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Johnson's baby oil never really agreed with my skin, I would still apply it though. My worst experience being on my pregnant bump which ended up with a bright red rash. I never really knew there were any alternatives for baby oil then the Johnsons make. However I do like to keep my skin hydrated and would use creams instead and with my children I had a similar experience of Baby oil not agreeing with their delicate skin. Although I would use it occasionally for their scalps.
While grocery shopping in Tescos I saw the big bottle of Tesco My Baby's Moisturising Oil on the shelf and I decided to give it a try. I noticed that it is not as moisturising as the typical Baby Oil range but it is more suitable for more sensitive skins. I use it on myself and have noticed I no longer feel the burning hot sensation I use to feel with Johnson's brand. I do not use it for my children's skin as they have their own prescription creams for their dry skin and I do not want to try anything new on them yet. But on occasions when my sons scalp is very dry I have applied it and it has worked well to sooth the dryness.
A 500ml costs £1.37 which is a bargain compared to Johnson's Baby Oil with is smaller sized and over £2.
A disadvantage to the Tesco range is that it does not smell as nice as Johnsons range and does not have different fragrances to choose from. However I do think the advantages outweigh this as it is hypoallergenic and this has helped me to be able to use a baby oil without feeling hot and itchy. It says it has been paediatrician approved which is good for babies and children, and if I had a baby without eczema I may have used it for baby massage.
Tesco 'My Baby' baby oil - 500ml for £1.56
I picked this up recently in one of 'whirlwind impulse shops', where the whole purpose is just to blast into a supermarket and buy things I don't really need but think 'oh, that's a good idea'. Inevitably you will buy loads of useless junk and the cost will be far in excess of what you would have spent on those 'essentials'. By the way, I class Stella Artois (discounted at 2x24 bottles of 284ml for £16 or 3 for £20) as essentials!
This is in the bathroom products/spot cream/tooth paste/shower gel - type aisle, and is located directly next to the Johnson's baby oil bottles (of various size). A cursory look shows one is more expensive than the other and it doesn't take a genius to work out which is which. Johnson's costs £2.65 for the same amount and this is over a pound cheaper. Apart from the packaging, the items were identical in my opinion.
This item is located in my shower next to the shower gels. I tend to use it after I shower to massage into the dry areas of my body that are consistent with well known dry skin conditions. I have really started to notice the difference in the softness and lack of dryness in my skin. There is a Johnson's Baby oil bottle in the bathroom and I had used this previously, but to be honest there is no difference and you are essentially paying a premium for their brand name. I am a firm believer in not practising brand name snobbery - i.e. not paying more for the sake of it - and will invariably now go for the supermarkets own brands instead of the more famous ones (obviously there are some exceptions....beer being one of them :D )
There are other well known usages for baby oil, most obviously when slathering it all over young sproglets. Well seeing as I am sans child, I can't really comment on that, but there are massages a plenty to be had with a big old bottle of this stuff too. My better half is well used to massaging the two compressed discs in my upper back/neck and this baby oil works very well in conjunction with olive oil or moisturising cream (although not at the same time!) in terms of a localised or full body massage.
The substance is oily (duh!), scent free and will run through your fingers if liberally applied. You will get a lot of applications out of it unless you practise the 'water fountain squeezy - bottle effect'. I will not bore you with the contents as we all know its petroleum based and if you are worried about it irritating you or your child you will examine the label with a careful eye when you are perusing your options in the Health and Beauty aisle.
One top tip with this is to put a smaller amount into a little plastic bottle if you go travelling (outwards bounds, hiking, etc). It very useful to put a small amount on your hands at the end of the day in your tent or whatever and massage it into skin that has been exposed to the elements. Obviously a large 500ml bottle has all sorts of implications such as leaking and taking up space, but a smaller bottle would be hardly noticeable by comparison.
I buy baby oil to use to massage my wife with. I use baby oil as its great at hyrdrating the skin and the hands guide well alcorss the skin with it.
I normaly buy the premium branded baby oils, but I came across this one, and for a few pence cheaper and a bigger bottle, I thought I would give it a go. Aftrall oil is oil right?
The first thing about this oil I notice is that it comes in a bigger bottle than the Johnson's oil I normally buy. When I came to use it, I was surprised by how runy this oil is. When I massage my wife, I normaly put a small amount in my hands and warm it up first, but with this stuff its far too runny and it just runs through your hands, so have to directly apply it to the skin, wic can be quite a shock as its cold!
