Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Babies are good. And sweet. And pure. But unfortunately, not all baby care products are. What, with phthalates, parabens, artificial fragrances and preservatives, 1,4 dioxane, DEP, DEA, BPA, SLS, PEG's and other nasty three-letter acronyms. It can be hard to distinguish the good guys from the bad guys.
But Baby Goods by Mayron's Goods lives up to its name.
Created by Emmy-Award winning actress Melanie Mayron (of thirtysomething and Lipstick Jungle) and her chemist father, Baby Goods is a line of natural and organic baby products, loaded with goodies like aroma-therapeutic essential oils, vitamins, antioxidants and healing ingredients. What you won't find are parabens, DEA or synthetic fragrances. Baby Goods by Mayron's Goods are made right here in the USA and are cruelty-free, tested only on the actress's babies.
Baby Goods by Mayron's Goods was born of Melanie's dissatisfaction with other diaper ointments on the market, twelve years ago before "natural" was "in". She set out to create a diaper cream that would not only get rid of a rash, but prevent it. She wanted something without dyes, petroleum, paraben or artificial fragrances. 47 formulas later, they found their Best Barrier & Diaper Cream. Naturally (no pun intended), this evolved into a whole baby care line, including body wash, lotion, and baby oil.
Melanie was kind enough to send me a Road Pack full of travel-size items to review. This utility kit includes everything you need for baby's bathtime, including Gentle All Over Wash, Hydrating Body Milk, Massage & Body Oil, ChapStuff and the Best Diaper Cream. I absolutely adore the retro feel of the Mayron's brand and couldn't wait to try out the products.
The Gentle All Over Wash is a mild hair and body wash (ARV $12, 99.8% natural) made with plant, soy and rice based cleansers. It is infused with orange and tangerine oils for a light, sweet citrus-y scent. It lathers well and rinses very clean. The scent didn't linger after the bath but that isn't a deficit to me. It just means there's no harmful residue left over on my boy's skin. Most times after giving Nate a bath, my hands feel raw and scaly. But with this one, my hands were left feeling soft and silky for the rest of the night. Definitely a thumbs up from this Mommy!
The Hydrating Body Milk and Body Oil (ARV $14/each, 99.3% and 99.6% natural, respectively) were also impressive. The lotion was very thin in consistency - like milk - but absorbed nicely. As for the oil, a dab'll do ya. I put a small amount onto a cotton ball and applied it to Nate's extra-dry spots. The scents of both were very soft and complemented the body wash perfectly. The combination of all three really kept Nate's eczema at bay. Nary a bump or splotch to be found!
Made of shea butter, aloe vera and beeswax, the ChapStuff (ARV $14, 99.5% natural) is a wonderful cheek and lip emollient. During the chilly weather, we used it on Nate's cheeks to prevent windburn. It also does wonders on chapped lips, mouths and chins to prevent rashes from drool and slobber.
While I thoroughly enjoyed all of the products, my favorite had to be the diaper cream (ARV $11.95, 98.3% natural). This stuff was a miracle! Soon after we received this kit, Nate got a nasty rash from a bad bout of "intestinal discomfort". We've used Triple Paste in the past with great results but I'm not fond of the super thick consistency. I also have Desitin but the chemical smell sends me over the edge and the results have never been stellar. Mayron's Best Diaper Cream is hands-down the best smelling diaper ointment I've ever sniffed! The lavender scent was simply divine and it glided on super smoothly. At the next diaper change a few hours later, I was shocked to see his redness had disappeared! I am so happy to have this in my arsenal and would definitely purchase this product again. (Note: as the active ingredient is zinc-oxide, you may want to use flushable liners with cloth diapers to prevent repelling.)
The only disadvantage I can think of with the Baby Goods by Mayron's Goods line is the cost. The prices are a teensy bit higher than other natural baby care brands such as California Baby or Episencial. However, a portion of all proceeds go toward women's health research so that makes me feel a bit better about spending a bit more.
Bottom line: I appreciate a brand that is transparent about its ingredients and level of "naturalness". I also like that the products are utilitarian - they don't reek of "baby" so they can be used on the whole family. The Baby Goods by Mayron's Goods collection would also make a great baby shower gift.
BUY IT: You can purchase Mayron's Goods online or check out their list of retailers to find a store near you.
WIN IT: Two lucky winners will each receive 5 samples of diaper cream - enough for 10 diaper changes or more!
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Giveaway will end on April 28, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. Open to U.S. only. Winners will be chosen via Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to congratulatory email or prize will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen.
Disclaimer: I received the above Road Pack and diaper cream samples to give away from Melanie at Mayron's Goods to facilitate my candid review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed in my review and purely mine. As such, your experience may differ.