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Pregnancy Safe Skincare from St. Ives

Pregnancy Safe Skincare from St. Ives

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 pregnancy safe products from St. Ives as of 7/19/2019. 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 Safe Products from St. Ives

Cleansing Stick Apricot & Manuka Honey
Cleansing Stick Cactus Water & Hibiscus
Cleansing Stick Matcha Green Tea & Ginger
Cleansing Stick Rose Water and Bamboo
Energizing Coconut & Coffee Scrub
Exfoliate & Nourish Coconut Oil Scrub
Face Mist Energizing Orange
Face Mist Happy Grapefruit
Face Mist Relaxing Lavender
Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub
Gentle Smoothing Oatmeal Face Scrub and Mask
Glowing Sheet Mask Apricot
Hydrating Vitamin E and Avocado Body Lotion
Radiant Skin Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange Face Scrub
Renewing Collagen & Elastin Body Lotion
Renewing Elastin & Collagen Moisturizer
Repairing Cranberry & Grapeseed Oil Body Lotion
Revitalizing Acai, Blueberry, and Chia Seed Oil Body Lotion
Revitalizing Sheet Mask Acai, Blueberry & Chia Seed Oil
Softening Coconut & Orchid Body Lotion
Soothing Oatmeal & Shea Butter Body Lotion

Not Safe for Pregnancy, Ok for Nursing

Acne Control Apricot Face Scrub: Salicylic Acid
Blackhead Clearing Green Tea Face Scrub: Salicylic Acid
Clarifying Green Tea Cleanser: Salicylic Acid

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.

There isn’t info out there on the safety of Cannabis used topically during pregnancy or nursing. We do know smoking marijuana with THC has bad effects and should be avoided, though it hasn’t been fully decided if it is just the THC or something else as well.
Note that in theory Hemp and CBD do not have THC in them, it’s breed out of the plant is the official status. However, depending upon how it was processed many CBD oils will test positive for THC. But there are still the unknowns we haven’t decided about. I would not recommend using Hemp or Cannabis products while nursing or pregnant for that reason.

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  1. 7.30.19
    Jessica said:

    Awesome, I’ve been waiting for St Ives to be posted here! I’ve been too busy/lazy to do my own research. Good to know that my lotion and face scrub are safe, and I can start using them again. Thanks so much, your blog is extremely helpful 🙂

    • 3.15.20
      Emily Won said:

      St Ives has a few products that I would love for you to check for me. They are not any that you’ve reviewed before. Is it easier to list each product with ingredients separately or in one big post? I know its a lot of work for you so please lmk the best way to do this. 😀

      • 3.15.20
        15mins said:

        It’s best to put them all in 1 post, and if you could number them in addition to the names that would be great!

  2. 8.13.19
    Puteri said:

    Halo doc, how about their body wash? Is it safe? 🙂

    St. Ives Renew & Purify Sea Salt & Pacific Kelp Exfoliating Body Wash
    The ingredients is :
    Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Chloride, Cocamide MEA, Hydrated Silica, Fragrance (Parfum), Glycerin, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, PPG-9, Propylene Glycol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Sea Salt, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

    Thank u so much:)

    • 8.13.19
      15mins said:

      Looks ok

    • 6.11.20
      Jolly said:

      is it okay to use st. ives fresh skin apricot scrub while breastfeeding? thank you!

      • 6.12.20
        15mins said:

        Everything labelled ok for pregnancy is fine for nursing as well. I would be careful with that one just because I think the grit in the scrub is pretty sharp and you could easily damage your skin.

  3. 8.20.19
    Alexsha said:

    Hi doc, i just want to ask if the St. Ives Even &Bright Pink Lemon &Mandarin Exfoliating Body Wash is safe to use while pregnant? The ingredients are:

    Water(Aqua),Sodium Laureth Sulfate,Acrylates Copolymer,Hydrated Silica,Sodium Chloride,Cocamide MEA,Fragrance (Parfum),Glycerin,Citric Acid,Tetrasodium Edta,PPG-9,Propylene Glycol,Methylchloroisothiazolinone,Methylisothiazolinone,Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Extract,Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract ,Red 33(CI 17200),Yellow 5 (CI 19140).

