As I dealt with morning sickness in my first trimester, I became super sensitive to smells. Due to hormone craziness, my skin and hair also changed and became very dry. Unfortunately these changes with my body also involved most of my bath products, so I had to force myself to pick new ones! (And sniffing tons of shampoos and body washes at the store when you are nauseous is not fun).
Here’s my list of products which are safe, effective, and not stinky. Feel free to comment your opinions and suggestions. I hope that this helps you as you go through this pregnancy!
I have affiliate links in this article – these are products I love and use in my home.
Shampoo and Conditioner
I’m really cheap when it comes to hair products and have never dyed/permed my hair, so I went looking for something inexpensive that didn’t smell fruity, sweet or strong. I chose Suave Almond and Shea Butter Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner. Not pricy, and easy to find wherever you buy your bath products. I also found that the pump dispenser was easier to use in the shower for me personally than a traditional snap-lid bottle.
I never like soaps which are overpowering so I wanted something that would help my dry skin, make me feel clean without a residue, and not make me ill. Dove always has products I love, and I chose the Dove Sensitive Skin Body Wash. Like my choice of shampoo/conditioner, it’s not expensive and was a good quality product. I still use it now!
Facial Soaps and Lotions
I’ve had skin problems all my life and spoke to my dermatologist when we were first trying to conceive. (I’m one of those lucky people who has had acne, dry and oily skin at the same time!). When I got off of prescription skin care, the best over-the-counter options for me were CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser and CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion. Almost no scent, no residue or oiliness, and I always feel clean afterwards. For exfoliating a few times a week, I keep Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Detoxifying Scrub, although this smells rather strong of citrus and I couldn’t always use it when I was suffering from severe morning sickness.
Body Lotions and Belly Butter
I love lotions and keep them everywhere – by every sink in the house, next to the shower, in my purse and by my bed! I’ve found that since becoming pregnant, I’ve steered away from lotions which have much of a scent – I want to be moisturized but I don’t want to reek! I have used Suave, Bath and Body Works, Aveeno, Vaseline, Burt’s Bees and Eucerin products… I stopped using Eucerin because it smelled like spoiled beer to me (yes, spoiled beer! – a nasty fermented smell that literally made me sick); Vaseline and Suave have good Aloe Moisturizing products which just smell like aloe/cucumber, but aren’t overwhelming; Bath and Body Works stuff is too strong for me now but I still do use their Stress and Sleep Aromatherapy products at night sometimes.
For body/belly butter, I tried quite a few before I found my favorites. (The difference between body butter and just normal lotion is that body butter is usually much thicker, and comes in a container with a screw-off lid instead of a pump). Bath and Body Works has body butter in almost every scent – I use Moonlight Path as it’s calming and doesn’t offend me; Aveeno Positively Nourishing Comforting Whipped Souffle sounds like something you can’t afford, but it was the first bath/relaxation product I got in first trimester which really helped me feel better!
The other belly butter I really like is Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter – to be honest, I bought it on a whim because I usually love stuff by Burt’s Bees and the “Mama Bee” part matched the theme of our gender reveal party. 🙂 But while this is quite a thick lotion, it has nearly no smell and feels fantastic! (I just find I want to wait a few minutes before putting on clothes so that they don’t stick to me!).
In the Tub!
If you’re not already a tub-soaker, you probably will be by the time you finish your pregnancy. I take a shower every morning before work, but I take a warm bath almost every night to help with aches and pains, and to relax me before bed. I use Bath and Body Works Luxury Bath in Stress Relief Eucalyptus Spearmint. There’s a bubble bath and bath salts in the same series. When I don’t want that, I use Bath and Body Works Moonlight Path Bubble Bath. This smell is very calming to me, although you’ll notice it on your skin afterwards and it might be overwhelming – it just never bothered me personally.
There will probably be some changes you have to make in your choice of bath products if you suffer from morning sickness. I’m hoping that my experiences of hunting for stuff will help you feel calm, relaxed, and radiant during your pregnancy!