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Pregnancy Safe Skincare from BeautyCounter

Pregnancy Safe Skincare from BeautyCounter

Pregnancy safe skincare can be super difficult and confusing. I have an entire guide devoted to what products are safe to use while pregnant including information on what ingredients to avoid while pregnant and a huge list of pregnancy safe skincare products. The list has gotten so large that I’ve decided to start listing brands in their own individual posts.

Here you’ll find every pregnancy safe skincare product from BeautyCounter as of 7/28/2020. If it is not safe, I’ll tell you why. All of the products meet my pregnancy safe criteria. If they release a new product that is not listed here, please comment below and I will add it. Note I will link to every product directly to avoid confusion. You’ll know exactly which product I mean.

Please refer to my post on pregnancy safe makeup, where I explain why you don’t need to worry about your mascara, powders, eyeliners, brow products, etc. I do not review these products.

I also have a post with my favorites for a pregnancy safe skincare routine with BeautyCounter products.

Please note, it can take up to an hour to review the ingredient lists of each product. I review with my own list of pregnancy safe criteria. I obtain my ingredient lists from the brands and major retailers (typically Nordstrom and Sephora), and I review the US versions. Please do not ask me to re-review the same products over and over, I do not have the time to do so, and many people have been rude about this. For more brands, please head over to the list of pregnancy safe products.

Pregnancy Safe Products from BeautyCounter

Baby Daily Protective Balm
Baby Soothing Oil
Body Butter in Citrus Mimosa
Body Oil in Citrus Rosemary
Body Wash in Citrus Mimosa
Charcoal Cleansing Bar
Citrus Mimosa Body Bar
Cleansing Balm
Color Intense Lipstick
Color Pinch Cream Blusher
Counter+ All Bright C Serum
Counter+ Eye Revive Cooling Masks
Counter+ Lotus Glow Cleansing Balm
Countercontrol Instant Matte Toner
Countermatch Pure Calm Cleansing Milk
Countermatch Refresh Foaming Cleanser
Counterstart Cococream Cleanser
Counterstart Cocoboost Moisturizer
Countersun After Sun Cooling Gel
Countersun Daily Sheer Defense For Face – SPF 25
Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30
Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 30
Give ‘Em Lip Color Intense Lipstick
Glow Shimmer Oil
Hand Cream in Citrus Mimosa
Hydrating Body Lotion in Citrus Mimosa
Illuminating Cream Highlighter
Lip Conditioner in Calendula
Lip Conditioner in Peppermint
Lip Gloss
Melting Body Balm
One-Step Makeup Remover Wipes
No. 1 Brightening Facial Mist
No. 1 Brightening Facial Oil
No. 2 Plumping Facial Mist
No. 2 Plumping Facial Oil
No. 3 Balancing Facial Mist
No. 3 Balancing Facial Oil
Nourishing Cream Cleanser
Nourishing Day Cream
Nourishing Eye Cream
Nourishing Night Cream
Nourishing Rosewater Mist
Rejuvenating Day Cream
Rejuvenating Eye Cream
Rejuvenating Face Cleanser
Rejuvenating Night Cream
Rejuvenating Radiance Serum
Rejuvenating Toner Pads
Sheer Lipstick
Sugar Body Scrub in Lemongrass

Not Safe for Pregnancy, Ok for Nursing

Baby Gentle All-Over Wash: Gluconolactone
Countercontrol All Over Acne Treatment: Salicylic Acid
Countercontrol Clear Pore Cleanser: Salicylic Acid
Countercontrol Matte Effect Gel Cream | Oil-free: Malic Acid
Countercontrol SOS Acne Spot Treatment: Salicylic Acid
Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion: Salicylic Acid
Countermatch Eye Rescue Cream: Salicylic Acid
Countermatch Hydra-Gel Radiance Toner: Salicylic Acid
Countermatch Intense Moisture Serum: Salicylic Acid
Countermatch Recovery Sleeping Cream: Salicylic Acid
Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF 30: Salicylate
Countersun Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF 30: Salicylate
Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer: Gluconolactone
Hand Wash in Citrus Mimosa: Licorice Root
Instant Eye Makeup Remover: Salicylic Acid
No. 3 Balancing Facial Mask: Salicylic Acid
Nourishing Cream Exfoliator: Gluconolactone
Overnight Resurfacing Peel: Glycolic Acid, Malic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Tartaric Acid
Skin Twin Featherweight Foundation: Gluconolactone
Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation: Gluconolactone
Touchup Skin Concealer Pen: Gluconolactone

