frequently asked questions

Who is the founder? Jo Gilberd at the The Bath House has a long history of designing and managing skincare and food ranges. Since moving to New Zealand 15 years ago, Jo has become more and more aware of the need to protect our fragile world and has developed the Little World Organics toiletry range to reflect her passion to make the most natural, organic and safe products without harming the planet in the process!

How many products are in the range? Six single products plus an Ultimate Gift Set (includes all six products) and an Essential Gift Set (includes three products), both presented in a beautiful embossed white box.

Who/what is the Bathhouse? The Bath House is proudly 100% New Zealand owned company that has an absolute focus on producing top quality products with the very best natural kiwi ingredients.

Is the packaging recyclable? Yes – the cartons are fully recyclable and are made from recycled material. The glass bottles were selected instead of plastic bottles because glass eventually returns to being sand whereas plastic is here for ever! Did you know that every piece of plastic ever made is still here – it may have broken down into smaller particles but it’s still here. Those small particles can be absorbed by plankton – I’ll leave you to work out the rest. The caps and pumps are made of plastic and if we can think of a way to avoid this – we will!

Is the packaging bio degradable? Yes - although the caps and pumps are plastic and the tray in the Ultimate Gift Set is also plastic. We are trying to look for alternatives.

Where is it made? Proudly made in New Zealand

Any Shipping Costs? All products across the range include free shipping!

Do all the ingredients come from New Zealand? Everything we can source in New Zealand – we have, but there are some ingredients we have had to import to retain our ‘organic’ claims.

Is this just for babies or can I use it on my older children? Anyone with sensitive skin can use this product. We have dermatologically tested this on some very sensitive people in Scotland and although some people are allergic to water, we have done our very best to make sure these products are safe.

Is it safe to use to my animals? Yes.

Are all the ingredients organic? Virtually all – in the case of the shampoo/bodywash is still really difficult to source organic emulsifiers but we will keep trying.

What does organic mean and why is it better for me? Organic products contain only plant-sourced ingredients that are cultivated without the use of synthetic chemicals, irradiation, or pesticides. This means less damage to the soil and environment and more in keeping with safe ecological standards and practices. The other benefit is that often the balance of ingredients in organic skincare products actually promotes health because of their healing properties.

What does it mean 100% Natural? "Natural" ingredients are derived, in whole or in part, from natural sources with no synthetic compounds. All our ingredients are derived from natural sources.

Are there any chemicals or artificial ingredients in it? The Bath House has a strict no nasties policy. We encourage consumers to read other companies ingredients labels much more closely and make their own informed decisions about what they put on their baby’s skin.

What does dermatologically tested on humans mean? (how has it been tested?) Dermatologically tested means that all the products in our range have been independently scientifically tested on real live consenting adult human beings with super sensitive skin. The testing is done in a randomised way where some people have the product and some people have sterilised water applied to their skin with special patches that stop it from being rubbed off.

All our products passed the tests with better results than sterilised water. The humans, we tested this on happen to be in Scotland at one of only a few authorised skin testing laboratories in the world. This process costs many thousands of dollars and demonstrates a total commitment to quality and safety.

Is this safe to use on sensitive skin? Yes - Little World Organics is gentle and free of nasty chemicals that can irritate the skin. The Bath House has tested the products on people with sensitive skin and performed really well. There are some sensitive people however that are irritated by water so we can never say never!

What is the fragrance? It is a natural non synthetic fragrance that is hypo allergenic. Hypo allergenic means that it is created especially to reduce the risk of any reaction even with sensitive skin.

Why does it matter if I use chemicals? Isn’t it just a con or a fad?

There is lots of research which targets individual ingredients found in toiletries and there isn’t time to look at all them so we have attached a list of all the known nasties and why they are not good for you or your baby.

Sodium lauryl/laureth sulphate: This ingredient can cause irritation at very low levels.

Parabens: Have been linked to endocrine disruption, to cancer, reproductive toxicity, immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity and skin irritation [10]. Since parabens are used to kill bacteria in water-based solutions, they inherently have some toxicity to cells.

Lanolin can be comedogenic (blocks pores to create acne)
Propylene glycol - skin irritant
Synthetic fragrances can cause allergic reactions
Colourants - skin irritant
Petrochemicals - block pores and cause allergic reactions
Ethyl alcohol drying and irritating to the skin
PABA-sunscreen - skin sensitizer
Urea: Urea quickly moves through the natural barrier of the skin and allows the other chemicals in the product to move in to the body with it.
PEGs - take the protective oils off the skin and hair, making them more vulnerable to other toxins.
DEA and TEA: These chemicals are thought to be hormone-disrupting chemicals that can form cancer-causing agents — research indicates a strong link to liver and kidney cancer. They are commonly found in shampoos, soaps, bubble baths and facial cleansers.
Irritating emulsifiers.
Harsh foaming agents.

What are some of the side effects of using nasty’s and chemicals on the skin?

  • Red skin
  • Scaly patches
  • Blisters that ooze
  • Burning or itching, which may be intense
  • Swelling of the eyes, face, and genital area
  • Hives
  • Sun sensitivity
  • Darkened, "leathery," and cracked skin
  • Does the range have any petro chemicals in it? No. None of our products have any chemicals made from petrol in them

Does your product have perfume in it? It has a natural fragrance that smells soft just like a new born baby and is natural and hypoallergenic.

