with the big brands and you can expect to pay anything from £2-3 pounds for a pack and around £1 for the handy pack. They are occasionally on offer and when I see them I generally stock up!
And lastly, the only thing I would change about them? Well I would love it if the handy ‘flushable’ wipes pack was bigger, it contains 10 wipes which sometimes I can easily go through in a week if we’re busy! A pack of about 30 would be great for the change bag, not too big/heavy but enough to not run out too quickly.
So these are a big hit with us and I can honestly say that I will continue to use them and feel that I’m doing something good for planet earth and Chloe at the same time.
As part of our ongoing celebrations for Real Nappy week, we have kindly been given 2 sets of wipes to give away to 2 lucky winners. Each winner will receive a pack of the normal Herbal wipes, the unscented and a handy pack.
To enter, all you have to do is tell us what scent you would love in a baby wipe. (feel free to be a wacky as you’d like!)
Please write your answer in the comments to this post and you can gain extra entries for doing any (or all) of the below:
- Follow Jackson Reece and me on twitter (@JacksonReece and @Fluffy_Mummy) and post your twitter ID in the comments here.
- Tweet “I’ve entered to win Jackson Reece Herbal Wipes at @Fluffy_Mummy here: http://wp.me/p10ad1-nB” and post saying you’ve tweeted and your twitter ID in the comments here.
- Read and comment on any review on the blog and leave a comment here saying you have.
Please use a separate comment for each entry and there’s a max of 4 entries per person.
- This is open to anyone in the UK.
- And closes at 11.59pm on Thursday 26th May 2011.
- The two lucky winners will be chosen by Random.org on Friday 27th May.
- The winners will be announced on this page and Twitter.
- The prize is non-refundable and cannot be transferred. No cash alternative is available.
The 2 lucky winners are:
Lucy Taylor (3) and Laura (53) I have sent you emails, please make sure you reply so we can get your wipes sent out!
Thanks for all the entries xx