“ Brand: Halos and Horns / Type: Baby Wash „
Now.... My babies are fine with Johnsons baby products, but i couldn't resist a little go with these products when i saw them in boots! Especially as they were on special offer (I Can't resist a bargain!)
The tube makes it look like a "fun" product, and is a bit different to the usual plain baby bath we usually have! It certainly brightened up our bathroom! The bottle is designed well too, It has a blue lid at the bottom which makes the producct easier to get out, and also ensures you can use every last drop! Anything that makes my life easier can't be a bad thing!
Now, if the product was not on offer when i bought it i think it retails at around £3.50? But i may be wrong, so feel free to correct me! I know it was more expensive tha Johnsons... and for a smaller bottle! But again the people at Halos & Horns surprised me! despite the bottle being smaller it last so much longer! You need the tiniest drop to get a brilliant bath for your little one! And the smell is divine! Its so fresh and fruity, but also still smells "baby" if you know what i mean?! I just love that baby smell! So its nice that it retains that while beig fresh at the same time!
Its a added bonus that it contains no nasty chemicals that will irritate your babys skin (Although obviously you are not meant to use any products in babies bath for the first month!)
Overall i thinkk this is a fantastic product! And i will be reviewing many more Halos and Horns Products!
Ok, so I will be honest; the main reason I bought this yesterday wasnt because it is free of parabens and other nasty chemicals, and not because it is dermapaedic and kind to delicate skin (although that is obviously a bonus), but because it was cheaper than Johnsons baby wash, which I normally buy. And the packaging was cute :)
This was £1.57 (I think) from ASDA, and comes in a white handy squeezable bottle with a baby blue flip lid.
It reads "baby care" in fuschia on the front,k the halos and horns logo is at the top of the label and it also informs you that it is "dermapaedic".
On opening the bottle and giving a good sniff, to be honest it smelt awful; just like the soap you get in hand dispensers in supermarket toilets.
I was a bit put-off by the smell, especially as on the back of the bottle it made a big thing of halos and horns products having "yummy fragrances - go on; have a sniff!".
However, I persevered and bathed my two toddlers, using just a small amount on my hands (a blob just smaller than a 10p piece was enough to wash each child, hair as well). As I was washing them, I smelt the wash again. As it had turned to a lather by this point, it all of a sudden smelt of sweets!
It was a lovely fragrance while the actual washing was taking place...but the after-smell is again that of the supermarket toilet hand-wash.
I found it very strange that the fragrance only comes out when the liquid has turned to a lather, and I may not buy this again just because I am used to stronger smelling washes; like johnsons, but overall I am not disappointed with my purchase, just perplexed about the fragrance :)
My quest for gentle bath care products began over 8 months ago when I realised my daughter had eczema as well as food allergies. As no-one in my family had suffered from this, I was surprised! After some research I discovered that keeping her skin nice and clean was very important as was preventing it from getting dry. I read it was better to use a bath product, then just water! So the search began!
I had tried a lovely Weleda cream bath product which I loved but it left an oily residue over all the bath toys and was very difficult to remove!
Then I discovered Halos and Horns. They do a range of products for children, made from plant- derived cleansing ingredients and natural conditioners, but so far I have only used the bath product. Their products are designed not to irritate delicate skin, and therefore do not contain many of the chemicals and preservatives commonly found in bathing products such as parabens, lauryl sulphate, phthalates etc
You can read more about these and why they may not be good for babies on their website
But a couple of examples in case you don't have time are:
lauryl sulphate - used to make products 'foam' and is a harsh detergent that can cause or aggravate skin conditions such as eczema.
Parabens - can upset the natural skin balance, and have also caused some concern about possible links to cancer - this is not proven I hasten to add, but maybe a good enough reason to leave them out of baby care products I think!
So what is it like to use?
It smells delicious; really clean and fresh. I add it whilst I'm running the bath, but you can use it directly on baby's skin with a cloth or sponge, although it is recommended you use a very small amount.
As it does not contain lauryl sulphate, it doesn't produce loads of foam. I don't find this a problem as my daughter does tend to try and eat the foam, so I am all for a bit less of the stuff! Having said that, if you vigorously swirl your hand in the water when you add the product, you will get sufficient foam to please :-)
It comes in a white tube with a blue flip top lid. It contains 250ml and prices seem to vary dramatically!! I buy it from Tesco at £1.59, but a quick google search came back with prices up to £3.59!!! So shop around.
It is a white liquid that is quite thick so won't just pour out of the tube - it does need to be squeezed.
