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Which Wipe Is Right For You?

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When I had my second baby I decided to review my choice of wipes.  I mainly used Bambure and then Ecoriginals with my first baby and I wanted to review that decision. 

Without going into tremendous detail, my base requirement is that they contain no nasties. With that in mind, these are the wipes I bought to try out.  I though having them all at once would give me a better perspective on each one.

Overall, I found that there is not much difference between them.  They all held up well, were strong enough for big jobs, soft, good size.  As you can see from the comparison there is not much difference in size, Wot Not is slightly larger.    

Below are the key characteristics and the cost per sheet (current).

What is excluded from the below, is the recent Thank You Wipes launch and the TOMS Tushies.  I am really impressed with their wipes, they are a good thickness and wetness. I really like that the Thank You Wipes do a lot more than just wipe a bum! It feels good to help others.  For me, now, I alternate between Thank You and Ecoriginals.

Remember to check out bulk buy deals for these.  You use a lot of wipes, there is no point paying more than you have to for them!

Bambure

  • 100% biodegradable
  • Made from bamboo
  • Not as moist as some of the other brands
  • $6.95 for 80Wipes ($0.09 per wipe)

Ecoriginals

  • 100% biodegradable
  • Thick wipes, really durable
  • Just the right amount moisture in each wipe
  • $6.75 for 70Wipes ($0.10 per wipe)

 

Water Wipes

  • People with baby’s with sensitive skin rave about them
  • 99.9% water
  • For me they are too wet.
  • $7.50 for 80Wipes ($0.13 per wipe)

 

Wot Not

  • 100% biodegradable
  • Larger size than other wipes  (Thank You Wipes are also this size)
  • Just the right amount moisture in each wipe
  • $7.95 for 80Wipes ($0.10 per wipe)

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Skincare during pregnancy

pregnancy skin care

I first became “aware” or concerned about the chemicals I was exposing myself to via ‘skin care’ when I was pregnant with my first baby.  I didn’t act broadly I just changed some things. But it did set me in a direction that I am constantly expanding and have been for almost 4 years.  I’m still not perfect but I am better and it’s a constant state of change as I make new discoveries.

So I am pregnant again and again it has prompted another clean out of the ‘skin care’ cupboard.  I thought I would share what I am using in my every day. Some stuff is new; some I have already written about. 

 Firstly, the thing I noticed more than anything was that the less I used, the less I needed and the better everything became. Simple was so much better for me.  Granted, I am lucky that I don’t have any major conditions.  But the things, like dandruff and face breakouts, that I did suffer from, are no longer an issue and I am spending less on both hair and face than I used to.  If you do have conditions or have any rashes or breakouts that don’t look right, always see your doctor.

I buy everything from Nourished Life.  My wonderful partner and baby bought me a voucher for Mother’s Day so I am getting ready to do a big shop!!!

So from top to bottom, here it is. 

Hair

Acure Brazilian Keratin Straightening Shampoo – not sure it’s doing much straightening but it has been a great shampoo – no dandruff which is the first time in like 20years. I was using the shampoo and conditioner but I switched the conditioner to 100% Pure Healthy Scalp Conditioner and I will probably try 100% Pure shampoo next. I find my hair is especially softer now after switching to the 100% Pure conditioner.

hair care during pregnancy

   

 

Acure Moroccon Argan Oil – so I was using this on my hair and face which was great.  I managed to break the bottle when I was half way through and haven’t done a re-order yet – but I will. Apparently it can be used as a facial serum, body massage oil, hair serum, cuticle repair oil and treatment for dry elbows and heels. 

Hair brush – I got sick of all the plastic so I changed my hair brush to the 100% Pure Wooden Gentle Bristle Brush.

I have not dyed my hair since I have been pregnant, so as you can imagine I am looking fabulous with my long grey roots! But I want to try the HairPrint Grey Hair Remover for Women as soon as I have had the baby. With my level of grey I will probably need 2 packets of this for the first time use. Mixed review but worth a shot.  The description says – “This is a toxic free option to covering greys, but rather than dyeing your hair a different colour, it restores it to its natural shade..”

hair dye during pregnancy

 

Face

I don’t use cleanser, I just wash my face with hot water and cloth.  I don’t wear a lot of makeup and I no longer have the blackhead and break out issues I used to have when I did the cleanse, tone routine, so for now, I am happy.

I use very sporadically (i.e. once per month, if that) the Sukin Face Scrub that I have had for ages – bought on holidays last year.  But I want to get the 100% Pure Brightening Scrub & Mask.  Not sure if you are sensing a pattern here – 100% Pure is quickly becoming my go to for everything.  They have great products and I have been really happy with the stuff I have bought.

