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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

Q1 They are fab! Smell lovely, make bubbles, moisturise, clean and look after her skin just like any other brand! DD has sensitive skin and we have had no problems with these products at all grin Enjoy using them and will enjoy using them in future!

Q2 We use Johnson's or Lush on our DD and I found the Aldi range v comparable to the Johnson's range in every way except price!! The smell/consistency/colour of the products was just like other products, of a very good quality. Kind and gentle on her skin I am more than happy that they performed as well if not better than other brands. No improvements to suggest!

Q3 Bath - good bubbles, good smell, excellent cleaning, not too much residue in bath after
Lotion - not too greasy, lovely smell, moisturises, doesn't stain clothes
Shampoo - familiar colour and smell ;), cleans hair, no tears!, soft fine clean hair once dry
Oil - nice smell, a little greasy, but locks in moisture v well, leaves skin soft for hours, but leaves clothes a bit too oily to use for 'best'

Q4 Yes! All except the oil, but we are not generally oil users, and have so much left in the bottle as it is very easy to use sparingly. All the other products were as good as anything we've used before and much cheaper!

Q5 Already have recommended, was in Aldi and mentioned to a friend similarities to Johnsons but better cost and she bought some bath and lotion to try grin

Thanks for the opportunity to test, fingers crossed for the hamper smile

Wowserz129 Mon 29-Oct-12 13:04:24

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

I liked them, I would buy them again if I was in Aldi.

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 think they are just as good as johnsons which i normally use. I thought that they all stood up against them given how cheap the mamia products are aswell compared to johnsons. I also use asdas little angels and would put them on equal par with them but not better.

Although i think they could have been more imaginative with the packaging. It was almost identical to johnsons, every single bottle and the writing on the bottle was almost identical. I think they could take a leaf out of asdas book with their little angels and do a completely different bottle designs.Also the bottles i recieved were very scratched and a bit battered. To be honest I dont know if they were all like this, it could just be mine but it would put my off buying it in the shop if they were that scratched up.

Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath : I liked the smell of the baby bath, was quite bubbly although the bubbles did seem to disappear more quickly than some others i have tried.
- Mamia Baby Lotion: Only used this once as my son doesnt need it but it smells nice and wasnt to oily a lotion for him. Left his skin soft.
- Mamia Baby Shampoo: I really liked the shampoo, i only use a small amount but my son has a lot of hair so it rubbed in well and appeared to be okay for his eyes.
- Mamia Baby Oil: Dont really know what to write about this, not really any different to any other baby oil i have used? No complaints really.

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 definetely buy the baby bath and the shampoo in future. Probably would not buy the oil or the lotion but that is more because i dont like to use unecessary products on my sons skin.

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 if a parent was looking for an alternative to the more expensive brands like johnsons.

melliebobs Mon 29-Oct-12 13:08:48

1) On the surface they look good. Look identical to Johnsons in how they are packaged. My bug bare is lids being a sod to open when your hands are wet. No such problem with these. They all did their job in that dd was clean afterwards but tbh I didn't like them

2) dd is 8 months and we are still ploughing through the masses of toiletries we were given when she was born. So so far weve used johnsons shampoo and bubble bath. Mothercare bubble bath and boots baby oil. I've never used moisturiser before. The aldi ones perform just as well. In fact we thought the shampoo created more of a lather BUT they all stink. I mean really chemically which automatically put me off n think they would be quite hard on babies skin. They aren't but the chemical smell is really overbearing. Also the consistency of the product could be improved. Mainly the shampoo n bubble bath. Rather than liquidy they were quite jelly like.

3) baby bath. Did the job. Plenty of bubbles (and we still use the baby bath) but it smells really chemically and that mixed with the blue colour makes me think it was quite industrial rather than gentle bath time clean your baby stuff. Also it was quite gelatinous

Shampoo was ok. Got her hair clean and a good lather. But again gelatinous and smelt over chemically

Baby lotion. I've never used one before. But nice baby colours in the pink bottle. Makes me think soft and gentle. Smell a bit perfumeie and a little went a long way. However dd did feel really greasy afterwards no matter how much I'd rubbed it in

Baby oil. I don't like baby oil normally as it really hurts my hands and after a while it no longer feels like a smooth liquid. This was no different.

4) I don't think I'd use these products again. Id rather pay a little bit extra and get a branded one like johnsons (although places like home bargains or wilkinsons always have good offers on it) that smell nice and seem more baby skin friendly

5) I'd mention to a friend that aldi do baby toiletries and if on a budget they might do but they just weren't for us. Or they can have a go with our leftovers n decide for themselves!

StrangeGlue Mon 29-Oct-12 13:13:47

1. I dunno why they've made it so much like johnsons in image.

2. I thought they were just as good as any other I've tried and better than johnsons or cussons.

3. I don't use lotion or oil on DD. The bath bubbles have a lovely smell and her scalp is less scaly than usual.

4. Yes I'd buy them.

5. Yes I'd recommend them, most baby toiletries are far to pricey.

Bigspring Mon 29-Oct-12 13:18:21

Have enjoyed trying the mama baby range products, they do as they say on the label, the amount of product for the price is great.
Have sampled many baby products before, the Aldi range are definitly better then wilkinsons brand and tesco and would say especially the shampoo is like the johnsons baby shampoo. The baby bath product is the only item i wasn't too impressed with, simple baby products definitly win here.
Bath - did not like the smell it reminded me of Parma violet sweets, struggled to get many bubbles and not much of a lather
Baby lotion - absorbs well, smells nice and goes a long way for the money
Shampoo- great, smells nice, washes out easily, no tears, leaves hair soft
Baby oil - bit greasy, need a really small amount, nice smell
Yes would definitly buy the shampoo and body lotion again, and would highly recommend Aldi products to friends as a cheaper yet still high quality of baby product to use.
I would not buy the products as a gift for a hamper purely as the look of them is very basic but the actual products are good.
Have really enjoyed having the oppertunity to try different products, thanks

Q1 What was your overall impression of the Mamia range of baby toiletries? Did you enjoy using them?
This is tricky because they are so akin to johnsons and i'm not keen on johnsons products. So i liked them but some products more than others. I loved the bubble bath but i wasnt keen on the baby shampoo.

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?
They are exactly like johnsons and judging by aldi's advertising campaign and the packaging that was exactly their aim. They worked just as well although the baby oil felt more greasy. What i would say is that they were far more gelatinous than johnsons (bath and shampoo) they came out almost jelly like and didnt pour. It took a lot if agitating to mix the bath one and the bubbles didnt last long. I loved the palma violets type smell of the bath stuff. They were nice but i prefer ranges like green baby, little me etc.
Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath
It was too jellylike, needs to pour better. Had a lovely smell but the bubbles could be more abundant!
- Mamia Baby Lotion
Really nice, lovely smell, soaked in well.
- Mamia Baby Shampoo
I wasnt keen on this but then im not keen on johnsons. It was certainly no tears when i rinsed it off on my baby and toddler but the smell wasnt great and it also left both kids with a dry scalp.
- Mamia Baby Oil
A bit oiler than johnsons so didnt sink in as well but it had a nice smell and worked well. I used it on my own legs after shaving! On baby i used to massage her skin after her bath and she smelt lovely.
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 dont think so, they are excellent value compared to johnsons but they just arent my cup of tea. I prefer things like bath milks and herbal type smells in the kids. I'd be more inclined to buy it if it mimics johnsons natural range.
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 would. Although they arent the product i prefer they are a direct comparison to johnsons for far greater value and i'd certainly steer someones choices if they favoured johnsons products.

cleanandclothed Mon 29-Oct-12 13:33:29

When should they come? Haven't got mine yet.

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

I did enjoy using them, my initial impression was that the packaging was an exact copy of Johnsons which I felt was unoriginal and gave the impression of a cheap copy rather than a brand.

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?

Mamia products were equally as good as the johnsons products we usually use.

Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath -
lathered and worked really well but it smelt like parma violets which I hate!! (DH loved it though)
- Mamia Baby Lotion -
brilliant, exactly as good as other products
- Mamia Baby Shampoo -
really nice, lathered well and didnt irritate DD.
- Mamia Baby Oil -
little bit greasy but did the job.

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 will buy more if I am in Aldi.

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 would absolutely recommend them.

MsInterpret Mon 29-Oct-12 14:02:24

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

Looked just like Johnson's but a cheaper rip off. Sorry. Smelt a combination of sickly sweet parma violet top-noted on top of a chemically undertone. Not nice at all.

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 tested each for smell and texture on my own skin and used the bubble bath in my dd(2.10)'s bath. Made lots of bubbles and cleaned her but I couldn't stand the smell and so I couldn't bear to use on my newborn. Seemed too harsh! I normall y use Johnson's baby nightime bubbles (purple bottle) and no more tears shampoo. Otherwise I like something with a herbal smell, esp lavender or camomile like Little Me Organics or Earth Friendly Baby.

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

Disliked smell of all. nothing else specifically I disliked about each but couldn't use because of scent.

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, sorry, because of reasons outlined above.

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 don't want to just chuck them out as so wasteful but I'd be a bit embarrassed to offer to a friend as I dislike them and think they look cheap. I might see if they don't dislike the scent first as part of the conversation, then offer them if they don't. Especially as lots of people on this thread seem to like.

FrillyMilly Mon 29-Oct-12 14:23:42

Q1 What was your overall impression of the Mamia range of baby toiletries? Did you enjoy using them?
Thought the packaging look was very similar to Johnson's but that seems to be Aldis thing to make packaging similar to well known brands. I did 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?
We usually buy Johnson's (when it's on offer) or asda little angels. I'd say they where very similar to these brands in terms of performance.

Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath - loved this. Didn't bother DSs skin and smelt lovely like Parma violets.
- Mamia Baby Lotion - only used this once. Seemed nice
- Mamia Baby Shampoo - this left DSs hair really soft and shiny. Smelt lovely too
- Mamia Baby Oil - I really like this but would only use at bed time when pyjamas are going on as a bit greasy. I've been using it on myself 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?
I would definitely buy again. Probably the baby bath, shampoo and oil. Don't really use the lotion.

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 woul recommend it due to the price. It works just as well as top brands but costs much less

NellyBluth Mon 29-Oct-12 14:32:11

Q1 What was your overall impression of the Mamia range of baby toiletries? Did you enjoy using them?
I enjoyed using them, but with the colours and styling of the packaging they looked a lot like Johnsons products, and I think their own distinct branding would differentiate and stop people unconsciously comparing brands.

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?
They compared very well, they felt like good quality products. We have used Johnsons and Sainsburys own. The baby lotion was better than Sainsbury's own baby lotion.

Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
Mamia Baby Bath - LOVED the parma violet smell! Seemed to lather ok (but we don't run long baths so there's not much time for bubbling)
Mamia Baby Lotion - this was fine, the smell was nicer than Sainsburys own brand, but there isn't really anything to pick between Mamia and Johnsons.
Mamia Baby Shampoo - this didn't lather quite as much as the Johnsons shampoo does but it certainly got DD's hair clean and untangled and it still smelt and shone well the next day.
Mamia Baby Oil - a little thinner than other baby lotions but not excessively greasy which was good

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? The bubble bath definitely, because of the smell. If they were cheaper than Johnsons or other own-brand toiletries then I would definitely buy these again.

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 would, especially if I was aware that they were on a budget and these were cheaper. I don't feel these toiletries are so great that they would warrant a separate trip to Aldis, but if I knew someone was going there anyway I would mention that the toiletries were very nice.

One other thing - a body wash would be good. We frequently shower DD and so like to use a baby-equivalent of shower gel.

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 29-Oct-12 14:43:28

cleanandclothed - they should've arrived by now - I'll chase for you

cleanandclothed Mon 29-Oct-12 15:36:13

Thank you - we sometimes have problems with delivery so I can provide a phone number if that helps? Is it Royal Mail or someone else?

Mellibobs i was writing mine as you posted i'm chuckling at our mutual use of the word 'gelatinous'

starjules Mon 29-Oct-12 16:36:15

Q1 What was your overall impression of the Mamia range of baby toiletries? Did you enjoy using them?
I thought they looked like johnsons, but they are the market leader you cant complain about that. The smells were not great and it would of made more sense for the whole range to smell the same rather than each product smelling different.

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 use johnsons and boots own products usually. Not knowing the price its hard to see how they will perform but they do seem like a good budget version of the leading brands.

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
The Baby bath was good apart from the smell it wasn't an awful smell I just don't like palma violets! I did find that I had to use a little more than usual to get the same foam as my usual johnsons, but as it was a much bigger bottle that isnt a problem.
I didn't try the baby lotion as not sure what to do with it and the smell was a little strong.
The shampoo was great and I thought it was better than my usual one and my LO hair seems super shiny, but the smell was just awful it reminded me of furniture polish so I would not buy that again for that reason alone which is a real shame.
The baby oil was the best of the bunch, I usually use boots own extra soft skin one, but I thought the mamia one was fantastic and it had the classic baby powder scent which lasted and masked the scent of the shampoo which was a bonus.

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 definitely buy the baby oil again and if the smell of the shampoo changed I would buy that.

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 I assume the price will be good and would definitely recommend the baby oil regardless of price as it moisturised really well.

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 29-Oct-12 16:40:28

cleanandclothed - think some were couriered and some were sent Royal Mail - I've asked them to send you a replacement pack.

Nervousfirsttimer Mon 29-Oct-12 17:27:10

Q1) the products look very much like the Johnson and Johnson bottles which immediately makes them feel like a cheapo version which is a shame as the products are actually quite good.
Q2) again I couldn't get away from the fact they felt like cheaper versions which put me off quite a lot. I'd much rather just have the original version than a copy cat. I was hoping these products would have their own identity and offer something new but this really isn't the case
Q3) all of the products have quite overwhelming fragrances and generally I prefer more subtle, gentle scents which seem gentler on sensitive skins.
Q4 &5) for the reasons above I wouldn't buy or recommend these items. If they had been packaged in a different way my response might be different but how a product is packaged really does make a big difference

Lucyhas Mon 29-Oct-12 19:23:40

Q1 What was your overall impression of the Mamia range of baby toiletries? Did you enjoy using them?
As soon as they arrived my first thought was that they look exactly the same as Johnsons products - same colour bottles etc...I used the baby bath and the shampoo frequently but the body lotion not so much. I did not use the oil as I don't like using oil, even Johnsons oil so I cannot compare.

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 have used Johnsons products, body shops baby burriti (I think it is?),and tesco's own brand . The Aldi Mamia range compared very well to the others.

Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
Baby bath - loved the smell of Parma violets (which I think is the same as Johnsons??). Liked it so much I used it in my bath and I have sensitive skin but no problems smile
Shampoo - makes her hair smell lovely, cleaned her hair lovely and haven't noticed cradle cap flaring up so it works well on sensitive skin. The only thing wrong was as I was using it I noticed a strong chemical smell, but as it does the job I just ignored it.
Baby lotion - good. Works well.
Baby oil - didn't use, sorry.

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 buy the baby bath again definitely, if even just for myself to use! I do like using Johnsons bedtime baby bath (and tesco's copy of it) so it would help if Aldi added that to their range.

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 the baby shampoo. I'm not sure on the cost of these but I imagine a lot cheaper than overpriced branded toiletries smile

Havingkitties Mon 29-Oct-12 19:36:23

Q1. They look like a cheaper version of johnsons, and not very imaginative. I found the lids quite cheap quality and a bit sharp round the edges which is not good for slippery fingers! I only liked the lotion but not the rest.
Q2. I normally use johnsons, as I was worried the aldi range would be too harsh on my baby's skin due to the strongg artificial smell and consistency. The lotion performed well and left a nice velvety feel, but I was really put off by the Parma violet/toilet duck smell of the bubble bath and its gloopy consistency. Also I would of liked a small explanation of why the ingredients were chosen and how they would benefit my baby. Please improve the smell of them and make them seem less artificial! Johnsons seems more natural and caring for my baby's skin, this stuff seems like a knock off from the market.
Q3.
thumbs down to baby bath, I was put off by the artificial smell of the bubble bath and its globby phlegm like consistency. It just seemed as if I was pouring toilet duck mixed with Parma violets into my babies bath, which although it didn't do him any harm, made me worried that it would be too harsh on his skin.
Lotion had nice consistency and made my baby's skin feel velvety soft. Not overly keen on the smell.
Oil was comparable to johnsons.
Shampoo wasnt quite as foamy as I would of liked and a bit globby and unnatural.
Q4. Maybe the lotion but not keen on the rest as I'm worried what they may do to my baby's skin due to the smell and overall artificialness (packaging, smell, consistency)
Q4. I would probably advice my friends against buying them unless they loved Parma violets! Again I would be worried they may cause a reaction with some baby's skin so would be hesitant to recommend them.

MidnightKnitter Mon 29-Oct-12 19:59:31

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

I was pleasantly surprised by the toiletries. I'm not sure why they have chosen to copy Johnsons packaging quite so closely.
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 notice any real difference in the amount of bubbles produced. But the consistency is a bit odd very jelly like in comparison to Johnson or Boots own brand.

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 liked the smell of the baby bath although it is quite strong and it left ds1 and 2 clean which is the important bit

I'm not normally a fan of lotions and potions for babies/small children but the baby lotion was ok i didn't think it left any more greasiness than other brands.

I was pleased with the shampoo it performed just as well as premium brands, there were no tears and it smells nice.

As with the lotion i don't use much baby lotion but it seemed to do what it was supposed to.

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 quite happily buy Mamia baby bath and shampoo again in future if i was shopping in Aldi as they held up well in my opinion against premium brands.

I probably wouldn't buy the lotion or oil simply because i don't buy them very often regardless of 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? 

Knowing that a lot of parents are in a tight budget i would be happy to recommend Mamia to others as a good affordable substitute for overpriced premium brands with practically identical ingredients.

HappyGoJules Mon 29-Oct-12 20:03:56

Q1
They looked basic but I don't mind that but I didn't really enjoy using them. I must point out I am a big fan of Aldi products in general but not keen on this particular range.

Q2
I normally use Little Angels for bath products and E45 for lotion as my son has eczema. I didn't find the Mamia range as good as my usual products. For me the smell could have been improved and I would have preferred if all the products had been dermatologically tested as from what I could tell only the baby oil and lotion had been.

Q3
- Mamia Baby Bath: Bubbled up well but the bubbles lost form quickly and couldn't pick any up in my hand. It smelt of Parma Violets which I don't like and was a strange consitancy, not like a liquid.
- Mamia Baby Lotion: Smelt a bit like old ladies, left the skin soft but not smelling very nice
- Mamia Baby Shampoo: Smelt a bit harsh but lathered up well, there was no no tears formula so was worried about getting it in my son's eyes. Didn't smell very pleasant once his hair dried.
- Mamia Baby Oil: Smelt nice and absorbed well. It left baby's skin soft.

Q4
If I were to buy any of them again it would be the baby oil as it was the only one I would consider as good as it's competitors.

Q5
I wouldn't recommend most of the products, again maybe the oil. I wouldn't be happy telling people to try it when I didn't think the products were up to Aldi's normal standards.

J4D3 Mon 29-Oct-12 20:38:58

Q1 - At first I was surprised how they looked so similar to the equivalent Johnsons products. This made it really easy for me to tell which product was what (handy when you're covered in bubbles trying to wrestle with a slippery baby!). I enjoyed using all of the products on myself and baby. Each one felt and smelt lovely. Lots of bubbles and a little goes a long way with each one.

Q2 - I usually use Johnsons products so was pleasantly surprised with how good the Mamia products comapared. As above, a little went a long way and I could still feel the moisturisers for a long time after using. I use baby oil and lotion on my own skin and loved them both. I don't think any improvement is needed as even with sensitive skin and eczema in the family, they were gentle enough for everyone.

Q3 - Mamia Baby Bath - loved how bubbly this was, smelt lovely and rinsed off skin with no residue. Would like this to be in a bigger bottle!
- Mamia Baby Lotion - smelt lovely and didn't feel sticky like the Johnsons one can. Absorbed very quickly and was easy to apply to a wriggly baby.
- Mamia Baby Shampoo - I've only used this one in my own hair (as baby has a little bit of cradle cap) and I have dreadlocks, it was easy to use, very frothy and washed out without a trace. Some shampoos leave a reused but this did the job and washed out great.
- Mamia Baby Oil - I used this on baby and myself, was very kind to sensitive skin and smelt devine. It absorbed really quickly and left skin feeling lovely and silky soft with that 'baby smell'. Lovely.

Q4 - Yes, I've already stocked up (for bath time at my mum's house when we're visiting). They're all such great value and I won't be buying any other brand!

Q5 - I've already mentioned to other mums about the products and they were all surprised that they were so cheap and effective. I also met another mum who'd also been given samples by MN and she was also very impressed.

Thanks for letting us try the products MN & Aldi, triple thumbs up from the J4 household!

Lent1l Mon 29-Oct-12 21:23:41

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

I can't say I did enjoy using these products. Like a few others I found the smell really quite harsh and a bit chemically. Certainly not as nice as the range I usually use. I know Aldi almost copying the design from another brand is not something new and it did mean even without the writing on each product I would have known what each was.

