Whenever possible, I try to choose beauty products that are natural, free of chemicals and eco-certified – or at the very least I make sure I'm able to pronounce the ingredients without getting tongue-tied. A green beauty product junkie I am not, but I'm definitely working on cleaning up my beauty bag. Over the years I've learned a lot on the subject from Katherine and also from Jessica Ross, the former acting editor-in-chief at Homemakers magazine and current editorial specialist at Fresh Juice magazine. Jessica is currently on maternity leave, but last week her and her petite bébé made an appearance at our office. Just before she left, the new Burt's Bees Baby Bee Multipurpose Ointment landed on Katherine's desk. It's free of all the usual (nasty) suspects – petroleum, phthalates, petrochemicals and parabens. Translation: Perfect for Jessica and her baby to test out. By Jessica Ross Imagine if it were up to someone else to look after your skin. My baby can't tell me where she's uncomfortable, or where it hurts. She's even too young to point. So my job is to anticipate her baby skin-care needs, to imagine how she feels and to take care of her the very best I can. Luckily she doesn't have baby eczema or other baby skin-care woes, and I intend to keep it that way. [caption id="attachment_5825" align="aligncenter" width="428" caption="Jessica's little one — striking a pose."] [/caption] My wee one hardly needs anything applied to her soft, clear baby skin. After all, if it's not dry, don't moisturize it. But it's no surprise that wearing a diaper can do a number on a girl... you know, when she's done a number on a diaper. So when she needs a little protection – particularly at night when she may not get changed right away (I have to sleep sometime!) – I apply an ointment to her baby skin. Given the safe-looking ingredients in Burt's Bees Baby Bee Multipurpose Ointment ($13), I thought I'd give it a try. The only item that I was unsure of was "fragrance," since I don't know what that consists of. I always screen the ingredients lists of any product I use for her very carefully using the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. Babies particularly need safe ingredients. Since they're so little, everything they come into contact with has a greater effect on them, and many things can affect their healthy development. [caption id="attachment_5823" align="aligncenter" width="351" caption="Burt's Bees Baby Bee Multipurpose Ointment, $13."] [/caption] I liked the Baby Bee product's creamy smooth consistency. It spread easily, nice and thin, without feeling too greasy. I would use it as an alternative to petroleum jelly. The package says it can be used to moisturize anywhere. The only other area I might use it would be my baby's hands, if they get a bit dry from her gumming them. But unless her hands get really chapped I will avoid using products on them, however safe, because she would ingest some of that product. Since the Baby Bee product comes in pot format rather than a tube or pump, I'll be sure to only use it with just-washed hands, just in case I could contaminate it. Do you find that your baby really needs any products for her tender, precious baby skin? What works best for you? Burt's Bees Baby Bee Multipurpose Ointment ($13) is available at select natural, grocery, drug and mass retailers and via burtsbees.ca.