This clean beauty line is doing something we’ve never seen before

Volition Beauty crowdsources each of their products with moms like you.

clean skin care line

We're thrilled to introduce The Motherly Shop—a curated collection of products to guide you through the journey of motherhood. With your needs in mind, we've selected the best brands, thoughtful solutions and well-designed must-haves that make life a little easier—and more beautiful.

Some nights it takes everything you have just to brush your teeth before falling face-first into bed. Making time for a super-involved skin care routine isn't always in the cards. On top of that, determining which products are free of harmful ingredients and safe to use when you're snuggling up with little ones is a research project you probably don't have time for. With all that in mind, it's no wonder we've fallen in love with clean beauty brand Volition Beauty.

Each of their breakthrough products comes to life through a creative crowdsourcing process. Whether inspired by a grandmother's secret recipe or intrigue to find out how an ingredient might work on your body instead of in it, Volition invites women and beauty junkies all around the world to submit ideas for the products we've always dreamed of.

They then vet the ideas for safety, feasibility and originality and pair what makes the cut up with labs to bring the prototype to life. From there, it's sent out to the community to vote and winners earn a spot in Volition's lineup (and maybe even your bathroom cabinet.)

Best of all, it's clean (no parabens, no sulfates, no animal cruelty) and simple. We've grown weary of the product lines that insist you need a dab of this, a splash of that, and a swipe of something else to reap the benefits. As mamas, we want to fall in love with products that can get the job done solo.

So no matter what your top skin care priority might be, there's something from Volition Beauty that can help. Meet our new favorites:

For sun protection

Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield SPF50

You wouldn't think of taking your little one out in the sun without sunscreen, and honestly, the same should go for your face, mama. Easily make it a non-negotiable with this hydrating, super light-weight formula. This power-packed 50 SPF Prismatic Luminizing Shield contains a micronized powder that illuminates your skin, minimizes pores and can be worn alone on those make-up free days. (#allofthem)


To smooth and moisturize

Volition Celery Green Cream

Crisp, fresh and naturally purifying, we've never enjoyed a daily dose of celery this much. If hydration is your main concern, this oil-free moisturizer plumps in all the right ways. We love the way it absorbs quickly without leaving your face feeling greasy and have quickly become addicted to the dewy glow we get after using. Our pro-tip? Put it in the fridge for a refreshing pick-me-up morning and night.


To soothe tired eyes

Volition Helix AM/PM Eye Gel

Nothing comes between this exhausted mama and her eye cream. NOTHING. And as a self-proclaimed eye cream addict, this is one of my favorites. The gel-cream texture glides on smooth and actually improves the way my concealer performs. It feels cool and seems to reduce the puffiness that late-night Instagram scrolling has blessed me with.


 To reduce pores + wrinkles 

Volition Snow Mushroom Serum

Before discovering this gem from Volition, I'd never heard of snow mushroom, let alone put it on my face. But serums have been a staple in my skin care line up since kiddo number two came on the scene. (More work divided by less sleep did nothing to slow down the fine lines that started darting from the corners of my eyes.) Curious to try something beyond my go-to hyaluronic acid, this thousands-year-old Chinese tradition did not disappoint.

It's renowned for its ability to hold 500 times its weight in water and made up of particles that are smaller than hyaluronic acids, snow mushroom penetrates and absorbs more thoroughly, hydrating my parched face on what feels like a cellular level. Combined with marine water, watermelon and apple extract, which help minimize pores and brighten skin up, this scentless serum is a true multitasker.


To give yourself an at-home facial

Volition Apple Cider Vinegar Resurfacing Peel Pads

Sure, a spa appointment would be nice, but sometimes you've got to brighten up dull, dry skin at home. These ACV pads put a facial right at your fingertips—literally. Just slip two fingers into the cotton pad and swipe over your face and neck for gentle chemical exfoliation that naturally brightens. If you're new to AHAs, it might tingle as your skin acclimates, but the resulting baby-soft finish will keep you coming back.


Our giveaway has closed. Thank you!

Motherly is your daily #momlife manual; we are here to help you easily find the best, most beautiful products for your life that actually work. We share what we love—and we may receive a commission if you choose to buy. You've got this.