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

I did not find that the products performed as well as Johnsons products which we normally use.

Baby Bath - this was quite gelatinous as others have mentioned which I found strange. I like my bubble bath (whether for me or my baby) to be able to pour easily. I then found it did not produce bubbles as easily as Johnsons and the smell was not as pleasant.

Baby Lotion - the smell of this was not as bad as the shampoo and bath product. It went on okay but it wouldn't make me go especially to Aldi to buy it.

Baby Shampoo - this was the product I liked the least. It did not leave my little girl's hair as shiny or soft as the Johnsons products and the smell was chemically and unpleasant. I also found the texture of the liquid not as user friendly.

Baby Oil - of all the products this was the most like our usual Johnsons. It seemed to work well and left her skin soft but as we don't use Baby Oil that frequently it doesn't appeal that much.

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 any of these products. I don't know how much they cost but as you can often find offers on Baby products in many supermarkets I don't see that as an issue.

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 wouldn't. I didn't enjoy using them and quite honestly am thinking of how to get rid of the products as I don't want to continue using them on our LO. I wouldn't recommend something to friends that I'm not prepared to use myself.

klm1702 Mon 29-Oct-12 22:02:31

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

My first impressions were surprised that they looked identical to Johnsons baby products, thought they would of been more unique to Aldi rather than copying another brand, very unoriginal! Was keen to try them though as I am always on the look out for the best baby toiletries I can find.

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 don't like Johnsons as a brand they have far too many chemicals in their baby products and unfortunately the Mamia range is exactly the same. I have tried so many different products (sainsburys, boots, tesco, asda, Johnsons, weleda to name a few) but will be sticking with my favourite so far which is Burts bees baby as I prefer more natural baby products. If you like Johnsons then this is as good at a fraction of the price. They could improve them by making them more natural and I'm surprised they don't have a baby body wash or baby soap in the range.

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

Mamia baby bath - I found this smelled really nice and produced a good bubbly bath, no issues with it.

Mamia Baby Shampoo - this seemed quite good, I did like the fact it wasnt runny like Johnsons as that always reminds me of washing up liquid. I
Used it on both DS and DD, lathered well and rinsed cleanly with no residue. DD has sensitive scalp and it didn't dry it out like a lot of products have. DS has some dry skin on his scalp and although this didn't get rid it also didn't make it any worse. Lots of chemicals in this again though but on a positive note I did see that this shampoo has panthenol in it which Johnsons doesn't so overall I would definitely say this is better than Johnsons.

Mamia Baby Lotion - I don't normally use baby lotion but did try this once, seemed ok but as I don't normally use I have nothing to compare it to.

Mamia Baby Oil - Again I don't normally use unless skin is very dry but tried it once, seemed fine but very greasy so wouldn't recommend using too much of it. Smelled really nice.

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 probably buy them if I were a fan of Johnsons as they are probably better in my opinion but I just don't like using chemical ladened baby toiletries. Comparing against Johnsons they are very good value for money. Not for me 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?

If it came up in conversation and I knew the person used Johnsons or were looking for something of value then I would definitely recommend because as I said previously the products seemed on a par if not better than Johnsons. It's all the chemicals that put me off these products.

I would definitely be interested if they brought out a "naturals" range.

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to try out the range.

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.

HappyHippyChick Sat 03-Nov-12 11:14:59

Q1 What was your overall impression of the Mamia range of baby toiletries? Did you enjoy using them?
I thought that the packaging was very similar to J&J products,which I quite like as it means that they are more easily identified on the shelves.

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 body wash and either Boots/Asda own brand shampoo. I found that the Mamia products compared favourably with these. They did not irritate either the skin or eyes of my babies when used and worked well. I think that the addition of a bodywash to the range would be useful as that is what I usually use to clean my grubby toddler!

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

- Mamia Baby Bath
I loved this. It smells like Parma Violets which I love! The bubbles didn't last very long, but this wasn't too much of a problem. It cleans nicely and leaves the babies smelling nice!

- Mamia Baby Lotion
I don't usually use lotion on my kids but I tried it myself after a shower and found it was a good moisturiser with a nice, but not too overpowering scent.

- Mamia Baby Shampoo
This shampoo was nice, it didn't irritate the kids eyes and cleaned their hair nicely, leaving it soft and clean.

- Mamia Baby Oil
Again I don't usually use oil on my kids but I tried this on my skin and found it not too greasy and with a fairly innocuous 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 definitely use the baby bath and shampoo again and would consider using a bodywash if they introduced one to the range.

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 whole range as they seem good value for money and definitely comparable to Johnsons.

ThickCut Sat 03-Nov-12 11:18:33

Sorry, late to add my review but only received my products on Monday.
I have read the above reviews and agree with most of the points made by other reviewers.

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

They were packaged very similar to Johnsons, however, the products themselves were not too similar to Johnsons. If someone buys these products by looking at the packaging expecting a product equal or very similar to Johnsons they would be disappointed with the baby bath and shampoo but might be happier with the baby lotion and oil.
As for enjoying using them, they did the job, got them clean and smelling fresh and didn't cause any rashes or reactions in my baby's sensitive skin, or on my 6 y/o. I enjoyed using some of them but not others, as explained below.

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 normally use Johnsons shampoo or soap (as i was told it's great for cradle cap) on my dc. Aldi mamia shampoo lathered much better than Johnsons and performed equally as well, but didn't smell as nice as Johnsons. It was like gel and didn't pour as easily as Johnsons, but not so much a problem as i was using it to rub into dc's hair anyway. If they changed the fragrance, i would consider buying in future.

We use infacare baby bath, which bubbles up with a tiny amount in running water, no swishing and has got a beautiful smell.
Aldi mamia baby bath also like gel, didn't pour too well, smelled like parma violets, needed a lot poured in to make a reasonable amount of bubbles and took a lot of swishing. I tend to run the kids baths while i'm doing something else. So infacare is great for this i pour a tiny bit in turn the taps on and leave for 5 or so minutes to run while i'm busy doing other things (getting pj's and towels ready etc) I couldn't do this with this product though, i had to stay and swish.
This product needs a lot more improvement, i.e Fragrance, consistency and performance (bubbles) before i would consider buying.

We use E45 to moisturize dc's and us. A little goes a long way, great for sensitive and dry skin, Not fragranced and absorbs great. Aldi mamia baby lotion was nicely fragranced, not too strong, a little went a very long way but didn't absorb too well. However i would consider using this product again, left my dc's skin lovely and soft with a pleasant smell too.

We don't use baby oil very often but have always got a bottle in the cupboard, always useful for transfer tattoo removal and face paint removal. Normally we use Johnsons. Aldi mamia baby oil was very comparable to Johnsons and not many noticeable differences at all. As it was halloween my son had had face paint on so i used this to remove it. It removed it great on some cotton wool with little/no rubbing and left his skin soft clean and smooth. I would definitely consider buying this product again.

With the Aldi mamia baby lotion and mamia baby oil, I would buy them if i was making up a baby hamper for someone if they were expecting a baby. As i think they are quite comparable to the other brands that i have used.

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

- Mamia Baby Bath Didn't like anything about this product. Smell, consistency or performance.

- Mamia Baby Lotion Liked the smell, the consistency, not too runny, a little went a long way. Performed reasonably well, left dc's skin soft smooth and smelling nice but didn't absorb too well.

- Mamia Baby Shampoo Didn't like the fragrance but liked performance, lathered very well and cleaned dc's hair.

- Mamia Baby Oil Best product out of the four tested. Smelled nice and performed 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?

I don't know any of the prices of these products. That would be the biggest factor for me whether i bought some of these products or not again.

I definitely wouldn't buy the shampoo or baby bath regardless of the price.
but depending on the price would consider baby oil and baby lotion.

All for reasons already stated above.

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?

Again dependent on price I would probably recommend the baby oil and lotion, as i would use these products again.

I wouldn't recommend the baby bath or shampoo, because of the fragrance, consistency and overall performance (of the baby bath).

sharond101 Sat 03-Nov-12 17:44:15

Q1 I was impressed with these products. They look like Johnsons products which could be misleading however they smell a little different.
Q2 i normally use Boots Sensitive skin range on my son so was a little cautious the first time I used them He showed no sensitivity to any of them though so the next use I was more generous and found similar results as with the Boots range. I am not keen on baby oil as I find it makes skin more dry a few hours after using it and this was my only dislike about these products.
Q3 Bath: bubbly and nice smell
Lotion: not greasy but didnt provide lasting moisture on my dry hands
Shampoo: Nice smell and good lather. No nips when it got in the babies eyes.
Oil: No greasy feel but felt skin was drier a few hours after use than before application.
Q4 I would buy the baby bath and shampoo especially since I shop in Aldi and so it is convenient to pick them up when I am in.
Q5 I would recommend the baby bath and shampoo and felt they performed similarly to my usual product

McGriffo Sat 03-Nov-12 19:29:23

Q1 What was your overall impression of the Mamia range of baby toiletries? Did you enjoy using them?
They are designed to look almost identical to products in the Johnsons' baby range. Yes, I did 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?
I've tried lots of different products - Johnsons, Halos 'n' Horns, Asda and Boots amongst others - and don't have a favourite for regular use. I thought they performed as well as anything I'd tried before. I can't think of anything specific I'd improve.

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

The baby bath was fine. It bubbled up as I would have expected, smelt pleasant and didn't seem to have a bad effect on DS's skin i.e. didn't dry his skin or cause any reaction. The baby lotion was fine again. It moisturised without being greasy and smelt pleasant. The baby shampoo was good. It smelt nice and lathered up well. It seemed gentle. It was more gel-like than the Johnsons product, not that that's a negative. I've never actually used baby oil a lot before so can't really it compare it very well but I tried it once on DS and it seemed fine.

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, probably, although Aldi's not my regular supermarket. I would probably buy the baby bath and shampoo again, possibly the lotion and probably not the oil, just because that's a product I don't really 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, they performed well. I would imagine they're cheaper than the equivalent Johnsons' products too.

JimbosJetSet Sun 04-Nov-12 07:16:07

1. They looked like a cheap copy of Johnsons, so I was initially unimpressed - I don't think Johnsons is particularly good so I assumed these products would be of an even poorer quality. I have to admit to being a sucker for well packaged, more luxuriuos toiletries (for DC and me).

2. I don't normally use baby oil or lotion so I can't really compare them to other brands I have used. But I tend to buy more premium products (which ever one is on offer in the supermarket)which tend to smell much better than the Aldi range and come in much more attractive packaging - but are a bit more expenive.