Not Safe for Pregnancy or Nursing

Note I’m including products with retinoids here, as those are a bit iffy. It depends on how conservative you want to be while nursing (still absolutely contraindicated while pregnant). Refer to my post on ingredients to avoid while nursing for more discussion.

Bakuchiol is touted by many as a “natural” retinoid, and many brands even claim that they work the same way. I have not been able to verify Bakuchiol’s actual mechanism of action, and until then I will be treating it like other retinoids.

Countertime Antioxidant Soft Cream: Bakuchiol
Countertime Lipid Defense Cleansing Oil: Bakuchiol
Countertime Mineral Boost Hydrating Essence: Bakuchiol
Countertime Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream: Bakuchiol
Countertime Tripeptide Radiance Serum: Bakuchiol
Countertime Ultra Renewal Eye Cream: Bakuchiol

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  1. 6.1.19
    YURI JANG said:

    Hi again Christine,

    I was also wondering what are the possible risks of gluconolactone for pregnant women? Unfortunately, before I saw it on your website, I went to Beautycounter and purchased the touchup concealer pen, which you list as unsafe during pregnancy, and was told by their manager and sales person that all their products were pregnancy safe. So I purchased it, and have been using it during my entire first trimester. :\

    I’d really appreciate your help!

  2. 7.17.19
    Danielle Styskal said:

    Hi! Your site is a literal wealth of knowledge – THANK YOU! I’m curious if the BeautyCounter “Countertime Tripeptide Radiance Serum” is pregnancy and/or nursing safe.

    Link: https://www.beautycounter.com/product/countertime-tripeptide-radiance-serum

    Ingredients list from the above link:
    Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Maris Sal/Sea Water/Eau de mer, Squalane, Bakuchiol, Rhododendron Ferrugineum Extract*, N-Prolyl Palmitoyl Tripeptide-56 Acetate, Betaine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ectoin, Phytic Acid, Arginine, Lecithin, Panthenol, Pullulan, Silica, Potassium Sorbate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sclerotium Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum.

    *Alpine Rose Extract

    • 7.18.19
      15mins said:

      I would avoid it during pregnancy for sure and likely during nursing as well if you’re being conservative. The issue is the Bakuchiol, which is the “natural retinoid”. I can’t find a mechanism of action anywhere for it, but many brands claim it “works just like retinoids”, so until I can confirm how exactly it is working I treat it like a retinoid.

  3. 7.20.19
    courtney green said:

    Hello,
    this must be a new product from beauty counter. Is the Body Oil in Citrus Rosemary safe in pregnancy/nursing?

    here are the ingredients:
    Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Peel Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Oil, Rosa Canina (Dog Rose or Rose Hip) Fruit Oil, Citrus Grandis or Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea-Buckthorn) Fruit Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil

    • 7.21.19
      15mins said:

      It’s ok! I think I must have stopped part way through the body products, I was missing a bunch. I’ve just finished them 🙂

  4. 10.26.19
    Danielle said:

    Hi!

    Do you have any updates on use of Bakuchiol during pregnancy?

    • 10.27.19
      15mins said:

      I don’t, sorry.

      • 4.28.20
        L said:

        Hi, do you have any further updates on Bakuchiol during pregnancy at this time? Thank you!

        • 4.28.20
          15mins said:

          I don’t, no info has come out. I literally just responded about this to someone else about an hour ago (on another post), here’s what I said:
          I don’t really have any info about bakuchiol. I haven’t found any safety information/studies, and I can’t even confirm it’s mechanism of action. Just suddenly it showed up in a bunch of products with many of the brands saying it “works just like a retinoid”, which to me implies that it works via the same mechanism (again, which I can’t confirm). So for now I’m screening it out as a retinoid to be on the safe side.