Products that solve your biggest breastfeeding challenges

Including a battle plan for clogged ducts!

When expecting a baby, there is a lot you can test-run in advance: Take that stroller around the block. Go for a spin with the car seat secured in place. Learn how to use the baby carrier with help from a doll. But breastfeeding? It's not exactly possible to practice before baby's arrival.

The absence of a trial makes it all the more important to prepare in other ways for breastfeeding success—and it can be as simple as adding a few of our lactation aiding favorites to your registry.

MilkBliss chocolate chip soft baked lactation cookies

MilkBliss lactation cookies

Studies have shown the top reason women stop breastfeeding within the first year is because they are concerned about their milk supply being enough to nourish baby. Consider MilkBliss Lactation Cookies to be your secret weapon. Not only are they wholesome and delicious, but they were formulated specifically for breastfeeding moms based on the science of galactagogues—also known as milk boosters. They also come in peanut butter and wild blueberry flavors.


Evereden multi-purpose healing balm

Evereden multipurpose healing balm

Also up there on the list of reasons women stop breastfeeding: the toll the early days can take on nipples. Made from just five ingredients, this all natural healing balm is ideal for soothing chafed nipples, making for a much more comfortable experience for mama as her body adjusts to the needs of a breastfeeding baby.


Lansinoh milk storage bags

Lansinoh milk storage bags

For a breastfeeding mama, there are few things more precious and valuable than the milk she worked so hard to pump—and it's the stuff of nightmares to imagine it spilling out in the fridge. With these double-sealed milk storage bags, you can be assured your breastmilk is safe and sound until baby needs it.


Belly Bandit bandita nursing bra

Belly Bandit bandita nursing bra

Nursing a baby is a 24/7 job, which calls for some wardrobe modifications. Because Belly Bandit specializes in making things more comfortable for the postpartum mama, they've truly thought of every detail—from the breathable fabric to the clips that can be easily opened with one hand.


boob-ease soothing therapy pillows

Boob Ease soothing therapy pillows

For nursing moms, duct can quickly become a four-letter word when you suspect it's getting clogged. By keeping these soothing breast pillows in your breastfeeding arsenal, you can immediately go on the defense against plugged milk ducts by heating the pads in the microwave or cooling them in the freezer.


Belly Bandit perfect nursing tee

Belly Bandit perfect nursing tee

A unfortunate reality of nursing is that it can really seem to limit the wardrobe options when you have to think about providing easy, discrete access. But by adding functional basics to your closet, you can feel confident and prepared for breastfeeding on the go.


Bebe au Lait premium cotton nursing cover

Bebe au Lait cotton nursing cover

Nursing in public isn't every mama's cup of tea. But babies can't always wait until you've found a private place to get down to business if that's your preference. That's where a nursing cover comes in handy. This one is made from premium cotton and features a patented neckline that allows for airflow and eye contact even while you're covered.


Lactation Lab basic breastmilk testing kit

Lactation Lab breastmilk testing kit

Curious to learn more about the liquid gold you're making, mama? The testing kit from Lactation Labs analyzes your breast milk for basic nutritional content like calories and protein, as well as vitamins, fatty acids and environmental toxins to help boost your breastfeeding confidence.


We independently select and share the products we love—and may receive a commission if you choose to buy. You've got this


14 sweet 'just thinking of you' gifts for every mama

A sweet surprise that tells her you've been thinking of her might be the pick-me-up she needs.

Who says you have to wait for birthdays or holidays to give your bestie a great gift? A sweet surprise that tells her you've been thinking of her might be the pick-me-up she needs in these more-than-trying times. We've rounded up some of our favorite go-to gifts that are certain to be a bright spot in her week. But be warned, you may want to snag a few for yourself. (You deserve it, mama.)

Here are some our favorite "just because" gifts to give our hardworking mama friends.

New Mother face + body care duo

volition face + body care duo

This correcting oil and stretch mark minimizer is perfect for the pregnant mama looking to keep her pregnancy glow. The correcting oil brightens the skin while reducing dark spots, and the stretch mark minimizer works to smooth her ever-growing belly.