3.The bubble bath sank to the bottom of the bath but once I'd mixed it up with the water by hand the bubbles were good. The smell was not good - parma violets - so I wouldn't choose to buy this product.
The shampoo was absolutely fine - does what it says on the tin - no difference in any way to the Johnsons shampoo. But I wouldn't buy it (or Johnsons shampoo for that matter) because I prefer detangling shampoos so I don't need a conditioner as well. I don't usually use baby oil or lotion so I can't compare, but they both seem quite nice and did moisturise.

4. I wouldn't buy these products, for the reasons outlined above.

5. If someone specifically asked me to recommend a budget range, I wouldn't mind recommending these, but otherwise I probably wouldn't.

Squiglettsmummy2bx Sun 04-Nov-12 11:13:08

Q1. My overall impression of these products was very good. I did think that they looked very similar to johnsons baby products. I enjoyed using them.
Q2. Compared with other brands I have used they worked as well as johnsons & morrisons, tescos & asdas own brand products. A bedtime bubblebath would be a nice addition & the packaging could definitely be more imaginative.
Q3. Baby bath - made a nice bubbly bath with a nice smell.
Baby shampoo - lathered up nicely, rinsed well & was gentle on the eyes
Baby lotion - nice smell, easily absorbed, left skin feeling soft.
Baby oil - not a product I normally use as I find it quote greasy but was ok for bedtime when putting on pjs. Did make baby a bit slippery.
Q4. I would definitely buy the products again except for the oil as this is not something I normally use.
Q5. I would recommend these products & have already done so.

Arthurfowlersallotment Sun 04-Nov-12 11:33:27

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

My first impression was they were exactly like Johnsons both in scent and appearance. I did enjoy using them and I think they are good.

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 don't use baby lotion on my baby. But it made an excellent cleanser for me blush I also don't use baby oil, but it seemed to be the same as the Johnsons brand.

I normally use Waitrose Baby Bottom Butter, Johnsons all in one baby wash and sunflower oil if my baby's skin is on the dry side. I don't think the baby oil would be something I would use instead of these products. I would use the Mamia shampoo instead of the Johnsons one.

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

Baby bath- was very similar to the Johnsons baby bath (there's a theme here) but I found not quite as bubbly. That's okay, so long as it does the job and it did.

Baby Lotion- I don't use this on my DD, but it smelled nice. It is really good at removing make up though.....

Baby shampoo- excellent, nice lather and smell and managed to dislodge two days worth of baby food and general carpet detritus collected in her hair. No mean feat.

Baby oil- again, I don't use this normally, but it does seem the same as the Johnsons one. I rubbed a bit on her legs after bath time and it didn't cause any adverse effects.

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 absolutely buy the baby bath and the baby lotion (for me) if they were better value than other products, as they don't appear cheaper in how they work and smell. I've been using Johnsons baby lotion as a moisturiser on me for years, and I would buy the Mamia one again instead if it was cheaper.

I wouldn't buy the others because I don't need them.

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 range of products because I think they are identical to more expensive brands and do the same job. God I love Aldi.

Elkieb Sun 04-Nov-12 15:41:24

Thank you for letting us test these products. In answer to the questions:

1) We had a good overall impression of the products. Good sized bottles that are clearly colour coded and with nice packaging. They tie in well with other Aldi products in the mamia range.
2) they compared well to other ranges. We have used boots, johnsons and morrisons products. They are comparable to the boots and morrisons range in terms of quality and the price point. I personally think johnsons is over perfumed and over priced!
3) Baby bath- smelt nice and 'clean', and didn't irritate the skin. However, we had to put loads in to make many bubbles at all so the bottle wouldn't last very long
Baby lotion- we didn't use this on our little boy as his skin doesn't require moisturisation. However, me and my DH tried it on our skin and it absorbed quickly and easily, it smelt nice and was a nice, pale colour.
baby oil- again, we didn't test this on our DS due to a massive allergic reaction to johnsons previously. However, we tried it and although it smelt quite 'chemically' it absorbed quickly and easily.
baby shampoo- our favourite product. This smelt lovely and clean. It lathered brilliantly and didn't sting his eyes at all.
4) we would buy the shampoo again, and the bubble bath. It is all competitively priced. We shop at ALDI for food so will be putting this into our trolley in the future
5) We will recommend these products to our friends and family in the future.

Q1 First impression was how similar the packaging looked to johnsons. Was very nice to try out a different product and was very happy with the quality, smell and amount required for usage.

Q2 I found them more than comparable with johnsons and better than tesco and boots. I also thought they smelt better than the other brands too which was a pleasant surprise

Q3
- Mamia Baby Bath - good bubbles, not greasy, bubbles lasted well
- Mamia Baby Lotion - nice feel, moisturises ok. I'm not a massive fan of baby lotion in general though.
- Mamia Baby Shampoo - gorgeous smell, left hair looking nice, no residue
- Mamia Baby Oil - a little goes a long way, good smell

Q4 Yes definitely.

Q5 Yes, definitely again. Johnsons quality at cheap prices. Definitely worth it!

axlbaby Sun 04-Nov-12 19:53:08

Q1
I thought the products were fine overall, didn't excite me hugely but certainly something I would consider buying again and was very happy to use.
Didn't really like the way the packaging was such an obvious rip off of Johnsons - think would be better to try for its own identity perhaps though I accept that is the Aldi way of doing things generally!

Q2
The products performed just as well as those I normally use on the whole. One thing I did find was that they were quite tough bottles to squeeze to get the product out which can be a bit irritating with wet hands.
I normally use Johnsons or the new PZ Cussons range of which the name escapes me at the moment - Baby & Me I think?
I didn't use the lotion or oil on my kids as I don't think they need but have used myself and would happily use (and will be!).

Q3
- Mamia Baby Bath - loved the smell of this, did find that had to put a bit of stirring in to get the bubbles but it did produce plenty.
- Mamia Baby Lotion - found this nice and light on my skin and not too perfumed
- Mamia Baby Shampoo - didn't like the smell as much as Johnsons and probably less likely to buy as do love that smell when they are all clean and you are cuddling them!
- Mamia Baby Oil - no real opinions as not something I use regularly but seemed fine.

Q4
Yes - would definitely get the bath, possibly the shampoo but probably wouldn't bother with the lotion or oil - only because I don't really use. As with all Aldi stuff would be very much driven by if needed when happened to be near Aldi.

Q5
Yes would recommend and say good value and worth a try.

Sokmonsta Mon 05-Nov-12 09:05:48

Q1 What was your overall impression of the Mamia range of baby toiletries? Did you enjoy using them?
Overall I thought the products compared reasonably well to other brands. The similarities in packaging to other brands meant I knew what I was picking up without looking. Whilst some have commented these are similar to johnsons in particular, going through all the products we have in the house, aldi are not the only company to use this approach.

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 most disappointing product was the bubble bath. Initially it foamed up well but within minutes the bubbles had dissipated. None of the other brands we use - Tesco, boots, super drug, mothercare have performed this poorly. The bubbles weren't really around long enough for the children to play with which disappointed them. The lotion, oil and shampoo all compared favourably with no performance concerns. I'd say they do have quite a strong smell, bearing in mind I have a very poor sense of smell and could smell the aldi products. But others did not find this overpowering and it was a nice smell to us. I particularly liked snuggling up to the children after their baths because of the clean smell.

Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath - the bubbles simply didn't last long at all which was disappointing for our 2 and 4yo. The babies were not overly bothered. The solution did not leave a residue and importantly, did not set off my eczema or dry out the children's skin.
- Mamia Baby Lotion - great for cleaning bums after dirty nappies. We're not really ones to use this type of product as a moisturiser but an extra cleaning agent for dirty nappies. We had no instances of nappy rash.
- Mamia Baby Shampoo - this foamed up nicely and washed out well. It was good on all the children's hair and smelt nice.
- Mamia Baby Oil - this soaked in well, as long as it was used sparingly. The only problem we had with this was the elder two emptying the bottle into the bath water! However, they came out lovely and soft and the oil still soaked in their skin 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?
I would not consider buying the bubble bath as I didn't think it performed well. But other products would be purchased if we were in aldi. It is a store we regularly drive past but perhaps don't use as much as we could.

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 products if asked about them, apart from the bubble bath as I think it should foam for longer. I certainly appreciated that they did not set of my eczema, wheras other big brands do and would recommend them based on my experience.

noo1985 Mon 05-Nov-12 09:38:32

Q1 What was your overall impression of the Mamia range of baby toiletries? Did you enjoy using them?
I enjoyed using this range, I felt it was a good baby toiletries range and compared well to other leading brands on the market at the moment.

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 normally use eithert Johnsons or Tesco baby toiletries. I found the range was incredibly similar to ohnsons and my first thought when opening the packaging was how much like Johnsons they had been made. I assume this is the point so you may either mistake the Mamia range for Johnsons or feel like you have an equivalent brand. My daughter has sensitive skin and I had no problems with using this range and her skin which is always a bonus as I am wary at using new products. I also have a newborn baby who I used the products on at 11 days old and found that they were lovely on him to. I found that the smell was really nice on the products but that the Baby Bath did require a lot in the bath to create lots of bubbles and the shampoo was very jelly like when squeezing out from the bottle unlike other brands.

Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath: Nice smell just required quite a lot in the bath to create lots of bubbles but overall a good product.
- Mamia Baby Lotion: Again had a lovely smell and spread nicely over the skin without having to use too much.
- Mamia Baby Shampoo: Even after quite a long time after the bath you could still smell the shampoo in my little boys hair which is something I like. Unfortunately the product was very jelly like which was strange.
- Mamia Baby Oil: Smelled really nice and left the skin feeling lovely and soft afterwards.

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 consider buying from the range. I do tend to buy the combined wash and shampoo from either Johnsons or Tesco so they could consider bringing out tis product to but if I was looking to buy individual shampoo and baby bath I would buy. I dont tent to use the lotion and oil very often, but I would buy again if I needed to.

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 I believe the are a good equivalent to the more expensivew brands so if you are on a tighter budget then I beleive they are just as good.

JParkson Mon 05-Nov-12 10:42:27

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

I used these products on me, and on my 2 DDs (age 2 and 12 weeks)

As others have mentioned, these products do rather look like Johnsons products! They smell very different though - I love the bubble bath, as it smells of parma violet sweets... my favourite! I really hate the smell of the shampoo though. I was pleasantly surprised by the lotion, and thought the oil was ok, but not something I would go out of my way to use.

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?

Both the bubble bath and the shampoo are very thick, and a bit hard to squeeze out - water them down a bit, or make the holes a tad bigger please smile

I love the smell of the bubble bath, but as mentioned before, the shampoo wasn't so pleasing.

