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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.

How to Request a Product Review

I try to review all of the products that I can when I publish a list. Note, I am in the US and I only have access to US products. Please don’t be rude if I skipped your favorite cleanser, when items are out of stock sometimes they aren’t on the brand’s site, or maybe you are in Asia and I am in the US.

I reserve the comments on each post for reviews of product from that brand, this makes it easier for others to find products later. Please only ask about St. Ives on this post, I will delete other product questions. You can find other brands here. If your brand is not included, please ask on the brand list post.

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.

      • 12.5.20
        Melissa said:

        Hi! I was wondering if this is ok in pregnancy.
        St Ives Chamomile Face Cleanser
        Water (Eau), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Sodium Chloride, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycerin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract.

        • 12.6.20
          Christine said:

          Looks ok for both pregnancy and nursing

          • 7.17.21
            berna said:

            how about the new st. ives smoothing body lotion rose and argan oil.
            ingredients are water, glycerin, stearic acid, glycol stearate, isopropyl palmitate, glycine soja (soybean) oil, fragrance, glyceryl stearate, triethanolamine, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, cetyl alcohol, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, carbomer, hydroxyethylcellulose, stearamide amp, disodium edta, bht, argania spinosa kernel oil, rosa damascena flower extract, amyl cinnamal, benzyl alcohol, benzyl benzoate, benzyl salicylate, coumarin, hexyl cinnamal, hydroxycitronellal, linalool.

          • 7.17.21
            Christine said:

            Ok for nursing but not pregnancy due to salicylate

        • 2.11.21

          Hi I just wanted to know if the
          St. Ives Even & Bright Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Face Scrub is safe during pregnancy. The ingredients are

          Aqua, Hydrated Silica, Glycerin, Sodium Methyl 2-Sulfolaurate, Decyl Glucoside, Acrylates Copolymer, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium 2-Sulfolaurate, Acrylates/Palmeth-25 Acrylate Copolymer, Citrus Medica Limonum Fruit Extract, Citrus Nobilis Peel Extract, Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Parfum, PEG-4 Dilaurate, PEG-4 Laurate, PEG-4, Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylamide, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, CI 73360, CI 77891

          • 2.11.21
            Christine said:

            Looks ok for both pregnancy and nursing

  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

  11. 11.16.20
    Kira Laplante said:

    Is the St. Ives Refreshing Cucumber Water & Melon body lotion safe to use during pregnancy?
    Thank you!

    • 11.16.20
      Christine said:

      I have already reviewed all products in this brand that I have access to their ingredient list, please refer to 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

      • 11.17.20
        Kira Laplante said:

        Please see below for ingredient list:
        Aqua, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Glycol Stearate, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Triethanolamine, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, , Cetyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Parfum, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Stearamide AMP, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract.

        • 11.17.20
          Christine said:

          Looks ok for both pregnancy and nursing

  12. 1.7.21
    Deandra said:

    I can’t find any information on if St.Ives replenishing alpine minerals body lotion is safe during pregnancy!!

    Ingredients: Aqua,glycerin, stearic acid, glycine soja(soybean oil), glycol stearate, dimethicone, glyceryl stearate, triethanolamine, caprylyl glycol, Cetyl alcohol, phenoxyehthanol, carbomer, parfum, hydroxtethycellulose, disodium edta, bht, stearamide amp, ferric citrate, copper gluconate, calcium chloride.

    • 1.7.21
      Christine said:

      Looks ok for both pregnancy and nursing

  13. 4.14.21
    Kristel said:

    Hi, I’m from Asia and may I ask if this is safe for breastfeeding? It’s the St. Ives blemish care daily face cleanser

    Here are the ing:

    Water (Aqua), Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), PEG-150 Distearate, Salicyclic Acid, Menthyl Lactate, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Stearic Acid, Propanediol, Yellow 6 (CI 15985), Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Blue 1 (CI 42090).

    • 4.16.21
      Christine said:

      Ok for nursing but not pregnancy due to salicylic acid

  14. 6.21.21
    Valerie said:

    Hi there,
    Is it safe to use St, Ives Smoothing Body Lotion hydrates for smooth, silky skin Rose & Argan Oil made with 100% natural moisturizers.

    Active Ingredient: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Glycol Stearate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Fragrance (Parfum), Glyceryl Stearate, Triethanolamine, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Stearamide AMP, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool.

    • 6.22.21
      Christine said:

      Ok for nursing but not pregnancy due to salicylate

  15. 6.29.21

    Love your page, helps so much!

    Wondering about st.ives 24 hour restoring Almond and flax oil body Lotion.

    Aqua, glycerin, stearic acid, glycine soja (soybean) oil, glycol stearate, dimenthicone, glyceryl stearate, triethanolamine, caprylyl glycol, cetyl alcohol, phenoxyethanol, Carbonell, hydroxyethyl cellulose, parfum, disodium edta, bht, stearmide Amp, prunus amygdalus dulcis ( sweet Almond oil), linseed/Flaxseed oil

    • 7.1.21
      Christine said:

      Safe for pregnancy and nursing

  16. 9.24.21
    Deb said:

    Hi, doc! Thank you for all that you do. I can’t tell you how helpful this site is. I bought the St Ives Radiant Skin pink lemon and mandarin orange scrub however it appears the ingredients on my bottle differ than the St Ives website. Can you let me know if this product is still okay?
    Water, hydrated silica, glycerin, sodium methyl 2 sulfolaurate, decyl glucoside, acrylates copolymer, cocamidopropyl, betaine, disodium 2 sulfolaurate, acrylates palmeth 25, acrylate copolymer, phenoxyethanol, cocamidopropyl Pg-dimonium chloride phosphate, fragrance,disodium edta, polyacrylamide, iodopropnyl butylcarbamate, citrus nobilis peel extract, citrus medica limonium fruit extract, titanium dioxide, red 30.

    • 9.24.21
      Christine said:

      This one is pregnancy and nursing safe 🙂

      • 10.3.21
        Deb said:

        Thank you! I found out this product was indeed reformulated. Here are the current ingredients. Still safe?
        Water (Aqua), Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder, Glycerin, Sodium Methyl 2-Sulfolaurate, Decyl Glucoside, Acrylates Copolymer, Acrylates/Palmeth-25 Acrylate Copolymer, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium 2-Sulfolaurate, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Powder, Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Disodium EDTA, Polyacrylamide, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 33 (CI 17200).

        • 10.3.21
          Christine said:

          Safe for pregnancy and nursing

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