Allover roller

esker allover roller

This jade roller goes beyond your typical face roller and can be used anywhere on the body. It works to increase stimulation and reduce puffiness and is perfect for applying any oils to the face or body. Plus, it feels like a mini spa treatment.


Kombucha making kit

farmsteady kombucha making kit

What could be a more perfect gift for the health-obsessed friend? This kombucha making kit comes with everything you need to brew your own homemade green tea kombucha. They'll think this is the tastiest gift ever.


Laetitia lipstick

cupid & psyche laetitia

This red lipstick is perfect for your makeup enthusiast bestie who is looking to spruce up her life in quarantine. Crafted in the United States, these bee and vegan-friendly and cruelty-free lipsticks are created to flatter all complexions. Cupid and Psyche Beauty makes finding the perfect red lip way too easy!


Jigsaw puzzle

inner piecec jigsaw puzzle

Mamas need to destress now more than ever during quarantine. This adorable jigsaw puzzle is perfect for the mama who needs a brain break! The 500-piece puzzle designed by artist Ray Oranges features an abstract gradient design that fits a standard frame when completed. Bonus: It's printed on recycled paper and the company donates $1 from every puzzle sold to youth mindfulness programs.


Matilda's Bloombox

matilda's bloombox

If we have to be stuck inside, we might as well have some gorgeous florals to brighten up the space. Matilda's Bloombox locally sources blooms, delivers them to her door and provides simple tips on how to arrange it into a beautiful bouquet.


'I Am Enough' bracelet

I Am Enough bracelet

Let this dainty bracelet serve as a constant reminder to your bestie that she is enough. She'll wear this on her wrist and read this daily oath to herself, "I Am Enough."


Glow assorted teas

vahdam low assorted teas

This tea gift box set covers the entire spectrum of flavors from sweet to spicy. Individually packaged in beautiful tins, your gal pal will feel like a queen sipping her morning tea. Originally $40, this set is currently on sale for just $24. We'll take two, please.


Find your voice journal

find your voice journal

Journaling is a great way to ease anxiety and will slow your bestie's racing mind before bed. This gift is perfect for first time journalists and includes prompts, daily quotes and coloring pages to help her unlock her potential and find her voice.


Premium frother

shore magic premium frother

This gift is fitting for your latte-sipping bestie who can't go a day without her coffee. All she has to do is add two scoops of collagen to her favorite drink, and she'll have a perfectly foamy drink ready in seconds. Skipping the drive-thru line has never been so easy!


Bath soak infusion kit

maude bath soak infusion kit

Say hello to hydration! She'll be feeling smooth and relaxed as ever after a long bath soaking in these salts. This vegan + cruelty-free set incorporates dead sea salt and dehydrated coconut milk powder for an ultra hydrating experience.


Tiny Tags 'mama' necklace

Tiny Tags 'mama' necklace

It's a hard-earned title she answers to a hundred times per day. Whether she's new to the club or a seasoned professional, this delicate script 'mama' necklace is guaranteed to be a perfect fit.


Superfood honey

Beekeeper's Naturals B.Powered honey

With a lack of sleep and jam-packed days, getting through the afternoon can be a real challenge. Send her a powerful pick-me-up in the form of a therapeutic blend of royal jelly, bee pollen, propolis and raw honey. It makes the ideal companion for tea, smoothies, yogurt or even on its on.


Calming midnight mask with melatonin

Who doesn't deserve a reminder to pamper themself every once in awhile? Even better, this mask does all its work at night while you're sleeping with no extra effort needed. It's an amazing plant-powered antioxidant-packed mask that has melatonin, wild dandelion leaf and hyaluronic acid to rehydrate, repair and reset facial skin. It's so good, you might want to gift it to yourself. We won't tell, mama.


We independently select and share the products we love—and may receive a commission if you choose to buy. You've got this.


In Montessori schools, parents are periodically invited to observe their children at work in the classroom. I have heard many parents express shock to see their 3- or 4-year-old putting away their own work when they finish—without even being asked!

"You should see his room at home!" or, "I ask him to put his toys away every day, and it's a battle every single time" were frequent comments.

Keep reading Show less
Learn + Play