  5. 11.2.19
    Nicki said:

    Hi,

    I believe the current formula for the Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation has Gluconolactone 🙁

    • 11.2.19
      15mins said:

      Oh no! You’re right. I just bumped it down 🙁

  6. 11.11.19
    MM said:

    Hi, I wasn’t able to comment on another note general makeup related thread, but since Beautycounter has a liquid eyeliner I thought I’d ask here – would you classify the liquid eyeliners along with pencil eyeliners, in that it is a product you wouldn’t have to worry too much about when pregnant? Or should liquid eyeliners go through the same evaluation as any other liquid makeup? Please let me know. I will include the ingredient list if you think it is something worth looking at. Thanks!

    • 11.16.19
      15mins said:

      They basically form a film on the skin and I don’t think they really get absorbed. I wouldn’t worry about it 🙂

  7. 11.15.19
    Kellie said:

    BeautyCounter just released their holiday collections and I’m hoping you can give your input on the better balm duo.

    https://www.beautycounter.com/product/better-balm-duo

    Ingredients: Better Balm Untinted: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Olus/Vegetable Oil/Huile végétale, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire d’abeille, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Octyldodecyl Shea Butterate, Phytosteryl/Behenyl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf/Stem Extract, Vanillin, Bidens Pilosa Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Glyceryl Caprylate.

    Better Balm Berry: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Olus/Vegetable Oil/Huile végétale, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire d’abeille, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Octyldodecyl Shea Butterate, Phytosteryl/Behenyl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Tocopherol, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Oil, Lecithin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Triethyl Citrate, Bidens Pilosa Extract, Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf/Stem Extract, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Raspberry Ketone, Limonene, Hexyl Acetate, Gamma-Decalactone, Ethyl 2-methylbutyrate, Linalool, 3-Hexenol, Maltol, Vanillin, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850)

    • 11.15.19
      15mins said:

      Both look ok!

  8. 11.21.19
    Laura said:

    I’m confused. Why is gluconolactone not safe during pregnancy? I looked on EWG and rating is a 1. Can you please explain? I was thinking about getting the tint skin from beauty counter, but not if the gluconolactone is bad for pregnancy.

    • 11.21.19
      15mins said:

      EWG isn’t considered to be very reputable by most of the medical community. They’re known for misinterpreting many studies, they’re mostly a lobbyist group really.

      Gluconolactone is a polyhydroxy acid, basically like an alpha hydroxy acid that can more easily penetrate the skin. More info here: skincare ingredients to avoid during pregnancy

      • 11.22.19
        Laura said:

        Dang- I really wanted the make-up. Is gluconolactone found in good too? What foundation would you suggest? Something without a bunch of synthetic chemicals and safe for pregnancy.

        • 11.24.19
          15mins said:

          Gluconolactone is a polyhydroxy acid, I would avoid them similar to alpha and beta hydroxy acids.
          I have a huge post on pregnancy safe foundations

  9. 11.29.19
    Jessica said:

    Thank you for all you do! What are your thoughts on the Counter+ Charcoal Cleansing Mask?

    Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Kaolin, Charcoal Powder, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Illite, Glycerin, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Xanthan Gum, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf, Olea Europaea (Olive) Seed Powder, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Powder, Salicylic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Extract, Allantoin, Lactic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil*, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol.

    • 12.1.19
      15mins said:

      Doh! It has salicylic acid. Ok for nursing but not pregnancy 🙁

  10. 12.14.19
    Amanda said:

    Thank you so much for this incredibly informative compilation! Would you happen to have any comment on the safety of the use of castor seed oil in the lip products? It seems to be contraindicated in pregnancy but perhaps the small volume makes it safe?

    Cheers!

    • 12.14.19
      15mins said:

      It’s not something that’s included on topical precaution lists for the reason you stated, it required such a large amount orally to “work” in that matter that we don’t worry about it in topical forms like this.

      • 6.23.20
        Abbie said:

        Hi! I was curious about the No. 1 and No. 2 facial oils that were discontinued and perhaps reformulated? They are now sold under a different name(e.g “Counter+ No. 2 facial oil.”)

