March 20, 2018

daylight savings – how to keep your baby sleeping through

This Sunday, March 25th 2018, the clocks ‘spring’ forward, which means we lose an extra hour in bed – but is that really the truth as a parent? It seems that just a one hour change can dramatically affect sleeping habits in babies, which is not what parents what to hear at all. The daylight saving doesn’t have to mean sleepless nights and endless cups of caffeine, as you can take a few steps to keep your little one snoozing through the winter.

1) Start making changes as soon as possible
Move your baby’s bedtime and napping times forward by 15 minutes. By doing this you are starting to prepare their body clock for the change that is to come. You can also adjust their feeding times in conjunction with this so that their whole schedule is consistent.

2) Regulate the light
Establishing day and night for your little one helps them to understand when it’s time to start feeling sleepy. Due to the light changing, you can use blackout blinds to make it dark at the right time, and light to allow their brain to understand it’s daytime.

3) Build the right environment
An overstimulating environment can lead to baby feeling awake, and not wanting to sleep at all. Before bedtime make sure everything you do is very calming – from the rooms you are in, to the tone of voice you use. Create a soothing time just before bed to help them relax.

4) Dress baby softly to sleep
Really soft bedding and clothing makes a difference to how well your baby will sleep. They love very soft and gentle bedding, which you can also ensure smells of you to keep them content. Dress baby in gentle and breathable clothing to ensure that they feel comfortable and ready to sleep.

5) Remember, you’re doing great!
When your little one isn’t sleeping, sometimes you end up feeling frustrated and disappointed. No matter whether they are sleeping or not, everything will fall into place with time. You are doing an amazing job and eventually, your whole family will be sleeping well.

Article via Baby Mori

March 20, 2018

winner of the baby london magazine competition

We would like to congratulate Sarah (pictured above) the winner of our very special pamper package together with Baby London Magazine and the Sofitel London St. James.

The prize includes our ‘ultimate gift box’, worth £137, containing six pieces for both mother and baby to enjoy, plus the choice between one of two hour-long bespoke pregnancy massages to enjoy at the stunning Sofitel St James in London followed by afternoon tea.

We hope Sarah has a fabulous pamper day – well deserved!

March 20, 2018

new stockists

Our products can also be found in the prestigious and luxurious John Bell & Croyden and Lloyds Pharmacy in Selfridges London. Neither need an introduction, especially as John Bell & Croyden are proud to hold the Royal Warrant, whilst Lloyds Pharmacy were the first pharmacy to open their doors within one of the worlds biggest and most iconic department stores, Selfridges.

Our founder Gudrun previously visited the store and helped train staff on each of our products to ensure the best service will be given to the prestigious clientele of this iconic store.

A special representative will be at both stores every Monday to showcase our products and offer a few exciting promotions.

Shining Shen (pictured below) will be at John Bell & Croyden between  9am – 1pm and Lloyds Pharmacy at Selfridge’s between 1.30pm – 6pm every Monday.
We hope to see you there!

John Bell & Croyden
50 to 54 Wigmore Street

Selfridges & Co
400 Oxford Street

March 20, 2018

ingredient of the month | arnica flower extract

Used in our new ‘fresh meadows cooling leg gel’, arnica flower extract helps to reduce cell inflammation and enhances circulation, which is ideal for mums who are dealing with irritated and itchy skin.


Derived from a yellow mountain daisy that grows in Europe and is also known as leopard’s bane, arnica has traditionally been used to treat bruising.

healing properties

It reputedly increases circulation by stimulating white blood cell activity, thereby decreasing the amount of healing time and reducing inflammation.

Click here to purchase our ‘fresh meadows cooling leg gel’.

February 22, 2018

ingredient of the month | horse chestnut

We thought we’d dish out a few facts on one of the lesser known botanical skincare ingredients available on the market: the horse chestnut!

Studies have found that the topical application of gels (such as our NEW  ‘fresh meadows cooling leg gel‘!) that contain horse chestnut extract can help with varicose veins, phlebitis and post-thrombotic syndrome.

