Essential oils not only smell fantastic, they also possess superpowers. Some are naturally antibacterial. Others deter head lice. They also affect the way we feel – calming us down, relaxing us and making us feel happy.
Joanna has a giant box of essential oils which she is constantly playing around with. When we think we need a new product, out comes the box and the sniffing begins! But just because something smells nice, it doesn’t mean it’s safe to use on young skin. So a huge amount of research goes into every choice we make for an essential oil.
The essential oils in Childs Farm products
We are often asked why we don’t use lavender oil in our products. Lavender is well known for its relaxing properties, and parents wonder why it’s not in a Childs Farm bubble bath. The reason is, we only use essential oils that can be put undiluted onto a baby’s skin without harming it. A drop of neat lavender oil would burn newborn skin. So, instead we use organic tangerine essential oil, which also has calming properties.
Here’s a guide to the essential oils we use at Childs Farm — their properties, and the products you’ll find them in.
Organic sweet orange
Also known as Citrus Aurantium Dulcis, sweet orange essential oil is naturally antibacterial. It inhibits microbial growth, which means it stops bacteria reproducing, and so disinfects children’s everyday cuts and grazes. It nourishes skin, keeping it smooth and healthy, and curing dermatitis. Sweet orange essential oil is also a mood booster! It gets rid of anxiety and sadness, and creates a happy and relaxed feeling. At Childs Farm, we use organic sweet orange essential oil in our hair & body wash for dirty rascals!
Tangerine essential oil, also known as Citrus Reticulata, has calming qualities. It soothes the body’s respiratory, circulatory, excretory and nervous systems. It also helps maintain the oil and moisture balance of skin. It’s a natural antiseptic. In particular, it wards off Staphylococcus Aureus, a bacteria to which newborn babies are vulnerable before their umbilical cords have healed, and because their skin is so delicate. You can find organic tangerine essential oil in our bubble bath for all the family and our baby bedtime bubbles.
Peppermint leaf essential oil (Mentha Arvensis) smells delicious. But it also heals skin and strengthens hair. We use it in our shampoo, conditioner and 3 in 1 swim because it nourishes the scalp and deeply moisturises hair. It also has a calming effect on the body and helps to soothe sore muscles. So, it’s perfect after an exerting session in the swimming pool!
Organic tea tree
At Childs Farm, we put organic tea tree oil (Melaleuca Alternifolia) in our hand wash because it’s antibacterial and antimicrobial. This means it destroys germs and stops them reproducing. However, unlike synthetic antibacterials, it doesn’t kill the ‘good’ bacteria that we need on our skin. Healthy skin is home to a vast array of ‘skin flora’ — bacteria which actually protects our skin, and which we don’t want to kill off by washing our hands with an antibacterial soap.
Tea tree oil is also deeply moisturising. So as well as finding it in Childs Farm’s hand wash to stop little hands getting chapped, it’s also in our grapefruit moisturiser. We use it in our hair detangler too, as its hydrating qualities help keep hair free from knots and static. We think it smells great, but head lice hate it! So tea tree oil also works as a deterrent against the dreaded nits!
Grapefruit peel oil
Childs Farm’s hair detangler also contains grapefruit peel oil, or Citrus Reticulata. This not only smells great, it also nourishes both scalp and hair. This makes our hair detangler the ultimate in leave-in conditioners!
You can find out more about all our ingredients on our ingredients page. Here, we list every ingredient we use. Click on each one for a full description.