La Petite Crème, A diaper creme and wipes solution in one! Say goodbye to those disposable wet wipes for good!
La Petite Crème Review
“Based on an Original French recipe and proven throughout Europe, La Petite Crème is a unique product that works as a cleanser, a protective shield and a calming lotion all at once.” This is a product that replaces your baby wipes and diaper ointment because it is both in one bottle.
When I received La Petite Crème in the mail, I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it at first. What was this stuff? A lotion? A cleanser? Was it cloth diaper safe? What sort of chemicals was I about to expose my children to? So, I read through the information on the bottle and on the website and I found that there are only six ingredients in the product, the main two being olive oil and limestone. I also read that it is cloth diaper safe and that the product does not contain many of the worrisome chemicals and toxins that other baby care products often include such as parabens, petroleum, mineral oil, and zinc.
What’s it smell and feel like?
I opened the bottle and put some on my hands. It took me awhile to place the scent because it wasn’t what I expected from a baby product. It smells like sweet olive oil, which brings me back to the kitchens of two, amazing women: my Sicilian great-grandmother and the Spanish woman I lived with when I studied abroad in Spain. It’s definitely a happy, gentle scent that isn’t at all overpowering. When I rubbed it on my hands, I noticed that it was the consistency of lotion, but left a slight moist, oily layer on my hands for a couple of minutes. It’s hard to explain, but it wasn’t greasy, just oily, much like when coconut oil is used as a moisturizer.
Will it work on sensitive skin?
Both of my children have sensitive skin. If I use anything on their bums, it’s usually coconut oil or breast milk. If there is a severe rash, I’ll use unpetroleum jelly or calendula cream, the later of which heals amazingly but also burns. My son often breaks out into rashes if something in his poop is irritating and more than once these rashes have broken through his skin. My daughter has never had a severe rash, but after a poopy diaper her bottom is slightly red. Also, her skin is red and a bit pruney after she’s sat in a wet diaper for a long time like during nap and during the night. I’ve just grown accustomed to her bottom looking a little red and pruney all the time.
It was time to use the lotion on my babies’ bottoms. Using it is pretty easy. All it takes is a dry cloth and a squirt of the cream. It felt weird not wiping with a wet wipe first. I followed the directions from the video on the home page and put one squirt of the cream on one of the washcloths that they included in my starter package. Then I wiped. The cream disappeared into the wipe and their bums, and even when using the system to clean up after a poopy diaper it left them clean. I noticed that both of my babies’ bottoms looked clearer and whiter after only a couple of uses. I also noticed that it left the same moist residue on their bottoms that it had on my hands and that sometimes, that oily moisture was still there from the last diaper change when I removed a wet diaper. I’m pretty impressed. I’ve never seen both of their bums looking so fresh and clean for so long. The stuff really does what it says it will do.
Can it be used anywhere besides the diaper area?
My son is two and always messy. I often avoid washing his face until the end of the day because during the winter months continual washing will crack and dry his skin, leaving red, angry patches of irritation on his beautiful cheeks. The cream worked so well to cleanse his butt that I tried it on his face. He was all ready to fight me (he was ready when I used it on his bum too), but I promised it wouldn’t hurt. “It will feel good, honey.” As I wiped off the bits of chocolate and tomato sauce, he relaxed. “It feels good, Mommy!” he said. When I was done, his face was clean, but better than that, it wasn’t dry. Now he tries to get to the wipes and the lotion to wipe his own face because he enjoyed it so much. Also, I can wash his face as often as I need to because I won’t be drying out his skin when I use La Petite Creme.
Since I’m testing the product, I wanted to be super thorough. The makers of La Petite Crème claim that it can be used as make up remover. Well, I don’t wear makeup, but I figured I’d try it on my face as a facial cleanser and moisturizer. I often use coconut oil for this purpose. When I used La Petite Crème, I definitely felt the layer of protection it leaves on the skin, but my face didn’t stay oily as long as it does when I use coconut oil. In my opinion, it’s a great moisturizer and cleanser to use right after the shower or before bed at night.
I even started using it on my daughter’s cradle cap. I mean, why not?
Does it really work with a dry cloth wipe?
I changed my game a little for poopy bottoms. You can go ahead and squirt some cream on a cloth and use it for a messy bum, but you’ll probably go through two or three squirts of lotion that way. I don’t know if it’s what I’m supposed to do, but I wipe off any poop with a dry cloth first, and then apply the cream to cleanse of any poopy residue my dry wiping left behind. I’m still amazed every time at how clean a bottom can get using a dry wipe and lotion rather than wet wipes.
I absolutely love this product. I feel that it’s luxurious and that I’m really pampering my children’s skin when I use it. It is a great alternative to baby wipes (especially since the wet storage of cloth wipes can often pose a mold problem if stored in the same tub for too long). I love how La Petite Creme combines two steps into one: wiping and moisturizing, while eliminating the use of rash cream for rashes because it so effectively prevents them. We haven’t had a single diaper rash since using it! The only downside to the product is that the price is a bit high for my family’s super tight budget. It is a product I would love to use all the time and I actually think it’s worth the price, but at $17 a bottle it would be difficult to afford on a regular basis when money is tight.
So here’s the rundown:
has a variety of uses
eliminates extra steps at the changing table
the price *This could depend on what you’re used to spending and how long a bottle of La Petite Crème lasts for you personally.
Ultimately, I love this stuff way more than I love my wet cloth wipes. I love how it pampers my babies, especially during the dry winter months. I love how soft it makes their skin feel and I love, love, LOVE using it. I really do. I give it five out of five stars because it’s a simply wonderful product and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
*Disclosure: Becca was provided product in exchange for her honest review.