When I learned I was pregnant, I immediately stopped using a lot of mainstream products and replacing them with organic or more natural alternatives. In my mind, due to hormone imbalances and some small but present health concerns, I was a pretty good candidate for problems. If simple lifestyle adjustments had even the slightest chance of helping our baby’s wellbeing, I wanted to make them!
I usually only wear mascara, but I cut that completely for the first trimester. I have stayed 100% pain-med or other medication-free for the duration of pregnancy thus far, and replaced all moisturizers with coconut oil or Booda Butter. I thought I’d share three affordable products that I’ve discovered and been pleased with.
Note: be sure to do your own research to decide what ingredients, etc. you are comfortable using during pregnancy.
NaturOli Shampoo – This shampoo has been wonderful! I don’t use any conditioner with it and I have far less frizz than I’ve ever had in my life, without a straightener or product. It doesn’t have any scent, which I miss, but it does the job and I can go 2-3 days without washing my hair if I want to. I’m about halfway through the bottle after almost six months, so it’s not as expensive as it seems.
Body Shop Tea Tree Concealer – When I finally resigned myself to the fact that acne would be my friend at least until baby arrives, I set out to find a harmless, natural concealer for my poor chin. This stuff is amazing! It goes on really well, especially with a light coconut oil base, and stays all day, and best of all, many of the ingredients are also recommended remedies for acne, so I don’t feel like I’m exacerbating the issue by using this. Multiple shades available!
Organic Island Deodorant – For being organic and harmless, this stuff works really well, and that’s coming from someone with a huge perspiration issue. Because of the coconut oil, I often have to run hot water over this for a few seconds to soften before applying. If I’m going to wear a black or sleeveless top, I try to let it “set” before I put on the shirt, as it does tend to rub off onto my clothes. (Comes out easily with a wet cloth though.) I have to apply it twice a day for it to stay effective, but I had to do that with other deodorants, too, and it is definitely better than nothing and so much safer than all the aluminum and chemical-filled options out there!