If I could eat only one fruit for the rest of my life, I’d pick cherries.
Actually, I kind of have. When I was a little girl, I went through a phase when I’d eat only cherries.
My mum used to make a mouthwatering fruit salad with cherries, bananas, and strawberries. I’d stealthily eat all the cherries and leave the bananas and strawberries to my parents. Didn’t take them long to figure out who the “thief” was…
Now that I’m 34, I’ve learned to eat bananas and strawberries as well (they’re delicious too!), but I still dig anything that tastes or smells even remotely like cherries.
That’s why I have no shame in using Daniel Galvin Jr Organic Dubble Trubble 2 in 1 Shampoo & Body Wash in Cherry Bomb, a shampoo and body wash for children aged 3-12 (why should kids have all the fun, eh?)
Cherry Bomb is just that, an explosion of sweet cherries laced with lots and lots of sugar. Definitely something that little girls will dig more than their moms.
If this were a perfume, I’d throw it in the bin (way too strong for me now), but as a body wash, I love using it because it brings back good old memories from my childhood.
And it cleanses my skin well too. It works thanks to ammonium lauryl sulfate, decyl glucoside and cocamidopropyl betaine, a blend of surfactants whose names are bound to trigger fear in the hearts of every mom (wasn’t this stuff supposed to be organic?).
Fear not. Despite their scary names, these surfactants (that’s a fancy word to describe ingredients that allow water to mix with dirt and oil so they can be rinsed away) are perfectly safe and gentle enough for kids as well.
You know what’s not gentle? Methylchloroisothiazolinone and Methylisothiazolinone. Daniel Galvin Jr proudly claims to avoid the use of parabens (which are gentle and safe – science says so) and then adds in two of the most irritating preservatives used in cosmetics!
Of course, this doesn’t mean these hard-to-pronounce preservatives will irritate your skin. They didn’t irritate mine.
I just wanted to point out what happens when idiots like the EWG spread misleading information about cosmetic ingredients. Brands take out those perfectly safe ingredients people are scared of and substitute them with potentially more problematic substances no one has heard of. How does that make cosmetics safer?
But then, there really is no preservative out there that’s as safe and effective as parabens (yes, really!), so please, let’s stop the madness and go back to using them.
Rant over. So, despite the bad choice of preservatives, I still find this shampoo and body wash gentle enough even for kids (unless their skin is very sensitive).
It does a great job at removing dirt, leaves skin soft, and makes it smell gorgeous (if you like the smell of cherries and sugar, that is).
I’m using this more as a body wash than shampoo, though. That’s cos I have highlights so I prefer to use a shampoo for coloured-treated hair.
If you’re getting this for your daughter or son, I’m guessing their hair is still all au naturel, so go ahead and use it all over. It’ll make the bathing routine faster.
And more enjoyable. I didn’t exactly loved bathing as a child (I wanted to go out and play, you know?) so having something that smelled this delicious would have made the ordeal more emjoyable and save my mom lots of headaches.
If you’re still on the fence, Daniel Galvin Jnr will donate £25,000 from sales of this shampoo and body wash to Prince’s Trust, a charity that helps young people get the education, training, and jobs they need to change their lives for the better.
When you do good, you’ll feel and smell good too.