Category Archives: June 2014

“cheeky cream worked it’s magic!”

We have recently tried out the miamoo travel goodies set, I was really excited to try these as both G and I suffer from sensitive skin. The review was perfectly timed for us going to London for Britmums Live too so we packed them to try out that week.

So to start with G tried the splashy wash in the bath, bath time is his favourite time of the day and he wasn’t disappointed with the splashy wash, a small drop produced a very large amount of bubbles! The splashy wash itself was gentle on his skin which is the most important part and I noticed after the bath his skin wasn’t as dry and flaky as it normally would be.

G also tried out the fresh locks 3 in 1 wash to wash his hair in the bath, you really do only need a tiny drop of this to lather up the hair and give it a good clean. The only thing I would change about it would be the addition of some conditioner to reduce tangles; G has always had very thick and wild hair. But his hair does feel silky soft after using the shampoo which is great.

Once he was all dried we tried the huggy lotion, G enjoyed this part as he loves massage and having creams rubbed onto his skin. He is in his element at the moment with the sun cream coming out most days! G really liked the huggy lotion as did I; it has a lovely smell and soaks into the skin nicely. I tried the huggy lotion myself too and it feels very soothing on the skin and doesn’t leave any greasy residue.

G doesn’t often need nappy cream as we use cloth nappies but we tried out the cheeky cream on a sore patch of skin and it worked its magic!

I tried the spritz and wipe, it feels very refreshing which is lovely in the heat at the moment or if you are travelling long distance. However I did find this left a slight greasy feeling to my skin so I needed to use a wet cloth to wipe over the skin after spraying.

Finally G loves the baba oil obviously as it’s something else to have rubbed into the skin and if G is happy then I am happy!

The travel pack includes a clear zip fastening bag to fit all of the above items in and a cotton wash cloth. At £15 as a treat for a mini break away or a hospital bag the set is good value.

Overall we really liked the miamoo range, it’s gentle on sensitive skin, has a nice smell and the products are packed with natural ingredients.

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Read my full post and have a look at the fantastic before/after photos here!


“I defy any mummy not to buy the fresh locks forever more once they’ve smelt it”

Before I gave birth, I was sent a miamoo travel kit to review. The dinky travel sizes seemed just perfect for my hospital bag so in it went, crammed in between the breast pads and spare knickers ready for my post-birth shower. Owing to the fact I ended up having an emergency c-section and staying on the ward for 3 days, they were even more essential than I first thought!

083 In my hospital bag: miamoo skincare

First things first, what’s miamoo?

miamoo is a skincare range created by the lovably gobby Saira Khan from the Apprentice. Having suffered from dry and sensitive skin all her life, her products are born out of her desire to bring a truly natural skincare range to market. She goes to great pains to debunk myths surrounding products that claim to be natural and organic, and explains that miamoo has as many natural ingredients as are humanly possible. I love the brand ethos which is refreshingly honest and simple.

Saira Khan In my hospital bag: miamoo skincare

As a result, the products are suitable for the whole family and none of the following can be found in any miamoo product:

  • Parabens
  • Petrochemicals
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphate
  • Synthetic Colour/Frangrance
  • PEGS

What’s included?

The travel set contains 6x 30ml products; splashy wash, fresh locks, baba oil, huggy lotion, spritz & wipe and cheeky cream. All this came in a neat little perspex case with a cotton cloth. Being miniatures, they’re perfect for taking as hand luggage on aeroplanes, and they’re neat and contained to save you space for other travel essentials.

First Impressions…

I won’t pretend the bottles are anything to coo over, but for £15 you are getting a great little handy set. There’s everything you need in there for a long weekend away or, in my case, a few days stuck in a recovery ward. The smell is out of this world with dozens of essential oils that give you a real lift when you’re feeling a little yukky. I had my post section strip wash with these products and was so grateful that everything was to hand so it was as quick and as painless as possible. I also showered in the hospital when my wound was sufficiently healed. I felt really relaxed afterwards and much more human.

Needless to say, I didn’t feel up to exploring the products in any great detail with a beautiful newborn baby to stare at. So I retrieved the set from my hospital bag when I got home and have been using them on Dexter for the last few weeks.

076 In my hospital bag: miamoo skincare

The splashy wash

With lemon oil to cleanse and soya bean, aloe vera, jojoba, chamomile and Vitamin E extracts to moisturise the skin – the splashy wash smells light and fresh. Gentle enough to be used on the face as well as the body, it leaves Dexter smelling fabulous. With a bit of thrashing about from Dex, it also creates dozens of bubbles to keep little ones happy. Although Dex isn’t a sufferer, it’s also suitable for those with eczema, psoriasis and other dry skin conditions.

