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Pregnancy Safe Skincare from Herbivore

Pregnancy Safe Skincare from Herbivore

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 Herbivore as of 7/18/2020. 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 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 and Nursing Safe Products from Herbivore Botanicals

After Sun Soothing Aloe Mist
Amethyst Exfoliating Body Scrub (at Sephora)
Bamboo Charcoal Cleansing Bar Soap (at Sephora)
Blue Clay Cleansing Bar Soap
Brighten Pineapple + Gemstone Mask (at Sephora)
CALM Soaking Salts
Citrine Body Oil (at Sephora)
• Coco Rose Coconut Oil Lip Polish (at Sephora)
Coco Rose Exfoliating Body Scrub (at Sephora)
Coco Rose Lip Conditioner (at Sephora)
Coco Rose Lip Tint – Coral
Coconut Body Oil
Coconut Milk Bath Soak (at Sephora)
• Coconut Milk Body Scrub (at Sephora)
DETOX Soaking Salts
Hand Hero 75% Alcohol Hand Purifying Gel
Jasmine Body Oil (at Sephora)
Lapis Blue Tansy Face Oil (at Sephora)
Orchid Antioxidant Beauty Face Oil (at Sephora)
Phoenix Rosehip Anti-Aging Face Oil (at Sephora)
Pink Clay Cleansing Bar Soap (at Sephora)
Pink Clay Exfoliating Mask
• Pink Cloud Rosewater + Squalane Makeup Removing Face Wash (at Sephora)
PINK CLOUD Rosewater + Tremella Creamy Jelly Cleanser (at Sephora)
Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist (at Sephora)
• Rose Quartz Illuminating Body Oil (at Sephora)

Not Safe for Pregnancy, Ok for Nursing

Blue Tansy Invisible Pores Resurfacing Clarity Mask (at Sephora): Willow Bark, Gluconolactone
Jasmine Green Tea Oil Control Toner (at Sephora): Willow Bark
PRISM 12% AHA + 3% BHA Exfoliating Glow Serum (at Sephora): Willow Bark, Gluconolactone
PRISM 20% AHA + 5% BHA Exfoliating Glow Facial (at Sephora): Willow Bark, 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 Anti-Aging Serum (at Sephora): Bakuchiol, Gluconolactone
Emerald Deep Moisture Glow Oil (at Sephora): Hemp

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41 Comments

  1. 1.18.19
    Jessica said:

    Hello!

    I noticed the Prism Glow Potion isn’t on the list – I’ve scanned the ingredients and can’t tell if there are any serious offenders here. Would you mind reviewing? TIA!

    Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Sodium Hyaluronate, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water, Glycerin, Malus Fructus (Apple) Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Populus Tremuloides (Aspen) Bark Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Terminalia Ferdinandiana Fruit Extract (Kakadu Plum), Vaccinium Myrtillus, (Bilberry) Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract.

    • 1.19.19
      15mins said:

      It isn’t included due to Willow Bark, it’s full of salicylates

  2. 6.24.19
    Laura said:

    Hi Christine,

    I just wanted to say that I appreciate all the work you put into your site. I just found out I’m pregnant with my first almost two weeks ago and I’ve been scrambling to put together a pregnancy-safe routine and rather quickly as I’m starting to get desperate; my hair and skin suddenly started getting super oily this past week, thanks to the hormones, haha (also, if you have any recommendations for shampoos, I’d love to hear them). There’s just so much information to take in and there are a lot of ingredients on my usual products to research, so I’m really grateful that sites like yours exist to help with that.

    On your page where you list ingredients to avoid, you mention that all hydroxy acids are unsafe or that there isn’t enough research to say that they’re safe. However, Sephora’s description for Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist lists malic acid as an ingredient and you list it as safe to use. Was this an accident or is the amount used in their product very little or something? Thank you so much!

    • 6.25.19
      15mins said:

      Hi there!
      A few things
      1) You don’t need to worry about shampoos unless you’re using them more like a treatment and leaving it on your scalp for a long time.
      2) It’s deceiving to look at the “key ingredients” on many products on sites like DermStore and Sephora. Often they are incorrect or they will mention things that are actually in extracts in the product (which other than Neem and Willow Bark don’t really count). In the case of that face mist, the malic acid is included in the extracts. It’s ok to use.

