I honestly thought I’d written this post before the holidays. So when I noticed that the founder of Eco Chic started following me on one of my social channels (Instagram, maybe?), I wanted to check in with the fine doctor and see how she liked the post.
But when I went to search for the post, I noticed two things: first, that I really need to have a developer reinstate my search bar that went missing after a January hack attack on my site; and, second, that there was no Eco Chic post to be found.
Now, here I am, tail between my legs. And I’m going to tell you all about the Eco Chic Movement products we’ve had the pleasure of trying out for…well…months. Many, many months.
Made by hand. The products are handmade, friends! And not just that: handmade right here in Canada (Ottawa to be more precise).
No nasty chemicals. And I can be a bit aggressive about chemicals, so when I first met Dr. Alexis at a baby show, and she told me she’d created chemical-free products, I probably had a pretty cheeky smirk on my face as I grabbed the closest bottle and flipped it around to read the ingredient list. The big thing for me was that I couldn’t find any of those preservatives that are often what separate the really natural products from the ones claiming to be natural.
No fragrances either, and I’ve explained in other posts that when you read “fragrance” in a product ingredient list — run. Run fast. It’s a clearinghouse for chemicals. The only fragrance you’re going to get from the Eco Chic products are from the natural oils and such. The good stuff.
There are also no nuts, soy or wheat in any of the products, so if there are intolerances or sensitivities to any of these ingredients, this could be a line that works for you and/or your baby.
The Eco Chic line was created by one smart cookie. Dr. Alexis Reid is (drum roll, please) a chemical engineer, pharmacologist, toxicologist and naturopathic doctor. Yes — all of them.
I know it’s super shallow, but I really like the packaging. It’s simple and clean.
The products are nicely concentrated, so you won’t use up a jar of diaper cream, for example, in a few short nights. Speaking of the diaper cream, it’s less than $10 and has oodles of great ingredients designed not only to help fight a rash that’s already presented itself on your babe’s toosh, but also act preventively. By way of an example of the amazing ingredients you’ll find in Eco Chic products, here’s what’s in the diaper cream (an asterisk denotes that it’s certified organic):
- Olea europaea (Olive) Oil*
- Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) Butter*
- Cocos nucifera (Fractionated Coconut) Oil*
- Cera flava (Beeswax)
- Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) Extract*
- Hypericum perforatum (St John’s Wort) Extract*
- Stellaria media (Chickweed) Extract*
- Azadirachta indica (Neem) Extract*
- Avena sativa (Oat) Extract*
- Echinacea purpurea (Echinacea) Extract*
- Althea officinalis (Marshmallow) Extract*
- Calendula officinalis (Calendula) Extract*
- Vanilla planifolia (Vanilla) Essential Oil
The baby oil is also lovely. My kids, now four and six years old, still LOVE getting a post-bath massage. Before I ever knew better, I used mineral oil for these massages. PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS. All you need to do is Google “why shouldn’t I use mineral oil on my baby’s delicate, virgin skin” and many others will be able to tell you why. ALL I WILL DO IS YELL: DON’T DO IT. The Eco Chic baby oil is a beautiful massage oil. Use it instead.
Then there’s the baby shampoo and body wash, and I’m in love. I like how the product performs, even in Miss Q’s long, thick hair; and I really like that there’s no sodium lauryl sulphate in it. That’s a chemical used in just about every baby shampoo you can buy at a major chain retailer or grocer, and it’s what helps make it all sudsy. You get a lot of suds? Guess what: those are chemical suds. Trust me, you can still get your kid clean without enough bubbles to fill Lake Ontario.
Eco Chic’s baby lotion is goes on nicely enough, but I don’t understand why there’s benzyl alcohol in it, which the Skin Deep database (my ingredient Bible) rates a 5. I don’t even like seeing a “2” in a natural product, so a 5 really throws me. Then there’s the salicylic acid, which is a 4. And finally sorbic acid, which earns itself a 3. I’m sure Dr. Alexis will want to weigh in when she reads this, but I’m inclined to just skip this one in the lineup.
4.5/5 (except for the baby lotion, which gets a 2/5)
So…where can you get it?
- Directly from Eco Chic Movement’s online store