Review – Superdrug My Little Star fragrance free wipes.

Brand: Superdrug

Pack size: 64

Price: 79p (1.23p per wipe/available as multibuy)

I love shopping at Superdrug because I can be safe in the knowledge that their own brand products are all cruelty free. Of course their baby range has the Leaping Bunny logo all over it, from wipes to shampoo, and baby oil to toothpaste.

The packaging on all their wipes is recyclable (in some areas) and there is a lid to keep the wipes moist, but this part is not recyclable.

Each wipe is rectangular in shape with a slightly embossed pattern, but does not feel bumpy to touch. The wipes are not very big but they are a decent size. The amount of moisture in the wipe is just right. They are not too wet and are adequate for poo-ey bums.

The packaging says the wipes can be used on newborn which means they are fine for sensitive skin. We didn’t have any problems with irritation or redness so thumbs up all around.

In conclusion these wipes are a great price and are a good cruelty free option. The wipes are nice to use and we found no skin issues. When there is an offer on you can get three packs for £2, which is a good deal for cruelty free wipes.

Have you ever tried Superdrug wipes? Do you use fragrance free wipes or prefer ones with a scent?

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Review of Tots Bots Easyfit Star Nappy.

Tots Bots are pretty big in the cloth nappy world. No matter which style of cloth nappy you prefer, they probably have a kit that suits you. Today we are talking about their ‘all in one’ pocket nappy. I say it is an ‘all in one’ because everything is sewn together and you do not need extra bits. The absorbent nappy is there, the waterproof wrap is there, and even a booster is there. I also call it a pocket nappy because you can stuff another booster in there if you want to.

The Easyfit Star looks similar to the Bambino Mio Miosolo all in one nappy. At first glance I thought the Easyfit seemed inferior. After taking it out of the packaging and comparing it to the Miosolo, the Easyfit did not seem as thick or as substantial. I was, therefore, worried about potential leaks. Thankfully I did not need to worry. It even holds messy poop in well!

Plain colourful nappies are priced £16.99 and the patterned fabrics are £17.99. I really adore their new prints and am tempted to get the ‘bee kind’ and ‘kaleidescope’ nappies. The Easyfit Star is an all-in-one that fits 8-35lbs. There is also a Teenyfit Star in the same prints for young babies that fit 5-12lbs. The Teenyfit are cheaper at £11.99. At these prices I do think the Easyfit is a little pricey but I know there are brands out there at the £20+ mark so I guess the Easyfit is more of a mid-range nappy.

Each Easyfit comes with a bamboo core, which is the best material for absorbing babies’ bodily fluids. It comes as a long ‘tongue’ that you can tuck into the nappy. If necessary, it is also possible to pop a booster in. There are four rows of poppers on the front of nappy so that the fit can be adjusted as baby grows. The nappy is closed using hook and loop (like Velcro) fastenings so fit can be adjusted for each baby.

Like I said earlier, I thought the Easyfit would leak compared to the Miosolo because the seams and gusset do not seem like they would have good containment. Fortunately I have been proved wrong (apart from one disastrous poop but I don’t think any nappy would have kept that one in). On the Miosolo I would often find marks on baby’s back as the nappy seam would appear too tight but the Easyfit generally avoids this. The bamboo is nice and soft. It does not seem as thick as the Miosolo but in my opinion feels much nicer to touch. The fact that the Easyfit is less bulky than the Miosolo is also a bonus if you struggle to fasten bodysuits over cloth nappies. They are by no means slim, but are definitely not the chunkiest nappy out there.

Washing is the same as for other cloth nappies and drying time is great because you can pull out the inner core for faster drying. The fold back laundry tabs are not that great. They are a bit flimsy but they do the job.

Overall I think the Easyfit is a good beginner nappy. They are simple to use and will be easy for carers or family members to adjust to. I personally prefer hook and loop fastenings because you can get the perfect fit. The Easyfit looks great and does not appear too bulky. Drying time is speedy so if you wash often enough you do not need to buy too many.

