I’m not going to claim that this oil will leave you stretch mark free. After all, I’m no scientist.
Actually, I take that back. Two of my previous jobs had the word “scientist” in the title. Who cares that my research was about seagrass instead of stretch marks. It means that I should know something about science. Right? If anything, my biology degree did teach me how to properly research scientific articles. I’ve at least got that going for my reputation.
Okay, back to the oil. I swear by this DIY stretch mark oil because I’ve yet to get a stretch mark on my belly while using this. Two pregnancies down and no stretch marks. The inspiration for this oil came to me during my last pregnancy when I started using store bought stretch mark cream with vitamin E. I noticed that the main ingredient in all the commercial stretch mark creams and oils was vitamin E. Buying a 4 ounce bottle of vitamin E is much cheaper than buying store bought cream. Another selling point is that you can use it for many different things such as eye make up remover and a preservative in homemade beauty products.
I buy this oil at Trader Joe’s about once a month. Amazon carries it and marks up the price. I’d highly recommend buying it from TJ’s instead of Amazon because it is only $5. Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever said a negative thing about Amazon before. I feel a little sad right now.
Here is another one of my favorite brands. Whole Foods carries this product for pretty much the same price.
The best part about this oil is that you can make it from 2-3 ingredients. It also smells amazing because of the lavender. I even use this oil when I’m not pregnant just because it feels so good before bed.
DIY Stretch Mark Oil
1/4 C. of vitamin E. oil
1/4 C. of apricot oil
5-10 drops of lavender essential oil
Mix it all together and lather on your belly each night before bed.
If you don’t have apricot oil, or don’t want to spend the money on it, go ahead and use olive oil or fractionated coconut oil. Or just use straight vitamin E oil on your skin. I like to mix mine so I get more bang for my buck. I tend to use my more expensive, highly concentrated vitamin E on trouble spots and scars.
Full disclosure- I’m pretty sure stretch marks have everything to do with age and genetics. Don’t expect this oil to be a miracle worker. That being said, it’s just as good as the store bought stuff, if not better!
What do you think about using oil instead of lotion? Are you a fan?