I absolutely loved doing baby massage with Ameli as a newborn. I felt that it benefitted her, it gave us something special to do together, rather than me just staring at her in awe, and it gave me a lot of confidence in handling her: Â I became a lot less frightened of her fragility and less scared of breaking her.
With the arrival of Squidgy, early next year, I’ve been looking at different massage oils and trialling them on a barely obliging 23-month old (in a week she’ll be two, so bear with meÂ as I relish still counting her age in months for a few days!)
Recently, we’ve been using Organic Monkey’s Hello Mellow Organic Massage Oil for the bed time massage routine. Overall, I love it.Â But I’ll break that down into an actual review for you:
I cannot find fault with this product. It contains all natural ingredients, with sunflower oil being the carrier oil, it seems. There’s apricot kernel oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil and vitamin E oil too, and then the essential oils are sweet orange, lavender and roman chamomile, all of which are calming and soothing aromas.
While I’m a huge lover of lavender, I must say that I adore the predominantly sweet orange aroma of this. It’s a nice break from the usual lavender for babies.
Whether it’s because our skin is so dry and just laps it up or whether it’s a trait of the oil I’m not sure, but it absorbs extremely quickly and we do use quite a bit in each session, but then Ameli is also the size of about four newborns, so with a small baby it would last a lot longer too. We’ve not found any residue or oil stains on clothing or bedding after use.The next thing I love about it is how moisturising it is. I’ve even used it on myself as an after bath moisturiser a number of times and it leaves my skin feeling soft, smooth and beautifully moist. Ameli has quite a dry skin too especially as we head into winter and there’s been a marked improvement in her skin since we’ve been using this oil.
It isn’t cheap at Â£12 for 125ml, but is pretty standard, I think, for something of its quality. I would struggle to pay that much for a massage oil monthly. Â That said, most of us spend a fortune on our skin products, so why should we skimp on the quality of what we put on young and developing skins? Still, if you don’t have the money you don’t have the money.
Organic Monkey massage oil comes in a sturdy plastic bottle, which is the only thing that detracts from it, but I know in our area the plastic would be recyclable. The bottle could easily be reused anyway, if you wanted to decant from a larger bottle into a smaller one for your nappy bag or something.
Some of the products used are Fairtrade, and Organic Monkey does carry the Fairtra
de logo as well as the Soil Association stamp to say that it is in fact organic. Organic Monkey is also a socially responsible company with two charities that they support.
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Competition:So, there you have it. I love Organic Monkey’s Hellow Mellow Organic Massage Oil, and give it a whopping 9- stars from Diary of a First Child.
You can win not only the Mellow Organic Massage Oil, but also the Nappy Balm in the Protect and Nourish Me Gift SetÂ worth Â£20.00. To enter, leave a comment below stating what you like best about this massage oil.
The competition ends on 10 October at 23:59 and the winners will be randomly selectedÂ using Random.org.
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