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Bath & Skincare

Top 5 Common Natural/Organic Skincare Myths

At this day and age, with so many information available online, people are being more cautious to apply just anything on the skin, especially on their babies. To tackle this problem, many companies are jumping on the natural/organic skincare bandwagon producing products that are free of nasties and questionable ingredients. But there are also a group of people who are still skeptical on the effectiveness of natural/organic products and think of it as a marketing ploy. In this post, let’s debunk the top five common myths on natural/organic skincare.

Myth #1 Homemade organic face mask and lotions works the same way as organic products

You may have tried this, haven’t you? You whipped up some Greek yoghurt and honey in a bowl and apply it on your face as a mask thinking it gives the same benefits as the organic face mask available in the market. What you don’t know is that the homemade face mask is lacking some active ingredients found in organic/natural skincare. These particular ingredients are usually extracted from inedible parts of organic plants, or they contain certain oils which give amazing skin benefits that are not easily accessible. Organic skincare are indeed more advanced than you realize!

Myth #2 All-natural skincare is created the same

There is a fine distinction between “natural” and “organic” skincare. While many products are labelled as all-natural, that do not mean the ingredients used are organic, in fact they may contain pesticides. To be classified as organic products, ingredient suppliers have to undergo a meticulous process where they are observed for years to ensure their farming methods are free of pesticides, harsh chemicals, and herbicides. In addition, organic skincare manufactures must follow strict procedures in order to ensure there is no cross-contamination of organic and non-organic materials. And all these practices take time!

Myth #3 All products need preservatives to last for a while

Water-based products do need a preservative to prevent bacteria from forming, and oil-based products do not. But it does not mean water-based products need nasty preservatives such as parabens. Some water-based products use a preservative called Phenoxyethanol, which has been tested clinically, and shows no issues to your health or skin when used at low concentration levels. Also, highly organic products often require premium packaging that comes with airless pumps. This is to prevent the highly organic plant material from oxidizing thus spoiling. Keep this is mind when you are purchasing organic products!

Myth #4 Natural/Organic skincare is ineffective

Many people are afraid to try something new, so they stick to a product they are familiar with and have used for years. While drugstore products may give you positive outcomes, they do not give you long-term benefits. These drugstore products have been diluted and watered down and contain loads of chemical preservatives to extend its lifespan.

Natural/organic skincare, on the other hand, are packed with nutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins at high concentration that refines the skin leaving it all glowing. Natural/organic skincare gives positive long-lasting effects not only to the skin but planet too!

Myth #5 Eating healthily is enough

There is no denying eating a well-balanced, healthy diet is one of the keys to having a healthy, clear skin. But a healthy diet alone is inadequate for great skin. Sure beauty comes from within and everything you consume has an impact on the skin, however food cannot cleanse away dirt and impurities the way a good face wash can, or provide a protective barrier the way a good serum or moisturizer can. For healthy, beautiful skin, be sure to eat healthily, exercise regularly, drink enough water, and use natural/organic skincare.

Hypoallergenic Products: What & Why

What Does Hypoallergenic Skin Care Really Mean and How Can It Benefit You?  | Science of Skincare

What Is Hypoallergenic?

If there is one important thing you need to know when buying skincare products for you or your child is to always read the labels on the product. And more often than not, you will likely come across the term hypoallergenic. So what does it mean? When a product is tagged as hypoallergenic, it means that the product is less likely to cause an allergic reaction when being applied on the skin. The term has been widely used in the makeup industry as a lot of common ingredients in makeup were causing irritation to users’ eyes and skin.

A hypoallergenic product simply means it is lacking many of the allergens that are causing bad reactions and flare ups on the skin. In order to determine the products are hypoallergenic, they have to go through several tests. A patch test is conducted on 100-200 subjects and their skin reactions to the products are recorded. And this could take up to few days if not weeks for companies to gather the information.

