Pregnancy Belly Creams and Oils

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With pregnancy belly creams and oils, I choose to be extra careful.  Thus, the products that would normally end up in the best category, I placed in the better category.  But every pregnancy is different so, perhaps, the “better” products will turn out to be the “best” for you!

 

In my opinion (❌ medium or high concern, ⚠️ low concern):

 

Worst

 

Belli Skincare Stretchmark Minimizing Cream

❌Triethanolamine: slides

❌Ethoxylated ingredients (e.g., ceteareth-20, glycereth-2 cocoate): see the slides in the gallery

❌Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate: see the slides in the gallery

⚠️Carbomer: contains acrylic acid that may cause allergy

⚠️Retinyl palmitate (vitamin A): not recommended during pregnancy for the risk of overdose

⚠️Phenoxyethanol: see the slides in the gallery

⚠️ Non-organic oils and extracts

 

Bio-Oil Skincare Oil

❌Fragrance: see the slides in the gallery

❌Red 17: a synthetic dye; see the slides in the gallery

⚠️Retinyl palmitate (vitamin A): not recommended during pregnancy for the risk of overdose

⚠️Non-organic oils and extracts

⚠️Mineral oil: see the slides in the gallery

⚠️Triisononanoin: no safety data

 

Queen Helene Cocoa Butter Face + Body Crème

❌Fragrance: see the slides in the gallery

❌Sodium borate: see the slides in the gallery

❌Yellow 5 (CI 19140), yellow 6 (CI 15985), red 33 (CI 17200), red 40 (CI 16035): see slides for synthetic dyes

⚠️Mineral oil: see the slides in the gallery

⚠️Paraffin: see the slides in the gallery

⚠️Non-organic cocoa butter

 

Bad

 

Mustela Stretch Marks Cream

❌Fragrance: see the slides in the gallery

⚠️Polyacrylate crosspolymer-6: no safety data on this synthetic ingredient

⚠️Non-organic oils and extracts

 

Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E, Tummy Butter for Stretch Mark

❌Fragrance: see the slides in the gallery

⚠️Microcrystalline wax: petroleum-based, limited safety info, per the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), it might contain nano-particles

⚠️Non-organic oils and extracts

 

DERMA E Scar Gel

❌Fragrance: see the slides in the gallery

⚠️Phenoxyethanol: see the slides in the gallery

⚠️Non-organic extracts

 

Better

 

Pipette Belly Butter (with the iHerb affiliate link, get either $10 or 10% off)

⚠️ Non-organic oils and extracts

⚠️ Carbomer: contains acrylic acid that may cause allergy

 

Pura D’or Professional Vitamin E Oil (with the iHerb affiliate link, get either $10 or 10% off)

⚠️ Lavender oil is controversial (there are studies on both sides; normally, we don’t worry about it in skincare and personal care products)

 

Celsus Bio-Intelligence Scar Cream (with the iHerb affiliate link, get either $10 or 10% off)

⚠️ Lavender Oil is controversial (there are studies on both sides; normally, we don’t worry about it in skincare and personal care products)

⚠️Tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E) (tocopherol would be better, in my opinion)

 

Motherlove Pregnant Belly Salve (with the iHerb affiliate link, get either $10 or 10% off)

⚠️ Apricot Kernel Oil is not organic

⚠️ Lavender Oil is controversial (there are studies on both sides, normally, we don’t worry about it in skincare and personal care products)

 

Best

 

Earth Mama Belly Butter

Earth Mama Belly Oil

Neal’s Yard Remedies Mother’s Balm

Primally Pure Baby Balm (Use the discount code ReadLabels10)

⚠️ Emu Oil is not organic (however, an organic version might not exist, yet this oil is very beneficial)

Pure Haven Mom Balm

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