Experimenting with Clean Beauty: Belly Balm for stretch marks and wrinkles
I’ve had three kids. Since then I’ve never felt entirely comfortable baring my belly in public! I was lucky to escape deep or highly visible stretch marks. But at the risk of oversharing, I have a little wrinkled skin around my belly button that appeared after my third child (who I had in my late 30s, so I think my skin just gave up at that point!).
Continuing on my quest for Clean Beauty (see my original blog to find out more about how and why here and read about the moisturiser experiment), I purchased a few more ingredients and set about my second experiment to make the belly balm from the Clean Beauty book (by Elsie Rutherford and Dominika Minarovic), avoiding a glut of shop-bought ingredients that I don’t understand and to see if I can maintain a natural beauty regime that really works.
The book says, “While it’s difficult to completely get rid of stretch marks, what we plan to do is improve the quality of the skin and reduce redness to help improve the quality of the skin and reduce redness to help improve their appearance”. For me specifically I liked the idea of increasing the suppleness of skin and the helichrysum essential oil being widely used for cell renewal and skin rejuvenation.
The Experiment: Home-made stretch marks belly balm
This was another relatively easy recipe that makes the most of bain maries (glass bowls over boiling water in a pan so the ingredients aren’t exposed directly to the heat). I had to buy a few more ingredients as I didn’t have them in the cupboard so it added a little to the expense (see estimated costs below). But I reassured myself that was ok given how much I’d saved by not buying my normal Origins face creams and serums.
I mixed the shea butter, cocoa butter and coconut oil, added lavender and helichrysum essential oil, and beeswax, then decanted them into a jar to cool and solidify.
It took about 10 minutes all in, plus cooling time (and I left it for about one hour in the fridge).
Applying the stretch marks belly balm
Another greasy one. But it soaked in fairly quickly. But I have been using it on and off because you have to get the timing right, given how greasy it is. If you’re in a rush, that’s not the time to use it because it doesn’t dry quickly enough to get dressed right away!
On the occasions that I used it, my skin felt tighter and looked a little better. But the effect wears off within a day or two. I’d like it to soak in quicker as that would make it easier to use regularly to get the full effect. But it’s worth using if you wanted to bare (nearly) all in a bikini in the summer perhaps.
Shea butter: £6.49 for 500g / 19p per portion
Cocoa butter: £7.49 for 250g / 30p per portion
Coconut oil: £3.99 per bottle / £1.07 per portion
Lavender essential oil: £1.99 for 10ml / 5p per portion
Helichrysum essential oil: £16.51 for 10ml / 41p per portion
Beeswax: £2.99 for 200g / 7p per portion
Estimated cost for the Clean Beauty belly balm
From scratch cost £39.46
Per 50g portion cost £2.09
(Out of 5, with top score being 5)
Speed to make: 4
Ease of use: 3
If you really don’t have the time to make it yourself, you can check out the Clean Beauty Co’s website where you can buy ready-made ones with 100% natural ingredients.
Or if you want to learn more about how to make them yourself you can buy the Clean Beauty book here, or check out workshops they offer on their website.
Have you experimented with making your own beauty products? Or never thought about it before? Let me know in the comments below.
Note: please read the book for the health warnings – never use essential oils without diluting. This is not intended to be advice. Any experimenting is done at your own risk.