      • 6.26.19
        Laura said:

        Regarding shampoos, I know you don’t count products with salicylic acid or salicylate as safe for pregnancy, but I was using T/Sal for seborrheic dermatitis. I stopped once I found out I’m pregnant (same for T/Gel and Nizoral). Would you still say I don’t need to worry about shampoos since I just wash it off less than a minute later, or do you recommend erring on the side of caution and continue to avoid these?

        Also, I just want to be sure I understand your second point correctly. When you say key ingredient, do you mean that it’s the main ingredient, as in there is a lot of it in the product? And extracts are ingredients in a small enough amount that they don’t count? If so, I’ll have to pay more attention to how things are described or listed on labels!

        Thanks for the quick reply! There are so many blogs where people leave the author comments seeking additional information or clarification and never hear a word; I’m really thankful about how interactive you are with your readers.

        • 6.26.19
          15mins said:

          I think the treatment shampoos like that most people do (and should) leave on for a few minutes and I would screen those for safe ingredients. Normal shampoos you lather up and rinse immediately. I tend to be overly cautious usually for these things, but that’s what I did when pregnant.

          When I mention Key Ingredient I’m just referring to the ones that retailers will call out in their description of a product. DermStore calls these key ingredients, Sephora doesn’t always name them anything. They list ingredients that they want you to know are in there. But while they do this, they frequently just copy and paste things from other products and they’re often wrong, ingredients that aren’t included or something that might only be in an extract is there. I only look at the actual ingredients list. There’s only 2 extracts that actually really have enough to count, that’s Neem and Willow Bark (which counts as a salicylate). Others are variations of the active ingredients when in the plant, or the amount included is much lower and varies so much that we don’t count that. I hope that makes sense!

          I try to respond to everyone, but it’s hard! A lot of comments get stuck in the spam filter, but I can get thousands of spam comments a day (literally) so I don’t dig through those. I don’t think that happens very often though, the filters are good at picking out what is a real comment and what isn’t real.

  3. 7.11.19
    April said:

    Hi! Wondering about a new product from Herbivore: Bakuchiol (retinol alternative)

    Ingredients:
    Aqua/ Water/ Eau, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Glycerin, Bakuchiol, Water (and) Amethyst Extract, Leuconostoc/ Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Glycerin (and) Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/ Leaf Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Populus tremuloides Bark Extract, Glucono Delta Lactone, Sodium Phytate, Tremella Fuciformis (Silver Ear Mushroom) Extract, Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Eclipta Prostrata Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Amino Esters-1 (ex Mimosa Tenuiflora), Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Flower/Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract (and) Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract (and) Aqua (Water)

    Thank you so much!!

    • 7.11.19
      15mins said:

      Pretty much every brand that uses Bakuchiol says it “works just like a retinoid” but I haven’t been able to confirm it’s actual mechanism of action. Until then, I advice treating anything with bakuchiol just like a retinoid, so avoid during pregnancy and if you’re on the conservative side then avoid it during nursing as well.

  4. 7.21.19
    Kate said:

    Is Herbivores blue clay mask safe? And what are your thoughts on essential oils in Products during pregnancy?

    Herbivore Blue clay mask: Kaolin, Illite, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil

  5. 8.13.19
    Alyssa Friermor said:

    Hi! I was wondering about the safety of aspen bark extract. I see that it is in the Herbivore Pink Cloud Cream (which you List as safe) but just wanted to confirm in case they updated the formula.

    Thanks for all you provide!!

