Thursday, 27 January 2011

Eight down, fifty six to go....a giveaway...

Eight down, fifty six to go.

Eight school terms down, with a further fifty six school terms to go, that is.

Olivia started school in term one of 2009.

Lexie will finish school in term four of 2025.

That is 64 terms in total, of children, and hair, and the potential for nits at school.

(I am hoping that the likelihood of nits diminishes at high school? Please tell me that this is true?!)

Anyway, my girls have long thick lovely hair. If I was a nit, I would love to live on the head of Olivia or Lexie.

So far, touch wood, we have remained uninfected.

I use a preventative method every single day.

In a huge spray bottle, I mix the following -

1 x bottle of spray detangler
1 x bottle of leave in spray conditioner
25ml Bosisto's tea tree oil
Topped up with water, shake before use.

I spray the girls hair with this every morning as I deal with their hair for school and kindy. It gets all the knots and tangles out from their sleepy bed heads. It makes brushing easy. It makes pulling it back or plaiting their hair very simple and manageable. It leaves a conditioning coating on their hair that makes it impossible for nits to cling onto. And the tea tree oil is a natural deterrent. It smells clean and the girls have no problem with using the spray.

Charlie, my son, however, does not have long hair, nor can I get away with spraying him. He gets cranky.

But I have found a brilliant alternative for him and his nit prevention!

Instead of the above solution, I use the Bosisto's Tea Tree Spray. It's 100% pure Tea Tree Oil, in a convenient spray can.

(Apparently there are 500 squirts per can. At $12.95 per can from this is brilliant value, as it lasts for ages. You can buy it from the medicinal aisle at the supermarket, or from your local pharmacy.)

I spray his school hat and I spray around the collar of his uniform. He doesn't even know I have sprayed...

As I said, eight school terms down, no nits as yet. It's my insurance policy.




The Bosisto's Tea Tree Spray has a multitude of other uses too -

•Natural antiseptic for abrasions and insect bites

•Natural anti fungal for tinea, fungal infections and foot care

•Natural deodoriser for feet, shoes and pet care

•Effectively kills germs and bacteria

•Natural cleaner and deodoriser for toilets, pet areas and rubbish bins

I was sent some of the Bosisto's Tea Tree Spray to trial, and would totally recommend it.

Bosisto's have also let me have one of their Picnic Pack sets as a  giveaway for one of my readers:


Bosisto’s Picnic pack RRP $120

• 2 x person picnic backpack set

• Bosisto’s Tea Tree Oil 50mL

• Bosisto’s Tea Tree Spray

• Bosisto’s Tea Tree Handy Hints brochure

If you would like to win this, all you need to do is make sure you are following me, and leave me a comment, telling me what else you would use the Bosisto's Tea Tree Spray for in your household. Or tell me a horror story involving nits...either way, I'll pick the most original or the most gross!

Winner will be picked chosen after midnight Thursday Feb 3rd.

Open to Australian residents only.

This review post and giveaway is completed in partnership with Bosistos - they did not pay me, but they did send me items to trial.


36 comments:

  1. I'm here to give you the good news that the whole nit problem dies away as the kids get older and don't sit so close together. My eldest is 15 and gee, if there was nits going around when he was in primary school, they came home with him. My daughter never got any - thank goodness - the thought of trying to deal with them in her long hair ...
    Now my youngest is off to school and I think he has the kind of hair that nits love. Sort of thick, dense and at the roots, the same colour as eggs.
    I need me some Bosisto Tea Tree spray on hand. Now.

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  2. Miss 5 got nits from my cousins when she was about 18 months old. She had hardly any hair, I spotted one louse and there was about 8 eggs/nits in a straight line down the centre of her head!We have been pretty lucky since then despite school and daycare attendence!

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  3. Diminishing LucyJanuary 27, 2011

    Thank goodness the nit problem gets less. Phew.

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  4. Diminishing LucyJanuary 27, 2011

    On a little one like that....argggh! Poor wee thing!

