Sunday, December 09, 2018

MFO Gift Guide: Biolane, Bebe!

I first learned of French babycare line Biolane from Tanya Cuaso-Ong just last year. She and her husband brought the brand to the Philippines after seeing how well it worked for their own kids. With all four of her kids prone to eczema, she had just about tried everything - from creams to steroids, until she stumbled upon the brand while in Hong Kong.

Impressed with the results, she contacted Laboratoires BIOPHA, the Vendée based company behind Biolane and like it was meant to be, got the distribution rights to bring the entire range to our shores.

Personally, we've used some of the products from the line and our top faves have to be:

The scents: Eau de Toilette and Eau de Bebe which makes the kids (even us moms) smell like babies all day, yes, even my likot little boys.

Alchol-free Eau de Toilette for the kids (Php520) and Eau de Bebe (Php1,195) for both kids and moms!

First Aid kit essentials: I swear by Biolane Arnica Gel - it's a miracle worker! It's been part of our kids' going out bag and a staple in our apothecary cabinet since we first tried it.  Great for bruising, bumps and even insect bites. This is because Arnica is a popular homeopathic treatment for trauma to skin and minimizes bleeding and it can really tame down nasty bruises overnight.

The Cicabebe is Cica for babies and kids. Used for centuries as wound treatment in Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is now also a popular ingredient in Korean skincare products. I even read in an Allure article that Cica - a green, leafy herb, is "what tigers rub on their wounds to help their skin regenerate". Sounds fantastical, and with that, I was sold!

Of course, it is worth noting that all the rest of Biolane's core products are formulated at physiological pH, paraben, phthalate, phenoxyethanol, alcohol and soap free. They are hypoallergenic and so safe that 80% of pediatricians in France recommend Biolane, such that the brand been a constant in French maternity wards for over 40 years now.

In fact, if you are not yet done with your holiday shopping, you may want to consider looking into their special gift sets for the moms and kids in your list! 

Ultimate Gift Set (Php1,990): Perfect for a brood of siblings. Forget the toys and clothes, go practical! The kids probably won't be thrilled opening this on Christmas Day, but I assure you, Mom will remember you with fondness for a long time. I know, I would!

Wipes - biodegrable and infused with Biolane Gentle Cleansing Milk/Pure H20
Pure H20 200ml - contains hydra-bleine and suitable to be used on both baby and mommy's face and body 
Sweet Almond Oil Spray- 99% natural origin; to be used for massages for baby and mommy 
2 in 1 Hair and Body Cleansing Gel 350ml - tear and soap free formula; rich in ingredients to keep both hair and skin nourished and protected 
Nourishing and Moisturizing Cream 100ml - rich in amino acids and vitamins to keep skin supple and nourished 

Eczema Management Set (Php1,580): This is a godsend for kids with atopic dermatitis. Mom and kids will thank you for introducing these products into their lives.

Sweet Almond Oil Spray - pure and natural Sweet Almond Oil; to be used during or after bath
Dermo-Pediatrics Lipid Enriched Body and Hair Cleansing Gel 350ml - formulated with extremely high levels of lipid-restorative agents to protect and nourish the most sensitive of skins 
Dermo-Pediatrics Moisturizing Cream 150ml - combination of amino acids, pro-vitamin B5, hydra-bleine, and phospholipids to ensure skin's nourishment and protection 

these travel sized tubes are included too!

Newborn Essentials Gift Set (Php870): I remember being a new mom and not knowing what to get. I survived with a whole lot of help from friends who taught me what to buy, by giving tips or just going ahead and giving me what they think I would need. Do the same for the new mom in your life!

Essential Cleansing Emulsion 200ml - recommended for babies' first bath 
Dermo-Pediatric Diaper Cream 100ml - contains 20% zinc oxide, panthenol, vitamin E and sweet almond oil. Also formulated to be used even on atopy prone skin.
Nourishing and Moisturizing Cream 100ml - suitable for newborns to keep skin soft and nourished 
Plus some travel sized tubes as well ;)

Toddler Gift Set (Php1,190): Here's one great way to prolong that yummy baby smell on active toddlers. 

Nourishing and Moisturizing Cream 100ml - rich in amino acids and vitamin B5 to keep skin nourished and smooth 
Pure H20 200ml - no rinse solution; to be used on baby's face and body as well as to remove mommy's makeup; skin freshener and hand sanitizer
2 in 1 Hair and Body Cleansing Gel 350ml - soap and tear free formula; contains hydra-bleine to keep hair protected and tangle free and leaves skin clean and moisturized 

Individually, these products are great alone or to get as a set: Body Milk with Cold Cream (Php990), Massage Oil (Php 550) with avocado oil and Face Cream with Cold Cream (Php580).

They make the perfect gift for families with kids who love traveling to cold places. I dub thee, the Moisturizing Set. But that's not official ha, heehee.

The great thing with buying the official gift sets is that they typically come with a mesh travel bag. 

Plus, when you buy a minimum of Php1,500 worth of products, you get this Tic Tac Toe felt set that you can pack in your travel bag to keep the kids entertained before they start asking for gadgets.

For more about Biolane, visit Biolane PH on Facebook and Follow @biolaneph on Instagram

Biolane products are available at the Biolane Kiosk at the 2nd floor of SM Megamall Fashion Hall, Rustans Department stores and select online stores.
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