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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Win Mustela Beach and Bath Essentials

Friday, July 12th, 2013

New babies have a way of highlighting what we’ve been taking for granted all of our lives, like a nice shower, for example. When was the last time you’ve had a nice, long shower without the worry of a tiny cry coming from the other side of the door? Or a day at the beach in the summer time? Mama’s skin can take the heat, but we’ve all sacrificed plenty of perfect beach days for the sake of our little ones’ skin.

Luckily, this week’s giveaway will scratch one sacrifice off of the list. Leave a comment below, up to one a day below between now and the end of the day on Wednesday July 17th, and you can have the chance to win a Mustela Beach and Bath Essentials kit. The set includes a baby-safe mineral sunscreen and after-sun hydrating spray for baby, and hair and body wash to get that icky sand and salt water off afterward. And to make it extra fun, you’ll find a beach mat, bubble bath, and a rubber ducky too!

Only one lucky commentator will win, but the products are also available for purchase at Babies “R” Us and online at Mustela.com, so we’re all in luck.

Here is where you can read the official rules. Goody luck!

Congratulations to our winner, Joni Pena!

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Grooming Dad: Interview with the Co-Founder of Jack Black

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Grooming Dad Jack Black Moisturizer

This week, I had an interview with Curran Dandurand, one of the founders of Jack Black and her husband Jeff. Here’s what they had to say:

Q. What made you decide to found Jack Black?

A. “We saw that there was a big void in the market and an opportunity to cater to men. Men as a consumer group were really underserved when it came to high-quality, male-oriented personal-care products. Additionally, we saw that men were changing their attitudes and behaviors regarding skin care and taking care of their appearance. Men’s magazines have helped build awareness and educate guys about the importance of good skin care and grooming. Baby boomers wanted to fight the aging process and younger guys were very receptive to using all sorts of personal-care products to enhance their appearance.”

Q. Where is your company and family based?
A. “Our company is based in Carrollton, Texas, which is a suburb of Dallas. Our family lives in Plano, Texas.”

Q. How many kids do you have, and their ages?
A. “We have two kids: a son, age 20, and a daughter, age 17. Both grew up in the business and have seen what entrepreneurs have to do to build a successful company and the many sacrifices that have to be made. They’ve helped out in a number of ways–when they were 5 and 7 years old they would help with inspecting and sorting product. Now they work as summer interns in operations or marketing…wherever they are needed.”

Q. What type of guy are your products aiming for?
A. “Our products are designed for men that appreciate quality and want something that works extremely well and works fast. Jack Black customers span all age groups, geographic locations, and lifestyles. The common denominator is they want visible results without a lot of extra effort, complication, and fuss.”

Q. If you had to choose a product that dads shouldn’t live without, what would it be?
A. “I would say our Double Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20 because the single most beneficial thing a guy can do for his skin is to protect it against the damaging rays of the sun on a daily basis. We’ve incorporated the sun protection into the daily moisturizer and after-shave products so we’re keeping his morning routine quick and simple. Eighty percent of what we see as visible “skin aging” is due to incidental sun exposure–the kind you get from just going about your daily activities, like driving to work, getting the mail in, driving your kids to basketball practice. UVA rays are the aging rays that cause wrinkles and discoloration, while UVB rays are the rays that burn the skin. So you need a daily sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection to shield both types of rays. By using a multi-purpose product that incorporates the broad spectrum SPF into a daily moisturizer/after-shave conditioner, a dad is doing a very important thing to preserve skin health and prevent premature aging–and it only adds a couple of seconds a day to his morning routine.”

Q. Are there any ingredients we should avoid in our skin care?
A. “I would suggest avoiding artificial colorants and heavy fragrances, as well as alcohol (appears on the label as SD Alcohol or Alcohol Denat) in facial skin-care products. These ingredients can be irritating when applied to the face and eye area.”

