I don’t know about where you are, but here in London, Spring is in full bloom, and we’re having almost summer-like days. Of course, this excites me no end, and in the back of my mind somewhere I’m already planning day trips, camping weekends, and holidays abroad.
So today’s giveaway â€“ the Gaia Natural Baby Mini Traveller set â€“ couldn’t be better timing.
As the name suggests, the Gaia Mini Traveller set is a set of three travel sized bottles of baby bath products and a single use sachet of skin soothing lotion. Each bottle is 50ml, making it absolutely fine for hand luggage at the airport and perfect for a weekend break without a bag full of lotions and potions. These are the essentials â€“ bath and body wash, shampoo and moisturiser.
Although I’d probably not need the bath and body wash or the shampoo on a normal day out, the moisturiser is also perfect for the nappy bag â€“ small, unobtrusive, and more than enough to not only rub down your baby should you need to, but to moisturise your own hands too.
So what makes Gaia Natural Baby Skincare great? You know me by now â€“ it’s all about the ingredients.
Gaia is an Australian range, suitable for most sensitive skin, because it’s free from artificial fragrance, soap, sulphates, lanolin, petrochemicals, paraben preservatives, mineral oils, propylene glycol, along with other ingredients that can cause dryness and skin irritation, making it very eczema friendly.
The Bath and Body Wash has a strong and beautiful aroma of (all organic) sweet orange, evening primrose oil and lavender â€“ natural antibacterial cleansers that will nourish and soften the skin and permeate calm, ideal for a bath before bed.
The Shampoo is similar, but without the lavender: the evening primrose oil will also soften baby’s scalp, helping to reduce and eliminate cradle cap. As this shampoo doesn’t contain SLS it is low foaming, which is just as well, so there’s less to get into baby’s eyes. Apparently it doesn’t burn in the eyes anyway though. (While I always test out all Ameli’s products on myself before I do on her, I just can’t get myself to squirt shampoo in my eyes in the name of science, sorry!)
The shampoo also contains chamomile to brighten hair and bring out natural highlights.
The Baby Moisturiser has a lovely lavender scent, and has added wheat germ oil to improve elasticity of the skin (making it a great pregnancy cream too). There’s also shea butter, which is easily absorbed â€“ something I massively appreciate in a cream. Avocado oil is very nourishing, especially for dry skin, and finally, the sweet orange for its antibacterial properties. It is an incredibly light and smooth cream, and doesn’t leave an oily, can’t-unscrew-the-lid residue.
I think my favourite thing about these products is the smell. I doubt that I could have walked into a field, picked the above ingredients, scrunched it together in my hands, and the scent would have been any different. They are fresh, feel good and smell fantastic.
The only downside is the cost. This set will cost you anything from Â£7-Â£10 (about $14 – $20) which is a lot for something that will last one or two uses only. Personally, I will probably buy the larger bottles to keep in the bathroom and fill up my travel sizes from there.
I had a read around the internet to see what experiences others have had with Gaia, and as Mr Brown said on Rosebud Baby‘s website, â€œOverall very impressed and would recommend. Worth the price!â€
Edit: We’re away this week, and have been using these products all week and I’ve had a change of mind – there’s more than half of each of the shampoo and bath stuff left, and just less than half of the moisturiser, so it’s lasted a lot longer than I initially thought, making it not as expensive as I thought. I am actually quite surprised and impressed.
You can find your local stockist in one of sixteen countries here.
For the competition Gaia are offering a Mini Traveller kit to a Diary of a First Child reader. To be in with a chance to win, look at Gaia’s product page and leave a comment below listing one of the products from it.
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The Winner is Rachel, number 73. Many thanks for entering!