        Here are the Ingredients For Counter+No. 2 facial oil: Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Seed Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil*, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Peel Oil Expressed, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Jasminum Grandiflorum (Jasmine) Flower Wax. Limonene+, Linalool+, Citral+, Citronellol+, Geraniol+, Eugenol+, Benzyl Alcohol+, Benzyl Benzoate+

        *Organic/Biologique

        + Naturally Occurring in Essential Oils & Natural Materials As Defined by International Organization for Standardization

        • 6.24.20
          Christine said:

          This is ok for pregnancy and nursing

          • 6.24.20
            Abbie said:

            Thank you!!! I really appreciate what you do!

  11. 2.26.20
    Kate said:

    Hi Christine,

    I wanted to find out whether Beauty Counters newest cleansing balm was safe for pregnancy. I can’t access the old balm to compare the ingredients though I know you listed that one as safe.

    https://www.beautycounter.com/product/counter-plus-lotus-glow-cleansing-balm

    Thanks!

    • 2.26.20
      15mins said:

      This is safe for pregnancy and nursing!
      (This is the Counter+ Lotus Glow Cleansing Balm for anyone looking)

  12. 2.28.20
    Kara said:

    Hi! I was just introduced to Beauty Counter- I’ve always been weary of MLM companies but am interested in their Charcoal bar soap. I’ve used Biore Charcoal face wash for years, even my last pregnancy not realizing salicylic acid is a no no in pregnancy. So I guess I’m just looking for your honest opinion about BC and the bar soap as I’m pregnant again- I haven’t been using much on my face as I don’t wear a lot of makeup ever but my skin is changing and I need now something! If not a huge fan of BC do you have any recommendations on other Charcoal face washes?

    Thank you, thank you!!!

    • 2.28.20
      15mins said:

      I haven’t used their bar soap before, but it’s pregnancy safe. I’m very unconvinced that charcoal does much for the skin, I would think that a gentle face wash is more than enough.

      • 2.28.20
        Kara said:

        Thank you! I’ll just stick with a gentle face wash 🙂 One more question- I’ve been using Dr. Bronners Pure Castile soap, it’s listed as a safe body wash on here but just saw on here you’ve flagged products with hemp oil which the body wash has in it… now I’m worried!

        • 3.1.20
          15mins said:

          I don’t think all of the Dr. Bronners products have hemp, at least not all of the ones that i’ve seen. Hemp is likely fine most of the time, I just don’t always trust all of the “new” brands out there, esp the CBD things, to truly not have THC and be ok for pregnancy/nursing. Dr. Bronners has been around for forever… it’s up to you but even with the hemp probably ok from that brand.

  13. 4.1.20
    Eri said:

    Hi! This is an awesome resource. Thank you for all you do! Is the Beauty Counter Super-Duper Clean Kids Body Wash safe? I was wondering about this since the baby gentle wash is not safe.

    Ingredients:

    Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Glycerin, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Glyceryl Caprylate, Polyglyceryl-4 Laurate/Sebacate, Polyglyceryl-6 Caprylate/Caprate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Citric Acid, Panthenol, Punica Granatum Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Artemisia Pallens Flower Oil, Barosma Betulina Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Abies Balsamea (Balsam Canada) Needle Oil, Abies Sibirica Oil, Juniperus Communis Fruit Oil, Potassium Sorbate. Citral+, Limonene+, Geraniol+, Linalool+. + Naturally Occurring in Essential Oils & Natural Materials As Defined by International Organization for Standardization

    + Naturally Occurring in Essential Oils & Natural Materials As Defined by International Organization for Standardization

    • 4.5.20
      15mins said:

      Looks ok!

  14. 4.14.20
    Christy said:

    Hi! This list has been super helpful! I was wondering if a newer beautycounter product is pregnancy safe.
    Counterstart Cocoboost Moisturizer

    Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Olivate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Olivate, Bisabolol, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol.

    *Organic

    • 4.14.20
      15mins said:

      Looks ok!

