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NOW CLOSED Aldi Mamia baby toiletries range - product tester review thread

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TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 29-Oct-12 12:38:38

This thread is for all the Mumsnet research panellists who've been trying out Aldi's Mamia range of baby toiletries with their baby. Below are some questions to get you started but please feel free to add other comments too. Everyone who adds their feedback on this thread will be entered into a prize draw where one winner will receive a hamper of goodies from Aldi worth £50.

Q1 What was your overall impression of the Mamia range of baby toiletries? Did you enjoy using them?
Q2 How did the Mamia products compare with other products you've tried (please include details of what brands of baby toiletries you usually use)? Did they perform as well? Do you think any of them could be improved in any way?
Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath
- Mamia Baby Lotion
- Mamia Baby Shampoo
- Mamia Baby Oil
Q4 Do you think you'll consider buying any of the Mamia baby toiletries range in future? If so, which product(s) and why? If not, why not?
Q5 If it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend Mamia baby toiletries to other parents of babies? If so, why? If not, why not?

Thanks and good luck with the prize draw,
MNHQ

AmethystMoon Tue 30-Oct-12 07:33:31

Q1 What was your overall impression of the Mamia range of baby toiletries? Did you enjoy using them? Obviously designed to look like the Johnson's range. Which I can understand but it just made them look like cheap imitations - why not design your own packaging? I couldn't help to then compare them to the Johnson's products which I have used, which is a shame as I may not have done this if they weren't designed to look like them. Johnson's is hardly amazing packaging so why copy it? Good sizes and good price. Overall I think a good budget buy.
Q2 How did the Mamia products compare with other products you've tried (please include details of what brands of baby toiletries you usually use)? Did they perform as well? Do you think any of them could be improved in any way? I have used Johnson's, Little Me, Boots, Palmers and Burt's Bees. I prefer the smell of Little Me, Burt's Bees and Palmers. The nicest smell in the Mamia range is the baby oil. I found the others a bit chemically smelling after a while. I prefer organic/natural ranges and my baby has eczema so I also use emoliant based products. The products certainly performed as well as the others, I think it comes down to knowing what the ingredients are and the smell. I also have to say I like nice packaging if it is going to be on display in my bathroom and the Aldi range isn't great.
Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath - like initial Parma Violets smell but it changes to a more chemical smell after a short amount of time. Disliked the jelly like consistency, which does not disperse as well in the water.
- Mamia Baby Lotion - nice consistency, okay smell
- Mamia Baby Shampoo - jelly like again which I didn't like
- Mamia Baby Oil - no issues with this but I don't normally use baby oil on my baby. I personally feel it is an old fashioned product not really used by modern day Mums.
Q4 Do you think you'll consider buying any of the Mamia baby toiletries range in future? If so, which product(s) and why? If not, why not? I might use the lotion again. I will certainly use up the samples as they perform well. If I needed to economise I would buy them in the future but when I can afford more natural products I would stick to those as I just orefer to keep the chemicals off of my baby.
Q5 If it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend Mamia baby toiletries to other parents of babies? If so, why? If not, why not? I would as an economy brand as I don't think they are a poor substitute, it is really just the packaging and the jelly consistency of the shampoo and bath product that let them down. (which let's face it isn't the end of the world!)

Lkb1985 Tue 30-Oct-12 10:57:00

Q1 What was your overall impression of the Mamia range of baby toiletries? Did you enjoy using them?

They looked like a complete copy of johnsons, I think they would of been much better with there own identity, as you felt like you were using a cheap version. That said, I was impressed with the quality as I normally shop in aldi but buy toiletries elsewhere.

Q2 How did the Mamia products compare with other products you've tried (please include details of what brands of baby toiletries you usually use)? Did they perform as well? Do you think any of them could be improved in any way?

I found the bubble bath, shampoo and lotion equal to my usual brand of johnsons, but without the gorgeous johnsons smell. I found the oil took a long time to soak in, and wouldn't use again

Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath

Liked amount of bubbles and left skin soft, dislike smell
- Mamia Baby Lotion

Good quality soaked in well, again not too keen on the smell

- Mamia Baby Shampoo

Good quality, washed out well, smell could be improved

- Mamia Baby Oil

Took too long to soak in with a wriggly baby, won't use again, but I don't use oil anyway.