Makeup  - I have been using MAC – I love the Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation. But I want to try Andalou Age-Defying Beauty Balm Natural Tint with SPF 30 which is apparently amazing.

face care during pregnancy

 

Toothpaste

One of my new changes – I swapped from traditional supermarket toothpaste to Comvita Whitening Toothpaste.  I wanted to see if it made a difference.  The only change that I can see is that my gums have stopped bleeding.  I don’t know why, or how. It just has.

I was doing the oil pulling for a while with the Coconut Revolution Organic Coconut Oil, that I love, but I have been very slack this year with it.  I should go back to it.  Coconut Oil has so many uses – it is amazing. I have written about it before and will mention it again when I talk about body care.

teeth during pregnancy

 

Body

Deodorant - I swapped to the Lavera Invisible 24 Hour Roll On Deodorant when my other natural deodorant stopped working for me. And it has been brilliant so far.  I know people swear by the Black Chicken Remedies Axilla Deodorant Paste as well – lots of great reviews, but the paste doesn’t appeal to me and I am very happy with the Lavera.

body care during pregnancy

 

I’ve been using a combo of oils since for ages, and not a lot of difference since I’ve been pregnant. The only thing I added was the LaClinica Organic For Mum Stretch Mark Belly Rub Oil which I have loved.  The smell (jasmine, I think) is amazing!!!

I also use the Coconut Revolution Organic Coconut Oil.

I have a lot of natural soaps that I have amassed at various markets and have been using one for washing in the shower.  But I recently tried a sample of the Weleda Creamy Body Wash and want to use that. It’s amazing.  I can’t decide between the Weleda Wild Rose Creamy Body Wash or Sea Buckthorn.

I don’t know if sanity comes under body but let’s just say it does.  I have been using the Badger Sleep Balm as I have had some trouble with sleep. I love it – I think it’s amazing.

Hands & nails

This was a recent change that I made – and am I happy that I did. What a difference.  I swapped my supermarket nail polish remover & nail polish.  I am now using Fresh Therapies Nail Polish Remover & the 100% Pure 10-Free Nail Polish. They both are amazing – I no longer need a gas mask to take nail polish off and the 100% Pure nail polish stays on for almost 2 weeks like the old one.

nail care during pregnancy

 Next on my list

On my radar for the big shop which will replace hand cream, foot cream and lip gloss, plus a little something something for the thighs… Egyptian Magic All Purpose Cream; Hurraw Organic Lip Balm; Weleda Birch Cellulite Oil;  100% Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream.  All apparently amazing and top class, so I am excited about getting my hands on them.

skin care during pregnancy

  

Product finds

We were at the Essential Baby & Toddler Show over the weekend.  There was a lot to see as always - the same big brands that we always see and also some great new brands that I have not come across before. 

Viddia – organic clothes and blankets  

So soft, so beautiful.  Of course I bought a whole bunch of stuff for my little girl and the baby in the belly.  I also fell in love with their blanket which I thought would be great for warmer, Spring weather.  All of their stuff is using GOTS certified cotton.  Their stuff is all classic and very cute.  And they cater for newborn to 6 years.   viddia.com.au

Viddia organic baby clothes and baby blankets
Viddia organic baby clothes and baby blankets

de’bee – natural balms

I wanted to try all of their range but ended up getting their Storytime balm, Breathe Easy rub and Pucker Up lip balm.  The products are organic, made from pure Australian beeswax plus other complimentary botanicals.  I used the lip balm as soon as I got it as it immediately fixed by ridiculously dry lips.  My little girl has had a cough for the last week, which of course bothers her most during the night.  I put the Breathe Easy rub on and her coughing was less (while I was awake, anyway). It has menthol, tea tree, cedarwood and eucalyptus, so it has quite the aroma. I loved it and my little girl ok with it but it was a bit much for my partner.   Yet to try the Storytime balm. I use the Badgers Sleep Balm so I am intrigued.   http://debee.com.au/

de’bee natural balms

Bambooloui – baby clothing

This stuff is so soft and cute. Little onesies and tshirts with cute prints. I liked the simplicity of the range and the fabric texture. I think it's quite ight so great for indoors over winter and the warmer temperatures.  http://bambooloui.myshopify.com/

Bambooloui baby clothing
Bambooloui baby clothing

Halcyon Nights – collection of linens and baby clothes

Halcyon Nights Baby Linen and Baby Clothes

Halcyon Nights use beautiful prints by a designer called Min Min on a collection of linen, from bassinet to single beds. They also have the cutest onsies and t-shirts. Very soft and lovely.  Look out for the range online and at markets around Melbourne.
https://www.halcyonnights.com.au/