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My daughter absolutely refuses to wash her hair unless she has her own 'kids' shampoo. I think this is because she tends to trust kids shampoos not to hurt her eyes if she gets lather in them, whereas, when washing her hair herself (she's always been very independent) she used to get my shampoo in her eyes and hated it. She also likes to vary her shampoo, and gets bored of using the same one for too long, so I do tend to look out for new ones for her to try.
I picked up this Halos and Horns shampoo and conditioner from Boots at £2.75 for 200ml. This is a little more than I normally spend on a kids shampoo, but as it had built in conditioner, I figured I was saving money versus buying a separate product. I was attracted by the tube style packaging that stands on it's end, but also by the sound of the smell - Mango Melon Mayhem sounds right up my street, and I knew that as well as my daughter using this, I wouldn't be able to resist using it myself!
To use this, you simply lather it up as with any other shampoo (the packaging states this can also be used as an all over body wash due to it's gentle formula, but we have only ever used it on hair). It actually comes out of the tube like a thick wobbly jelly in a vibrant green colour. I wasn't expecting this, nor was my daughter, but we both found it a lot of fun - she sat there poking it about in her hands for a good few minutes before it got anywhere near her hair. This jelly like consistency also means it doesn't drip of your hands, which has been an issue with some other shampoos.
This shampoo lathers up incredibly well - in fact the first time my daughter used it, she just used the same amount of shampoo as she would normally, but had bubbles everywhere, that took quite some rinsing out. The scent as you lather it up is lovely - fruity and fresh, with a crisp coolness to it, and not too sweet. Apart from the first time, when my daughter used to much, we've never had any issues rinsing it out, though we have both learned to use a little less than we would expect to use. My daughter has gotten a little of the rinse water in her eyes and had no issues with it.
This left my daughters hair shiny and baby soft, with a lingering light fruit scent to it. I think once it was washed off, I could pick up the melon but not really the mango, but even so I still loved the scent. Her hair was easy to style, and looked well conditioned and cared for after using this shampoo. Unfortunately I have a different hair type (very thick) and I found this made my hair a little heavy and limp, though very clean and glossy.
Overall, I would certainly recommend this as a kids shampoo - it's fun to use, lathers well, and smells great. Thanks to not being overly sweet scented this could be used for either a girl or a boy, and it's gentle on the eyes. It didn't work for my hair type, but that doesn't detract from the fact that it worked brilliantly for my daughter. I have noticed that the same company have a shampoo and detangler combined that I might try for my daughter (although this one seemed to help with tangles too) simply because it has another appealing sounding scent.
4 dooyoo stars.
We trialled the Halos n Horns orange hair and body wash for the Mumsnet panel.
I initially liked the sound of this as it seems like a step up from the baby bath products if you want to move on to something a little less "babyish" for your toddlers or young children. I had still been using bath bath with mine so thought this would make a nice change. The packaging is definitely less babyish and quite funky looking with the bright orange colour and the halos and horns logo shown above. I don't feel as though the packaging looks like a "natural" product though, even though it is - with no added chemicals like in most of the other brands.
It is in a squeezy tube that you stand upside down, and you only need to use a little bit, as they say a little bit goes a long way.
The smell of this is quite nice and fruity, but not overpowering. It is recognisable as being orange.
It can be used for both hair and body, to save using two different products, but I found I am happier usier the proper shampoo on them as it gets their hair cleaner, and then use this one just for in the bath. However if I was going away for a few days would just pack this and use it for both, to make life easier, so its handy to have that option.
The only disappointing thing about this is that it really does not make a lot of bubbles at all, which is a shame as bubbles make bathtime more fun! But otherwise I have no complaints.
My children don't have sensitive skin anyway but it's still reassuring to know it is a natural product without chemicals, and it has not irritated them in any way.
I make no secret that I love baby products for day to day usage. I mean at the moment if I'm off out anywhere I will always pull out my Soap & Glory, Lush or Gok stash but for everyday kindness for my sensitive skin I will opt to use baby products 9 times out of 10.
I am a fan of Johnson's and usually purchase them however when I spotted this one in my local Tesco one night and I remembered the postitive reviews I had read on here about this product and being in a squeezy tube and only costing 88p for a large size and smelling gorgeous when I took a sniff really did mean I had to take one home with me to try out!