  15. 4.21.20
    Priya said:

    Hi there, thank you for this excellent resource! BC just came out with a new vitamin C serum (Counter+ All Bright C Serum), wondering if you wouldn’t mind please taking a look at the ingredients. Thanks!

    Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Propanediol, Bis-Glyceryl Ascorbate*, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate*, Pentylene Glycol, Coconut Alkanes, Glycerin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Extract†, Curcumin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Phytic Acid, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Decanal, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Ionone, Ethyl Lactate, Vanillin, Isoamyl Acetate, Ethyl 2-Methylbutyrate, Methoxyphenylbutanone, Dec-9-en-2-one, Dimethylhydroxy Furanone, Ethyl Propionate, Ethyl Cinnamate, Hexenyl Acetate, Triethyl Citrate, Benzyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate. Citral+, Limonene+, Linalool+

    *Vitamin C

    †Camu Camu Extract

    + Naturally occurring in essential oils & natural materials as defined by International Organization for Standardization

    • 4.21.20
      15mins said:

      Ooooh looks good to me!

      • 4.22.20
        Priya said:

        Thanks so much!

  16. 5.11.20
    Ciara said:

    No product question, just wanted to say I appreciate your site!!

  17. 5.19.20
    Steph said:

    Hi there, can you please check Beauty Counter’s new “Skin Twin” foundation? Thanks!

    Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Coco-Caprylate, Isododecane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Isostearic Acid, Polyglyceryl-4 Diisostearate/Polyhydroxystearate/Sebacate, Isoeicosane, Propanediol, Jojoba Esters, Glycerin, Magnesium Sulfate, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire d’abeille, Dimethicone, Gluconolactone, Calcium Gluconate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Isopropyl Myristate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Lecithin, Sodium Benzoate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Chloride, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

    • 5.19.20
      15mins said:

      Ack! Gluconolactone. Ok for nursing, not pregnancy

  18. 5.19.20
    Stephanie said:

    Thank you for your post! Wha about the new Beautycounter “all bright C serum”. Ingredients listed below:

    Aqua/Water/Eau, Propanediol, Bis-Glyceryl Ascorbate*, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate*, Pentylene Glycol, Coconut Alkanes, Glycerin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Extract†, Curcumin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Phytic Acid, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Decanal, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Ionone, Ethyl Lactate, Vanillin, Isoamyl Acetate, Ethyl 2-Methylbutyrate, Methoxyphenylbutanone, Dec-9-en-2-one, Dimethylhydroxy Furanone, Ethyl Propionate, Ethyl Cinnamate, Hexenyl Acetate, Triethyl Citrate, Benzyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate. Citral+, Limonene+, Linalool+

    • 5.19.20
      15mins said:

      I just updated this post this afternoon, if you refresh it’s already above

  19. 6.30.20
    Ashley said:

    Hi! Thanks so much for this list. Can you confirm the shampoo & conditioner?

    Shampoo
    Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Glycerin, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Glycol Distearate, Panthenol, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Coconut Acid, Sodium Isethionate, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Ximenia Americana Seed Oil, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Sodium Benzoate. Limonene+

    Conditioner
    Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Dimethicone, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Amodimethicone, Stearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Stearalkonium Chloride, Glyceryl Caprylate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Panthenol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Citric Acid, Schinziophyton Rautanenii Kernel Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Ximenia Americana Seed Oil, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Sodium Benzoate. Limonene+

    • 6.30.20
      Christine said:

      These are fine

  20. 7.8.20
    Natalie said:

    Hi doctor,

    I was wondering if the Counter+ Charcoal Facial Mask was safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Here’s a list of the ingredients…

    Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Kaolin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Illite, Charcoal Powder, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Glycerin, Lactic Acid, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Salicylic Acid, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract*, Coco-Glucoside, Coconut Alcohol, Pentylene Glycol, Allantoin, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil*, Leuconostoc Ferment Filtrate, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Extract, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol.

    *Organic

    • 7.8.20
      Christine said:

      This has salicylic acid so ok for nursing but not pregnancy

      • 7.8.20
        Natalie said:

        Thank you so much!

