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L’Occitane Mom & Baby

L'Occitane Mom & Baby Body Lotion

L’Occitane Mom & Baby Body Lotion

The other day, a friend of mine visited with her 9-month-old baby.  My friend grieved for the days she could sleep, and complained about her aches and pains while I inhaled his baby scent deepy and reminisced.  The early days of motherhood are excruciatingly difficult.  You’re essentially in a training crash-course for the most challenging career you can possibly imagine.  Sleep is fragmented and unfulfilling, communication is poor, and a quiet moment to take care of yourself is excruciatingly rare.

It’s exactly why L’Occitane’s line of “Mom & Baby” products are so ideal! [Read more…]

Lavanila Healthy Baby Collection

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I love pampering my babies.  Especially in the bath!  So, it was only natural for me to covet the latest byLavanila–The Healthy Baby Collection!  Not only is this recently-launched line of baby care completely chemical free, but the vitamin rich formula is put through a “baby safe test” to ensure the health, purity, nourishment, skin compatibility and sensitivity of the entire collection of product!

Every single product is the line pediatrician approved, and contains the highest quality 100% natural and organic ingredients (with a history of demonstrated safety and efficacy).  Formulas are rich in healthful vitamins and minerals, and are hypoallergenic.

I’m especially fond of the LAVANILA Healthy Baby Wash.  The 100% natural formula can be used on both hair and skin.  The product is dispensed from a convenient upright pump bottle (especially great when you need to keep one hand on a newborn).  The combination of well-known softening Calendula with vanilla and coconut oil means you won’t miss the artificial perfumes at all!

Pricy?  I’ll be honest, there are definitely less expensive options in the marketplace.  As an experienced Mom with two sensitive-skinned sons, I offer this piece of advice to Moms-to-be:  baby’s skin is extremely delicate; rather than use your newborn’s delicate dermis as a testing-ground for the harsh and perfumy drugstore options, LAVANILA’s Healthy Baby collection is worth the splurge.

LAVANILA Healthy Baby Bottom Fragrance-free, $15

LAVANILA Healthy Baby Wash, $16

LAVANILA Healthy Baby Block, $20

LAVANILA Healthy Baby Butter, $14

LAVANILA Healthy Baby Lotion Face & Body, $15

Click HERE to shop Sephora.com for The Healthy Baby Collection by LAVANILA

The author of the Raging Rouge Beauty Blog received press samples for purposes of this makeup review / product review.  For more information on sample policies, please click HERE to read my full disclosure statement.

Beauty News: LAVANILA Launches Healthy Baby Collection At Sephora

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Oh boy…  I’m in trouble!  I think I shop most enthusiastically for my children, and bath-time is where I tend to splurge most.  Bath bombs, bubble baths, fruit-scented soaps… my little guys are spoiled rotten!

Naturally I was stoked to read that Lavanila has launched a new line of bath & body products for babies.  “The Healthy Baby” line is available exclusively at Sephora, and contains chemical-free, vitamin-enriched products to pamper skin of all ages!

Products pictured (from left to right):  LAVANILA Healthy Baby Butter 3oz $14, LAVANILA Healthy Baby Bottom Fragrance-free 3oz $15, LAVANILA Healthy Baby Wash $16, LAVANILA Healthy Baby Lotion Face & Body 7oz $15 and LAVANILA Healthy Baby Block SPF 40 2 oz $20.

Click HERE to check out the new line at Sephora.com

To celebrate this exciting launch, the two have teamed up and will be launching “The Happy, Healthy Baby Search” to find the first face of the Healthy Baby Collection.

To kick off the search, LAVANILA is holding an open casting call at Sephora 5th Avenue on May 14th from 2PM to 6PM. Parents are encouraged to bring their babies into the store to meet the founders/judges, have their entry photo taken and receive samples of the new collection. Plus, the first 50 parents to enter their babies will receive a Sephora gift card with a mystery value up to $100!

Parents who can’t make it to the casting call or live outside the NYC area can also enter online at Sephora.com/win/healthybaby until June 1st.

Noodle & Boo: Instant Hand Sanitizer

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I scored a 2 fl. oz. bottle of Noodle & Boo Instant Hand Sanitizer during a recent shopping trip for only $1.75.  The solution is infused with the signature Noodle & Boo powdery scent, making sanitizer application much more delightful!

Normal retail price for a 2 fl. oz. bottle is $5.50.

Click HERE to check it out at Noodle & Boo

Woman’s World Mention!

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I could probably field questions on bubble bath ALL DAY LONG.  Seriously, I am a bit of a bath and body fiend.  My “bath bar” is ridiculously overstocked with yummy-scented cleansing treats.

But naturally, when Woman’s World Magazine asked me to select one baby-friendly bubble bath, I had to whole-heartedly point their fabulous readers to California Baby.  This brand was a godsend for my baby’s sensitive skin.  It’s also a smart pick for allergic or allergy-prone children, as well!

Click HERE to check out the Woman’s World Magazine website for some fun giveaways… and do pick up the publication the next time you’re in a store!

FIVE Fabulous (And Inexpensive) Holiday Gifts For Mommy And Baby!

Here’s something my newer readers may not know…  When I’m not testing out the latest makeup collections, I’m a full-time Mommy to two beautiful, bouncing (and I literally mean bouncing) boys. 

In my personal (but experienced) opinion, pregnancy is incredibly taxing on the body and spirit.  If you are hunting for the perfect holiday gift for a Mom-to-be, or the precious newcomer, here are some terrific pampering gift ideas!  Tuck one of these inexpensive gift sets under the tree, and be proclaimed a hero!

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The author of Raging Rouge received press samples for purposes of this makeup review / product review.  For more information on sample policies, please click HERE to read my full disclosure statement.

Weleda Calendula Care

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Before I had children, I thought any product advertised as good for baby… was. Big mistake! I learned the lesson when the products I bought for bathing my first child caused his sensitive skin to erupt in hideous hives!

Not all skins are as sensitive as my son's, but I use him as a litmus test of sorts. If it doesn't irritate him, it probably won't bother his brother (who, while younger, seems to have a bit of a tougher hide). Weleda's Calendula Care line passed the sensitivity test with flying colors.

The Calendula scent is divine, and is especially appreciated by this Mom, who ordinarily has to buy scent-free products for the kiddos.  I love the way my babies smell after using Weleda's Calendula Care line!  A type of marigold, Calendula extract is also known to reduce inflammation and soothe irritated tissue.  Killer for diaper rash!

Here's a price list for you:  Calendula Diaper Care retails for $11, Calendula Baby Cream retails for $10, Calendula Cream Bath retails $16,  Calendula Face Cream retails for $10, Calendula Lotion retails for $13, Calendula Oil retails for $14, Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash retails for $10.  Not sure if you want commit?  The baby starter kit includes teeny-tiny versions of the entire Calendula collection.

Did you know a baby's skin is 5 times thinner than an adults?  Crazy stuff!  Just one of the very interesting facts I learned at the Weleda website.  Click HERE to visit Weleda's Online Shop.  Other retailers include Target and drugstore.com

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Mustela

Mustela, Baby Products, product review, beauty blog, hydra bebeMy kids have (unfortunately for them) inherited my predisposition toward dry skin.  As a result, they need a healthy coating of moisturizer at least once a day. 


Boys will be boys…  and mine are–quite literally–bouncing. That’s where Mustela’s Spray Hydra Bebe has been a lifesaver. As I chase my precocious, ever-energetic three year old around the bathroom after his bath, I can spray him with this light moisturizer to lock in the hydrating benefit of his bath.


My son doesn’t complain about it being sticky (some moisturizers make his pajamas stick uncomfortably to his skin), and he has even become increasingly tolerant of the nightly moisturizing ritual as a result.  Naturally, this just fuels my desire to further explore the world of Mustela Hydra Bebe!


Celeb watchers should know, Mustela products are loved by Gwyneth Paltrow, Debra Messing, Denise Richards and Tori Spelling.


Retail price is $13 for a generously-sized 6.7 fl. oz. spray bottle.


Click HERE to check out Mustela’s website.  Other online retailers of the line include Sephora.com and drugstore.com

California Baby Aromatherapy Bubble Bath

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If your baby is normally sensitive to fragrance, don’t despair.  The scents offered by California Baby are fueled by essential oils, not synthetic fragrances.  So even sensitive babies (like mine) can handle it.  This product is also free of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and DEA, ensuring it’s extra gentle for sensitive skin.

I love the scent choices so much, I can actually see buying these for years to come, even for my own use!  The current collection includes:  Calming (a French Lavender scent to induce sleep), Overtired and Cranky (tangerine, sweet orange and chamomile), Light & Happy (a personal favorite- a citrus blend that lifts the spirits), Colds & Flu (Douglas Fir and Eucalyptus– great for congestion), Chamomile & Herbs (Geranium, Sweet Orange and Chamomile) and I Love You (Ylang Ylang and Sweet Orange).

I recently sampled the "I Love You" fragrance with my little man, and loved the delightfully invigorating sweet scent.  Nothing says "I Love You" more to a toddler than allowing bubble-blowing fun during bath-time with the two bubble blowing wands included in each bottle. 

A 13 oz. bottle of California Baby Aromatherapy Bubble Bath retails for $12.50.  A portion of the proceeds from sales of "I Love You" products are donated to Breast Cancer Research Programs!  Click HERE to check it out at California Baby website.

California Baby Non-Burning & Calming Diaper Area Wash

baby products, product review, beauty blogI wish I had known about this ingenious product when my oldest son was a newborn.  Luckily, my second son is benefiting from my new knowledge.  I recently read that diaper rashes are caused when urine mixes with feces and turns into… Ammonia!  Ammonia sitting on baby’s skin for too long spells disaster.  To ensure he’s fully clean (and to even improve the smell of the skin post-poo) spray California Baby Non-Burning & Calming Diaper Area Wash on the skin after you’ve cleaned up the mess.  Then dry the area.  Good as new, and any remaining Ammonia residue is neutralized! 

This brilliant product also has myriad off-label uses.  Cleanse cuts on the playground, or even use it as a facial cleanser for yourself!  California Baby truly appreciates a mother’s need for multi-tasking product!

The calming aromatherapy blend is plant based (no harsh chemicals here!) and contains the soothing scent of French Lavender.  The formula is a blend of tea tree oil, calendula, witch hazel and aloe vera for cleansing and moisturizing.  All are extremely gentle on baby’s delicate skin.

Check out this Diaper Area Wash for $10 on the California Baby website, or snag it at drugstore.com.