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List of Ingredients to Avoid

Because both synthetic & organic ingredients are often not safe

In general, whether Trying-to-Conceive, Pregnant, or Lactating, we suggest avoiding using cosmetics, bath care, or skin care with synthetic ingredients. Buy products that are certified organic or natural. However, it should be noted, that although organic beauty products are best for women on the path of motherhood, even certain organic ingredients are toxic to (according to certain medical studies) embryo, fetus, or nursing infant. To learn about organic ingredients to avoid, scroll down to the end of this page and click on a category.

Short List of Ingredients to Avoid for all Women (Trying to Conceive, Pregnant, or Nursing). Please subscribe to newsletter to recieve the full list (25 page PDF) updated December 2023.

We advise avoiding the Chemicals of Concern list published by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. We especially advise avoiding the following list of ingredients for all women who are Trying-to-Conceive, Pregnant, or Lactating.


  • Imidazolidinyl Urea and Diazolidinyl Urea

  • Methyl Paraben, Propyl Paraben, and Butyl Paraben

  • Phthalates: DBP, DINP, DEP, DEHP, DMP, BBP, DNOP, DIDP* 

  • Petrolatum aka Petroleum Jelly

  • Propylene Glycol

  • PVP/VA Copolymer

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

  • Synthetic Colors or Fragrances

  • Diethanolamine (DEA)

  • Hydroquinone

  • Tazorac and Accutane

  • Alpha Arbutin

  • Benzol Peroxide and Salicylic Acid

  • Alumnium Chloride

  • Dihydroxyacetone

  • Oxybenzone and Avobenzone

  • Retin-A, Retinol and Retinyl Palmitate

  • Formaldehyde
    *Read the article on Phthalates on our Doctors' Testimonies page to learn more about phthalates.

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