A dear friend of mine recently announced to me that she was pregnant. Yay!!
About five minutes after she told me her great news, she asked if I could make her some belly butter to help avoid the dreaded stretch marks. Not only was she looking to avoid the actual stretch marks, but she had found that the stretching her skin had already done in the first few weeks had been a bit painful. She had tried to find a butter in the stores, but found that many of them had unnecessary ingredients. My heart warmed and I assured her I would help her take care of her skin.
I made a two separate butters for her. One is for the morning and one is for bedtime. I made two jars of each one. I made both with base oils that are great for the skin. The main oils in both are Jojoba and Kukui oil.
Belly Butter in the Morning
I scented this belly butter with a mixture of citrus scents. It’s perfect for awakening the body in the morning and having a fresh scent on your skin to start the day. I also made this butter quite soft, so that it’s easy to apply.
Bedtime Belly Butter
For nighttime, I scented the butter with a soothing lavender. The scent is calming and will help my dear friend get her sleep.
Why not a straight oil?
Oils are also great for moisturizing the skin. I find that, to achieve a deep moisturizing effect, a butter, lotion or cream is more effective. Once your skin is well moisturized, an oil is excellent and keeping the moisture in. To learn more about my take on the difference between oils and creams/lotions, click here.
Clean Ingredients Make for Safe Cosmetics
When a woman becomes pregnant, she starts sharing everything that she takes into her body, whether through eating, inhaling, or through her skin, with her growing baby. For that reason, it’s so important to pay attention to what that new mama is taking in. Why use a product with unnecessary parabens or other chemicals that will be passed on to the new baby when there are equally effective and less harmful options available? Sometimes, we do it because it’s convenient or because we don’t have access to a better alternative. I was so happy that my friend is paying attention to what she shares with her growing baby and it was such a pleasure to be able to make a belly butter that is safe for both of them.