Product Review - Label Daddy

~ Posted on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 10:30 PM ~

I am so honored to be given the chance to review this awesome product:

The Label Daddy company is such a delight to work with, they are just so awfully helpful and prompt!

According to their website (http://www.labeldaddy.com/OurCompany.php),

"Our two founders, the Label Daddies, met back in high school when they were just sixteen years old, and to this day have remained the best of friends. For many years they have dreamed of becoming business partners and having the opportunity to combine their entrepreneurial skills. Before they could do that, they needed to find a great product that they believed was practical, useful, and worth its value to consumers.     
   
Both daddies have substantial experience in business in very different arenas, thus bringing a wide variety of skills to the table. One of our daddies has worked in the garment industry selling and managing production lines for all sorts of products while the other daddy has worked with banks and financial institutions assisting them in managing their balance sheets.    
   
The daddies were inspired to create Label Daddy soon after becoming parents themselves. They would often hear many fellow parents complain that too much time was spent labeling and re-labeling clothes and other items that their children took to camp or school with so-called permanent markers that often faded in the wash. They realized this was the moment they had been waiting for, the opportunity to use their respective business experience to create a stylish, adorable, and extremely useful product. A product that would be easy to use, time efficient for mom, durable for dad, inexpensive for both and very personalized.
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I received the product real fast, I was not even expecting it to arrive so fast (normally those products that I get to review from US took about 3-4 weeks to arrive!) and the moment I saw the packaging, my eyes practically lit up! Isn't that the cutest packaging ever?!

You have no idea how hard it is for me to contain my excitement from ripping the packaging apart to see what's inside! I had to quickly rushed upstairs, grabbed my digital camera and quickly and steadily snapped the first few shots of the packaging before I open up the packaging! And what fell out were these awesome stuff!

A total of 4 packets of labels with the name of Benjamin and David (that's my hubby!), each design were individually packed in a vacuum sealed plastic bag! There's only 1 packet of label under my hubby's name, that is because I earlier asked Label Daddy whether I could request for a design under hubby's name and without any further question, they really did send me what I asked for! Awesome! 

Btw, they have a variety of label designs and colors to choose from, but as I really don't want to be too demanding, I did not request anything fancy other than asking whether I can have a set of the labels under hubby's name. Anyway, I quickly read the instructions which was printed behind each of the plastic bag on how to apply the labels.

Now, I'm already planning that I'm going to stick the labels to hubby's working shirts and pants and suddenly Ben snatched the labels and proceeded to investigate them... I let him investigate for a while more before I proceed to start sticking the labels with hubby's name to his working shirts and khakis.

FIRST TEST: PEELING AND FOLDING

I look for a shirt which hubby often wears to work and I proceeded to peel one of the label, ensure that the surface is clean and dry and started applying pressure to the label as I stick it onto the shirt's label.

Once it's applied completely, I tried to bend the shirt label at ALL directions. Just to see whether the Label Daddy's label is going to peel open or not. I fold to the left and the label stays on. I even tried flicking the label edges and it stays on! Good, good!

Then I fold from the top, even halfway and it remains where it should be. The Label Daddy edges are so strong that it doesn't peel open.

I stuck another one onto hubby's khakis that he just wore and is about to be send for washing...

SECOND TEST: WASHING & DRYING USING WASHING MACHINE

The label on hubby's working shirt stays on even after wash! Ok, guess those guys at Label Daddy are true to their word! It's machine washable!

I actually tried peeling and folding the label on another shirt that I tested on (after wash) and they still stay strong!

However, sad to report that the label I stuck onto hubby's khakis came off after the wash. I just peeled it and it came out easily. Am not sure whether the material is not compatible with the khaki's label or that the khaki's label was a bit damp when I styck the label on.

* Note: After browsing through Label Daddy's website, I found out that I'm supposed to wait 24 hours before washing the clothing labels! Yikes! My bad!! But I wished this instruction was printed at the back of the sealed plastic bag as well...

THIRD TEST: IRONING

I ain't going to stop the test at washing and drying. I wondered whether the label is going to be able to withstand heat, and I waited a few more days to collect more speciments (ehem I don't do my ironing everyday, normally I waited until there's a big pile of clothes before I proceed to do my ironing!) in order to perform this last and crucial test - The Ironing test!And the label remains unscathed!
Look at me having a go at ironing the label! I actually placed the iron and left it on the label for about 10 seconds.

Here's another shirt I ironed.

Here's me showing you guys what temperature I'm using to iron the shirt and test the label... In case you can't see clearly, the maximum is at level 6, and I'm using 5 for my ironing.

IN SUMMARY:

Other than the one label on hubby's khakis that came off after machine wash, the rest of the labels remains strong to this day.