Since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the US does not set standards for companies to meet, many companies have different views on the true definition of what a hypoallergenic product should be. Hence, testing done may vary from one company to another. To help overcome the inconsistencies in the testing, you should always check out the ingredient list.

The best thing to do is to get help from a dermatologist or doctor regarding your allergy concerns. With all the information given to them, they will draw out a list of ingredients to avoid and ingredients you should be using.

Why Use Hypoallergenic Products?

Even if you are someone who does not have allergies or does not currently have sensitive skin, you can still benefit from hypoallergenic products. The lack of allergens in a product can help your skin to minimize the chance of experiencing inflammation as allergens in products could increase the risk of irritating the pores in your skin.

As you age and your diet changes, your skin will change also in reaction to that. You might not suffer from sensitive skin now, however in the future, you just might. Therefore, finding the right hypoallergenic products that you know and trust from the start can be helpful!

Here are some hypoallergenic products that can be found on Babydash:

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Natural vs. Organic Products: What’s The Difference?

Natural and organic baby products: Wipes, lotions, bath, and more

As parents, we strive to give the best to our children. From the house they live in, the school they go to, the food they eat daily right down to the products they apply on their skin. With such diverse baby products in the market now, you may some time wonder which one is good for your child, what does it mean by organic, and why some products are labelled as natural. Fret no more, let’s dive in the differences of organic and natural products.

A simple meaning of the word organic is “grown or raised without chemicals or pesticides”. And your next question would be, what does that have to do with skincare products that are labelled as organic? It refers to the way the plants used in the ingredients are grown and it is crucial to know that info about the plants that make their way into your baby’s nappy cream or body wash. Hence it is safe to say when a product is organic, it means there are no pesticides and chemical remnants.

But, being “organic”, does not tell you entirely about other ingredients or chemicals that are added to the products. Which means you would not know how much of an organic product is actually organic. And according to the USDA, as long as the product has at least 95% organic ingredients, it can be labelled as an organic product. Therefore there are up to five percent of a product’s ingredients may not be organic although it is labelled as so!

Here are some organic products that you can find on Babydash.

And products that are labelled as natural, on the other hand, imply that they are formulated with chemical-free ingredients. And as long as a product contains some plant-derived ingredients, companies may label them as natural. But that product can also include man-made chemicals. While ingredients that are naturally derived are great, it is also important to note that there are synthetic ingredients that are not harmful and harsh. There are a lot of man-made chemicals are just as safe, if not safer, than some natural ingredients (such as mercury).

Here are some of the natural products you can find on Babydash.

At the end of the day, it all boils down to the ingredients used in a product. Always look out for unsafe ingredients such as paraben, phthalates, formaldehyde, avobenzone to name a few. Manufacturers can get away with including harmful chemicals in their products by categorizing them as “inactive ingredients” or as “fragrance”. Hence, do check their list of ingredients as you do not want these to be in your or your baby’s products!

New Parents Essentials Checklist by Babydash


If you’re expecting your first child, we believe you’ll be browsing the internet for checklists – what to pack in your hospital bag, which baby items should you buy, where to buy, what are the recommended brands, etc. However, there are so many lists online and trust us, you don’t wanna go through them all and fall into the trap of over-buying or under-prepared. So, we at Babydash have compiled a minimalist yet comprehensive list for your reference.

P.S.: Our Community Lead has just given birth to her second baby boy about three months ago, so she has the latest insights for these checklists. 🙂

Hospital bag checklist (when you go to the hospital!)