The tube is mainly white plastic with pink, white and black writing on it and a flip-top opening lid to the bottom of it concealing a small hole. On the front of the tube we are told that it is Halos N Horns Baby Care Baby Bath 'For Angelic Souls' and that it is dermapaedic and kind to eyes and hypoallergenic. On the back of the tube we are told rather alot about the product and how to use it, the size is stated (which in this case is 250ml and the only size I have seen this available to purchase in by the way), ingredients are listed as well as contact details for Ceuta Healthcare (the manufacturer of the product). Lovely looking, unisex, easy to handle tube this is and informative as it needs to be as well.
A Bit About The Product According To The Information On The Tube:
With natural conditioners and plant-derived cleansing ingredients, this hypoallergenic and none-drying baby bath is so gentle that it can be used as an all-over body wash. Here at Halos N Horns, we understand how delicate and sensitive young skin can be, so this product is very kind to eyes and contains no:
Plus, our easy- squeezy bottles and scrummy smells go down a storm with mucky little monsters....go on, have a sniff!
We are dedicated to providing safe skincare for babies and children. That's why, at Halos N Horns we recommend avoiding all skincare products for the first month of life.
We do not test any of our lovely products on animals.
The Baby Bath Itself:
The thing that drew my attention to this product in the first place was the brightly coloured packaging and then I smelt it in store. This white, pearly looking cream smells really sweet and like Johnsons baby products really, just a tad smoother and sweeter and not so harsh as them in my opinion and I really do like it!
All you need to get a nice, gentle bubble bath going is a small squirt, it gives a little white foam off, a wonderful aroma and makes the water feels soft but not soapy. You can of course use this on children and babies but of course the whole family can enjoy this too and its great on really sensitive skins like mine. You can use it as a body wash too if you want to, i even use it to shave my legs as its so lightly hydrating and I find it not only leaves me feeling fresh and clean but is none agitataing and leaves me smelling lovely for a good few hours.
I am prone to dry skin and this is gently hydrating to that without being greasy and not only is a lovely product to use, it is also economical too.
I, as an adult use this because I can and I really do rate it highly. No longer do I itch after taking a bath (which I sometimes do with highly frgranced products) and when your sat in a bath with this in it it really calms the senses and relaxes you as well as feels soothing!
I think this is great and if I had a baby/toddler/child I wouldn't hesitate on using this as it really is simply so mild and gentle!
Available in all good supermarkets etc.
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Halos 'n' Horns baby care baby bath
So there are two options for the kids. Do they choose a bath or a second episode of Ben and Holly's kingdom - it's obviously a tricky one.
The solution is to give them something that smells as gorgeous as this, whatever this is. I guess the only way I can describe it is orangey, fruity loveliness without being sickly.
My two girls' love this as do I and the best part is that it contains no 'nasties' like parabens and phthalates.
The smell drifts throughout the house and I have gone back to their baby days when it was perfectly acceptable to sniff their hair. Although my daughter isn't as keen on me doing this is the playground for some reason.
This is the first Halo n Horns I have bought and would definitely be keen to try some of their other product ranges. The only thing is the bubble volume is limited which if your kids are anything like mine they use the bubbles for everything from beards to duck food. But I guess this is due to the lack of bubble creating ingredients which might not be that good for them to wallow in.
On a more serious note my eldest daughter gets eczema behind her knees and on the creases of her elbows and so we stopped using anything in the bath for many years. We have now been using this bath product for 3 weeks which I think is long enough to say it hasn't affected her skin negatively at all.
Anyway kids in bed, red wine poured and bath is filled with halo n horns ....shhh don't tell the kids!
We got given a sample of Halos N Horns zingy orange hair & body wash in a parenting magazine so we thought we would give it a go, it came in a 10ml sachet which was more then enough to wash our 5 month old babies hair and body.
The smell is absolutely beautiful it is quite a strong orange smell which I think is fun for kids, the only problem was I could smell it in her hair for about 1/2 an hour after but it soon faded so it's not the best at keeping your baby smelling nice for the whole day which is a shame because it was quite refreshing to smell it on her.
The gel is the same thickness as your standard shampoo / shower gel and is easy to apply, it didn't dry my hands out and was gentle on the skin, my daughter did have a bit of a swollen eye afterwards which is hard to tell if the product had caused it or not, normally shampoo doesn't effect her in this way so I think it might have been a bit too much for her.
