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.
The bars are mostly cocoa butter and coconut oil, with calendula infused olive oil (pomace) 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.
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.”
Peppermint Belly Bars
10 drops peppermint essential oil (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 (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.