Prenatal Pampering With Nine Naturals
This girl loves some beauty products, so it was a real treat when my friend Shelly surprised me with a box of goodies to pamper myself mid pregnancy. What was even better was that these products were all actually made for expectant mothers! Welcome to the stage Nine Naturals, a line of awesome beauty products made from all natural, organic, safe ingredients. Treat myself worry free while growing a little human inside my body? Yes please! Give me the good stuff! Read on to learn more about this amazingly unique beauty line that really works..and meet the woman behind it all! The Vibrant Beet: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how Nine Naturals came about.Grace Lee: I was inspired to start Nine Naturals when my friends and I were looking for safe beauty products to use during pregnancy. Pregnancy is the most critical developmental stage in a human life and environmental toxins can have long-lasting effects on a person’s health, even beyond the womb. As we searched for safe products to use, we kept running into the same two problems – 1) most products that claimed to be natural still contained harmful ingredients and 2) many natural products simply didn’t perform well; the shampoos didn’t lather well and the body products don't do much for the skin. When I developed Nine Naturals, I focused on using natural, pure ingredients safe for pregnancy while maintaining a high standard for beauty and performance. I wanted to create a line that women could be confident using without having to be a scientist to understand the label.
Pregnant and nursing women do have sensitivities and beauty needs that are different from non-pregnant and nursing women. We formulate from a standpoint of safety as well as performance. Women have sensitivities to smells during pregnancy so we’ve created a line using all-natural essential oils that are pleasing to pregnant noses and not too overpowering. We’ve also created products like our Vanilla + Geranium Replenishing Belly Butter that helps to minimize the appearance of stretchmarks and our Natural Sunscreen SPF 32 that naturally protects pregnant women’s sensitive skin in the sun.
TVB: What are some ingredients that women should most certainly steer clear of during pregnancy? GL: Especially when pregnant, women should avoid parabens, sulfates, phthalates, BPA, and petrochemicals. Parabens (preservatives), sulfates (foaming cleansing agents), phthalates (synthetic fragrances), and petrochemicals disrupt your body’s endocrine and reproductive system and many have been flagged as possible carcinogens. Nine Naturals products are free of harmful toxins, cleanse gently, nourish intensively, and smell fresh. For more, check out 5 Ingredients To Avoid During Pregnancy.
TVB: Being a mother, wife and business owner is a lot! How do you keep up with it all? Where do you find your zen? GL: Great question! I think it’s so important for everyone, especially busy mothers, to stick to a self-care routine. The better we mothers can take care of ourselves, the better we can care for others. I’ve surrounded myself with specialists who not only help me stay healthy but also sane! When I find time to work out, I make sure every second counts (high intensity, high resistance). Meeting my personal trainer twice a week helps me maximize my workout. Seeing my acupuncturist regularly also helps me to relax and heal my mind, body, and spirit.
TVB: Who and/or what inspire you? GL: My daughters are my inspiration. I am challenged to be the best version of myself to set the right example for them. Creating safe, natural products that protect the health of children and women and also that are good for the environment helps to protect my daughters’ future as well.
TVB: What does living a vibrant lifestyle mean to you? GL: To me, a vibrant life is one without regrets and guilt. Accept and own your decisions. Life, especially as a working mom, includes always having to make difficult decisions — such as those between family and work. I love my career, I love my kids, and I understand that to do both it takes sacrifice. I choose to have a career even with young kids at home and I choose to miss work for important family events. I am confident my kids will grow up to understand my sacrifices and appreciate that I am a more complete person and better mother because of my career.
TVB: Thank you Grace for taking the time to chat with this new Mama! Pop by the Nine Naturals website for a complete line of products, and check out their informative blog along the way!