I was recently contacted about trying out some products from Naturally Baby, marketed as The Botanical Baby Care Range inspired by Canada’s Natural Beauty. So, think Niagara Falls, sparkling clean water, pristine white snow and lush vegetation ! It's not just a marketing ploy though, the products really are made in Canada using 97% natural ingredients.
The whole range of products are free from Parabens, mineral oils, SLS and synthetic dyes, ensuring that your little one’s health and safety come first and preventing skin irritations that can occur from chemicals, preservatives and additives.
Naturally Baby has only just launched in the UK but they have been successful in Canada, America, South America and Asia for many years - forty, in fact, according to their twitter profile. The range contains five products : Fragrance-Free Nappy Cream, Room Freshener, Mild Shampoo, Gentle Baby Wash and Calming Body Lotion.
The first product we tried was the Mild Shampoo. The blurb says : "This mild formula cleans and conditions all hair types effortlessly, leaving baby’s hair and scalp nourished and smelling fresh. Witch Hazel and Aloe condition the scalp and soften skin. I love the fragrance which is light, zingy and refreshing. I couldn't put my finger on what the scent is, but according to the label, it's a "subtle wild mint lime fragrance". Pierre's hair seemed less frizzy and flyaway than usual too.
Next up was the Fragrance-Free Nappy Cream, which arrived at the perfect time as Pierre has suddenly produced four molars out of nowhere and his poor little botty is very sore and red. The manufacturers say : "Make nappy-changing a pleasant experience for mum and baby with this fragrance-free cream. The Naturally Baby Nappy Cream contains soothing Castor Seed Oil and Organic Soy to calm inflamed skin, and Shea and Cocoa Butters to help build up a moisture barrier on the skin, leaving baby’s bottom nourished and comfortable". This is a barrier cream so it stays on the surface of the skin rather than being absorbed. It felt rather greasy to me but Pierre didn't complain at all and it did seem to help remove some of the redness and irritation. I would have preferred to find the same gorgeous smell as the shampoo but I know lots of people prefer fragrance-free skin creams to avoid allergic reactions.
I love the fact that the packaging looks all grown up and avoids the usual twee baby product colours and designs - it really makes a change. It's not just about looking good though. They explain, "Beautiful tinted bottles give an apothecary feeling to this indulgent range, while preserving the product and extending shelf-life, which is essential for a Paraben-free product."
The products tick all the right boxes - they are ethical, eco-friendly and natural, but also efficient, indulgent and lovely. I love the fact that they come all the way from Canada too because it makes them seem exotic and extra-special.
star rating : 4.5/5
Naturally Baby Fragrance-Free Nappy Cream 120ml / RRP £7.00
Naturally Baby Room Freshener 120ml / RRP £5.00
Naturally Baby Mild Shampoo 200ml / RRP £6.00
Naturally Baby Gentle Baby Wash 360ml / RRP £7.00
Naturally Baby Calming Body Lotion 360ml/ RRP £7.00
Naturally Upper Canada will be available at most leading department and gift stores, garden centres, or on 01277 220 842
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