Rub the belly

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Recently I was happy to learn that two of my favorite people are expecting tiny bundles of joy in a few months. While neither of the moms-to-be are quite ready for this, I thought I would put it together today while it was on my mind.

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This lovely, looks good enough to eat (but please don’t), chocolate colored bar is a combination of calendula, chamomile, and lavender infused oils with both regular and dark cocoa butter in the mix and beeswax to make it solid. A trace of peppermint makes it smell faintly like a mint chocolate Girl Scout cookie, but not so overpowering to the senses. While herbs and peppermint are off the list in early pregnancy, they have a high safety profile from everything I could find, as long as used externally, and have historically been used to make belly balm or stretch mark cream. If in doubt, consult a professional!

This bar glides across the skin, melting after a moment but staying solid at room temperature. The dark cocoa butter looks ominous but leaves no trace when rubbed into the skin. I put them in 1/3 measuring cups to set up then popped them into tins for long term storage. Hopefully these help that characteristic tight skin that starts as the belly stretches and soothes the pregnancy itchiness that goes along with the second half or so of the duration. And congrats to my new mom’s!

#diybeauty #diyhealth #pregnancy #bellybars

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Author: scseery

Soap, bath and beauty, jams and jellies, and unique upcycled gifts. That's what I make and talk about here. A lot.

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