True Story—I Ditched My Favourite Expensive Shampoo for This Baby Formula
If you were to creep into the home of a beauty editor (with her permission—I'm not suggesting you stage a B&E) and take a peek in her cupboards, I'm positive you'd find a bottle of baby shampoo. A go-to for washing makeup brushes, it's also a good standby for cleansing adult hair when it's looking particularly fragile. During summer when my bleached strands take an extra hit of damage from the sun, it features heavily in my hair washing rotation. 'Til now though, the offerings in this space have been more practical than pretty. (My teensy pink bottle of Johnson's baby shampoo certainly does the job, but chic it is not.) A few weeks ago that changed. I was casually scrolling through Instagram and spotted a snap of a few products from Le Bebe Coo. A baby brand that makes shampoo for coloured hair? It exists. And MAN it is gorgeous. Having trialled both the blonde shampoo and leave-in conditioner, I'm here to tell you—I'm obsessed.
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Leaving aside the obviously charming packaging for a second, you might be surprised to learn that Le Bebe Coo's shampoos are made with natural and organic ingredients. The company is all about delivering an effective but gentle cleanse which also means everything is free from sulfates. (Aka the stuff that makes your hair colour fade faster.) The blonde shampoo is made with strengthening pro vitamin B5, vitamin E, aloe and chamomilla, plus a vegetable-derived colour enhancer that corrects unwanted green tones caused mostly by chlorine. It smells sweetly herbal and doesn't leave hair squeaky, just clean. A lot of gel shampoos can turn my dry hair into a rat's nest, but not this one. The leave-in conditioner is exceptional too. I enjoyed it from the first spritz purely because of the nostalgia factor, but it also meant I could jump out of the shower faster. (Win.) Since my hair is quite fine, it provided adequate hydration and shine, however if your hair is coarse you may need to go in with your usual conditioner instead. Adding this duo to my routine has relegated the pricey salon brand shampoo I usually use to the back of the shelf. It's also sparked a sudden interest in exploring other baby beauty brands. Why should bambinos have all the fun, right?
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Sukin is a solid brand for nasty-free skin, hair and bodycare but until my aforementioned Le Bebe Coo enlightenment I'd never delved into their baby offering. I'm really glad I did. According to Nielson Australian Pharmacy Scan Data, Sukin Baby is the number #1 natural skincare brand for little ones right now, and it's not hard to see why. The products work and the prices are good—what else could you want? I took home the Gentle Body Wash Fragrance Free and Silky Soft Baby Body Lotion Soft Fragrance to try and was impressed with each. (Both come in either a Fragrance Free or Soft Fragrance option.) Despite being made without perfume the body wash did have a faint natural scent which I enjoyed—I personally prefer a hint of 'fume to a full-on fragrance—and did its job well. The lotion is, as it's name infers, silky. Plus, it sinks in really fast, which is what sets good body lotions apart from GREAT ones in my opinion. The bottom line: They're still in my shower caddy, which says a lot. All in all, I am enjoying this foray into baby beauty products and I will continue to explore what's on offer. Might draw the line at baby bum cream though.