New Product Announcement: All-Natural Baby Salve
Today we are thrilled to announce our newest product: Baby Salve!
This is a first for us here at Bend Soap Company. If you’re already a customer of ours, you know we’re all about the all-natural products. But if you’re new to Bend Soap Company, it’s important for you to know that we only use high quality, natural ingredients that hydrate and repair your skin (without putting toxic ingredients into your bloodstream!)
The Decision to Make a Baby Salve
There are many types of sensitive skin out there, but can you think of skin more worthy of all-natural, non-irritating ingredients than your baby’s?
Infants’ are naturally born with thin skin, and even short-term exposure to urine and feces in diapers can result in a diaper rash for some babies. And as a family with 10 children, Dwight and Marilee are no strangers to the occasional diaper rash! But when they first started paying attention to ingredient labels on their skincare products and tossing the toxins out of their home, diaper rash cream was one of the top items to be ditched. Many big-name brand products you’ll find on the shelves of your local retail store — Aveeno, Boudreaux’s Butt Paste, Cetaphil, Burt’s Bees, Desitin, and Aquaphor to only name a few — pack their products full of low-grade ingredients that help them cut costs at the expense of customers.
5 Harmful Toxic Ingredients in Diaper Rash Creams:
Artificial Fragrance: Synthetic fragrances have been linked to a variety of health concerns including skin irritations and allergies but the real concern lies in what we don’t know about this ingredient. In the United States, manufacturers are not required to disclose the contents of ingredients listed as “fragrance” because this type of information is viewed as being proprietary information. This means that an ingredient listed as “fragrance” can be masking a laundry list of different synthetic chemicals without consumers having any idea.
Parabens: Parabens are often used in body care products, but it is possibly one of the most harmful additives that can be added to any beauty product. Parabens can act as estrogen in your body and disrupt your delicate hormone balance. It has also been linked to breast cancer, organ toxicity, and birth defects. Types of parabens listed on ingredient labels as methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, butylparaben, and benzylparaben should all be avoided.
Zinc Oxide: Derived from zincite (a mineral) and also produced synthetically through chemical processing, zinc oxide is often added to sunscreen products and diaper rash creams. In diaper rash creams, it’s intended to protect the skin from being irritated due to wetness by repelling moisture from the skin. Zinc oxide applies on the skin as a thick white paste and is almost always difficult to remove which can be a hassle for parents and make cleansing the skin difficult. There are also reported cases of this ingredient causing allergic reactions in some infants. Zinc oxide is not to be confused with it’s much smaller non-nano zinc oxide which is made of particles that will not enter the bloodstream. If the wrong type is used, it can absorb into the skin and be more dangerous.
Petroleum: Commonly found in skin and hair care products, this ingredient has been used in everything from lotions to baby products and is touted as being able to create a protective barrier on the skin while holding in moisture. One of the downsides of this ingredient is that it has been known to block pores and lock in substances like dirt and bacteria. Even heat can be locked in using this ingredient, which is why it’s always recommended to avoid using on sunburns.
- Paraffin: Paraffin is a wax-like byproduct that’s derived from petroleum. Companies add paraffin to diaper cream to moisturize the skin and act as a barrier against wetness. However, the concerns for using paraffin are the same as any other petroleum-derived product. This ingredient is strictly prohibited in personal care products in the EU, so why are we adding it to personal care products for our babies?
When your baby is already miserable from agitated, sensitive skin, you don’t want to slather harsh ingredients that smell like a hospital room onto their open sores. You want to use something that will soothe the irritation and add to that special “baby” smell. This is exactly why we wanted to develop a Baby Salve product of our own.
Both the Johnsons and countless Bend Soap Co. customers have used our Unscented Goat Milk Lotion as a natural diaper rash cream alternative, but Marilee didn’t think this was a long term solution. She wanted to create a product that would soothe and protect, absorb and moisturize, and hold up on a baby’s active body (even in a diaper!)
The Difference is In the Ingredients
What makes Bend Soap Company’s Baby Salve different from others on the market? To start, it’s made with a limited number of 100% all-natural ingredients all specifically chosen for the individual benefits they offer the skin. We try our best to hold ourselves to high standards when selecting the ingredients we use to make our product formulas as to craft products that aren’t harmful to the health of our families and those of our customers.