It is kind to eyes, and is gentle on the skin. Alongside regular moisturising, we have been able to significantly improve the condition of my daughters skin. I hasten to add that her eczema isn't too bad, so this product is suitable for her but obviously more severe eczema requires a specialised bath product.
All in all, I love Halos and Horns Baby Bath. It is mild and gentle, free from chemical nasties, smells great and very reasonably priced!!
I was going to buy some Johnsons baby bath from Tesco but noticed Halo's Baby Bath on special offer. The packaging advertised it as being chemical-free and suitable for sensitive skin. My son suffered from mild eczema as a baby and even though he hadn't had a flare up for some time I was still careful about the skincare products I chose. I purchased one 250ml tube for £1.02 (normal price at Tesco was £1.54).
*** About Halos n Horns ***
The Halos n Horns company was founded by Leila Wilcox. Her son used to suffer from red, blotchy skin after his bath and sometimes flare up with eczema. In 1995, she decided to cut out a long list of chemical nasties from her little boy's bath time routine. It worked amazingly well and soon his skin began to clear up. Leila went on to develop the Halos n Horns chemical-free skincare range for children. Her main mission was to create a child friendly, affordable alternative to the costly specialist products on the market. The Halos n Horns range would be free of chemicals linked to eczema, asthma and other health risks.
*** Packaging ***
The product comes in a white, flexible plastic tube which is easy to squeeze. It has an easy-to-open blue flip lid. The logo and text on the tube look a lot like children's doodles (with cute faces drawn in the letter 'O'). This design fits the product range very well. On the front of the tube it highlights the fact that the product is dermapaedic, hypoallergenic and kind to eyes.
The back of the tube gives a full list of ingredients, as well as mentioning some known nasties that it does not contain. It states that the product is made with natural conditioners and plant-based cleansing ingredients.
*** Performance ***
I squirted some Halo Baby Bath into the water whilst running my son's bath. I then put a little bath cream on a sponge to give him a thorough wash. Halo baby bath has a mild, sweet smell that is pleasant and not too strong. It wasn't as perfumed as Johnson's baby bath or shampoo. I washed his hair with the bath wash as the packaging said it could be used as shampoo as well. It also said it was kind to eyes so I didn't have to worry about it stinging him.
The results were very good. The Halo bath wash left my son's skin soft and clean with a nice sweet smell. The only disadvantages were that the didn't lather up very well or create many bubbles in the bath water. However, I felt that these factors were ultimately unimportant.
Discovering this product range has been a bit of an eye opener. It's really made me think about the host of chemicals used in many baby skincare products. Given the choice I would now much prefer to pay a bit more for a product that is kinder to my child's skin, than opt for a cheaper alternative full of chemicals. Overall, I have been very impressed and would recommend it.
*** Ingredients ***
Aqua, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamide DEA, Acrylates Copolymer, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Glycol Distearate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Parfum, Laureth-4, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Denatonium Benzoate
Does Not Contain: SLS. Phthalates. MIT. Parabens. Triclosan. Propylene Glycol. SLES.
Not tested on animals.
*** Where To Buy ***
The Halos n Horns range is available across the UK from: Tesco, Somerfield, Sainsbury's, Ocado, Waitrose and Morrisons.
My first child had eczema so bad as a baby that they would scratch until it bled, the only thing that I used in the bath/shower was prescribed from the doctor, (good for skin but dull as dishwasher), this is fine when using on babies but when they get bigger they want bubbles and a nice smell! I wish that I had found Halos and Horns sooner. I now use Halos n Horns on both of my children.
Halos n Horns baby bath is hypoallergenic, kind to eyes and multi purpose (more on that later). Oh yes, it has had as many nasties (chemicals/harsh detergents) removed as possible. No SLS, Phthalates, MIT, Parabens, Triclosan, Propylene glycol or SLES - now I don't know what most of those things are, but they don't sound too good to go onto baby skin!
The mother who designed these products had a child that suffered with eczema, and it stopped when she removed contact with some of the above chemicals. The baby care bath has a white pearlesence appearance and can be used as a bubble bath, straight to the body with a cloth or hand and used to wash hair! It smells good too! I am constantly on the lookout for dry patches following a bath/shower and so far this product has left their skin soft and not at all dry.
They have a full range of products but haven't tried them all, but have been very pleased with the ones I have tried.
