Homemade Stretch Mark Bars

How to Make Your Own Stretch Mark Bars

Homemade Stretch Mark Bars
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Lots of women are worried about stretch marks and how to prevention them. While the truth about actually preventing the stretch mark is rather iffy, there are reasons why you should work on keeping your skin soft and supple. This DIY hard lotion bar is simple and easy, but it will also go a long way to moisturizing your belly. These simple steps will have you on your way to great feeling skin.

Here's what you will need to gather before you get started:

  • double boiler
  • stove
  • spatula
  • measuring cups
  • scale
  • 2 ounces of bees wax
  • 2 ounces of shea butter
  • 2 ounces of coconut oil
  • plastic container (used for soap or candy)

All measurements by weight.

Weigh Your Ingredients

Weighing Ingredients for the Bars
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It is very important that you weigh the ingredients that you will be using for your hard lotion bars. The bees wax tends to be the one that will lead the weight, since it comes in a chunk. Weigh this first and it will be your reference weight. For example, my bees wax was 2.15 ounces. I tried to get as close to this weight with the other ingredients.

While you are weighing the ingredients, you can have your double boiler heating up. I didn't have a real double boiler, so I used a metal bowl that fit into the largest pan I had.

Melt Stretch Mark Bar Ingredients

Melting Ingredients for Hard Lotion Bars
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Once you have your ingredients measured out begin placing it in the double boiler. The beeswax tends to be the one that takes longer to melt, so weigh it first and let it start to melt. Then add the coconut oil and the shea butter. Stir gently and watchfully in the double boiler. When all the ingredients have melted into one color, you are ready to remove the lotion.

Cooling Stretch Mark Bars

Stretch Mark Bars Cool
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Have your plastic container out and carefully pour the hot liquid into the container. You will want to wear your oven mitts and be careful not to spill the liquid bar on you or the counter. You can use bigger sized bars or like those in this photo, small, 1 X 1 inch bars. Fill the container up until you run out of liquid.

You can also choose to add some essential oils. You may want to add a few drops to one bar to test it out before adding it to the whole batch. I used a bit of sweet orange oil. My friend uses lavender.

The bars will cool in about an hour. The smaller bars will cool faster and the thicker bars take longer to cool. You can place the plastic container on a cooling rack of even place them in the freezer to decrease this time. Once you are done, you can pop out the bars and place them in one container.

To use it simply pick it up and rub it over your belly. It will warm to the temperature of your skin and you can rub it in. It feels smooth and silky and calms a lot of the itching that I felt. I also kept one in a plastic soap dish in my purse or back pack to allow me to moisturize the itching while I was away from home. These bars are also really great for hands and other dry parts.

You should try to do this at least once a day or night during your pregnancy. More is not a problem, and can definitely keep belly itching to a minimum. Does it really prevent stretch marks? It certainly can't hurt and it might help.

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