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Epaderm Junior for skin conditions 

Published August 9, 2017 by Bizzimummy


I’m lucky to have near perfect skin, no dryness, no irritations. Unfortunately my ten year old daughter does suffer from dry skin and frequent irritations and strange spots, possible mild eczema (doctors words, not mine!). We have tried several creams and ointments, some work a bit, some don’t. 

This time we are trying the new Junior range from Epaderm. Epaderm are experts in emollients and emolients are moisturisers which soothe, hydrate and keep skin moist so it doesn’t itch as much. 


The Epaderm Junior range includes Epaderm Cream: a 2-in-1 emollient that can be used as a skin moisturiser and a skin cleanser; and Epaderm Ointment: a 3-in-1 emollient that can be used as a skin moisturiser, a cleanser, or added to a bath. 

The ointment has a similar consistency to Vaseline, tho not quite as thick, it’s oily but doesn’t feel greasy or sticky once applied.


The oily substance really helps to keep the skin from drying out and adds enough moisturiser for a twice a day application. I have used this on my skin too, I don’t have skin problems but I always test any child products on myself first. I can see how a product such as this can work to help with dryness and irritations, it contains no fragrant or anything that could irritate the skin further.

The Junior cream is a little lighter than the ointment and comes out as a white cream. It’s cool when applied and again no fragrances or anything else so this seems good for applying to very irritated or hot skin as the cool feeling is instant. This also doubles up as a soap when bathing. 

Both the cream and the ointment can be applied as many times as required throughout the day. Jordanna seems okay using both products daily by herself, mainly on her arms and legs which is where the skin seems especially dry, sometimes almost like sandpaper. 

The products packaging seems very child friendly too, with cute hippo and frog images. Thus encouraging the younger children to use the products too. 

As for the question on whether the Epaderm products work or not? Well this is difficult to answer. The products are not a miracle cure and nor do they claim to be. Jordanna may always suffer from dry skin problems which seem to worsen in Winter. These products simply help to provide relief and moisture for her skin, and yes that’s exactly what they do for her. Her skin does feel better after a few days of using them.

Buy from Boots, prices on their website. Epaderm also offer similar products for adult and teenage skin. 

Sun protection without the high price tag

Published July 18, 2017 by Bizzimummy


Yes it’s Summer and a pretty good one at that so far, considering the many wet Summers the UK has had over the years. When the sun is out, everyone likes being outside whether it’s at a park, beach, on holiday or in your own garden. Of course this unusual hot weather comes with risks. The main risk being sunburn which can be severe if skin is exposed to the sun all day. 

Sun protection is vital, especially so for children, babies, the elderly and those with very fair skin. Every family should have at least one bottle of sun cream in their home because living in the UK means we never can tell when the sun will be shining. 

Some sun screen brands can be ridiculously expensive and so over priced when in reality the cheaper priced products are usually just as effective, if not better. 

Aldi stocks a great selection of “Lacura” sun products and I was really shocked at just how inexpensive they are. The price did make me wonder whether they would be as effective as others that cost more.


The sun creams and sprays are available with many protection levels. My girls are both really fair so factor 50 is best. Factor 30 also works great too in British weather. If I was to go abroad then it would be only factor 50 that I would use on my children. Factor 50 seems to be the highest factor available to buy without prescription. The higher factor products seem to be mainly for people with extremely sensitive skin conditions.

The Lacura range includes both lotions and sprays. The Refreshng sun spray (factor 50+) also doubles up as a cooling agent and gives a cool refreshing feel when applied. 


This also dries extremely fast too. 

These two factor 50 sun lotions are very similar and both designed with youngsters in mind. 


The difference between them both being that the white tube on the right is for extra sensitive skin types. My 10 year old suffers from minor dry and irritated skin problems and seems to have flare ups with certain products so this makes a good one for her. 

The Lacura products all have a nice similar scent which is just like most skin cream type smells. They apply easily and dry quickly and we have not come across any problems when using them.


We have had many hot days recently and I have found applying 2/3 top ups of Lacura sun screen per day gives the same protection as any other good sunscreen that I have previously used. They are all water resistant too so fine to use prior to going in a pool.


The big difference between Lacura sun protection and many other well known brands is the price. The Lacura SPF50 Clear Spray is just £3.29 with the  Kids water resistant SPF50 Lotion even less at just £2.79. All the bottles being 200ml which is standard for most sun products.

Once the sun goes down, Lacura range also offers a moisturising after sun spray at just £1.99.