Once on the skin, its very mositurising I must say, and seems to massage in well, although it does feel a little bit greasy. However, I found that this greasyness soon goes, and if you are using this oil for massaging, I've found you need to re-apply more, because the oil dries up rather too quickly.
Therefore, you do end up using quite a lot of oil, compared to other branded makes, where a bottle normaly lasts ages.
I also found that the lid on this bottle doesnt fit brilaintly, so it does tend to leak slightly, which is a big downsid, and would be disasterous if you are taking this on your travels!
As with this old credit crunch i have decided to give up my expensive johnsons baby oil in search for a cheaper alternative and decided to try tesco baby oil which cost £1.59. The bottle is plain a simple with a pink lid and a sticker on with pink writing a picture of a babys head. On the lable it is called:-
My Baby's Moisturising Oil
Suitable for Newborns
Locks in Moisture
I always use baby oil after i have had my shower to lock in the moisture, i have to say the smell is quite strong, definitely more prominent than johnsons, but it won't kill you. The oil went on smoothly and felt the same as johnsons but its oil i guess all oil feels the same. When the oil had dried i felt like it had done the job may have taken a little longer to sink into my skin perhaps i am being a bit pedantic. I found the only downfall with this oil was the hole at the top is a lot bigger so it tipped out a lot into my hand and when i put the bottle on the side some splashed out of the top. I am not sure if this is one of them shop ploys to make you use more to buy more. I am sure when i have used a quarter of the bottle i will have more control over how much comes out. I would buy this product again for myself but i would not use if on my son as i have always used Waitrose products on him.
When I was pregnant every time I did a Tesco shop on line I would check out the special offers in the baby department and for about two months there was a promotion on Tescos Baby Oil. I think it was buy one get one free so you can imagine the ammount of Baby Oil I still have as she is only just four months old, I don't think I'll ever need to buy any ever again. The first thing I noticed about Tescos baby oil was the price. At only 1.59 for 500mls compared to 3.39 for 500mls Johnsons Baby Oil there is a substantial difference. The bottle is shaped so there is grooves for your fingers which can be very handy as the bottle gets very slimy and slippery with oil. The labels are very plain and minimalist with only seven words on the front... Tesco Baby Oil for delicate skin hypoallergenic and a cute cartoon of a baby smiling. On the back label there is more information including directions, ingredients and the Tesco Quality Guarantee. I use Tesco Baby oil in my daughters bath water (and my own) and I wouldn't say it was as good as Johnsons as it is slightly more greasy and it definetly doesn't smell as good (love that baby smell!), but it works to keep my skin smooth and supple and my daughter hasn't had any noticeable problems with it.
And anywhere else you’d like to put it I guess! I'd never used baby oil until this weekend - not sure why but I'd heard of it as being a good moisturiser and useful for massage ;o) Baby oil is very versatile. It can be used on adults or babies, for moisturising, massage and it even shines up bedside tables! Uses for baby oil: * Rub on your baby after a bath to lock in moisture. Baby oil helps to prevent nappy rash * Use on yourself after a bath/shower to lock in moisture and maintain baby soft skin! * some bath baths contain baby oil * use it on your baby's scalp when they have cradle cap (massage the oil into the baby's scalp then comb flakes out) * use it on cotton wool to remove make up (although I got some on my face by accident & my face hates it!) * can be used as a lubricant if you are on the pill (though never in conjunction with condoms) * use it to clean your baby hedgehog ?!?! I got this from a site on baby hedgehogs – I didn’t just make it up. * to help prevent stretch marks during pregnancy * add baby oil to eye shadow to use on your skin to give it a shimmer * polishing your bedside table! (I spilt some and wiped it off - it left it shinier than furniture polish does!) * mix the baby oil with water and apply in the shower - leaves skin less oily and makes the baby oil last longer * INEEL (Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory) researchers use baby oil and lasers to study airflow on wings Baby oil takes a while to soak in so pop on something you don’t mind getting the oil on while it does that. Once it does you will be left with noticeably softer skin. I don’t have a baby so I can only comment on its effectiveness for adults, but I do have sensitive skin. The bottle says this baby oil is for delicate skin and is hypoallergenic. It didn’t cause any irritation on me and left my skin silky s
oft. The one disadvantage about Tesco baby oil is the smell (parfum in the ingredients). It smells somewhat like baby lotion. It can be a bit overpowering, but probably because we (yes, you read that right) used a lot. I used it after the bath to lock in moisture then decided to give my boyfriend a massage with it. Whatever you decide to use it for, enjoy! Donna
Hypoallergenic baby oil.