So, I'd just like to share with all of you a quick moment when I try something, then realize I am an idiot for not thinking of it sooner.
Use your kids' cleansers/lotions/etc. on yourself.
(If you don't want to read my ramblings about this, admittedly mundane topic, you can leave now and go back to reading much more interesting blogs. I won't blame you.)
You see... basically since my rambunctious - uh, I mean precious - baby boy was born he's had crazy skin problems. Itchy, rough, patchy, hive-y (I know, it's not a word, but Benjamin HAS been hive-y)... and the doctor said we had to use Cetaphil and Eucerin and Aquaphor instead of the (literally) gallons of Johnson & Johnson baby soap I bought in preparation for his arrival. (About half of that is the lavender scent in the purple bottle.)
The good news: the clinical, non-scented stuff does calm his skin (a little)
The bad news: he had NEVER had that baby smell
You know the smell. It's the one that makes you say: "oooooooohhhhh. I just love the way baaaabies smeeeelllll...." And you melt a little.
And I don't know why, but this Ben never smelling like a baby thing kinda' bothered me. (I mean, he smelled just fine most of the time. Just not like a baaaaaaby.)
I resigned myself to using the yellow bottle J&J on the dogs. (No matter how much of that stuff you use, they do NOT smell like babies. But sometimes, their feet smell like tortilla chips when they are sleeping. Does that happen to your dogs? No? It's just me? Please don't have me committed.) But for some reason the lavender stuff just didn't seem right to use on the pups.
To complicate the matter, my workspouse gave me the most lovely gift of Mustela baby stuff for my surprise baby shower. It smells soooo good and is super expensive. And it's just been sitting around.
Ben's skin is still super sensitive. But -- and this is my duh! moment -- mine isn't!
So I've been using the Mustela stuff on myself. And you know what? It's great! So soft and not irritating and it smells great and it even removes makeup. (I mean, smashed baby food has to be tougher to remove than makeup, so I'm not really surprised.)
So, you busy moms out there, I know you don't have time for daily spa treatments or lengthy pampering routines. But this, you can do. And you don't have to spend a any money. Scope that changing table and treat yourself (and do it now, because one of those little munchkins is sure to need your attention soon).