Best bit? It’s not extortionately priced. At £6 for the full size (200mls) if your child has sensitive skin, this could well be the answer to your prayers.

fresh locks 3 in 1

This was my favourite product. The smell is divine with lavender to calm any itchiness, and aloe vera, jojoba, soya bean, rosemary, silk and vitamin E to moisturise. As it’s so gentle, it’s also safe for little faces and bodies. Ar £6 again, it’s well worth the money as Dexter smells heavenly after his baths. A little goes a long way and I’ll definitely be buying this again.

As with all miamoo skincare products, it’s also tear-free. We can definitely testify to this, can’t we Dex?!

dexsplash In my hospital bag: miamoo skincare

The baba oil

This is hailed as miamoo’s ‘hero product’. Despite the name it’s suitable for everyone in the family and can be applied all over (including hair if you have dry and sore scalp). It absorbs into the skin quickly so you’re not wandering around in your birthday suit for fear of staining your clothes. As you’ll inevitably use less of this, it’s available in 125ml for £7.50.

The smell is much more subtle for this one with sweet almond , sesame seed, lavender oils and vitamin E. It’s really effective at dealing with sores and dry patches on Dexie and his skin is markedly improved after use. My only criticism would be that the travel size comes in a plastic spray which is a little irritating if you’re trying to use it covertly on a toddler. Dexter gets way too excited and wants to spray himself which has ended in the odd time-out.

huggy lotion

Mixed results with the huggy lotion if I’m being brutally honest. It’s non greasy and light and sinks into the skin easily, but I’d question whether it provides the intensive moisturisation it claims to. I tried it on my legs after shaving and it didn’t keep them from drying out throughout the day. It’s £5 for 125mls too which is curious given it’s a staple product you’re bound to use frequently – it should be available in a bigger size.

Nevertheless, it’s great for Dexie’s post-bath massage and his skin continues to be as lovely as ever. Again, the smell is much more subtle with this one as the lavender is missing (orange flower water, sweet almond oil, marshmallow extract, wheat protein, silk and jojoba seed oil).

index2 In my hospital bag: miamoo skincare spritz & wipe

Love this. It was a perfect pick-me-up during labour and had a calming effect too – great given I was in for the worst labour imaginable. It has so many uses too – a detangler on hair, a cleanser , a toner and a spritz. It has an energising effect on skin and instantly cools leaving you nice and refreshed. The smell is heavenly too with limewater, bitter orange extract, Vitamin E and complex minerals (magnesium, copper, iron and silicon).

At £5 for 125ml, I’ve trialled spritzes at nearly double this price that aren’t as effective.

cheeky cream

Finally, there’s a barrier cream that can be applied to the face, hands and baby’s bottoms, the cheeky cream. This absorbs beautifully and does exactly what it says on the tin. A great natural alternative to Sudocrem it’s fabulous for delivering quick relief to sore bums and chapped hands.



The only product I wouldn’t clamber over my own mother to buy is the huggy lotion. Otherwise it’s an essential kit that made life in hospital a much nicer experience. Oh and I defy any mummy not to buy the fresh locks forever more once they’ve smelt it.

What’s more, I’m delighted top offer my readers 10% off at using the code Blog13 (available on all full priced product)- happy shopping!

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“Packed full of good stuff!”

So at the beginning of June I was excited when this arrived in the post..
This is a lovely miamoo travel pack.  This travel pack contains travel size 98.5%-100% naturally derived skin treats which are free from harsh ingredients and help to protect and heal dry skin.  Poor Joel suffers from dry and itchy skin.  Now that the summer and the shorts are out Joel can sometimes be found scratching away at his wee legs.  In particular it seems to flare up behind his knees, the bottom of his neck and base of his back.