Q4 Do you think you'll consider buying any of the Mamia baby toiletries range in future? If so, which product(s) and why? If not, why not?

If in aldi I would buy all but the oil again, however overall I prefer my usual brand

Q5 If it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend Mamia baby toiletries to other parents of babies? If so, why? If not, why not?

I wouldnt tell people to avoid, as I would other aldi toiletries! However I didn't rate the products high enough to recommend, they were just 'ok'

Thanks and good luck with the prize draw,

Flisspaps Tue 30-Oct-12 11:00:25

We've only used them once so will wait before reviewing, but I wanted to ask-

What am I supposed to use the oil and lotion for? My DC don't need moisturising as they're soft skinned anyway.

NumptyDumty Tue 30-Oct-12 11:41:10

Q1 What was your overall impression of the Mamia range of baby toiletries? Did you enjoy using them?
The overall impression of the toiletries was that they were a cheap Johnsons. The packaging was identical, this has positives and negatives, they fit in well with the rest of Aldis products but also look like a cheap copy.
I did however enjoy using the products,

Q2 How did the Mamia products compare with other products you've tried (please include details of what brands of baby toiletries you usually use)? Did they perform as well? Do you think any of them could be improved in any way?
The products were similar to the Johnsons range but ubfortunatly all smelt more chemical, an improvement would be to make them smell more natural. You don't want to use harsh smelling products on a babies sensitive skin.

Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:

- Mamia Baby Bath
Disliked this product. The smell was very overpowering similar to that of Parma violets, was very gel like and so needed working to make bubbles. The bubbles although there began with a lot soon disappeared.

- Mamia Baby Lotion
Liked how it seemed to moisturise more than the branded competitor, my baby doesn't use this so I tested it and it left me feeling lovely and soft.

- Mamia Baby Shampoo
Smells nice and not to overpowering, bubbles well, didn't like how you couldn't smell it the next day on my babies head, you can with the Johnsons right up until bath time.

- Mamia Baby Oil
Liked the flip top lid, a little thicker than Johnsons but this is just an observation not a like or dislike.

Q4 Do you think you'll consider buying any of the Mamia baby toiletries range in future? If so, which product(s) and why? If not, why not?

I wouldn't buy the bath because of what I stated above, the baby lotion I also wouldn't buy as we don't use it, if I was in desperate need of the other products then I would buy them if in Aldi doing my shop but wouldn't go to aldi to buy them, similarly if I didn't need them I could hold out to buy Johnsons.

Q5 If it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend Mamia baby toiletries to other parents of babies? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would recommend them as they performed well, my dislikes are opinion (smells) and I think are a good cheaper alternative baby range.

Q1 What was your overall impression of the Mamia range of baby toiletries? Did you enjoy using them?

Yes enjoyed using them as always keen to try new products especially those at a good price. It was handy that they replicated the Johnson's range as then I knew exactly what was in each bottle at a glance but very unoriginal, would rather if they had their own identity.

Q2 How did the Mamia products compare with other products you've tried (please include details of what brands of baby toiletries you usually use)? Did they perform as well? Do you think any of them could be improved in any way?

In terms of volume for price, these are unbeatable. We've used Johnsons, Halos and Horns and have been gifted more high end products such as Burt's Bees and Neal's Yard. Next to these, the Aldi range does look very cheap but that's because it is!

Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath

Liked the violet smell for nostalgic reasons but on the whole thought it was a rather chemically smell. Good bubbles, washed well.

- Mamia Baby Lotion

Nicely perfumed, moisturised well.

- Mamia Baby Shampoo
Good lather and DDs hair was soft afterwards so liked this a lot.

- Mamia Baby Oil
Not too greasy and used it on my legs too!

Q4 Do you think you'll consider buying any of the Mamia baby toiletries range in future? If so, which product(s) and why? If not, why not?

Not sure - good value for money, would most likely get the shampoo again but felt it was all a bit artificial plus the packaging was ugly, rather something a bit more upmarket looking on the bathroom shelf - yes I know that sounds shallow!