I think it's a good product but find other leading brands seem to be a bit better.
I've just bathed my two kiddiwinkles and they are currently engrossed in Waybaloo so I have a few moments to myself... bliss. What is even nicer is that all around me the gorgeous scent of Halos n Horns Baby Bath (For Angelic Souls by the way) is drifting throughout my home. My children are edible at the moment, they really do smell that good.
We discovered the Halos n Horns range when my daughter was a baby. She had extremely sensitive skin and she struggled with any cleanser other than water. We used water and cotton wool for as long as possible, but as her poos got messier we did look for an alternative. We tried a few brands, but even the slightest droplet in a bath of water was enough to irritate it. Then I saw Halos and Horns baby bath in our local Tesco and we tried it. I was over the moon to find out that it agreed with her skin. It was nice to be able to finally let her smell like her nursery peers- all fluffy and baby-like. No stale spew smells here anymore.
I do have to admit to liking the tube that it comes in. It is white with the halos n horns logo and a little design in the middle. It's more modern than good old Johnsons Baby Bath, which I have used and loved in the past. Sitting on the side of the bath it screams "Shove your Johnson's. Look at me!" Ok, well it doesn't really, but it does look nice and clean and fun. On the front of the tube it says "Dermapaedic" and for me this is the most important aspect of the product.
Dermapaedic? Is that even a word?
Not exactly. Dermapaedic is actually a trademark owned by the Halo group. It stands for the fact that their products are free from a whole manner of nasties that you might find in other cleansers. For me, these nasties have never affected my skin at all, but it seems as if my daughter finds them hard to deal with. In this particular product you will find NO
Sodium Lauryl Suphate. This is a cheap and effective agent that creates foam and bubbles. I dont want to go into too much detail, as I am definitely far from an earth mother so I wouldn't be completely clued up on these chemicals. I use lots of chemicals at home, but I am increasingly trying not to, the more that I learn.
You may have heard of these recently as there has been some publicity about trying to phase them out due to health concerns.
This is a powerful preservative used in shampoos and toiletries. Research suggests that It can cause allergic reactions and irritate the eyes and skin
I am going to lift the parabens description straight from Halos n Horns website, because it scares the bejesus out of me:
"Parabens are a group of preservatives (commonly used in most shampoos and toiletries, just check the back of pack). They are very effective because they are aggressive and efficient at destroying the bacteria that can form and grow in these products. It's because they're strong that they are another common irritant responsible for upsetting the natural balance of the skin. In addition, they have been earning a dubious reputation amongst those studying the causes of breast cancer. HOWEVER, it's important to add that nothing has been proven yet, but guys, we want you to feel we are offering you complete peace of mind... so we've left them out!"
This keeps moisture in the skin by preventing water from escaping. They can also irritate skin.
So that's a list of what you wont find in this baby bath. What exactly will you find? You will only find natural conditioners and plant-derived cleansing ingredients. I have to admit, I raised an eyebrow when I looked at the ingredients on the back of the tube and it read like a chemistry lesson, but fair play to Halos n Horns, they also provide you with details to exactly what these chemical names mean if you check out their website. Decyl Glucoside for example. It is the alternative to SLS. It allows the baby bath to create bubbles, yet it is still plant derived and biodegradable.
The ingredients list for the Baby Bath is as follows, I am including this, as some parents know exactly which chemical irritates their child, so a quick scan of this list will tell you if this product is worth trying:
Aqua Decyl Glucoside, Cocomide, DEA, Acrylates, Copolymer, Cocamidopropyl, Betazine, Glycerin, Glycol Disterate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Parfum, Laureth-4, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide and Denatonium Benzoate.
Bubbles? It's not a bath without Bubbles.
You would be forgiven for thinking that with this being a "kind" product, that it would not have enough detergent to create any bubbles for your children. It is actually one of the most bubbliest baths that we have ever used. A little goes a long way too. I would also say that the fragrance is quite strong, you really do smell it throughout the house when you are using it. My three year old came out from his bedroom while I was running the bath tonight and he said "Mummy, I smell a bath" so that is some indication at how scented it is. It smells like the distinctive baby smell that you would associate with the likes of Johnsons Baby Powder, yet at the same time there is something slightly more fruity with this brand- it has a little bit more impact.