As for Ben's name label, I stuck a few on his glass cointainer which I always used to store his food prior to going out. Because I homemade and homecook all Ben's food, I will cook his oats real hot, poured it into the glass container and serve it to Ben during his meal time whenever we are out. So far, the labels remain where they were stuck at and did not peel off after washing and scrubbing.

What I like about the Label Daddy's labels?

* Very easy to apply onto the clothings.

* Prompt & very friendly customer service and very cute packaging!

* Its machine washable and withstands heat from ironing!

* Looks so awesome and lots of trendy designs to choose from, which makes it very unique and eye catching! (Darn it! I should've choose mine!)

Go to Label Daddy's website and choose the type you would like. They have labels for clothing, camp pack, school pack, combo pack and other stuff such as labels for garbage bin, allergy note, photo stickers, zipper tags and much much more! Once you've got the type you like, you can proceed to choose the designs you like - the icons, label colors, font style and font colors. You can even choose to laminate the labels for some extra protection! The 4 sets of labels I received are all laminated! Awesome again right?!

But wait just a minute!!! I'm in the midst of finalising the details for a giveaway of this awesome labels with ONE of my lucky blog reader! Yes, yes, I know, you all love me, yes, please, don't stop praising, keep them coming, oh thank you, thank you... So, stay tuned and watch out for the giveaway post coming up soon! Control your drool please! I'm SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO jealous of you guys for this giveaway!

I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with a free product by Label Daddy in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine.

Product Review - Alternative ABCs

~ Posted on Friday, July 2, 2010 at 4:23 AM ~

The product I'll be reviewing this time is:

Yeap! A board book by the title of “Alternative ABCs”!  I  have  been  given  this wonderful opportunity to review this board book through the Business2Blogger program and the contact person, Ms. Sara DeGonia is a wonderful person to work with! She has been providing me updates and help all the way from the point I submit my request for the book review until the book was delivered safe to my hand half way across the globe!

(Excerpts from the website): 
This “
Alternative ABCs” board book features original, colorful, and graphic illustrations and typography by Southern California based designers Eric Ruffing and Dave Parmley of 13THFLOOR. 

Aesthetically borrowing from street, surf, skate, and music subcultures, the custom design and typography beautifully spell out this unique alphabet. From Calligraffiti to Pin-Striping, and from Goth to Punk, this little book crosses genres and is sure to create a buzz.  Further details of the board book:

* ISBN: 9781934429396, Dimension: 6 x 6 inches and number of pages: 56 pages

The moment I read about the opportunity to review this book (without even seeing the pictures of it!) I was hooked!  I mean, how often you get to see something other than the normal A for Apple, B for Ball, C for Cat type of board books?!! I’m not sure about you but this is the first time I read about this concept! Just look at the pictures of Ben below enjoying the book when it arrives!

The book also instils a sense of responsibility in us, as you can see, R is for Reduce, Reuse and Recycle! How uber cool is that?! 

Ben flipping to the next alphabet for more!

Picture above of Ben, obviously intrigued with the vibrant colors used!

What I like about this board book?

* A different concept towards getting your child to learn alphabets

* Vibrant colors used for each alphabet which attracts and caught your attention

* Creative illustrations used where some of them actually helps instil preservations and love towards environment and our planet earth!

* The thickness of each page is just right (flimsy and thin books always get chewed by Ben and doesn’t last more than 1 week)

* The dimension of the board book is also just nice, not too big that I get tired holding them for Ben or too big for Ben to carry around. 

You can go to  http://www.ammobooks.com/books/altabcs/  to order a copy.

Similarly, you can also order from Amazon by clicking at this link: Alternative ABCs (Chunky Edition)

*** Btw, I am in the midst of liaising with AMMO Books for a giveaway copy to one of my lucky blog reader (yup! Could be YOU!!), so watch out for this OK?

I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with a free product by AMMO Books in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine.

Product Review - Buds Organics

~ Posted on Sunday, June 27, 2010 at 4:51 PM ~

Before I begin, I'd like to mention that I received these products early in June and have been testing it throughout the month. The pictures posted in this review still carries the watermark of my previous blog's URL and I am not able to redo the watermark as my laptop was reformatted just few days ago and I've lost the original pictures taken during this review. (So, I have no choice but to use the photos which was saved in my review draft) but nevertheless, its my feedback that counts right, not the nitty gritty details like pictures' watermarks huh..?

Anyway, for this product review, I have highlighted the few main important dates where I tested the products and note down my feedback upon the testing. Without further adieu, the product I'll be reviewing in this post is: "Buds Organics"

I have been given this wonderful opportunity to review a product made in my home country, Malaysia! Buds Organics is produced by the Malaysian company I-Green, and is the first Asian brand of certified organic baby care products.

