Friday, June 19, 2009

Wash the Germs Away!!

Worried about illnesses such as the much-talked about swine flu or H1N1 infecting our kids? The most basic and effective way to prevent the spread of these germs among our kids is by encouraging them to wash their hands thoroughly and frequently.

Most of our kids spend a lot of time in close contact at school, daycare and during play. Being active and sociable in nature, they are most likely to expose themselves
to germs via a variety of sources, such as direct contact among kids, contaminated surfaces and animals. Without frequent hand-washing, kids can get infected with these germs by touching their eyes, nose or mouth. Such hand-to-hand contact is the easiest medium to spread infectious diseases such as common cold and flu.

According to Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention, keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to prevent our kids from getting sick and spreading germs to others.
So let's cultivate this simple and easy habit of washing hands with soap and clean running water for a mere 20 seconds to keep doctors away!

Unlike traditional soaps or chemical-based hand washes, which can actually dry and crack the skin with frequent use (making children less likely to wash their hands), try California Baby Wash-Up!Moisturizing Hand Washes instead. They contain only natural cleansers and organic and sustainably grown ingredients that are healthier and gentler on sensitive skin.

Make hand-washing fun. Get your kids to wash their hands regularly by simply following California Baby's step-by-step static cling, using the California Baby motto: "Soap + Vigorous Hand Rubbing for 20 seconds = Destroys Microbes!".

Monday, June 15, 2009

Therapeutic Plants: Nature's Healer

Common Name Aloe
Latin Name Aloe vera
Part Used Leaves
Properties Healing
Medicinal Uses Its clear gel is used for treating minor burns, wounds and certain skin conditions such as eczema and ringworm

Common Name Calendula
Latin Name Calendula Officinalis
Part Used Flower
Properties Anti-inflammatory and antiseptic
Medicinal Uses Used in a variety of ointments and lotions for soothing irritated, chapped skin, healing eczema and cooling sunburn

Common Name Chamomile
Latin Name
Matricaria recutita
Part Used Dried flower heads, oil
Properties Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, and antispasmodic effects
Medicinal Uses Accelerate wound healing by reducing inflammation, including eczema and promoting tissues regeneration

Common Name Eucalyptus
Latin Name Eucalyptus globulus
Part Used Leaves, oil
Properties Antiseptic and astringent
Medicinal Uses Eucalyptus oil actively dilates bronchioles in the lungs, making it easier to breathe, hence widely used to treat coughs and colds. Also used to heal wounds and fungal infections

Common Name Evening Primrose
Latin Name Oenothera biennis
Part Used Seed, oil, leaves
Properties Antiseptic and astringent
Medicinal Uses Treating skin eruptions of infants, and other skin diseases such as eczema, and allergic dermatitis

Common Name Lavender
Latin Name Lavandula angustifolia
Part Used Flowers, essential oil
Properties Antiseptic
Medicinal Uses Helping quell anxiety and clear the mind. Used as a mild antiseptic to treat wounds, burns, skin ailments, fungal infections, sunburn and muscle pain. Also used to mask unpleasant odors

Common Name Olive Tree
Latin Name Olea europea
Part Used Leaves
Properties Astringent, antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal activity
Medicinal Uses Olive leaves are used to treat boils, skin rashes and sprains

Common Name Orange
Latin Name Citrus sinensis
Part Used Fruits, fruit rind, flower
Properties Antioxidant
Medicinal Uses Smelling neroli oil can have anti-depressive effects; it is used to combat nervous strain, anxiety and fear, also useful for fatigue and insomnia

Common Name Rosemary
Latin Name Rosmarinus officinalis
Part Used Leaves, twigs
Properties Antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressive, antimicrobial and antioxidant
Medicinal Uses It is applied externally, in oils and ointments for rheumatism and to increase circulation

Common Name Tea Tree
Latin Name Melaleuca alternifolia
Part Used Leaves
Properties Antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory
Medicinal Uses Effective treatment for acne and for fungal infections; also used for other ailments such as wounds, warts, eczema and insect bites

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Heavenly Scented Sun Safe Protection in a Flip-Top Tube

We have discovered this really great California Baby's Everyday/Year-Round SPF 30+ Sunscreen Lotion which is now available at our online store Her formulas are light and elegant, with beautiful aromatherapy delicate scents. Made with organic and sustainably grown ingredients, it provides high-level protection to your little ones' skins against sunburn. Its water resistant formula retains effectiveness after 80 minutes of activity in water or perspiring. With this water resistent gentle formula, it is guaranteed that it won't drip into your kids' eyes and sting when your kids sweat!

