Sunday, 26 January 2014

Childs Farm: Full of Fun, Frolics & Fabulous Products for Kids


Back in April last year, I popped off to my very first trade show, the Natural Organic Products Europe (NOPE) exhibition at Olympia to have a look at what brands and products were out there for Sophia’s Choice Online Shop. I had a fabulous day and was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of companies all there promoting their wares to the passing public.

I made a list beforehand of who I wanted to have chat to and one of them was Childs Farm. They were a brand I’d not heard of on my natural free-from journey thus far and I was intrigued. I’d had a brief look at their website and was struck by how fun both they and their products appeared.

My Childs Farm Samples for the NOPE exhibition
When I arrived at their stand I was greeted by an array of fabulously colourful bottles with fun horses, pirates and farm escapades slapped all over them. I loved them. And so would my girls I thought. I started chatting to both their founder Joanna Jensen and her assistant Olivia Sims and was struck by just how lovely they both were. Joanna is a passionate and shrewd business woman. She believes strongly in her brand and has managed to make her organic, natural bodycare for children affordable to all. I applaud that. All too often natural and organic products can end up becoming an expensive luxury for many and out of financial reach for most of us. We don’t all have a huge disposable income to spend each month so coming across an organic range of children’s bodycare products that are affordable to all is in my opinion a great find.

Joanna’s initial impertus for starting the company was not being able to find natural or organic products that could deal with her girl’s fine hair. She therefore set out to make a range of toiletries that were fun and appealing to children and their parents from the outside but that were filled on the inside with ingredients that parents could trust and as Childs Farm put it, “combs could cope with!” And with the help of children’s illustrator Emma McCall and their respected manufacturer Medichem International, Childs Farm was born. In case you are interested Childs Farm is named after Joanna's beautiful home and small holding in rural Hampshire, so if you were thinking that an apostrophe is missing in their name, it’s not.

After having a long chat with Joanna I took some samples away with me with further information making a mental note that I was keen to stock them if they passed the test of my girl’s hair.

The Childs Farm Hair & Bodycare Range
The range has a shampoo, conditioner, hair and body wash and two bubble baths; one for the boys and one for the girls. You can obviously mix and match as you wish but I love the fact that they have an array of colourful bottles which will appeal to girls and boys alike. The range is predominantly aimed at children of 3-10 years of age. Their products are free from parabens, SLS’, mineral oils and artificial colours. Their hair and body wash and bubble bath do have “parfum” but this is naturally derived, synthetically made. Their products are not tested on animals.

For those of you who are interested in ingredients each product in their range has the following:

Groomed to Perfection Shampoo for Luscious Locks

Aqua, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Lauryl Glucoside, Glycerin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Chloride, Argan Oil Polyglyceryl-6 Esters, Parfum, Sucrose Laurate, Alcohol, Mentha Arvensis Organic Peppermint Oil*, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid

Tame the Mane Conditioner for Unruly Hair

Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Parfum, Niacinamide, Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pyridoxine HCI, Maltodextrin, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Silica, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Mentha Arvensis (Peppermint) Oil*

Clean, Calm and Collected Bubble Bath for Sweet Dreams

Aqua, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Lauryl Glucoside, Coco-Glucoside, Glycerin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Sucrose Laurate, Alcohol, Sodium Chloride, Parfum, Tocopherol, Citrus Reticulata Peel (Tangerine) Oil*, Citric Acid, Limonene

Bubble Bath for Buccaneers

Aqua, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Lauryl Glucoside, Coco-Glucoside, Glycerin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Sucrose Laurate, Alcohol, Sodium Chloride, Parfum, Tocopherol, Citrus Reticulata Peel (Tangerine) Oil*, Citric Acid, Limonene

Caked in Mud Hair & Body wash for Dirty Rascals

Aqua, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Lauryl Glucoside, Glycerin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Chloride, Argan Oil Polyglyceryl-6 Esters, Parfum, Sucrose Laurate, Alcohol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil* Organic Orange Oil, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Limonene, Amyl Cinnamal

Mini Hand and Body Lotion for Silky Skin

Ingredients: Aqua, Caprylic Triglyceride, Glycerin, Isopropyl Myristate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-3 Dicitrate, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Theobroma Cacoa (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Pafrum, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Limonene, Citronellol, Linalool

Their products smell fabulous; strawberry and organic mint, zesty tangerine and sweet orange all feature and I now use their shampoo and conditioner on the girls constantly. It makes hair wash night a joy. No more protests, just clean, lovely smelling hair which really is comb-able. And I have to say that I’ve used the shampoo and conditioner on my own hair too and it really is great.

Their bubble bath lathers gently and you can even use their hair and body wash as a bubble bath too if you wish. Their full size bottles are £4.69 each for a 250ml bottle so exceptionally reasonable. They also do an array of gift sets one of which is a Top to Toe Cleaning Kit for Kids (at £9.35) which has 3 smaller 100ml bottles of the shampoo, conditioner and bubble bath so if you wanted to try before you buy this is a great option. Also, good for swim kits too.

The Childs Farm Top to Toe Cleaning Kit for Kids
They have recently introduced some hair brushes and also a 100ml body lotion to the range too. And if all this wasn’t enough reason for you to buy their range then maybe the fact that 10% of profits from their range go to the Riding for the Disabled which is a charity they are very passionate about and have helped out a lot may persuade you.

If you’d like to find out more about Childs Farm and their products then they have a fun website with an activities section for kids. They are also on Facebook and you can follow them on Twitter.

As well as finding all their product range on their own website, Sophia’s Choice also proudly stock a selection of their range.

So have any of you come across or used Childs Farm for your own children? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Until next time xx





6 comments:

  1. I use this line sometimes, I think it's good for the money I haven't used the body lotion but have used the other products, I like the packaging a lot :) Xx

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    1. Hi Anna - I've yet to try the hand and body lotion so I'll have to report back once I've tried it. They now have some lovely kids hair brushes too by Denman. I like the fact that this range is affordable for many people who often find natural products a bit out of their price range. Glad you've enjoyed using them xx

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  2. I haven't heard of this brand before, but I am sure my 3 would love them x

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    1. Hi Karen - My 2 girls love the bubble bath and we find that the shampoo and conditioner really are great on their hair. Let me know if you give the brand a try and thanks for popping by xx

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  3. I LOVE child's farm! It's what I've used on my daughter's hair since July last year and it's my fall back shampoo if I don't get on with whatever natural one I'm trying out! They're reasonably priced as well considering they use organic and natural ingredients.
    Rach xx

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    1. Hi Rach - Thanks for stopping by :) Glad to see another Childs Farm fan amongst us - yay ! Their products are great and I've enjoyed using the hair care myself too. My eldest daughter, Sophia and I both have thick hair so we have definitely put the shampoo and conditioner through its paces and like you we keep coming back to it when other brands fail. I've also found Love Soap Ltd who also make fabulous natural, organic body & haircare products for little people too. Blog post on that one to come xx

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