Sunday, August 28, 2016

Grandma's Lavender Review: Organic Mom and Baby Skin Care

I'm a huge fan of an all natural, organic lifestyle. In other words, I'm one crunchy momma. But since I'm not made of money, it's impractical for me to run a 100% organic household. I have to pick my battles. One area I do keep 100% natural and organic is skin care for my baby and myself. (My husband is another story, but I'm not the boss of him, so...)

Why choose organic skin care? 

Because your skin is the largest organ in your body. Everything that goes on your skin is quickly absorbed into your body. Don't even get me started on all the chemicals allowed in US beauty and hygiene products. If you're trying to get pregnant, are pregnant, breastfeeding, or just want your family to be as healthy as possible, this is something worth looking into. I made the change when I was having trouble conceiving, and I won't turn back.

So imagine my delight when I was asked to try some organic lavender mom and baby products from Grandma's Lavender in exchange for my honest review. Ummm, yes, please! Lavender is just one of those comforting scents, you know? And if there's a whole line of products for mom and baby all in one place? I'm definitely interested.

Before I jump into the products, there are a few things you should know. 

-Grandma's Lavender was started when a grandma's new grandbaby was on the way, and her daughter wanted to use only natural, organic products on her baby. So all of these wonderful products were literally made out of love for a daughter and grandbaby. How sweet is that? 

-This Grandma knows what she's talking about when it comes to babies and postpartum care since she's a mom of four, grandma of six, RN, and student midwife. She has the creds to back up the talk.

-All of the lavender comes from her own organic lavender farm in the beautiful Michigan Upper Peninsula.

-Transparency is everything. You can find lists of every simple, organic ingredient on her website. You can find the full list of baby products and their ingredients here, and the full list of postpartum care products and their ingredients here.

-Grandma's Lavender supports different charities. You can see what they've supported in the past by clicking here.

-I enjoyed these products so much, I wanted to share! Enter to win organic Nipple Cream by Grandma's Lavender here!

Now, let's start with the baby products I had the pleasure of testing.

Extra Messy Bum Spray

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I'd never heard of using a spray to make diaper cleanup easier. That's what wet wipes are for, right? But since using the Extra Messy Bum Spray, I've never used more than two wipes to clean up my baby after a messy diaper. That includes when he kicks around and gets poo all over his feet. Ahem. To give you a little perspective, I was so used to pulling out four or so wipes before every poopy diaper change that I had to put wipes back in the package for a while before I realized this is life now. Spray, two wipes, done. And the scent is soooo lovely!

Happy Bum Cream

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My favorite thing about the Happy Bum Cream is the beautiful lavender scent. My second favorite thing is how effective it is with mild rashes. We recently went to a birthday party at a water park, so Baby Cakes was in a wetsuit for some time. After we got home, I noticed a mild rash, applied Happy Bum Cream, and the rash cleared up immediately. You only need a little pea-size amount because a little goes a long way, so this is a product that will last. Which is good because I use it all the time for the scent alone. (I didn't have this when Baby Cakes was born, but this would have been great for diaper time because it would help the meconium not stick to his bottom!)

Baby Bath

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Again with the fantastic scent! It's so good, I've even squirted some in my bath. It's so good, my husband has squirted some into his bath, you guys. But I digress. My almost seven-month-old puts everything into his mouth, and bathtime is no exception. His fingers, his bath toys, his wash cloth, if I would let him...and all of those things have bath water and soap on them. I don't worry at all when he gets a little bit of Baby Bath in his mouth as he explores his fingers and toys. This gentle cleanser gets my sweetie clean and smelling delightful.


Night Time Bath

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I was nervous about using Night Time Bath, to be honest. Not because of the product, but because of my baby. See, for a while, we tried to use bath time to establish a bedtime routine, which Baby Cakes hated. During the day? Loves baths. At night? By his screams, you'd think we were trying to bath him in a bath of piranhas. We stopped giving baths at night, and I was nervous about trying again. But I did try again after he had a couple six-month vaccines because he was in pain, and we'd been told a warm bath can soothe in these instances. The warm Night Time Bath did soothe him! Unfortunately, his calm went right out the window when we took him out of the bath, and we had a hard time getting him to sleep. It's not fair to the product or to Grandma's Lavender because who wouldn't have a hard time falling asleep if their leg hurt? Poor baby. It probably wasn't the best time to try out this product. But I'm happy to say that's not the end of the story. I was expecting a restless, ultra-interrupted night like we had with the month four vaccines, but that wasn't the case this time. After he fell asleep, he only woke up a couple times to nurse and slept soundly the rest of the night.

Lavender Bath Salts

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Lavender bath salts can be added to the bath for a baby six months and older to calm and add those good minerals for your baby to soak up. What I loved about these compared to other lavender bath salts I've tried is that the scent is a lot more subtle. The bath salts I usually buy from the grocery store have such a strong scent, I'd be worried about a baby having a hard time breathing, you know? Because they literally almost take your breath away. But not these salts. Be careful to store these in a dry place, though, because I didn't. I loosely closed the bag and then used my bathroom as a steam room to unwrinkle some clothes. The steam turned my salts into one hard block. The salts still work, though! I just break off a piece and dissolve it in the water like usual. These are also for postpartum/mom care, which brings me to the postpartum/mom care products.


Post Partum Bath

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I wish wish wish I knew about the Post Partum Bath and Post Partum Peri Wash before I gave birth! My natural, vaginal birth left me with a few bad tears, so I was mega sore for about five weeks after delivery. I would have loved to sit in this Post Partum Bath and let the healing, cleansing herbs soothe me and speed up my healing. Unfortunately, I didn't know this existed then, so I tried it recently with the lavender bath salts when I was achy with my period. It's soothing and smells nice. I'll definitely get these if I ever give birth again.

Lavender Mint Lip Balm

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I'm a lip balm addict. I'm also picky. This is by far my favorite lip balm ever. Like, when I got all these products to try, this one made me the giddiest. I'm never letting go. Anyway, why do I love it? THE SCENT. Lavender and mint together? Yes! It works. It works so hard. I've been burned by one too many lip balms getting infected with bacteria and then making my lips gross, so I've sworn off the kind that touches your lips. This is not that kind. This is the kind you apply with your finger, so you can even share with friends in a pinch. Plus, lavender is antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal, so there's no worry about infection here. It's so smooth and wonderful, and did I mention how amazing it smells? (The price makes this one a serious steal too, which is always a bonus in my book.)

There are a lot more products you can check out, but these are the ones I've tried and enjoyed. I trust Grandma's Lavender products with my most precious little joy, so I'm a fan for life.

In case you missed my link above, you have the chance to try out Grandma's Lavender Nipple Cream or snag it for an expecting friend for free by entering my giveaway here! (GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED.)


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