Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Review and giveaway: Episencial baby/kid skin care products!

Congrats to my winner: jakiesmom


First off, I'd just like to say that the Episencial products are about the cutest things I've ever seen in the baby/child skin care category.  I was lucky enough to receive a box of 4 of the bath and body products and I just couldn't help but smile as I took each bottle out of the box. 


It's the Hungry Caterpillar!!!

Seriously, how cute is that packaging!  Happily, we remained equally as pleased with the products after we opened the bottles and used them for bath night. I was sent four of the products from the Episencial line- the Playful Foaming Wash, the Sweet Dreams Bubble Bath, the Better Body Butter, and the Protective Face Balm.  For bath night we used the first three products, the wash, bubble bath and body butter.  I liked all of the products and thought they did a great job at getting the kids all clean and smelling nice again.  

The foaming wash is a dual-purpose cleanser, suitable for hair and body. This is a must for kid bath products, in my opinion. I have too much going on during bath time to be juggling multiple bottles as well.  The bubble bath made nice bubbles for the kids to play with, but it didn't leave any soapy residue on them. Another must in my opinion!

The body butter surprised me a little- I was expecting a thicker lotion, since that's what I usually think of when I see "body butter". It's not much different, consistency-wise, from other lotions that we've used, but we were happy with it just the same. It went on easily and wasn't greasy.  As with all of the Episencial products, the lotion does not have any fragrances in it, just some fruit juice extracts. The fruit smell in all of the products is extremely subtle- enough to smell nice, but definitely not strong. 

The fourth product that we received, the Protective Face Balm, also impressed me a lot.  We've had some face balms for the kids in the past, and they've always been really messy. This balm is a thick lotion, but again, it's not greasy or smelly. It is easy to put on and rubs in nicely. 

Other important things to know about all of the Episencial products- they're free of synthetic chemicals, made with all natural ingredients and lots of organics, they contain fruit juice extracts rather than fragrances, and the packaging is made from recycled and sustainable materials. Oh, and they are manufactured under solar power!

Episencial products can be bought at their website or at a number of stores. Right now, if you buy Episencial at Target and send in a copy of your receipt, you can get a $5 Target gift card! Go here for the full details.

The really good news? One of you will win the same set of skin care products that I reviewed! US mailing addresses only, please.

Mandatory entry (must be done first for extra entries to count):
Visit the Episencial website and let me know something about the company or products that I did not mention in this review.

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3. Become a fan of Episencial on Facebook. 
4. Follow me on Twitter and tweet "@gabreviews is giving away a set of natural/organic kids' skin care products from Episencial! http://bit.ly/dhZ6wd #giveaway"  
You can tweet this once per day. Leave a separate comment every time you enter and please let me know what your twitter name is. 
5.  For 5 extra entries, blog about this giveaway with a link back to this post. Please leave 5 separate comments and let me know where I can find your post!
6. Enter any of my other giveaways (one extra entry per giveaway entered, leave a separate comment for each)
7. Enter any of the giveaways currently going on at LuvnLife (one extra entry per giveaway entered, leave a separate comment for each).

Giveaway will close at 9 PM Pacific time on April 28, 2010. I'll choose winners with random.org and will email those people who will have 48 hours to respond. Good luck!

Disclosure: I received a set of Episencial skin care products to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.

141 comments:

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Manufactured using Solar Power.

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Jenn @ Beautiful Calling said...

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CarrieAnn13 said...

Episencial was created because our founder, Kim Walls – a skin care expert from the Epicuren family – couldn’t find products for her young sons that met her standards.

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K said...

I learned that the creator of Epicuren Baby is Kim Walls, a second-generation skin care expert.

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