As a person who is pregnant, postpartum or breastfeeding, what you put on your skin can be important. Some ingredients from skincare can be absorbed by you through your skin and into your bloodstream, therefore if you are pregnant or breastfeeding they will make their way to the baby too.
This is why you must know what you are putting on your skin and what kind of effects it could have on not only you but on your baby.
One great way to make sure that you know nothing you are putting on your skin could be harmful is to use vegan/vegan-friendly products. This is because vegan ingredients are not going to be damaging.
What does vegan-friendly mean?
Vegan or vegan-friendly products are products that will not contain animal byproducts or animal-derived ingredients. This includes ingredients such as keratin, gelatine, collagen, lanolin, glycerin, squalene and milk proteins.
You will find that vegan products are cruelty-free which only means that they have never been tested on any animal prior to being sold. Where there is animal cruelty involved in the testing of a product it would not be considered vegan.
Where a vegan product must be cruelty-free to be classed as vegan the same is not true in reverse. Just because a product has a cruelty-free label on it does not mean that it is necessarily vegan. It definitely won’t have been tested on animals but it may still contain some ingredients that are derived from animals such as milk and honey.
We have completely different bodies from animals and animal testing is not seen as the best way to determine the safety of a product nowadays. Cruelty-free International has research that shows that ‘92% of drugs fail in human clinical trials despite appearing safe and effective in animal tests, often on safety grounds or because they do not work.’
Animal testing is a waste of time and unfortunately a waste of an animal’s life.
You might think that the products you use won’t have that many animal products in but they are everywhere and you would likely be surprised upon reading the label of your shampoo, nail polish, make-up or even your toothpaste.
How can you tell if skincare is vegan?
If you are not sure whether or not a product that you want to buy is vegan, we have a few tips to help you figure it out.
- Check the label and packaging for the ingredients. Look up the ingredients you are unfamiliar with. For instance, carmine, or cochineal extract, is a purplish-red dye which is obtained from crushed cochineal insects.
- Use this free Vegan Ingredient Checker, to check whether the ingredients in your skincare are vegan. All you have to do is type in the name of the ingredient, and this online tool will verify whether it is vegan.
- Look for vegan logos on the product. For example, the product might have a logo that says ‘Vegan Certified’ or ‘100% vegan’.
- Check the company website, to see if they advertise themselves as vegan.
- If the company website isn’t detailed enough, contact them directly to ask if their products are vegan.
- Don’t just assume that a skincare product is vegan, just because it contains natural ingredients, such as beeswax. Beeswax cannot be classified as vegan, as it is obtained by exploiting worker bees.
- Don’t just follow popular beauty trends. The skincare community is currently raving about ingredients like snail mucin and retinol, but these may not be vegan-friendly if they come from animals.
What do we recommend?
At Mama Jewels we have personal experience with the way pregnancy and giving birth can be tough on people’s bodies. We understand how difficult it can be to find skincare products that are safe for you whether you are pregnant, postpartum or breastfeeding.
This is why we decided to make our own vegan skincare line to help people feel pampered, hydrated and 100% in their skin.
All of the ingredients that we use are vegan-friendly, certified organic and sustainably sourced to make products that are 100% vegan and cruelty-free.
Very importantly these vegan skincare products are not just for pregnant and postpartum people but can be used by the whole family including your new baby.
You can look at our skincare products individually or some come in hampers as a set or you can even create a hamper of your own. We have loads of different hampers as well as just our vegan skincare line.
Read on to discover a few of our favourite vegan, cruelty-free products in our skincare collection:
Our Bath & Massage Oil for Baby, Bump, & the Whole Family makes a real treat for your little angel’s tender skin. A heavenly combination of lavender essential oil, almond oil and jojoba oil, this massage oil is suitable for adults, children and babies from 1 month old onwards.
Great when used with baby massage techniques, our 100% natural massage oil has moisturising properties and will help lull your baby to a peaceful sleep.
To create a dreamy, relaxing time before bed, simply add a couple of drops of the massage oil to the baby’s bath.
This is a wonderful self-care treat to help mums-to-be and tired parents unwind and de-stress.
This relaxation goodie is included in our gift hampers – it is so lush, that our customers have recommended that we sell it as a separate item.
To keep the skin hydrated and silky smooth, the vegan recipe contains natural ingredients including chia seeds, kelp and potato extract. It also comprises a healthy dash of natural essential oils, which contain anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, to keep the skin looking youthful and glowy!
This mask is plastic-free, with not a drop of palm oil in sight.
Shop our Vegan Matcha Green Tea Rejuvenating Face Mask here.
Customers adore our Baby and Bump Balm, which would make a wonderful addition to a gift basket.
Every pregnant mum or postpartum mum deals with scratches, bumps, dry patches, stretch marks and everything in between.
Our balm is a 100% natural blend of skin-nourishing butters and oils, to replenish and revitalise the skin.
Specially formulated to provide moisture and nourishment to skin in need of TLC, our balm contains shea butter and almond oil for extra skin protection.
You won’t have to worry about any harsh ingredients or toxic chemicals that irritate the skin- this tub of goodness is free from preservatives, artificial perfumes and colourants.
Even the most sensitive little skins will be soothed, which is why our nourishing balm can be used on little babies, so their skin will feel hydrated and soft!
Our gorgeous Baby and Bump Balm slides easily on the skin, which will give expecting mamas that wonderful pregnancy glow!
Click here to shop our soothing Baby and Bump Balm.
Has your pregnancy resulted in your lips feeling dry and cracked? Do you need something to rescue your lips and leave them feeling plump and hydrated?
Our Natural Hemp and Avocado Vegan Lip Butter is the perfect solution to revive those chapped lips.
This all-vegan lip butter contains a healthy balance of ingredients needed for moisturised, supple lips:
- avocado oil which is deeply conditioning
- castor oil, which promotes skin healing
- cooling peppermint
- highly moisturising coconut oil
- mango butter, which contains vitamins that are essential for collagen production
- hemp oil, which is rich in essential omegas 3 and 6
Packed in a recyclable glass and aluminium jar, our lip butter is a wonderful example of how our cruelty-free skincare brand is kind to both your face and the planet.
Click here to shop our Natural Hemp and Avocado Vegan Lip Butter.