Q5 If it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend Mamia baby toiletries to other parents of babies? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes if someone was looking for a cheap and cheerful product

Babycarmen Tue 30-Oct-12 12:26:43

Q1 What was your overall impression of the Mamia range of baby toiletries? Did you enjoy using them?
My first impression was that the bottles are very big, a lot like Johnsons but not as attractive.

Q2 How did the Mamia products compare with other products you've tried (please include details of what brands of baby toiletries you usually use)? Did they perform as well? Do you think any of them could be improved in any way?

I usually use Asda bedtime bath, which I prefer the look of, but the Mamia bath does just a good a job and smells nice. I usually use Johnsons shampoo and the Aldi baby shampoo did perform just as good but i dont personally think it smells as nice, It smells a bit chemically. I think the general look and smell of the products could be improved.

Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath
- Mamia Baby Lotion
- Mamia Baby Shampoo
- Mamia Baby Oil

I really liked the smell of the baby bath which smells like parma violets (Mmm!) but i think the colour is too artificial and not necessary. The baby lotion was quite greasy and didn't soak into my daughters skin very well. The shampoo smelt a bit artificial but apart from that was just as good as johnsons in my opinion, and i would consider buying it. The oil is not a product I usually use but had a nice smell.
Q4 Do you think you'll consider buying any of the Mamia baby toiletries range in future? If so, which product(s) and why? If not, why not?
I would consider buying the shampoo and baby bath as they are good value and generally good products! I probably wont buy the baby lotion or oil as its not something I use.
Q5 If it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend Mamia baby toiletries to other parents of babies? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes I think I would recommend them as they are good value for money and seemed to be gentle on my little girls skin and hair smile

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 30-Oct-12 12:30:23

Flisspaps - don't worry, if you don't want to use the oil or the lotion on your baby, then no need to add feedback on them. Unless you have another willing volunteer who would like to try them and tell you what they think?

peeriebear Tue 30-Oct-12 13:05:29

Q1: I thought they looked like cheap pound shop imitations of Johnson's. Designing their own line would be much more preferable IMO.
Q2: I haven't really used other baby toiletries recently as DS is quite new and my other DCs are older, but in the past I have used Johnsons, Boots own and supermarket own brands.
Q3: Baby bath- I liked the smell (parma violets) and the gloopiness didn't really bother me. The smell faded quite quickly- I couldn't smell it on DS after he was dried- but that's probably a good thing, not too perfumed!
baby shampoo- Good, I liked the smell, no problems. We didn't use much.
Lotion- Not used, I don't generally use any for any purpose.
Oil- Used on my skin. I liked the smell and it was fine for me.
Q4: I would probably buy the bubble bath and shampoo in future because they smell pleasant and do the job. I don't use lotion and oil normally.
Q5: Yes I would recommend to people though I'd have to say to them, don't be put off by the cheapo packaging!

marksandy Tue 30-Oct-12 21:01:33

Q1 What was your overall impression of the Mamia range of baby toiletries? Did you enjoy using them?
I’m afraid to say I thought the products looked like a cheap version of Johnsons. I didn’t think they were anything special and although it was nice to try something different I wouldn’t buy them.
Q2 How did the Mamia products compare with other products you've tried (please include details of what brands of baby toiletries you usually use)? Did they perform as well? Do you think any of them could be improved in any way?
I usually use Johnsons and until something better comes along will continue to do so. I think Johnsons’ products have a nicer fragrance and their baby bath lathers up much better.
To improve the Mamia range I would change the bottle design to make it more unique and would change the fragrances as I didn’t like the smell of the baby bath or baby shampoo.
Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath- I didn’t like the smell at all and there was no lather.
- Mamia Baby Lotion- This is the best of the range. I liked the fragrance and the lotion was smooth and not too oily. My baby has slightly dry skin on his arms and they felt smoother after one application.
- Mamia Baby Shampoo- This produced a nice lather but again the fragrance wasn’t great, although it was better than the Baby Bath.
- Mamia Baby Oil- This is like other baby oils, nothing special. Baby oil is not something I usually use and having used Mamia my opinion hasn’t changed.
Q4 Do you think you'll consider buying any of the Mamia baby toiletries range in future? If so, which product(s) and why? If not, why not?
I don’t think I would buy any of the Mamia range. Although I liked the Baby Lotion I think there are better brands available. My reasons are explained in my previous answers.
Q5 If it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend Mamia baby toiletries to other parents of babies? If so, why? If not, why not?
No. I would only recommend products that I would be happy to use myself.

