As you can imagine, taking care of Peter’s skin is a bit of a challenge. Whenever I hear about a parent dealing with their child’s eczema or some similar skin affliction, my heart goes out to them. When your main barrier against the elements, your skin, burns, hurts, and breaks open…well, if you’ve ever had really dry wind-burned winter skin, you have a bit of an idea. Imagine having it all the time over most of your body. Imagine scratching in your sleep.
We are always looking for creams and other products to help improve Peter’s quality of life by making him more comfortable in his own skin. Medicated creams can sometimes help remove some of the scale, but with medicated creams come the dangers of toxicity, so we limit their use. Petroleum products can be an effective barrier to lock in moisture and lock out germs, but the long-term use of petroleum products frightens me. Plus, they take a tremendous toll on clothing, both his and mine (ever try to wash out gobs and gobs of vaseline from your clothes?) and the washing machine.
Natural products with no scary ingredients…that’s what we would love to use for Peter full-time. Last year, I had the good fortune to learn about a company run by a homeschooling family that uses natural ingredients in all their products: Virginia Soaps & Scents. We just loved their Shampoo Bar. The high castor oil content really seemed to help soften the scale. Wouldn’t it be great if they could somehow participate in Ichthyosis Awareness Week this year? So I asked, and they gave me an enthusiastic YES!
I received this wonderful gift package for review (and an identical set to giveaway) including:
- Peaches and Cream Body Butter
- Cherry-flavored Lip Balm
- Unscented Shampoo Bar
- Honey Bee Lotion Bar
- Mineral Bath Salts Imported from Epsom, England (Oatmeal, Milk & Honey)
- Unscented Soap
- Lavender Soap
- Oatmeal, Milk & Honey Soap
The soaps are all wonderful: nice rich lather, wash away clean, the scents are not too strong. Peter likes them, and he’s a rough and tumble boy, but no complaints about “girly stuff.” In fact, he enjoys getting to pick which soap he’s going to use each night.
The Shampoo Bar is still our favorite, though we don’t actually use it on his scalp (he’s not crazy about having the bar rubbed on his head). I find it a little too heavy for shampooing my own hair (I have thick, but fine hair and an oily scalp), but I highly recommend it for anyone with severely dry skin. The high fat content really has an impact on the texture of Peter’s skin. Soaps are available in various scents and unscented for $4.50-5.50/bar, with quantity discounts available.
The Body Butter has a fresh Peaches and Cream scent (also available in other scents and unscented) that just smells yummy. It has a nice, light whipped texture that feels good going on. Soaks in quickly, a little too quickly for most of Peter’s body (his skin soaks up creams like a sponge), but I found this to be nice lighter cream to use in areas you definitely don’t want to feel greasy, like his hands and his face. And he loves the smell. (Seems to be temporarily unavailable on the site.)
The Honey Bee Lotion Bar is a nice treat…an easy way to take your lotion with you! This is a solid bar made of beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter and sweet almond oil that melts in the warmth of your hands. Just rub the bar in your hands (we also found this worked well for places like the backs of Peter’s knees). I would love to see this in a stick form (would be great for around the eyes and mouth). The high beeswax contents makes it a bit water resistant, so it won’t wash right off, and it gives you a bit of a barrier against the elements. And easy to carry in my purse when we are out and about. The bar comes in a refillable tin and is available for $4.95, or $3.95 for refills.
The Cherry Lip Balm was about like any other flavored lip balm I’ve tried. It has a greasy feel that leaves your lips feeling sticky. I generally don’t go for flavored lip balms---the kiddos tend to lick them off so they can put more on, but I might be interested in trying an unflavored version. Available in various flavors for $1.45.
Lastly, the Mineral Bath adds a nice, light scent to the water. We’ve used salt baths for Peter before and they have helped some with his skin, but he’s a little paranoid about getting it in his eyes, so we have only tried this once so far. If you like a salt additive in your water, this definitely worth a try. A 6 oz bag is only $1.50, or get a 2lb bag for $6.95. Available in various scents.
The good people at Virginia Soaps & Scents have very generously sent me a second gift package to give to one of my readers! Here are the details:
Deadline to enter: Friday, October 15, 2010 at midnight EST.
Mandatory to enter: Leave me a comment telling me how you or someone you love could benefit from this skincare package, or visit Virginia Soaps & Scents and tell me about another product you would like to try.
Note (This is important!): You must leave your email address in your comment if it is not visible in your profile. If your number is drawn and I can’t easily find an email to contact you, I will draw another number.
Optional additional entries: Please leave a separate comment for each entry, it’s so much easier for me that way:-) For things that earn more than one entry, leave separate entries, numbering them.
- If you or someone you love suffers from a type of Ichthyosis or another serious skin condition, please name the condition and tell us something about how it impacts your life. (3 entries)
- Blog about this giveaway and include a link to this post. (2 entries)
- Visit the FIRST website and tell me something you learned about Ichthyosis there. (1 entry)
- FB or tweet this giveaway. (1 entry)
Disclosure: I received the products mentioned in the post for review and giveaway purposes from Virginia Soaps & Scents. I was not required to give a positive review. This review reflects my personal experiences and opinions of these products. I received no compensation.