“ Brand: Boots / Type: Baby Wash „
My daughter is over two now, but I still like to use baby products on her as they're more gentle, and she tends to squirm so having a 'no tears' formula is important. Also, her hair is very fine and responds well to a baby shampoo.
We recently went on a caravan holiday, and I knew that the caravan had a shower but no bath, and that we'd be getting very dirty! So I popped into Boots to look for a baby shower gel. This caught my eye, although it's not labelled as shower gel, it can be used that way as it's a liquid for all over use including hair.
It cost £1.50 for 300ml, and if you're a baby club member, you get 10 points per pound on baby items, which is basically a 10% discount.
The wash is not really a gel, it's more of a liquid, like shampoo. It's a translucent white, and it smells wonderful, like violets and soap and that unmistakable baby product smell. It lathers nicely in the shower, for both skin and hair use, and washes even a really dirty toddler perfectly. How she manages to get quite so much sticky stuff in her hair, I'm not sure, but it's all out with only one rinse of this stuff.
I've been using this for three weeks, with showers most days, and have used about a third of a bottle.
I love the smell of babies. The smell to which I refer of course is not that rather horrific aroma that can often be found rising from a filled nappy but is the aroma of a freshly washed little baby. The smell is of course something that is usually a result of a baby wash bath product or baby lotion, and I have to confess to spending a lot of time inhaling the air around my young nephew's head when he was smaller.
I like to use a lot of baby products myself, but the main reason for this choice is not because I like the smell, believe it or not. I tend to find that baby products are very mild and quite delicate, and as I suffer from dry skin and eczema which flares up from time to time, I find that using a milder product in the bath or shower can help this problem whereas a lot of highly-perfumed or slightly 'harsher' products can cause my sensitive skin to suffer.
I had not tried any baby products from Boots before, but during a recent visit to a local branch I noticed the display offering a variety of products for the bathing and skincare of babies. I decided to try out the Boots baby "Head to Toe" wash, and I paid around £1.40 for the bottle, which is 300ml in size.
The packaging consists of a white-coloured plastic bottle, with a plastic lid on top. The lid is a 'flip up' design which is easy to use and under the lid there is a small hole through which the baby wash liquid can be dispensed. There is a slightly wavy-edged design to the outer edges of the bottle which serve well as an aid to help grip the bottle, which can be helpful with wet or slippy hands!
The liquid baby wash is clear and opaque and the consistency is not overly runny which appeals to me as it allows the liquid to sit nicely on my flannel or sponge, without dripping and running all over the place. The liquid will foam into a soft lather when a little water is added, and this foams nicely on my flannel whilst remaining gentle and soft, and without becoming overly soapy or 'bubbly' which is of course ideal for babies' soft skin.
It is worth noting too that the Boots baby Head to Toe wash lives up to its name, and it is suitable for washing every part of your little one, including their hair. It can be used directly on the skin, or hair, as well as used as a 'baby bath' product whereby it is added to the bathwater. This would certainly appeal to me if I was a parent, as I'm not convinced that I could be bothered faffing around with several different products at bath time. I usually use the baby wash solution directly onto a wet flannel, but I have opted to add it to the bath directly once or twice and it works well this way too. If you are looking for a bath product that creates a lot of bubbles and a huge amount of lather, then this is not the product for you at all, but then again, this would probably be true of most (if not all) baby bath products. I have not used the Boots baby wash on my own hair, so cannot comment on its effectiveness for this.
As with all good-quality baby wash products, the Boots baby Head to Toe wash is a 'no-tears' product, which ensures your little one will not end up screaming as a result of stinging eyes, should a little of the lather manage to get into their delicate eyes.
As I mentioned at the start of this review, I love the smell of baby products and the Boots Head to Toe wash really delivers on this score. So much so, that I have stopped buying baby wash or baby bath products from alternative shops and stores as I find that the Boots product is by far the nicest-smelling product that I have managed to come across. The smell is very 'clean' and I can definitely detect the scent of something quite soapy, which is not at all sickly or over-powering. I cannot smell the fragrance of the Boots baby wash on my skin for any significant period of time after I have used the product, which is a real shame given how much I love the fragrance!
I have had no incidents with this product aggravating my delicate skin, nor has it caused any problem with the troublesome patches of eczema that I have on my arms. I believe that Boots do a 'sensitive' option of this product, which I was not aware of at the time I purchased it, but personally I do not feel the need to switch over to the sensitive alternative, as this formulation seems to suit my sensitive skin down to a tee!
I will be honest and admit that there are other baby wash products available on the market today which offer a slightly better value option than this one from Boots. As far as I am concerned however, you get what you pay for with a product like this, and I think it is worth paying a little extra for due to the rather luxurious feel the product has.
Boots have made several claims about this product on their website, such as it being 'Hypo-Allergenic' and 'Consultant Paediatrician approved' which, in my humble opinion at least, are justified given the mild formulation that the baby wash seems to have when I have used it on my own skin.
I would whole-heartedly recommend giving the Boots Head to Toe baby wash a try out and I will continue to buy it for myself. Furthermore, when my little one year old nephew visits me next month for a sleep-over, I will have no hesitation in using this product on his skin and hair either.
There is a whole range of Boots baby products that are available to buy online from the Boots website, which can be found at www.boots.com. Alternatively, a selection from the range can be found within Boots stores nationwide, where this Baby Head to Toe wash will cost you around £1.40.