My Beau had really sensitive skin as a baby. He would break out in a rash on a regular basis with concentrations most heavy on his head and tummy and have red irritated skin for days at a time. I eliminated many things from my diet (since I was exclusively breastfeeding him) with no obvious improvements and it was seemingly impossible to figure out what was actually causing his reactions. He used to scratch his head and face constantly and often would draw blood no matter how short I trimmed his wee nails. As a desperate mother does, I tried every natural formulation for his skin I could find, took advice from anyone who had been in a similar situation with their young ones and ended up spending a lot of money trying to get to the root of the problem. It was quite a shock since my older two children had clear, smooth, beautiful skin from day dot. For whatever reason, for the first year of his life, Beau was on and off a red and blotchy mess. Then all of a sudden he ‘grew out of it’ just like our GP and naturopath said he likely would. I was beyond relieved but always a little cautious from then on.
Because he was always so sensitive to everything in those early days, I have always been careful about what I use on him in the bath, for sunscreen and any products that I apply to his skin since. I don’t want to cause him any of that irritation or pain again and so where for my older children I have become a little lax when it comes to the products that we use, I am very strict about what Beau is washed with or what products come in contact with his skin. Keeping him essentially product-free is my most certain measure of ensuring his skin is safe from irritation, so I don’t use anything on him except Bee Balm for nappy irritations or body moisturising, a 100% natural sunscreen and body wash or soap specifically formulated without any nasties.
I’m not fully there, but I am trying to make the shift to only using products that are environmentally sustainable with packaging that is 100% recyclable. The challenge can often be finding products that are free from all the nasties, but that actually work. I know because I’ve tried several products over the past couple of years that just didn’t cut it in performance so invariably I returned to non-natural brands because they were reliable and got the job done. Thankfully now, as consumers demand less “nasties” in our products, there are some wonderful options on our supermarket shelves at prices that most of us can afford.
Earthwise Nourish is making me happy – because every single product smells incredible – and because I actually feel clean, Beau’s skin is loving the body washes and soaps, the packaging is pretty enough to proudly display in my bathroom and it’s affordable; prices range from $1.99 for the bar soap to $6.99 for a 400ml body was which is such fantastic value for natural products.
Every fragrance combination is delicious, reminiscent of the islands with the inclusion of scents such as White Ginger, Gardenia and Tahitian Lime, but the standouts for me are the Coconut, Shea Butter & Manuka Honey Natural Body Wash, the Coconut & Gardenia Natural Soap and the Lily & White Ginger Natural Handwash.
Earthwise is proudly NZ owned and operated and has been around for over fifty years ago, beginning as a small family run business that prided itself on rigorous testing and perfection of quality formulations that eliminated every bad ingredient that most other companies at the time were using. I have been trying out the new Nourish range of bodycare products since receiving them a couple of weeks ago and am really enjoying them in my bathroom. The fragrances are light and clean, refreshing and contain natural botanicals, beautiful essential oils and absolutely no parabens, nitrates, chlorine, ammonia or phosphates.
“One drop, one lake. One leaf, one tree. One earth”
* this post was made possible thanks to our friends at Earthwise.