A month or two back, I was contacted by the kind folks at Eli and You to trial some of their products. It’s sort of a funny story because as you know, my newborn’s name is Eli. So, when I first read the subject line of their email, I thought, “wow, they have really done their research into my family.” Turns out that the brand’s name is actually Eli and You, and they’re a locally produced organic skincare brand started by Arno and his wife Lynette, based in my favourite town on the Garden Route, Wilderness.
The brand’s beginnings were inspired by the family’s passionate search for naturally produced products that were effective while still being honest when it came to the ingredients found inside each product. Having trouble finding a range of products that met their high standards, they decided to start their own brand and thus, Eli and You was formed. The family business is committed to delivering quality products that use the best of what nature has to offer so that you always know what you’re using on yours and your family’s skin.
The brand has quite a broad product offering that goes on to target the whole family, by including skin care, sun care, healing balms and massage oils. In addition to being completely natural and chemical free, Eli and You prides itself on being cruelty-free. We had received two products from their baby range to trial with Axl and Eli, which we’ve been using these last few weeks.
Eli and You Baby Body Oil
The kids have gone through the body oil rather quickly, especially because it is winter and Axl’s skin can become quite dry. I had never really found much use for body oils until about 3 years ago, when I noticed that just a few drops of it, in your bath, can leave skin feeling hydrated and moisturized. This is especially helpful if you’re anything like me and dislike the texture of oil on the surface of your skin.
The Eli and You Baby Body Oil is a 100ml bottle, which costs R89 from their online store. Upon opening the bottle, you’re met with the scent of lavender oil, which is notoriously known to help comfort and calm, making it an ideal product to use before bed or nap times. The oil is luxuriously thick, and a small amount will get you far. As mentioned, I like to add a few drops to the kid’s baths but also find that it is ideal for baby massages.
The Baby Body Oil packs a variety of other benefits too, thanks to its natural ingredients which include Calendula and Chamomile oil, known for its antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. The oil also includes Rooibos, which my gran loves using so help soothe skin irritations, so I was quite excited to find it listed under the ingredients. Lastly, as mentioned, you can also look forward to the comforting properties of lavender oil, which will help relax and calm your baby, just in time for bed.
Eli and You Baby Barrier Balm
I don’t often use baby bum cream with the boys, unless I notice any sensitivity or redness so pulled this one out when I noticed that Eli was having a reaction to his nappies, around his legs. The Eli and You Baby Barrier Balm comes in a 100ml jar, which retails for R99. It aims to provide instant relief to sensitive, or irritated skin caused by nappy rash and unlike traditional creams, it helps to hydrate and nourish the skin while protecting your baby’s bottom against yeast infections and the growth of bacteria.
Side note: With Axl, I tried cloth diapering for a short while until he experienced a yeast infection, caused by a diaper rash and it was honestly one of the worst things to have experienced. I felt helpless seeing his tiny bum so inflamed and sensitive, and really wish I had a balm like this to have helped to treat it.
Like the Baby Body Oil, the Baby Barrier Balm also features Calendula and Chamomile oil as its main ingredients, which help to fight off bacteria with its antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. The Natural Beeswax gives the balm its texture and works to provide a breathable and protective layer against moisture, while the Lanolin works to mimic your baby’s skin barrier, helping to reduce the risk of inflammation and infection.
Overall, I love the scent and quality of both products that we received. The packaging is quite phenomenal and luxurious, but I am still on the fence about whether the glass packaging is practical for a baby range, especially when I am as clumsy as I am. It’s also worth mentioning that other products in their baby range include a baby wash and cradle cap oil.
Have you heard of Eli and You? Which of their products would you be keen to try?
To find out more about Eli and You, head on over to their website, where you can view and purchase their full range for the whole family.