That’s not to say I haven’t used them. Most of the products on the market haven’t appealed to me, or I’ve heard scare stories about. When I did fall in love with one organic bath soak early in my first born’s life, they ceased production of their delicious product without warning and I was lost as to what I would use. I had felt safe using that one. All I could see on the supermarket shelves were bottles of so many chemicals, so many potential reactions; and after discovering that Lyoto was reactive to aloe vera (who knew you could even have a reaction to that?!) my bath time stress levels were not good.
So when the very generous people at Sophie la Girafe offered us the chance to try out their cosmetic range, I was both overjoyed as it looked gorgeous, but at the same time completely skeptical about it, and concerned about using the products on Baby Hero.
We were invited to test the body and hair wash, the baby oil, baby lotion and protective cream, and on Tuesday, a very rare occasion that Baby Hero and I had some time alone, I decided to take the plunge. That afternoon, nestled in his snuggly bath, I applied some of the shampoo to his little mop of hair (my first baby to be born with hair!) and lathered him into a mini mohawk, then I bathed him with the body wash as we cooed at each other when it tickled him, especially under his chin. It was like the most perfect daydream.
Sophie la Girafe Hair and Body Wash – 200ml – £11.99
The shampoo lathered very well considering the high limescale levels in our Hampshire water, and it smelled just beautiful. Not too feminine, just gentle fragrance. It also lathered well on his body instead of simply slipping off in a blob like so many shower gels do when applied.
Sophie la Girafe Baby Body Lotion – 150ml – £14.99
Sophie la Girafe Baby Oil – 200ml – £14.99
After wrapping up warm in his fluffy giraffe towel (of course), I decided to try my hand at baby massage with the oil. Within seconds he was smiling at me, talking non stop and wiggling about. It sounds so gushy to say, but he was the happiest I’ve ever seen him. Quite honestly, he was in heaven, giggling and wriggling around on the bed. I chose the oil over the body lotion as I prefer the smell. The lotion is more peppery smelling to me, more spicy, but it feels divine. What I’m trying to say here is that I’ve claimed that one for myself.
Our favourite product was hands down (ha ha) the oil. It’s what I’d describe as a light oil and a pleasure to use. I have a fear of body oil use in our house – having siberian huskies has made the application of anything oily, creamy or lotion-like to our bodies (or the drying of our faces on towels which have been sneakily attacked) a pretty disgustingly hair-filled affair which generally results in the re-cleansing of the area to which the product was applied. We accepted failure graciously before the boys were born, but in Baby Hero’s cocooned area of our house, in his hair free sanctuary, we made a break through.
Sophie la Giraffe Baby Protection Cream – 50ml – £14.99
The protective cream is thick and luxurious, which means that when your little one has a sprinkle (which is what we call urinating in our household, I like to think it sounds nicer) or a poo-xplosion (or poo-nami as my friend calls them – no mistaking that one!) their skin is well protected. Luckily we haven’t had cause to use it in a remedial way to solve nappy rash save for one time so far, but this is the product I worry over the most as I’m always paranoid that any cream I put on a sore part of the body would increase the stinging since they cry when it’s touched in any case. This fear is increased after discovering that Little Dragon Lyoto has a reaction to aloe vera. However, this cream seems to make Baby Hero feel good in the nappy department before bedtime and he settles well wearing it.
Absolutely. I just bought more more oil at Ocado (1/3 off!). Although the products are more expensive than the everyday cosmetics for baby advertised in supermarkets, these are luxurious, feel special to use and whilst he’s tiny, he doesn’t need an awful lot of each bottle every time he takes a bath and so they last a long time. Sophie le Giraffe cosmetics are luxury items, and clearly designed to be; but they are a worthwhile investment. I have friends who will spend a fortune on creams purporting to reverse the effects of neglect on their skin; taking care of your little one’s skin is so important.