Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Orico London Little Love Baby Balm – Review and Competition Giveaway

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.

Since my search began about 7 years ago to find toiletry products which were free from certain “chemical nasties” like parabens, SLS, petrochemicals etc, I never dreamt that the choice available to us as the consumer would be quite as vast as it has become. However, my one frustration is that although that list is ever growing, the majority of these great companies are not showcased in our high street and so many people just don’t know they exist.


Unless you decide to search online and internet shop, access to these great companies is often limited and unless you are organised, getting caught short of your favourite “free from” products can happen to the best of us, myself included. I really look forward to a time when many of the products I’ve come to love will adorn our mainstream shop shelves, rivalling the stuff that currently lines them; toxic, health hazards that we unwittingly slaver on our skin fooling ourselves that they are doing us good. However, if we bothered to dig a little deeper and read the label, we’d realise that most of the ingredients listed on the bottles we either haven’t even heard of before or can’t pronounce! That should scare you. We really should care more about ourselves and delve a little deeper to find out what we are using on a daily basis. When you understand that approximately 60% of what you put on your skin gets absorbed into the bloodstream, it makes sense to choose wisely don’t you think?

That’s why I love coming across and connecting with new companies I’ve not heard of and also having the opportunity of trying out their products. Orico London is one of those. I linked up with them on Twitter and after taking a look at their website approached them to see if they’d be interested in me testing and reviewing one of their product ranges. Orico London have a baby and skincare range and I love the simple, yet chic packaging. My hubby says I’m a bit like a magpie in that I’m easily drawn to lovely, shiny things that also say “buy me”!

But in this case these lovely looking products are all free from the following: parabens, sulphates, DEA, PEGS, Petroleum, Propylene, mineral oils, artificial fragrances and colours, silicones, TEA, phthalates, glycol, formaldehyde releasing preservatives (quaternium 15, imidazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1, 3-Diol). That’s quite an impressive list to be “free from” don’t you think? And getting back to my earlier comment about not knowing or being able to pronounce many, if not all of the ingredients which go into mainstream cosmetics, lotions and potions, I think it’s fair to say that companies like Orico London are a welcome relief.

Orico London Little Love Baby Balm

Orico London kindly sent me one of their ‘Little Love Baby Balms’ to try out. The balm arrived and just as in the pictures, the packaging in real life is as clean and chic as it appears on their website. Orico London describe the baby balm as “a perfect balance of all-natural ingredients including Neroli, Shea Butter, Castor and Sunflower Oils, this organic baby balm moisturises and protects delicate baby skin and creates a sense of calm. Smooth on to help soothe away nappy rash for a happy, relaxed baby and a happy you!”

The balm has a lovely, deep moisturising quality to it which is great if you are looking to keep the skin hydrated and also wish to keep moisture away from the skin. This is why Orico obviously promote it for the nappy area. Jess had a few small dry patches on her tummy and her leg which we have been using the cream on and they have responded really well. The Shea Butter is a great moisturiser which helps to nourish and repair the skin. It is rich in vitamins A, E and F and can aid in the treatment of skin irritations. The Sunflower Seed Oil has a high amount of the antioxidant vitamin E, and others; vitamin A & C. This oil can help in the treatment of inflammation and is known to reduce the risk of infection. Lastly the Neroli oil is a natural stress reliever and has a calming effect. It also helps to soothe and lock in moisture.

Jess loved the smell of the cream and loved helping me put it on her. She is also recovering from Chicken Pox and now that the spots have crusted over and are no longer itchy, it has been a great cream to use to re-moisturise her skin. The chicken pox coupled with her fevers has dried the skin out so this has been a welcome addition to our collection of creams for her. It’s really helping to re-hydrate her skin again and helping with the healing process of the remaining spots. I’ve also found it great for my dry hands. It does take a bit of time to be totally absorbed into the skin but once it is, it leaves the skin really soft and supple. The Baby Balm definitely gets a thumbs up from us, and in addition to trying their lovely baby balm, Orico London have kindly sent me a lovely giveaway prize worth £35.00 for one of our Mother’s Day competitions.

Orico London "Jazzy" Trio Collection
Photo Credit: Orico London

It’s their new “Jazzy” collection of skincare products and the trio we have for you are as follows:


  • Moisturising Body Wash – with orange and mandarin essential oils, rich in natural moisturisers Baobab, and antioxidants Kigelia and Hisbicus, to gently cleanse and refresh skin, whilst helping to regenerate cells, boost elasticity, revitalise and tone.
  • Moisturising Hand Wash – with orange and mandarin essential oils, rich in natural moisturisers Baobab, and antioxidants Kigelia and Aloe Vera, to gently cleanse away dirt and grime, whilst helping to promote cell renewal, condition and tone.
  • Ultra Moisturising Hand Lotion - daily skin therapy for hands, rich in natural moisturisers Baobab and antioxidants Kigelia and Hibiscus, which help to regenerate skin cells, hydrate, smooth and protect. This lightweight, fast absorbing formula leaves no oily residue, just the fragrant scent of natural mandarin and orange essential oils.

