Hi again. It has been forever since I last made a blog post so I thought I should post something at least!
I’ve been so crazy busy the past month and a bit between moving, trying to build a house, tax season craziness to working on my recipes for my products. I have to say though my NU.BABEE products are amazing. I just finalized my lotion recipe and it is so silky smooth I can’t get enough of it! I’m hoping to be ready soon to contact our local Farmer’s and Crafter’s Market to see if I can get in there maybe in June/July. I’m pretty excited!
I’ve been doing some browsing over Pinterest for Toddler Girl’s Room Ideas as I’m starting to plan Miss Lainey’s new room in our new house. So,I thought I would share some of my finds.
My little Lainey has gone through the worst 2 weeks. It all started with a cold which turned into a fever and then came an awful rash because of the fever. The poor girl was in so much pain and discomfort nothing was helping. It got to the point where her rash was so bad that I took her to the doctor because it just wasn’t going away. The doctor advised me to use the cream I had been prescribed for her eczema, which is a topical corticosteroid cream that cost me a fortune for the tiniest little tube! So I used that on her for about 4 days and it was slowly starting to improve. But I was starting to worry because her fever was back and the rash wasn’t getting better like you would think after 4 days of using that type of cream. So I was ready to go to the doctor the next morning. I thought since I was going to the doctor anyways it wouldn’t hurt to try my soothing balm I made for her eczema, on the rash. So I lathered it on and put her to bed.
The next morning it was like I put some miracle cream on her. It improved more over night than it had in 4 days using the prescription cream, that isn’t really good for her skin anyways. I wish I would have taken a picture of what it was before and after. I’ll post a picture of it maybe tomorrow to give an idea how much it healed. And her bad eczema patch now is like 90% healed after the huge chunk of skin she scratched away at 2 weeks ago. See the before and after pics below:
I’m so excited I finally got the right consistency and the right percentage of each ingredient. I want to put the balm in a twist up tube so it’s easy to apply to the skin. So I found the packaging I like and just had to get it to set right so it would glide on the skin nicely.
The ingredients I use in my Soothing Balm are:
Beeswax – “Beeswax contains natural moisturizers…. In some cases, beeswax may be applied to minor burns or other skin damage in order to help the skin heal.” (from Livestrong.com) Raw Honey – “… has antibacterial properties that speed the healing of infections and wounds… It also contains antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals to promote healthy skin. Honey also improves skin hydration, an important factor in the skin’s ability to maintain softness, suppleness and elasticity.” (from HowStuffWorks) Olive Oil – “Olive oil contains four major antioxidants which allow it to work as a cleanser, moisturizer, and protector of skin. Among these antioxidants are Vitamin A and Vitamin E. Vitamin E partly accounts for the anti-aging benefits of this substance because it helps restore skin elasticity.” (from GlobalHealingCenter.com) Calendula Oil – “Calendula oil offers anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, and possible wound healing qualities. It can soothe inflamed and irritated skin, and helps regenerate new skin cells.” (from SwiftCraftyMonkey Blog). Vitamin E -is an antioxidant, it helps protect and repair damaged skin.
So last week I finally got my package of raw ingredients in the mail! I was so excited because I had been waiting for what seemed like forever for it to come, only because I “had” to order something that was on back order. I have to say the staff at Voyageur Soap and Candle Co. – in Surrey, BC, are amazing. They have amazing customer service, and they have so much to choose from, that I feel like I never have enough. I’m always wanting to create new recipes!
So as soon as I opened my package I had to make something! So the first thing on my list was a new diaper cream recipe. I had made one a couple months ago but it just wasn’t what I wanted. Because I use cloth diapers on my LO, I wanted to make a cream that was safe on cloth diapers and also worked great on diaper rashes. So I did some research on oils and other natural ingredients and came up with a recipe I thought could work. I’ve been using it on Lainey for a good 4 or 5 days, and had not used any diaper liners. I never use diaper cream without using a liner! It’s a major no-no with cloth diapers (unless your using a cloth diaper friendly cream). But the only way I would find out if my recipe worked on cloth diapers was to tough it out. And if it didn’t work then I’d be doing a lot of scrubbing to get it out. So I crossed my fingers and hoped it would come out clean. And……..
So after washing them I inspected each and every diaper. Every single one came out clean, with not one stain! I have to say I was pretty excited. So excited that I had to write about it 🙂
Now that I have two recipes that I have created, that work amazing on my little girl’s skin. I feel confident to pursue my new venture. I hope this is the beginning of something great! After some research and brainstorming I think I have come up with my product name.
