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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Mummy Must Have | Milk & Masuki

When it comes to my daughters health I am very careful with what she is exposed to. If she didn't have allergies I probably wouldn't be so paranoid worried or overly cautious, but the fact is she does. Her allergies cause her skin to break out in hives and eczema. On top of that she has also inherited my sensitive skin and has histamine reactions very easily. Because of this I am very careful when choosing anything that is going to come in contact with her skin.

I do as much as I can to minimise her skin reactions. She is only washed in organic bath wash and moisturised with QV (the less chemicals the better as she has reacted to a lot of brands). I use eucalyptus delicates wash for all her washing and 95% of her clothing and bedding are cotton. I try to keep everything as natural as possible to minimise the chance of a reaction. The less chemicals, fragrances and additives she is exposed to the better.

I have found out about great organic skin care brands and natural pain relief options through other mums. I only knew about the big brands in terms of baby items before I had a baby, but now that I'm dealing with her allergy and sensitive skin issues I am finding out about a whole range of natural organic brands available. I'm not an alternative, hippy mum by any means, but I am interested in doing what is best for my child and in my opinion using natural (or as close to natural) products is whats best for her. 

Apart from skin care, baby food and therapeutic remedies there is also a great range of organic baby clothes available. Previously I just bought all of her clothes from the big department stores (Kmart, Big W, Target etc), but since I have discovered the wonderful world of online shopping I have found there are some great 100% organic baby brands available at the click of a button. One that I particularly love is Milk & Masuki. 

Milk & Masuki make handmade 100% organic cotton items for girls and boys. They are designed and made in Australia by 2 artists, Ishak and Rachael. They specialise in bibs, wraps, blankets and baby and toddler clothing. Their items are hand printed and come in a range of grey, aqua, orange and purple styles. Their designs are unique and unlike any others I have seen available. They combine animals and geometric shapes in what I would describe as tribal inspired prints. Your child will definitely stand out in their items (for all the right reasons).

My favourite item is the fox onesie, its sooo cute! I love it in the aqua, but bubba often gets confused for a boy (even while wearing floral clothes) so I opted for the neutral version with the orange fox print. Its just as cute and a nice unisex colour combination. There is also a grey version with black print. I'm tempted to get that one too. I also got the owl onsie as it was the more feminine option from their range. You can see their whole range here. When she's older I will get her the fox tees as well.

Organic cotton is free from pesticides and other chemicals which means it is environmentally friendly and also safer for sensitive skin. Organic cotton also has a softer feel and lasts longer as the cotton fibres are not broken down by chemicals. Milk & Masuki only use organic GOTS certified cotton in all products so you can be rest assured their items are as safe as possible for your little one. 

Organic clothes are known to be more expensive than non-organic clothing, but I think the benefits make the price worthwhile. Milk & Masuki clothing retails from $35.00, bibs for $16.00 and wraps from $29.00. When you consider the amount of time and effort that goes into hand-making an item, I think it's worth a lot more than a mass produced item. Organic clothing also tends to last longer so it will pay for itself over time. Personally I am more than happy to pay that little bit extra for an item of clothing which I know is environmentally friendly and better for my child.

I'm not getting on my soapbox and saying organic is for everyone or that you are bad if you don't buy organic, but if you are looking for organic brands, Milk & Musaki is a great place to start. I got the 6-12 month size for bubba in the onsies as she is quite long and has chunky thighs and they already fit her perfectly - shes only 5 months old at the moment. Keep in mind if you are purchasing the onsies and have a chunky bubba like mine it's probably best to get the next size up. You can purchase Milk & Masuki items from Rochelle at Bean and Me with the special Finding Myself Young 15% off code [YOUNG] until January 31st. She also has some other wonderful organic brands available too.

Toni xx

*I did not receive payment for this review and all opinions are my own
* The first photo was edited in Instagram, the fox print is actually a fluro orange as per the close up photo.

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  1. What an adorable picture of your baby girl! I wonder if Milk & Masuki are limiting their market by not having the more traditional pink/blues ... I'm only saying because I had a girl that was confused for a boy a lot as a bub so would only buy her PINK to avoid confusion! Other than that though I love the aqua colour and the purple too :-)

    Visiting today from #teamIBOT xxx

    1. I know what you're saying Janet. I was all anti pink when I first found out we were having a girl, but now I deliberately seek it out to try and make it in your face obvious that shes a girl. I would love the fox onesie in a pink (thats the first colour I asked about).

    2. Hi Janet and Toni,

      Yes we battle with that question everyday, We set out to create something that was different from the tradition "pink/blue" as we feel like there is already a lot of stuff avaliable for that market. However we've had this feedback a lot and looking forward to next summer you'll find some of the range is a little less unisex though still cool and different!

      Thanks for your feedback Janet and for your kind words Toni

      Milk and Masuki X

  2. Quite possible! I've never asked about the pink and blues. Although I have a very boy boy so don't have the problem dressing him in more unisex colours.
    I'm expecting their autumn/winter range to arrive the end of February. Get excited! They are the coolest organic baby clothes brand around, in my humble opinion :)

  3. What a gorgeous little girl and how difficult it must be dealing with her allergies. These outfits are very very cute!

    1. They are very cute! I'm learning to deal with the allergies :) Just have to be more careful than others.

  4. They are gorgeous little clothes! I love organic stuff because of how it feels, but often I just can't afford to buy much of it :(

    1. We don't have a huge amount of it either Jess, but I loved these so much I couldn't resist.

    2. I know what you mean Jess. My advice, and the way we do it, is by living by 'less is more'. We have less outfits, but better quality and organic cottons. It's seems harder said than done. But basically we just do an extra load of washing during the week :) The huge positive if organic cotton baby clothes is that they last SO much longer than the cheaper stuff. I tend to dress Jenson in bigger clothes and let him grow into it. He's only just grown out of a pair of organic leggings he's been wearing since about 6 months old (He's now 14 months!) They were in and out of the wash at least twice a week and are still in great condition and will be warn by our next baby :)
      We also have 6 weeks layby at to help buying quality clothes a bit easier. Let me know if you ever need a hand with anything :) Rochelle x