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  5. Can you get nits from hats? Had a six year old over to play today and she'd had them. Her mummy said she'd go them all but had her hair up just in case. Okay, I think to myself that should not be a problems (we're a nit free house so far). Then two hours later what do I see. Hat sharing!!!! NOoooooo! Will have to get me some of the Tea Tree Spray.

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  6. Can you get nits from hats? Had a six year old over to play today and she'd had them. Her mummy said she'd go them all but had her hair up just in case. Okay, I think to myself that should not be a problems (we're a nit free house so far). Then two hours later what do I see. Hat sharing!!!! NOoooooo! Will have to get me some of the Tea Tree Spray.

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  7. Why I'm not following you until this moment, I am not sure. But I read your blog enough. And love it. Keep up the fabulous work. xx

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  8. Life In A Pink FibroJanuary 27, 2011

    I have been desperately searching for an antidote to Mr7's crazy bedhead - I am willing to give this a whirl, given its double-action effect - and given how much I love the Bosistos Lavender spray I won on this blog last year!

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  9. Life In A Pink FibroJanuary 27, 2011

    I have been desperately searching for an antidote to Mr7's crazy bedhead - I am willing to give this a whirl, given its double-action effect - and given how much I love the Bosistos Lavender spray I won on this blog last year!

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  10. Life In A Pink FibroJanuary 27, 2011

    I have been desperately searching for an antidote to Mr7's crazy bedhead - I am willing to give this a whirl, given its double-action effect - and given how much I love the Bosistos Lavender spray I won on this blog last year!

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  11. Nooooo! Not hat sharing, ever, not never! Get some spray, and also make up the above solution. Touch wood!

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  12. Crazy bed heads here too - I do not envy you a boy crazy bedhedder - my girls are happy to have their hair tied back with a silk scrunchie at nighttime, and sleep on (horrible naff but effective) sateen pillowcases, which certainly alleviate the tangles.

    And then the spray in the mornings. It's a right palava. Lovely husband threatens to cut all the hair off them both with alarming regularity.

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  13. I hate to say this.... my teens come home from school with nits a couple of times... high school girls sometimes do each others hair and share brushes....But it only happened once or twice not as regularly as when they were little :\ (We used tea tree spray too)

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  14. I hate to say this.... my teens come home from school with nits a couple of times... high school girls sometimes do each others hair and share brushes....But it only happened once or twice not as regularly as when they were little :\ (We used tea tree spray too)

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  15. None of my three have come home with nits...yet...although I am waiting for the day it happens, since they all have fine, blonde hair that attracts nits like crazy (I am itching as I type this!!) Here's nit horror story for you (let's see how creepy-crawly you feel after this!): When I was about 8, I was braiding my two-year-old sister's hair on the front verandah. I picked an insect out of her hair and kept going. Picked another one out, and another....before I realised her entire head was crawling with pink lice!!! Literally crawling. I took one to show Dad, who yelped, pushed us all outside and ran to the chemist. We were made to sit out the front of the house with the awful 80's nit-killing gear on our heads for the entire afternoon - while the entire primary school rode their bikes past. *shudder* I have still not recovered from the embarrassment!! My sister is in therapy ;)

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  16. Eeeew! Nits! I had a dream a few weeks ago about my son getting nits the first day he went to kindergarten. The main thing I remember from my dream is saying again and again "But I went through my entire 13 years of schooling and NEVER got nits!". Well, my dream seems to have come true, sort of. With kindergarten starting next Wednesday, guess what I found crawling through Mr 3's gorgeous curly hair this morning while we were waiting for his first ever swimming lesson to begin? NITS!! Straight to the chemist after swimming to get some lice mousse & one of those nit combs. Of course my head has been itchy ever since I saw the ugly creatures but guess who can't use lice medications, unless they are under medical supervision? Pregnant women. And at 18 weeks tomorrow I am definitely pregnant. Nit prevention is going to be high on my list of things to do everyday now so I think I need some tea tree oil of some description asap!

