I received these items at not cost to facilitate my review. All opinions remain my own.
You know me! I’ll eat at McDonald’s, but I’m super picky about what goes on my skin and, of course, my children’s. Hey, I never said I was perfect! (Or logical…)
I’m not about to go on a rant about avoiding chemicals… let’s be clear: if I were avoiding chemicals, I’d be pretty thirsty. I just like to avoid ingredients that are harsh on skin and harder on the environment. That’s why I typically choose ingredients I can pronounce, and ingredients that I can readily identify.
That is most definitely the case with BALM! Baby’s array of Baby and Mama Care products. They get bonus points for using truly eco-friendly containers. It is ridiculously challenging to avoid plastic packaging. BALM! Baby opts for recycled aluminum. I plan to reuse all my BALM! Baby containers, and then send them on their way to be recycled again.
BALM Baby! sent us three full-sized products to try out: a cloth wipes concentrate, a hand sanitizer and a first-aid spray.
I hate disposable wet wipes. My hatred of them goes beyond the environmental impact. They just don’t work! The week when our washing machine broke and my son had to be given a laxative, we had to use disposable wet wipes. Even with the mess, I would’ve rather been using our cloth wipes. Cloth wipes get the job done. Wet wipes… you need like five to even clean up any mess, and I find they’re usually not wet enough to clean the sticky messes.
Thus, I was 99.9% sure I would love BALM! Baby’s Juice Those Wipes concentrate before I even tried it. A wipes concentrate is essentially a mixture of yummy, bum-cleaning ingredients that you mix with water to moisten your cloth wipes. Some people will pre-mix their wipes and put them in a container or wipes warmer for the day, others will just mix it up in a spray and moisten wipes (or the bum directly) as needed. I am definitely in the latter category. I added a tsp of the concentrate to a 250 ml spray bottle.
You can make your spray stronger or weaker depending on your wipe-juice-strength preference. I’m happy with my 1 tsp to 1 cup of water ratio. Balm! Baby Juice Those Wipes contains chamomile-and-calendula-infused olive oil, witch hazel (non-alcohol), Taylor’s liquid soap, orange, lavender and tea tree essential oils, vitamin E-T50, and rosemary oil extract. It smells delightful, and it leaves a nice, light moisturizing coating on Little Miss’s bum when I wipe her (thanks to the olive oil).
I’m going to get a lot of diaper changes out of my 9 oz. bottle of Juice Those Wipes. If my math serves, I’ll get 54 full spray bottles, and I’ve used about half of my spray bottle over about three weeks.
There’s no question that pairing this concentrate with cloth wipes will save you a lot of money if you’re swapping out packaged wet wipes. The earth will thank you, and so will your baby’s bum!
BALM! Baby’s Spray That Bottom is marketed for soothing way more than just a baby bum: “Cracked feet, sunburns, dry lips, diaper rash, razor burn, eczema, bug bites, newborn’s peeling skin, itchy cradle cap, post partum owies, scrapes, cuts, bruises, minor rashes, hemorrhoids, dry hands, stinky armpits, burns and all that other funky stuff!”
This spray is definitely my favourite of my BALM! Baby trio of review products. Do you remember the Dad in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding?” How he sprayed Windex on everything? I’m spraying BALM! Baby’s first-aid spray on everything!
I love that’s it’s essentially a healing bum balm in spray format, meaning I don’t have to get my fingers dirty when applying to Little Miss Cub at diaper time. I’ve also been using it on her dry, chapped cheeks, and on this really dry and itchy spot on my ring finger. Cub likes helping me apply it to my “bobo.” The itchy spot has healed (though it keeps coming back once I start wearing my wedding rings again), and the spray soothes the very irritating itch that bugs me most as soon as I lie down in bed.
I have a hatred for antibacterial hand sanitizer. (Like Purell and company.) Particularly, I want to make sure everyone is staying clear of sanitizers containing triclosan. We need bacteria, people! Over use of Triclosan “may encourage bacterial resistance to antibiotics.” [source] I have no concerns, however, about using BALM Baby! Sanitize Those Hands on me or my kids.
While soap and water is your best bet for cleaning your hands, second best is a hand sanitizer that just cleans away what you want it to. Made of Hawaiin sugar cane 62% ethanol, macadamia nut oil, lavender and orange oil, Sanitize Those Hands doesn’t leave your hands feeling totally parched, nor your nose burning with an alcohol smell. Actually, it leaves my hands feeling super silky! I keep it in the diaper bag because I’m not always changing diapers in a bathroom.
BALM! Baby products are cruelty free, vegan, made in the USA, packaged in recycled aluminum and… they’re the BALM!
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