I was very interested to try out these products as I was hoping all those lovely naturally derived ingredients would prevent irritation to his skin, or even better, improve his skin condition.
This travel pack contains 5 pocket size potions which can be used as stand alone products but all fit together to form part of themiamoo recommended 3 step routine;
STEP 1 – Exfoliating Wash
-fresh locks 3-in-1 wash
-splashy wash for body and bath
-spritz and wipe
STEP 2 – Moisturise
-huggy lotion
-cheeky cream
STEP 3 – Massage
-baba oil
So we packed our travel pack in our suitcase and off we went on our holidays!
We went to Donegal and were very lucky with the weather.  We spent the whole week on the beach.  Joel loved exploring the new territory but his skin was exposed to the elements, sea, sand and sun!
By then end of the day he was rosy cheeked and exhausted and deserved a cosy bath to relax before bed.
I was impressed with the splashy wash, it has a lovely fresh and zesty scent and creates lovely bubbles in the bath.  The scent is fresh and natural and lovely change from some of the other sickly sweet and over perfumed products I have experienced before.  I have to say thats one of the top features of the miamoo range, the lovely natural and fresh scents.  They smell like they are packed full of good stuff!
Here is the bathing beauty himself giving the fresh locks 3-in-1 wash ingredients the once over to ensure there are no nasties.
Post bath cosiness preparation with baba oil and cheeky cream ready to go!
The thick and creamy cheeky cream was used on the particularly dry and itchy bits.
And the baba oil was used for general all over pampering.  Joel and I attended baby massage when he was teeny and I was my favourite class I ever went to with him.  Joel is also known for lounging on his granny’s knee while getting his feet rubbed.  A massage with the baba oil was a lovely wind down to bed time for Joel and he really enjoyed the one and one quiet time attention.   This was my favourite product from the travel pack and one I will be rushing to purchase again once our mini one runs out.  Not only was it great for moisturising and relaxing Joel after the bath but it was also useful for treating my silly sunburn!!!
Silly sunburn – too busy trying to trick Joel into keeping his sun hat on to make sure I didn’t get burnt – Doh!
The huggy lotion made it into my handbag.  It is great for after-bath moisturising but I much prefer the baba oil for that moment.  The huggy lotion is great for general moisturising on the go.  The spray action lid makes it easy to dispense.  I have popped it on Joel’s cheeks when they looked a bit dry after his week of beach living, I have stolen a squirt to moisturise my hands and I have discovered its a great base for smoothly applied make-up.
After his massage Joel crawled up the bed and under the covers and hugged into the pillow, a very relaxed and happy baby.


If you are interested in trying out the miamoo range here is a discount code for 10% off.  Just enter Blog13 at the checkout.  The travel pack is a great way to try all the miamoo range has to offer.  However my favourite products had to be the baba oil and the huggy lotion.


“Cooling spray used to be all the rage 5 years ago – spritz and wipe is even better!”

I was recently sent a travel goodies* set from skincare company miamoo to review for my readers!  I have been trying it out for the last three weeks and feel that I can now let you know how I’ve found using these new products.
The travel goodies* set contains miniature sizes of all of the miamoo products which are designed for dry and sensitive skin, they help to “cherish delicate skin with the finest natural ingredients”.  I’ve been looking for new skincare for a while so was really excited by the prospect of trying out these 98% natural products especially to see how they helped with the moisture of my skin as I find mine to often be dehydrated and dry.  Whilst yes, these products are mainly targeted at baby skin, they focus on moisture and protecting delicate skin which I believed would be great for my skin which was in need of some TLC.
miamoo is based on a three step process – think Clinique but with more to each stage!  First you start off with your cleansing for which fresh locks shampoo, splashy wash and spritz and wipe are recommended, then your moisturising – huggy lotion and cheeky cream, and then finally massage for which the baba oil is provided.  The travel goodies* also come with a Flannel for you to use which I mainly used with my spritz and wipe.
So how did I use the products?  As with all skincare, there were certain products I got on with a lot better than others and three especially which will now be staples in my skincare routine.  To start with, I’d remove my make-up at the end of the day using my usual process of a Johnson’s babywipe and Bioderma to take off my eye make-up.  Following this I’d lather up some splashy wash and rub all over my face, once worked in for around a minute I then just rinsed this off with some warm water and towel dried my face.
I then followed this with spritz and wipe which I guess you could compare to using as a toner.  Spray onto the face from a distance and then wipe off with the damp Flannel.  I also found myself using spritz and wipe throughout the day too – remember that cooling spray that used to be all the rage about 5 years ago?  spritz and wipe is even better!  On no make-up days which have been fairly often at the moment due to the nice weather, if I felt my skin getting a bit dry or dirty then I’d simply spray on some in order to freshen up.
Next in the process I used the two moisturisers which are provided in the travel goodies* kit.  There is no recommendation as to when to use so with a bit of trial and error I worked out what was best for my skin.  I decided that the huggy lotion was great for the mornings after a quick cleanse of the face before applying my make-up and the cheeky creamwas a more intense moisturiser which I applied before bed every night.  It was really noticeable from the onset how much of a difference these were making to my skin – the softness was not only there just after moisturising but stayed afterwards and even with make-up on all day my skin still felt soft.  I also noticed dry patches such as my chin clearing up leaps and bounds since using these moisturisers.  It looks like I’ve found a solution to my skin dehydration problem!
The final stage in the skincare three step was massage.  I’d never tried using an oil on my skin before and so was a bit apprehensive about what to do and how to use the baba oil but I have to say this is my new saviour and my absolute favourite product from the range.  After moisturising before bed I pumped a small bit of this out onto my hands and rubbed between my palms, distributed it evenly all over my face – with concentration on dry patches – and then left it to sink in.  WOW, that’s all I can say!  Out of the entire range I’m led to believe this will be my constant repurchase for years to come and also become a staple item in my skincare routine along with spritz and wipe and also the cheeky cream.

