When you’re pregnant, everything changes. All the sudden, you’re living for two and reading the labels of everything you’re putting on your body becomes a task in and of itself. It’s not just about scanning for common toxins anymore, it’s about asking the tough questions with each ingredient listed: how is this going to affect me – and my baby?

Eco-chic mama Grace Lee, founder of Nine Naturals, was fed up with the bevy of so-called “natural” products on the market that were either not as pure as they claimed to be or simply didn’t perform well – and so she decided to create the hair and skin care line she wanted to see for pregnancy and beyond, free of harsh chemicals and harmful environmental toxins. We love Nine Natural’s glossary of ingredients, and asked Grace to break down some of the basics for us. Read up, then enter to win her entire product line before Mother’s Day! 

While pregnant or breastfeeding, I highly recommend avoiding the five chemicals commonly found in beauty products listed below. Why? A growing number of studies have shown that common chemicals in everyday personal care products, such as shampoo, makeup and moisturizers, are associated with developmental, reproductive and behavioral disorders, hormone disruption and cancer. Women who use these products during pregnancy can potentially pass on their toxin exposures to their babies.

5 Ingredients to avoid during pregnancy


Parabens are the most widely used preservative in cosmetics. Intended to stop the growth of bacteria in your products, they are endocrine disruptors – chemicals that act like hormones and disrupt the reproductive system. ​​​Parabens can build up in the body over time and have been associated with reproductive disorders in babies.


​These cleansing agents are used to make soaps that foam and lather​. ​N​itrosamines and 1,4-dioxane are the two primary culprits present within sulfates and have been labeled carcinogenic. Sulfates have also been shown to disrupt hormonal balance, incite reproductive and developmental problems and seriously pollute the environment.


Phthalates are plasticizers found in a wide variety of personal care products such as shampoos, conditioners and perfumes, which are often a component of fragrance in products. Exposure to phthalates is associated with hormone disruption, birth defects and endometriosis.

BPA: ​

BPA is a​ chemical commonly found in plastics, mostly used for containers. More importantly, BPA can seep into the product it holds. Recent studies have associated BPA with developmental disorders, such as cancer, ADHD and asthma in fetuses when pregnant women interact with the substance.


Made from natural gas liquid and crude oil, petrochemicals are used to create a slew of raw materials including all plastics. What many people don’t realize is that petrochemicals are also added to food, personal care products and household products. Though widely used, petrochemicals are known hormone disrupters and have been linked to causing many health problems​ ​such as cancer.

I believe in creating products that are not only safe and natural, but also high performing. Another belief of our brand is full transparency. we provide an ingredient glossary describing all of the ingredients we use in our products. During my first pregnancy, I remember tirelessly scanning ingredient labels and not fully understanding what some of them were​, which proved to be a daunting task during an already stressful time!​

​Therefore, it​ was crucial when developing the brand that we create the ingredient glossary to eliminate this hassle for our customers and ​ensure them that the products they are using are completely safe​ for them and their babies​. There are a lot of amazing natural, plant-based ingredients out there, but some of Nine Naturals’ favorites include:

5 Ingredients to use during pregnancy

Tamanu Oil:

Extracted from the fruit of the Polynesian tamanu tree, this oil is highly regarded for its superior emolliency and ability to soothe and protect skin. This oil is the star ingredient in our Natural Belly Oil as it helps to soothe stretched skin in order to minimize the risk of stretch marks.

Argan Oil:

High in vitamin E and linolenic acid, argan oil is wonderful for moisturizing the skin and hair. Ours is sourced from a women’s collective in Morocco. It is a prime ingredient in our Mandarin + Ginger Restorative Conditioner.

Broccoli Seed Oil:

This oil is a natural replacement for silicone/dimethicone. It is an amazing emollient loaded with omega-9s that makes your hair and skin look and feel great. ​It’s used in ​Nine Naturals hair conditioners and skin creams.

Cupuaçu Butter:

Packed with an array of rich compounds, including omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids and phytosterols, cupuaçu butter helps to balance skin’s natural moisture levels. We use it in ​all of our products that focus on restoring moisture in the skin and hair, including our Vanilla + Geranium Regenerative Belly Butter.

