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Review: Little Innoscents

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Early last month, I woke up one morning to discover that Quentin had a mad rash around his cheeks, neck and behind his ears. It looked so aggravated and angry that I took him to the doctor’s the same morning. The doctor mentioned that it didn’t look like a rash from allergy so it was probably a heat rash.

Man..it sucks to be Quentin. He gets a bit of a blocked nose when he sleeps in an air conditioned room; but too hot and he gets a rash. FHL.

The rash around his cheeks gradually went away but the same can’t be said about the rash around his neck. It appears after his warm bath at night and in the mornings when he wakes and is taken out of my room. It wasn’t until I received a sample pack of Little Innoscents products. The pack consists of a hair & body wash, a soothing cream, a moisturiser and a vapour balm.

brightly coloured travel sized tubes (30ml)

brightly coloured travel sized tubes (30ml)

Little Innoscents is a brand hailing from Australia and their products are certified organic by the  Australia Certified Organic (ACO).  The founder of Little Innoscents, Antonette Golikidis, is a mother of two who developed this range of products in her kitchen for her children as she couldn’t find something that she felt was safe in the market. With her background in aromatherapy and health science, she understood what the ingredients stated on those products were and didn’t dare to use them on her children.

As a mom, I am constantly keeping a look out for products that are safe for my children. I have a history of eczema and God forbid the boys inherit those genes of mine. But with the rash developing on Quentin, I can only suspect this is the early stages of eczema. Upon receiving the pack, I thought I might give it a shot and try it on Quentin.

Organic Hair & Body Wash (Gel)
“bursting with essential oils of spearmint, sweet orange and lavender”

Organic Hair & Body Wash

Organic Hair & Body Wash

Some of the ingredients include Aloe vera juice, Sweet Orange oil, Sandalwood oil, Coconut

Now, when I read the instructions on the tube, it said that it could be used in a bath. So I happily squeezed a dollop into QT’s bath, only to see the same dollop floating around in the water and not dissolving. Whaat? Hrm, I squeezed another dollop and rubbed it on QT. It felt soapy but there were no suds. However, QT felt really squeaky clean, yet without being too overly squeaky to the point where his skin felt dry. I later came to know that the hair and body wash was Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)-free which was the reason why there were little or no suds.

How squeaky clean? You know how there is always residual diaper cream on skin folds around the groin that never seems to be able to come off? Yup. It ALL came off QT. I was impressed. No suds, and yet still clean. Nice. It definitely helped that he smelt awesome too, as though he had just gone through a spa treatment. The smell wasn’t too overpowering and he was comfortable with it too.

Organic Baby Intensive Soothing Cream
“helps prevent, manage and treat nappy rash and as well as allergies, aczema, dermatitis and insect bites”

Organic Intensive Soothing Cream

Organic Intensive Soothing Cream.

Some of the ingredients include Aloe Vera juice, Sunflower oil, Shea butter, Avocado oil, Rosewood Oil & Calendula extract

This was what sold me on the product. Remember QT’s rash? I applied it around his neck and as a diaper cream after his bath. The following morning, there was NO rash around his neck at all. His skin was all baby smooth around his neck! There were traces of there being a rash but it was not red and there were no bumps. Wow.

QT's rash progression (L-R: first discovery, before using the soothing cream, after using the soothing cream)

QT’s rash progression (L-R: first discovery, before using the soothing cream, after using the soothing cream)

The bonus part of the cream was that despite it containing shea butter (also contains calendula extract and rosewood essential oil), it was non-greasy. It seemed to be absorbed into the skin very quickly and leaves a non-greasy feel on my hands or on QT’s skin. The skin still felt very soft too. With his previous moisturiser, when he sweat after his bath, he would be all slippery and greasy. This was what probably aggravated his rash as the skin folds were trapping moisture. With this cream, even when he sweat, he could be easily wiped off without any residue.

Again, another great scent added on to him post bath. He can only smell better. Hehe

Organic Baby Moisturising Lotion
“scented with heavenly Ylang Ylang, it’s suitable for all skin types, including delicate newborn baby skin”

moisture rich body lotion

moisture rich body lotion

Some of the ingredients include Aloe Vera juice, Sunflower oil, Shea butter, Avocado oil, Ylang Ylang oil. 

