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California Baby – Calendula Cream

Who said that baby products cannot be skincare products? I came across California Baby’s Calendula Cream (and several of its products) after learning from my sister how effective it has been in bringing down mosquito bites and mild cuts in children. Recently, there was a sale on Pupsik Studio, so I bought the item to give it a try.

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I bought this little tube when I had a sudden bout of outbreaks due to lack of sleep. My chin was red and inflammed with pimples and acne. After reading about how people with eczema and sensitive skin had experienced positive effects of this drug, I decided to give this a try on my skin.

About this Product

This product is “excellent for use on general diaper area and may be used on face and body for extra-dry or sensitive skin. Botanically based, our light and fluffy Calendula Cream contains the ingredient of Calendula, which has been used to soothe the skin for centuries. California Baby® Calendula Cream offers deep hydration, absorbs completely, and leaves skin feeling satiny smooth. Use daily for everyday protection and especially when the air is dry and baby’s skin needs relief. The entire family can benefit from this soothing, multipurpose cream.” The benefits of this product are: “(1) Contains organic and sustainably grown ingredients; (2) Calendula officinalis is the common pot marigold and is well known for its soothing properties; (3) May be used around the diaper area; (4) it is “Hypo-allergenic”; and (5) it has “Light and fluffy consistency” ” – from the California Baby website. There have been many reviews about this Calendula cream, and how it had made a difference to parents who want to use organic products on their babies and children, and to those who suffer from eczema and acne.  Calendula helps to sooth and calm irritated skin rather effectively. Suffered a mosquito bite? Slather this on!

Using the Product

The website stated that “The calendula cream is perfect when the skin is irritated and is also a terrific cream to use around the delicate eye area. Especially appreciated when soothing & healing are needed. Reach for this cream when your skin is especially dry or need TLC.”  I havent used it around my eye area (but close enough!) but I DID use it on my ENTIRE face! My observations? The cream is light so it does not feel greasy at first (fact is, given my oily T-zone, it will feel greasy in a couple of hours!). I suffered from a bad bout of acne and pimple outbreak around my chin area (which has been clear for a long time) recently due to lack of good quality sleep and was quite anxious over the redness on my chin area. I slathered this over the painful and reddish area, and it brought down the redness in 2-3 days! It also calmed down the early onset of acne overnight! Importantly, my skin also felt more hydrated after I started using this Calendula Cream because when I wash my face with amino acid based cleansers like Senka Perfect Whip, it does feel dry on the surface but after I started using this, not anymore! I also dont feel the tightness / dryness on my T-zone (I always say that I have dry skin surface but oily inner layers of the skin) when I enter air-conditioned office. However, I must clarify that the product did not improve or help to balance my oily T-zone after I’ve used it for 1 week. Naturally so, because it is not a beauty product that has been enhanced to achieve such effects. Its a multi-purpose balm!

I will continue to use this cream, simply because its hydrating, doesn’t break me out and helps me address my red and inflammed acne. It is organic so I am not afraid of using more of it. It does not contain sulfates, phalates or harmful chemicals (from the ingredient list) and it seems to be very popular with children who suffer multiple allergies. Will I top this up? Yes! Just that when I do use this, I will have to remember to apply my sunscreen over it because this cream does not come with SPF. California Baby has a separate product which is a sunscreen, and that is popular as well. I may just try it too!

Where to Buy the Product

I ordered mine online, via Pupsik Studio in Singapore. Delivery was fast and customer service is good. You can also buy it off Watsons in Singapore at the usual retail price at about S$30+ per 2oz tub.  Alternatively, you can visit California Baby’s official website to purchase the products.

Salcura – Topida Intimate Hygiene Spray

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More than 5 years ago I was diagnosed by my doctor that the skin in my intimate area is prone folliculitis and other inflammatory conditions. This gives rise to swelling, itchiness, edema (in severe cases) etc. It didn’t help when I also have a very desk bound job that inhibits air circulation. During severe inflammatory conditions, my doctor will prescribe me with antiseptic wash and antibiotics. Several years later, a probiotic foam wash (which I will share in separate blog) from Taiwan that could help regulate the bacteria in intimate areas to help maintain its health. However, this probiotic product line could not address swelling and itchiness aside from the antibiotics that my doctor would prescribe. As such I found Salcura Topida Intimate Hygiene Spray, a product I found from UK that does not contain steroids, hormones, cortisons, peroxides, alcohol, parabens and antibiotics. This product is also not tested on animals.

About Salcura
From their website, “Salcura was originally developed in the 1990’s by German bio-scientist, Dr Martin Schiele, to treat the skin problems of factory workers handling chemicals. Dr Schiele’s unique combination of natural ingredients proved highly effective in soothing difficult to treat skin complaints. Over a decade later of research and improvement, his blend of ingredients launched as ‘Salcura’ – a range of products offering relief for those wanting an effective, natural alternative to chemical based products.”

About Salcura Topida Intimate Hygiene Spray

Salcura has many products ranges for selected skin conditions. The Topida “has been specifically formulated to soothe, cool and calm by creating a healthy microbial balance on the affected areas. This effective, quick acting solution balances the pH levels and essential nutrients help maintain skin cells and mucosa in a viable and healthy condition. The ingredients have been carefully chosen to provide all the nutrients for skin hygiene and comfort.”  It contains Australian Sandalwood Oil, Cinnamon Oil, English Lavendar Essential Oil, Fennel Oil, Garlic Oil, Manuka Essential Oil, Neroli Essential Oil, Olive Fruit Oil, Paperbark Tea Tree Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil and Thyme Oil. This natural concoction helps to provide a cooling and antiseptic treatment for cases of itchiness, soreness, thrush, etc. However, one may feel slightly stingy when sprayed on the sensitive and inflammed / itchy skin followed by a cooling sensation.

It was also mentioned on Salcura website that Topida is safe for those who are pregnant or are breast feeding. Now that’s good news!

How to Use the Product (from my experience)

This product should only be used in mild condition – ie your itchiness or soreness should clear up in 1-2 days. Otherwise, you should quickly consult your gynaecologist or trusted family doctor to prescribe you with the appropriate drug. I usually use this when I feel slightly dry (indication of potential inflammation to come) or dull soreness / itch. It does give quite a lot of relieve and help to prevent further aggravation of the condition. Couple with the Taiwan probiotic intimate foam wash, I managed to stay away from the doctors’ clinic for about a year – without antibiotics or anti-inflammatory drugs. However, this can only be done if you are constantly aware of and are monitoring your condition regularly.

Users are advised to shake the bottle before spraying the product just so that the oils will be well mixed together before application. Follow the instructions on the box and monitor your condition closely. Personal hygiene is also important. If you have tendencies to wear pantyliners, you should replace your pantyliners with those that allows better ventilation (cotton ones are the best) and change them regularly (ie everytime you visit the washroom) to ensure your skin comes in touch with clean liners all the time.

Where to Buy the Product

I can’t find Salcura products in Singapore recently so I had to order online. You can try the following websites to order:

1) From Feelunique. They have limited range of Salcura but I have ordered the Topida from there.

2) From Salcura Official Website. They carry the entire range of Salcura products and they ship everywhere. I have not tried ordering from them yet.

If you have similar conditions as me, do check out the above product, and share with me your experiences! Do also let me know where else this product can be purchased in your country! 🙂