Best Nursing-Friendly Beauty Gifts
Throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding, skin can feel dry, but many women are hesitant to explore new moisturizers due to brands’ limited “safe for pregnancy” or breastfeeding claims. Los Angeles-based Rawkanvas is a natural skincare line whose products are all vegan, use natural actives, and are packaged in recyclable glass containers. All but two of Rawkanvas’ products are safe for pregnant women and new mothers. The Moisture Essentials set contains four brightly colored, effective yet gentle products that will nourish, hydrate and clarify her pores while smelling like heaven.
Mutha’s signature hydrating body oil and body butter duo is used by pregnant and breastfeeding women to keep skin happy and healthy using 100% natural and organic ingredients. Moms-to-be swear by Mutha’s Body Butter for preventing stretch marks on their breasts and stomachs, while new moms use the body oil to help heal and nourish stretched belly skin. The gift set includes both decadent moisturizers as well as Mutha Hope Smith’s new pregnancy and motherhood book. your body is magic.
Like a lotion but not, Kate McLeod’s Body Stones are solid moisturizing stones made from a small list of whole ingredients such as coconut butter, sweet almond oil, avocado oil and other rich oils. Available in a number of functional stones with a variety of clean ingredients and scents, from grounding and sleeping to sex, the Mama stone is unscented and gentle enough even for newborns. Mama Stones can be purchased in a starter kit that includes a bamboo canister, and waste-free refills can be purchased when needed or ordered as a monthly subscription.
The new Versine natural skincare line was recently launched with two face serums specially designed for pregnant and breastfeeding women. New serums and all upcoming products launched by the brand are OBGYN and dermatologist approved. Newer products include Illuminate, Calm, Hydrate which is designed for acne-prone skin, and a second called Illuminate, Refine, Hydrate which is designed for sensitive skin. Both are made without fragrance or dye, and made with alternatives not only to the clinical actives that most nursing mothers are recommended to avoid, but even more natural versions such as willow bark, bakuchiol and oils. essential.
Giving a luxury French moisturizing balm may be better received than an advertised nipple balm, which is why Le Blue Balm by Odacite might be the perfect replenishing, all-purpose balm to gift this Mother’s Day. Doula Leah Vail has clients who swear by her and says, “I recommend Le Blue Balm by Odacite to relieve any discomfort. We should treat our most important glands just as we nourish the skin of our face. It uses deeply replenishing ingredients to magically soothe, hydrate and nourish the nipple area – soothing soreness and healing cracks in this fragile breastfeeding area. Plus, it’s safe for mom and baby and uses chamomile to calm inflamed skin.
If she’s still using a nubby lip liner at the bottom of a makeup bag that hasn’t been updated since pre-pregnancy, clean beauty brand Nude Envie’s Mother’s Day gift set could be the clean slate it needs. It contains all the essentials of nude color makeup, developed with clean, vegan formulations of vitamin E and jojoba oil to moisturize, and without any parabens. Mother’s Day gift set contains lip liner, lipstick, lip gloss, cream blush and three eye shadows; all in universally flattering nude hues.
Iris and Romeo’s rich yet sheer, plumping and hydrating lip balms pack just the right amount of color while delivering clinical amounts of collagen-boosting biomimetic triple-peptides. It’s no-makeup makeup at its most decadent. Packaged in frosted glass jars that seem almost too precious for a makeup bag, the rose wax balm is made without PEGS, parabens, phthalates, chemical sunscreens, mineral oil, sulfates, or synthetic fragrances.
Founder Nicolas Gerlier says: “It took me over two years and over 600 formulations to develop La Bouche Rouge lipstick. In addition to eliminating plastic in the packaging, it was important that the formula itself be plastic-free. Plastic is a common ingredient in lipstick because it adds shine and glide to the lips. Given that over the course of a woman’s lifetime she can ingest up to 10 kilos of lipstick, and as my wife was pregnant when I was developing the brand, it was essential that La Bouche Rouge formulas were safe. and without plastic.
The Uni Bodycare System could be the perfect gift for mothers who want to live their most sustainable life. Every product included in the Shower Kit or Countertop Kit is safe for breastfeeding, long lasting in almost every way, natural yet effective, and smells divine. The carbon-neutral, reef-safe starter kits include the “forever” refillable outer containers, as well as recyclable refill containers for each product in the kit. Ingredients include classic natural skincare such as Organic Aloe Vera and Bladderwrack Seaweed and lesser known ingredients such as Australian Kakadu Plum and Australian Caviar Lime Extract.
Beautifully packaged and perfectly giftable, Ignae’s Rich Night Serum is a nursing-safe alternative to traditional anti-aging night serums. Made with bakuchiol as the star ingredient, a natural active known to be a safe alternative to retinol, Ignae’s Decadent Serum boosts collagen and protects the skin’s lipid layer from peroxidation with antioxidants. Supporting ingredients include CoQ10, Vitamin E, Squalene, Rosehip Oil and more, delivered to pores via Ignae’s proprietary EPC Factor Complex which combines seaweed and botanical extracts to ultimate regeneration of the skin.
Super potent for an all-natural, hand-crafted formulation, Jenette Skincare’s Just Add Sugar Mask features an exclusive blend of Chinese and Korean herbs that works like an at-home facial. Cocoa’s key ingredient is an antioxidant powerhouse, containing loads of vitamin C, as well as omega-6 fatty acids for cellular healing. Once the mask dries, the skin is rejuvenated, hydrated, lifted and clearer. All Jenette Skincare products are safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding. Founder Jenette Serrins says of her Just Add Sugar mask, “When you’re pregnant and breastfeeding, your hormones are everywhere, which can wreak havoc on your skin. My favorite product to help prevent breakouts and bring balance is my miracle mask, just add sugar.“
Help him turn his brief time alone getting ready or showering into a moment of self-care. Manta’s new Pulse Healthy Hairbrush turns a quick pre- or post-shower brush into a functional scalp massage. Magnetic pulses vibrate through each hair and the brush itself molds to the shape of his hand to be gentle on the hair and relieve stress and tension and stimulate blood flow. Manta can even be taken in the shower to help shampoo and conditioner penetrate deeper into the hair and scalp.
Owners of luxury and clean beauty spas in Austin, Houston, Forth Worth and Los Angeles have branched out into home spa products that are made with clean ingredients and smell like a luxury spa day. The De-stress Her Gift Set includes Body Cream #8, Slow North Eye Mask Therapy Pack, Slow North Neck Wrap Therapy Pack, and a Geocentral Calm Mini Stone Pack.