The bubble bath foams up really well, and the bubbles seem to last as long as the other baby one I have.

The shampoo was gentle enough on both my DDs' hair, lathered well enough (very hard water here, so this was a 'phew' point!), and didn't irritate their eyes though, so happy with it on those points.

The oil and the lotion, well, we're not big oil and lotion users.

I tried the oil on both DDs, and was happy enough with the softness of their skin, but I felt it took ages to soak in and stop feeling greasy. I don't know how this compares to other oils though, as I don't use them as a rule.

The lotion was lovely though! I thought that too would take ages to sink in, but I was pleasantly surprised! It smells a little chemical-y, but not sickeningly so. It reminds me of calamine lotion when it first goes on, and now, half hour later, I'm thinking parma violets again! smile I found a little goes a long way, so my first squirt (enough to cover a 10p piece!) was plenty for my hands and DD1's hands. She loved it, plenty of 'Oohs' so I think it's safe to say I shall make more of an effort to use lotion on her skin smile

Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath Loved the smell! A bit of a thick consistancy, but otherwise very nice!
- Mamia Baby Lotion quick to absorb, could have a milder smell over all
- Mamia Baby Shampoo gentle on both DDs' hair, displeasing smell
- Mamia Baby Oil took ages to absorb, felt a bit too greasy. Smelled ok though.

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 will definitely buy the bubble bath, and probably the lotion - depends on how long it takes me to get through the current bottle! lol! But unless the smell improves, I won't go out of my way to buy the shampoo. I definitely won't buy the oil, as I really don't enjoy using oils on my or my children's skin.

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?
If it came up, I definitely would recommend them, as they are such good value for money. Although I personally don't enjoy the smell of all the products, I wouldn't use this as an excuse not to recommend them (does that make sense? confused )

Thank you very much for letting us take part - DD1 and I really enjoyed it!

JParkson Mon 05-Nov-12 10:45:46

Just realised I didn't include the brands I usually use - I normally use Johnsons bubble bath and shampoo, or Morrisons. I don't use lotions and oils as a rule, so can't give a brand for these categories.

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

I used them on DD1 4, DD2 3 and DS1 1.

Very Johnsons looking, good sized bottles and good selection i.e. didn't lump together bath and body or hair into one bottle.

I found the shampoo was very gluppy which I didn't like other wise very pleased with the range

2 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 tend to use Burts bees on my DC, these cleanned as good as BB but the lovely smell didn't stay around after the bath. BB smell stays all day long. I found the oil moisturized as well as BB but again the smell was gone. The lotion was equal to BB.

Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath - Good, lots of small bubbles, nice smell
- Mamia Baby Lotion - again good smell, moisturized well and easy to use.
- Mamia Baby Shampoo- gluppy consistancy put me off but otherwise left the hair soft and clean.
- Mamia Baby Oil - mosturised well, didn't feel overly greasy.

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 but all but the shampoo again, the gluppyness put me off. Good value and large bottles as well as good product are the reasons for buying again.

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 would very closely comparable to BB, which I love, but cheaper and bigger bottles.

TheFutureMrsDanCarter Mon 05-Nov-12 14:41:57

Q1 What was your overall impression of the Mamia range of baby toiletries? Did you enjoy using them?
- Overall impression was good, but agree packaging lacked originality and was quite dull. Enjoyed using them overall.

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?
- Compared favourably with Johnsons and performed as well, I think, although I do agree with previous posts that the perfume was a tad chemical. I prefer the Johnsons range there.

Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath
Was okay, quite jelly like, but that wasn't a huge problem. Ds liked it so much he emptied the whole bottle into his bath, so we only really got two tries...
- Mamia Baby Lotion
Liked a lot and has reminded me about Baby Lotion. I don't tend to use it on the dcs and dd may have had a reaction to it - she has v. sensitive skin, but it was good for the ds and me.
- Mamia Baby Shampoo
Liked it, but one of the products that I didn't much like the smell of.
- Mamia Baby Oil
Not a product I use, but was fine in relation to other baby oils I have tried in the past.

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?
- Would definately use again, but probably only the Baby Bath and Lotion. As said above, I wasn't too keen on the shampoo's perfume, although it was fine as a shampoo, and I don't really use oil.

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?
- Yep. Would say to give it a go, but would caution about sensitive skin and possible reaction.

Q1 What was your overall impression of the Mamia range of baby toiletries? Did you enjoy using them?
Had seen them already in Aldi, so was unsuprised by the packaging (as others have previously stated Aldi favour closely resembling the market leader in whatever product they sell). Was pleasantly suprised by the quality of 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?
DS is 10 months, we are still working our way through the products we received as gifts, so haven't been using any one brand. Currently we are using Johnsons baby bath and Boots sensitive shampoo on DS. I've been using the baby lotion as moisturiser and the baby oil on my legs after shaving!

Prviously we have had a baby bath (Asda I think) that was lavender scented which has been my absolute favourite, but I don't shop regularly at Asda, so would happily buy the Mamia baby bath.

Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath
Quite liked the fragrance. Lots of bubbles.

- Mamia Baby Lotion
Familiar scent. Good consistency (used on myself rather than DS)

- Mamia Baby Shampoo
Nice fragrance. Good lather. Didn't appear to bother DS when rinsing.

- Mamia Baby Oil
Nice fragrance. Left my skin soft and silky.

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?
Will definately be purchasing the baby bath and shampoo. We don't really use the other products on DS currently, and am using them myself merely to use them up IYSWIM.

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 certainly would. The cost of baby products generally is ridiculous, and these products are all great.

MissRee Tue 06-Nov-12 15:22:00

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

*The packaging was simple yet effective - agree with those who say it seems like Aldi are trying too hard to look like Johnsons when, really, they should be compared to other own-brand supermarket products.

I did enjoy using them but I will say that when my package arrived, one of the products was leaking! I couldn't work out which one as they were all sealed. If this had happened when I had bought them in-store and it had gone all over my shopping, I wouldn't have bought them again. Maybe some more sturdy lids need introducing to 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?

*I bought some Boots own brand toiletries last week as I was waiting for my Aldi samples and had run out of my usual brand (Johnsons). I think that the Aldi products compare well to the Boots. The bubbles lasted slightly longer with the Boots baby bath but the Aldi shampoo smelt much nicer.

I think the packaging needs leak-proofing a bit more, as said above.*

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

Mamia Baby Bath - Very nice, smelt good but the bubbles disappeared rather rapidly.

Mamia Baby Lotion - Soaked into DD's skin well, smelt nice but felt a little greasy.

- Mamia Baby Shampoo - Lovely smell, lathered well and left her hair soft and shiny

- Mamia Baby Oil - I don't use baby oil on DD as I find it leaves her feeling greasy and sticky"

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 I bought the product in store and didn't have leakage issues then yes, I'd definitely buy them again

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, they compare well to other supermarket brands.

OneTwoOrThree Tue 06-Nov-12 16:02:06

Thanks for the opportunity to try these. The bundle of products was huge and looks like it will last ages <love a freebie!>

So, my feedback and thoughts...

Q1 What was your overall impression of the Mamia range of baby toiletries? Did you enjoy using them?
They are 'ok', but not great. I didn't particularly enjoy using them, but also wouldn't rule them out. The smell was a bit chemically for my liking, and I found the packaging bland. If I were on a really tight budget, I'd use them but otherwise will stick to my more expensive, but nicer Johnsons 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?
As above, I usually use Johnsons. The ALDI products seemed 'cheap' in comparison. Taking aside the packaging etc, the actual products didn't smell wonderful, and the texture / consistency wasn't as nice as Johnsons products.

Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath
I found it a bit gloopy, didn't pour well from the bottle. It bubbled, but not as well as a premium product. DD said it smelt funny.

- Mamia Baby Lotion
Not a fan of the scent, but it rubbed in nicely. I don't usually use lotion, so DD thought it was a treat <grin>

- Mamia Baby Shampoo
My DD has a dry flaky scalp (like cradle cap, but she's nearly 4!). I only used this once as am keen to keep going with her current treatment regime (of my own creation!). Shampoo lathered well, no tears on rinsing, but again it felt gloopy and I didn't like the scent much.

- Mamia Baby Oil
Again, not a product I usually use. Seemed ok to me though.

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 won't (unless I'm really penny pinching!). I didn't particuarly like the products particularly the scent. Although I'm trying to make cut backs (budget wise), these products aren't good enough for snobby me.

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, as per comment above.

Sorry ALDI! I wanted to like these (particularly as I have huge quantities of these for the trial), but I just don't like them.

cherrylolly Tue 06-Nov-12 19:48:03

I and my son have enjoyed trying the Mamia baby range products, they do as they say on the label, the price is great value for the size of bottle.
The Aldi range are as good as most supermarkets own brands and would say most are similar to the Johnsons range.
Bath - I liked the smell it reminded me of Parma violet sweets, not much of a lather but live in hard water area
Baby lotion - absorbs well, smells nice and goes a long way for the money
Shampoo- great, smells nice, washes out easily, no tears, leaves hair soft
Baby oil - bit greasy, need a really small amount, nice smell
Yes would probably buy them again, and would recommend Aldi products to friends as a cheaper range of baby product to use.
I would not buy the products for a hamper as I would buy a higher end product as a gift.
I have enjoyed trying these products and wouldn't hesitate to try more if they expanded the range

diedandgonetodevon Tue 06-Nov-12 20:21:21

Q1 What was your overall impression of the Mamia range of baby toiletries? Did you enjoy using them?
- They appear to be packaged in a way that makes them appear identical to Johnsons. This seems unnecessary as they are a good product in their 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?
- They have obviously been formulated to emmulate the smell of Johnsons products.
- Perform as well as any other baby products we have tried. To be honest they are all much of a muchness which is where the price point comes into play.

Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath: Good amount of bubbles and fairly long lasting
- Mamia Baby Lotion: Quickly absorbed, not to greasy
- Mamia Baby Shampoo: Good lather, very little needed per application
- Mamia Baby Oil: Not used

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 if I was passing an Aldi.
- Would buy the baby bath and shampoo but not the lotion or oil as we do not usually use either.

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 it came up in conversation but it is not the sort of discussions I usually have with anybody.

kez1212 Tue 06-Nov-12 20:41:30

Q1 What was your overall impression of the Mamia range of baby toiletries? Did you enjoy using them?
I really enjoyed using these products. I have been impressed with the quality of them although I agree with others that the packaging does lack originality. Be proud of your products Aldi!

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 generally use Johnsons shampoo and bubble bath. I preferred the Mamia shampoo and really liked the Bath aswell although a bit gloopy. We dont often use lotion or oil but i was impressed with the products.

Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath - I found this quite gloopy but this did mean that I used less so maybe a good thing! I really liked the smell though. It didnt really bubble much but we live in a hard water area.
- Mamia Baby Lotion - We dont generally use this but we gave it a go, rubbed in well and I found the scent ok. I used it several times on myself and was very happy with it.
- Mamia Baby Shampoo - Great, much prefer this to Johnsons, rubbed in well, didnt lather too much and the DS's both liked it.
- Mamia Baby Oil - Not a product we generally use again but we tried it. A little goes a long long way! Rubbed in well and was fine. Was great on my legs after shaving!

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 will happily purchase the Baby Bath and Shampoo. The lotion and oil aren't generally products we use. I would like to try some other products too so will look out for some body wash.

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 will recommend the products to other parents as I was very impressed with them. I am still raving about the Mamia nappies to everyone too.

Thank you! grin

Pomtastic Wed 07-Nov-12 11:28:03

Q1 They look bizarrely like Johnson & Johnson products! Even down to using a teardrop design on the front (only difference seemed to be that Aldi used a double teardrop, compared to J&J's triple teardrop). We thought they were ok overall, but had some niggles about each specific product (detailed in Q3).

Q2 We normally use Johnson & Johnson (J&J) baby bedtime bath & shampoo. The Mamia range compared positively to J&J overall, specifically:
- Not overly perfumed. J&J's scent would stay on my baby for hours & I deeply disliked this. She doesn't need perfuming! I love her smell. Mamia products didn't do this, with the exception of the baby lotion.
- Doesn't contain parabens. This is a big bugbear of mine with J&J.
- Doesn't give my baby eczema. A recent development with J&J products!
- Performed just as well at bathtime. The babe was clean. There were bubbles. Job done.

Q3
- Mamia Baby Bath I'm still undecided about the scent. Either it's a lovely, old-fashioned, nostalgic violet smell, or it's a slightly chemical smell that reminds me of those purple violet sweets (which taste like they shouldn't be edible). If I was a bit less "hippy" & fussed about chemicals, I think I would love it. It foams up nicely too.
- Mamia Baby Lotion Disliked this. It did technically moisturise fine, but the smell was too strong & lasted too long.
- Mamia Baby Shampoo The consistency of this was oddly gloopy, but this meant it didn't wash into her eyes as easily as less viscous shampoos. Otherwise fine.
- Mamia Baby Oil Disliked this. I think I'm still trying to wash it off my hands. As with the lotion, it technically does the job, but I found it too 'oily'.

Q4 I may buy the baby bath & shampoo, as the positives outweighed my niggles. I won't buy the lotion & oil, for the reasons I listed above.

Q5 I might recommend the baby bath & shampoo, but definitely not the lotion & oil. Which is a bit of a shame, as I normally love Aldi products & sing their money-saving praises.

Pomtastic Wed 07-Nov-12 11:32:08

(a quick addendum as I was reading the other reviews after posting)

Another poster had issues with the bottles leaking. I thought this was just one of those random things, but my baby oil bottle had leaked EVERYWHERE when I opened my sample packaging. I had to put the parcel in the bath as it was so bad.

Thanks!

Jen119 Wed 07-Nov-12 19:32:54

1. My first impression was how similar to Johnson's products they looked. Nice big bottles that would last a long time. They were good for everyday use.

2. I have previously used Johnson's and Burts Bees products. I don't think the bubble bath performed as well as these other ranges and did not smell as nice.

3. Baby bath - had to swirl the product around to create bubbles rather than just squirting in under running water like I usually do. Baby lotion - smelt nice and easily absorbed. I enjoyed using it. Baby shampoo - needed to rub quite hard to lather up so was easier to rub into my hands then apply to her head. Baby oil - haven't used an oil until now so was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to use and absorbed well.
4. I would probably buy the lotion and the shampoo again. I would spend more on a better bubble bath.
5. I would recommend as a very close alternative to Johnson's that basically does the same job.

bearcub1 Thu 08-Nov-12 11:30:35

Q1 my first impression of the range is that the bottles look very similar to johnsons, all be it a cheaper version of them, due to the packaging. However I have been into store and noticed the products on the shelves, and I may not have noticed the new product range had they not been similar to the johnsons brand. The bottles are very big and not quite as ergonomically designed as other brands. The lids are easy to pop off. I am surprised to see that there isn't a soft wash/ body wash in the range.
I have liked using them
Q2 overall notice no difference between them and other brands in terms of cleaning. I have used Johnsons, Asda little ones, Sainsburys own products in the past.
I can only think that a body wash in tge range would be an improvement. Can't think of any improvements that can be made to the range. I thought they all performed well and did exactly what I expect from baby products.
Q3 Bath - lots of bubbles, fragrance not too overpowering.
Lotion - I really liked the fragrance. Made skin on baby (and me) smooth and cleansed like I expected.
Shampoo - good gloopy texture. Lathered up well, rinsed easily, left hair clean, no tears - all good.
Oil - liked the fragrance, massaged into babys skin when it was dry. Left him smelling yummy!! And also left his skin not as dry as it was before use.
Q4 - yes I would definitely buy the range of products. They are great value and I frequently shop in Aldi.
Q5 I would definitely recommend the range. To other people that use these products. We have got some visitors this weekend, who have got babies/toddlers, so we will pit them all in the bath together and the other families can try them out too.

HeidiHole Thu 08-Nov-12 14:00:33

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

Looked similar to Johnsons, which I use now. Nice crisp clean packaging

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?

Baby bath was just as good as Johnsons, nice smell, lots of bubbles. Good sized bottles and 'no tears'

Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath - like the fragrance and bubbles
- Mamia Baby Lotion - absorbed well, made skin soft.
- Mamia Baby Shampoo - lathered up well, nice smell.
- Mamia Baby Oil - comparable with all leading brands
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

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, compares with leading brands.

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

Like many other posters the first thing I noticed was that the packaging was pretty much the same as Johnsons, but nice big bottles.

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 use any brands to be honest, whatever is on offer but normally something branded as 'sensitive' or similar. The Aldi range seems to perform just as well as any of them.

Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath
Smelt nice but not many bubbles (not that this really matters....)
- Mamia Baby Lotion
Absorbs well, not too greasy
- Mamia Baby Shampoo
Lathers up nicely, rinses well
- Mamia Baby Oil
Tried this on me, nice and soft!
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 if I happened to be in Aldi and needed some.

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 it come up in conversation I would recommend.

EdgarAllanPond Thu 08-Nov-12 20:52:55

1) good general impression - smaller bottles for the lotion/oil perhaps? takes am age to get through that much.
the name 'Mamia' suggests both mother and baby usage (and i have used myself!) I like the packaging and flower motif, it is sweet without being identical to the cute bottomed baby you get on most.

2)Improvements..hmm..

I liked the smell of the shampoo - nicer than Sainsburys own. Nice clean finish and doesn't leave hair as flyaway and itchy as Johnsons did.

the baby bath - didn't bubble well, nice smell though. Better bubbles!

the lotion - really liked it for me, felt a bit too chemically for baby. went on nicely, but don't need to use much - little goes a long way. a purer feel.

the oil - good smell. smaller bottle would be better as i said.

3) seem to have covered likes/dislikes but -

I don't usually shop at Aldis not because of product range but because of poor service and the parking for their shop is restrictive (almost never a space, never mind one easy to get kids in/out of carseats from)

5) I do think this range is very attractively priced and cheaper than expected - would recommend as an 'as good but cheaper' to Tesco's/ Sainbos/ johnsons.

Nivet Thu 08-Nov-12 22:04:01

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

As a Johnsons & Johnsons user the similar packaging gave me the expectation that the product should also be similar. My main (illogical) reason for using J&J to begin with was their "No tears formula" - if these products have the same formula/benefit then it would be good to state that somewhere on the packaging.

I would switch to a cheaper brand, at the moment I stock up on J&J only when supermarkets run their baby events.

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'm a loyal J&J user, my Mum used them on me and I've never thought about using any other brand (god, I'm a brand manager's dream!) so I can only compare with them. The only factor that would encourage me to switch is price, if I could get a comparable product for a significantly cheaper price then I would switch.

I don't use baby oil and rarely lotion but gave these a go anyway - they seemed to perform well. The shampoo and baby bath were also comparable to my usual products.

On the whole I found the products OK but over scented and over coloured, J&J is less nuclear!

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

- Mamia Baby Bath, I loved the smell as I'm a big fan of violet scents, I'd go out of the way to buy this but only to use on myself. For babies it's far too perfumed and the blue colour looks more like toilet cleaner than something you'd use on a baby.
- Mamia Baby Lotion, again too coloured and scented.
- Mamia Baby Shampoo, seemed identical to J&J but I'd like to see a reference to a "no tears" type formula to feel really happy using it on my children.
- Mamia Baby Oil, didn't evoke any strong feelings either way

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 unless the colour/scents are calmed down (or DH gets made redundant and I have to start really economising!)

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?
Assuming the products are a lot cheaper then yes, I'd say give them a try but with a warning about the extreme perfume & colour.

NotYouAgain Fri 09-Nov-12 13:21:21

Q1
Bottles and design VERY similar to Johnsons, products smelled ok and bottles were easy to open with wet hands

Q2
These seem to be designed to be a direct rival for Johnsons (which is what I normally use) and compared very well with the branded products.

Q3
Mamia Baby BAth - lots of bubbles, smelled nice, though was a rather offputting bright blue colour

Mamia Baby Shampoo - lathered up well, the jelly like texture was a little odd at first but I found I acyually prefered it as it was easier to control the amount being dispensed and it didnt run into DD's eyes

Mamia Baby lotion - moisturised without being greasy, nice smell

Mamia Baby oil - don't really use much baby oil, but seemed to compare well to other brands I have used in the past.

Q4
I'm a massive Aldi fan anyway and would definately buy all these products again

Q5

Yes, no hesitations. They are a quality alternative to branded products

FishR Fri 09-Nov-12 14:43:37

My overall impression of the range was a copycat of the Johnson range but far reduced quality. I started off using the baby bath and was instantly put off my the smell, far too chemically and synthetic for my liking. The product was really gloopy but did produce bubbles and my little one didn't seem to bothered by it.
I next tried the shampoo which was a bit better than the bubble bath but I still felt the product was too chemical.
The baby lotion didn't smell that great but was soft on my baby's skin. The baby oil was a little too greasy but not too bad.
I wouldn't choose to buy the product again as I would prefer to spend a little more on a natural product that didn't have so many chemicals in (see the ingredient list on the products!).
I would only recommend the product to a friend if they were on an extremely tight budget and just needed a product to work without any frills.

