Are you familiar with Mater Mothers? They are Australia's largest provider of maternity care and are based in Queensland, Australia.
Admittedly I wasn't aware of them at all until very recently and perhaps that is because I am a Victorian.
Mater invited me to review their Mother and baby range here on the blog and as I am always keen to give new brands and products a go, I was most happy to do so.
Mater's range for Mums and babies has been lovingly and carefully produced by midwives and Mums, for Mums and their babies. In keeping with this most precious stage of human life, Mater's formulations are suitable for delicate and sensitive skins and are safe, containing ethical and where possible, natural ingredients.
The result is an impressive and well priced selection of products to help Mums and babies travel comfortably on their journey together.
Importantly, Mater skin care products do not contain nasties like parabens or petrochemicals. The products are Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) free, contain low irritant ingredients, are not tested on animals and are tailored to suit sensitive skins as well as being PH balanced. Finally, their range is manufactured here in Australia and has been road tested by Mums before being brought to the market.
So, having been introduced to Mater's range, what did we think?
Mater Body Balm for pregnancy: Oh how I would have loved this on my overstretched tummy when I was pregnant with baby number six: The incessant itching, aching muscles and irritated skin where little elbows, knees, fists and feet jerked about with abandon...(Making myself a little clucky at the memory...)
Mater's Body Balm is designed to provide comfort to the skin from the stress of the 'big stretch,' keeping it moisturised and aiding elasticity, ultimately, reducing the appearance of those dreaded stretchmarks. While I cannot put this to the test on myself in the before circumstance, Mater do suggest using their Body Balm until the body has returned to its pre-pregnancy weight. (That would be me then!) It's good to keep up the suppleness of your skin in times of an unstable weight to prevent further damage and Mater has this covered with this product.
One ingredient that stands out in this cream is Oat Extract - A known natural skin conditioner that aids inflamed skin. (Itchiness be-gone!) The cream is very softly scented so that it won't cause nausea in expectant Mums and has a fine texture too - not overly greasy, even slightly, making it perfect for everyday application without sticking you to your clothing. (I recall that familiar experience making me a very grumpy pregnant lady indeed!)
Mater Body Balm comes in a 150gm tube and is priced at $13.99.
Mater's Baby Wash is something that could get a real workout around here. My crazy-busy toddler is getting herself in a real mess lately as she learns through play. Having a family history of eczema means I am reluctant to bathe her every single day as I do not wish to dehydrate that delicate, fair skin. (Inherited from her Mumma no doubt.)
Currently Bubba has had no sign of eczema but I am putting that down to a fantastic breastfeeding benefit. In the past, each of my children have developed this dreadful skin condition within the same week they were weaned so I know it's just a matter of time and I am keeping my eye on new products for prevention and management for when the eczema does come.
Mater's Baby Wash may just be the thing.
This lightly foaming cleanser has been developed specifically for newborns which can be used as both a body wash and shampoo. I love the convenience of two-in-one products. It is a tear-free formula too and the light scent is just so pretty! To make this product even more appealing, it can be used on the whole family - grown-ups too. I found this to lather well as a shampoo and it rinsed out of my baby's hair thoroughly. Mater Baby Wash comes in a handy 500ml pump pack and retails for $13.99.
Seriously, she smelled so good after this bath and I couldn't stop hugging her for it. (And sniffing her hair too!) I will be purchasing this product with certainty in future. I totally love it.
After bathing, we tried out Mater's Baby Moisturiser which has an extra mild formula for little people with lovely skins. My wee girl has been a little dry of late, (thanks to all the grub and a bit of over-zealous wiping on my part), plus the season that really assaults the skin - Winter.
Mater's moisturising formula has a pleasant delicate scent and can be used as a massage base to settle the very young and apparently, can even loosen cradle cap. Mater Baby Moisturiser is available in a 500ml pump pack and is priced at $14.99.
Mater even have little bottoms covered with a range of nappies which are dermatologically tested, super absorbent and offer triple protection against leakage. They feature double leg cuffs to guard against leakage and strong resealable waistband tabs. Nice and soft, these fit snuggly and do the tough job for which they were intended. Mater's nappies are available in Newborn, Infant, Crawler and Toddler sizes and can be purchased online from their website. You can also purchase the Mater brand from Terry White Chemists, Chemmart, and Good Price Pharmacy Warehouse as well as Mater's own pharmacy.
All proceeds raised from the sale of Mater products go directly to their signature charity Mater Little Miracles to help babies born with serious and life threatening complications get the best start in life. These are not only a great range of products to use but you are helping a very valuable cause doing so.
To get the word out there, Mater have
very generously offered to giveaway
this gorgeous gift basket for one lucky
Six Little Hearts reader to enjoy valued at $50.
Included in the hamper:
Mater Body Balm for pregnancy 150gm
Mater baby Wash 500ml
Mater Baby Moisturiser 500ml
Miracle Max plush toy (The Mater mascot.)
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