Mommy-and-baby bag

  • Disposable maternity pads (in case you need more than what the hospital provides)
  • Disposable panties (highly recommended!)
  • Pyjamas (2-3 sets in case you’re discharged later)
  • Bottom healing spray (we recommend Earth Mama Angel Baby) to aid your bottom’s healing after vaginal birth or cesarean section wound healing salve for C-section mamas
  • Toiletries
  • Going-home clothes (we recommend nursing dress or blouse such as Ratuwear)
  • Nursing bras (2-3 pieces)
  • Nipple cream (we recommend Earth Mama Angel Baby)
  • Newborn sleep-suits, hats, mittens, booties (3-4 sets)
  • Newborn disposable diapers (we recommend 1 pack of Goo.N on standby in case the hospital doesn’t provide sufficient amount of diapers)
  • Swaddles / receiving blankets (1-2 pieces)
  • Birth plan (as approved by ob/gyn)
  • Hospital appointment card
  • Purse (identification card, money, credit card)
  • Mobile phone & charger/power bank

Daddy’s bag

  • T-shirts, pants, underwear, pyjamas, socks
  • Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Mobile phone charger and/or power bank

Note: Please remember to install your newborn’s car seat in your car earlier before you’re due to deliver your baby.

Mommy’s postpartum checklist (for the first 2-3 months)

For your body

For breastfeeding

Mommy’s pumping checklist (when back to work)


Bottle feeding

Baby’s nursery checklist

Toiletries & Grooming





Diaper bag checklist (with kids under 3 years old)

On-the-go / travel checklist

We hope these checklists will be helpful for you!

12 Prenatal & Postnatal Essentials for Mothers

If you are currently pregnant or have just given birth, take a look at our selected twelve prenatal & postnatal essentials for you, mommies!

1. Mustela 9 Months Specific Support Bust


Mustela 9 Months Specific Support Bust is specially formulated for breast care during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It firms breasts, soothes tightness, tones skin, and improves skin elasticity and suppleness to make your breasts more resistant to changes in volume. This combination of exclusive ingredients of natural origin – Elastoregulator, Lupeol, Calendula, Avocado Peptides – prevents skin slackening and loss of elasticity.

You can start using Specific Support Bust early in your pregnancy when your breasts are swollen and tender. Apply it by gently massaging in a circular movement, from the outside towards the middle of the breast. Recommended for usage for your breasts, upper chest and neck, twice a day, from the beginning of pregnancy until the end of breastfeeding.

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2. Mustela: Stretch Marks Care Oil


Mustela Stretch Marks Care Oil is effective in preventing and minimizing new and recent stretch marks. This pampering dry oil – with oils from pomegranate seed, musk rose, baobab, avocado, sunflower, and Lupeol – boosts the production of fibers that strengthen the skin and improve the elasticity and softness of your skin during and after pregnancy.

You can use Mustela Stretch Marks Care Oil from the early stages of pregnancy until three months after childbirth. Spray into the palm and apply to belly, breasts, hips, and thighs and massage in gently.

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3. Mustela Stretch Marks Intensive Action


Mustela Stretch Mark Intensive Action contains Alpha Hydroxy Acid that minimizes existing stretch marks during pregnancy and after giving birth. It moisturizes skin and maintains skin elasticity and suppleness. Infused with Silicone and Vitamin B5, Stretch Mark Intensive Action intensively corrects stretch-mark-prone skin.

Highly concentrated in regenerating agents, this cream should be applied directly to all existing stretch marks, twice a day for 2 to 3 months. The special precision tip applicator ensures targeted application with no waste. You will see noticeable difference in your skin.

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4. Earth Mama Angel Baby New Mama Bottom Spray


Earth Mama Angel Baby Mama Bottom Spray is a cooling, refreshing perineal mist for speedy recovery after birth. Its all-natural ingredients include witch hazel distillate and antibacterial pure essential oils help reduce swollen tissues and ease postpartum vaginal soreness, episiotomy, and hemorrhoids. You can spray this cooling mist onto your perineum as often as needed, especially after urination and bathing.

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5. Medela PureLan 100 Nipple Care


For new mothers who are facing sore and sensitive nipples from breastfeeding your newborn, Medela PureLan 100 Nipple Care is here to help. Medela PureLan is a pure lanolin nipple cream that helps soothe sensitive or dry nipples and helps form an additional protective barrier over sore or irritated nipples during breastfeeding. It’s safe for both mom and baby so you do not need to remove before breastfeeding.