One study found that the application of horse chestnut extract led to an increase in pressure of flow through both normal and constricted veins (Guillaume & Padioleau, 1994). Another reason for topical horse chestnut extract improving circulation comes from its strengthening of the connective tissue around the capillary system.

The humble horse chestnut also has powerful anti-ageing properties and was also found to be comparable to Vitamin E.

So next time you find a conker when you’re out in the woods, you might want to consider that horse chestnut extract can offer powerful anti-ageing and cosmeceutical properties…

February 1, 2018

fresh meadows cooling leg gel

We are thrilled to announce the latest edition to the Little Butterfly London range; our ‘fresh meadows cooling leg gel’, launching on Friday 16th February 2018.

For instant comfort and relief, our energising yet soothing gel rapidly lifts and nurtures swollen, heavy-feeling legs and feet.

This fast-absorbing rescue treatment works to alleviate everyday pregnancy strains with its powerful bio-blend of anti-inflammatory ginger, arnica and horse chestnut that stimulates the circulation, eases muscle discomfort and reduces puffiness.

Invigorating peppermint gives a feeling of lightness, while nourishing cucumber, peach and passionflower oils, fuelled with minerals and vitamins, condition the skin and strengthen its elasticity. Regenerating aloe vera, green tea and grape juice boost precious skin moisture and further soothe, delivering much needed relief.


Instantly revives, refreshes and lightens heavy-feeling legs and feet
Boosts healthy micro-circulation, relieving muscular aches and strains
Encourages relaxation, soothes discomfort and alleviates puffiness and swelling
Improves skin hydration, to soften and tone, while boosting the skin’s elasticity and resilience
A handbag / travel / on-the-go must-have

skin type

Suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive.

smell and feel

Lightweight, invigorating, and fast-absorbing. Beautifully smoothing onto the skin, the gel is scented with a cooling ocean and peppermint fragrance, to refresh and elevate senses.

Launching February 16th 2018


January 31, 2018

ingredient of the month | ginger

identifying ginger

The ginger plant is a creeping perennial with thick, tuberous underground stems and an ability to grow up to one metre in height. Cultivated mainly in tropical countries, Jamaican ginger (which is paler) is regarded as the best variety for culinary use. According to Chinese tradition, dried ginger tends to be hotter than fresh.


Native to southeastern Asia, India and China, ginger has been an integral component of the diet and valued for its aromatic, culinary and medicinal properties for thousands of years. The Romans first imported ginger from China and by the middle of the 16th century, Europe was receiving more than 2000 tonnes per year from the East Indies. The top commercial producers of ginger now include Jamaica, India, Fiji, Indonesia and Australia.

available in many formats

Whole fresh roots. These provide the freshest taste.
Dried roots.
Powdered ginger. This is ground made from the dried root
Preserved or ‘stem’ ginger. Fresh young roots are peeled, sliced and cooked in heavy sugar syrup.
Crystallised ginger. This is also cooked in sugar syrup, air dried and rolled in sugar.
Pickled ginger. The root is sliced paper thin and pickled in vinegar. This pickle, known in Japan as gari, often accompanies sushi to refresh the palate between courses.


Ginger contains substances known as gingerols that quash inflammation and turn off pain-causing compounds in the body. The anti-inflammatory benefits can also help soothe red, irritated skin. A promising study in rats also found that eating a combination of curcumin and ginger helped skin improve its appearance and function and helped it heal faster.

it fights cancer and signs of ageing

Ginger is also packed with antioxidants that help protect the body from cancer, particularly ovarian cancer. Antioxidants also protect the skin from free-radical damage that affects collagen production, helping you look younger.

it cures nausea and bloating

A cup of ginger tea could help your stomach empty faster so food doesn’t just sit there after an indulgent meal. It’ll help calm your stomach and stave off bloating and gas. In general, ginger is also a research-backed remedy for nausea, whether you’re on a bumpy road trip, recovering from chemotherapy, or cursing pregnancy’s morning-sickness symptoms.




