It seems everybody around me is having babies. Most of my friends and coworkers are older than I am, so I’m chalking it up to that. Anyhow, I figure if my assorted DIY hobbies are good for anything, they’re good for helping the lovely mums-to-be in my life soothe their stretched out bellies. So I made these peppermint belly bars, and according to the ladies, they’re working like a charm.

How to Make Peppermint Belly Bars

How to Make Peppermint Belly Bars

The bars are mostly cocoa butter (USA / Canada) and coconut oil, with calendula infused olive oil (pomace) (USA / Canada) and beeswax—all said to help with stretch marks and skin regeneration. The bars are scented with peppermint and a hint of cassia. They’re lightly scented to avoid setting off a lady’s potentially overly sensitive scent department, and peppermint is said to help with nausea. A wee bit of cassia essential oil helps stimulate a bit of circulation, and an extra dose of Vitamin E MT-50 (USA / Canada) helps prevent stretch marks.

How to Make Peppermint Belly Bars

How to Make Peppermint Belly Bars

Sarah wrote to me a week or two after getting the bar with this feedback: “The smell is lovely—and not overbearing—which is great for pregnant women whose senses tend to go superwoman-ish during the 9 months. I like the feel of it and it feels like it continues to moisturize over a few hours—it almost coasts the belly vs soaks in. I love it for my elbows and knees too, and one thing about the belly is it gets itchy and I find this helps with it—not completely but it definitely decreases the itching.”

How to Make Peppermint Belly Bars

How to Make Peppermint Belly Bars

Peppermint Belly Bars

30g | 1.06oz cocoa butter (USA / Canada)
28g | 0.99oz beeswax (USA / Canada)
15g | 0.53oz virgin coconut oil
15g | 0.53oz calendula olive oil (pomace) (USA / Canada)
2g | 0.07oz Vitamin E MT-50 (USA / Canada)

10 drops peppermint essential oil (USA / Canada) (use with caution as there is conflicting evidence on benefits for pregnancy—ask your GP or just leave it out)

3 drops cassia essential oil

Melt the cocoa butter (USA / Canada) (I used some white and some dark for fun, but you can feel free to whichever variety you like), beeswax, coconut oil, and calendula oil together in a small sauce pot. Once melted, remove from the heat, and stir in the Vitamin E MT-50 (USA / Canada) and essential oils. Pour into two small measuring cups to let set. If you have a hard time getting them out, dip the measuring cups in a bit of warm water for a second or two before tipping them out.