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6. Buds Cherished Organics For Mum – Organic Breast Massage Oil


Buds Cherished Organics Breast Massage Oil helps breastfeeding mothers stay calm and relaxed and promotes lactation, making breastfeeding easier.

  • Organic Sweet Fennel Oil: promotes lactation
  • Organic Inca Inchi Oil: high in essential fatty acids (EFAs) to rebuild and maintain protective lipid barrier
  • Organic Rosemary Oil: a potent antioxidant, strengthens and protects the tender skin on the breasts
  • Organic Lavender Oil: calms, relaxes and soothes
  • Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Olive Oil & Organic Jojoba Oil: nourish and moisturize

Before feeding, gently massage your breast from the outside towards the nipple to encourage milk letdown. Apply after every feed to protect and moisturize the tender area around your nipples.

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7. Human Nature Natural Strengthening Shampoo with Cream Foam (Soothing Aloe)


Save your hair before it’s gone especially if you’re entering the third or fourth month postpartum. Hair loss is real! Human Nature Natural Strengthening Shampoo is infused with hydrolyzed protein to fortify your hair, and Philippine coco nectar, a revolutionary ingredient packed with amino acids, vitamins and minerals. Clinically proven to reduce hair fall by 80% and thicken the hair by 90% after 4 weeks of continuous use. For silky strong hair, follow up with Natural Strengthening Conditioner.

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8. Human Nature Natural Strengthening Conditioner (Soothing Aloe)


Give yourself a double dose of strength with Human Nature’s Natural Strengthening Conditioner in tandem with their Natural Strengthening Shampoo. Teeming with gugo bark and calamansi, this conditioner helps fortify your hair to reduce both breakage and hair loss. Organic virgin coconut oil caps off this triple goodness combo, leaving your locks stronger, healthier and smelling refreshingly clean without harsh chemicals!

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9. Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump & Lid Combo


Haakaa’s silicone breast pump is 100% medical grade, eco-friendly and simple to use. It fits perfectly into any handbag or baby bag and requires no hard work. Also the best travel pump you will find! Made from 100% medical grade silicone, this compact pump is perfect for long distance trips, planes, car rides, family BBQ’s or anywhere you would like to discretely express, quickly.

Simply attach the suction cup to your breast and let the pump do the work for you as it draws your milk using suction. 100% eco-friendly and safe for mum, baby and the environment.

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10. Double Monkeys Poncho Breastfeeding Cover (Certified 100% Organic Cotton)


Double Monkeys Poncho Breastfeeding Cover is made from certified 100% organic cotton. You can breastfeed your baby anywhere with ease and without worry because it gives you complete coverage front and back! It has a stiff curved neckline so that you can easily view and check on your baby.

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11. Topfer Tea for Nursing Mothers


Topfer Tea for Nursing Mothers is an easily digestible, balanced and soothing tea for nursing mothers to ensure relaxed breastfeeding. The well-balanced mixture of natural herbs (caraway, anise, goat’s rue) stimulates milk production. Nettle helps to improve iron absorption in the blood.

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12. Milky Bites Lactation Cookies & MOM MORE MILK Lactation Cookies and Brownies

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Milky Bites Lactation Cookies are 100% natural soft lactation cookies made from the best ingredients with no refined sugar, no alcohol, and absolutely no preservatives! They come in three different flavors – Oatmeal Ginger, Brownie Date, and Chocolate Peanut Butter.

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MOM MORE MILK Lactation Cookies and Brownies are all baked with wholesome natural lactogenic ingredients such as rolled oats, organic flaxseed meal, wheat germ and pure malt to boost your breast milk production. You can choose your flavor – Cranberry & White Choc Chip, Oats & Hershey’s Choc Chip, Lactation Brownies.

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