During our visit last weekend, my best girl Leah and I made some homemade belly balm. We like to get "witchy" when we hang out, what can I say. Leah is very savvy when it comes to making homemade body care products -- she has taught me a lot, actually. Being that we're both a little wah-wah for potions and creams and the essential oils that are usually involved, we had a lot of fun with this project.
I am quite pleased with how our latest concoction turned out -- it's very smooth and silky, but not greasy, and it smells lovely which is always a must when you have a sensitive pregnancy nose like mine.
Homemade Belly Balm Recipe (roughly, we were gabbing the whole time).
2 oz jojoba or grapeseed oil
2 oz coconut oil
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 oz cocoa butter
2 oz shea butter
scent with about 7-10 drops of vanilla essential oil
5-6 drops of lavender essential oil
5 drops of helycrisum oil (great for scar reduction)
Heat the first five ingredients in a double broiler until melted and mixed well, then remove from heat and add the essential oils. Pour into a container of your choice. Glass is best.
ETA: Leah says to add a little warm water (a Tablespoon or so) when melting all the ingredients. And five or ten more drops of helycrisum if you like the smell.
Here are a couple of great resources for buying the ingredients: