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Belly Butter for Pregnant Mamas

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.

Belly Butters

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 Butters

Belly Butters

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.


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Stretch Marks – Body Oil or Lotion?

I’m in my fifth month of pregnancy and my skin has become very itchy!  It’s stretching to accommodate my little baby and all I want to do is itch all day!

Treating itchy skin

At first, I was using my home-made lotion.  I make it fairly thick, so there’s lots of moisturizing potential.  However, it just wasn’t enough!  I can only attribute this to the fact my skin is dry to start with.  Much to my dismay, I needed something a bit stronger.

Mama To Be Oil

My sister-in-law gave me a bottle of Mama to Be Oil.  It’s made by Earth Mama 

Angel Baby.  This Company prides itself on making products with zero toxins and organic ingredients. It’s a straight oil, with no water or wax that you might find in a lotion.  It’s a mix of a few carrier oils, including Grape Seed Oil, Jojoba,and Borage Oil, and a couple of essential oils (orange peel and orange) for scent.  This oil gets a fairly high rating on the Good Guide website.

I started using it twice a day on the most sensitive parts of my body.  Not only did it smell great, but it really soothed my skin.  What a relief!

I’ve got my fingers crossed that this oil might help me avoid any prominent stretch marks (though, I’ve heard that’s a long shot).

Body Oils

There are lots of women who use oil as a moisturizer, rather than a cream or lotion.  If you put it on your damp skin right after your shower, your skin will absorb it the best.  If you want to try using an oil to see how your skin takes it, an easy one to start with is sweet almond oil.   Of course, as with any skin product it’s always a good idea to do a spot test on your arm to check for allergic reactions before slathering your body in any new product!