Has it got a use by date, how long will it last before it goes off? 3 years minimum.

What are some of the key ingredients that are used in the product?

Organic Sunflower Oil: Sunflower oil is high in vitamins A, B, D & E, minerals, lecithin and unsaturated fatty acids. It is deeply nourishing and conditioning for the skin and is highly recommended in the care of babies skin

Organic Jojoba Oil: Jojoba oil is a liquid wax, not an oil, and contains natural collagen, almost identical in structure to the collagen in human skin. Jojoba is an excellent massage oil, it softens and protects the skin.

Organic Beeswax: Provides a film of protection against irritants while still allowing the skin to breathe.

Organic Cocoa Butter: Cocoa butter is a naturally occurring butter and has a fabulous, soft, sweet cocoa aroma, and is one of the most stable fats known. It contains natural antioxidants that prevent rancidity, and has an extremely long shelf life. An excellent moisturising agent for the skin.

Organic Rosemary Leaf Extract: Antioxidant, antiseptic, and antispasmodic: Rosemary is a key herb in European herbal medicine.

Organic Glycerine: Glycerin (also called glycerine or glycerol). Glycerin is a sugar alcohol which acts as a moisturiser (emollient) and humectant, meaning it absorbs water from the air. This glycerin is coconut based not Palm Oil based.

Organic Chamomile: The essential oil is an excellent skincare remedy, providing soothing, calming and cleansing benefits useful for burns, blisters, inflamed wounds, dermatitis, eczema, rashes and wounds. Chamomile is effective as an analgesic, anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antibacterial, carminative, fungicidal, hepatic, and nerve sedative.

Organic Shea Butter: Shea butter is one of the best moisturizing, regenerating and protecting natural products in the world! It protects the skin from UV sunlight, harsh climate, dehydration and pollution damages.

Organic Calendula Oil: Calendula (marigold) oil is not only one of the most effective topical oils, it also makes an excellent base for salves, facial creams and many other natural cosmetics. Gentle, cooling, and soothing, calendula oil is a most successful oil for assisting us with dry and damaged skin, skin inflammations, rashes, diaper irritations, and other skin disorders. It also makes a wonderful baby's oil and is exceptional for those with sensitive skin.

Organic Olive Oil: Olive oil is by far the most universal of oils. It has a good conditioning effect in skincare recipes and can be used in almost all applications because of its stability. It has a long absorption time, is a good massage oil and in creams is often used when some extra protection is required, say in water-proofing.

Vitamin E: Vitamin E is an antioxidant that assists in maintaining cell integrity. It is obtained from sunflower, safflower, canola, and olive oils; also from many grains, nuts and fruits. Vitamin E oil is great for preventing rancidity in cosmetics and it acts as an antioxidant in creams, lotions, and baby products

Kawakawa Leaf Extract (Macropiper Excelsum): Our wonderful NZ native, Kawakawa Leaf, has long been used to treat inflamed and irritated skin. It contains natural ingredients which have anti-inflammatory effects.

Manuka Honey (Leptospermum scoparium mel): Manuka honey has a wide range of amino acids and vitamins which are ideal for nourishing the skin tissue. It leaves the skin feeling soft and supple.

Oat COM ORG (Colloidial Oatmeal)

  • Commonly used in baby bath treatments, moisturisers and nappy rash creams
  • Protects and relieves minor skin irritations and itching including rashes or toddler eczema (FDA skin protectant)
  • Hypo-allergenic and gentle enough to be used on sensitive skins/suitable for sensitive skin
  • Contains soothing anti-irritant and anti-itch properties for toddler eczema, atopic dermatitis and psoriasis
  • Non irritating, fragrance free and a safe ingredient

Oat Lipid e: Oat Lipid is a trusted and safe oil which is kind to sensitive skin. This oils unique profile replenishes skin with an anti oxidant and Vitamin E complex. It is mild, hypoallergenic and suitable for skin prone to redness and inflammation. It can be used to calm eczema and psoriasis.

Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera has been shown extremely effective in wound healing and for its anti inflammatory properties. This amazing plant can help moisturize and soothe and renew damaged skin.

What product would you recommend for cradle cap or eczema? I would use a small amount of the Little World Organics ointment which contains lots of emollients.

Why should I buy Little World and not another natural product? What makes Little World special? There are many products on the market which claim to be ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ but that doesn’t automatically make them safe for babies. We went the extra mile to make sure these products were as safe as possible by conducting an extensive dermatological trial so we think we have the best product you can buy.

Why are organic products more expensive? Organic ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides and that is a lot more time consuming and difficult than you may think! This protects the natural environment and all the creatures that live on it but it is more expensive. The product then has to go through a stringent certification process to guarantee the products are organic.

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Glass bottles and jars are an integral part of any community recycling programme. They are 100 percent recyclable and can be recycled endlessly with no loss in purity or quality. Recycling glass containers saves energy, conserves the planet’s resources, and diverts this valuable commodity from landfill. Today’s consumers expect glass to be included in their local recycling programme.

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