“I've been using the salve for the last 2 years and when my baby gets a diaper rash (because they've had runny bowels, or I forget to change them!), I immediately apply the salve and have been amazed that the rash is significantly less red, or even practically gone - after just the first use!" - Marilee Johnson, Bend Soap Co. Co-Founder
As with all Bend Soap Company products, all of the ingredients we use are easy to read and understand and safe for your skin and body. You won’t find any toxins, synthetics of any kind, toxic “fragrances”, parabens, GMOs, alcohols, or other “junk” in our new Baby Salve.
Noted as one of Dr. Oz's top 10 Super Foods, coconut oil is packed full of the nutrients we want — and need — in our bodies. Most notably, in this case, the Vitamin E and antioxidants found inside coconut oil help moisturize and soothe baby’s irritated skin.
Cocoa & Shea Butters
Cocoa and shea butter both melt at body temperature and absorb into the skin to offer beneficial fatty acids right where they are most needed. Together, they are known for being rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties they pass onto the skin.
Just the right amount of beeswax makes the application of our salve pleasant for both you and your baby. Plus, it’s an anti-inflammatory and has been long known to help soothe wounds with its high Vitamin A content!
Calendula & Chamomile Extracts
Calendula and chamomile extracts are two herbs that have traditionally been known for the calming and soothing properties they carry. Together they can provide natural relief to angry, irritated skin.
We added a touch of arrowroot powder to help keep your baby’s sensitive skin dry. Keeping a cap on moisture will help encourage a soothing, healing environment for your baby’s irritated skin.
Last but not least, we added just a hint of pure lavender essential oil to calm your baby’s nerves and promote a restful night of sleep. And let’s be real: parents will benefit from this, too!
We’re proud to share that our essential oils are 100% natural, 100% pure, undiluted, and often times steam-distilled to obtain the highest levels of purity. All of the essential oils we use are sourced from high-grade botanicals from around the world to ensure that each product gives you the highest quality therapeutic and restorative effects as possible.
How to Use the Bend Soap Company Baby Salve
Using our Baby Salve couldn’t be easier.
Apply a thin layer of the salve to your baby’s skin at the first sign of diaper rash (look for sore, sensitive skin) for a natural alternative to common store-bought brands. Because there is ZERO alcohol or other stinging ingredients in our baby salve, this product isn’t likely to make your baby cry upon application. 🙌
In true Bend Soap Company product tradition, we’ve already started to discover multiple uses for the Baby Salve beyond the initial intended use to combat diaper rash.
Our oldest daughter, Vienna, wiped out while riding her bike and ended up with some road rash on her arm. Mommy kisses go a long way, but truth be told, rubbing some Baby Salve on it was far more effective.
One of our employees has a hand dermatitis that flares up whenever she ingests certain artificial preservatives. (Yes, she thinks it’s weird too. Bodies are complicated.) She became an instant fan of the Baby Salve when it proved to calm her flares faster than anything else and allowed her to ditch the steroid cream.
If you no longer need to use the Baby Salve for diaper rash, nursing moms will appreciate being able to extend the use of this product to sore, chapped areas of their body. Apply a thin layer to irritated nipples before bed and notice softer, healthier-looking skin by morning.
No Toxins or Chemical
You can rest assured that what you are putting on your baby’s (or your own) skin is safe. Our sweet two-year-old, Holly, got ahold of the salve and slathered it all over her face, arms, and legs. She was very proud of herself, smelled wonderful, and no trip to the emergency room or call to Poison Control was required.
Back to You
Here at Bend Soap Company, we like clean, non-toxic skincare products and believe that it’s important to understand what ingredients are not only in the products you use on your skin but bring into your home, too. If you’re looking for a moisturizing salve that’s made with 100% natural ingredients suitable for your baby’s delicate skin, our NEW Baby Salve is exactly what you need! It’s the perfect toxin-free alternative to other diaper rash creams and salve products available on the market.
Pick up a tin for yourself today and be one of the first to leave us a review on the product page. Be sure to share your Bend Soap Co. experience with us on social media by tagging us in your photo or posts, too!
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