    • 8.13.19
      15mins said:

      It’s ok 🙂

  6. 12.27.19
    Kris said:

    Hi there! Currently 12wks pregnant and I just bought/started using Herbivore’s Lapis Blue Tansy Facial Oil. Just a few days in. I noticed your “no-no” list included the BT mask, assuming b/c of the BHA/AHA associated, but what about the blue tansy face oil? Since it’s not just BT oil, but also jojoba and a few other ingredients, would you think it ok to use when pregnant? My skin hates me being pregnant and I’m always on the hunt for something to safely keep the breakouts at bay. 🙂

    • 12.27.19
      15mins said:

      It’s because of the salicylate in the Willow Bark (I comment next to each product specifically what ingredient you need to avoid and I was concerned about). Note, I put it under the category of ok for nursing but not pregnancy. Blue Tansy oil itself is fine. My concern is the willow bark.
      I have a post on my advice for dealing with acne during pregnancy.

      • 4.19.21
        SCal said:

        Thank you for this amazing list! Would you know if the pink cloud jelly serum is pregnancy safe?

        • 4.19.21
          Christine said:

          I have already reviewed all products in this brand that I have access to their ingredient list, please refer to the post about how to request a product review. I need a full ingredient list to review your product, more info here: why I need an ingredient list to comment on product safety and in the post under the heading, How to Request a Product Review.

  7. 1.11.20
    Kristina said:

    Hi,

    Thank you so much for putting this together. When reviewing the herbivore product I notice you site the ingredient Glucono Delta Lactose. Can you discuss what this ingredient is and why it’s important to avoid it? Thank you!

  8. 3.9.20
    Nikki said:

    Hi. I see that the Moon Fruit Superfruit Night Treatment is listed as pregnancy-safe. However, the ingredients indicate it has AHAs, which I thought were off-limits during pregnancy. Could you kindly indicate if AHAs are indeed allowed during pregnancy after all or if some kinds are allowed and not others?

    Thank you so much for your site and invaluable advice. It’s SO needed!

    • 3.9.20
      15mins said:

      They’re ok because they’re within the extracts. They’re fine like that, but when they’re purified and in higher amounts and listed as their own ingredients we worry about them.

  9. 3.25.20
    komal patel said:

    Hi,

    Do you have any updated thoughts on the bakuchiol serum during pregnancy??

    • 3.25.20
      15mins said:

      No, I still consider it to be like a retinoid.

  10. 3.27.20
    Caroline Gorge said:

    HI,

    I used Herbivore’s bakuchiol serum for 3 weeks during my 1st trimester.
    Now I’m super worried.
    What are the potential risks for my baby?
    Is the scans are fine, does it mean that this product didn’t affect my baby?

    Many thanks for your help!

  11. 4.3.20
    hayley said:

    What do you think about their Bioactive Rose Gommage

    Rosa Damascena [Rose] Distillate, Glycerin*, Carica Papaya [Papaya*] Leaf Extract, Carica Papaya [Papaya*] Fruit Extract, Ananas Comosus [Pineapple*] Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate [Hyaluronic Acid], Glucomannan [Konjac Flour] Powder, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Bicarbonate [Baking Soda], Aqua [Water], Melia Azadirachta [Neem] Extract, Coccinia Indica [Ivy Gourd] Extract, Solanum Melongena [Eggplant] Extract, Aloe Barbadensis [Aloe] Extract, Ocimum Sanctum [Tulsi] Extract, Curcuma Longa [Turmeric] Extract, Corallina Officinalis [Seaweed] Extract *Organic Origin

    • 4.5.20
      15mins said:

      This is fine

  12. 4.26.20
    Neg said:

    Hi there!

    In the Blue Clay Cleansing Bar Soap

    I’ve read that the Litsea cubeba (Litsea) Essential Oil is not safe during pregnancy, is this product safe because it is topical & mixed with other ingredients vs put directly onto skin/ ingested/ or put into a diffuser?

    Thank you in advance for all the work you do!!

    First baby over here and trying to make sure I keep everything as safe as possible!!

    • 4.26.20
      15mins said:

      Please refer to this post: skincare ingredients to avoid during pregnancy
      I’ve already screened out anything I was concerned about. I wouldn’t leave a product under pregnancy safe if there was a reason to avoid it in pregnancy….

  13. 6.28.20
    Natascha said:

    Thank you so much for this amazing resource! Herbivore just came out with a new product “Hand Hero” – struggling to find a safe hand sanitizer. Expecting during covid is an extra adventure! Definitely hope this one is ok!

