I made this do-it-yourself stretch mark cream since I’m pregnant and I want to put the best chances on my side to keep my skin free of stretch marks. There is nothing wrong with them, of course, but I would love to avoid them as much as possible. So after being inspired online and making a lot of researches about ingredients, I came up with my own hydrating, stretch-mark cream. It has a lovely butter texture and it penetrates the skin relatively quickly. I also love essential oils so I added two that were reputed for skin’s health and stretch marks. It also smells beautiful.
All the ingredients has its own purpose. It’s best to choose high quality ingredients as what you put on your skin you absorb. The better quality the better. So for the olive oil, for example, use an extra-virgin olive oil rather than a low grade or blend olive oil. For the essential oils, I use DoTerra but there are other great brands out there too. Make sure they are 100% pure. Some people do not recommend essential oils during pregnancy but I believe in them and I believe they can really be helpful and ease pregnancy, and even labor and birth. Essential oils can also be used on children. Avoid ingesting them.
This DIY stretch mark cream is made with coconut oil, shea butter, olive oil, rose hip seed oil, vitamin E, lavender and frankincense essential oils. These ingredients are all excellent to prevent stretch marks and they can be found online or in most health food stores.
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ½ cup shea butter
- ¼ cup rosehip seed oil
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tsp liquid vitamin E
- 1 tsp lavender essential oil
- 1 tsp frankincense essential oil
- In a small pot, over low heat, melt coconut oil with shea butter.
- Turn off heat, add remaining ingredients. Mix with a wooden spatula to combine.
- Transfer the oil mixture to a bowl. Refrigerate until solid.
- Using a fork or a beater, whisk the solid part until soft and fluffy. Make sure to not have any solid parts.
- Transfer to a clean/sterilized glass jar. Keep in your bathroom. No need to refrigerate.