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Why Pregnant Women Shouldn’t Use Bio-Oil 😬😬😬

This post is probably going to cause a little bit of controversy but to hell with it, Khloe Kardashian posted a pic on her Insta Story yesterday of all the lotions, creams and oils she’s been using during pregnancy to prevent stretch marks and Bio-Oil was one of them!

Truth be told, Bio-Oil has some questionable ingredients, ones I personally wouldn’t use when pregnant! 😬 I did some research on the subject and found a very interesting article so together let’s take a closer look at what’s inside Bio-Oil (as per the Bio-Oil website) and break it down.

What’s bad?

Paraffinum Liquidum – Otherwise known as liquid paraffin. Basically you’re applying liquid fuel to the skin. This serves no benefit to the skin whatsoever and trust me when I say there are much better natural oils on the market.

BHT – Chances are you’ve heard of a toxic chemical being removed from many nail polishes on the market called toluene. BHT is essentially substituted toluene but more importantly, it’s harmful! According to the National Library of Medicine HazMap, BHT is considered a ‘known immune system toxicant.’ Animal studies have also shown that in low doses, BHT causes negative effects to the brain and nervous system 😭. This study was published by the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry in 1980 and has yet to be refuted. There are a host of bans and restrictions on BHT across the globe, yet it is still used here. What’s troubling is that Bio-Oil is used by many pregnant women on stretch marks and one has to wonder about the effect it may have on unborn children?

Coumarin – You may not be familiar with the name Coumarin but are probably familiar with its relatives, Coumadin or Warfarin? i.e. BLOOD THINNING MEDICATION 😱 In high doses ALL can be lethal. Coumarin is found in the seeds of the Tonka Bean and is on the EU’s list of banned and/or restricted ingredients! Several studies have shown there to be many systemic effects in low doses. To think that this is in Bio-Oil and may be absorbed into the bloodstream is very alarming, especially since there are links to cancer.

Benzyl Salicylate – A UV absorber that has salicylic acid as a component which is NOT to be used by pregnant women!

Eugenol – A highly toxic denaturant and fragrance component which is also on the EU’s banned/restricted list. The National Library of Medicine HazMap calls this a ‘known human immune system toxicant.’

CI 26100 – This is officially classified by the FDA as a red colorant (Red 225) and data has shown this to have bioaccumulative effects and would not be considered eco-friendly by any stretch.

Linalool – A masking fragrance shown to be hazardous and banned/restricted for use in some countries.

Hydroxycitronellal – Yet another masking fragrance! A known immune system toxicant which is also banned/restricted in the EU and other areas.

Geraniol – A masking fragrance & toning agent known to be a strong toxin which is banned/restricted in some countries.

Amyl Cinnamal – This highly allergenic fragrance ingredient is an alcohol, even though the label doesn’t say ‘amyl cinnamal alcohol’ as it should. It’s also a known toxicant to the immune system in humans.

Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil – Oil from the chamomile flower. While it’s great for sensitive skin in general, many find the scent causes sneezing and hay fever like symptoms.

Parfum – artificial fragrances like this are the leading cause of skin reactions.

Citronellol – A masking agent

Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde – A fragrance component

Limonene – A skin sensitizer for perfume which is restricted/banned in some countries.

What’s good?

Bisabolol – Not great, but not a horrible ingredient either.

Triisononanoin – This helps other ingredients absorb more thoroughly into the skin.

Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate – A benign skin and hair conditioning agent.

Isopropyl Myristate – This is a binding agent that is safe, but is often derived from animals.

Retinyl Palmitate – Vitamin A

Tocopheryl Acetate – Vitamin E

Lavandula Angustifolia Oil – Lavender oil, soothing on the skin.

Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil – A great antiseptic and antibacterial oil.

Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract – Calms and clarifies.

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil – A great multi-purpose oil for the skin.

Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil – A great multi-purpose oil for the skin.

Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone – Although it is banned and/or restricted in the EU, there is very little research on this and is considered relatively safe.

I mean, it’s great that there are some good ingredients in Bio-Oil but the harsh reality is, it’s full of toxins. Pregnant and nursing women should definitely avoid this product where possible.

What you should replace it with:

TanOrganic Multi-Use Moisturising Dry Oil €24.99

In case you'd like to know more about our Multi-Use Dry Oil it's an amazing moisturiser that can also be used as an after-sun, non-greasy cuticle oil, & hair treatment oil. If your skin is feeling a little dry and lacklustre you can also mix a few drops into your foundation for a glowing, dewy finish. Our Multi-Use Dry Oil is made with a unique blend of 100% natural, organic ingredients including: Argan Oil Borage Seed Oil Aloe Vera Orange Peel Oil Avocado Oil Coconut Oil Sweet Almond Oil Jojoba Seed Oil Rosehip Fruit Oil Evening Primrose Oil Macadamia Nut Oil Hempseed Oil Olive Oil Borage Seed Oil in particular holds extensive benefits for your skin as it penetrates into the skin to help repair cell layers deep down and it's rich in antioxidants which hold the ability to regress the signs of ageing, erase wrinkles and other skin degenerations. It's also used to soothe stubborn skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. Skin is smooth, supple & radiant after use ✨ available to purchase online at Boots stores + pharmacies nationwide ☘️

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TanOrganic Multi-Use Moisturising Dry Oil is a luxurious body treatment oil formulated with 100% natural, organic ingredients!

It contains 100% plant and nut oils which promote skin suppleness, absorb rapidly and work instantly to combat surface dehydration while at the same time nourish and lock in vital moisture where it’s needed most.

It’s an amazing moisturiser that can also be used as an after-sun, non-greasy cuticle oil & hair treatment oil. If your skin is feeling a little dry and lacklustre you can also mix a few drops into your foundation for a glowing, dewy finish.

Some of the natural, organic plant and nut oils present in TanOrganic Multi-Use Moisturising Dry Oil include:

Argan Oil
Borage Seed Oil
Aloe Vera
Orange Peel Oil
Avocado Oil
Coconut Oil
Sweet Almond Oil
Jojoba Seed Oil
Rosehip Fruit Oil
Evening Primrose Oil
Macadamia Nut Oil
Hempseed Oil
Olive Oil

Borage Seed Oil in particular holds extensive benefits for the skin as it penetrates into the skin to help repair cell layers deep down and it’s rich in antioxidants which hold the ability to regress the signs of ageing, erase wrinkles and other skin degenerations. It’s also used to soothe stubborn skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.

It’s obviously more expensive than Bio-Oil but it’s completely FREE of perfumes, parabens and harsh chemicals meaning it’s SAFE to use. It’s also cruelty-free, vegan-friendly and PETA approved.

You’ll find it in pharmacies nationwide but you can also avail of 10% off on www.tanorganic.com by using the code PEACHES10 at the checkout.

I hope you found this post informative – my goal over the next few months is to continue to educate people on the effects of harmful ingredients and what ones to look out for in products.

My aim is to create awareness on what we as consumers are applying to our skin, hair and nails on a daily basis because I feel up until now we’ve been left in the lurch and we deserve to know if we are using toxic, harmful and potentially deadly ingredients regularly.