Finding out that one is pregnant comes with finding out all of the things that one should and shouldn’t do. Don’t eat this, take these supplements, do this exercise, don’t drink alcohol, and be prepared for a lot of weird things to happen to your body. One of the symptoms of pregnancy is dry skin and one of the precautions is to be aware of what skin care products you are using.
- Rather than spend hours scanning the shelves reading every body cream available and looking for each ingredient I needed to avoid, I decided to just make my own. Then I’ll know exactly what’s in it.
- I have discovered in the last few years that my skin is quite sensitive and trying out new products is not fun. My eczema pops up every now and again, plus trying out new deoderant a while ago left me in a very itchy situation. Also, rather than find or make a fancy facial moisturiser, I’ve been happy using straight almond oil. I was using plain shea butter, but it’s quite stiff and hard to spread evenly on your skin so I figured mixing it with some other ingredients would solve that issue.
- It’s cheap! Many of the stretch mark creams are very pricy. Companies see clueless, emotional mothers-to-be who are desperate to try anything to keep their pre-baby bodies and take advantage of it. Here’s the cost breakdown in my area.
- 60g of Shea Butter – 7 Euro
- 50mL of Almond Oil – 4 Euro
- 500mL of Coconut Oil – 5 Euro
You would only use part of the the almond and coconut oils, so altogether it probably costs around 9 Euro for a 100mL container that lasts up to 3 months depending on how frequently you use it.
What do I need?
Originally, I was interested in buying or making a lotion bar. However, I spent some time looking at various recipes on Pinterest, and realized that this required quite a few things that I didn’t have. I didn’t have easy access to all of the ingredients that the recipes called for, so I used what I had to make a body butter instead: Almond oil, Shea Butter, and Coconut oil.
Many of the recipes also have essential oils added to make it smell nice, but both my husband and I are very particular about such scents, so I opted to leave them out.
Finally, the main recipe that I kept happening upon was for whipped body butter. This requires a mixer that you can dedicate solely to making such products. I did not have the desire to have or store a second kitchen mixer, so that was another thing that I experimented with.
What’s in it?
Coconut Oil has antimicrobial properties and helps to keep the skin moisturized. It helps to ward off acne, cellulite, as well as various other skin conditions you might have (contact dermatitis, eczema).
Shea Butter, similar to coconut oil, has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. As I mentioned earlier, it is often recommended to use for stretch marks, though the data is not 100% conclusive.
Almond Oil helps the skin to retain moisture and contains Vitamin E which can help with sun damage. It is very gentle and scent free.
Beeswax* helps to create a protective layer on the skin.
Homemade Body Butter
- Coconut oil
- Almond oil
- Shea butter
- Clean storage container
- Small spoon
- Small pot
- Heat resistant glass container (not one that you will use for food later on).
- Hot pads
The process is very easy, it just takes a bit of time.
- Measure out the desired amount of each ingredients into the heat resistant glass bowl. Again, this can be anything from 1 part almond oil, 2 parts coconut oil, and 3 parts shea butter to equal parts of everything. I haven’t experimented enough to find the perfect mix, but it’s not rocket science. Play around with it!
- Boil some water in a the pot and place the glass container in the water and let the ingredients melt together.
- When it is all melted, use your hot pads to carefully pour into your storage container and let cool. You can put it in the fridge if you want to speed up the process.
- After the mixture is cooled, it will be hard. This is where you can use a mixer if you have a spare one. I just used a spoon to whip it up. It takes a bit of elbow grease, but works pretty much the same!
- You’re finished! Use when needed.
*Some of my later recipes I melted in some beeswax to make it a bit firmer, but it works just fine without.
Final note: This is a very rich mixture. During the winter when my skin was super dry, I used it in the morning and the evening. It can feel oily and get on your sheets and clothes, but it comes right out in the laundry.