Have you ever tried the Easyfit Star or any other Tots Bots nappy? I have also bought the Peenut nappy to try and am excited to get that review out.

Review – Little Angels sensitive wipes.

Brand: Asda
Pack size: 64
Price: 64p (1p per wipe / also available in multipack)

Asda says they are against animal testing but unlike some other supermarkets, their products are not Leaping Bunny certified. After researching their animal testing policy I am satisfied with their cruelty free status (otherwise I would not buy or review these wipes!).

The packaging has the plastic lid which keeps all the wipes nice and moist. Note that this is not recyclable, nor are the wipes biodegradable. The wrap, however, may be recycled but checking your local facilities.

These wipes provide great value for money. Whilst they are not the thickest or biggest wipes on the market, I had absolutely no trouble with the size and there was sufficient moisture for messy poops. Each wipe has a slight embossing of a teddybear on it but it does not cause any roughness or irritation. They really do feel ‘cotton soft’.

It is stated that these wipes are suitable from 0 months and are also hypoallergenic. I did not find Emery sensitive to these wipes and there was no redness after using the wipes.

All in all these are a great pack of wipes to pick up at a low price. When purchased in bulk, they offer even better value for money. The size is a touch on the smaller side but perfectly adequate and the wetness is appropriate. I only wish these had Leaping Bunny logo on them!

Have you tried any of the Little Angels wipes? Would you give up your current wipes to test these out?

Review of Childs Farm baby moisturiser.

Thankfully Emery does not suffer from eczema or another skin condition, but recently he has had a bit of dry skin on his arms and thighs. I thought his natural skin oils would sort it out but after a few days I took the Childs Farm baby moisturiser out of the bathroom cupboard to test out as his skin was still feeling a little rough.

The white moisturiser comes in a pump bottle containing 250ml product. It is normally priced at £3.99 but you may be able to find it on offer at a lower price. The soothing formula is suitable for sensitive skin and can be used from newborn age. The moisturiser is formulated with 98% natural ingredients and made without parabens, SLSs, mineral oil, and artifical colours so it is very gentle on a baby’s skin. Although it is aimed for those with sensitive skin, one of the ingredients is “parfum” so there is a slight scent but it is not overpowering and did not irritate Emery but is something to keep in mind if your child is sensitive to scents.

A small push on the pump should give you an adequate amount for both arms and another quick pump is enough for both legs. The leftover cream went on my own arms! The 250ml should last quite a while. I used this moisturiser after Emery’s night time bath and it was like a quick calming massage before bed. It sinks into the skin and dries pretty fast so there is no waiting around before you can put clothes on baby.

I thought it would take a few days for Emery’s skin to become baby soft again but after two nights of using the Childs Farm moisturiser Emery’s skin was smooth and silky again. If your child has dermatitis then it may be worth applying the moisturiser everyday (twice a day if you use it according to their instructions) but I decided to only use the moisturiser when Emery has a flare up as I want his natural skin defence to build up.

Childs Farm do not test their products on animals. They do not have a cruelty free certificate but state they are “100% compliant with the European Commission’s ‘Cosmetics Directive’ that prohibits animal testing on individual toiletries ingredients as well as finished products“. The brand also states that you can recycle their lids and bottles which is great for the environment. Furthermore, Childs Farm “are currently applying for the leaping bunny certification.”

Overall I am happy with the results of the moisturiser as Emery’s skin went from dry to baby soft very quickly and it did not appear to irritate him. I have also used the unfragranced baby wash and the sweet orange hair & body wash which are also kind on the skin and smell lovely. I have also previously tested out the biodegrable baby wipes (click to read review).

If you are unsure whether the Childs Farm products will be suitable for your child then you can purchase small sample size bottles to try out. They also do a special range just for babies including baby oil and nappy cream.