Kveta Fri 09-Nov-12 15:11:24

Q1 What was your overall impression of the Mamia range of baby toiletries? Did you enjoy using them?
they seem cheap. using them was fine, but the scents used did not lead me to a higher plane of ecstasy or anything.

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?
they look like cartoons of J+J products, and smell like cheaper versions of them - they certainly didn't 'perform' differently though. I think the scents could be less powerful in all of them.

Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath
fine, bubbled ok, neither child reacted to exposure.
- Mamia Baby Lotion
used it on my own skin and it didn't seem to moisturise at all - I found J+J lotion far superior for actually making the skin feel nice. The scent was too harsh to want to put it on my baby's skin.
- Mamia Baby Shampoo
best product of the 4, but why a 500ml bottle? who uses that much baby shampoo?! we are only on our 3rd 300 ml bottle of baby shampoo for 3 year old DS!

- Mamia Baby Oil
I don't use baby oil much, but again found the scent a bit off putting here.

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, they just smelled a bit cheap and chemically for my liking.

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?
if I knew someone already shopped at Aldi, yes, but not something to go out of their way for.

lemontop Fri 09-Nov-12 19:41:04

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

I thought they were very similar to Johnsons but yes I enjoyed using them.

Q2 How did the Mamia products compare with other products you've tried? I have only every used J+J products. I thought the products were similar but the J+J seemed to be a higher quality. 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
Mixed feelings about this. i didn't mind the smell and it produced lots of bubbles but the blue colour put me off a lot. I really hesitated about putting this in my baby's bath as it gives the impression it contains lots of chemicals, but I did and it was fine.
- Mamia Baby Lotion
I didn't use this but it looked and smelt fine.
- Mamia Baby Shampoo
Good shampoo, lots of lather, very similar to J&J.
- Mamia Baby Oil
I don't normally use baby oil but used a little bit of this. The bottle is massive! Gave my baby a little massage and it was nice, made her skin soft and didn't feel too greasy and came off my hands easily.
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-the shampoo and possibly the baby bath for an older child. I just wouldn't use the other products.
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 a cheaper but perfectly fine selection of baby products.

catgirl1976 Sat 10-Nov-12 06:49:07

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

I thought the packing was nice, similar to Johnsons. They smelt a little too strong for me which made me wory about chemicals.

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?

They compare well to Johnsons but I prefer less scented things - they performed fine but I would tone down the smell

Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath
Actually liked the smell on this, good bubbles - didn't dislike anything

- Mamia Baby Lotion
Too strong a smell. Did leave skin soft

- Mamia Baby Shampoo
Smell too strong and I don't normally use shampoo

- Mamia Baby Oil
Smell too strong left skin soft but I don't ususally use baby oil - very similar to Johnsons

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?

May use the baby bath as seemed the most gentle, not the others as I just don't use them in any 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 would reccomend to anyone who liked Johnsons and was looking for a more purse friendly alternative

Newtothisstuff Sat 10-Nov-12 23:13:20

Sorry it's taken so long to write this... Massive sickness bug in my house grin
1. Overall impression was they look just like tesco / Johnsons Etc I was excited to try them out tho..
2. I thought they compared well to my usual brands, I usually use simple products and was nervous about using something else on my babies skin but they definitely didn't seem as harsh as I thought they would be. My only criticism would be the packaging. I think they need to be made to look a bit more individual rather than to copy the more well known brands.. Maybe not as cheap looking.
3. Bath - I liked the smell, it reminded me of Parma violets, didn't produce enough bubbles for me tho..
Lotion... I didn't use this on my baby but I used it on my 6 year old. She liked the smell. Wasn't too greasy and sunk in quickly. She smelt lovely haha
Shampoo - really like this. It was my favourite product, loved the way it smelt, it made my babies hair super soft.
Oil.. I've never used oil on her before but I liked it. Wasn't as greasy as I imagined but didn't sink in as quickly as I liked. She smelt just like a new baby which was lovely, plus she liked the interaction
4. I would definitely buy the shampoo again, I loved this product. It's a huge bottle too so it will last ages so its really good value. I'd probably also buy the oil and lotion again. Same as they are big bottles and will last ages. I didn't really like the bubble bath it's a bit synthetic looking which makes me nervous about bathing a baby in it !!
5. I've already recommended the shampoo to my friend when she complimented me on how nice the babies hair smelt grin

lebkucken Mon 12-Nov-12 10:35:57

1 What was your overall impression of the Mamia range of baby toiletries? Did you enjoy using them?
Products are packaged to resemble the market leaders Johnsons, so impossible to evaluate without comparison to Johnsons. Overall my impression was favourable - products not identical but a good (presumably, I haven't compared prices) budget alternative.

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?
Experience of other products is limited- I've only really used bubble bath for my baby so far- he doesn't have much hair and I'm not really sure what baby oil or lotion are for- my baby's skin doesn't need moisturising and for massage I prefer to use a natural oil like grapeseed. I've used Johnsons bubblebath and an 'Organic Babies' one. The Mamia baby bath didn't foam quite as well as these but I liked the smell. I have used Johnsons' Baby Lotion, Shampoo and Oil in the past, though not extensively, and the Mamia equivalents of these products seemed very similar, including the fragrance.

Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath- Liked the fragrance. Didn't foam as well as other baby baths I've used.
Other products- ergonomic bottle design and easy to open, liked the fragrance.

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 I were a big user of Johnsons' products, yes, I would probably go for the Mamia range as an economic alternative. As it is, I'm not using much in terms of baby toiletries so would probably pay more for a more natural product.

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 parents are already using Johnsons range.

CabbageLooking Mon 12-Nov-12 10:48:22

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

Clearly deliberately designed to look like Johnsons which is no bad thing.
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?
Have used the equivalent Johnsons products. The lotion is a little sticky and all of them are a like chemical smelling.
Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath
It may be my water but had difficulty getting a decent lather. Otherwise it was fine.
- Mamia Baby Lotion
A bit sticky, not very keen on this - very chemically smelling.
- Mamia Baby Shampoo
OK, don't really use shampoo on baby at the moment so used it on myself! Worked well, washed out easily, seemed mild.
- Mamia Baby Oil
The best of these I think. Absorbs well; smells ok and left skin nicely moisturised.
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?
Would consider the shampoo which seems mild and effective and the baby oil which is very effective.
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 am presuming that these will be priced at less than the Johnsons equivalent in which case I would definitely recommend them especially for those on a budget.

ummeibrahim Mon 12-Nov-12 16:44:58

Q1 What was your overall impression of the Mamia range of baby toiletries? Did you enjoy using them?
They were very good. I felt they were on par with johnsons, even better in some cases.
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 on my sons and found that they did not keep the nice smell for long. The packaging of the mamia looked like johnsons. They smelt nice the caps were good as it meant my 3yr old couldn't open it and they worked really well. I would change the packaging to make it stand out against rivals
Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath
This was very fragrant and created loads of bubbles. It cleaned my son very well
- Mamia Baby Lotion
I could apply this easily without it being too heavy on the skin. It went on smoothly and smelt nice
- Mamia Baby Shampoo
Again it did the job. My baby is 6mths so doesn't have much hair but cleaned what he had without drying his scalp which the johnsons shampoo does
- Mamia Baby Oil
This I loved on my baby and on myself. It left the skin well moisturised and soft without feeling greasy
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 as its better in quality and value than 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?
Yes as I preferred it to what I normally use on my sons

shezzle Mon 12-Nov-12 16:53:58

Q1 What was your overall impression of the Mamia range of baby toiletries? Did you enjoy using them? the products were lovely, thank you! I tried them on my baby and 6 year old who also thought they smelt and felt very nice. Just one small thing, I would have packaged them very differently to the Johnsons range as they look like a cheap version when I fact they are good products in their 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? we use Johnsons and the Aldi range are as good in my opinion apart from the oil being a bit too greasy
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 liked all of them but the oil was a little too greasy. Baby bath smelt wonderful and made lots of bubbles, shampoo cleaned perfectly and again smelt very nice. The lotion was okay too and made our skin soft and fragrant
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 except the oil for the reason above*
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 mamia toiletries as they smell delicious and I expect the cost would be reasonable

susiey Mon 12-Nov-12 18:39:39

Q1 What was your overall impression of the Mamia range of baby toiletries? Did you enjoy using them?
yes I did they look like a cheap copy of johnsons and found them
To be the same quality as other baby products I use

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 use a mixture of things from tesco value through to halo and horns. I prefer the smell of the tesco value bubble bath and think a lavender version would be nice. We don't really use baby oil or lotion but they seem fine. If I were aldi I would do a completely different smell make them a bit different.
Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath nice bubbles not so nice smell
- Mamia Baby Lotion we don't really use baby lotion really
- Mamia Baby Shampoo this seemed fine I do prefer the boots smell though
- Mamia Baby Oil we fon't really use baby oil as its too greasy

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 I wa in aldi and we needed some then maybe

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? Not really as I prefer other bath products !

Flisspaps Mon 12-Nov-12 18:44:44

Very late to the party replying to this (thanks to TheOtherHelenMumsnet for the kick up the jacksy!) as usually on the app rather than the PC.

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

They looked nice - familiar. Most of the other supermarket own brands use the same colour 'coding' for 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 bath foam didn't give us as many bubbles as our usual one (ASDA Little Angels) but smelled nice, and managed to get the muck off DD and DS.

The shampoo was a nice thick consistency so it didn't spill out of my hand, but it didn't lather well at all - to get a good lather going we had to use LOADS. We like bubbles in this house. Again, it smelled nice.

I've not used the oil - I wouldn't usually and I'm not entirely sure what it's for outside of 'adult' uses blush. I used the baby lotion, that was nice and left my skin feeling soft. Again, its' not something I use generally on my DC.

I think that both the bath products need to give more bubbles! A bedtime fragrance might be nice. I'd be interested in that.

Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath - Nice smell, familiar bottle, cleaned well. Not enough suds.
- Mamia Baby Lotion - Nice smell, familiar bottle, left skin soft.
- Mamia Baby Shampoo - Nice smell, thick consistency, cleaned well. Not enough suds.
- Mamia Baby Oil NA

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 I was in Aldi and knew I needed the shampoo or bath foam then I'd buy those to save me a trip to ASDA. However, I wouldn't go out of my way for them as I prefer the Little Angels range.

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?

Probably not, as I prefer the ASDA Little Angels range.

essexmumma Mon 12-Nov-12 20:11:27

Firstly apologies for the delay life is rather hectic currently however it has given me a longer period to test the products. Thanks you for letting me try the products and please see below for my feedback:

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

My first impression was how similar the products looked to Johnsons in terms of packaging. I know this is something Aldi uses as a selling point i.e being very similar to product leaders.