NoodieRoodie Tue 30-Oct-12 21:59:35

Q1 What was your overall impression of the Mamia range of baby toiletries? Did you enjoy using them?

Agree with others that said that the packaging came across as a cheap knock off of Johnsons, which made me think that the product would be inferior

Q2 How did the Mamia products compare with other products you've tried (please include details of what brands of baby toiletries you usually use)? Did they perform as well? Do you think any of them could be improved in any way?

I didn't try the oil but I found all of the other products comparable to Johnsons or Boots which I normally use.

Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath - very gloopy, harder to disperse in the bath, very strong chemical smell
- Mamia Baby Lotion - nice texture and easy to rub in, not keen on the smell
- Mamia Baby Shampoo - easy to use even with a hair washing hating 11 month old!
- Mamia Baby Oil - didn't use
Q4 Do you think you'll consider buying any of the Mamia baby toiletries range in future? If so, which product(s) and why? If not, why not?

Probably not, the smell put me off

Q5 If it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend Mamia baby toiletries to other parents of babies? If so, why? If not, why not?

Possibly but I would mention that although they performed well, the smell was too much

HannahLI Wed 31-Oct-12 10:22:00

Q1 What was your overall impression of the Mamia range of baby toiletries? Did you enjoy using them?
I was very quick to try them, and I thought they looked very similar to the Johnson's equivalent which I am sure is the idea. I liked the cap as it was harder to use so it prevented losing huge amounts if my two year old got hold of them. I was concerned that the baby shampoo wasn't tear free like my usual product and I didn't like the smell I found it very artificial and a bit odd. It seemed very highly perfumed by the smell and that's very off putting for me. They seemed to do the job however as soon as I put my hands in the bath water I knew we had a problem as my hands were stinging like crazy. Most of the johnsons products we usually use do have perfumes in them and I never have a problem. But this was! I am sure that most people will be fine using them but for us we won't be buying them again. Which is disappointing because I liked the price, a lot!

Q2 How did the Mamia products compare with other products you've tried (please include details of what brands of baby toiletries you usually use)? Did they perform as well? Do you think any of them could be improved in any way?
We usually use Johnson's and in terms of perfomance I think they did similar however somethings to think on:
- tear free formulation for the shampoo
- smell to be less artificial
- content of perfume additives to be lowered or removed
- I personally would love a natural type of product that didn't cost a lot

Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath I liked the lid being a bit stiffer, whatever is in this stung my hands (dry skin) and made bath time very unpleasant for me. However the kids liked it. I didn't like the smell.
- Mamia Baby Lotion was ok,didn't like the smell and it made the skin soft but I didn't see any further benefits of continuing to apply it. Again the content needs to be looked at to make it smell better and more natural.
- Mamia Baby Shampoo washed similar to the Johnson's product, I liked the lid, really didn't lie the smell and was concerned it wasn't a tear free formulation and it stung my hands so I think the content of perfumes and unnecessary ingredients needs to be looked out.
- Mamia Baby Oil was ok I don't usually use oil as I not see the point and I think it's a bit old fashioned. Again maybe look at smell and perfume content.
Q4 Do you think you'll consider buying any of the Mamia baby toiletries range in future? If so, which product(s) and why? If not, why not?
No, I would love to as the price is so good and I live the idea however they contain to many perfumes tat upset my skin, I didn't like the smell.

Q5 If it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend Mamia baby toiletries to other parents of babies? If so, why? If not, why not? I would tell the about it and maybe suggest they cautiously try it. As I said I think it's a great idea just in reality it doesn't suit us because of the content.

Violet77 Wed 31-Oct-12 13:44:59

I love aldi but i thought that the shapoo smelt like my dog shampoo. Bit sad as i was delighted they had added it to the range. ( will still buy it as it saves trip to tesco)
Aldi can you give us calpol and ibrufen generic pls......about 1.00 price point would be lovely.

cashmerewebsandspidersheads Wed 31-Oct-12 15:51:50

1. I thought that the range was very similar to Johnsons- so functional everyday toiletries. The packaging was unoriginal but did make the products instantly recognisable. I can see that this may be a good strategy to encourage people to try them.
I would only ever use very small amounts of these toiletries and similar as they can be harsh on the skin. Perfect for cleaning up mucky mud and paint covered toddlers though.