Have you ever tried Childs Farm? Do you wonder why there is no apostrophe in their name? Do you like to use baby products that do not contain parabens, SLSs, or mineral oils?

Review of Close Pop-in reusable nappy.

You may have heard of Close as they make baby carriers as well as cloth nappies. In fact we used the Close Caboo carrier with Emery for eight months until he got a bit too heavy for my poor shoulders. Emery enjoyed being close and snug in that sling but that’s a review for another day!

The Pop-in nappy is on its second version “gen V2” and comes with super absorbent bamboo or quick drying minkee fabric, so you trade longer wear for slower drying times. The prints on the Close nappies may not appeal to all. I don’t want to say “abstract” or “macabre” as those words are too extreme but I quite like the darker prints they do.

The Pop-in is an “all in two” style of nappy so the nappy insert and booster are clipped in. The poppers are cleverly colour coordinated so you won’t put them on back to front.

The nappy is secured at the waist using Velcro tabs so the fit can be adjusted perfectly to suit all babies. Initially I didn’t think there were any fold back tabs for the Velcro to prevent the nappy sticking to things in the washing machine but on the second wear I noticed the tabs are supposed to be tucked into the nappy which is a nice touch.

Pop-in is a birth to potty nappy and the front of the nappy has rows of poppers to alter the length of the nappy as baby grows. Close also do a newborn size nappy for smaller babies.

When I first received the Pop-in nappy I didn’t think it would fit Emery as it looks quite small compared to all the other nappies I have tried but it was surprisingly roomy when I came to put it on him. This also means it is a slimmer looking nappy therefore you probably will not struggle to get clothes to fit over the nappy. In fact, after using the Pop-in I felt like other brands were too baggy. I also liked being able to tuck the liner into the flap but that is not a reason to buy the Pop-in.

Drying time on these bad boys is reasonable. You can detach the insert and booster to create a bigger drying area. The boosters are not too thick so they dry fairly quickly but they soak up adequate amounts of urine.

The Pop-in retails for £18.95 but you may be able to find deals online. You can also buy them in a starter pack which will save you some money. I do find that “all in twos” seem to cost more but I think the Pop-in may be my favourite cloth nappy so far!

Have you ever tried the Close Pop-in nappy? Do you prefer the bamboo or the minkee? What are your thoughts on their prints?

Is it worth ordering Colourpop to the UK? Review of Colourpop You Had Me At Hello and Lippiestix.

If you’re a beauty junkie then you may have heard of LA based brand Colourpop. I’ve read a lot of good things in terms of quality for the price point so thought I would check them out, especially since they are cruelty free. I very rarely order internationally but on Cyber Monday I took a chance since I’ve been eyeing up their “you had me at hello” palette since its tease and release.

My order was placed on 27th November and shipped on 2nd December. Due to Black Friday deals I guessed dispatch time might be a bit longer than usual so I didn’t mind. On 12th December I got a card through the post saying I had to pay a £13 fee, £5 was customs duty and £8 was a Royal Mail handling fee. (Sidenote: I don’t get why I get charged a handling fee, isn’t the whole point of Royal Mail, Parcelforce etc to handle post?!) All in all it took 16 days from ordering to delivery.

My order was around $30 and international shipping was a flat rate of $9.99 (it can be free over $50 but I didn’t want to spend that much on a brand I’d never tried). So in total that’s nearly £45 I spent on one eyeshadow palette and three lipsticks and a lip primer. To be honest I would say it’s NOT WORTH IT. If shipping was free and there was no customs to pay then it would be okay. Even when they have 20% off it’s not really worth it, I would rather just buy Makeup Revolution or Elf. For £45 you could buy Anastasia Beverly Hills‘ fan favourite Modern Renaissance palette and have some change leftover.

