Our skin is our largest organ and what we put on it has direct access to our bloodstream—and if you don’t believe that think about the nicotine patch, a birth control patch or prescribed topicals like progesterone. These are all entering our bodies through the layers of our skin and getting into our systems for better or worse.
So, you can imagine I’m super careful about what I choose to use on my kids and their tiny bodies. Although it wasn’t always this way.
When my son Quinn was first diagnosed with Eczema, it seemed the only thing that would ease his pain was RX Cortisone cream. It worked like magic too—I slathered it between his fingers and toes and all his little folds and the redness/pain would subside within hours.
Little did I know what I was actually doing. I didn’t stop to think because, well, my doctor recommended it so it must be okay, right?
He is three now and to this day he skin is discolored, patchy and scared from this medication. And to boot, it turns out a dairy intolerance was causing his inflammation. Within two weeks of removing dairy from his diet, the redness/dry patches/pain was gone.
I wish the new me could go back and consult the old me and tell me there are options and that medication, although it has a time and place, is not always the answer.
Adam Sandler knows what I’m talking about:
On To Bigger and Better…And Healthier!
Pleni Naturals Product Review
Okay—So, leaving the past in the past and moving on. When Pleni Naturals reached out to me and asked if I was interested in trying their baby line, I was really excited to give them a try.
First of all, their packaging is super cute and my kids took to it right away. Even just tonight my Quinn was pointing to all the vegetables saying, “This is me, this is me, this is me, this is me.”
Pleni Naturals uses fruit and vegetable oils like:
- grapeseed oil for a silky finish and antioxidant protection
- cucumber seed oil to soothe and replenish moisture
- raspberry and cranberry seed oils to nourish and strengthen skin
- olive oil to moisturize and prevent inflammation
- mango butter to soothe and protect
- broccoli seed oil that moisturizes with omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids
All of their products are scented with essential oils and are free from any harmful ingredients like synthetic fragrance, phthalates, and any other junk. Even if you are not fluent in label reading—seeing the MADE SAFE label is a good indicator that this is a clean product.
MADE SAFE is “America’s first nontoxic certification program that applies widely to products from baby to personal care to household and beyond. They ensure that items we use everyday are made with ingredients that aren’t known or suspected to cause human health harm.” The certification looks like this:
I love this certification! It’s pushing the beauty/personal care product industry in the right direction but you know me, I still read the labels. And I did have some questions about their ingredients. Check it out:
Q: What grade olive oil do you use?
A: First press Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. ( I wanted to make sure it was not last press which uses a solvent called n-Hexane to extract oil from olives when there is essentially no olive oil left—hence, last press. It’s a pretty nasty solvent with the following health concerns: neurotoxicity, cancer, developmental toxicity and more. Check it out here.)
Q: Is the glycerin non-GMO?
Q: What do you use to preserve the formulas?
A: Lactobacillus is used to preserve the formula but the sodium chloride does help, as pH has a role in product preservation.
Cool. So their ingredients check out and guess what—the performance does too!
This is an 8 oz bottle of liquid/gel soap. Add it to a filling tub and it will make a nice bubble bath or massage it into kids’ hair and it will suds up generously. It smells good too—like lemon sorbet. It also contains apple amino acids and broccoli seed oil which the name indicates.
A little goes a long way! We’ve had this bottle for weeks now… It’s still half full although maybe it’s because my kids don’t take a tub that often. Oops! 16.99
Love it. Especially on my baby Quinn (who’s 3—I know, I know—I swear he will be 17 and I’ll still be calling him BQ).
This oil has a smooth drag and rubs into the skin easily and efficiently. You will detect a little bit of oil on the surface of the skin immediately after application. Give it 5-10 minutes and notice how it just absorbs. The skin remains moisturized which sometimes does not happen with a lotion.
I love putting this on Quinn before he goes to bed. I feel like it gives his patchy skin just that little bit of extra moisture that it needs. It also has cucumber oil and grape seed oil like the label indicates. 15.99
This is a super thick balm. Like an intensive treatment for any extra dry patches. I like it for Quinn’s little cheeks but think chapped winter skin, windburns or wintertime anything – when you just want to stick your face into a tub of Chapstick (no Chapstick by the way—super toxic!)
It has raspberry seed oil and olive oil in it. Adds a hefty dose of moisture without the greasy fallout. It was a little tough to push through the cap hole. So I just unscrewed the cap and applied straight from the tube. 15.99
Along with being MADE SAFE, Pleni is also gluten-free, cruelty-free and vegan. It’s also free of common allergens like soy, dairy, and high allergy nut. Plus a baby lotion and woman’s line coming 2017! You can check them out here on Amazon or on their website.
CODE: ORGANIC20 will save you at checkout!
A fantastic nontoxic option and not to mention any chance to talk about veggies with my kids? I’ll take it!