Apart from the soothing cream, I applied this cream on the other parts of QT’s body. Again, this lotion did not leave a greasy feeling on both my hands and his skin. I didn’t need to squeeze out a lot of this cream. Just 2 small dollops of cream can cover QT’s 3-month-old body. He is quite big sized too, mind you.

Bonus? It has got my favourite essential oil smell, Ylang Ylang. Told you he can only smell better from then on. =)

Organic Baby Vapour Rub Balm
“a winter season essential, it brings warmth to the body and alleviates nasal congestion”

winter blues vapour balm

winter blues vapour balm

Some of the ingredients include Sunflower oil, Jojoba oil, Shea Butter, Spearmint Oil, Valender Oil, Wintergreen oil, Rosemary oil, Eucalyptus oil, Peppermint oil and Lemon oil. 

In Singapore, when we talk about vapour rub, we often think of one brand. I use it fairly often on Ollie especially when he has a cough. We rub a little on his chest and back, and on his feet. It has some effect, though we often worry about how pungent the smell may be to his nose and how too warming it may be on his skin. They do have a baby version but upon smelling, I don’t think it has much effect on anything. Bleh.

So when I got to this tube, I was very very curious about how it would smell and feel. The balm has a mildly green kinda smell to it (eucalyptus and wintergreen essential oils are amongst some of the many essential oils in this balm), enough to give your nasal passages a kick but in a very gentle, subtle way. When Donald applied it to my shoulder, it had a slight warming effect, which would be gentle on Ollie’s skin.

I really liked it, considering there isn’t a lot of alternatives on the market for a vapour rub. When going through the ingredients, I was amazed at how many other essential oils there are in it and no chemicals. Just essential oils and beeswax. This is definitely a keeper in my kiddie medicine cabinet for the boys.

FAQ

Where can I find Little Innoscents line of products?
You can purchase them at All Things Organic and at Big Little Me

How do I know if the products are really organic?
Little Innoscents products are certified by one of the world’s leading organic certification bodies, the Australia Certified Organic. So you have no worries about the products not being organic!

Disclaimer: I received a sample pack of the Little Innoscents product range from All Things Organic to write this review. All opinions are solely mine and are written as objectively as possible.

sunrises

t-minus 70 mornings - cloudy sunrise (16 Nov'11)

have been doing a mini countdown to Oliver’s arrival by taking daily photos of that morning’s sunrise, and if possible, the setting moon. This is only made possible when I’m on the bike. It’ll probaby stop somewhere late Dec cos I’ll be grabbing a lift in a car..and well, I don’t think I’ll get decent photos.

We are officially at 30 weeks. Fetal activity is going mad. Sometimes it’s funny, watching the tummy wobble (like the jelly in Jurassic Park when the dinosaur stomps around). Sometimes it’s awkward only because I don’t know what to make of the feeling. There are mornings when the moving around gives me a panic attack at what’s about to come. I mean, we are going to be responsible for this little person called Oliver. Yikes.

We are up for another detailed scan on the 30th, where the ultrasound will be of higher resolution, and we’d be able to see the little feet, little fingers, etc. I can’t wait for that one. heh.

Apart from that, 69 more mornings to go. double yikes.

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between us

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between us, Donald and I are poles apart in character. oh digress abit, yesterday was our 5th month SG-wedding anniversary, so happy anniversary bebe. =) The significant one will be this Sat, haha. Donald reckons good things will happen on that day. We might find a house! That chance of happening is as good as I losing 15kg by this Sat as well.

So yar. Can’t wait for this Saturday then! hahaha.

Ban Seng, a friend of mine, was commenting about the wedding video he saw at the dinner last year and said that it was really special, and asked what it was like being married.

