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Homemade Beauty 06: Mama Belly Butter

September 25, 2013





Okay mamas-to-be, this post is for you! I’m embarrassed to admit this because I know it’s completely vain and the last thing I should be worried about during my pregnancy, but I’d be lying if I said that my changing body isn’t a pressing issue on my mind. The truth is I don’t want to gain excessive weight, I don’t want to have a hard time losing the weight I do gain, and I definitely don’t want stretch marks! While that last part might be out of my control, I’m going to do my best to prevent it – starting with this all-organic, all-natural, homemade belly butter. I did a lot of research and found that the main ingredients in most belly butters on the market were shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, avocado oil and vitamin E. The day after I discovered I was pregnant, I started using this combo and so far…no stretch marks! I use it morning and night, and I love the ritual it’s become. Like a little bonding time for me and baby. I take a moment to say good morning and goodnight to my little one as I rub my growing tummy. I love the way this butter leaves my skin feeling– supple but not too oily. And it can be scented with essential oils for a little aroma therapy. Lavender has always been my favorite (side note: the butter alone smells like chocolate! It’s quite delicious). This butter is easy and fairly inexpensive to make. One batch should last you several months, maybe even a whole term since a little goes a long way. I hope you’ll make this for yourself or maybe for an expecting friend! -xo

p.s. feel free to rub this stuff on your breasts! Those suckers are growing too!

p.p.s. I should note that this butter isn’t just for pregnant women, it’s really for anyone who wants to prevent stretch marks :)



Mama Belly Butter

Makes about 6 cups (48 oz.)

INGREDIENTS (use organic wherever possible)

14 oz. Raw Coconut Oil {Note: Jojoba oil can be substituted}

14 oz. Raw Shea Butter

14 oz. Raw Cocoa Butter

4oz. Avocado oil

1/4 cup Vitamin E

Note: Amazon has been an excellent source for most of the ingredients I use for the Homemade Beauty series but Wholefoods and other health food stores often have the same ingredients as well.


1. Create a double boiler by filling a medium sauce pan with about 1/2 cup of water and placing a glass or metal bowl on top so that it sits in the pan without touching the water. Heat over a medium flame.

2. Melt the ingredients together, starting with the shea butter because it takes the longest to melt. Once the shea has mostly turned to liquid, add the cocoa butter, then the coconut oil and stir until there is one combined liquid.

3. Let the melted mixture come to room temperature and add the avocado oil, vitamin E and essential oil (if using). Chill the mixture in the fridge for 30 min-1 hour, until it becomes opaque.

4. Transfer the mixture to the bowl of a standup mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whip on medium for 5 minutes or until thickened.

5. Keep belly butter in a lidded container.

Do this twice per day!

Note: Butter does not have to be kept refrigerated but I like to keep one jar in my bathroom for daily use and the jars that are not in use in the fridge to stay fresh. Remember, this stuff is going to last a while so it’s a good idea to keep those ingredients as fresh as possible.




  • Moisturizes
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Natural cleanser


  • Restores elasticity to the skin
  • Helps to heal cuts and burns without scarring
  • Minimizes stretch marks
  • Natural sun protector


  • Moisturizes
  • Natural antioxidant
  • Prevents stretch marks and scarring


  • Decelerates signs of aging
  • Natural antioxidant
  • Helps to produce more skin collagen
  • Protects from UV rays


  • Strong antioxidant
  • Prevents premature aging
  • Promotes healthy skin


Disclaimer: I am by no means a medical expert or esthetician. These home remedies are based on my own research, opinions, likes, and experiences. I’m sharing them because they have worked for me. If you are allergic to any of the ingredients that I am suggesting, please DO NOT attempt the recipe. If you have any other concerns, please consult your doctor. Thanks, I love you, please don’t sue me!


28 Comments leave one →
  1. September 25, 2013 12:08 pm

    Nothing wrong with having those worries! I got lucky with my first and didn’t get any stretch marks! I’m 5 months in with the second and still stretch mark free. That is one “badge of honor” I am happy to do without. =) I’ll be making some of this belly butter! Thanks for the recipe.

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      September 26, 2013 11:43 pm

      Ha! Thanks for the encouragement, I sure do need it :) Congratulations on your new baby on the way! I hope you love this belly butter as much as I do! -xo

  2. September 25, 2013 6:59 pm

    I LOVE reading your HB posts. And I am SO excited for you! (Don’t you love how cocoa butter smells? I made a hand lotion with it, and then scented it with tangerine essential oil. I almost licked the spoon!)

