Cheap Thrill: Badger Baby Oil

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This post might also be titled: Toddler Bath and Beauty, Part Two (see part one here). Or Beauty Bits You Can Share with Baby. Or Moisturize Like an Ancient Roman. If you’re counting, this also makes two cheap thrill posts in a row. So Badger Baby Oil (4 oz, $15.99). I purchased it for my little T-Rex. I also use it. We are on our second bottle of this good stuff. It’s an organic blend of extra virgin olive oil, jojoba oil, and extracts of calendula and chamomile. It has a mild scent of chamomile–I can also smell the olive oil–and is very gentle and moisturizing. The scent disappears quickly. As with most oils, it works best just out of the bath when skin is damp. It isn’t a thin or dry oil and doesn’t absorb super-quickly so you might prefer night-time use. That’s when the little guy gets slathered with it. I tend to use it after a morning shower. I do have to pat the areas that are a bit oily with a towel before dressing, but that’s not a problem for me. Of course, I am not putting on a white cotton blouse right after either. I mean, this is New York. All the clothing is pretty much black, so it’s not an issue. It comes in a glass bottle. It does mean you need to be a bit more careful since your hands will be greasy, but I love a glass bottle. Why buy an organic product just to have it absorb lord knows what from a plastic bottle?

In closing: Badger, you have not not disappointed me yet. But I am watching for that re-release of rose sunscreen and my expectations are high! We’ll be back to talking about grown-up stuff in the next post!

Cheap Thrill: Vermont Soap


Today’s cheap thrill,  Vermont Soap Baby Wash and Shampoo ($9.99; 8 oz),  isn’t strictly for the babes. However, I use it on my babe–a delicious 3 year-old boy. (Aside: Are you watching The Goldbergs on ABC? It’s so cute and the mother–or smother–is my fave. She is always calling her sons delicious. They are not amused. You should check it out.) This soap is super mild, unscented,  and easily rinsed-0ff. The ingredients list is simple: Saponified Organic Oils of Coconut, Olive & Jojoba, Vegetable Gum / Glycerin Extract, Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Rosemary Extract. I use it for cleansing as well as shampooing. As a shampoo, it probably isn’t moisturizing enough for kiddos with long hair or dry hair. However, it works great on shorter hair. It rinses out faster than anything else we’ve used and doesn’t sting.  We found it to be much more mild than the Dr. Bronner’s baby mild soap.

While we are on Vermont Soaps, I once accidentally purchased their Shower Gel in the sweetgrass scent (same size, packaging and price). We still used it for bath time and it also worked very well. It has the great sort of masculine scent that made my boy smell like he had baby cologne on. Very cute. The scent is described by them as a complex, sophisticated lavender/clove blend with hints of forest and garden.

Skincare: My Great 8


I was going to do a top ten skincare post, but when I put the list together, I came up with eight clear choices. So this is my “great eight.” While it’s a mix of day time and night time routine products, I use many twice a day. Here they are–in no particular order of greatness:

  1. Pratima Neem Rose Facial Sunscreen SPF 30. (Reviewed here.) Why I love it: It’s light, fluffy, and (most importantly) non-greasy.  It’s natural–the ingredients list has a handful of recognizable items on it. When I use it: Morning, of course!
  2.  First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads. (Reviewed here.) Why I love it: The mix of acids and calming ingredients in these pads allow me to do the important “acid toning” portion of my routine in a way that is gentle enough to use every day. Also, while it’s not a “green brand” the ingredients list contains recognizable stuff. When I use it: Evening after my second cleanse with number 4.
  3.  Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Active Moisture Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil & Makeup Remover. (Reviewed here.) Why I love it: While it’s oil-based, it turns milky when you add water and rinses clean. Also natural. No need to towel it off! It gets makeup OFF. It smells like a tropical drink and so it encourages you to take your time massaging it in—so relaxing. When I use it: Evening (as my first cleanse).
  4. Yuli Halcyon Cleanser (Reviewed here.) Why I love it: Let’s just start with this: Yuli is green luxe beauty personified. It’s natural, beautifully formulated and cleans without stripping. Skin just looks better after use. It’s a perfect follow up to an oil cleanse.  When I use it: Evening as my second cleanse after number 3 and sometimes morning too.
  5.  Yuli Panacea Elixir (Review here.) Why I love it: This natural “cure all” spray toner tones, refines, and plumps skin. It is fabulous. Period. When I use it: Morning and evening in between acid toning and moisturizing.
  6.  Waxlene (Reviewed here.) Why I love it: This is the cheap thrill of the lot. Touted as the “petroleum jelly alternative,” it’s a great balm coating my lips (and, when I remember, my elbows). When I use it: Evening.
  7. Kahina Giving Night Cream (Reviewed here.) This was a serendipitous find. I got it when my usual night-time moisturizer was on back order and, wow. This stuff is so softening, soothing, and hydrating.  When I use it: Evening.
  8. Skinceuticals Vitamin CE Ferulic. (Not yet reviewed.)  This antioxidant serum may smell a bit weird, but it is a powerhouse that also boosts the efficacy of your sunscreen. It’s science, people. When I use it: Morning before sunscreen.