    Additionally I saw that glycerine is rated “C” for pregnancy but I see it listed in many recommended products on pregnancy blogs. Can you speak to this ingredient?

    Ingredients:
    Grapefruit:
    Aloe Barbadensis leaf water, alcohol, water, glycerin, hyauronic Acid, hydrogen peroxide, citrus paradisi(grapefruit)seed oil, Malia azadirachta leaf extract, melis azadirchta flower extract, coccinia Inca fruit extract.

    Lavender:
    Aloe Barbadensis leaf water, alcohol, water, glycerin, hyauronic acid, hydrogen peroxide, lavandula angustifolia (lavender oil)Malia azadirachta leaf extract, melis azadirchta flower extract, coccinia, indica fruit extract, solum melongena (eggplant) fruit extract, aloe batbadenis flower extract, ocimum sanctum leaf extract, ocimum basilicum basil flower/leaf extract, curcuma Kong’s (turmeric) root extract.

    Thank you!!

    • 6.28.20
      Christine said:

      Most things are rated C, it means we have no data. That’s pretty much every single product ingredient. But we don’t have a reason to think there will be an issue based upon absorption/possible interactions. But if you’re going to avoid anything with a C, then you’re pretty much left with just water. Just FYI. LOL

      Both of these look ok to me for pregnancy and nursing.

      • 6.29.20
        Natascha said:

        Good to know! That’s a relief. I think I’ll opt for more than just water haha! 🙂 Thank you so much!!

        • 6.30.20
          Christine said:

          Ha! I opted for more than just water too 🙂 It’s annoying because it makes it sound horrible, but it’s the way we label evidence for meta-analysis reviews often in medicine. It just means we haven’t proven it either way

  14. 7.17.20
    Natascha said:

    Hi,

    Just want to say again this site is a lifesaver! Thank you so much for your hard work and for creating this amazing resource!

    I just received a sample of PINK CLOUD Rosewater + Tremella Creamy Jelly Cleanser a new product from Herbivore is it safe for pregnancy and nursing?

    Aqua/Water/Eau, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Squalane, Glyceryl Caprylate, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Stearate, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Citric Acid, Eclipta Prostrata Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice, Tapioca Starch

    • 7.17.20
      Christine said:

      Looks ok for pregnancy and nursing

      • 7.18.20
        Natascha said:

        Thank you!

  15. 10.20.20
    Kimberly Robertson said:

    Is the Herbivore Bakuchiol serum sage for pregnancy? Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Glycerin, Psoralea Corylifolia Seed Extract, Leuconostoc/ Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Populus tremuloides Bark Extract, Gluconolactone, Amethyst Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Sodium Phytate, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Amino Esters-1, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract

    • 10.21.20
      Christine said:

      I treat bakuchiol like a retinoid currently (info in here: skincare ingredients to avoid during pregnancy)
      This has gluconolactone also, which needs to be avoided in pregnancy.
      I recommend avoiding all retinoids in pregnancy and in nursing if you’re conservative

  16. 4.9.21
    Gina said:

    Herbivore has a new product, the Cloud Jelly Pink Plumping Hydration Serum. Can you please let me know if it’s pregnancy and nursing safe? Thank you.

    Ingredients:
    Aqua/Water/Eau, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch Hydroxyethyl Ether, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Vegetable Collagen, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa (Hibiscus) Flower Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Sodium Phytate, Cellulose Gum Gluconolactone, Glyceryl Caprylate, Arginine, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Eclipta Prostrata (False Daisy) Extract, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Leaf Extract, Moringa Oleifera (Moringa) Seed Oil

    • 4.9.21
      Christine said:

      Ok for nursing but not pregnancy due to gluconolactone

  17. 6.10.21
    Emilia said:

    Hi Christine! I saw here the amethyst exfoliating body polish is in pregnancy safe section so I bought. Now I am reading it contains jasmin.. I know Jasmine oil is to avoid during pregnancy… is it the same with pure jasmine?

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