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Jul 07.8

Is Lush Safe for Pregnancy?

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Are Lush products safe for moms-to-be? What’s an appropriate Lush gift for someone who’s expecting? You want answers and we’re here to help!

Are Lush products safe to use during pregnancy?

In a word, yes! We follow a set of guidelines created by the International Fragrance Association to ensure our perfume materials are well within safety levels for cosmetic use, even while pregnant. Most of the warnings that exist around the use of essential oils while pregnant refer to ingesting them or using them directly on the skin—neither of which would apply to our products if they’re used correctly. So if they’re used as intended, Lush products are totally safe during pregnancy.

There are precautions to take, though, right?

Absolutely! While our products themselves are not harmful, you’ll always want to be mindful about how and when you use them. For example, soaking in the tub with a bath bomb or bubble bar will feel amazing, but be sure not to run the water too hot: keep it to lukewarm or slightly warmer, which won’t drastically raise the internal temperature of your amniotic fluid. And the bigger your belly grows, the more off-balance you might feel, so be sure to take precautions to avoid slipping in the tub, especially if you’ve used a product that has cocoa butter like a luxury bath oil or a body butter. And always talk to your doctor, midwife or other caregiver before using a product you’re unfamiliar with.

Peace Massage Bar is a favorite with moms-to-be!

Peace Massage Bar

Are there any products to avoid?

We don’t recommend avoiding any product in particular, because we recognize that every woman and every pregnancy is different. A tingly mint foot lotion might sound like heaven to one lady, while the thought of having to reach that far might turn another off. It’s ultimately up to your own preferences and level of comfort to decide which products you’d like to use.

I've used (insert your favorite Lush product here) for years! Why isn't it working for me now?

Hormonal changes can make your skin and hair look and feel different during pregnancy. A personalized consultation with one of our expert staff members will help determine what your skin or hair needs right now, even if it’s a little different than your normal routine. Incorporating a fresh face mask, for example, offers skin a medley of fresh, active ingredients to tackle skin’s immediate needs. Some masks are soothing and gentle, while others are scrubby and stimulating, but all of them will enhance that gorgeous pregnancy glow.

What can I use for avoiding stretch marks?

Stretch marks are caused by skin literally stretching to accommodate rapid growth or weight change. So keeping your skin as supple and hydrated as possible will help with its overall elasticity and tone. While genetics and other factors do play their part in stretch marks’ formation and appearance, one of the most highly regarded ingredients for moisturizing a growing belly is cocoa butter.

We use this rich emollient in our best-selling Dream Cream Hand And Body Lotion as a nourishing and conditioning moisturizer for delicate skin. Cocoa butter and olive oil combine with softening oat milk, which also calms the redness and itch that are sometimes caused by the stretching of the skin.

For bathtime, a soak with Butterball Bath Bomb will help you feel relaxed while also caressing your skin with slivers of melted cocoa butter. It’s a gentle way to add a bit of moisture to the tummy while delicately perfuming your entire body in heavenly ylang ylang.

For a luscious dose of creamy cocoa butter in the shower, our body butters are just the thing. Rub the bar all over your skin, have a quick rinse, then pat yourself dry. Buffy Body Butter is loaded with fair trade cocoa butter, shea butter and ground almonds for an exfoliating treat, while King Of Skin’s smooth cocoa butter touch is complemented by gentle bananas and avocados.

Does Lush sell blocks of pure cocoa butter?

We don’t, but have you seen our massage bars? They’re basically that, but better! Made of rich cocoa and shea butters, these solid blocks are also blended with essential oils and other natural skin-loving ingredients. They melt on contact with your warm skin and easily glide over the tummy, arms, legs and anywhere else you want a bit of moisture.

Although the fragrance comes down to individual tastes, two of our mildest and most sought-after bars for pregnancy are Peace and Therapy. Peace has a warm chocolatey scent and a nourishing dose of olive oil to really condition skin, while Therapy is highly suggested to help improve skin’s appearance thanks to its cocoa butter base and the elasticity-building power of neroli essential oil.

Spritz a little toner water to keep cool and refreshed

Toner water spritzin'

What else is popular during pregnancy?

Feeling flushed? Whether it's the middle of summer or you're just feeling a bit warm and uncomfortable, our toner waters are a great way to cool off. Just mist over your face, belly and body. Keep a bottle of Eau Roma Water, Breath Of Fresh Air or Tea Tree Water in the fridge or your handbag to give yourself a quick misting when the need strikes. Each one is an exquisite blend of botanical waters and essential oils that are fabulous for the skin and mood. Some women love to use these during the labor process too, as a refreshing and fragrant spritz to cool down from contractions.

If you’re ever unsure about using a Lush product during pregnancy, speak to your healthcare professional, call our customer care line at 1-888-733-5874 or visit your local Lush shop to learn more about our products and ingredients.