I get asked quite a bit about whether our products are safe to use during pregnancy because they contain essential oils. It is a valid concern because components of essential oils get absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin and can easily pass through the placenta to the developing fetus. The question is whether these components can be harmful or disruptive. Most essential oils are safe to use but there are a few that should not be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding. According to Robert Tisserand’s book, Essential Oil Safety the following should not be ingested topically or internally during this time:
Anise, birch, carrot seed, cassia, cinnamon bark, cypress, dill seed, fennel, hyssop, myrrh, myrtle, oregano, sage, star anise, tansy, and yarrow.
There are others that are not as commercially available so I haven’t included them. All the essential oils used by Cocoon Apothecary are considered safe to use during pregnancy.
I have also been getting questions regarding the safety of using rosehip oil during pregnancy because of the vitamin A content. First of all, the concerns regarding vitamin A have to do with synthetic retinoids that are taken orally such as Accutane. They have been shown to cause miscarriages and birth defects. People have taken these studies one step further and have cautioned against using topical retinoids such as Retinol as well. There is a huge difference between transretinoic acid found in rosehip oil and the potent, synthetic versions that have inundated the anti-aging skin care market. It’s the same difference between taking Accutane and eating kale, broccoli and spinach (all contain retinoids). I have absolutely no concerns about pregnant and nursing women using rosehip oil on a regular basis and many women have found it helpful in preventing and reversing stretch marks.
If there is anything to be strongly concerned about, it’s the synthetic musks and phthalates commonly found in the fragrances that are in almost every chemical skin care product from hand soaps to facial creams (like the ones found in a typical mall bath shop). These toxic substances are found in the bodies of newborn babies!