2. I thought the products were comparable to Johnsons products.
Maybe Aldi would consider running a more luxurious natural range too- along the line of Waitrose Bottom Butter and Burts Bees.

3.
Baby Bath
I used this 3 times in a bath alongside my toddler. I actually found it much less drying than the Johnsons equivalent on my own skin.
There were next to no bubbles- but maybe this is a good thing as less sodium laurel sulfate??
I had no feelings on the smell either way. Don't know why it was blue though!

Shampoo
I liked the smell. DS (2) described it as 'lemony'!
We used some to mix pretend cakes in the bath and ge rubbed it all over his face/eyes with no ill effects so it must be gentle.

Lotion
Used on both DS and I. A light moisturiser- not too greasy. Not much else to say!

Baby oil
Wouldn't use on DS. Used on myself. Sunk in quickly- didn't sit on my skin.
I'd actually buy to make home made moon sand (mixed with flour)!

4.
Yes I would buy the products again. However, I use such tiny amounts of shampoo/bubble bath I'd not need to buy often.
I didn't mind DS using the products to make cakes in the bath (and would object if cost more).
Would be interested in a luxury range-eg natural oils and essential oils!

5. Yes if discussing Aldi products generally. Wouldn't go out of my way to recommend though.

HeidiHole Wed 31-Oct-12 20:29:26

Mine haven't turned up yet but hopefully they're on their way

aimingtobeaperfectionist Wed 31-Oct-12 21:12:33

Q1
Overall impression was that they were very very similar to johnsons! As soon as I opened the packet I thought id been sent them by accident blush
They were lovely to use apart from the oil. I felt it was too heavy ad left a pretty thick residue on everything.
Q2
I felt they compared well to other products I have tried. I use welleda baby on a regular basis and have tried johnsons, tesco and boots own baby lotion was and shampoos. I didn't find there wa anything 'lacking' in these products compared to others. I would suggest a smaller bottle for the oil as only the tiniest bit is needed so that bottle seems massive and possibly a better lid so less spillage? A dropper or something would be better.
Q3
Bath- lovely and bubbly, soft bubbles and smelt nice
Lotion- nice and light, possibly not as good for dry skins
Shampoo- no tears which is good, soft clean hair, smelt nice
Oil- no scent, heavy, spilt a lot, didn't really enjoy this one.
Q4
Yes I would buy the bath shampoo and lotion again. I am quite happy they work well and are a good price compared to other brands. I would however buy other brands if they were on offer to a similar price of aldi, I'm just a product snob if I'm honest! blush I would not buy the oil as I just didn't like using it.
Q5
I would recommend the products apart from the oil. A few of my friends are pregnant and I have mentioned that I'd tried these.

mummymccar Wed 31-Oct-12 21:27:24

Q1 What was your overall impression of the Mamia range of baby toiletries? Did you enjoy using them?
I was initially really excited to try out the range because I've loved all of the Aldi baby range so far, but I was very disappointed in the end.

Q2 How did the Mamia products compare with other products you've tried (please include details of what brands of baby toiletries you usually use)? Did they perform as well? Do you think any of them could be improved in any way?
I usually use Johnsons products but I've become a bit bored of them recently - they seem too chemical for my liking so I want to switch brands. Unfortunately I think that the Aldi range was too chemical too. I think that to improve them I'd really like more natural ingredients in the products. The list of chemicals on each of the bottles were huge, it made me quite concerned about what I was putting on my daughter's skin.

Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath - made lots of bubbles but they disappeared quite quickly. Nice floral smell.
- Mamia Baby Lotion - Didn't like it - seemed to be very greasy. (I tested it on my own skin too)
- Mamia Baby Shampoo - Used it once and wouldn't use again. It made my daughter's hair very straw-like for the first few hours after washing and then afterwards it became very greasy. I was also concerned about the high number of chemicals in it. I got a tiny bit in my eye and it stung quite badly. I had to be very careful with my daughter.
- Mamia Baby Oil - I was a bit 'meh' about this. It seemed OK but I wasn't overwhelmed by it.