It is a pump action spray bottle. The product sprays out white and needs a little rubbing in but a little goes a long way. It gave my skin a lovely cooling sensation all over which actually lasted a while too. My skin did not just feel cool to me, but was actually cool to touch too. It’s almost like a cool bath on the skin but without the wetness of water if that makes sense. Aftersun products are not just for the silly people who don’t use sun protection and end up burnt, but for anyone who has been out in the sun even if fully protected. Sun screens stop burning but skin is still exposed to dryness. Aftersun help put some moisturiser back into tired dry skin as well as helping cool us down. Some Aftersun products are rubbish but this one from Aldi ranks as one of the best I’ve tried.

So this Summer, head to Aldi and grab your amazingly low cost sun protection before supplies run out. 

 

Odaban antiperspirant 

Published July 6, 2017 by Bizzimummy

It’s no wonder one of the biggest spoke about topics in the U.K is the weather! One minute the sun is shining bright and the next it’s pouring down, be it Summer or winter, the weather can change in an instant. During Summer months the weather can become very clammy, even when it’s raining or blowing a Gale and this often makes me feel very sweaty and muggy. 

Everyone sweats, usually with heat or over exhursion. Sweating is the body’s way of controlling temperature so that we don’t overheat. 

Do you know the differences between anti persperant and deodorants? Up until recently I assumed they did the same thing under different names, but no I was totally wrong.  –

Antiperspirants protect against sweating whilst deodorants help correct body odours. Most antiperspirants work by partially blocking the sweat ducts. Most antiperspirants also possess some deodorising properties; in the case of ODABAN® this is useful in keeping the skin in good condition. Deodorants are applied frequently whilst antiperspirants vary in the way they are applied

And this is the Odaban antiperspirant.

This is a 30ml travel size pump action spray that can be purchased is boots and many other stores. 

Odaban needs to be applied to dry skin only as it works to keep the skin dry and sweat free. The way it actually works differs from other anti persperant products out there. I don’t really understand the science behind it myself so I managed to copy a paragraph or two from the Odaban website. 

“Radio-isotope tests have shown that the active ingredients of ODABAN® do not stop the sweat glands from working. The drying effect of ODABAN® is produced by poral “plugs,” formed from a combination of aluminium and skin proteins. 

The insolubility of the aluminium / protein complex formed is such that there is absolutely no absorption of aluminium through the skin into the blood stream. ODABAN® is therefore completely safe to use on a long-term basis and even during pregnancy.”

Lots more information about Odaban can be found over on their website. There is even a reason as to why it comes as a pump spray instead of the usual aerosols or roll on’s. 
Odaban is a head to toe versatile product meaning it can be used for many areas on the body, including the face, feet, hands and the usual sweaty areas. It has a light scent which is ever so slightly minty but seems to be unperfumed as the perfumed versions can cause irritations. It is not a product that needs constantly spraying. The back of the bottle recommends using once or twice a week but personally I don’t really see anything wrong with using it once daily. 

Odaban prices vary but usually between £7-£10 per bottle.


Esthechoc Cambridge beauty chocolate! Yes really! 

Published June 30, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This is Esthechoc, a totally new previously unheard of type of chocolate which I recently came across and managed to get myself a box.


This is what Esthechoc claims to do. 

“One small esthechoc a day helps to regain your skin health and slow down the ageing process”

So I was totally baffled by this, I mean how can chocolate which is usually deemed unhealthy for the body be beneficial? Well of course it’s all down to what is inside the chocolate and how it’s made.

Each square serving is made with 70% cocoa premium dark chocolate and contain a plethora of antioxidants and bioavailable cocoa polyphenols. Yes I have no idea what they are either but there is lots of information on their UK website about what’s inside this special chocolate. The main ingredient to make it a beauty chocolate is something called Astaxanthin which is apparently the most powerful antioxidant known to science.  The process involves something called micellar technology which makes the good stuff “bioavailable”

So lots of large terms and scientific processes, none of which I greatly understand but their website does give a better idea. This page in particular describes the skin benefits achievable by having this chocolate daily. 


It is recommended to take just one of these thin square slabs of this chocolate per day to help boost skin health and anti – aging effects. 

The chocolate is dark and being 70% cocoa it is also quite a strong flavour but luckily not too bitter. I have been having my daily choc square with a hot drink and it tastes similar to most other dark chocolate with similar cocoa percentage. 

I cannot really comment on any noticeable effects to my skin, stomach or any other health aspects as I am only on the first box so it is still early days as far as using it goes. 