January 31, 2018

soothe swollen legs and feet during pregnancy

Swollen, achy feet and legs are a common symptom during pregnancy and the early days of postpartum recovery. During pregnancy, your body produces more fluid, causing frequent trips to the bathroom and swelling in the feet and ankles. The weight of the growing baby and uterus also puts pressure on the veins that pass through the pelvis carrying blood back to the heart, impeding circulation and contributing to the swelling.

The swelling can also cause your legs to feel heavy and achy. Combined with the lax ligaments in the hips, pelvis and joints of the feet during pregnancy, leg pain is also a common pregnancy-related ache. The good news? There’s a lot you can do to help alleviate swollen, achy feet and legs!

helpful tips

1. Sleep on your side to keep pressure off the veins carrying blood back to your heart.

2. Get off your feet throughout the day as frequently as possible, even for just a few minutes. It helps to elevate your feet above the level of your heart, if possible.

3. Stretch the calf muscles and exercise the toes to prevent charlie-horse cramps in the calves and achy feet. Try the gentle, effective exercises featured in the video below.

4. Limit salt! Leave the shaker on the table to avoid retaining even more excess fluids.

5. Stay cool. Swelling is worse in high temperatures.

6. Boost circulation with ginger. Our fresh meadows cooling leg gel is coming soon! Stay tuned.




January 31, 2018

key pregnancy nutrition

What a woman eats and drinks during pregnancy is her baby’s main source of nourishment. So, experts recommend that a mother-to-be choose a variety of healthy foods and beverages to provide the important nutrients a baby needs for growth and development.

A pregnant woman needs more calcium, folic acid, iron and protein than a woman who is not expecting, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

Folic acid, also known as folate when the nutrient is found in foods, is a B vitamin that is crucial in helping to prevent birth defects in the baby’s brain and spinal cord, known as neural tube defects.

foods to eat

During pregnancy, the goal is to be eating nutritious foods most of the time. To maximize prenatal nutrition, try to emphasise the following five food groups: fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and dairy products.

Fruits and vegetables: Pregnant women should focus on fruits and vegetables, particularly during the second and third trimesters. Get between five and ten tennis ball-size servings of produce every day. These colorful foods are low in calories and filled with fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Lean protein: Pregnant women should include good protein sources at every meal to support the baby’s growth. Protein-rich foods include meat, poultry, fish, eggs, beans, tofu, cheese, milk, nuts and seeds.

Whole grains: These foods are an important source of energy in the diet, and they also provide fiber, iron and B-vitamins. At least half of a pregnant woman’s carbohydrate choices each day should come from whole grains, such as oatmeal, whole-wheat pasta or breads and brown rice.

Dairy: Aim for 3 to 4 servings of dairy foods a day. Dairy foods, such as milk, yogurt and cheese are good dietary sources of calcium, protein and vitamin D.

In addition to a healthy diet, pregnant women also need to take a daily prenatal vitamin to obtain some of the nutrients that are hard to get from foods alone, such as folic acid and iron.

foods to avoid

Alcohol: Avoid alcohol during pregnancy. Alcohol in the mother’s blood can pass directly to the baby through the umbilical cord. Heavy use of alcohol during pregnancy has been linked with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, a group of conditions that can include physical problems, as well as learning and behavioral difficulties in babies and children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Fish with high levels of mercury: Seafood such as swordfish, shark, king mackerel, marlin, orange roughy and tilefish are high in levels of methyl mercury, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and should be avoided during pregnancy. Methyl mercury is a toxic chemical that can pass through the placenta and can be harmful to an unborn baby’s developing brain, kidneys and nervous system.

Unpasteurized food: According to the USDA, pregnant women are at high risk for getting sick from two different types of food poisoning: listeriosis, caused by the Listeria bacteria, and toxoplasmosis, an infection caused by a parasite.

