[Review] Dapple Products

To state upfront, this is a post to review Dapple products and this has got to be one of my most challenging product review posts. Why? Basically because I have never done any review on household products and the reason why I agreed to review Dapple is because I have heard excellent stuff about them through a Dayre blogger who always gives honest opinions about products that she has used, whether sponsored or not. I was thinking if the Dapple products that I have humbly requested for are good, I would change to using them. That’s basically it.

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For those of you who have not heard of Dapple, it is a brand from USA and its products are made in USA as well. Powered by plant-based formula, Dapple products are designed specially to clean baby messes. Each Dapple product is created with non-toxic ingredients and do not contain SLS and SLES, 1,4-dioxane, formaldehyde and synthetic dyes. Not only is Dapple baby-safe, it is also kind to the environment ( I like!).  Dapple is a trusted brand of Healthy Child Healthy World and is also certified by the nonprofit B Lab to have met rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

The invitation to try out Dapple products came two weeks before our trip to Taiwan and these are the ones I have asked to review (from left to right):
:: Hand and Face Wipes 30-Ct
:: Laundry Strips 32-Ct
:: All Purpose Cleaner Spray Lavender 30oz
:: Baby Bottle & Dish Liquid Travel Size Lavender & Fragrance Free 3oz

 

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First up, the laundry strips which is one of the new Dapple products and I was really skeptical about this. It is stated that this super-concentrated strip is packed with the cleaning power of traditional liquid powder! 1 strip for 1 load. Can you believe that? Okay, I didn’t really believe and decided to just wash a few pieces of Dan’s clothing in the sink using one strip and hand-washed them. Guess what? The clothes were cleaned!dapplestrips
I guess it works and packed this in the luggage because I know I would do laundry at the Airbnb apartment before we returned. It’s really perfect for travel because I wouldn’t have to worry about spillage. Another plus point is that it is hypoallergenic, so it will be good for folks with sensitive skin like our little friend, Daniel.

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The night I did laundry in Taipei (sorry, pic was taken in bad lighting), I used 1.5 strips for one load. All right, you can tell I was still skeptical but I really want to make sure that our clothes would be clean. The clothes came out clean except for some of Dan’s clothes which were badly stained in the first place. I guess for those clothing, I would need to use the stain remover spray. Also, if you are those who like your laundry to ‘smell nice’, then I’m afraid it won’t do that job since it is fragrance-free.

Overall, I’m amazed at how well it can clean. Definitely good for travelling!

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Then there is the travel sized Baby Bottle & Dish Liquid. It’s always good to bring along a bottle of dish liquid when you travel. This particular one cleans truly well and a little goes a long way. I prefer the fragrance-free one to the lavender-scented bottle. It’s a matter of preference but both clean wonderfully well! Recommended!

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This All Purpose Cleaner Spray? Seriously powerful. I love All Purpose Cleaner Sprays and own a few bottles of different brands. When I tried this on my kitchen counter-top and floor, this particular one emerges as a victor. It’s a clear winner! None of the other sprays clean as well as the Dapple. It’s obvious when you step on the kitchen floor right after you cleaned it. It’s very difficult for one to understand just by reading the review so I guess you just have to try it out yourself. I love this and would definitely switch to this brand.

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The All Purpose Spray is scented. Lavender essential oil is part of the ingredients used. My kitchen smells so good and feels so clean after using this. I’m a happy housewife!

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Lastly, there is this Hand and Face Wipes that I’ve tried. I like the cheerful design and the lid which makes getting the wipes out easy. It is biodegradable and contains moisturizing aloe. However, my favourite wet wipes remain my favourite.

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I tend to use these wet wipes sparingly. It’s of a good quality but it also costs more than the average wet wipes in the market. Wet wipes tend to be used up real quickly by my children. So for now, I will still stick to my usual brand.

Overall, Dapple has shown itself as a reliable brand that could do its work well and care for the environment as well. My favourite of these would be the All Purpose Cleaner Spray and the dish liquid. Currently, Dapple is having a promotion for the laundry strips at the following retailers:

:: Agape babies

:: Bove (at Suntec)

:: DearBaby

If you purchase the laundry strips at any of these three retailers, you can get a free bottle of Dapple Baby Bottle & Dish Liquid in Travel Size 3oz. Those of you who would be travelling soon, do take note of this opportunity. The laundry strips and the baby bottle & dish liquid are really helpful when you travel!

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You can further enjoy an additional 5% off Dapple Laundry Strips if you purchase them from Dearbaby. Simply use the coupon “lynn5” on DearBaby webstore. Do note that the coupon is valid from 18th Sept to 2nd Oct 2017.

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Thank you, DearBaby, for sending these lovely Dapple products for me to use and share with my readers. Really appreciate your gesture!

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Completion of our first Safari Zoo Run 2017

Over the weekend, our family participated in our very first Safari Zoo Run and it was indeed an enjoyable morning spent! We chose the 2.5km family dash because the girl was just 4 years old and we wouldn’t want to drag an exhausted girl all the way to the finish line. Moreover, we brought Daniel along. 5km run can wait.

