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New Found Love: VMV Hypoallergenics

26 April 2011 6,369 views 3 Comments

Disclaimer: This post is mainly me ranting about my skin.
Disclaimer’s disclaimer: Happy ending.

My skin products cost an arm and a leg, and, no it is not by choice and also not because I am profoundly vain. I spend too much on skin products because I have to. You see, unfortunately, I have highly sensitive skin. I’ve had allergies since I was a kid and my visits to various dermatologists is at some point a routine already. My mom told me that I was allergic to almost anything and my poor self-control is not of help. But hear me out first. I was told to ward off from dust, stress, chicken, egg, and tragically – chocolates. Are they kidding? I have successfully inculcated in my mind that they are, at least on the chocolates part. I also cannot use just any kind of skin products. I need my dermatologists’ nod on every skin product I use – from soap, facial cleansers, lotion to moisturizer.  I was also told, among others,  to rule out make-up if I can or at least chose the noncomedogenic ones, those that will not clog my delinquent pores. Most of the time, I am recommended to use baby products.

Having said all that, this is me stating the obvious: My vanity kit is such a drag. *Yawn* Clinique for cosmetics, Cetaphil for skin cleansing, Aveeno Baby for moisturizers and lotions. *Yawn*

But guess what, my skin always on a revolt, found another excuse to take up arms – pregnancy. I have been strongly warned against scratching but it wasn’t included in the warning that my tummy will itch like hell. According to my doctor, it is a natural side effect (and an annoying one at that) as my skin stretches, aggravated by changing hormones and enzymes. An inevitable downside of pregnancy is that almost everything changes, and on my part, the changes in my skin is the most visible. And it changes as often as my mood – which is quite often. There are days when my skin is very dry and of course, the itching follows, particularly in the tummy area. My mom told me scary, scary stories of what will happen to my tummy if I scratch. But there are really days that I just can’t help it, so together with a feeling of “I am so going to regret this one day”, I gave in. Eeeeep! The feeling of guilt after is plain ugh.

I’ve actually read about VMV Hypoallergenics  a couple of times before, however, have been skeptical because of my many failed attempts in my skin product search. However, my friend, Pam, told me she’s sending something over for me and my little jellybean in time for my baby shower. Who in their right minds will say no to a present? And to my delight, when the package came in, a whole set of mom and baby products!




They gave me the whole Grandma Minnie’s Mom + Baby Care which includes Coo & Clean Baby Wash, Mommy-coddling All-Over Lotion, Oil’s Well Nurturing Do-It-Oil and The Big Brave Boo-Boo Balm. I didn’t want to share it with our readers without testing the product first. So, I immediately gave it a try, particularly the Mommy-coddling All-Over Lotion. I’ve been using it for three weeks now and it lessened itchiness drastically! The biggest part of my tummy is the villain as it is the part which itches the most. I swear I can hear voices inside my head that says stretchmarks, stretchmarks, stretchmarks while I scratch and the scorching summer heat is definitely of no help. The Mommy-coddling All-Over Lotion moisturizes my tummy area enough without that sticky feeling I get from the other products I’ve tried. It also doesn’t aggravate the itchiness meaning, miraculously, I am not allergic to it!  This is such a slow-clap moment for me.

The whole Grandma Minnie’s Mom + Baby care is a validated hypoallergenic and can work on all skin and hair types. It is rated VH-65 which means it is free from 65 known allergens. I think I shed a tear. The whole line is also 100% all-types-of-fragrance-, preservative- and paraben- free. As if I am not that impressed yet, it is non-comedogenic, and pediatrician-tested. The products are gentle enough to be used on infants and babies and even adds an extra bonus as it can also provide antiviral and anti-bacterial benefits. Oops, another tear.

According to VMV:

“We’ve been babying skin since 1979 with the same evidence-based skintegrity that defines everything we do. But our Mom & Baby products get an extra dollop of cuddle and care: a generous sprinkling of our great Grandma Minnie’s nurturing spirit, who delighted friends and family with her recipe for a sublimely soothing cream, which she first mixed in her Fall River, Massachusetts kitchen in the late 1800s.

We created our Mom & Baby products when so many of us at VMV became first-time parents (and grandparents) and were frustrated by the lack of truly hypoallergenic products available for our sensitive skins (and those of our poor, scratchy wee’uns). Tried and tested on ourselves and our babies, these are our most personal products to date. And our safest …”

The little pumpkin is coming out anytime soon and I cannot wait to try the rest of the products with him!

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For Cebuano buyers, you can check out VMV’s products at:
Stall E210 Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu Business Park
Cebu City, Philippines
Tel: +6332 2382637


  • Jordan said:

    Nice read. Guess I will be buying these products for you, ei? :)

  • ava said:

    i havent spotted any vmv stalls….im dying to buy the armada sunblock

  • MacVB (author) said:

    Hi, Ava. They have new stalls in SM department stores ;)

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