Gear Guide: Episencial

Skin care is a HIGH priority in our home, as both my tot and myself suffer from extremely sensitive skin. Neither of us can handle heavily perfumed or synthetic products regardless of their so-called “hypoallergenic” formulas. Doing so almost certainly flares the ‘ol eczema and leaves our skin looking more fowl-like than human.

So the fabulous folks behind Episencial Skin Care recently sent me their Three Step System to try. Its a combo kit containing generously sized bottles of sunscreen, body wash and soothing cream.

Since we were heading to the pool, I thought today would be an EXCELLENT day to give them a try. Each bottle is beautifully designed in the familiar Eric Carle style, which my tot LOVED. He was far more interested in the bottles than the actual product. They each open and close easily, which is OOBER important when your hands are slippery, and your tot has a case of the squirms.

Sunny Sunscreen- SPF 35 with both UVA and UVB protection. The lotion itself is extremely thick, which I like to think helps it remain on my tots skin through his countless dips in and out of the pool. Its not greasy at all, and reminds me of body butter in texture. The balanced, transparent formula left my tots skin completely protected. Its a mineral based, fragrance free, organic lotion which means we had no fear of breaking out in mystery rashes after using the product. After an hour and a half at the pool my tots skin was sunburn free which left this momma OOBER IMPRESSED!

The Good: Doesn’t smell like a pina colada, non-greasy, transparent, organic, doctor reccommended

The Not-So-Good: VERY thick but it still spreads easily

Playful Wash- After a day in the water we hoped right into the bath to wash off the chlorine and yuckiness that accompanies a community pool. The Playful Wash is a 2-in-1 shampoo + body gel formula, which to me meant LESS TIME scrub-a-dubbing. After lathering my tot up the formula rinsed off with just two full cups of water. His hair was left feeling silky, his body felt soft and clean, and this momma was HAPPY it didn’t seem to bother his eyes when I washed his face.

The Good: Organic, doctor and hospital recommended, EWG top rated for safety, light citrus scent, rich lather

The Not-So-Good: I can’t think of a single thing.

Soothing Cream- A tot massage has been part of our night time routine since we brought our bundle of joy home from the hospital. NOTHING soothes a baby more than feeling the loving strokes of a parents hand gently massaging the stress of the day away (yes, tots have stress too). The Soothing Cream is specially formulated for tots with itchy, bothered skin. The organic formula is not too thick, but not too thin. It spreads evenly and absorbed quickly. Better still, his PJ’s went on easily, without that sticky lotion-y feel other brands leave behind.

The Good: Organic, balanced, doctor recommended, EWG top rated for safety, goes on easy, non-greasy, absorbed quickly

The Not-So-Good: No scent. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t want a perfumed baby, but a light all-natural scent would be nice at the end of the day.

Overall, I was SERIOUSLY impressed with the Episencial products. It is VERY hard to find an affordable skin care regime for tots with sensitive skin, but this entire 3 Step System retails for only $30. Not only will I be reordering the system when it runs out, but I’ll be stocking up on several other Episencial products too!
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  2 comments for “Gear Guide: Episencial

  1. June 29, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    I just started using that brand, and I love it! I have only tried the sunscreen so far, but it’s great. It’s hard to find a sunscreen that works and doesn’t have chemicals that will cause them to grow three heads.

    I’ll have to try that soothing lotion. I spent all my time lathering my babies with sunscreen, and I seriously neglected my own fair-skinned shoulders.
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    • July 1, 2012 at 9:28 AM

      You would LOVE the soothing lotion. I think I’ve used in on myself more than on my tot. It is GREAT for rough, itchy summer legs.

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