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Hi,<br>
I'm looking for a natural (preferably organic) skincare line that is safe to use when breastfeeding and/or pregnant.<br><br>
I have found several wonderful organic skincare lines but most have a few herbal ingredients that are deemed unsafe for pregnancy. Is it safe to use skincare that has potentially harmful herbs in it or is it just considered unsafe if ingested orally?<br><br>
Any suggestions?<br><br>
Thanks!<br><br>
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I use a few different personal care lines. My shamp/cond is Giovanni-its organic and they have a full line of hair care, lotions, creams & body wash. I use dr. b's for body wash or some locally made goat's milk soaps that are as close to organic as one can get without dealing w/ govt. certification. I also use Dessert Essence toothpastes and some of their face stuff as well as Kiss My Face obsessively organic. Really though I have been washing my face with honey and using DE organic jojoba oil to moisturize and that's all.<br><br>
My essentials: Giovannic Tea Tree Shamp/Cond (i am extra greasy these days) and their cucumber song lotion & body cream, DE toothpste & jojoba oil, Dr. B's peppermint soap & some local honey.<br><br>
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60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our system. If a product contains herbs or essential oils deemed unsafe for pregnancy/breastfeeding. Then don't use it. It really kills me when I see products that contain peppermint essential oil being marketed to pregnant/ nursing women.
 

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Pure Jojoba oil is a great makeup remover and facial moisturizer......and you only need a few drops. I use Dr. Bronner's liquid soap on a poof in the shower for my body and shampoo. And I use apple cider vinegar diluted with water for a conditioner.<br><br>
I haven't got a suggestion for moisturizing your whole body. Other than various pretty oils......which can be pricy. Right now I buy a cheap whole foods brand or other natural-type lotion and mix with a more expensive oil.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our system. If a product contains herbs or essential oils deemed unsafe for pregnancy/breastfeeding. Then don't use it. It really kills me when I see products that contain peppermint essential oil being marketed to pregnant/ nursing women.</div>
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I agree! There are so many products out there that have unsafe EOs in them. I'm having a hard time and feeling really frusturated finding safe products for skincare while prego! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: Maybe I'm over analyzing everything?! I'm trying to go the completely all natural route with no chemicals but finding a hard time finding answers if natural oils, etc, are completely safe. Any help would be appreciate! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I used sweet almond oil on my body for most of my pregnancy. I never use lotion but also never have serious dry skin issues. When the baby was born, I used either sweet almond or a good olive oil on his skin. I've never had to try anything else.<br><br>
Usually, I won't use lotions due to parabens and fragrances. There seem to be a lot of foreign substances in lotions (even high-priced 'organic' lotions...) The only lotions I have bought have been homemade with goat milk and other natural, pronouce-able, familiar ingredients.<br><br>
Here is a link to a nice belly butter I used during pregnancy:<br><a href="http://www.dancingwillowherbs.com/bsi/showdetl.cfm?&DID=11&User_ID=%20%20%20%20%2053304&st=%20%20%20%20%20%206903&st2=%20%2047547427&st3=%20-51555492&Product_ID=138&CATID=16" target="_blank">http://www.dancingwillowherbs.com/bs...D=138&CATID=16</a>
 

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I love all my shea terra products. I bought them from the company website to start with but shipping was high, slow and they don't respond to emails very frequently. This last time I bought from bglowing.com and they shipped within a week and it was a bit cheaper.<br><br>
Their fragrances are fabulous and all natural which is a really rare combination. My favorites are the vanilla body oil and the peach lotion. The vanilla is the most intoxicating ever and lasts a long time. The peach is very nice too. I really enjoy their products. I doubt they have anything contraindicated in pregnancy.
 

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There is a book called Aromatherapy for Mother & Baby by Allison England that is great. It has many simple recipes for using essential oils and carrier oils during and after pregancy and for infants.<br>
Sweet Alomond oil is very gentle as long as there is no family history of nut allergies. Many people use grapeseed oil and refer to it as hypoallegenic.<br>
Avocado Oil is a great base oil for stretchmark prevention.<br>
It really depends on what you are looking for. I know that many people here probably make skin care for moms but cannot say so. This website is connected with Mommychats.com which has lists of mom run businesses. You can probably find something there.
 

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Hello<br>
I know of a great <b>'certified organic'</b> skin care line that you could try. In fact they have a whole line of personal care products that you will be impressed with. Click the following link to know more <a href="http://www.tgorganics.mionegroup.com" target="_blank">www.tgorganics.mionegroup.com</a><br>
Feel free to contact me at <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a> if you would like to know more.<br><br>
Everyone really needs to be cautious about what they put on their skin, as it will absorb everything that is put on. You need to be aware that many products contain toxic chemicals that can cause serious harm to mom and baby.<br><br>
I wish you luck with everything.
 

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I've been using a home-made body scrub for a little over a month now, and I love it. Half a cup of brown sugar and a tablespoon of coconut oil (or more of each - I don't really measure too closely) mixed together creates a shower scrub that gets rid of your dead skin cells and leaves your skin soft and moisturized. You smell like a macaroon just after you shower, but the scent doesn't linger. I swear my skin has never looked or felt better.<br><br>
I wouldn't use it on your face, though. Too oily.<br><br>
I'm not pregnant yet (I don't think - but I may get two lines tomorrow morning <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/praying.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="praying">: ) but I can't think of any reason why brown sugar and coconut oil would be bad for a baby.<br><br>
I trust this was okay to post. I don't sell anything.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I've been using a home-made body scrub for a little over a month now, and I love it. Half a cup of brown sugar and a tablespoon of coconut oil (or more of each - I don't really measure too closely) mixed together creates a shower scrub that gets rid of your dead skin cells and leaves your skin soft and moisturized. You smell like a macaroon just after you shower, but the scent doesn't linger. I swear my skin has never looked or felt better.<br><br>
I wouldn't use it on your face, though. Too oily.<br><br>
I'm not pregnant yet (I don't think - but I may get two lines tomorrow morning <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/praying.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="praying">: ) but I can't think of any reason why brown sugar and coconut oil would be bad for a baby.<br><br>
I trust this was okay to post. I don't sell anything.</div>
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That's funny that you mentioned that about the shower scrub because I just made the same thing today! A couple weeks ago I tried olive oil and brown sugar and loved it and then today I tried coconut oil and regular sugar! I love them both! They are great for shaving your legs too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I hope you get two lines tomorrow morning! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/fingersx.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="fingersx">: I'm in my 2ww and also <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/praying.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="praying">:<br><br>
Thanks to everyone for your input!
 
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