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Our run was the last category to commence at 9.30am which is a comfortable time for young kids! However, that would mean that parking could be an issue. We made our way and reached an hour before the starting time but had a slight problem looking for a carpark lot. Thankfully, there was valet available.

img_7251Reached finally and all eager to start!

We were among the last few families to assemble at the start pen and were at the last wave to be flagged off. We had to wait for another 15 more minutes but it was all necessary due to safety reasons. This being the ninth year for the Safari Zoo Run, we could definitely count on the expertise of the organisers in making the run a smooth and safe one. Just imagine the bottlenecks if all of us started off at the same time.

Thankfully, the weather was superb that day.

Flag off! It was a pleasant start to the run because the participants were all gracious and friendly and looked out for one another. It was really a joy to see so many parents participating with their kids. Faith was all excited and started running in the beginning but slowed down soon after. We were expecting complaints and whines but thankfully, the animals distracted her!

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She got all excited along the way as she could view the various creatures. “Mama, come and see! Look!” So our family dash was interrupted by the need to gaze at the animals and you could just sense the kids’ wonder and amazement. Daniel who was in the running stroller truly enjoyed the sights.There’s wasn’t much fuss from him. It is, after all, his first time to the zoo! 

Doesn’t look like a run at all! Families were stopping along the way to snap pictures!

Waterpoints that weren’t crowded

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I must remember to pack in snacks when we participate in a similar type of run the next time round because the kids cried for food after just 1km of activity.

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The family dash was truly an enjoyable experience for us. We met the lions, white tiger, kangaroos, monkeys, polar bear and many more which made our run a tad longer than expected. After we reached the finish line, the girl still wanted to see more of the animals which was totally possible since participants were entitled to free admission to the zoo and River Safari on that day. The Safari Zoo Run provided us with not just great family bonding opportunities but the chance to share with the girl about wildlife conservation.

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Did you know….

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And with that, we completed our first run for the year as a family! We had an awesome experience throughout. The collection of the race entry pack at Marina Square was smooth and fast and the race itself was fun and totally enjoyable. Well-organised. Thumbs up!

Oh yes, we even got to visit the Zoo-Rassic Park where the girl had been asking to visit. We certainly are looking forward to participate again! 

Disclaimer: HiVelocity Events has kindly sponsored our family with the Safari Zoo Run Race Slots so that we could experience the race for ourselves and share it with our readers. No monetary compensation is involved and all opinions are my own.

 

Canvas Painting at TrehausKids

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I have mentioned before that I would like to expose Faith to different interests so that I could help her identify her strengths and work on it/them. The period before she enters Primary School is a great timing because she has extra pockets of time to explore and we would not be stressed out by the demands of school. So far, we have signed her up for music, swim, dance and Chinese class. She loves all of them except for dance. It’s exasperating to observe her dance movement and attitude during the Twinkle Toes’ sessions that we signed her up for at the Esplanade. We concluded that she does not have interest in it, at least for now.

Art. I think she has a keen interest in it judging by how she could focus on working on an art piece. She has often expressed that she would like to attend an art class and I jumped at the opportunity for her to go for one at TrehausKids during the September school holidays.

The theme for that session is Monsters and Faith was actually looking forward to that session because she genuinely loves the space at Trehaus (she has had very good memories there). Upon entering the class, she settled rather quickly though it was her first time meeting Ms Jessie Chandran.

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Ms Chandran read them the book – Monsters Love Underpants – before getting them to work on a collage and subsequently the canvas painting of the Monster.

Definitely proud of her own work!

TrehausKids is launching regular weekly art classes at the Trehaus Studio, starting 16 September 2016. Helmed by TrehausKids Lead Facilitator and Art Educator, Ms Jessie Chandran, the weekly art classes happening every Friday is set to immerse young children in the world of modern and contemporary art while picking up core skills in painting techniques, colour mixing and sketching.

Every session, Ms Chandran will personally guide a small class size of no more than 8 students and mentor them on drawing, sketching and painting techniques to create their own masterpieces. In these sessions, students will explore different art medium such as watercolour and acrylics with a variety of painting tools to unleash their inner Warhol or Picasso. 😉

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For younger students who are aged 3-4, theme-based art workshops will include storytelling to accompany each session. I heard there will be exciting tales from well-loved children’s authors such as Eric Carle and other famous classics!

While the sister was working on her creative piece, the brother was having a fun time in the next room.

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The art class happens every Friday, starting 16 September
2:00PM – 3:30PM (3-6 years old)
4:00PM – 6 PM (7-10 years old)

Venue: Trehaus Studio
Cost of each session: $35 +GST (non members); $20 +GST (Trehaus members*)
Cost of one term of 4 sessions: $120 + GST (non members); $60 + GST (Trehaus members)

*Trehaus member refers to members on WORK or WORK + PLAY membership packages

More information can be found here.