belly balm

Pregnancy Belly Balm

 As I get further into my third trimester with baby number two, I feel like my belly is growing at an alarmingly rapid pace.  Fortunately, I don’t seem to have any (new) stretch marks (yet), but I can feel my skin stretching almost to its limits, and it is getting a bit itchy.  

Unfortunately, most sources agree that the appearance of stretch marks is mostly genetic (source), and will happen regardless of what measures a pregnant woman takes to prevent them.  However, there are still those who believe cocoa butter, shea butter or lots of vitamin E oil can help stretched skin from becoming dry, which may help prevent stretch marks. 

I didn’t get stretch marks too bad with my last pregnancy, so I am not too worried about it this time, but I do want some extra moisturizing belly balm to help my belly feel hydrated and smooth, and prevent it from getting ashy or itchy.  And, if shea butter or cocoa butter do end up helping prevent any more stretch marks, that is a bonus!  

I decided to use my favorite oils and butters for this belly balm.  It’s super creamy and moisturizing, and feels wonderful on the skin. 

belly balm liquidPregnancy Belly Balm

  • 1/3 cup cocoa butter
  • 1/3 cup shea butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil 
  • 1/4 cup olive oil 
  • 2 tbsp beeswax
  • 1 tbsp vitamin e oil

Fill a small pot with a few inches of water, and bring to a boil.  Add cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil, olive oil and beeswax to a mason jar, and place the mason jar into the boiling water, effectively creating a double broiler.  Continue to boil the water (adding more if necessary) until the oils in the mason jar have melted.  

Remove from heat and add in vitamin E oil, and stir.  Transfer to a clean container and allow to come to room temperature (at which point, it will solidify). 

This recipe will make about 10 – 12 ounces of solid belly balm, which should be about a 10 week supply, if used daily.  I like to slather it on after a shower, or in the evening before bed.  

**A few notes: I buy most of my supplies from Amazon.  They have almost everything, and usually their prices are the cheapest you can find.  Secondly, if you want to use only cocoa butter or only shea butter in this recipe, you can definitely do that!  Just double the amount of cocoa butter (or shea butter), and the product should still be great for the belly.**  

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Pregnancy Belly Balm
 
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Recipe type: Belly Balm
Serves: 10 ounces
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup cocoa butter
  • ⅓ cup shea butter
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp beeswax
  • 1 tbsp vitamin e oil
Instructions
  1. Fill a small pot with a few inches of water, and bring to a boil. Add cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil, olive oil and beeswax to a mason jar, and place the mason jar into the boiling water, effectively creating a double broiler. Continue to boil the water (adding more if necessary) until the oils in the mason jar have melted.
  2. Remove from heat and add in vitamin E oil, and stir. Transfer to a clean container and allow to come to room temperature (at which point, it will solidify).



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14 Responses to Pregnancy Belly Balm

  1. Annie says:

    Hello, you’re belly butter recipe sounds divine! Can’t wait to make it. I’m thinking of adding some essential oils to it. Which ones would you recommend and how many drops do you think would be appropriate for this recipe? TIA! 🙂

  2. Caitlin says:

    Hi, new reader here. Your belly balm looks really nice! Would you mind sharing the source for the metal tin in the picture above? I have been looking for metal tins for balms but they are pretty expensive compared with 4oz glass Bell Jars.

    Thank you!

  3. Adam says:

    How long will this last if it were made and stored in a cool dry dark place?

    • Andrea says:

      Hi Adam – I have kept mine for about 6 months, and it is still fine. Just smell it and look for any discoloration before using 🙂

      • Adam says:

        Hey. Thanks for the response.

        I made some for my fiancé and after it cooled it was for a lack of a better word “grainy “. It melts fine and has no issue.
        Any tips?

        • Andrea says:

          Hi Adam – that is common in homemade body products. It sounds like it feels okay once it is applied? If so, and it is just bothersome while applying, you could put a small amount in a mason jar with a lid, and set it in a sink full of water while bathing, or showering. It should be easier to apply and less grainy after it’s warmed up. Hope that helps!

        • DavetteB says:

          The graininess happens when shea butter is heated too high. If you melt the other oils (the water doesn’t have to actually boil) then turn off the heat before adding the shea butter that helps. Also, whisk the mixture as it cools until the oils are opaque but still liquid, then pour into your desired containers; helps with the graininess and prevents the top from cracking (learned that with trial & error). If you don’t use beeswax and just whip the butters and oils it won’t get grainy that way, but you have to use the mixer for 5-10 minutes so be prepared. HTH

  4. Cynthia L says:

    I wish I would have known about this when I was pregnant! I have never tried making a balm on my own, but I can see the benefits of it.

  5. Susan says:

    This would make such a thoughtful gift for an expectant mother. I vividly remember how itchy that poor (miraculous) stretched skin can get.

  6. Corinne says:

    This looks like a great moisturizer, whether or not you need it for a pregnant belly! The older I get, the dryer my skin is. I bet my legs and arms would drink this up.

  7. Winnie says:

    This is soooo cool that you make your own “belly” balm 🙂
    We don’t have kids yet, but I sure will use a cream and keep my skin from damaging.

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