Pricewise, it retails at around 3.50, so it is a bit more expensive than some of the other brands out there, but for reassurance for you baby if they do suffer from sensitive skin, this is worth the extra money. It also lasts longer than some of the others out there, I would certainly give Halos n Horns two thumbs up.
I remember quite a long time ago seeing a show on Channel 4 called Make Me a Million. I was still with my ex partner at the time so it's in the years ago category. I only watched this one episode but I remember these two ladies who'd presented an idea for a range of childrens bath time products. There was quite a lot going on for both these ladies as they were trying to juggle their children and this project. A way into the show one of the ladies childcare failed on her and she ended up having to leave as she wasn't able to get everything done. I did feel at the time it seemed a bit unfair on her but I guess the other one had to do what was best for her and the potential money maker. I hope they are still friends because they seemed to have a good laugh at times but I can easily see that what happened could have wrecked a friendship for good. The lady who stayed and is now the leading lady of Halos n Horns is Leila Wilcox. She like many of us parents had a child with sensitive skin and I think a bit of eczema. Thus she was after some products with little to no chemicals in them. The Channel 4 show was quite interesting as it showed a lot of the steps to getting an idea made and marketed. Halos n Horns on the show was given a chance by Tesco and they were put onto the shelves for a limited time to see the customer interest (thus how I knew where to find them). According to their website the products are also available at Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose, Costco and Superdrug.
After the show was over I was keen to give them a go and see if they were as good as they were made to seem. I went up and down the aisle 3 times before I finally spotted them as the display was rather lacking at the big Tesco, but funny enough at the smaller one there is a big display! Very odd but oh well. As with every hair and bath product I opened each one and had a sniff...
Mango Melon Mayhem shampoo & conditioner - This one was by far my favourite for smell. My son liked it a lot too and it didn't sting his eyes (I accidently got it right in his face one bath time). To make hair washing time fun we used to make a game of it and he'd get the green gooey gel on his hands and play monsters. I have to admit I was a bit more sparring with this stuff as it costs about £2.60. My son has cradle cap (still at 6 years olds would you believe it). I have been from one doctor to the next about it and finally I just did what I was doing with the baby and covered him in olive oil for a night and then washed it out in the morning and it was almost all gone! Right back to my point ... Most hair care products would make him really itchy and only a few seemed to be nice to his scalp. One of which being the Mango melon Mayhem.
Berry Burst shampoo & detangler - This one smelt rather nice, not too over-powering which some berry scented things can be. I've not bought this one as my son had no need for a detangler and in his words it's kinda pink so it must be for girls! (oh dear!) £2.60 (ish)
Zingy Orange body wash - Apparently a little goes a long way with this stuff but admittedly I found this to be untrue. For £2.99 I want a body wash that is going to last a bit longer. Before this I used the Johnsons & Johnsons body washes and they cost less, last longer, are pleasant smelling and are just as nice to sensitive skin. The orange scent wasn't to my liking as it reminded me of the orange scented Crayola markers and they always made me feel a bit sick too. Sorry to shoot this one down but it just wasn't ticking boxes for me.
Halo Baby bath - I've seen this on the shelf and it looks good. I've not used it or had a sniff as it wasn't what I was looking for at the time but a friend of mine says its lovely stuff. Priced at about £3.20 I hope it is lovely and lasts ... apparently she's still on her first bottle and the baby is 5 months old so it either really does last or that baby never bathes.
Toothy Fruity toothpaste - This one is supposed to smell of strawberry and banana and it does a rather good job at smelling better than the fruit itself! Roughly £2.20 and I did sneak a few uses myself as its nice. My son moved onto the toothpaste his cousin has afterwards as that was cool so not had it again but would recommend it. I can't remember what the age group on it was but my wee man was about 3 at the time if that helps.
Halos n Horns have made it the companies mission to rid bath time products of "nasties". http://www.halosnhorns.co.uk/ingredients_policy.html here you can find out about regular "nasties" found in some of the top leading brands.
Halos N Horns attends the NEC Baby shows and after seeing the stall this year it was really welcoming and well decorated (what this has to do with the product I don't know). It gave Baby Show visitors a chance to investigate the products and get some bargains.
Worth a look at the range but I think the price might put some people off.
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