I wanted to incorporate the word ‘bee’ in the name as every product uses either beeswax or honey, or both. I believe in using only the best ingredients in my products. All my products are free off: parabens, harsh chemicals, dyes, petroleum, talc or phthalates. Some of my favourite ingredients I use are: beeswax, honey, coconut oil, calendula oil, shea butter, olive oil and vitamin E.
So, I hope to get everything going in the next couple months, and give out samples to friends and family. In addition to my soothing balm, I’m also working on a lotion, baby oil, baby powder, and for the mommies a belly butter and lip balm. I’ve already made a ‘test’ lip balm that has honey, and it sure makes my lips super smooth!
I have a lot of work ahead of me! But I’m super excited. Come back to see how my next recipes go.
Awhile ago I saw a post on Pinterest on how to make your own Foaming Handwash/Bodywash. It’s super easy and it gets you the most for your buck. For me I love to use the Burts Bees – Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash for my LO at bath time. It’s usually about $10. I like the better stuff for Lainey because she has eczema. The only thing is you can go through that stuff so fast because the bottle isn’t that big. So when I found this on Pinterest I was excited to use her Burt’s Bees wash this way.
I got the idea from this blog here. You have to make sure you use a foaming soap dispenser or it won’t work. Here is one I found from Bath and Body Works
Here is what you need:
– Foaming soap dispenser
– Your favorite hand soap or body wash
– Warm to Hot Water
Now in the other post I believe they use 1TBSP of soap and the rest water. I started using a bit more because I like it more soapy as I thought the ratio had too much water than soap. Then fill the container with Warm to Hot Water. Don’t fill it up too fast or too full as you’ll get it everywhere! You’ll want enough room at the top so it doesn’t overflow. Then just pump away. Now if your using a baby wash to refill, and the container had other hand soap or something else you wouldn’t want to wash your baby with, make sure you clean out the pump. Then pump a bunch of times so you get the old stuff out.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Now my $10 for her wash goes so far! and I don’t mind getting the more expensive stuff.
Happy New Year’s !
I can’t believe it’s 2014, where does the time go?
So, I thought I would write about a post I read on Dana Obleman’s Sleep Sense blog – Sweet Dreams Mom and Dad – New Year’s Sleep Resolutions for Adult’s. I have to admit this post really caught my eye, as the thought of extra sleep sounds great!
Right now we’re still trying to work out Lainey’s schedule with her 1 nap and her teething, that she’s been waking up as early as 5:30am. So I was one of those parents that was in bed and asleep before midnight on New Years.
Because I have been exhausted, I think I’m going to try getting better sleep for 6 weeks and see if it will really help my overall sleep. If anyone thinks they could improve their sleep too, please read her post. And if you want to help your LO’s sleep check out her Sleep Sense Program. I purchased the program to help Lainey, and ever since then she loves her sleep!
Anyways take care!
_______________________________________________________________________________________________Did you have any idea how great honey is for it’s healing properties?
After doing some research, I found out how great honey and beeswax is for healing your skin. Honey has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that can be helpful when used on your skin. I found an article on the web at Medical News Today about the health benefits of honey. It said, “In pre-Ancient Egyptian times, honey was used topically to treat wounds”. Take a look at this link here for more useful facts.
I first came to discover the great things that honey and beeswax can do when I was trying to help my daughter with her eczema breakouts. I went to the doctor because her eczema breakout got so bad that she couldn’t stop scratching which in turn started bleeding. I really didn’t want to resort to the steroid cream they prescribe, but I was at the point where I had to for my poor little girl. After spending about $100 on the prescription I thought there has to be something else to help her. I had tried everything I could find on the shelf, as well as what others suggested, but nothing was helping. I started doing some research and found out that beeswax and honey had healing properties that had helped with eczema relief. So I made my own little “formula” 🙂 and put it on her to see how it works. She woke up the next morning and I swear it worked just as good as that $100 prescription stuff. And it was all natural! I was so excited that I couldn’t stop talking about how great this beeswax and honey was for her eczema. I’m just amazed how it has healed her. Right now during the winter months her skin is so dry that it’s not helping her skin, but we can take her shirt off now with out her instantly scratching her sores.
From this little discovery I thought, if I can help my lil one, imagine who else I can possibly help. So right now I’m in the process of putting together something that I would love to be able to sell on Etsy. And from there I hope I can make even more healing products. I’m so excited to do this, so I hope it won’t take too long to get it going!
If anyone has started their own products and have any suggestions or helpful tips, I would love to hear what you’ve done.
So, until then….