Sweet Cheeks Baby Care Review and Giveaway

Herban Renewal has donated a Baby on the Go set of their Sweet Cheeks baby care products for a lucky reader. Included in the travel size set is one baby hair spritz, one baby body wash, one baby body lotion, and one refillable baby powder shaker. These are adorable and they smell wonderful. Each is carefully made with some great botanical ingredients.

Sweet Cheeks products are made with more natural ingredients than standard baby care products. The ingredients vary, so some products are more natural than others. For instance, the hair spritz is made with water, essential oils and fragrance. The Baby Powder contains vegetable powder, tricalcium phosphate and essential oils, so it is completely natural.

Both the lotion and the bodywash contain some ingredients that are a little less natural and a little more controversial. Controversial does not mean bad – just that there is disagreement about them.

First let me explain why you DO want a preservative in your body care products. Any water-based product can grow nasty mold or bacteria – including those that cause skin or bladder infections, even staph.You can read more about preservatives and why we need them.

These are preserved with parabens – which have a long history of safety but some people have raised concerns about them. You will find parabens in almost all conventional liquid soaps, shampoo, conditioner, lotion and other body care products as well as many more natural products. The only reason I even mention this is that some people like to know about these ingredients.

The lotion has lots of great botanicals including aloe vera, honey extract, and extracts of lemon, fennel, sage, and yarrow. It also has great moisturizers like jojoba, cocoa butter and shea butter. It has a wonderful, silky feel to it and absorbs quickly.

The body wash has aloe vera, witch hazel, lavender, chamomile, sage, sesame seed oil, avocado oil and wheat germ oil. Avocado is great for skin and contains lots of moisturizers and skin-nourishing ingredients.

The powder is a good alternative to traditional talc powders – which have been linked to female cancers. Talc is also very bad for baby’s lungs. This natural powder contains no talc or other mineral powders.

The gift set comes in a handy woven gift bag.

So, how can you win? Entry comments must be posted by noon Mountain Time on Tuesday, May 17, 2010. You can enter up to 3 times, you must post a separate comment for each entry. If you enter more than 3 times extra entries will be deleted. One entry comment is allowed for each of the following:

* Follow Herban Renewal on Twitter.

* Visit Herban Renewal and tell me about a favorite product other than the kit mentioned here.

* Follow Little for Now cloth diapers on Twitter

Comment away, and enjoy!

LuSa Organics Review and Giveaway

That’s right, it is time for another giveaway! This time, it is something almost any cloth diapering family can use – cloth diaper wipes solution, diaper balm and a bar of baby soap.

LuSa organics sent us a two of each: Baby Wipe Juice, Booty Balm and Calendula Baby Soap. One to test and one for the giveaway.

I am pretty picky about baby wipe solution and other natural products for baby’s skin. As the former owner of Sheepish Grins, I spent a lot of time poring over recipes and ingredient profiles. Way too often I see ingredients added – or left out – that can cause major problems. For instance, some small manufacturers decide that all preservatives are bad – and then they create products that are not protected against mold, yeast, bacteria and other scary things. I am happy to say that the LuSa organics ingredients are free of any chemicals I avoid, and they contain safe preservatives.

Any time you add water to a product, you need to use something to keep the nasties away. LuSa has chosen to use natural preservatives in their Baby Wipes Juice, including citric acid and silver citrate. These have a good history and have been well-tested.

The Baby Wipes Juice is supposed to make 2 gallons of solution. I think it is too strong at that ratio, so I watered mine down a bit more – which should giveus closer to 3 gallons or more of solution. My baby has sensitive skin and at the full strength dilution she got a little redness from the Wipes Juice. As soon as I watered it down a bit she was just fine and we used it for several weeks with no problems at all. The scent is strong, but very pleasant and herbal. LuSa has included lavender, patchouli, peru balsam and chamomile essential oils.

The Booty Balm is made with skin-healing olive oil, jojoba oil (very similar to the moisturizers naturally produced by skin), moisture-preserving beeswax, and avocado oil (rich in vitamins). The same essential oils and preservatives are used in the balm as in the wipes juice. While preservatives are probably not necessary in a balm, they do provide a little extra insurance against contamination. This balm is very smooth and not sticky. We had no problems with build up on cloth diapers, but I am also careful to apply any balm sparingly. We also loved it for winter-dried cheeks and little scratches.

The calendula baby soap is very mild and gentle to skin. The calendula flowers in it are a nice touch. The soap is fragrance free, which is always a great choice for baby’s delicate skin. Calendula is said to soothe and heal skin, so it is often used in soaps and balms for those with skin problems or sensitive skin. We love that it is fragrance free, since my mother can not be exposed to any fragrances.

We are really happy with the Lusa products. You can check them out here: LuSa Organics

Ok, now for the giveaway. You are entering to win a package with one bar of calendula soap, one bottle of Baby Wipes Juice and one jar of Booty Balm. Retail value is $25.70. For this giveaway, you must be a resident of the US because I don’t want to deal with customs issues.

You can enter up to 4 times. Each entry must be in a separate comment on this blog. Please do not enter more than 4 times or I will delete extra entries.

* Mandatory entry: Go to LuSa organics site and post a comment here about what your favorite item is on their site.

* Optional entries for following this blog, posting on your blog about this giveaway (with a link to this site), following me on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/littlefornow) or tweeting about the giveaway.

The giveaway ends on Tuesday, February 9 at 12 PM Mountain Time (that is 10 AM Eastern).