DIY: Oils and EOs for an Exotic Belly Balm

| 6/9/2011 12:08:46 PM

A.FaiolaAnne-Marie Faiola owns Bramble Berry , a company specializing in raw materials to manufacture soap and toiletries, and has been making soaps, lotions and all manner of bath and body products since she was 16 years old. She lives in Bellingham, Washington with her husband and son, and when she's not blogging here or for Soap Queen or filming free soapmaking videos for Soap Queen TV, she loves to read, scuba dive and hike. 

Even though I’m only 18 weeks along, my belly is stretched tight and it’s itchy and peeling. It’s really not all that attractive. Given that I make yummy products for a living, I took this on as a personal challenge! Stay tuned for the recipe.

6-17-2011-pregnant belly
There are many oils and butters that can help 
treat dry skin and prevent stretch marks during pregnancy.

Here are the oils I used.

Cocoa butter: Long used for centuries for stretch marks, cocoa butter has proven to be no better than a placebo for actually preventing stretch marks (The Claim: Cocoa Butter Can Remove Stretch Marks - The New York Times). So, why did I put it into my formula? Cocoa butter has a compound called CMP (cocoa mass polyphenol), a substance that helps with dermatitis.

Vitamin E: Vitamin E beat out cocoa butter for stretch mark relief, according to The New York Times' article. Vitamin E is a an anxioxidant that helps defend skin from free-radicals. Free-radicals attack the skin structure leading to aging, wrinkles and generally unhealthy skin.