If it weren’t for our Mothers, where would we be? In our May issue, we celebrate Mothers Day with an amazing free gift at our online store, and a Newsletter specifically for Mothers. Read on for the Miöja products that we recommend for pregnancy and the latest big brand baby product scandal. Lastly, Miöja founder, and mother of three, Tasha Saha, shares her thoughts on growing kids the natural way.
Conventional baby products may come in innocuous pastel pink packaging, but if you pause to read the ingredients list, you’ll find a host of untrustworthy chemicals and toxins in the products you thought would be milder and kinder to your little one.
A study of 48 different baby products from well known and widely available brands showed that over 60% of them contained traces of formaldyhyde and 1,4 dioxane, by-products of chemical reactions between harsh cosmetic preservatives that are recognised carcinogens. If the baby shampoo, bubbles or skin wash you buy for your baby contain any of the following ingredients, there’s some likelyhood that you’re getting even more than you bargained for. Watch out for: quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, PEG-100 stearate, sodium laureth sulfate, polyethylene and ceteareth-20.
These ingredients are, unfortunately, more common than not in both baby products and their adult counterparts. Following consumer pressure, Johnson and Johnson announced late in 2011 that measures would be taken to eliminate the main culprits from their baby products within 2 years. We think it’s not soon enough. Choose products with short, easy to understand, ingredients lists for your child, and use as few products as possible. Look for all natural alternatives: Bloublommetjies make a natural Baby Wash with no nasties at all, available at the online eco-store, Greenlove.
A recent study showed that no less than 200 toxic chemicals were present in the umbilical cords of babies! When you are carrying such precious cargo, it may be a good time to clean up your personal care routine, both for your baby and for yourself.
Much as pregnancy can bring on a gorgeous glow, some women suffer from excessively dry skin. Itchiness may be an issue, caused by the stretching and tightening of skin across the abdomen. To help your blooming belly to retain skin elasticity and reduce stretch marks, choose natural, organic balms, tissue oils and body creams. Here are Miöja’s recommendations:
Grapefruit and Fennel Intensive Therapy: Beautifully pure 98% organic multi-tasking balm. Wonderful for expanding tummies, soothing away itchiness and skin troubles and protecting and healing children’s winter chapped cheeks alike.
Frankincense Renewal Oil: Tissue oil containing all-organic plant ingredients. Frankincense Oil is highly regarded as an anti- ageing ingredient as it stimulates cell renewal, perfect for preventing and reducing fine lines. Wear under any Mioja moisturiser as an ultra-nourishing serum to combat dry facial skin during pregnancy, or on the body to treat stretch marks.
Elderflower and Violet Body Cream: A gorgeously scented all-over moisturiser to make you feel well and truly cosseted. Containing macadamia nut oil for its deep-acting skin softening abilities.
All Miöja Skincare may be safely used during pregnancy, breastfeeding and beyond.
Mother to thousands of orphaned and abandoned children through her lifelong work in India, this singular woman continues to inspire us. When Mother Teresa recieved the Nobel Peace Prize she was asked ”What can we do to promote world peace?” She replied “Go home and love your family.”
Next time you’re up to your ears in nappies or stinky sports socks, remember, it’s a noble calling.
Tasha Saha, Miöja founder, and mother to three amazing children writes on raising kids the natural way at our blog,deeply, naturally beautiful, (accessed by clicking the News tab at our Online Store).
The Saha- Dawson children, ranging in age from 9 to 13 years old are happy, healthy and gorgeous to know. Though it could be genetic serendipity or just plain luck, Tasha tells us about the things that she thinks might have helped here.
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