My daughter Isabella has seasonal childhood eczema. I don’t know what causes it, but in the winter it flares up and causes rough patches all over her body, face, back, hips, and chest. To watch her scratch last year and say “Mommy itchy, mommy owwie” was hard because she was only 1 year old and she was my first child to suffer with sensitive skin. She doesn’t have food allergies and with last year being SO much worse, I’ll attribute her continual flare-up to the personal care products we used on her skin and chemicals we’ve since removed from our household. Products like shampoo, soap, clothes detergent and dryer sheets, previously laced with fragrance and toxic chemicals, now replaced with fragrance free, eco-friendly, or all natural products. And don’t get me started about toxic dryer sheets – I discovered they never belonged or served a purpose in my home.
I’d like to focus on a new line-up of products that were introduced to me by Gwen, the owner of Nayla Natural Care. The product line is from Gaia Natural Baby and she thought of me instantly because I’m always on the look-out for safe, natural products to use on Isabella. I first became a fan of hers when I noticed she carried very inexpensive BPA free, ice-cube trays for storing baby food. Ever since writing about this product, Gwen and I have a wonderful rapport because her product knowledge on natural products is outstanding! She is happy to consult, share, and even point you to a different company or product she doesn’t carry if it can help you. I trust her product selection and am proud that she’s a fellow Canadian mompreneur making a difference with offering babies, children and moms a line-up of products you can trust.
Gaia Natural Baby is a certified organic brand, made in Australia, started by a family that couldn’t use any traditional products on their child suffering from eczema at 8 weeks old. They were started in 2002 which makes them a grandpappy company in the world of organic personal care companies. She too was told cortisone was the only way to treat her son’s sensitive skin (I was told the same thing), an answer she refused to listen to and Gaia Natural Baby was born. Ingredients are listed on the bottle and rather than the words nobody can pronounce and alcohol being listed, you’ll see:
Certified Organic Calendula Extract ~ Certified Organic Chamomile Extract ~ Certified Organic Evening Primrose Oil ~ Certified Organic Avocado Oil ~ Certified Organic Shea Butter ~ Certified Organic What Germ Oil ~ Certified Organic Lavender Pure Essential Oil ~ Certified Organic Sweet Orange Pure Oil
All things you know are natural – I even got a little hungry while typing that out! <grin> When Gwen mentioned the lavender scent with the Gaia brand I was hesitant because lavender smell gives me an instant headache…but I agreed because Isabella’s skin has been breaking out in recent weeks. I’ve been very happy to discover that the scent is lovely and very light; from the shampoo, to the body wash/bubble bath, to the skin moisturizer, just a wonderful, natural and soft experience. Oh my gosh and the delight that my girls experienced with having bubbles in their tub again after many months in bubble-free water was so fun to watch! The just loved it and the bath water stayed very moisturizing and the shampoo is fantastic! Isabella is able to have her hair washed and her skin moisturized in a comfortable, natural way.
So Gaia Natural Baby isn’t joining the fight against childhood eczema, it probably was one of the leaders. I’m thankful to Gaia Natural Baby’s founder, a mother that decided to trust her instincts and create a company to help her child and many more as a result. Thanks to Gwen for sourcing these items and telling me about Gaia.
Nayla is starting to grow and branch out into the natural Eco-Me cleaning kits I keep hearing such good things about. A truly wonderful store to check out for Valentines Day for that expectant mom or little person deserving these and many other natural gems! Check out their new arrivals – perfect to kick start Valentines or baby shower planning.