Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Kim Taylor

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Delicate scents and gentle products for precious tykes are proliferating, and many merit attention. Here’s a roundup of sweet-smelling scents for mom and her pride:

Le Petit Prince has landed on our shores from France, and this charming line for boys and girls, ages 3 to 10, includes special scents for each gender. La Rose du Petit Prince for girls in pink, fuchsia or violet bottles, evokes the grace of childhood, mingling Clementine orange, grapefruit peel and bitter orange peel and capped with a pink ribbon. Le Petit Prince B612 is for little guys who delight in a fresh, clean spritz of citrus. Le Petit Prince is for both genders and is a fragrant blend of tarragon, verbena, cedarwood, oak and citrus, a scent that captures a stroll through a sun-drenched forest. Also for both genders in this line is Les Triplets, a fruity mélange, presented in a bell-shaped bottle. The Petit Prince line includes shampoo, body lotion, soap, a suitcase gift set and a birth gift set as well. See the line at www.berjangusa.com. Dessine Moi un Mouton-an offshoot of Le Petit Prince-is an alcohol and paraben-free line for new moms and newborns, encompassing fragrance, skincare, bath and hair care products with invigorating grapefruit or soothing chamomile. Already gathering a celeb following, this protective new line for newborns and moms can be found on the www.berjangusa.com site.

California Baby is another unique line for sensitive skin, including shampoo and conditioner, stretch mark cream, body wash, lotion, bubble bath, non-chemical and fragrance- and PABA-free sunblock (stick and spray), massage oil, cold & flu remedies, soothing lavender spritzers and calming aromatherapy oil (for parents too!). The California Baby Natural Pregnancy line was developed with expectant mothers and their newborn’s health in mind, and even the delicate noses of moms-to-be are considered when lightly scenting the products with lemon, tangerine and chamomile essential oils. Be kind to your skin, and to your baby’s too, with this line that eschews chemicals in favor of your health. Visit www.californiababy.com.

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Mama Mio pampers pregnant moms with a full range of safe, luxurious products that were conceived in London by three friends who have had children themselves. The line’s founders know what happens to your skin, your sense of smell and all else when you’re pregnant, and the line provides solutions. Superstretch Tummy Rub keeps your skin elastic and soft, Boob Tube tones and firms the bust area and keeps you perking north, Wonder-Full Balm tackles dry skin patches, Super-rich Body Cream mage-moisturizes you all over, Massage Oil helps leg cramps and circulation, Shower Cream is a gentle cleanser, and the Mama Mio signature fragrance, Gravida, is a gift for your nose. Gravida means pregnancy in Latin and is a blend of pregnancy-safe oils, such as lime, neroli, petitgrain, grapefruit, lemon, lavender, bergamot, ylang ylang and mandarin. It will please even the most morning-sick among moms. Gift kits include a hospital time kit, congratulations kit, minis set, and BBB Kit (boobs, bellies and bottoms-tummy rub, boob lube and dry skin salve). Mama Mio products are rich in the things that help your skin bloom, such as rosehip seed and sweet almond oil, safflower and manuka oil, shea butter, CoQ10, avocado and carrot seed oil, ginko biloba, jojoba, beeswax, meadowfoam oil and evening primrose. Treat yourself! Visit www.mamamio.com.

Aubrey Organics, lauded for its healthy adult line, has an equally impressive and protective line for babies, children and moms-to-be called Aubrey Organics Natural Baby & Kids. This 100% natural line’s body lotion, bath soap and shampoo contain no petrochemicals, harsh lathering agents or paraben preservatives, and are scented only with sweet vanilla and almond. Since the standards for deeming a product “organic” is more stringent than “all natural,” Aubrey Organics takes pride in its truly healthy line. No chemical fertilizers and synthetic pesticides were used on the soil in which the line’s ingredients grew. This fact should be incredibly significant to pregnant women.

Established in 1967 and found in more than 4,500 health food stores across the nation, Aubrey Organics should take a bow in front of the legions who have benefited from its careful, loving blends. Find these products at Whole Foods or at www.aubrey-organics.com, or call 1-800-237-4270.

With so many product options for healthy and sweetly-scented childhood memories, one is sure to meet a need….or please a little nose.

Originally published August 2006
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