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  1. 3.13.19
    Taylor said:

    Hi šŸ™‚ Could you please lmk if the following products are safe to use while pregnant and nursing ty!!

    (1) Thayers Rose Petal Facial Toner
    Ingredients: Purified Water, Certified Organic Witch Hazel Ext Blend (Hamamelis Virginiana Extract (Witch Hazel*), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Filet of Aloe Vera*)), Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Rosa Centifolia (Rose) Flower Water, Fragrance (Natural Rose), Citric Acid, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract
    *Denotes Certified Organic Ingredient

    (2) Shunly CE+ Ferulic Treatment
    Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, L-Ascorbic Acid (Topical Vitamin C 15%), Propylene Glycol, Ethoxydiglycol, Butylene Glycol, Laureth-23, Zinc Sulfate, Glycerol, Alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E 1% Triethanolamine), Ferulic Acid 0.5%, Phenoxyethanol, D-Panthenol, Hyaluronic Acid

    (3) Neutrogena Eye Makeup Remover Lotion – Hydrating
    Ingredients: Water, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Isostearyl Palmitate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Hexylene Glycol, Sorbitan Stearate, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Methylparaben, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Propylparaben, Sucrose Cocoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Propylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract

    (4) St Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub
    Ingredients: Water (Aqua, Eau), Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Zea Mays (Corn) Kernel Meal, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Acetate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Polysorbate 60, Ceteareth-20, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Fragrance (Parfum), PPG-2 Methyl Ether, Phenethyl Alcohol, Limonene, Linalool, Methylisothiazolinone, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract

    Thank you šŸ™‚

    • 3.13.19
      15mins said:

      These are all ok while pregnant and nursing. Note, the St Ives was specifically called out by dermatology when I was in med school as bad for your skin, the apricot pieces are sharp and will actually cut the face…. be very careful!

      • 3.13.19
        Taylor said:

        Oh wow!! TY šŸ™‚ Is there a facial scrub you recommend to replace St Ives?

        • 3.13.19
          15mins said:

          I look for small and even grit that isn’t sharp, many of which are no longer on the market, sadly. I do like the R+F Microdermabrasion, but that has licorice root and I wouldn’t recommend using it during pregnancy. I typically rely on my Clarisonic for gentle exfoliation.

          • 3.13.19
            Taylor said:

            Awesome!! TY šŸ™‚

  2. 3.28.19
    LP said:

    I have a general question about Petrolatum. Is it safe? I hear mixed things.

    I am a huge aquaphor user…is this safe?

    Thank you!

    • 3.28.19
      15mins said:

      Both are fine!

  3. 3.28.19
    LP said:

    And also what’s your thoughts on deodorants? Sorry forgot to add this on last post.

    Thank you again!

    • 3.28.19
      15mins said:

      I think I’ve only seen 1 that I don’t consider pregnancy safe, it was some “natural” brand I’d never heard of actually. Lots of evidence that the aluminum salt used in them is fine. I just stuck with my normal favorite while pregnant.

  4. 3.31.19
    taye said:

    Hi. I just downloaded the pregnancy ebook. Are there any good Vitamin C serums you would recommend for hyperpigmentation? Also, what are your thoughts on Apple cider vinegar. Right now I am using a DIY astringent/toner with equal parts distilled water, ACV, and witch hazel.

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