Behind the Pages x The (Oblivious) New Mama
Today is a very special day – and one that I have been overwhelmingly excited to share with you all! Partnering with Gina from Behind the Pages, I am beyond proud to announce that The (Oblivious) New Mama has its very own, all natural skincare range!
The range was created with pregnant mamas in mind, offering very subtle, clean scents as well as the benefits of all-natural ingredients. One thing that I have noticed since being pregnant is that heavily scented products and perfumes just do not agree with me, at all. Headaches, nausea, you name it. Not only that, but I have become incredibly conscious of my body (which sounds pretty obvious seeing as it is changing and growing right before my eyes). When I am showering, or the few times that I have had baths to relax my muscles, I have taken notice of how my skin feels and its elasticity. My mum has always been a stickler when it comes to beauty products and what she uses on her skin and, in part, it has rubbed off on me as well. Skin is our largest organ, and we really should be considerate and mindful with what we use when it comes to skin care.
Each of the products is handmade by the incredibly talented Gina from Behind the Pages who I met through work when she created a range of products that were themed to one of our books (how cool is that?). When it came to the scents, I sent an email to Gina explaining how I wanted softer, more neutral scents for these products so they weren’t too harsh for mamas-to-be. I suggested that we use jasmine, vanilla or coconut. Each of these scents by themselves are delicious enough, but Gina went above and beyond.. each product that we designed has scents of vanilla, coconut, jasmine and lime – and let me tell you, it absolutely works.
I am humbled and honoured and excited and KEEN to introduce you all to The (Oblivious) New Mama’s Signature Skincare Range – get on it!
T(O)NM Goats Milk Soap
I don’t know what it is about goats milk soap, but I am a fan. I am a huge fan. Every time that I have splurged and bought myself goats milk soap, I revel in how gloriously soft my skin feels (if you have never used it before, seriously, get on it). It just feels like I am doing myself a favour simply by using it. Not only has Gina made the soap impossibly pretty, she completely nailed the level of fragrance (she also included a little surprise with each bar – freshly pressed flowers for something just that little bit special). Made from all natural ingredients with absolutely no nasties, the soap bar is smooth in application and couple that with the steam of the shower makes for the most aromatic, delicious and relaxing experience.
Not only is goats milk packed with skin-loving vitamins such as vitamin D, vitamin C and vitaman E, the pH levels of goats milk is very similar to the levels of our skin. This means that the moisturising effects of goats milk are absorbed into our skin easier (and faster!) while also protecting our skin from bacteria and chemicals. The high fat content (much like the bath milk you are about to read about) also leaves skin soft and smooth.
T(O)NM Bath Milk
I have never been one for a bath.. it’s this vicious cycle that I have gotten myself into; I love scalding hot water, so I make the bath the temperature that I want, but then when I get in, I get dizzy because it’s too hot which inevitably sees me getting out about ten minutes later. I like to pretend that I am refreshed afterwards, but I never am. During the end of my first trimester and early into my second, baths became a necessity. It wasn’t just my back that was aching, it was every single muscle in my body including ones that I have never even felt before. I had to sacrifice some of the heat for the sake of bathing longevity. I also used epsom salts to further ease the tension I was feeling. Luck for me, and for all of you, Gina has baths covered like an absolute boss.
The fat and protein in the milk leaves your skin feeling soft and supple while it also moisturises the skin, softens your hair and can reduce skin irritations. Gina has gone a step further and also added epsom salts to the bath milk, meaning you will benefit from those additional soothing and relaxing properties. Mixed in with the bath milk we have dried rose petals, lavender, cornflowers and chamomile that not only add to the aroma of the bath, but will also leave you feeling pampered and maybe even just that little bit fancy. I cannot tell you how beneficial this is, especially for all of you pregnant mamas out there. I have found that I get so caught up with every day life and then completely collapse at the end of the day due to exhaustion that I often forget to take care of myself, and do nice little gestures for me. The T(O)NM Bath Milk completely and utterly relaxed me, and I really did feel like I was doing something taboo by enjoying it so damn much.
T(O)NM Body Lotion
Though I use cocoa butter on my belly for stretch marks and to improve the elasticity of my skin, I have been searching for a body lotion whose scent was exactly what I wanted to smell like. A lot of the time I have found that lotions and moisturisers are either too floral, too strong in their scent or too medicinal. So when this opportunity came up I knew there was no way that I was going to pass on designing my own signature body lotion. I love the feeling of moisturising after a shower (and especially after a shave), taking those few extra minutes to do something nice for myself that will make me feel good; there really is something to be said about pampering oneself.
Keeping in theme with the rest of the products, the lotion is soft in scent, infused with the signature fragrances of vanilla, coconut, jasmine and lime. Gina, again, used all natural ingredients which means the lotion is absorbed into the skin quickly and won’t leave you feeling greasy. You can use the lotion anywhere on your body as it is suitable for sensitive skin. Using body lotion regularly rehydrates your skin (which will make you glow even more, you goddess), while the massaging motion of applying the lotion will improve your blood circulation and can even stimulate cell generation – plus, you will smell HEAVENLY.
I want to sincerely thank Gina from Behind the Pages for making one of my dreams into this beautiful reality – she really is a professional and completely understood my vision and desire to create gorgeous, feminine products for glorious mamas-to-be.
If you want to check out Gina’s entire range, shoot on over to her instagram at @behindthepagesstore.
Alternatively, if you are a mama-to-be, or have a friend who is about to pop and want to purchase any of these products (it is so close to Christmas after all!) shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or a direct message on instagram (@theobliviousnewmama)!