Buds was first introduced to the market as pure and natural and was then gone through reformulation process into organic for the past year. The implementation was completed last October 2009 and this basic range is now called Buds Organics which can be broken into 4 categories namely Buds Everyday Organics, Buds Soothing Organics, Buds Outdoor Organics and Buds Nurturing Organics for Mom. They have another luxurious line of baby and mum care, Buds Cherished Organics which is preservative free! Buds is now certified organic by ECOCERT of France.

Pure and gentle, Buds Organics will allow you to really pamper and nourish baby's skin without exposing her to harmful chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulphates, PEG, artificial colors, artificial fragrances, mineral oils, parabens and other harmful synthetic ingredients. This comprehensive range is made up of specific and specialized products to handle almost every situation from delicate newborn skin to diaper rash and even mum’s stretch marks.

Buds Organics products are packed with gorgeous organic ingredients like EFA rich Amazonian Inca Inchi, which protects, heals and nourishes and the luscious emollients, Sunflower and Jojoba oils and Shea Butter. Aside from the washes, all products are over 88% organic which far surpasses ECOCERT's minimum requirements of 10%.

At Buds, every effort is made to ensure minimum damage to the environment. They use post consumer recycled paper where possible and only box their products where necessary. Their plastic is recyclable and they use both sides of every sheet of paper because even the smallest steps can make a difference!

I fell in love with their oh-so-cute baby cartoons on their labels! What's awesome is they even listed down the things that are NOT in their products. You can read more on this link on their website. These are the products I received to facilitate my product review:

Under the Buds Organics line:
* A 50ml First Aid Lotion
* A 225ml Baby Head to Toe Cleanser
*
A 75ml Baby Cream
* Brochures on the products under Buds Organics
Under the Buds Cherished Organics line:
* A 8ml sachet pack of Happy Baby Head to Toe Cleanser
* A 8ml sachet pack of Happy Baby Cream

As usual, all products to be reviewed must go through Ben's high standards of testing which begins with him biting the baby cream tube. Well, bite test passed! :P

Ben is undecided on which items to test next since there's so many to choose from... Now let's proceed to mummy's test on Ben (Hehehe!)...

1st June 2010 testing:
The first product I tested is the First Aid Lotion, I dabbed some onto the side of Ben's nose which he scratched 2 days ago. By evening, the scab looks dried and smaller, and to think I only applied once on Ben! Good stuff! I like the
First Aid Lotion tube cos it's small and I feel assured that the first aid lotion is made of organic stuff.

Next up in line for testing is the Baby Head to Toe Cleanser which I used when I bathed Ben in the evening. It smells nice, initially feels oily when I poured some onto my palm, makes bubbles when rubbed onto Ben's body but surprisingly, washes off real fast when sprayed with water. The current baby milk bath I used for Ben takes about 2-3 times wash in order to remove the soapy slippery feel so it's a nice change when I'm using the Baby Head to Toe Cleanser. Ben's hair also feels fluffier, smoother and softer. Surprisingly, even hubby and his eldest brother noticed that too although hubby said he prefer Ben's hair to be rougher! :P

One more thing I noticed when using Buds Baby Head to Toe Cleanser is it doesn't sting Ben's eyes when I washes the cleanser off from his hair. Compared to our current baby milk bath, Ben would've been running all over in the bath room to avoid his hair being washed and he'll be busy wiping his eyes (which sometimes makes it red) and I have to quickly wash his hair and wipe his face dry to reduce the irritation towards his eyes. So, yeah, this stuff is good man!Love it! And this is only day 1 of the testing! :D

3rd June 2010 testing:
Ben scratched his nose again in the late afternoon! Just as the first scratch healed up, he went and created a longer one. So, while he took his nap earlier, I took a close up shot of his scratch before I dab on the
First Aid Lotion.
Look at that long scratch... sigh... let's see how fast it takes to heal with the
First Aid Lotion.

5th June 2010 testing:
Ben's nose scratch has healed up completely! This stuff is good! In fact, I too dabbed on some First Aid Lotion
when I scratched my left knee! It does stings a bit initially. The last I checked on 6th June, the wound has scabbed over and is on its way to heal! :D 

I have also been testing the Baby Cream with Ben and it leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth and I really love the smell of it!

9th June 2010 testing:

We tested the 8ml sachet pack of Happy Baby Head to Toe Cleanser (under the Buds Cherished Organics line) and the smell is so much stronger! I can actually still smell the fragrance in Ben's hair in the middle of the night (Ben co-sleeps with us) - totally love it!

10th June 2010 testing:

Today, we tested the 8ml sachet pack of Happy Baby Cream (under the Buds Cherished Organics line). Personally I feel that this is a bit too slimy for me and the smell doesn't lasts as long. I prefer to use the Baby Cream under the Buds Organics line.

You can go to http://www.budsbaby.com/ to find out the stores available in your countries that sell their products.

I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with a free products by Buds Organics in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine.