REVIEW: Therapeutics Extra Rich Cream

Overview:
This is a specially formulated, extra rich cream which contains no steroids and can be used to both combat the effects of Eczema, Psoriasis, Dry or Inflamed skin like dermatitis and as a barrier to cream to further ensure a reduction in flare-ups and cracked/sore/bleeding skin by leaving a thin surface layer to protect against loss of moisture from the skin.This product is also anti bacterial.
                              
Ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Grapeseed (Vitis Vinifera) Glyceryl stearate Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Cetyl Alcohol Wheatgerm (Triticum vulgare) Sodium Lactate & Sodium PCA & Hydrolysed Vegetable Protein & Asparagus (Officinalis) & Sodium Phosphate Tea Tree Oil.


My thoughts.
When I was asked by Nikki Pepper of Nikki’s Eco Products (see below for contact info) to accept a sample pot of this cream to test and review and I jumped at the chance. I have contact dermatitis on my hands which dates back to my time working in a nursing home, many moons ago, and although I don’t suffer with daily, or even weekly, when I do I am left with sore, cracked and irritated skin. Generally speaking my hands do get very dry, between being a Mum (ie hands constantly in the washing bowl or cleaning mess!) or from my skin problem and I have, until now struggled to find a cream that ticks or my “want” boxes.
1) No steroids – I only ever use any medications, especially steroidal based ones if absolutely necessary.
2) Easily and quickly absorbed, I hate creams that leave your hands feeling greasy afterwards!
3) A decent scent – I’m not overly vain but I don’t like stinking of something metallic, or worse during the course of the day.
4) Economical, I hate waste so this again was ideal as I only had to use a very small amount each time.
5) An Eco-product! I like to use green products where possible, going more for the natural feel than anything else and again, this is product is very natural!
With this product, all the relevant boxes were ticked and I would be happy to recommend this product to others.



Overall rating
5/5 I would personally recommend this product.
This product is currently available as both a sample pot, for the very reasonable price of £0.95 with free shipping and the full-size product is available at again the discounted price of £12.34 (P&P is £1 +50p for each additional item).
Nikki’s Facebook page is at http://bit.ly/czUEPb  and you can buy this product from her Facebook shop via the “ShopNow” tab or by visiting the product directly on http://bit.ly/amyBkJ  

To ask Nikki about her range you can contact her via Facebook or at:
Email: nikki.pepper@ntlworld.com
http://www.magnets4fuel.com/
http://www.twitter.com/NiksEcoProd
http://www.twitter.com/nikkipepper

REVIEW: How To Afford Time Off With Your Baby, Author: Becky Goddard-Hill

Overview

This book is a fantastic account of the financial changes you face when expecting a baby and after the happy arrival. It includes top tips on how to avoid unnecessary spending/over extravagance when kitting out your nursery and what items you really don’t need. It also has invaluable information on creative ways to save money and even make some extra, around your children and existing commitments.


There is also a very useful “resource bank” at the back of the book which lists the websites / contact details of the many organisations (etc) that are referred to within the book, and this, coupled with a comprehensive index makes this book less of a read and more of an invaluable tool.


My thoughts:
What a fantastic resource!! I consider myself a very thrifty Mum and can general do pretty much anything really well on a pretty small shoestring, but even I found some invaluable hints and tips that hadn’t crossed my mind. One thing for sure, I wish I had this book before, when I was pregnant with Kieran. What a fortune I would have saved back then! I’m afraid I bought into the “you must have this, and this and this….” marketing that new mums-to-be are plagued with and this book would have kept me more grounded and quite frankly, have saved me a lot of waste!!

Now my bug bear with many parenting guides and written advice is that it is quite often impersonal and quite frankly condescending, however this book is anything but! Becky writes from first hand experience, and as a Mum. I read this book in one sitting and have revisited it a couple of times since- especially now that I am expecting baby number two! I have a friend who is due around the same time as me who is expecting her first child and has already realised that she is going to have to make huge changes financially who after hearing about this title, can’t wait to borrow/pinch it!


The one thing that really struck me about this title, on top of the excellent advice is the realisation that the family don’t actually have to miss out or suffer in anyway and you can have a perfectly great, interesting and memorable early family life, without overspending or creating additional debt.


Overall rating:
5/5 I would (and do) recommend this book to mums/parents-to-be, parents and anyone trying for a baby as a must-have title.
You can purchase this book from Amazon – Direct Link: http://amzn.to/d0lmkP  and don’t forget to visit Becky’s fantastic website/blog, Baby Budgeting at http://bit.ly/3ZdA3M  

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