There are many customer reviews on the website, the majority being positive with results noticeable by box number 3/4. 

Esthechoc is sold by Cambridge chocolate Technologies Ltd who create produchs to help people live healthily and enjoy the anti-ageing protection of the most indulgent form of food – CHOCOLATE. Esthechoc can be purchased from Harrods and many other high end stores. A google search of Esthechoc will bring all the stockists up. 

Elastoplast and #tearsintosmiles campaign

Published May 3, 2017 by Bizzimummy

With the warmer weather finally making an appearance, many parents like myself will be eagerly trying to get their children playing outside, as opposed to sitting inside on games consoles and tablets. 

I am lucky that I live on a very small close with just ten houses and no roads outside my front door. Instead it’s all lawns and paths so all the kids can safetly play out without the need to worry about cars and roads.

Playing out always brings falls and cut knees at some point, my children regularly have their fair share and especially my girls. When this happens it’s down to me to give lots of hugs to make the stinging knee feel better as well as any first aid that may be necessary. This is usually just a case of an antiseptic wipe and clean followed by “magic” cream or a plaster.

Last Summer my 9 year old Jordanna was constantly covered in bruises and cuts, I actually worried when sending her to school. At one time the whole side of her body was covered in big scrapes where she had come off her scooter and literally skidded a few feet across the ground. She’s  certainly a tough cookie but her poor body looked such a mess.

#TearsIntoSmiles Challenge by Elastoplast is about celebrating playing outdoors and the freedom playing outdoors brings to children. After all, falling down is part of growing up. 

Elastoplast are a well known brand when it comes to plasters and they sent over a few of their new kids packs with Frozen and Star Wars character themes. 


These packs contain many plasters of different sizes and all with different images. My kids actually wanted to put the plasters on without any cuts.

We also kindly received a ring toss game to play outdoors. And yes it immediately took me back to my childhood days as I am positive I had something very similar to this.


Now it’s very unlikely that a game of ring toss will cause a cut knee or elbow or cut on any other body part (fingers crossed) but my kids love it. 

So we had the plasters, we had the weather, and we even had a new game to play outdoors, all we needed now was a cut knee or two. This is usually a frequent weekly occurrence in this house and usually happens on the way to school. So I waited and waited and just when I was finally about to give up and just stick a plaster on one of them regardless; it happened.  Izebella fell twice on the way home from nursery! 


My poor little girl cried because her knee stung. It was only a small scrape but it still bled and a small bruise was quickly forming around it. I wiped it with some cotton wool and warm water, and applied a frozen “magic” plaster of her choice (the magic bit makes it all better!). She actually could not wait to get one of these plasters on. 


They stick really well and seem easy enough to peel off with minimal pain – If any of you recall the big brown fabric plasters of the 1980s then you will know what I mean by pain and those famous last words from our parents “it won’t hurt if I do it quickly honest! It probably hurt more ripping those things off than the actual fall itself OUCH!!

Plasters such as the character ones above protect wounds and cuts from dirt and bacteria whilst also being skin friendly. It’s important to cover up new wounds to prevent further infection or trauma. These character plasters seem to really appeal to younger children like Izebella who is normally against having plasters on. As well as a nice plaster, a good clean and plenty of hugs helps overcome falls and cut knees and of course everything is magic, from the wipes, cream and plaster itself (tho this only works for the younger kids)

This post is an entry for the BritMums #TearsintoSmiles Challenge, sponsored by Elastoplast. http://campaigns.elastoplast.net/plastermoments/uk

Once a day sun protection

Published April 24, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Sun protection products are vital for children to protect against harmful sun rays and ultra violet light. Even in the UK where our Summers don’t get as hot as other places we still need to protect our children when the weather gets warmer. 

Unfortunately when children are at school, it’s left to our children to apply their own suncream correctly, something that can be difficult for younger children and something that older children will most probably forget or refuse to do.

Calypso suncare product that takes care of these sorts of situations. Their once a day kids suncream is factor 40 meaning it’s great for most countries if taking a holiday and also perfect for children in the UK sun too. 

This has a lovely scent to it which I think may be coconut with something else. When applied correctly, which is 15 minutes before going out in the sun on all exposed skin areas, it will provide an all day protection.

It’s also water resistant too meaning children can go in pools and the sea without needing another application. 

It’s all day cover is a little hard to comment on as we have not had lots of very hot days to test it on. I have applied the sun cream to both my girls who both happen to be fair skinned and burn easily and so far no sunburn on the sunny days. My son refuses to have it on, no matter what I try but luckily he doesn’t burn as easily. (Awkward teenagers!) 