Moms, our fabulous find works great under make-up because it is non-greasy and gives really nice 'cover-up' base under foundation or powder! Teenagers with open pores, oily or acne skin, you will definitely love this gorgeous non-chemical sunscreen lotion! A must have organic goody for everyone!!

Monday, May 25, 2009

is talcum powder safe for babies?

Talc is a mineral used to make talcum powder, is actually in the asbestos family. It’s believed to cause cancer, and it’s in a lot more than just baby powder. According to, "Talc is toxic. Talc particles cause tumors in human ovaries and lungs. Numerous studies have shown a strong link between frequent use of talc in the female genital area and ovarian cancer. Talc particles are able to move through the reproductive system and become imbedded in the lining of the ovary. Researchers have found talc particles in ovarian tumors and have found that women with ovarian cancer have used talcum powder in their genital area more frequently than healthy women."

The American Cancer Society believes that there is not an increased risk of lung cancer associated with cosmetic grade talc, which is free of asbestos-like fibers, but does note a recent study that shows a 37% increase in risk of ovarian cancer in women who used talcum powder or feminine deodorant products containing talc.

Talc is most dangerous in powder form, but you may want to avoid it in all forms. When it comes to products that could cause cancer, I always think if it’s something I can live without, it’s just not worth the risk. Read labels and look for talc in everything from deodorant to antacids.

If you have a baby, look for a good range of talc-free baby powders that are available in Little Green Buddies. They are Aromababy's Natural Powder (with Organic Lavender), California Baby Calming Non-Talc Powder and Gaia Natural Baby Powder.

Read "Cancer warning for talcum powder" in The Star.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

baby wipes or chemical wipes?

Baby wipes...ideal for 101 cleaning purposes. And they are definitely handy whilst traveling. But are they ideal after all especially for diaper changing? We have to agree that baby wipes have the great abilities to help us to clean and germ free, but the problem is many of them in the markets contain chemicals, preservatives and synthetic ingredients that aren't all together good for your little ones and you too!

What is lurking inside the solution that keeps baby wipes nice and moist? Notice any of these mouthful of chemical cocktaill like propylene glycol, methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben on the label ingredient? Propylene glycol is used to prevent the drying of the wipes, and is commonly found in industrial antifreeze. It is known to cause skin irritations, deafness, kidney damage and liver problems. If your baby is suffering from eczema, this chemical ingredient can further aggravate the issue. Parabens like methylparaben and butylparaben, on the other hand, can mimic the hormone estrogen, which is known to play a role in the development of breast cancers. These are preservatives used in cosmetics to increase products shelf-life.

On top of that, most of baby wipes are not environmentally friendly as they are made from polyester, which is not biodegradable and clog landfills. If they are flushed, then toxic chemicals leach into the waterways. Bab
y wipe packaging is predominantly plastic. The plastic tub used for baby wipes packaging is also not biodegradable.

There is always an alternative to these chemical baby wipes. You may consider using our economical and handy non-stinging boo-boo spray California Baby Non-Burning and Calming Diaper Area Wash. Just spray it to moisten a cotton pad to gently clean your baby's delicate skin with each diaper change or spray directly onto skin.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

scan ingredients...learn what 'not' to serve your skin

Below is a list of some of the popular toxic skin care ingredients commonly found in many personal care products. When selecting your skin care product, do scan for these 'bad boys' listed on the product's label simply because once these nasties are applied onto our skin, and enter our bloodstream within minutes, we are exposing our health at serious risk!

Artificial Fragrances
are petroleum-based, with a multitude of synthetic chemicals. Often labeled as 'parfum', these chemicals can cause headaches, dizziness or nausea.

DEA (Diethanalomine) are used as emulsifiers and frequently found in detergents, shampoos, dishwashing soaps, bubble baths and face cleaners. They are carcinogens that are readily absorbed by the skin into our bodies which can cause severe facial dermatitis.