The scent is lovely and you get loads yet do not have to use much at all.

Overall I would use these products again if I required them and I was in my local Aldi. In particular the bubble bath, lotion and oil.

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?

All products are more gel like than I am used to however this was no problem and the bath was lovely and bubbly for my little ones. I absolutely would say I much prefer the scent to Johnsons, you don't need as much and the only negative is the bubbles don't last as long I would say.

The lotion is gorgeous and left them soft and smelling great for ages - family members actually commented on how lovely the baby smeltsmile it takes a little longer to sink in that Johnsons but was worth it for the extra softness.

The oil was great too. I used it in the bath in water and left her really soft. It's very comparable to the market leader.

I only used the shampoo once because I tend to use dentinox for cradle cap. When I did use it it left her smelling lovely with shiny fluffy hair. I often use some of the more natural shampoos and probably would not change to the shampoo but only due to personal preference. One comment is it took a while to rinse out properly but still easier than Johnsons.

Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath:
Loved the bubbles, scent and gentleness.
Bubbles could have lasted longer
- Mamia Baby Lotion:
Amazing, left her soft for ages and smelt great
Took a little while to sink in (but worth it)
- Mamia Baby Shampoo
Smelt nice and left hair shiny and fluffy
Took a while to rinse it all out but nothing like Johnsons and made her eyes a little red
- Mamia Baby Oil
Very comparable and no feelings either way

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?

Would absolutely buy the bubbles, lotion and oil again as all worked, smelt amazing and didn't need much at all. People have said how wonderful she smelt!!

I probably wouldn't buy the shampoo again for my own reasons stated above.

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?

Absolutely I would recommend this range especially if they did a night time range. It's a fantastic comparable range to Johnsons and if I was in my local Aldi would now have no second thoughts about buying it.

newtonupontheheath Mon 12-Nov-12 21:05:07

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

Liked them, packaged to look like Johnsons. The bottles are quite big, so tricky to do with one hand. Colours made it easy to identify which was which from the range. Aldi have produced the 4 "classic" baby products, but we don't use oil or lotion on baby, or toddler, and would have preferred to see a body wash and night time product instead/as well.

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?

Compared to Johnsons, which is the main brand we use, they performed well. Babies are never really dirty, so no tough tests, but have a nice smell. They are quite thick, so we found ourselves using more than we would of the Johnsons. I wasn't too bothered about this, because of the price difference.

I ahve also used own brands from morrisons (baby first bath wash-yellow one) and tesco (bedtime bath) which also compare equally to Johnsons (and use the same colours!) apart from the price, which is much cheaper!!

Personally, I would prefer smaller bottles in the range, as they were quite heavy when full.

Q3 Thinking about each product specifically, please tell us what you liked and/or disliked about them:
- Mamia Baby Bath... Nice enough smell, not as nice as a bedtime bath. Made lots of bubbles, but didn't last too long.
- Mamia Baby Lotion... Don't tend to use this but tried on toddler and myself. Nice enough, left skin soft. As mentioned above, don't see this as key part of current baby range.
- Mamia Baby Shampoo... Used this product the most, nice smell and bubbles.
- Mamia Baby Oil... Not something I tend to use/buy but tried on myself and a little on baby. Bit greasey once we were done, so didn't fully soak in.

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 buy the shampoo. Shop at Aldi so can see this making itself into my trolley. Baby bath would buy if I needed some, but usually have a "stock" ao would probably buy another own brand when out and about instead (morrisons baby wash, or tescos bedtime bath are ones I have used in the past)

Probably wouldn't buy the other products as don't use oil and lotion.

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, based on my answer to Q4.... I wouldn't recommend anything I wouldn't buy myself! I think some people would be surprised that I would that Aldi do a baby toiletries range, so that could be a selling point in itself.

sophmiester Mon 12-Nov-12 21:18:28

Q1 the products smell lovely but would like to have seen a better packaging rather than exactly the same as johnsons colours maybe something brighter and childlike. Nice sized bottles easy to grab hold of.

Q2 these are lovely products just as good as the johnsons which I usually use. Lovely smelling and gentle on the skin

Q3
Baby bath- made great bubble and smelled lovely
Baby shampoo- gentle on the eyes and good lather smells like sweets
Baby lotion- smooth on the skin made super soft went on nicely but quite a strong perfumed smell would prefer less fragrance
Baby oil- came out too quickly as you only need a small amount, smells nice and made skin soft

Q4 yes if I was shopping in Aldi and they were reasonably priced

Q5 I would recommend these products as just as good as johnsons and a good alternative thank you for letting us sample these products, we would be happy to use them again in the future and will be spreading the word.

MrsH2010 Mon 12-Nov-12 21:51:48

I have enjoyed using the products, although found the tet time v short by the time mine had actually arrived! Also i dont understand why they've been modelled on johnsons so massively- i get that that is what aldi 'do', but I think the packaging alone would put some mums off. I dont buy johnsons for good reasons, not just because of how expensive it is, and i think the packaging of the aldi brand will ring bells with some people!

I enjoyed using them and was surprised overall at how good they were, the shampoo especially left my kids hair v soft and smelling nice without being too pungent or perfumed which I dont ljke. The oil was nice- exact same to johnsons. And the bath lotion was fine but not something I had a lasting impression of, bar the colour, which made me think of bathroom cleaner to be honest!
I usy use Lush Dream cream as its so gentle and soft and has zero effect on sensitive skin. I used to use simple baby for hair but found it left course hair even courser.

I would recommend these but felt it was a shame not to enhance the feel good factor the products gave with a price list- as the perceived 'value' is greatly dictated by the price point!

mumnosbest Mon 12-Nov-12 21:54:17

Q1) overall impressions were good but a bit surprised at how unimaginative the packaging was, though i get why its so similar to johnsons. Overall the products looked and smelt good and worked well.

Q2) these were definately compareable to other ranges i have used. I usually use johnsons or asda. As my older 2 dcs have eczema and very sensitive skin i dont use products on them often but these were as good as the others though no better. I did really like the bubble bath as it made lots of bubbles and had a nice smell.

Q3) shampoo- it was nice and thick and lathered up well. It washed and rinsed well. It didnt have an overpowering smell so i could still smell baby hair after.

Babybath - this was the best one. I loved the smell and was nice and bubbly. I would buy this again but only for dd2 as it isn't sensitive enough for the older 2.

Baby oil - ok as far as oil goes but a bit pointless. I used it for baby massage. A little goes a long way and it smelt fine but i would still stick with

mumnosbest Mon 12-Nov-12 22:14:22

Q1) overall impressions were good but a bit surprised at how unimaginative the packaging was, though i get why its so similar to johnsons. Overall the products looked and smelt good and worked well.

Q2) these were definately compareable to other ranges i have used. I usually use johnsons or asda. As my older 2 dcs have eczema and very sensitive skin i dont use products on them often but these were as good as the others though no better. I did really like the bubble bath as it made lots of bubbles and had a nice smell.

Q3) shampoo- it was nice and thick and lathered up well. It washed and rinsed well. It didnt have an overpowering smell so i could still smell baby hair after.

Babybath - this was the best one. I loved the smell and was nice and bubbly. I would buy this again but only for dd2 as it isn't sensitive enough for the older 2.

Baby oil - ok as far as oil goes but a bit pointless. I used it for baby massage. A little goes a long way and it smelt fine but i would still stick with olive oil as its all natural and does the job well.

Moisturiser - left baby's skin soft and not sticky and had a pleasent smell.again a little went a long way. I tried it on older dcs sensitive skin and they said it felt itchy (they're not used to any products on their skin).

In general i liked all but the oil. The one improvement if possible would be to make extra sensitive products that suited the whole family. Im not sure if i like the similarity in packaging with johnsons. On one hand it's sort of subconciously reassuring as its like a known and trusted brand. However it feels like trickery. I once bought a similar bottle accidently and felt annoyed at being duped. It also makes me think it isn't anything special/unique.

Q4) i will buy the baby bath again (if im near an aldi) for all the reasons above. I would buy the shampoo again but wouldn't go especially for it. Its on a par with the products i currently use. I wouldnt buy the oil as olive oil is more natural and better. The moisturiser was good enouhh for dd2 but its eadier to use the same emolient that the others use.

Q5) if it came up i would say theyre just as good as any other and i would definately reccomend the bubble bath.

Thanks ive enjoyed this trial. Was nice to try a different brand and was pleasently surprised smile

mumnosbest Mon 12-Nov-12 22:16:17

Oops sorry posted halfway through smile

Sleepyfergus Tue 13-Nov-12 08:17:20

Thanks v much for the opportunity to test. However, the test time is very short given the products were sent out late, a d in my case dependant on picking up from the post office. Plus, I don't wash my kids hair every night, or use these products daily, so all in all, I've prob only used these products 3/4 times which I don't fe is an effective testing time. I was chased twice by MNHQ to feedback - is the urgency to feedback from you MN or from Aldi??

I felt the products looked like they were modelled on Johnsons but looked cheap and very unimaginative in comparison. A d as another poster pointed out, looking like Johnsons isn't necessarily a good thing as a lot of people avoid Johnsons.

The bottles were huge, which maybe great value for money, but unwieldy to manage when your trying to hold a squirmy baby (thinking of the shampoo in particular)

Overall, the products were okay. Nothing may special, a but basic and chemically smelling. I wouldn't buy them. I find other brand names are frequently in offer, esp when Supermarkets have baby events. Also, other own brand labels are much more imaginative. Take a look at Waitroses own, or Asda. I want to use those products based on what they look like alone.

Sorry this is a bit of a moany feedback, and being chosen to test is much appreciated. But I just don't think this was a great test to be honest.

Nivet Tue 13-Nov-12 10:29:38

I agree with SleepyFergus regarding the short test time vs. late delivery of the products - my comments were based on using each of the products only once. The other thing it might be worth mentioning is the way the products were packaged for delivery - just in a plastic delivery sack, my bottles were fairly scuffed and scruffy looking and I'm surprised they weren't damaged. It's not great if your testers are already feeling a bit negative before they use the product!

Can I just say that I've had to bin my shampoo! The bottle started leaking quite badly from a hole in the bottom of the bottle which must have been why everything was covered in gunk when it arrived.

I would also like to add that having compared a bit more the Aldi bubble bath with the Boots own brand one, the bubbles from the Aldi product don't last anywhere near as long.

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 20-Nov-12 14:42:25

Thanks to everyone who took part - Aldi really appreciate your feedback.

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