Q4 Do you think you'll consider buying any of the Mamia baby toiletries range in future? If so, which product(s) and why? If not, why not?
Maybe the baby bath if I needed some and was in Aldi, but I wouldn't go in specially to purchase it. I wouldn't buy any of the other products because I didn't like them very much. I may change my mind if the number of chemicals was reduced though.

Q5 If it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend Mamia baby toiletries to other parents of babies? If so, why? If not, why not?
It has, in Aldi last weekend with another parent. I recommended the baby bath but told them about the number of chemicals in the others and they weren't very impressed either.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to try these products though, I really appreciate it.

Beckamaw Thu 01-Nov-12 11:11:24

Sorry for appearing so late on the thread. Bit of a mix up, so mine only arrived yesterday.

1) Overall impression was great, as I had anticipated. Uncomplicated, easy to use packaging. Lids came off without needing teeth to assist (my pet hate). I did enjoy using them.
2) I have mainly used J&J, and would have easily believed that these were from the same brand. I recently changed to 'Baby Naked' as my little one gets irritated skin easily. I was a little hesitant, but used the lot and there was no irritation at all. They all performed great. No complaints!
3) Baby bath:
Very concentrated stuff so a little goes a long way. Great fragrance that doesn't cling heavily to the baby. Makes a baby smell like a baby should.
Doesn't create masses of think bubbles. Another plus for me as she tries to eat them!! grin
Baby lotion: lovely! I'm not a user of baby lotions, but it made her skin soft and lightly fragranced.
Baby shampoo: again, well concentrated.
Nice fragrance. Made her hair super soft and kissable!
Baby oil : good fragrance. Didn't irritate skin. Nice texture.
4) Yes, I will stock up when I next go in for the fabulous nappies. Probably not the Baby Lotion, but that's just because we don't really use it.
5) Yes, will recommend to everyone. I have converted many friends to the nappies already. In fact my Mum and I actually fell out because I had the audacity to put some Pampers in the changing bag (to use them up). She said 'Why are you giving ME the rubbish nappies while I have her?'
I love Aldi baby products. I wish more people were less snobby and would try them!

princess2012 Thu 01-Nov-12 11:20:14

1.My initial thought about the Mamia range was that it looked very similar in colour and presentation to the Johnsons range (unless this is an industry standard). I liked using them.

2. The Mamia products seem to do the same job as the Johnsons range which I usually use; though the consistency of the shampoo and bath were a bit thicker. The top for the bath and shampoo could be changed to a push pump type to aid dispensing of the contents (especially for a large bottle of 500mls).

3.
Mamia Baby Bath – I liked it, though the fragrance could be improved. It made a good lather.
- Mamia Baby Lotion – I liked it. Good moisturiser.
- Mamia Baby Shampoo – I liked it. Nice fragrance.
- Mamia Baby Oil – I liked it. Oils my Baby’s hair nicely.

4. Yes, I would consider buying some of the Mamia baby toiletries again (Oil and Lotion). I won’t be getting the bath and shampoo as I prefer a combined all-in-one wash.

5. I’d recommend the products I liked.

Thanks for the samples!

Q1 What was your overall impression of the Mamia range of baby toiletries? Did you enjoy using them?

My first impression was that they looked like a stores own brand version of Johnsons, which is what they are. I have enjoyed using them.

Q2 How did the Mamia products compare with other products you've tried (please include details of what brands of baby toiletries you usually use)? Did they perform as well? Do you think any of them could be improved in any way?

The only brand I've used before is Johnsons as I was bought loads when ds was born. I think these are comparable. The bubble bath perhaps doesn't foam quite as much but it was enough. I think I prefer the shampoo to Johnsons, there seems to be less residue on ds' hair and its left very soft and fluffy.

Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath - I love the smell, probably because I love the smell of Parma Violets. If you don't like them you'll hate the baby bath as it is a strong smell.
- Mamia Baby Lotion Nice feel and scent but the scent didn't seem to last as well as Johnsons.
- Mamia Baby Shampoo - Love it. Very little needed and left hair soft. I used it to wash my own hair with good results too.
- Mamia Baby Oil - It seems ok. Its not something I really use so its hard to say how it compares but I like the smell.

