Thursday, May 19, 2016

Pregnancy-Safe Beauty from Head to Toe

Morning sickness, swollen feet and ankles, crazy cravings and fatigue – just a few “perks” of pregnancy.  Sometimes that pregnancy glow doesn’t always come naturally.  In addition, there are a number of products and ingredients pregnant woman are warned to steer clear of.  Surya Brasil Co-Founder and mother of two, Wanda Malhotra, suggests using the below alternatives during pregnancy.  All are safe, free of harsh chemicals and GMOs and 100% vegan and cruelty free.

Hair Color: Surya Brasil Henna Cream

Some experts say to wait until the second trimester to start dying hair, however, traditional hair dyes can contain harsh chemicals and pollutants some claim might be dangerous for pregnant women.
Worried about the risk? Every shade of Surya Brasil's natural color contains vegetable extracts including herbs and fruits from Brazil and India, which offer simultaneous coloration and deep conditioning treatment for the hair as well as intense treatment for the scalp. 

Surya Brasil Henna Cream Color does NOT contain ammonia, PPD, parabens, propylene glycol, EDTA, phenoxyethanol, peroxide, resorcinol, heavy metals, artificial fragrance, mineral oils, GMO's or gluten. Like all of Surya Brasil's products the Henna Cream is 100% vegan and cruelty free.

$16.49 / Available in 15 shades at Whole Foods and Sprouts stores nationwide and online via

Face Wash/Scrub: Sapien Women Facial Scrub

It’s important to us facial products that are mild and won’t irritate sensitive skin – a common side effect of pregnancy.  Exfoliating will rid skin of dead skin cells and help promote collagen production, leaving skin brighter, softer and “glowing”.

Made with Amazonian Organic ingredients and 100% natural exfoliants from coconut bark and organic Buriti, which removes dead cells and impurities. It leaves skin silky, smooth, soft and hydrated. No ethyl alcohol, sulfates or silicone, and no plastic microbeads. Ideal for all skin types with a fresh coconut and mango scent. 

Free from BHT, EDTA, Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates and Synthetic Fragrance.
$16.99 / Available at Whole Foods, Sprouts and online via

Shave Gel: Sapien Women Shave Gel

While shaving might be a challenge, especially during the last trimester, it’s still important to source an all-natural shave gel.

The eco-friendly Sapien Women Shave Gel protects skin while shaving. It’s a natural and vegan product made with exotic organic Amazonian ingredients like CupuaƧu butter, Pracaxi oil, Macadamia oil and Vitamin E to prevent drying and protect sensitive skin.   Organic Aloe Vera juice and vegetable glycerin promote intense hydration.
The Shave Gel contains a natural tropical scent of coconut and mango. Zero GMO's, free from BHT, EDTA, Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates and Synthetic Fragrance.
$20.39 / Available at Whole Foods, Sprouts and online via

Nail Polish: Surya Brasil Exotic Animals Collection

It’s no secret that nail polishes can contain BP (dibutyl phthalate), toluene and formaldehyde – all of which are linked to developmental issues and even cancer.
Surya Brasil recently launched the Exotic Animals Collection, a line of all-natural, 7-Free polishes that are safe to use while pregnant. 

  • NO Camphor
  • NO DBP
  • NO Formaldehyde
  • NO Parabens
  • NO Toluene
  • NO ingredients of animal origin
  • NO animal testing
$12 each / Available in 19 shades via

Foot Lotion: Amazonia Preciosa Leg & Foot Lotion

Aching feet and legs are pretty standard during pregnancy.  This 100% vegan, natural and organic leg and foot lotion certified by EcoCert® is a refreshing and invigorating treatment for tired legs and feet.
Never tested on animals, Surya Brasil products do NOT contain sodium laureth sulfate, parabens, artificial coloring, artificial fragrance, solvents, mineral oil or GMO's. All have been hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested.
$34 / Available via