beautyhacks – baby

I am in love with the new Beautycounter baby line. As a once upon a time doula, these products make me feel good and happy knowing that parents now have a viable choice in getting safe products for their babies. When we consider that the 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed within 26 seconds – it makes sense that any parent would want effective products that are safe, as potential chemicals could affect babies much faster due to their size than for adults.

I do love when you can take a product and morph it into a variety of uses for the entire family. The new balm and baby oil will definitely be staples used in our home from now on as they both can be used in multiple ways for everyone but today we are going to focus on babies.

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For baby

Tushy Balm
When baby’s tush needs a little tlc:

Equal parts:
Lavendar
Melaleuca
Myrrh or Sandalwood

You can make this up in different ways depending how how you want to use it. You could premix this in the baby balm to your desired consistency but once you use it once for the tushy you could not use it for any other reason as it would be unsafe. If you put this blend in a spray bottle with the baby oil you could then use it for several different things but sometimes you need more of a balm for tender tushies…but it would be easy enough to just add some baby balm separately.
The other option is to pre-mix the oils in a spare oil bottle and just add one drop to the baby balm when you use it – personally I think that is how I would use it if it were me.

Sore tummy/Colic

Equal parts:
Cardamon
Fennel
Orange

Or

Equal parts:
Roman Chamomile
Lavender
Geranium

Other oils to try: Marjoram, Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Ginger (use cautiously at a lower ratio), Rosemary, Melissa.

Often when our babies are in distress when it comes to their tummies, we don’t always know why. You may have to try a few different oil combinations to find the right one for your baby.

Once I found a blend that worked well for my baby, I would then put the oils (about 10 drops each *except ginger which I would only put in a few*) in a 10ml rollerball and fill with the baby soothing oil. When baby is fussy, I would then just roll a bit on tummy and rub softly till absorbed. You could also use this on their feet and do soft reflexology to help sooth the tummy.

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Owie Mouth

Equal parts:
Roman Chamomile
Lavender

I used Roman Chamomile with one of my babies when he had a sore mouth. If you are making it, I would mix one drop of this blend with the baby oil and rub along gums.

Dry scalp

Equal parts:
Geranium
Sandalwood

A lot of babies will get scaling on their heads, a lot of people call this cradle cap. If not managed it can cause infection because the skin below cannot breathe, so while not a major problem to their health, you do want to keep it to a minimum.
Put 5-10 drops into a 10ml spray bottle and fill with baby oil. After bath time spray on head and use comb to softly lift scales – DO NOT force them up.
If you are dealing with a severe case I would add Melaleuca to your blend to help avoid infection.

Dry skin/eczema

Equal Parts:
Sandalwood
Roman Chamomile
Lavender
Helichrysum

You could do equal parts of all of these, maybe 5 drops each in a 10ml spray bottle or whatever blend you feel works best for you and spray on affected areas to relieve discomfort.
For severe cases this could also be put in the balm.
Please note that small newborn babies will sometimes have peeling skin – this is completely normal and unless they are showing discomfort I would suggest to not “treat” it. Also, newborns do not need daily baths – this will dry out their skin. When you do give a bath, using a mild soap like our gentle all over wash is ideal.

**Just a note about using essential oils. I feel it important to note that just like there are no regulations governing the cosmetic industry, there is also no regulation regarding essential oils. I feel it’s also important to note that many main steam essential oils are not pure as many of their labels claim. It’s also common for companies to include alcohol which I would never recommend to use on a baby.
If you are in doubt, please contact me and I will be happy to offer you suggestions and safe options.**

Enjoy your new baby and let me know if you try any of my baby beautyhacks! Keep an eye out on Instagram as I post photos of these hacks!

With Joy,
S. xo

 

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let’s start counting…

 

4

the number of pounds of lipstick an average woman will consume during her lifetime

11

is the percentage of ingredients of over 10,000 that have been tested for safety in the U.S.

11

the number of ingredients currently banned by the FDA in U.S. personal care products

12

the average amount of personal care products a woman uses daily

13

1 in 13 woman are exposed to a carcinogenic ingredient via their
personal care products daily

17

the average number of personal care products and cosmetics that a
teenage girl will use daily.

20

the number of lipsticks the FDA tested for lead – all 20 contained traceable
amounts of lead.

22

the percentage of personal care products including childen’s products researched by ewg.org found to contain cancer causing ingredient 1,4-Dioxane

24

1 in 24 women are exposed to known or suspected reproductive and developmental ingredients through their personal care products.

26

the amount of seconds it takes for the ingredients in your personal care product(s) to enter your blood steam

35

is the percentage of children’s personal care products labelled as “natural” that contained one or more synthetic preservatives linked to concerns.

46

the percentage of ingredients contaminated by 1,4-Dioxane

60

is the percentage of product that is absorbed into your skin when applying
personal care products

61

is the percentage of 33 name brand lipsticks that were studied and found to have detectable amounts of lead

75

is the percentage of Americans that have been found to have the anti-bacterial ingredient triclosan in their blood steam

99

is the percentage of breast cancer tissue that tested positive for parabens

168

the average amount of chemicals a woman will put on her body daily (there are some sources that list it much higher at 515)

287

is the number of chemicals that have been found in newborn umbilical cord blood

600

the number of ingredients on Canada’s “hot list” which are prohibited or restricted

650

the amount of products that could contain lead, including foundations, nail polish, and whitening toothpaste.

1328

the amount of ingredients banned in the European Union for use in
personal care products and cosmetics

10,500

the number of possible chemicals used in the cosmetic industry

12,500

is the number of ingredients possible that make up the term”fragrance”.
These do not have to be listed or disclosed as fragrance is considered an
industry “trade secret”

25,000

the number of products estimated to contain parabens in the ewg.org database

So now what….

Here are some other numbers:

1500

the amount of ingredients Beautycounter has put on their #neverlist – that will never be used in any of their products.

80

is the percentage of ingredients they use that are organic, natural or naturally derived.

33

are the number of Beautcounter products that are currently ewg certified

5

is the number of steps in their screening process when formulating new products.

3

the highest rating for any of their products on ewg.org database

You can make a #switchtosafer. You don’t have to compromise on performance. You can have both. Beauty meet Safety. Because the very most important number is:

1

You.

Living Health,
S. xo

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