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      September 26, 2013 11:45 pm

      Awe, thank you! I’m so glad you enjoy this series! It’s one of my favorites too :) And YES! Cocoa butter smells amazing, I love the idea of adding citrus to it. I’ll have to give it a try!

      • September 27, 2013 11:53 am

        Think any type of chocolate-covered citrus rinds. AMAZING!

  3. September 25, 2013 7:34 pm

    I’m forwarding this on to my prego sister!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      September 26, 2013 11:43 pm

      Awesome! She’s going to love it!

  4. September 27, 2013 12:40 am

    This is so adorable, I am gonna make this for some of my prego friends! Thanks for always inspiring!

  5. September 30, 2013 4:48 am

    I’m trying to get pregnant, so this will hopefully come in handy very soon! Great post.

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      September 30, 2013 11:44 pm

      Ooh! So exciting! Good luck :)

  6. September 30, 2013 2:14 pm

    Great recipe and thank you for sharing! I can’t wait to make this, not pregnant yet, but why not have it handy and use now?!? Where did you get the cocoa butter?

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      September 30, 2013 11:41 pm

      I buy most of my beauty ingredients on Amazon, including this cocoa butter :)

  7. October 15, 2013 6:56 pm

    I’m a massive user of coconut oil and avacodo oil! Your product looks great with it’s natural ingredients! :)

  8. Harriet k permalink
    February 13, 2014 3:25 pm

    I began using Shea Butter at about week 10 of my pregnancy, and applied it every other day or so to my belly, hips, and breasts. I use the Lady Soma brand Stretch Mark Treatment (Called Somatique) and I apply it every night and after showers.

    About a week and a half after using Lady Soma’s Stretch Mark Treatment, the two little stretch marks on each hip are fading away (no longer reddish/purple) with no signs of scarring!! The slight marks on my breasts also seem to be less noticeable. Genetics are of course the biggest factor in stretch marks, but the healing I’ve noticed to the areas that started getting marks after applying the Lady Soma lotion is pretty remarkable in my opinion. Here is the link if you are interested:

  9. Lisa permalink
    March 7, 2014 8:56 pm

    I am 27 weeks and just made this belly butter. It smells so good!! I love how much it moisturizes my belly. I made half a batch and am sharing it with two other pregnant friends. They cannot wait to try it :) I am lucky that I do not have stretch marks so far but I feel like with this there is no way I will get any. Thank you so much for this belly butter recipe!!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      March 7, 2014 10:21 pm

      Awesome!! I’ve loved this belly butter so much. Just used it before bed, in fact. I’m full term and not a stretch mark in sight. Keep me posted, I’d love to know how you’re liking it along the way. Good luck to you!!

  10. March 12, 2014 2:05 pm

    The last sentence of the disclaimer was funny!

  11. cody r permalink
    June 3, 2014 9:24 pm

    When my wife was expecting our first child, she was very nervous about stretch marks. We started late having children (Im 34) and she was afraid that her body body would not bounce back. She started using the Lady Soma Stretch Mark Treatment in in her first month of pregnancy. I would look for stretch marks on a daily basis and did not see any! I couldn’t believe it. She continued to use it through her entire pregnancy and even after the first month of delivery. It wasn’t until she had lost the baby weight that I was 100% convinced that she was stretch mark free! I was overjoyed.

    I firmly stand by it and I think if you use if everyday, you will have great results.

  12. Kate permalink
    December 24, 2014 8:58 am

    should this harden into a salve or remain more liquidy? i subbed jojoba for the coconut oil and let it sit in fridge for an hour and whipped it and it’s still more of a liquid than a balm or cream?

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      January 1, 2015 8:50 am

      This should harden into a balm. It should look opaque and feel creamy :)

  13. Lindsay permalink
    August 10, 2015 1:33 pm

    How many drops of essential oil fragrance do you add to the recipe? Making it today! Thank you:)

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      September 17, 2015 2:22 pm

      This recipe makes quite a large batch, so I would think you’d need a good amount of essential oil to really enjoy the aroma. I did not add fragrance to my belly butter but I have added oils to other similar body butters and find that 10-20 drops do the trick. It’ll really be up to you though. If you want/need a stronger aroma, add more. This butter is amazing, I hope you enjoy!

  14. Shayna permalink
    January 31, 2017 9:24 am

    This got really hard after I whisked it. Any advice to make it more of a cream? Thanks!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      February 9, 2017 6:44 am

      Hmmmm, So sorry that happened. Trouble shooting is so hard when I’m not there to see exactly what might have happened. Heating it should soften it again.


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