Q. How do you convince a man that skin care is important?
A. “I think that men understand that looking good can be a competitive advantage–both in their professional and personal lives. A better groomed guy is going to get the job or the promotion over an equally qualified but poorly groomed candidate. Taking good care of your skin is part of being on top of your game and presenting yourself in the best possible way. You can spend hundreds of dollars on a suit or shirt you wear for a year or two, but you have your face your entire life and people see it every day. It’s worth investing a little time and money to take care of something this important to your overall appearance. Plus, there is a real health benefit to protecting the skin from sun damage. A little extra effort to take care of your skin can yield significant appearance and health results.”

I also tried the Double Duty Face Moisturizer this week, and I’m impressed. I don’t like the smell of sunscreen, so moisturizers with it always make me nervous. Fortunately, this product didn’t have that beach smell at all, and it was surprisingly light. As you read, it’s very important to protect you face from the sun’s rays, and this moisturizer will do that and more. You can find it at Jack Black’s website for $27.

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Ask Your Baby Skincare Questions Tomorrow!

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

ss_FAN2012898Yesterday my sister asked me what she should tell a friend who’s looking for a good sunscreen for her 8-month-old son. I gave her a few recommendations, but also suggested that her friend go to our Facebook page tomorrow–that’s when we’ll be hosting a live chat with dermatologist and mom Mona Gohara, M.D. From 12:15 p.m. EST to 1:45 p.m. EST, you can ask anything you want to know about protecting your child from the sun, just in time for the holiday weekend. Sun safety is one of Dr. Gohara’s passions; she created K&J Sunprotective Clothing, a line of cool t-shirts for babies and children that have a UPF rating of 50+. This means that only 1/50th of the sun’s ultraviolet rays will get through. (Most regular cotton shirts have a UPF rating of  5 or 10.)

So mark your calendars for tomorrow at 12:15 p.m. EST. Dr. Gohara will be standing by!

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Win a ‘Very Hungry Caterpillar’ Prize Package, and Skin Care Products!

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

RockerAs they say, you’ve got to be in it to win it! The {beloved} Very Hungry Caterpillar brand has joined forces with Episencial Skin Care to bring you a truly spectacular chance to win big. From now until July 8, you can leave a comment on this post for the opportunity to win six outstanding items your little one is sure to go ga-ga for! Here’s a little background on both brands:

Eric Carle, one of the most celebrated children’s authors of all time, has taken the classic characters we all know and love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar book and propelled them into The World of Eric Carle— a new line of toys and art designed to foster learning, imagination and development in young children.

Sweet Dreams Bubble BathEpisencial is a top-notch, all natural, organic skincare system created specifically for the unique developing skin type of babies and kids. Plus, it’s planet-friendly, packaged in recycled and sustainable materials, and manufactured using solar power. How cool is that?!

Prize package includes:

A hardcover copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar- $21.99

Kids Preferred The Very Hungry Caterpillar Rocker- $120 (note: This item is pictured above and will not be available for purchase until July)

Oopsy Daisy The Very Hungry Caterpillar 14 x 14 Wall print – $69

Episencial Sweet Dreams Bubble Bath – $8.99

Episencial Protective Face Balm – $5.99

Episencial Soothing Cream – $10.99

Enter to win by posting a comment below by 11:59 EST on July 8, 2011. We will pick one lucky reader at random. Read the full rules here. And Goody Luck! UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed.

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All-Natural Skincare Products

Monday, November 30th, 2009

6a00d8341c30cf53ef0120a6b2ff8f970c-250wiEpisencial, founded by Kim Walls, mom of two boys (4- and 7-years-old), has created a new line of all-natural skincare products for babies and kids inspired by Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s favorite fruits. The packaging makes the washes, creams and balms super cute, and real juice extracts give them a delicious smell (think apple, pear, orange, strawberry, and plum) that will surely add a fruity punch to bath time fun. Want to try them out on your bathing beauties? Parents readers have the chance to get a sneak peek at http://episencial.com/parents. Place an order before November 15th and you’ll get a 20% discount! Otherwise, products will be available in January at Target.com, Buy Buy Baby and Whole foods.

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