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The Best Nursing-Friendly Beauty Gifts

Rawkanvas The Moisture Essentials

Throughout pregnancy and into nursing, skin can feel desert-dry, but many women are hesitant to explore new moisturizers due to the limited amount of ‘pregnancy safe’ or nursing-safe declarations by brands. Los Angeles-based Rawkanvas is a natural skincare line whose products are all vegan, use natural actives and packaged in recyclable glass containers. All but two of Rawkanvas’ products are safe for expecting and new mothers. The Moisture Essentials set contains four brightly colored, effective-but-gentle products that will nourish, hydrate and clarify her pores all while smelling like heaven.

Mutha Your Body is Magic Book and Bodycare Set

The hydrating duo of Mutha’s signature Body Oil and Body Butter are used by pregnant and nursing mothers to keep skin happy and healthy using 100% natural and organic ingredients. Moms-to-be swear by Mutha’s Body Butter for stretch mark prevention on breasts and belly, while new moms use the body oil to help heal and nourish stretched belly skin. The gift bundle includes both decadent moisturizers as well as Mutha Founder Hope Smith’s new pregnancy and motherhood book Your Body Is Magic.

Kate McLeod Mama Stone

Like 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 as a number of functional stones with a variety of clean ingredients and scents, from grounding and sleep to sex, the Mama stone is unscented and gentle enough even for newborns. Mama stones can be purchased in a starter set which includes a bamboo canister, and waste-free refills can be purchased when needed or ordered as a monthly subscription.

Versine Skincare Serum

New natural skincare line Versine recently launched with two facial serums specifically designed for pregnant and nursing mothers. The new serums and all upcoming products released by the brand are OBGYN and dermatologist-approved. New 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 any fragrances or dyes, and made with alternatives to not just the clinical actives most nursing mothers are recommended to steer clear of, but even the more natural versions such as willow bark, bakuchiol and essential oils.

Odacite Le Blue Balm

Gifting a French luxury moisturizing balm may be received better than an as-advertised nipple balm, which is why Le Blue Balm by Odacite might be the perfect regenerative, multipurpose balm to gift this Mother’s Day. Doula Leah Vail has clients who swear by it and says, “I recommend Odacite’s Le Blue Balm to alleviate any discomfort. We should be treating our most important glands just like we nourish the skin on our face. It uses deeply regenerative ingredients to magically sooth, moisturize and to nourish the nipple area – it calms soreness and heals the cracks of this fragile area from breastfeeding. Plus, it’s safe for mama and baby and uses chamomile to calm inflamed skin.”

Nude Envie Mother’s Day Gift Set

If she’s still using a nubby lip liner from the bottom of a makeup bag that hasn’t been updated since pre-pregnancy, the Mother’s Day Gift Set from clean beauty brand Nude Envie might be just the clean slate she needs. It contains all of the nude-colored makeup essentials, developed with clean and vegan formulations made with vitamin E and jojoba oil to moisturize, and without any parabens. The Mother’s Day Gift Set contains a lip liner, lipstick, gloss, cream blush and three eyeshadows; all in universally flattering nude shades.

Iris & Romeo Power Peptide Balm

Iris and Romeo’s rich-but-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-based balm is made without PEGS, parabens, phthalates, chemical sunscreens, mineral oil, sulfates or synthetic fragrances.

La Bouche Rouge Lipstick Gift Set

Founder Nicolas Gerlier says, “It took me more than two years, and more than 600 formulations to develop La Bouche Rouge lipstick. In addition to eliminating plastic in the packaging it was important that the formula itself be free from plastic. Plastic is a common ingredient in lipstick as it provides shine and glide on the lips. Since over the course of a woman’s life 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 be safe and plastic free.

Uni Bodycare Kit

The Uni Bodycare system might be the perfect gift for mothers wanting to live their most sustainable life. Each product included in either the shower kit or the countertop kit is nursing-safe, sustainable in nearly every way, natural-but-effective and smells divine. The carbon-neutral and reef-safe starter kits include the ‘forever’-refillable outside shell-containers, plus recyclable refill containers of each product within the kit. Ingredients include classic natural skincare favorites such as organic aloe vera and Bladderwrack seaweed and lesser known ingredients such as Australian Kakadu plum and Australian Caviar lime extract.

Ignae Rich Night Serum

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 its star ingredient, a natural-active known as being 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 others delivered into pores via Ignae’s proprietary EPC Factor complex that combines algae and plant extracts for ultimate skin regeneration.

Jenette Skincare Just Add Sugar Cocoa Herb-Infused Masque

Super powerful for an all-natural, hand-crafted formulation, Jenette Skincare’s Just Add Sugar mask is made of a proprietary blend of Chinese and Korean herbs that performs like an at-home facial. Key ingredient cacao is an antioxidant powerhouse, containing loads of Vitamin C, as well as omega-6 fatty acids for cellular healing. Once the mask dries, skin feels rejuvenated, hydrated, lifted and clearer. All of Jenette Skincare products are pregnancy and nursing-safe. Founder Jenette Serrins says of her Ella Just Add Sugar Mask, “When you are pregnant and nursing, your hormones are all over the place, which could cause your skin some havoc. My go to product to help prevent breakouts and bring balance is my miracle masque, just add sugar.“

Blanket Pulse Healthy Hair Brush

Help her turn her brief time alone getting ready or taking a shower into a moment of self-care. Manta’s new Pulse Healthy Hair Brush turns a quick pre- or post-shower hair-brush moment into a functional scalp massage. Magnetic pulsations vibrate through each bristle and the brush itself conforms to the shape of her hand de ella to be gentle on hair and provide relief from stress and tension and a boost in blood flow. The Manta can even be taken into the shower to be used to help shampoo and conditioner penetrate more deeply into hair and the scalp.

Milk + Honey De-Stress Her Gift Bundle

Proprietors of luxe, clean-beauty spas in Austin, Houston, Forth Worth and Los Angeles have branched out into at-home spa products that are made with clean ingredients and smell like a luxury spa day. The De-stress Her gift bundle includes Body Cream No 8, Slow North Eye Mask Therapy Pack, Slow North Neck Wrap Therapy Pack and a Geocentral Calm Mini Stone Pack.

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