When I was pregnant with S, I spent a lot of time researching natural, toxin-free baby skin & hair products. One of the brands which continuously came up in my search, earning glowing reviews and top rankings on all-natural product lists, was Earth Mama Angel Baby. This company offers just about every baby health & wellness product imaginable, as well as a slew of amazing pregnancy and postpartum products for mama. From their website:
"Earth Mama Angel Baby's safe, zero toxin, hospital-recommended organic herbal products support mamas and babies through the entire miraculous birth process, from pregnancy through postpartum recovery, breastfeeding, baby care and beyond."
Despite how impressed I was reading about this company, I didn't end up experiencing EMAB first hand until S was about 5 months old, as I'd compiled numerous products from other brands via my baby shower, kit samples, discounted purchases, etc. The first EMAB product I tried was their Angel Baby Bottom Balm which I purchased after the ointment sample from my Bummis Diapering Kit ran out. I LOVE this balm! It is cloth diaper safe, has a pleasant aroma, glides on smooth with little mess and is, of course, 100% natural and toxin-free! We use it whenever we see signs of an impending rash, and our daughter's skin looks better within hours. A little goes a long way as well. We've been using the balm for about 6 months now and still have at least half of the container left. I've also been reading that the balm is great for other uses - burns, thrush, eczema, etc. I definitely recommend this product if you're looking for an all-natural, CD-safe diaper or general use ointment.
Given my uber-positive experience with the Angel Baby Bottom Balm, I knew I had to try more EMAB products and I was eager to share my experiences with my wonderful readers as well! So I contacted Earth Mama Angel Baby and was delighted to hear that they wanted to partner on a blog review/giveaway. Thanks "Mama"! :)
I had the opportunity to select from a list of about 25-30 products and ended up choosing the Angel Baby Oil.
I'd dabbled in infant massage when S was a newborn, but stopped when the so-called "natural" baby oil I was using at the time ended up aggravating her sensitive skin. (More in-depth research revealed that this product wasn't actually 100% natural & toxin-free. Unfortunately it seems that the word "natural" gets slapped fairly liberally onto many products, so it's always a good idea to dig a little deeper to find out the actual facts!) I didn't get back into massage with her early on which I regret, as I found it to be a nice bonding experience and S seemed to like it. Now that she's almost 1 year old, common wisdom would suggest she is "too old" for massage, however I decided I was up for the challenge! :) Plus, this would allow me the opportunity to experiment with and discuss techniques for massaging an older baby, which there isn't nearly as much information on.
Here is the product description for Angel Baby Oil:
"What's more calming to a baby than a massage from mama? Make mama's magic touch even softer with natural Angel Baby Oil, a gently absorbable grape seed oil blend that has no nut oils and zero toxins. Hospital recommended Angel Baby Oil is infused with calming organic Chamomile and moisturizing organic Calendula, and has virtually no scent. Perfect for sensitive little noses, ideal for massage or dry skin! No artificial preservatives, dyes or fragrances, just pure natural baby oil for your pure natural baby.
* No artificial preservatives
* No artificial fragrances or dyes
* Zero Toxin
So safe, hospitals use it for NICU babies!"
I especially loved reading the article linked above. It describes how Miami Valley Hospital recently chose EMAB products, including Angel Baby Oil, as the first step in their "greening process" following a year of research into environmental toxicants which pose health risks to newborns and mothers. It made me ponder what it may take to set similar changes in motion at our local hospital. Something to think more about!!
Earth Mama Angel Baby also published a couple articles on infant massage just last week. They have shared the numerous benefits of infant massage and some advice to help you get started. Recommended reading if you'd like to get into infant massage yourself and are looking for some pointers!
Alright, let's get to our experiences using the Angel Baby Oil.
I'll start with a few observations about the product itself. First of all, although the bottle is quite small (containing a total of 4 fl. oz), a little of this oil goes a long way! It has a fine, silky texture and glides onto the skin smoothly. Based on my usage so far, I would guess that a single bottle could cover 30-40+ massages. It also warms quickly which is a desirable quality in a massage oil. The scent is, indeed, extremely subtle. I get a slight essence of dough/bread which definitely isn't unpleasant! Finally, the oil appears to absorb into the skin within several minutes, allowing plenty of time to massage a particular area without leaving behind a greasy mess.
As expected, at 11 months S is too squirmy to stay put for a "real" massage. However, I've used it on her after a few of her recent baths (while chasing her around her nursery ;) and it makes her skin feel wonderfully smooth and supple. I've also tried it while nursing her at night to give her a mini-massage on her feet, legs, back and arms. This seems to relax her, which is good when she's still a little worked up. One downside of this approach, however, is that her PJs need to go on afterwards, which isn't ideal if she's super-sleepy after nursing.
I'm happy to report that her skin has had no reaction to the oil whatsover, which is a relief after our early experiences. Not that we expected a reaction from an EMAB product, but still good to confirm!
Finally, she appears to have an inexplicable fixation with the bottle. *nods*
I plan to continue using the oil on S in the evenings, though I'd also like to try it to massage my husband who has sensitive skin as well. If we end up having more children, I plan to start infant massage from the beginning and Angel Baby Oil will definitely be our oil of choice!
You can purchase Angel Baby Oil and other EMAB products directly from the Earth Mama Angel Baby website, or use their Store Finder to locate a retailer near you! Angel Baby Oil retails for $12.95 USD, however it is currently on sale for $11.00 USD, so now's a great time to grab yourself some of this fabulous stuff!
Earth Mama Angel Baby has generously offered to give away a 4 fl. oz. bottle of Angel Baby Oil to one lucky Manager to Mom reader!
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