The cream absorbs into the skin and dries really fast, I have tested this myself and found the cream to dry within seconds and no greasiness whatsoever.

This sun protection cream is sold in many places and also comes in factor 30 and factor 50. Prices vary but it costs between £5-£8 depending on the store. 

Beauty treats for me: Wikaniko Moringa oil

Published April 7, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Before receiving a bottle of this stuff to try out, I had never heard of Moringa or Moringa oil before. 

Moringa oil comes from the seeds of the Moringa oleifera tree, a fast growing leafy tree species native to the Himalayas but found in many other parts of the world. The seeds, harvested from their pods, yield approximately 35–40% of non-drying Moringa oil, also known as Ben oil or Behen oil.

Moringa seed oil is clear and smells nutty. Thanks to the numerous antioxidants in it, the oil does not become rancid for several years after it is produced. This makes it very much sought after for a number of health and beauty applications.
Moringa oil has so many benefits including anti aging and wrinkle reduction, dandruff reduction, hair and scalp hydration, dry flaking skin conditions, acne, dry lips, blackheads, bruises, cuts, blemishes, even sunburn  and many other uses. It is found in many beauty products, soaps, shampoo, balms, body wash, perfume, make up and much more.

Although the oil is viable for use as a cooking oil, its high demand and low levels of production do not make it conducive for every day use as a dietary product. However, small amounts of oil are often used in recipes. Moringa oil is also occasionally used as a dressing for vegetables, salads, and other green dishes.
My bottle of Moringa oil come from Wikaniko who grow their own plants specially to avoid any sort of product contamination which is often found in products from other places. 

The bottle is minimal design and there is no extra unnecessary packaging which is always a good thing. I did find the oil had a really strange and unusual smell, more woody than nutty and a bit like pencil sharpener shavings. I have used the oil for both skin and hair. It can be used alone or mixed with body lotions and moisturisers which may be easier with it being an oil. For my hair I apply it mainly to the ends which are always dry.

Wikaniko Moringa oil is £16.95 for 100ml and comes with a multitude of useful uses. 

Swapping the pop for Get More vitamin drinks 

Published January 12, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Like most people I am trying to start the new year a little bit healthier and hoping to get in shape for the Summer. Unfortunately I am one of those people who enjoy chocolate, crisps and fizzy drinks (usually Pepsi or coke) and as many people know it’s these things that contribute to weight gain, health issues and dental problems. Luckily for me, a big box full of more healthier drinks arrived as the new year started and they taste really good so I’m determined to swap the fizzy stuff and cut down.


Get more drinks contain vitamins that are essential for our bodies. These are in most normal diets but for those, like myself , who often skip meals and don’t eat properly it can be hard to get what the body needs. I often feel tired but find it hard to get back into regular mealtime routines. Of course my kids eat healthily. 
The drinks come in lots of refreshing flavour and we have tried the majority of them. They come as both still and sparkling varieties. They don’t need refrigerating which makes them more handy for storage but I do like to put a few in the fridge just so they are really cool.

Many  of the drinks are a blend of two fruits together, such as mango and passion fruit with a few single flavours also available. The bottles come in different colours and each colour gives a different source of goodness to the body. These include vitamins A,B,C,D, multivitamins and minerals. The drink inside being clear liquid.

Because they are a flavoured water type drink and also healthy, my children’s schools allow them to take these drinks in if they wish, although it has to be the still variety. 

Get More also has a range of drinks designed especially for children callled “A little more”

Again these come in a choice of flavours and come with a leakproof cap. Just like the bigger bottles they also contain lots of good vitamins and things for little growing bodies. They are perfect for packed lunches and have no added sugars, natural flavours and low calories so schools will allow them. 

My children like both the little more and get more varieties, as do I. We find them really refreshing and fruity and enough to quench the sugar cravings. 

The drinks come alone or in multipacks and can be bought in most supermarkets and a few other stores which you can find out about on the website.

Serenz allergy relief #Serenz

Published August 20, 2016 by Bizzimummy

If you suffer from allergies like I do, then you will understand how irritating and annoying they can be. Be it pollen, dust or something else it’s bloody annoying and sometimes embarrassing. 

The weird thing is, I had no allergies at all as a child or even as an adult; until that is: I got pregnant with my youngest child who is almost 4 years old. The allergies started and never stopped and it seems to be a daily thing which may go away for the odd few days and then return. Summer is much worse but even in the colder months, the allergies remain. The signs of an attack (as I call it) are probably familiar to others – it starts with an awful tickle in the throat which not even water fully relieves, then the itchy eyes, watering eyes followed by the sneezing which is then on and off all day and even into the night. I do not know exactly what allergen is causing it and neither does a doctor. 

