When my mother rubbed mustard oil on me post bath and I hated it…!!

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When I was a little girl, I remember my mom rubbing mustard oil on my body post bath in the winter months. Come winter, and she would keep a bottle of mustard oil in all the bathrooms. Post bath, everyone applied mustard oil to keep the skin hydrated. I know virgin mustard oil is better than chemically loaded winter creams and lotions, but somehow that smell. That smell that lingered in the bathrooms. That smell that stayed on my body and attached itself to my clothes all day long. I just hated that smell. Even thinking and writing about it made me conjure up that strong bitter smell. I would ask my mother to change the oil. But she would say – “Nothing doing. My mother has used the same oil since I was a kid. See, how my skin glows even in the winters.”

It was hopeless arguing with her. So, without a word, I kept on using mustard oil winter after winter. However, I vowed never to bring that bitter smelling, dark golden liquid into my house when I got married. My nani used it, my mother used it, but I would never use it. This tradition had to stop with me.

When I got married and moved to Mumbai, I stayed true to my promise. We never got mustard oil in our house. Mumbai’s mild winters helped too. But, then what to use? We didn’t want mustard oil and a particular brand of coconut oil, which is famous for hair, I just could not come around to use it on my skin (it has a very strong coconut-y smell too). So, with no option left, we switched to numerous body lotions and creams. But, somewhere it always pinched me that I was not using oils, something that I had grown up using. I was against chemicals, but was still using them. So, when a certain Yoga guru came up with his range of products, without a thought, I switched to them, in particular coconut oil. I used it for my daughter too, along with other baby lotion. However, deep down I knew it was not a baby product. I know coconut oil is a coconut oil, but still I wanted something that I could apply it on my daughter’s skin without a moment’s worry.

And, so when I came across Baby First’s range of baby products that included baby oil that had the base of coconut milk, I knew I had found what I had been looking for. I got Baby First’s baby oil, and started using it on myself. It’s my policy to first use any baby product on myself as a test. I used it for a good 10-day period. The skin on my hands and legs are a bit dry compared to my face. But, I never felt itchy or developed a white dry patch on my skin since I have been using it. It’s ideal for mild winters that we experience it in Mumbai.

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What works for me:

  • It is a non-sticky oil, with a mild and pleasant smell of coconut. There is something pure about the smell. I love it.
  • This oil does not contain any mineral oil or paraffin.
  • It neither contains preservatives nor added colours.
  • It contains lauric acid that is found in mother’s breast milk and vitamin E.
  • It’s affordable at Rs. 99 per 100 ml.

When I was fully satisfied, then only I started using it on my 5-year old daughter. She has eczema, so I have to be particular about what product I use on her skin. Once she takes her bath, I rub some oil into her skin. Every weekend, I massage her too with this oil. Her skin looks hydrated and I have never seen dry skin or her scratching. Her eczema has not flared up even since I have started using it. So, I think this product is for keeps, and I will continue using it on my daughter.

So, if you are using mustard, sesame, coconut or olive oil to massage your baby, move over and try this product. It’s good – non sticky and non overpowering. You and your baby will love it!

Baby First has a range of products including baby bar soap, body lotion, body cream and baby powder. Try them out!

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