It’s no secret by now that I love Green People and their products. If I could sell it, I would. I should, in fact, since I recommend it to people everywhere I go.
So, when Green People released their new range of Fair Trade goodies, it really seemed only right that I test them out, and give you the opportunity to do the same. So, without further ado, here are my thoughts on the Green People Fair Trade products.
To start with, we’ll return to an old favourite of mine â€“ The Nappy Cream Baby Balm. These are made out of pretty much the same stuff, but now use fair trade shea butter, and there’s also a new citrus-y scent to it. Â This stuff was always and still is fantastic. It goes on Ameli’s bottom. It goes on her scrapes and cuts. It also goes on mine. It really is incredible stuff â€“ thanks to the calendula in it.
The Nappy Cream Baby Balm has also never given us a day’s skin problems. In fact, when Ameli’s skin has been red and swollen with rash, it has reduced the inflammation. It’s a small tub and costs around Â£10, but it lasts a really long time. We took one and a half tubs with us to South Africa and brought Â¾ of a tub back six months later.
A new addition to the range, I believe, is the No Scent Baby Oil. I was slightly disappointed that it had no scent, but it is really useful for those kids with bad allergies. This is fantastic for baby massage, or in our case, toddler wrestling â€“ playfully, of course. Apparently you can use this on cradle cap too, although we found breast milk worked perfectly at the time.Â Green People also say that the list of ingredients will improve skin elasticity, making this an excellent pregnant belly oil too â€“ something I’ll definitely test next time round, because it spreads easily and doesn’t have an odour and sadly, odours were the biggest offenders in my pregnancy.
The baby oil does contain sesame seed oil, and I asked them whether this was suitable for people with nut allergies, and found their response quite interesting. Here it is:
I have spoken with our Research and Development manager and he has confirmed that the Sesame has no relation to any member of the nut family.
We recommended that if people have severe allergies to nuts, then it would be wisest to avoid all products made in premises that use or handle nuts. Although many of our products are made without nut-sourced ingredients, because almond oil is present on the premises there is always a risk of accidental contamination, albeit extremely slight. If the allergies are not severe, then any of our products that do not actually contain nut derivatives should be fine. It is worth knowing that allergies are generally triggered by protein molecules. Plant oils are comprised of the oil or lipid part of the seed or nut, and generally have little or no protein content. Therefore, in all but the most severe cases of allergy, plant oils are normally well tolerated even when the whole seed or nut may cause problems.
Finally, we tested the No Scent Baby Lotion for the first time, partly because Ameli now wants to moisturise herself after bath time, as she sees her mama doing. The Baby Lotion is a non-aqueous cream, a relief to eczema sufferers, I’m sure. This cream can also be used as a nipple cream for mums. It is a lovely cream, light, not oily, spreads easily and a little goes a very long way.
Each of these products is just shy of Â£10, which is a lot, but it is worth it â€“ they last ages and they are made of fantastic ingredients with no nasties in them, and they really do mean NO nasties.Â I love their products (we even bought the shampoo and conditioner to try out recently.)
And, of course, they are now Fair Trade too, and Green People buy the Shea Butter for these products from a producer in Ghana who employs 600 women and gives them good working conditions and fair wages.
Now, on to the competition. Green People have offered Diary of a First Child one each of each of these products. In order to stand a chance to win, simply leave a comment below stating which of the three items you would prefer. You may, of course, enter three times should you wish to win all three! Just leave three separate comments for three entries.
Simple as that.
Competition closes at noon on 16 May and winners will be drawn at random using Random.org
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