  21. 7.28.20
    Blaire said:

    hello! how about this item: Radiant All Over Bronzer

    ingredients: Ingredients: Talc, Mica, Boron Nitride, Lauroyl Lysine, Zinc Stearate, Cetearyl Dimethicone, Magnesium Stearate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Methicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Potassium Sorbate, Trimyristin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 1CI 77492, CI 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140)

  22. 8.12.20
    Kate said:

    Hi Christine, this website is amazing–thank you. Most of the websites I’ve read don’t say anything about using skincare products with petroleum-type ingredients (e.g. paraffin, propylene glycol) while nursing, but a few say to avoid them. What do you think?

    If it helps, I’m looking at the three following products:

    Ling Ginseng Therapy Moisture Mask, which contains: AQUA (WATER), PROPYLENE GLYCOL, POLYVINYL ALCOHOL, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, GLYCERIN, CARBOMER, PANAX GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT, SODIUM HYALURONATE, HYDROLYZED GLYCOSAMINOGLYCANS, PHENOXYETHANOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN

    The spotlight papaya resurfacing peel: AQUA (WATER), PARAFFIN, STEARIC ACID, TRIETHANOLAMINE, POLYETHYLENE, PAPAIN, DMDM HYDANTOIN, PHENOXYETHANOL, DECYLENE GLYCOL, 1,2- HEXANEDIOL

    Volclayno charcoal detox mask: WATER, KAOLIN, BENTONITE, GLYCERIN, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, MAGNESIUM ALUMINUM SILICATE, CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) SEED OIL, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, BENZIMIDAZOLE DIAMOND AMIDOETHYL UREA, CARBAMOYL PROPYL POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, STEARYL ALCOHOL, CETEARETH-20, BUTYROSPERMUM PARII (SHEA) BUTTER, LEVAN, DECYL GLUCOSIDE, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) LEAF EXTRACT, PHENETHYL ALCOHOL, ZIZIPHUS JUJUBA SEED EXTRACT, CITRIC ACID, ASCORBIC ACID, SANTALUM ALBUM (SANDALWOOD) WOOD EXTRACT, OCIMUM BASILICUM (BASIL) FLOWER/LEAF EXTRACT, CITRUS LIMON (LEMON) PEEL EXTRACT, PYRUS MALUS (APPLE) FRUIT EXTRACT, ELETTARIA CARDAMOMUM SEED EXTRACT, RUBUS IDAEUS (RASPBERRY) FRUIT EXTRACT, LAVANDULA ANGUESTIFOLIA (LAVENDER) FLOWER/LEAF/STEM EXTRACT, CUCUMIS MELO (MELON) FRUIT EXTRACT, ROSE EXTRACT, IMPATIENS BALSAMINA FLOWER EXTRACT, CUCUMIS SATIVUS (CUCUMBER) FRUIT EXTRACT, CHARCOAL POWDER, DISODIUM EDTA, XANTHAM GUM, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, IRON OXIDES, FERRIC FERROCYANIDE, PHENOXYETHANOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, BLUE 1

    Again–thanks for being such an amazing resource. I’d been using BeautyCounter assuming all was safe and tonight based on your list am realizing I needed to do more research 🙁

    • 8.12.20
      Christine said:

      There’s nothing to suggest the petroleum based products should be avoided in pregnancy or nursing, especially during nursing as we frequently recommend them for use on babies. It’s much more about the mechanism of action of ingredients and how likely they are to penetrate the skin deeply and then circulate within the body.

      All of these products look ok for pregnancy and nursing.

      • 8.12.20
        Kate said:

        Thank you so much–especially for the incredibly quick response!

  23. 8.13.20
    L.G. said:

    Hello,
    Thank you for all your helpful information. What do you think about the research that says salicylic acid is OK during pregnancy <2% concentration? (For example, BeautyCounter claims their products are all below this threshold. Seems like a hard thing to validate, though.)

    • 8.13.20
      Christine said:

      It isn’t validated at all. In order to know what percent is safe, you need to know if it is safe to begin with, which we don’t really know. There are too many variables to say what % is safe anyways. Absorption will be changed a lot by application, if the skin is inflamed when you apply, etc.