    Thank you!

    • 8.20.19
      15mins said:

      This is fine

  4. 8.23.19
    J-mie said:

    Hello doc is it also safe to use st. Ives soothing oatmeal and shea butter wash, Ingredients:
    Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Cocamide MEA, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Avena Sativa (Oat) Meal Extract, Fragrance (Parfum), Glycol Stearate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Citric Acid, PPG-9, Propylene Glycol, Stearamide AMP, Methylisothiazolinone, Blue 1 (CI 42090), Red 33 (CI 17200), Yellow 5 (CI 19140).

    • 8.23.19
      15mins said:

      Looks fine

  5. 11.15.19
    Thamanna said:

    I have used my St ives green tea scrub twice or thrice during my first trimester. What to do now

  6. 12.15.19
    Fathy said:

    Hi Doc,

    I have St Ives Hydrating Lotion with Vitamin E & Avocado. I read the ingredients and it contains BHT, which Based on articles that I read not good for pregnancy.

    It says :

    Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) – BHT is similar to BHA in so far as it is also used in foods and cosmetics as a synthetic alternative to natural antioxidants like Vitamin E. Labeled as E321 on food packaging, some studies have shown BHT could potentially cause an increased risk of cancer and asthma.

    • 12.15.19
      15mins said:

      There isn’t convincing evidence to avoid it, the level of exposure in topical products (remember, your skin’s primary function is to be a barrier) is much lower than in foods. And yes, it’s found in many foods.

  7. 2.22.20
    Emily Won said:


    • 2.26.20
      15mins said:

      Looks ok

  8. 3.18.20
    Jovita said:

    Hi doc, i just want to ask if the St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Exfoliating Body Wash is safe to use while pregnant? The ingredients are:
    Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Chloride, Cocamide MEA, Hydrated Silica, Fragrance (Parfum), Glycerin, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Propylene Glycol, PPG-9, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Red 33 (CI 17200).

    please help

    • 3.19.20
      15mins said:

      Looks ok

  9. 6.30.20
    Maria said:

    Hi Doc! Does St. Ives Hydrating Face Moisturizer w/ Avocado look safe to use?

    Ingredients/Ingrédients: Water (Eau), Glycerin, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate, Stearic Acid, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Niacinamide, Dicaprylyl Ether, Tapioca Starch, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloydimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Triethanolamine, Cetyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Tacopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polysobrate 60, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Linalool, Blue 1 (CI 42090), Yellow 5 (CI 19140).

    • 6.30.20
      Christine said:

      This has a salicylate, so ok for nursing but not pregnancy

  10. 8.26.20
    Pregnant&Breastfeeding said:


    Thank you so much for doing the review.
    I wanted to check on the two St. Yves facial cleansers. I’m pregnant now and would like to know if these are safe to use. TYIA.

    Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, PEG-55 Propylene Glycol Oleate, Sodium Chloride, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Panthenol, Bisabolol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polyquaternium-39, Disodium EDTA, Benzophenone-4, Citric Acid, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool., Red 33 (CI 17200).

    Water(Aqua) Cocamidopropyl betane, dipropylrnr glycol, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Panthenol, Sodium Chloride, C12-14 Pareth-12, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium Edta, Ethyllexyglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Propanedol, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot)Fruit Extarct, Red 33, (CI 17200) Yelow 5 (CI 19140) Fragrance (Parfum), Linalool, Limonene,Benzyl Salicylate, Hexyl, Cinnamal, Geranoil.

    Thank you again and you are awesome.

    • 8.27.20
      Christine said:

      The first has a chemical sunscreen and the second has a salicylate. Ok for nursing but not pregnancy