Listeria infection may cause miscarriage, stillbirth, preterm labor, and illness or death in newborns. To avoid listeriosis, the USDA recommends avoiding the following foods during pregnancy:

Unpasteurized (raw) milk and foods made from it, such as feta, Brie, Camembert, blue-veined cheeses, queso blanco and queso fresco. Pasteurization involves heating a product to a high temperature to kill harmful bacteria.
Hot dogs, luncheon meats and cold cuts unless heated to steaming hot before eating to kill any bacteria.
Store-bought deli salads, such as ham salad, chicken salad, tuna salad and seafood salad.
Unpasteurized refrigerated meat spreads or pates.

Raw meat: A mother can pass a Toxoplasma infection on to her baby, which can cause problems such as blindness and mental disability later in life, reports the CDC. To prevent toxoplasmosis, the USDA recommends avoiding the following foods during pregnancy:

Rare, raw or undercooked meats and poultry.
Raw fish, such as sushi, sashimi, ceviches and carpaccio.
Raw and undercooked shellfish, such as clams, mussels, oysters and scallops.

Some foods may increase a pregnant woman’s risk for other types of food poisoning, including illness caused by salmonella and E. coli bacteria. lists these foods to avoid during pregnancy, and why they pose a threat:

Raw or undercooked eggs, such as soft-cooked, runny or poached eggs.
Foods containing undercooked eggs, such as raw cookie dough or cake batter, tiramisu, chocolate mousse, homemade ice cream, homemade eggnog, Hollandaise sauce.
Raw or undercooked sprouts, such as alfalfa, clover.
Unpasteurized juice or cider.








November 13, 2017

soothing mum and baby

The bond between a mother and her newborn baby is one of the strongest connections in nature, but the influx of hormones, and sheer exhaustion of motherhood can wreak havoc on new mum’s skin. Looking after a young child is a huge stress on your body and this releases the hormone cortisol into the body, weakening the skin and causing issues, such as loss of radiance and dryness.

Here at Little Butterfly London, we pride ourselves on using quality natural ingredients that help combat skin issues that new mums face daily whilst ensuring each ingredient used is safe to use, even when breastfeeding.

soothing new mum’s skin – our hero ingredients

Our ‘cocoon of bliss stretchmark butter’ helps soothe and calm itchy skin by using its powerful formula that includes rooibos and arnica flower. Arnica flower extract helps to reduce cell inflammation and enhances circulation, which is ideal for mums with stressed out, red and itchy skin.

Click here for more information on our cocoon of bliss stretchmark butter’

Fuelled with powerful botanical extracts, vitamins and minerals, our ‘scent of seas toning body serum’ uses roobios extract to help protect, heal and soothe the skin of new mothers and mums-to-be.

This high-performance serum assists in restoring elasticity and returns bounce to over-stretched or slack skin, whilst leaving a feeling of instant lightness.

Click here for more information on our ‘scent of seas toning body serum’

soothing baby’s skin – our hero ingredients

Calm your babies skin with mandarin essential oil. Our 100% ecocert certified organic ‘love eternal baby massage oil’ is filled with a luxurious oil blend that pampers baby with soothing mandarin oil alongside nourishing peach and protective rosehip oils.

With quite a history dating back thousands of years to traditional Chinese medicine, mandarin is known to be the sweetest and the most calming of all citrus essential oils. Our baby massage oil is lightly infused with mandarin and orange pure essential oils, to calm, soothe and lend a subtle sweet fragrance.

Click here for more information on our ‘love eternal baby massage oil’

Our best selling ‘soft as moonlight nappy change cream’ features oat kernel extract which is a super skin soothing, natural ingredient. Our unusually rich and generous blend of ingredients within our award winning nappy cream includes 18 carefully selected ingredients such as nurturing mango seed butter, comforting calendula and camomile to relieve discomfort. Cocoa, shea butter and buttermilk nourish and protect, while peach kernel and cucumber seed oil maintain the skin’s healthy moisture levels.

Treat your little one to this beautiful nappy change cream, with added oat kernel extract, zinc oxide, vitamin C and E to promote healing and natural protection. Rich with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, it is beautifully calming as it melts into the skin.

Click here for more information on our ‘soft as moonlight nappy change cream’