Coconut–Derived Soaps:

Soaps that are naturally derived from coconut oil are gentle cleansers that clean well without over-drying your skin or hair. Coconut-derived soaps are used in our Citrus + Mint Nourishing Shampoo and our Citrus + Geranium Soothing Body Wash.


Give the mama in your life (or yourself!) some extra love this Mother’s Day and win the entire Nine Naturals skin and hair care line! One lucky reader will win all 11 products in the collection, which includes their Natural Belly Oil, Natural Sunscreen, Vanilla + Geranium Regenerative Belly Butter, Citrus + Mint Nourishing Shampoo, Citrus + Mint Nourishing Conditioner, Mandarin + Ginger Restorative Conditioner, Unscented Moisturizing Body Cream, Natural Deodorant, Citrus + Geranium Soothing Body Wash, Simple Natural Lip Balm, and Repairing Body Balm – adding up to a total value of $235!

To enter, sign up for our weekly TCM newsletter here, then leave a comment telling us why you want to win. Giveaway ends Monday, May 4th 2015 at 5pm P.S.T. Open to continental US readers only. Good luck!

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  1. I would like to win because I’m trying to have a nontoxic and ecofriendly first pregnancy and I feel that these products would help me finish it out strong! I’m eight months in and struggling to make it through this last month. A little pick me up like this would be just what the doctor ordered!

    Madison Kvamme | 05.01.2015 | Reply
  2. I have a pregnant friend who could REALLY use some R&R.

  3. great stuff! Perfect to help the new lil bean get off to the right start!

  4. I would love to win this for my sister, she is currently pregnant with her first baby.

    Maritza | 05.01.2015 | Reply
  5. Thanks for introducing me to this line!!!! It was interesting to read about the ingredients that Grace does use in products and what their benefits are. I am currently almost eight months pregnant and get so frustrated trying to find products that are effective and safe etc. So excited to check her products out and for the giveaway itself.

    Rachel | 05.01.2015 | Reply
  6. This line sounds amazing – would love to win!

    Amanda | 05.02.2015 | Reply
  7. I’m new to green beauty in the last couple months, and it’s been liberating to experience a shift in my perception of health and wellness since embracing a natural lifestyle. This is due in large part to resources like thechalkboardmag.com, which has provided me with credible, reliable info. I’m grateful and incredibly excited to continue my journey in natural body care, and I’d love to continue that journey by discovering the amazingness of Nine Natural’s line. I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences and natural goodies with my beautiful mama too, as she was the first woman to tell and SHOW me how to fully embody a sustainable, conscious, and happy lifestyle. Here’s to you mom!

    Sarah | 05.03.2015 | Reply
  8. I’d love to win this as I have been converting over to green beauty since I had my son 2 1/2 years ago. I have an infant daughter now too and I am always on the look out for non-toxic products that are mom-friendly like this!

    Jennifer | 05.03.2015 | Reply
  9. My brother’s wife is having their first baby. I’d love to win this for her! Thanks so much!

    Hayley | 05.03.2015 | Reply
  10. My pregnancy was completely natural; I only used handcrafted (by me!) products which worked out great. But, I am so ready to switch things up in my skin & body care routine! My top 3 must-haves in a product line: 1) Artfully created 2) Well thought out ingredients 3) Simplicity, purity, honesty (I guess this makes it 5 must-haves??).
    This line looks like it’s the real deal. Winning this would be a much-needed treat 🙂

    Shalini | 05.03.2015 | Reply
  11. I love anything natural and safe for baby and mama. This line sounds awesome!

  12. Would love to win this! The product sounds great and my sweet baby just had his first fever. Mama needs some TLC.

    Samantha | 05.04.2015 | Reply
  13. I’m currently pregnant with my first baby! I love trying new all natural products

    April P | 05.04.2015 | Reply
  14. I’m hoping to get pregnant soon and would love to learn about these great products!

    JenC24 | 05.04.2015 | Reply

    The Chalkboard | 05.05.2015 | Reply

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