Non-toxic, petroleum-free, organic and cloth diaper safe Baby Balm by Reese and Luke!
Reese and Luke Baby Balm is an organic salve that can be used for so much more than just diaper rash. The short ingredients list includes a mix of natural products such as shea butter and olive oil. The balm I was sent also includes tea tree and lavender essential oils which I find exciting as I am a big fan of using essential oils. According to The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood, tea tree oil and lavender oil are two essential oils on a very short list that are safe to use with babies. They both boast many benefits, but lavender is most known for it’s healing and calming effects and tea tree is known to be antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral to name a few. In short, this balm not only boasts a couple of very soothing ingredients, but the medicinal properties of two common essential oils as well.
Safe for Baby Butts, Chapped Lips, Dry Skin and more!
I hadn’t been using any type of diaper cream on my two year old and my five month old when the little metal tin of baby balm came in the mail. I read through all it’s uses and began to use it in as many ways as I could. When I applied it to my babies’ bottoms, I immediately, I noticed the slight red, wrinkly-ness of their skin start to disappear. As long as I use it at every or every other diaper change, the skin on their bums looks healthy and clear. In addition, I’ve been using it on patches of eczema that I’ve found on both of their little bodies as well as on my infant’s cradle cap. It really helps both! It’s also quite helpful and soothing as hand lotion and chapstick and I’ve used it as both, though it’s probably preferable to have a separate tin for the Reese and Luke Baby Balm that you wipe on bums if you’re going to use the salve for lips, hands, and faces as well. I don’t know about you, but I have definitely double dipped when smearing it on bums a couple of times.
Reese and Luke Baby Balm is great for hands, elbows, and lips. I keep a bottle of cocoa butter lotion in my bathroom and use it every time I wash my hands (which is a lot since I have three and sometimes four little ones running around all day), but I liked Reese and Luke so much that I often wandered into my daughter’s room to grab it instead of my staple cocoa butter. It is a bit greasy at first, but it stops feeling greasy after a minute or two. When used as a lip balm, it is more wet than, say, chapstick and not as waxy. I think I would prefer to use the Reese and Luke without essential oils (they do have some) on my lips, but that’s just a personal preference.
What does it smell like?
The scent of the balm is pungent and earthy—almost like an evergreen forest—without being overbearing. I had just used it on my baby’s bum in a public restroom and a woman walked by and said, “Wow, that smells good! What is that? Lavender?” The salve is that awesome. You need only a very small amount—smaller than you think you will need—for good coverage. The amount I use on little bottoms is about 1/2 the size of a pea and it is quite sufficient. I use a pea size amount if I’m using it to moisturize my hands. When scooped out of the tin on a cool day, the balm initially feels solid and a bit grainy on your hands. Once it warms up to your body temperature, it is the consistency of oil. I’ve found that it often offers protection on my babies’ bums over two diaper changes if those changes happen within an hour or two of each other.
Besides the fact that it is quite effective on my family’s sensitive skin, I love that this balm has gentle, all natural, and organic ingredients that I can trust. I know that when I use this on my babies I’m not introducing toxins into their systems. It’s safe, gentle, and it works.
The bottom line is that I love this cloth diaper safe bottom balm! It’s awesome for everyone in the family. After two weeks of use my daughter’s cradle cap has all but disappeared and my babies’s bottoms are looking great. Normally, I’m a fan of coconut oil and/or breastmilk on rashy, sensitive skin, but Reese and Luke Baby Balm heals and protects better than coconut oil and protects better than breast milk (though breastmilk will always be the better healer). It is a high quality baby balm that I’d definitely recommend to my friends or put in a baby shower gift.
*This post does contain affiliate links and free samples of Reese and Luke products were provided in exchange for review.