“Frankly, I was amazed!”


Today I have an exciting review of miamoo products, I was kindly sent their ‘travel goodies’ pack which RRP’s at £15. So keep reading to find out more about the individual products and a 3 step process :)

miamoo travel goodies set natural skincare baby children products shampoo wash
miamoo travel goodies set natural skincare baby children products shampoo wash
miamoo travel goodies set natural skincare baby children products shampoo wash
miamoo travel goodies set natural skincare baby children products shampoo wash
miamoo travel goodies set natural skincare baby children products shampoo wash


splashy wash – Citrus Body Wash

fresh locks – Soothing Shampoo

baba oil – Lavender & Almond Oil

huggy lotion – Non Greasy Daily Moistoriser

spritz and wipe – Refreshing Citrus Spritz

cheeky cream – Natural Barrier Cream

Individually priced between £5-£7.50 for full size products.

Step By Step Process:

Step 1 Cleanse - fresh locks shampoo, splashy wash, spritz and wipe

Step 2 Moisturise - huggy lotion, cheeky cream, spritz and wipe

Step 3 Massage - baba oil


Everything I can say about these products are all positive :) As you can see Corey really enjoyed testing out the bits in the bath. Very happy 3.5 year old! We really had a chance to put these to the test too as Corey was soo grubby from Pre-School, he looked so squeaky clean after. They are so gentle and smooth from first touch right through to on the skin. A little goes along way. The splashy wash and fresh locks smell gorgeous, but I wasn’t keen on the rest of them for smell. Each product is made of as many natural products as can be, but of course to make it safe it does have some synthetic ingredients. The website is absolutely brilliant on describing all about this and completely reassured myself and I am sure many other parents in their products. On the Skint Dad Blog you can see a real difference the miamoo products made for dry sensitive skin on his daughter Chloe in just a matter of days, frankly I was amazed. I will be sure to carry on using these products and not a bad price either (listed above!) – a little more than store brought but for more natural and gentle products I am willing to pay the price.

Special Offer:

miamoo have offered readers a special 10% off at their website off all full priced products, using the codeBlog13 at checkout.

So there you have it, my review on the miamoo products :) Be sure to check out their Facebook and Twitter. Which product intrigues you the most out of this set? Let me know what you decide to pick up from their online shop!

“After 1 week, skin is less dry, his hair is soft and he smells delicious!”

Jasper tries out miamoo products…



Jasper suffers from baby eczema and dry skin, so using any kind of “off the shelf” i.e popular baby bath products on his skin, has so far a being a BIG no no. So, when I tweeted for some advice on what other mums use, miamoo seemed to be the one that had the most positive results.

miamoo founder Saira Khan, started her research at the tender age of 18, whilst at University in 1998. After years of suffering personal agony with extremely dry skin and unable to find a cure, Saira put her knowledge and passion into starting her own natural skin care range miamoo.

Miamoo products

Jasper is one week in, using miamoo products and I must say I’m rather impressed. His skin is less dry, his hair is soft and he smells delicious! We are trying out their Handy travel pack, which lets you sample all their popular products in one little bag. Perfect for those, like my self, that just wants to try it out before buying the bigger bottles.

Miamoo products

Jasper Tried:

splashy wash 30ml – Body Wash

fresh locks shampoo 30ml – For delicious shiny hair

baba oil – Great if you’re taking baby massage classes

huggy lotion – A body moisturiser for your tot

cheeky cream – Zaps nappy rash

spritz and wipe – Great refreshing spray when your babes nappy is taken off


Great thing about all the above, is all the products are sooooo super kind on your skin, its perfect for a mum-to-be hospital bag also.

miamoo have been very kind and offered all readers 10% off any full sized products on their website just enter code


If you want to find out more and take advantage of the 10% off code, head to the miamoo website HERE