Q4 Do you think you'll consider buying any of the Mamia baby toiletries range in future? If so, which product(s) and why? If not, why not?

I'll definitely buy the Shampoo and Baby Bath if I was shopping in Aldi (which I do quite a lot), I would buy the lotion if the scent lasted longer. I wouldn't buy the oil simply because we don't really use it.

Q5 If it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend Mamia baby toiletries to other parents of babies? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would recommend as its a good alternative for someone on a budget.

Aldi - is there any chance of extending the range to do a bedtime bath selection. I really love the Johnsons version for myself and would like to be able to pick it up in Aldi.

mtp18 Fri 02-Nov-12 01:34:41

Q1 I liked the products, nice big bottles with gentle products. Good value for money.
Q2 Used Johnsons and Boots organic. Felt better value for money, products went a long way.
Q3 - Mamia Baby Bath - not too many bubbles, cleansing but gentle
- Mamia Baby Lotion - nice smell, easy to apply
- Mamia Baby Shampoo - gentle lather
- Mamia Baby Oil - not too keen on baby oil in general but ok for the type of product
Q4 Definitely would buy the lotion and baby bath once these run out.
Q5 Most definitely would recommend as good value products

Tanyaaah Fri 02-Nov-12 09:48:58

Q1 Cheap, basic versions of well known brands of baby products. They were fine, no better or worse than other comparable products. Quite nice smell.

Q2 The baby bath foamed well and smelled nice, just as well as the organic one I am currently using and as Johnsons.

Q3
- Mamia Baby Bath - Nice smell, large bottle so will last a while.
- Mamia Baby Lotion - Nice smell
- Mamia Baby Shampoo - Nice smell, seems to wash hair adequetly.
- Mamia Baby Oil - Don't use baby oil, never have.

Q4 Yes, I might buy these again as the price is probably lower than other similar products.

Q5 I suppose I would, they're nothing special but probably value for money.

danmoore00 Fri 02-Nov-12 12:49:43

Q1 What was your overall impression of the Mamia range of baby toiletries? Did you enjoy using them?

My first impression was positive - thought that I had been given Johnson's range as they looked so similar. I enjoyed using them - all products seem of a high quality - I would not have known that they were not one of the more expensive ranges on the market - my son enjoyed his bath for the first time - the first without screaming (but think this was just a coincidence)!

Q2 How did the Mamia products compare with other products you've tried (please include details of what brands of baby toiletries you usually use)? Did they perform as well? Do you think any of them could be improved in any way?

The products was as high quality as Johnson's or supermarket's own brands that I have tried. I generally like to use organic products which don't create as many bubbles as the Mamia range. I like the Little Me Organics as a treat but these are very expensive & the quality of the Mamia range is comparable. I think the quality is fine for the price range and I don't think I would notice the difference between Johnson's and Mamia range - it's equally as good if not better - I'm not sure of the prices for the Mamia products but I imagine that they are at least half that of the Johnson's range.

Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath
Really nice fresh smell - good bubbles

- Mamia Baby Lotion
nice consistency/smell

- Mamia Baby Shampoo
good lather - did not seem to irriate my son's head

- Mamia Baby Oil
nice scent easy to apply

all products have easy to open caps

Q4 Do you think you'll consider buying any of the Mamia baby toiletries range in future? If so, which product(s) and why? If not, why not?

yes definitely - would make a trip Aldi just to purchase - I haven't tried their nappies yet but I have heard good reviews of these too

Q5 If it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend Mamia baby toiletries to other parents of babies? If so, why? If not, why not?

yes def as an alternative to some of the more expensive products on the market

crispychicken Fri 02-Nov-12 13:15:55

Q1 What was your overall impression of the Mamia range of baby toiletries?

I was surprised at how battered and scratched all the bottles were- they were posted in a padded bag so i doubt the damage was caused in transit! However, i liked the packaging as it was simple. quite similiar to Johnsons though.

Q2 How did the Mamia products compare with other products you've tried?

I didnt like the smell- thought it was very chemically, but none of the products made my sensitive skin react. I tend to use the Burts Bees baby stuff.

Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath- odd texture and smell!, quite gloopy. Produced a small amount of bubbles.
- Mamia Baby Lotion- better smell, nice consistency, absorbed well.
- Mamia Baby Shampoo- disappointing, didnt make DD's hair soft and fluffy- her hair looked like it had been dampened down!
- Mamia Baby Oil- this was the best of the lot, absorbed fantastically well, smelt better than the rest, i have really dry 'outdoor' hands and it sorted them out well! lifted DD's cradle cap well.

Q4 Do you think you'll consider buying any of the Mamia baby toiletries range in future? If so, which product(s) and why? If not, why not?
Only the oil for my hands, and only if I couldnt get BBB.

Q5 If it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend Mamia baby toiletries to other parents of babies? If so, why? If not, why not?
yes- as they are well priced and I am ridiculously precious about what goes on DD!

Pastabee Fri 02-Nov-12 17:11:52

Q1 What was your overall impression of the Mamia range of baby toiletries? Did you enjoy using them?

Like other posters I was disappointed that the Johnson's packaging had been copied. This makes me feel Mamia isn't a brand in its own right.

Q2 How did the Mamia products compare with other products you've tried (please include details of what brands of baby toiletries you usually use)? Did they perform as well? Do you think any of them could be improved in any way?

I preferred the bottles to other products as the tops were really easy to open. Johnson's products seem to require two hands which isn't great when bathing a baby so these tops were much better. I wasn't keen on the products themselves. They didn't smell as nice as other products and didn't foam up very well.

Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath: I wasn't keen on the smell at all. What a pity Aldi didn't choose a lavender scent or similar. This baby bath smelt way too chemically.
- Mamia Baby Lotion: This was a really nice lotion apart from the lack of nice 'baby' smell
- Mamia Baby Shampoo: This didn't foam as well as I would have liked.
- Mamia Baby Oil: I didn't try this as I dont use baby oil.

Q4 Do you think you'll consider buying any of the Mamia baby toiletries range in future? If so, which product(s) and why? If not, why not?

Probably not. I will stock up when Johnson's is on offer.

Q5 If it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend Mamia baby toiletries to other parents of babies? If so, why? If not, why not?

No, I'd suggest buying a main brand in bulk when on offer.

PukeCatcher Fri 02-Nov-12 20:01:45

Q1 What was your overall impression of the Mamia range of baby toiletries? Did you enjoy using them?

Yes, they got baby clean and smelling lovely without her coming out in any lumps and bumps. I love the smell of the Baby Bath but the Shampoo was a little drying.

Q2 How did the Mamia products compare with other products you've tried (please include details of what brands of baby toiletries you usually use)? Did they perform as well? Do you think any of them could be improved in any way?

I usually use Johnsons shampoo and Johnsons Bedtime Bath. The Mamia products did perform as well as the Johnsons ones in my opinion for getting DD clean and smelling nice but I think the shampoo would dry her scalp out too much if I used it regularly.
As others have said, the Baby Bath could be less gloopy and a more natural colour - the blue looks a little too harsh, but I like the smell and it didn't cause a little rash like Johnson's Bedtime Bath does if i've not rinsed it thoroughly at the nape of her neck which is great.

Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath

Love the smell, didn't like the gloopyness at first but it's not really an issue. The colour I'm not keen on - looks chemically.

- Mamia Baby Lotion

Fine, looks and smells like any other baby lotions i've used - nice.

- Mamia Baby Shampoo

The shampoo leaves my DD's scalp a bit dry. Not a problem at the moment because it's done a sterling job of getting rid of a patch of cradle cap she's had for months but I don't think I would like to use it regularly.

- Mamia Baby Oil

I'm not really an oil user but I've tried a bit on myself and there's nothing remarkable or negative about it for me.

Q4 Do you think you'll consider buying any of the Mamia baby toiletries range in future? If so, which product(s) and why? If not, why not?

Yes, I would buy the Baby Bath because I like the smell and it doesn't leave my daughter with a little rash on her hairline at the base of her neck like Johnson's does. If they made it in a Bedtime Bath that would be great.

I wouldn't buy the shampoo again because it would dry out my daughters scalp too much if it was used regularly.

Q5 If it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend Mamia baby toiletries to other parents of babies? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would recommend the Baby Bath and that they try the oil and lotion if they used them. I wouldn't recommend the shampoo.

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