In terms of the eyeshadow palette I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the packaging. I thought it would be cheap cardboard but it feels sturdier than that. I was actually slightly disappointed when I heard the palette came with a mirror (Colourpop palettes do not normally have a mirror included) since I was planning to de-pot the pans into a magnetic palette. However the packaging is actually pretty solid and doesn’t feel too cheap so I will keep it all intact. I love the designs Colourpop comes up with. The cover is so cute. Colourpop released so many palettes in the last quarter of 2017 but “You Had Me At Hello” really drew me in with its mix of neutrals and mauves and pinks.

Finger swatches of Colourpop YOU had Me at Hello

The mattes in the palette are very pigmented. There is some fall out but that does not bother me too much. The shimmers look beautiful on application but I have oily eyelids so they do not last all day on me whereas the mattes last a bit longer. Overall I’m fairly pleased with the palette and the colours are not too bold so I can wear them at work.

I’m probably in the minority but I enjoy using lipsticks that are shaped like pens or pencils. I think I can apply it haphazardly without it going completely wrong. The three colours I ordered are Bossy (matte), Aquarius (creme), and Bound (satin). I know matte has been super trendy but my lips are dry no matter how much I exfoliate or use lip oils so I prefer a wetter finish.

Bossy is described as a “classic red” and looks great on the lips. It does transfer but also managed to stay on all day through two meals without leaving lips looking patchy. The matte formula did not feel drying and this was a pleasant surprise. My baby did poke me in the mouth and I ended up with red on my cheek but that’s the fun of having a 9 month old.

Button is a “satin peachy pink” which looked quite pink on me. This one transferred as well but again and is the patchiest of the three. This one is my least favourite.

Aquarius is the final Lippiestix I got and is a “soft pinky nude”. I was surprised at how much I adore this colour! For me it’s definitely a “my lips but better” shade and the crème finish is perfect. There is less transfer with this colour and doesn’t become patchy when it fades. Would definitely repurchase if I didn’t have to pay shipping or customs.

All in all I am happy with my order and I am surprised I prefer the Lippiestix over the eyeshadow palette. After customs it definitely wasn’t worth ordering internationally so I’d suggest getting something from Zoeva, Sleek, Elf, or MakeUp Revolution as mentioned earlier (good prices, good formulations and cruelty free) as they are readily available in the UK. Also check out Burt’s Bees for nice natural lip products.

Have you ever ordered something for international shipping? Did you think it was worth it? What was your experience?

Review of Good Bubble cloudberry bubble bath.

I am very excited today to share with you a Leaping Bunny certified baby brand! Please can I introduce Good Bubble! Found these guys when I attended the baby and toddler show last year and I just love the ethos of the brand. And so did Deborah Meadon from Dragons Den!

Not only are they committed to formulating gentle products for babies without ingredients such as sulfates or parabens, they also manufacture within the UK and are committed to reducing their carbon footprint by using recyclable packaging and responsibly sourcing ingredients. Their products have the seal of approval, not only from Cruelty Free International, but also the Vegan Society. I also love how it is a family business.

Good Bubble do a nice range of bubble baths, shampoos, conditioners, body washes, coconut oil, and wash mits. The two “favours” they have are dragonfruit and cloudberry. How exotic! I can tell you they both smell DIVINE. The coconut oil also smells very fruity and delicious and would be great for people suffering with dry skin.

Prices start at £3.69 which is great for a product which is practically classed as totally organic.

The item I bought to try out is the cloudberry bubble bath and it definitely puts lots of bubbles in the bath tub. The scent might be too sweet for some people but I really like it and Emery didn’t mind it either. Packaging is cute and attractive to little people. The bottle is kind of chubby and bulky but that lends to its appeal.

There isn’t really much I can say about a bubble bath! It was gentle and didn’t cause any redness or any sort if irritation. A little goes a long way so a 400ml bottle should last you a while.

I wish I had also picked up something with the dragonfruit in it. I love that I can add another cruelty free brand to my baby list. The only downfall is that the brand is not stocked (yet) in major stores but you can easily get Good Bubble online.

Have you ever tried Good Bubble? Do bath products with scents draw you in or put you off?