This post is a little different from my usual, but I spent a LOT of time researching this stuff, so hopefully it can spare you a little bit of time. After I found out I was pregnant, I replaced all of my skin + hair care products with organic items. This was definitely not a requirement (my doctor didn’t even mention it) but it was just something that I felt more comfortable doing. I actually started this process long before I got pregnant, but it seemed like the perfect opportunity to finish it up. A lot of this stuff is dependent on personal preference, so take it or leave it. But here’s what has worked for me!
How toxic are your current products?
This is something that not many people think about, but there’s a quick way to find out the level of toxicity in the products you are already using. I downloaded the Think Dirty Shop Clean App (it’s free) which allows you to scan all of the products in your bathroom to measure their level of toxicity. They are ranked on a scale from 0-10 (with 0 being non-toxic) and rated in areas of Carcinogenicity, Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity, Allergenicity & Immunotoxicity. I found this app to be extremely helpful in figuring out which products absolutely had to be replaced + which ones were ok to keep. Generally, if it had a rating of 5 or higher, I replaced it. I was shocked at how much had to go!
Face Wash + Lotion
I’ve been obsessed with Juice Beauty lately. This is a brand that I got into more recently (after I spent a fortune on another brand that I had to throw away after my first trimester because the smell made me so nauseous!) I like the Green Apple brightening skincare line, but there are several different options depending on your needs.
Green Apple Brightening Gel Cleanser I love this because it lit doesn’t dry out your skin (but it also doesn’t leave your skin looking oily). It also has a great smell, which is a bonus.
Green Apple Age Defy Serum This serum is packed with antioxidants and helps even out skin tone + reduce the appearance of dark spots. I’ve definitely noticed a difference in my skin since I started using it!
Green Apple SPF 15 Moisturizer Heads up… this has zinc in it so it goes on white at first. Once it’s rubbed in, it’s lightweight and super moisturizing. There’s a version without SPF in it that I use for nighttime + it is much easier to apply. I tend to have dry skin and this works well for me, but a lot of reviews say it works great for combination skin too!
Anyone else take baths as much as me?? I’ve been loving this Coconut Milk Bath Powder lately. It has coconut oil, coconut milk + organic raw shea butter that leaves your skin feeling super hydrated + smooth.
Sliquid Splash My previous soap ranked at a 10 (yikes!) on the toxicity scale. This one is an unscented, feminine soap for sensitive skin. There’s nothing fancy about it, but it’s made with coconut oil + doesn’t irritate my skin. Plus, the price is right: you can get it for under $10 on Amazon!
Vita Liberata Gradual Sunless Tanner For those of you who use sunless tanner, this is a great option. The tan builds gradually with each application so you can control how dark you want to be. It’s also moisturizing so it doesn’t make your skin as dry as other self-tanners sometimes do. It goes on clear, but if you leave it on overnight you’ll wake up with a natural looking tan that lasts for 4-5 days. Most importantly, it doesn’t have the terrible smell that other self-tanners have!
Bali Secrets This is one of the products I started using long before pregnancy. I’m not going to lie, the smell is a little different from your typical deodorant, but it’s one of the few organic deodorants that doesn’t leave me with a rash. It also rubs on very easily, which is something that a lot of the other organic deodorants I’ve tried didn’t do. I use the Original Essence scent + I’ve grown to love the smell!
Shampoo + Conditioner
I use the NIUCOCO Hydrating Shampoo and Smoothing Conditioner. They’re made with coconut oil + all natural ingredients. I think shampoo/conditioner preferences are highly dependent on your hair texture, but these have worked great for my hair!
Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Nourishing Body Oil I wasn’t using any body oil pre-pregnancy, but this has been my go-to. It has Vitamin E, its lightweight and smells amazing! I love it so much that I actually use it all over, not just on my stomach. We’ll see if it does the trick for no stretch marks… so far so good!
Clinique Non-Aerosal Hairspray My hairspray was another product that was highly toxic + needed to go. I like this one because it holds in the curls without making my hair feel stiff. It’s definitely not a 24-hour hold or anything, but it gets the job done!
Coconut Oil For Everything
Is it obvious that I LOVE coconut oil?? Don’t discredit a good ol’ jar of unrefined coconut oil for basically all of your skin + hair needs. You can get a big jar for super cheap, it doesn’t have any toxic ingredients + it pretty much works on everything. I put it on my face in the winter, use it as a hair mask at night, wear it as chapstick + I swear it even works on bug bites.
I’m still on the hunt for some organic toothpaste + mouthwash that actually work as well as the mainstream brands. I’m also looking for organic dry shampoo recommendations…Send them my way if you have any!