Stretch marks. Those beautiful tiger stripes that tell everyone you brought life into this world. I think there is nothing more beautiful than these stripes of honor. That said, a little stretch mark cream on rubbed onto a mama-to-be's belly as the baby grows nourishes the skin and fades stretch marks. Rubbing your belly with this also, according to my pregnant sister, becomes enjoyable mother-baby time (and yes, sometimes mother-baby-father time).
I adapted my recipe from Wellness Mama, swapping out some oils with vitamin E oil and adding beeswax to help lock in the healing moisture as you rub that perfect baby belly. This is also great for skin in general, especially if you have scars. I tested this concoction on myself before whipping up a batch for my sister and found that one of my scars (from a run-in with a jellyfish--another story, for another time) actually began to fade under the repeated application of this cream.
1/4 cup Shea butter
1/3 cup coconut butter
1 tablespoon vitamin E oil
1 tablespoon beeswax
Place the saucepan on low heat and fill halfway with water. Then place the clean tin can in the center of the saucepan. Put the beeswax in the tin can and let melt on low, about 5-7 minutes.
Slowly add other oils one at a time into tin can with beeswax and melt on low until fully combined. The new oils may cause the contents of the tin to solidify for a little bit, but just keep itti on low heat and it will eventually mix and melt. Remove from heat and pour into mason jar. Store in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months.
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