Today’s post is by Sarah from Real Food Outlaws. She’s a Certified Health Coach, Natural Living Consultant and Herbalist. As the owner of 90210 Organics, an Eco-boutique and Apothecary, she knows a thing or two about super natural products (and postpartum essentials too). So when she agreed to share her belly butter recipe here, I jumped at the chance to feature her. Enjoy!
If you’ve had a baby, you know that an itchy belly and stretch marks come with the territory for a lot of us. There are products on the market that claim to remedy these little annoyances, but most of these contain parabens and other not-so-nice ingredients that have no business being anywhere near baby! Research shows that unborn babies are exposed to nearly 300 toxic chemicals in the womb! This is when it’s time to DIY!
Making my own personal care products is something that I enjoy doing because they work and I control what goes in them. I like to use essential oils because I know that they are safe when used properly, and effective as both a natural fragrance and for therapeutic benefits. Some of my favorite products to make myself are clay toothpaste and sugar scrubs. They are simple to make, the ingredients are easy to source online, they work great and smell fabulous!
Essential oils are very concentrated and must be handled properly. Most essential oils are safe for use during pregnancy but there are a few that should not be used. My friend, Nina of Shalom Mama compiled a list of which essential oils should and shouldn’t be used during pregnancy that I always refer to. You can bookmark that information here.
For this belly butter recipe, I chose neroli, frankincense and lavender essential oils because they are safe during pregnancy and have a calming effect on the skin. They are also very effective when blended with the butters and oils in this recipe to help keep and restore the skin’s elasticity and lessen the chance of stretch marks. It’s light and fluffy like whipped cream! You are so going to want to eat it right out of the bowl!
Blossoming Belly Butter Recipe
Belly Butter Recipe Directions
- In a double boiler (or in a large glass measuring cup inside a pot of water) on medium-low heat, melt mango, cocoa, and shea butter.
- Add coconut oil and melt completely.
- While oil is melting, mix arrowroot powder with the avocado oil and stir until dissolved.
- Remove melted butters and coconut oil from heat and stir in avocado oil/arrowroot mixture and rosehip seed oil.
- Transfer to a mixing bowl and place in the refrigerator until completely cooled (up to a few hours).
- Remove from refrigerator and add vitamin E and essential oils.
- Using a hand-held or stand mixer, whip the butter on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, like whipped cream.
- Transfer to jars with airtight lids and store away from direct sunlight and heat for up to one year.
Makes about 2 cups of body butter.
To Use: Rub a small amount into belly. It can also be used as a full body lotion during and after pregnancy to help restore moisture to the skin.
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