Mineral Oil petroleum by-product that coats the skin like plastic, clogging the pores. It interferes with skin's ability to eliminate harmful toxins, promoting acne and other disorders. Slows down skin function and cell development, resulting in premature aging. Although it offers no skin benefits, it is being used extensively in many skincare products such as baby oil because it is unbelievably cheap!

Parabens are chemical preservatives (methyl, ethyl, propyl and butyl paraben) found in a great number of personal care products (because they are cheap too!). Parabens mimic estrogen, upsetting normal hormone function. May be linked to breast cancer.

Phthalates are found in perfumes and frangranced personal care products., known to be hormone disrupters. They can potentially harm reproductive and hormonal systems. They also exist in deodorants, nail polish, hair care and lotions. They are not listed in label ingredients as they are part of frangrance ingredient. Manufacturers will not list their fragrance ingredients as they are deemed to be their trade secret.

Propylene Glycol is carcinogenic petroleum ingredient used in antifreeze in car radiator. Used in moisturizers, hand sanitizers and shaving creams as a thickening agent. Can also be found in baby wipes. As it reduces skin's natural moisture, propylene glycol can instigate immune system response that can include itching, burning, scaling, hives and blistering of skin. Also watch out for PEG and PPG.

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES)
commonly found in many soaps, shampoos, detergents and toothpastes. Both chemicals are very effective foaming agents, chemically known as surfactants. Known to cause skin corrosion and sever irritation. It is also common source of children eczema and skin irritation, and when found in toothpaste, it may be related to mouth ulcers.

Synthetic Colors
are primarily derived from coal tar whereby coal tar is processed in an environmentally un-friendly industrial manufacturing processes. Over the years, synthetic colorings have been found to be carcinogenic and have the potential to cause nausea, mood swings, headaches and fatigues.

If you decide to look for alternative baby skin care products that are free from these harmful ingredients, you may want to visit Little Green Buddies. There is a wide range of interesting and exciting products in store for for you and your family! Enjoy browsing.

It's a change for the better - Buds Baby...

A big round of applause to Buds Baby. Over the years, Buds Baby has been striving hard to achieve its commitment to being organic. And Buds Baby has indeed kept its promises. First, Buds Natural, then Buds Everyday Organics and now Buds Cherished Organics.

Can't seem to figure out what are the differences between Buds Baby's product differentiation?

Let's take a quick glimpse at their respective ingredient components:
Main Ingredient
Typical High Street Brand : Water
Buds Natural : Water
Buds Organics : Water + Organic Aloe Vera
Buds Cherished Organics : Organic Aloe Vera

Typical High Street Brand : Mineral Oil
Buds Natural : Vegetable Oils + Natural Active
Buds Organics : Organic Base Oils + Organic Actives
Buds Cherished Organics : Organic Base Oils + Organic Actives

Typical High Street Brand : PEG Emulsifiers
Buds Natural : Plant Emulsifiers
Buds Organics : Plant Emulsifiers
Buds Cherished Organics : Plant Emulsifiers

Typical High Street Brand : Perfume and Fragrances
Buds Natural : Essential Oils
Buds Organics : Organic Essential Oils
Buds Cherished Organics : Organic Essential Oils

Typical High Street Brand : Parabens
Buds Natural : Safe Preservatives
Buds Organics : Safe Preservatives
Buds Cherished Organics : Preservative Free!

Organic Content
Typical High Street Brand : Nil
Buds Natural : Organic content not declared to avoid confusion as Buds Natural not certified organics
Buds Organics : Minimum 20% Organic to meet European standard
Buds Cherished Organics : 82% - 99.9% Organic

Given its genuine commitment being organic, Buds Baby has chosen to be certified by EOCERT. Why ECOCERT? ECOCERT requires that 95% of plant the ingredients must be of certified organic origin. Extremely strict restrictions? Well, Buds Baby has achieved it.And oh! Buds Baby products are earth friendly ie packaging are recyclable and products are biodegradable! Safe for your baby, and safe for the environment too! Well done! That's why Little Green Buddies include Buds Baby Cherished Organics in one of our organic goodies!