One of life’s certainties
There are some things in life that are certainties. England will lose an important football match if it goes to penalties, your baby will pee on you if there isn’t a nappy within easy reach, your toddler will spill food on your best dress on the only day that you don’t have baby wipes in your bag.
In our family, Sudocrem is one of those certainties in life. It heals nappy nash, soothe cuts and grazes and once there’s a baby in the house there’s always a little (or large!) pot somewhere within reach.
We are a Sudocrem family. At least three generations of us have used Sudocrem which is unsurprising really when you consider that it has been in existence for over 80 years. Sudocrem was invented by Thomas Smith, a Dublin based pharmacist in the back of his chemist shop in 1931 which means the first babies to use Sudocrem would now be octogenarians (the phrase ‘if it ain’t broke…’ springs to mind). It was originally called Smith’s Cream and renamed in 1950 as Sudocrem antiseptic healing cream.
Sudocrem is still manufactured in Dublin but now there’s two new products in the range and we were lucky enough to be sent them to review last week. Sudocrem Kids and Babies Moisturising Mousse is certified hypoallergenic and free from artificial colours, perfumes, parabens and other preservatives. It contains camomile and aloe vera and uses Proderm Technology® which apparently means that as well as moisturising it also adds a protective barrier just beneath the surface of the skin. Cool.
We tried out the mousse after bath time. Curly Girl liked the packaging and immediately focussed on the family at the top of the bottle, pointing out that there was Daddy, Mummy, Curly Girl and her baby brother. ‘I guess any of us can use it,’ I said. This led to a slight pout as she’d already claimed the mousse as her own! I shook the bottle and pumped out a golf ball size amount for both of us.
‘It’s just like foam, Mummy.’ She said. There’s no fooling this child.
‘It makes my skin all soft… and fluffy!’ Hmmm…
The mousse did feel light, it dissolved into her skin quickly (except perhaps in the places where one of us was slathering it on in handfulls) leaving only a slight tackiness on her skin until it had fully dried. Oh and there is absolutely no smell. None. Not even a faint whiff. THIS is important. Why? Well it’s not so important for Curly Girl now that she’s three, but when she was a baby strong smells irritated her and the perfume in some products can cause problems for babies’ sensitive skin, so this new mousse will also be perfect to use on Peanut when he comes along. One product for a toddler AND a baby. Yes please.
The second new baby in the Sudocrem family is Sudocrem Sunscreen Mousse. It’s been specially designed for kids and babies and is free from many of the ‘nasties’ like colourants, parabens, perfumes and preservatives. And while it’s factor 50 and gives both UVA and UVB protection (UVA 4* superior rating) the mousse texture means it’s not gloopy and quite quick and easy to rub in – perfect if you have a wriggling, impatient toddler like us. It doesn’t leave a white residue either to rub off all over your clothes or the car seat – my own particular bugbear!
Unfortunately we haven’t had a chance to use this one at the beach yet (please let the sun shine next week!) but I’m very interested in the claim that as well as being water resistant it will protect against irritation from salt, chlorine, sand and wind burn and we’ll definitely be putting it to the test as soon as we get the chance.
Sudocrem’s new mousses are available from Boots and independent pharmacies. At £8.99 for the Sudocrem Kids and Babies Moisturising Mousse and £14.99 for the Sudocrem Kids and Babies Sunscreen Mousse they’re not cheap and the moisturiser is particularly expensive when you compare it to Johnson’s Baby Lotion or Mini Naked My First Body Butter which we also use. But having said that I do like the consistency of the mousses and would definitely consider buying the Sunscreen Mousse myself.
Disclaimer: We were sent Sudocrem Sunscreen Mousse and Sudocrem Moisturising Mousse to review and received no other compensation. All opinions are our own.