I’ve been asked a few times what Lush products I used during pregnancy and so I thought I would do a bit of a guide, some of these absolutely saved me, or at least made me a little less grumpy for a while, so hopefully I can help put a smile on your face too.
First up there is one product you need to avoid, especially before you’re full term. That’s the Sex Bomb bath bomb as the mix of Jasmine and Clary Sage is known to induce labour. On the plus side I used two in one bath when I was 8 days overdue with Luna and went into labour the next day. Obviously it could be a coincidence but having a bath sure beats bouncing on a yoga ball while simultaneously eating a vindaloo and enough pineapple to kill a small mammal!
Aint nothin’ wrong with stretch marks, but I ended up looking like a highly detailed AA road map and wanted to try and lessen the damage. Therapy massage bar has neroli oil in it which gets down to the lower dermis repairing skin from within so is great for stretch marks and scarring. It hasn’t got rid of my stretch marks entirely (they’re a genetic thing, nothing can stop them) but it has faded them significantly and made them way less purple. The cutest thing about this bar is the 3 dimples and one nobble (technical term) on the top representing the 1 in 4 babies with an outie belly button.
All massage bars have a base of cocoa butter and Shea butter too so are mega moisturising and this one has orange oil so is a lovely, uplifting fragrance as well as the serotonin boosting effects of the neroli oil. Bonus points if you can pin someone down for long enough wo give you a cheeky little back rub with it too.
I worked behind a bar on my feet when I was pregnant so painful feet was absolutely THE most annoying symptom for me. They were constantly hot, swollen and incredibly painful. But luckily I found a product that pretty much saved me from chopping my own feet off Saw style.
Volcano foot mask has tons of mint in it. Mint is endo/exothermic which means if your skins hot it cools it down, if it’s warm it heats it up. Slather it on, cling film it (because if you’re anything like me you’ve left your brew in another room and don’t want to traipse it all over your nice, clean….well,relatively clean….carpet) and let it sit for as long as you want. Warning: it tingles, but in an ‘oh my god my feet don’t feel like the surface of the sun for once’ type of way. This mask also has pumice in to give your feet a good scrub and has antibacterial, anti fungal, anti all the gross stuff that feet do properties.
Pink Peppermint foot lotion also has similar ingredients to Volcano so is an extra boost of all that goodness when you don’t have time to do a full mask. It also has arnica in it which is traditionally used for bruising so is super awesome for taking down swelling and has a slight anaesthetic to it. Sweet sweeeet anaesthetic.
Dry, itchy skin
This was another absolute bug bear of mine. I swear in every bump shot I took there’s a hand, just out of shot, scratching the living hell out of my skin. I’m pretty sure 9 month of non-stop itchiness is some kind of psychological torture. Anyway, there’s a couple of products that can really help ease that itchiness, even if just for a while.
So let’s wind down a bit, have a long relaxing bath while also making our skin reflect our inner goddess rather than our outer crocodile.
Butterball bath bomb is the little white one, nestling in almost incognito between all the bright coloured, in-yer-face show ponies. But he’s smug as all hell because he knows he doesn’t need to be flashy to be one of the best bath bombs in town. Butterball is packed FULL of cocoa butter and is so skin softening I can’t even describe it. I feel like a cloud with legs whenever I use it. It also has quite a sweet white chocolate kinda scent to it. Yum. Which means you HAVE to eat chocolate while using it. It’s the law or something.
Ceridwens Cauldron is a bath melt. It’s got tons of oatmeal and rose oil in it as well as cocoa butter which is incredible for soothing and restoring the skin. This product is made for people with eczema and psoriasis so it’s hella gentle. It also turns your bath a lovely milky colour so you can splash around pretending to be a heavily pregnant Cleopatra while demanding people fan you with papyrus leaves and feed you grapes. Just don’t start crushing beetles and using them as lipstick, ya big weirdo.
Again, a product suitable for people with eczema and psoriasis, Dream Cream is totally perfect for easily irritated preggo skin. The main ingredients are olive oil and oatmeal so very impactful moisturising while restoring the skin with all the goodness it needs. I could go on and on about how amazing this product is, but Google reviews…. They’re amazing… And do all the hard work for me! The whole company sold out of it for weeks on the back of one of them it’s THAT amazing. You can get two types in store, normal and self preserving, SP just means that it has no chemical preservatives as water has been taken out and the glycerine and olive oil quantities have gone up. I prefer the SP as the texture feels more luxurious but both are fab and do the same thing.
I only managed to breastfeed Luna for a little while but my main memory THE PAIN, oh Lordy, my poor, shredded nips. Ultrabalm is an all-purpose balm that works amazingly as a nipple cream it has candelia wax (a kind of vegan alternative to beeswax), rose wax and jojoba oil in it…and that’s it. It gives instant relief to your sore bits and then you can use it on your lips, elbows and chafe-y bits too!
Ickle Baby Bot
Had to end on this cos it’s JUST SO CUTE. It’s a little bath bomb suitable from 6 months old. It has calamine and chammomile blue (or chammomile and calamine blue, i always get those mixed up) so is super gentle on baby skin and has a baby talc scent to it. ALSO IT’S A ROBOT.
Remember, the Lush website is super helpful and has ingredients lists, sourcing info and will let you know if things are vegan and if you go instore staff are always mega helpful (seriously let us chat about how much we love the products and we will love you forever) so always ask if there’s anything you’re unsure of!