I was really struggling to find a body wash that my little girl (3 months old) could use as all the other body products on the market caused her eczema flare up. I even went to the doctors to see if they could prescribe something, unfortunately the emollient that they prescribed made the eczema worse. After just using baby oil in the bath for a few weeks, Halo and Horns Baby Care Baby Bath was recommended to me by a family friend. I have used this product for over a month now and there have been no side effects her skin is lovely and soft and no dryness anywhere. I would definitely recommend this product range to anyone struggling to find a product soft enough for their bundle of joy. It has a delicate smell and makes bubbles in the bath which my little girl loves. I am looking forward to using the other products in the range when she gets older.
I first heard about Halos n Horns a few years back on Make Me a Million which was a televsion show on channel 4. All I remembered was that this young mum was trying to get a new baby bath and shampoo on to the market which did not have all the chemicals in it. She believed that this was what was making her sons skin so bad at bath time. In the end she won the show and this young mums name is Leila Wilcox. This product is now on the market and available in many places like Tesco, Morrisons and Boots.
I never used this product back then as it was not something which I needed, my daughters skin was fine and I always used Johnsons products which I loved the smell of and left her skin feeling great.
When I was pregnant with my youngest I stocked up on every Johnson product going and thought nothing of it until she was born and her skin reacted really badly to it all. I made numerous trips to the doctors for them to give me many different creams and baby baths to use on her which seemed to help for a while but the smell of them was not so nice. Often she would be really itchy although she had no sure signs of her eczema flaring up.
I decided to try this product when I came across it in Morrisons during my weekly shop. This product is the baby bath which can be used in the bath as a body wash and also in the hair as a shampoo and at £1.69 I thought it was a very good price. It comes in a tube as opposed to a bottle but this causes no problem to us. I smelled this first before I put it in the bath and it has a very mild smell which is very nice and much better than other products I had been using. I squeezed a small amount into the bath while it was running and although it says on the tube that it may not produce a foam it did for us, this made my daughters very happy though as they had bubbles!
I put my children in the bath and was waiting for her to start itching as usual but she didn't. I took her out after a while and her skin was so smooth and not all red and blotchy like usual.
I am so happy with this product, I only wish I had come across it sooner.
I highly recommend this and will be trying the other products in the range very soon.
Halos and Horns, as well as being the title of a Dolly Parton allbum as I discovered whilst researching this review, is a range of toileteries for children. All the products are free of "nasties" the company having been set up by a mum called Leila Wilcox in 2005. This is a UK made product.
I first started to use these products when my baby developped eczema. I had used the normal baby products such as Johnsons, and also tried more pricey alternatives like "little me". The latter product despite being "organic" left my hands very dry, I was so pleased when I discovered this product which was and still is reasonably priced at £1.74 currently, and was readily available from Tesco and other supermarkets.
What makes this product different is that it is SLS (sodium laureth/lauryl sulphate) free. If you, like me do not hold a degree in chemistry, that as far as I can tell all you need to know is that SLS's are a harsh detergent which can cause irritation to the skin. Clearly you can wash your baby with just water but as an alternative this product, which can be used when your baby is one month old and up, is a good choice.
It is made from plant derived cleaning agents and is also paraben free - the jury is out on parabens apparently but there has been some concern about their possible link to breast cancer. The product is also free of MIT (irritating to eyes), Tricolosan (possible immune system link) and Propylene glycol.
The product is claims to be:
"Very kind to eyes
Mild and gentle
Using the product:
On opening the tube the baby bath has not got a strong, pungent smell, it is mild and not overpowering. It is also not too runny and is easily squirted out. It can be used as a body wash or as a bubble bath and is neutral cream colour.
If you are used to SLS products, and especially if you live in a hard water area as I do, you will find this does not foam as much as you are used to. However it cleans well and leaves skin soft. Best still, on use of this product my child's skin did actually clear up as claimed, I notice a marked difference if I use anything else. It leaves skin smelling fresh and appropriately baby-like.
The tube is made of recyclable plastic and contains 250ml. Opening at the bottom as it does, one thing I find is though it stands up well it can leak everywhere if not closed properly or if grabbed by little hands. At least this product is not over-packaged however a normal bottle might work better.
Would I recommend?
I would totally recommend this product in preference to Johnson's who are the best known "name" in baby baths. If your child has toddler eczema it is worth a try. I still use this baby bath with my children even though they are quite far from the baby stage; I have yet to find anything as good, and we also use other products in the range like shampoo and body wash.
I love Halos and Horns for being a company producing a great product at a good price for what seem to be the right reasons.
Make bath time fun and safe with Halo and Horns!
Gentle for baby's skin.