I laughed and said,’ well, we have been living together for the past four, so getting married was like ‘ooooo’ when signing the papers and ‘ooOO’ for that day, then it was back to normal liao’. Donald then gave me an incredulous look and went ‘what?!’ . I mean, it’s true to a certain extent what!! haha. I guess, the only thing different about being married is that you can’t be too flippant about things that you say any more, no? =P

Had coffee with Wah-kor on Tuesday, prior to meeting up with the rest for dinner to celebrate Joyce’s birthday. We spoke about heaps of stuff, it was really nice. In a way, sharing with a person the same things that you tell your husband, except this person doesn’t go ‘no you can’t do that!’ hahaha. Not saying that Donald does that, but because when I tell Donald, and it involves him, he might not be so open to listening me out, and have pre-assumptions even before I finish my spiel. It works both ways, chances are that I could very well be doing the same thing, so I’m very aware.

the birthday girl & cake

That’s not the point. Point is that I told Wah-kor that I feel that Donald and I are very much still in the honeymoon phase. There’s still alot of camaraderie between us, a nice enough dose of lovey dovey-ness without others getting sick of it, and a lot of fun. It’s like being kids sometimes. And for that I’m glad.

Prior to getting married, we’d have spoken. discussed and “discussed” (haha) about topics, issues very rhetorically. You never know what’s gonna happen in the future, and you don’t know enough to talk about anything other things in detail. We know that we want to have a proper balance between work and family, we know how we want to live our lives in Singapore, we know how we want to raise our kids.

Last night, we had a “discussion” about kids. About our kids and their clothes. He finds the idea of his first-born child wearing hand-me-downs appealing. Cos it’s cost effective. meaning, Donald’s cheap =P [he is very!! but more on that in the future, okay lah, not that bad cos he doesn’t restrict me on spending]. I’m sure it is very cost effective. But then, I find that a little wrong. Make that very wrong. Maybe I’m a snob in this area, but I don’t like the idea of wearing 2nd-hand clothes and for sure don’t want my kid to wear it. I’m uncomfortable with it. I don’t know who it’s from, I don’t know where it came from, I don’t know where it has been. Sure, chuck it in the wash and it’s all good. NO. Not good. It’s a mentality, a mindset, and it’s there to stay.

It’s like Donald and his OCD-ness on public transport. la sup jiak la sup tua, along the lines if you eat unhygienically, you grow up with a better immune system against it, which has some truths to it! You know, like when you were young, Moms only need to hear some kid has got chicken pox, and you are sent right over so that you catch the germs and get it over done with. Not sure about your mom, but mine does. Oops, I digress. That is a mentality, a mindset and it’s there to stay. I just usually laugh about it and let him be.

So laugh about mine, and let me be. =D Other reason I felt strongly against it was that if I were to have a kid, why deprive me of the pleasure of shopping for stuff for my kid?

 It’s like, ‘oh yay, we’re pregnant! oh, nothing to do liao, except stay home/work and just be pregnant. Nothing for you to do, move along move along. Just have the bloody kid. You’ve got EVERYTHING already.’ 

HOW SAD IS THAT?! Pek chek..the more I think about, the more irritated I get. Meh. Excitement dampener. It’s meant to be a whole new adventure, not half an adventure and I get to bear the crummy part of popping the baby. Geez.

Apart from that, we are settling into a routine. Donald and I have spent alot of time with each other and have no problems doing so even back in Singapore. Been trying not to go out too much with friends cos I’ll end up spending most of my ‘allowance’, and miss spending some time with him to talk about our day. He sleeps WAY too early in my opinion, but he rides, so I’d  rather him alert than sleepy. That means we are left with weekends, and his weekends are spent house-hunting (I’ve given up that role, I’ll only possessively hold the design role =P), my Sundays at church, and our weekends at family’s. How can we have such a big week!? I mean, where did all the time go? We used to have HEAPS of time in Perth. haha. DOH.

Anyhoos, end rant. Hmm, plan for the day, some job hunting, some work and off for a run at the gym. The dieting starts today, after a massive dinner last night to celebrate the parents-in-laws’ 30th wedding anniversary. I’ll have to run twice as long today. Was just telling my mother-in-law (MIL) that I don’t have a problem with running, it’s the feeling bored whilst running bit that puts me off. She suggested bringing the laptop along. Nah, not such a good idea. Can already imagine the potential laptop damage. =P

On another note, found it really amusing to find my MIL stooping next to the cats’ food bowl and teasing them this morning. Cos the boys were starving, and have been following her around the flat. haha..so cute.

Time to get a headstart, my morning started very late today already. Off to the treadmills!

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