Product Review: Soapstones Baby’s Bubbles & Squeak

Photo: courtesy of Soapstones

From the time they wake up to the time they go to bed, our little ones can go through a number of products. Honestly, sometimes their beauty regimens are longer than their moms’. So when a company came to us with a full line up of natural products for kids that would take care of every part of our babies, from their bottoms to their rosy cheeks, we had to test it out on our tiny tots. The company also offers a great product called Monster Buster, a lavender room spray that kids can use to “chase monsters away” before bedtime. We didn’t test it but wanted to call out that we loved the concept.

Company: Soapstones (Baby’s Bubbles & Squeak line)

Item(s) tested & price:

Baby Bum Butter (50g for $7.00)

Bath Time for Baby (250ml for $14.00)

Chamomile Baby Soap (60g for $5.00

Chamomile Baby Lotion (120ml for $6.00)

Cheeky Baby Tube (15ml for $5.00)

Where can the item be purchased? Online or at three Canadian locations.

The claim of the product: Naturally hand-crafted soaps, lotions and cleansers — made in small batches.

What was great about the product:

•  The company never uses almond oil! So little ones (or big ones) with nut allergies can use the products without fear.

•  The Baby Bum Butter was great for diaper rashes, clearing it up in a day. We also used it on a few scraped knees. It was water resistant and we did not have to use a bandage over top. It was also something that was easy to wipe off mom’s hands.
Ingredients: Soy Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Canibis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Natural Bees Wax, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Castor Oil, Vitamin E, Lavender Essential Oil (just the tiniest bit.)

•  Bath Time for Baby was great to put in the water before putting on our tots. It made the water smell great (no bubbles though) and when we got water in their eyes, it did not make them cry or scream — it was gentle.
Ingredients: De-Ionized Water/Aqua, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Decyl Glucoside, Sucrose Cocoate, Cocomide MIPA, Glyceryl MonoStearate, Chamomile Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (Chamomile), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Japanese Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Emulsifying Wax NF, Phenoxyethanol and Caprylyl Glycol (OptiphenR) (less than 1% to ensure quality and no bacteria.)

•  The Chamomile Baby Soap was great to use in tandem with the Bath Time for Baby, especially for toddlers or pre-schoolers who come home with muddy hands and legs. We used it directly on their skin or on a wash cloth and it was effective — very gentle (it did not hurt scraped knees like a traditional soap). With toddlers we found they liked the bar so they could hold the soap themselves. Ingredients: Saponified Vegetable Oils (Calendula Petals soaked in Olive Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Canola Oil, Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Chamomile Essential Oil).

•  The Baby Lotion was great for all ages (even the mom’s used it). The scent was gentle and soft. It dried quickly and was not greasy and our kids skin was soft (especially knees and elbows).
Ingredients: Distilled Water, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernal Oil, Emulsifying Wax NF, Stearic Acid, Simmondsia Chinese (Jojoba Seed Oil), Roman Anthemis Nobilus (Chamomile) Extract, Silk Amino Acid, Hydrolized Oat Protein, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Oil, Caprylyl Glycol (Optiphen) (less than 1% to ensure quality and no bacteria.)

•  The Cheeky Baby Tube is a GREAT product. Our toddlers loved to put it on their lips as a balm in the cooler weather (and yes, they liked to lick it off). It was great on sunburned cheeks. No peeling or discomfort and easy to carry in your purse!
Ingredients: Soy Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Canibis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Natural Bees Wax, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Castor Oil, Vitamin E.

•  Made in Canada

•  Packaging is recyclable (even the labels), but are not sourced from recycled materials. Note: We asked why, and the company let us know that they prioritized sourcing materials locally and that the printer and producer of the packaging is local. Soapstones is making it their goal to have packaging made from recycled materials by 2011, even though it may mean not sourcing it locally.

What was NOT so great about the product:

•  If you have kids very sensitive to scent, these products may have too much of a fragrance for them.

Grade from Green Living: A