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Kodomo Q&A

Sophie Bloomfield, Beauty Director of Harper’s Bazaar

Sophie Bloomfield, Beauty Director of Harpers Bazaar

Sophie Bloomfield is Beauty Director at Harper’s Bazaar and lives in West London with her husband and two sons, aged 3 and 5. She takes time out of her very busy schedule (she has recently covered London, Milan and Paris fashion weeks almost back-to-back) to chat through her best and worst travel experiences with little ones.

Q: What is your first childhood memory of travel?

Being at a hotel in Morocco, aged about 6, watching snake charmers with my 4 year old brother who said ‘thank you’ as he took the money out of the cap when it came around after the show!

Q: Where have you had your best holiday to date?

Zanzibar. Yes that was pre-kids! It was magical.

Q: Where was the first place you went with a little one in tow? How did it go?

Spain to a family villa: it was a disaster. Our eldest son was three months old at the time; I just recall a lot of time spent indoors trying to get him to settle for naps, and returned white as a sheet.

Q: How do you find the experience of travelling with children? 

The airport is always hell. It goes something like this: usually I am left with both kids at Gatwick, having been up since 4am to get there and check in. They are crying and begging to be carried and I am desperate for coffee and attempting to buy magazines. Meanwhile, husband browses in duty free! All I have to share regarding flights is that Business makes that crucial difference between heaven and hell when flying long haul. When we’re there, it’s all about a great kids club: a balance between some time for us to relax and then having amazing bonding time with the boys.

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Q: Where was your best holiday with your child?

Mustique. Perfect on every level.

Q: And your worst?

That early trip to Spain. Other than that it’s been great.

Q: What is your must-have travel accessory when away with children? What beauty products would you recommend to keep tired, flight-weary skin looking fresh and clean? And what skincare products do you favour for children, particularly with regards to suncare?

Must have travel accessory when away with kids: colouring pads and iPads!

Beauty products: Alexandra Soveral products (her Moody Skin moisturizer, Super Hero Serum and Eye Balm are genius, and all come in sizes small enough to take on board). And a Caudalie Beauty Elixir spray. I also always take Aromatherapy Associates Breathe essential oil, eco baby wipes and Crème de la Mer Lip Balm.

For kids, I always use Green People suncream (or other natural brands) and then Childs Farm for body wash and shampoo.

Q: And top tips for travel with kids? 

I always pack as many snacks as possible for them: cereal bars, organic Goodies crisps, fruit, healthy chocolate bars – the worst thing is a meltdown induced by a sugar low or a sugar high! I’ve never medicated them for a flight – I find the best approach to this is to always remember their favourite sleeping ‘bear’ and a pashmina to wrap them up in, and then set them up with an iPad and wait for them to drift off. I always pack 2 spare t-shirts for each of them on long haul flights: one to change into when they inevitably spill something all over themselves mid-flight and then another fresh one for when we get there.