Like many people I have tried many remedies. The tablets make me drowsy although some of them do work and the sprays only provide a very temporary relief, if any. 

I was asked to try a new product called Serenz. It is a brand new product designed to help with many types of allergies.


It does look like a nose spray from the outset but it is very different. For a start this uses carbon dioxide instead of nasal steroids or antihistamine. The little blue plastic part in the photograph happens to be a key. This is used to unlock the gas from the unit. Unlock, remove cap, test, insert into nostril and switch on. Yes it’s that simple, that’s all I need to in both nostrils with this. 


Now I’m not going to lie. It stings the nose at first, but this strange stinging sensation only lasts a second or two and then the sting goes. Also the more it’s used, the less it stings. I read too that not everyone will feel a sting or burn, some may just get a tingle or even nothing and it’s just the gas going up and nothing else. 

I have only been using the product for a few days so I cannot really comment yet on the long term usage or effects but it has calmed my symptoms slightly. The throat tickle is not as bad and I have not been sneezing and coughing quite as much since using. Obviously it is not an allergy cure but is certainly a symptom reliever.

When using – ensure a tight seal around nostrils and device and do not breathe or inhale up as you would with other nasal products. Just insert into the nose and press the button.

The Serenz allergy reliever costs £17.90 and can be used daily when required. It is for adult use only. Purchase from the Online chemist.

Buff & Butter essential oils

Published April 27, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Essential oils have been around for thousands of years and if you have no idea what they are, then here is a brief description. 

“An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile aroma compounds from plants. Essential oils are also known as volatile oils, ethereal oils, aetherolea, or simply as the oil of the plant from which they were extracted, such as oil of clove. An oil is “essential” in the sense that it contains the “essence of” the plant’s fragrance—the characteristic fragrance of the plant from where it comes from”

Essential oils can be found in hundreds of fragrances, many of them can be rare or hard to find. Each one brings its own uses and benefits. Many beauty products that we use contain one or more essential oils and home made products are made using the oils. The majority of the oils come with health and medicinal benefits, these benefits differ per oil and include relaxation, stress and depression relief and even soothing properties for aches and pains. And of course they smell great to simply add to a bath too or burn with an oil burner. 

Essential oils can be purchased at many places and one of those places who specialise in the oils is Buff & Butter. They have a vast selection of oils, with the majority costing just a few pound per bottle.

I was able to choose 5 of Buff & Butters essential oils. These are all 10ml bottles. Larger bottle options are available too. 

The 10ml bottles seem small but only a few drops of oil is ever required at once (too much can be dangerous) so they last ages.

Bergamont FCF helps with anxiety and depression which I suffer from. It’s often found in soaps and bathing products. Sweet, fruity, almost citrus smell which is quite pleasant.
Black Pepper – At the time of choosing this, I was experiencing bad backache which is very unusual for me. The heating effect of the black pepper oil makes it perfect for relief of aches and spasms. The scent is unusual, tho definitely hints of pepper. And after just 2 days of bathing with this oil my back ache was gone. I’m not saying it’s a miracle cure but it certainly must of helped.
Eucalyptus – This has to be my favourite scent overall, think Vicks vapour rub when you have a cold. It’s string fragrance is distinct and helps to ease congestion.
Frankincense – Yes it’s not just Jesus or churches who use this oil. It helps to clear the mind and AIDS relaxation and yes it definitely does what it says. The aroma is strong and rather strange. It’s probably best to use minimal amount of this as it can be a bit over powering.
Rose Geranium – Geranium oil is often compared to the rose essential oil because they share almost the same therapeutic traits. In fact, geranium is considered the “poor man’s rose” and its oil is often the alternative to the more expensive rose oil. Rose geranium has many benefits and uses including both pain and depression. It’s also found in food products, perfumes and beauty products, tho I can only think that the more high prices rose products contain rose oil rather than geranium. It has a lovely sweet scent of roses and actually reminds me of my childhood days attempting to make rose perfume with rose petals.

All of the above oils which I have can be used in a bath. No more than 5 drops at a time and if using more than one oil at a time then it is 5 drops between the amount of bottles. The oils can cause allergic reactions just like the products they are used in, using too much can also cause various problems as they are very strong and pure. It is best to do some research on them before using if unsure.

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