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  17. I'd use to stop my smelly shoes & feet from running , my hubby makes me leave my shoes outside ...well I just got new ones.
    Poor Sally oh the embarssment .

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  18. Anjanette MortonJanuary 28, 2011

    What great ideas! With my older son starting Year 1 on Monday and the little one at childcare, it's a necessity to have a Plan!!

    This may sound silly, but I have found that my Aussie body spray with Lemon Myrtle & Tea Tree oil keeps the mossies at bay. Whilst everyone else on the school ground gets bitten, they stay away from me and I put it dwn to that Tea Tree Oil :)

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  19. Not silly at all!

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  20. I hear you on the smelly runners....

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  21. Eeek! Congrats on your pregnancy though!

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  22. Oh my. I think I'd be in therapy too...

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  23. No. I am nt hearing you. In high school still? My worst fears...

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  24. Michelle D EvansJanuary 28, 2011

    I thought when we started homeschooling that we wouldn't get nits... wrong!!!!!
    But thankfully we get rid of them quicker now that the kids aren't in classes with other kids who aren't treated.
    love the tea tree and conditioner solution

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  25. Thea SmithJanuary 29, 2011

    No nits yet....great going, Lucy!!!
    We've had 2 rounds of nit battles here.
    I don't use any commercial nit products, just a big bottle of cheap conditioner with heaps of drops of tea tree oil. I wash their hair with it every night and use a nit comb until there are no more for 3 days in a row...usually takes 2 weeks. I'm just praying my 3 year old with long hair doesn't get them, it's not a drama in short boy hair....but long girl hair....eeeppppp!!

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  26. I've been using tea tree oil in a spray bottle with water on the kids hair before school ever since we the first time we were blessed with lice. I also put a dab on the inside of their hat band. You can bet that if we get them back, it's because I've been slack and forgotten.

    Another thing I use it for is sticker goop removal!

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  27. Nits are horrible little buggers! I'd use the Bosisto's Tea Tree Spray to freshen the house and help ensure my little four legged friend doesn't bring any of his own horrible little critters (fleas)!

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  28. Even in homeschool?? Oh no!

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  29. I know, Thea, look at Oivia's hair. LONG and THICK and WAVY. I would have to cut it off. I couldn't even contemplate it...

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  30. Oh Marita, you poor thing. And your poor elder daughter.

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  31. It's amazing stuff. And not as headachey for me, as Eucalyptus.

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  32. Haha! I must admit, I have used our Tea Tree Spray to freshen our old dogs basket. Even he likes it!

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  33. Teatree oil is a saviour in my dry pail for our modern cloth nappies. We usually just add a couple of drops of pure oil but a spray would definitely get to more parts of the bucket and keep our loo smelling just lovely!

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  34. My children have not had nits yet but as a previous educator I have had my run ins with them and the feeling of "I need a shower now, my head itches" but this sounds great to use for that, I think a teacher should have one in their draws, do you think the government could find the money to supply every teacher? Don't hold your breath! lol. But I woudl also use it for our nappy bin, even when empty it is like the smell can stick to plastic! Yuck, spray!!!!!! kill the smell!!!!

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  35. I remember the first day of grade 1 for my bugalicious, at 8 am, her best friend's Mum called to say that she had found nits. Eurgh. Sure enough, there were crawlers in my Grade 1's hair and we had to do a super quick comb out in order to get to school for that first day.
    We are lucky her hair is so fine, it doesn't take hours to do.
    I am going to try your spray - fingers crossed!
    Her whole class seems to get it at least once a month, which we do partly blame on their being such a close-knit *I don't do puns. Really. ;-)* group who always have their heads together. (planning mischief, I'm sure).

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  36. sorry Lucy — word is nits get WORSE for girls in highschool. they are less happy to wear their hair up or to succumb to your terrific preventative measures, AND they are all cuddle cuddle heads together … ps. i also add a few drops of lavender oil to my spray bottle.

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