They all sound fantastic don’t they? In fact I’m quite envious that I’m not able to enter the competition myself. Maybe I’ll have to nudge hubby in the direction of the Orico London website before March 10th arrives.

In addition to the lovely products Orico London produce, they also support some great causes; the World Land Trust and Borneo Orang-Utan programme. I love it when companies choose to give back in this way in addition to making such lush, “free from” toiletries.

If you would like to know more about their product range then their website is full of information: www.oricoloondon.co.uk or for the US www.oricolondon.com. They have a FB page: www.facebook.com/oricolondon and are on Twitter: @Oricolondon

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So my lovelies, if you would like to get your hands on Orico London’s fabulous “Jazzy” skin collection, then click on the Rafflecopter link below and follow the instructions.

You’ll need to do the following:

Leave me a comment below as to why you would like to win these lovely goodies. Make sure you leave your comment before clicking on the Rafflecopter link. Then all you have to do is tick this option as “complete”.

Then, answer the question on the Orico London Jazzy collection we’re giving away.

And finally, if you would like to be in with an extra chance of winning you can “Like” Orico London’s FB page and Tweet about the giveaway too.

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All valid entries will be drawn using Random.org on Wednesday 6th March.

This competition is open to UK residents only.

The Winner will be announced on the blog, on Sophia’s Choice FB page and via Twitter and informed via email that they have won. Good Luck.


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CONGRATULATIONS ! to Amy Crumpler who is the winner of these fabulous Orico London Jazzy Skincare Goodies xx Enjoy your Mother's Day Amy xx



a Rafflecopter giveaway



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Disclaimer: I was given a tube of Orico London Little Love Baby Balm to try out, keep and review for this post. Orico London also supplied a Jazzy Skincare Set for the winner of our competition. All thoughts, feelings and opinions given are my own and no one else's. I always give my honest feedback.


24 comments:

  1. These sound great!! I've never tried these before so would love to give them a try!!
    Great give away! x

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    1. Hi Kim - I'm really impressed with this range of "free from" toiletries. Will definitely being trying more x

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  2. love natural products, especially from companies with eco credentials x

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    1. Lovely to see more companies producing such great Eco products. Thanks for entering x

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  3. I always chose paraben free and agree - I can't wait to see more toxic free choices in the mainstream shops! Would love to win this set - what a lovely gift and thank you for pointing me in the direction of another paraben free company x
    Emma (@beachpebble)

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    1. Hi Emma - Lovely to meet a fellow paraben-free bod xx and chuffed I've helped add another great company to your list. Lovely you popped by x

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  4. I am always on the look out for natural baby skin care, my 6 month old has very dry skin and the things my gp prescribed are hideous, full of chemicals and really not good for sensitive baby skin.

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    1. Hi Honey's Mummy - good to see you again x Maybe we need to send the GPs a few samples to look at ;-)

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  5. I've been forced to start using my husband's alcohol hand wash (I just can't find one I like and my baby is already a man and HATES shopping so attempting to try and find one I like has become impossible) and I have completely run out of hand cream so if you could see the state of my hands you'd totally understand why I NEED to win this. :-)

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    1. LOL ! Oh no, you don't want to be using hubbys alcohol hand wash x Fingers crossed lady luck will shine on you x

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  6. I'd love to win these beautiful products... yes, for myself! But what I will actually do is give them to my sweet Mama who works very hard and is allergic to all sorts of products! x Thanks for the opportunity x

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    1. What a lovely idea to enter for your lovely Mum x Thanks for entering

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  7. I haven't heard of these products before so would love to try @MummyFever

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    1. The Little Love Baby Balm was lovely so if this is anything to go by then the competition giveaway should be super x

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  8. I would love to win a little luxury for Mothers Day xx

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    1. We all need a bit of luxury Cathy xx Being a Mum is a tough job. Thanks for entering x

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  9. They sound gorgeous and I bet they smell fantastic with those essential oils.

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    1. I'm very envious Erica that I can't enter. The box of goodies keep looking at me saying "keep me" !

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  10. Were a no nasties house and use oricos balm, I'd love to win, am entering the unpaid portion of maternity leave and hence treats for mammy are few and far between, not that I mind, more time with my wee pet!

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    1. Great to come across someone who already uses the fab Baby Balm. Would be good if you won the body care goodies to go with it ;0) x

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  11. I love to try new things and I think these would be a great treat to enjoy :)

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  12. These look lovely, would be good to see if they agree with my sensitive skin!

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  13. Would be good to see if this is a product that agrees with my skin, they sound great.

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  14. i'd love to win because I have chronic hand eczema and this might help. My so says he is going to be a doctor and fix my horrible skin but in the meantime he is only 3 so unable to buy me a mothers day gift and so ALSO this would be from him to me, if I won :)

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