This article will look at determining the best stretch mark cream or oil for pregnancy, and will review the top 10 organic products that claim to prevent stretch marks or to remove stretch marks after pregnancy.
When you are pregnant your belly will start to grow and expand, the rate of your expanding belly is completely individual to you. Some people may not even look pregnant, whereas others (like me) look months advanced from the outset. The rate of expansion can also be down to whether this is your first pregnancy or your second, third etc. In my first I ‘showed’ very early and looked very big from the outset. In my second I expanded even quicker! It was like my body had a muscle memory of pregnancy and just adopted it from the outset.
The key thing here is mindset. In my first pregnancy I struggled with my ever-changing and expanding body. I felt invaded and cried as I lost my pre-pregnancy pregnancy figure. I was obsessed by oiling and moisturising my bump, so that I could prevent stretch marks altogether. In my second pregnancy I was much more relaxed and excepting that my body would change and expand and actually quite enjoyed caring for my new bump and than my post-natal body.
What are stretch marks?
Stretch marks are a form of skin scarring and they have an off colour hue. They do diminish over time, however sometimes they do not diminish completely. They are formed when the body grows rapidly during pregnancy (or other times of weight gain). When you are pregnant, stretch marks usually form in the later trimester, they usually appear on the belly but can also appear on the thighs breasts, lower back, buttocks and hips. They can also be influenced by the changing hormones that occur during pregnancy.
Why should we try to prevent stretch marks?
This is a personal choice. Stretch marks in pregnancy are perfectly natural and occur in approximately 90% of all pregnant women. If you are perfectly happy with your body, stretch marks and all, than fantastic, I salute you, I personally felt if I could something to prevent them I would at least try, I do admit in my first pregnancy I was obsessed by trying to prevent pregnancy changing my body in any way. But than after an emergency C-section I resigned myself that I would be scared and stretched. However, I managed to diminish my scars and stretch marks significantly.
This review will therefore contain two of my favourite products I used during pregnancy and post-natal, that helped me pretty much prevent and remove my stretch marks. I will also use my extensive research to gain a balanced insight and overview of all the products reviewed in this article.
I do have to disclose that although the title states ‘The best stretch mark cream for pregnancy’, I have actually reviewed a variety of types of product including belly butter, mothers balm, stretch mark oil, an anti stretch mark cream and finally a stretch mark and scar cream. That way you can make a personal and informed choice about what texture and type of product you love and prefer to put on your skin.
Burt’s Bees Mama Bee 99% natural nourishing belly butter. 6.5 Ounce
They claim that this Burt’s Bees Mama Bee belly butter nourishes and conditions your growing belly during pregnancy. They state it will keep your belly supple and smooth as your belly stretches throughout pregnancy and even after baby arrives. They invite you to ‘pamper yourself during your 9 month stretch’.
- Rich butter designed for mums to be and suitable for before, during and after pregnancy.
- Unfragranced butter, which can be a great advantage if strong smells make you feel sick during the early stages of pregnancy!
- 99% natural and with no phthalates, parabens, petrolatum, SLS
- Formulated to be non-irritating
- without animal testing
So is this body butter as nourishing and natural as they claim, and does it actually help with those stretch marks? The majority of those who commented said they Loved it so much. They loved that it did not have a heavy scent, especially if they were suffering with awful morning sickness. A large majority also raved about no or very little stretch marks, stating, it is a lovely, luxurious moisturiser, without the greasy skin. There were those however who did not like the smell of the product stating it smells foul. Others argued the consistency stating the consistency is more like a regular cream, they preferred Neal’s yard Remedies mothers balm (a product we will review next!)
Our score: 9.5/10
Neal’s Yard Remedies claim that their 100% organic and fragrance free Mothers Balm improves the appearance of stretch marks, they proved this statement with their own consumer trials. They state that it is the ideal gift for new mums-to-be. They claim that the skin nourishing oils and beeswax are clinical proven to increase the skins’ firmness and elasticity.
- Certified 100% organic
- Improves appearance of stretch marks
- clinically proven to improve skin’s firmness and elasticity
- Deeply nourishing
- Allergy certified and fragrance free
- No EDTA, no mineral oils. No parabens, No synthetic fragrances or colours, No silicons, no GM.
I have personally used this product and love it! and I still use it now, even though it has been a long time since I was pregnant. However, I developed a few stretch marks when I gained a bit of weight when I hit 40! So I used Neal’s yard remedies organic mothers balm and my stretch marks have visably diminished and now I am losing the weight, it is helping to prevent further scarring on my hips and belly!.
Reviewers also agreed with me, that they loved the texture stating the texture was a real lovely butter consistency. One reviewer stated it was the best cream they had found for the later stages of pregnancy. Most commented that its lovely texture just sank into the skin. Another reviewer raved ‘I have used this from day one at now at 37 weeks pregnant and no stretch marks! There was some feedback that were disappointed and noticed no difference at all. I personally love to combine this product with our next product:
Our Score 9/10
This 100% organic, skin nourishing massage oil is a beautifully aromatic, infused with relaxing neroli and uplifting mandarin, as well as sweet almond oil and vitamin rich wheatgerm oil.
I loved this oil while I was pregnant. It was my treat for myself after a bath, I’d give my bump, and the parts of me I could still reach, a massage, whilst talking to my bump baby. It was incredibly relaxing. If I was incredibly lucky my husband would also massage the parts I couldn’t reach, making a truly bonding experience.
after this I would be incredibly relaxed and sleep well, it even seemed to help ‘bump baby’ sleep and allow me to get a good night.
- Skin Nourishing and relaxing
- With relaxing neroli and with vitamin E rich wheatgerm oil
- Certified 100% organic by soil association
- An ideal gift for any mother to be or new mother
When combined with the Mothers balm above, I found my skin was super soft and I found I had very few stretch marks. After giving birth, this oil really help my skin heal and regain its elasticity. And it still was a special after bath (or shower) treat, when I had a small minute to wash.
Weleda stretch mark massage oil 100ml.
Weleda tell us that their stretch mark massage oil was developed in conjunction with doctors and midwives. They advise that because pregnancy is a big job for your muscles and skin, that the organic arnica flower extract in this oil, helps ease tightness and provides a layer of comforting warmth when you indulge yourself in a massage.
They state their certified natural organic ingredients work in harmony with your skin. They boast natural ingredients of sweet almond oil and natural plant extracts including calendula and chamomile and gentle essential oils of lavender, ylang-ylang and orange. I feel relaxed already! They also claim that it helps correct the appearance of stretchmarks and helps prevent the appearance of new ones. So does it do all they say?
Most people raved that they love it and that after using from 15 weeks of pregnancy to 38 weeks of pregnancy and still no stretch marks. Many stated they had bought second bottles or used straight away for their second pregnancies and stated it was a great product, smells gorgeous and soaks in well. There were some who stated they noticed no difference at all, or did not like the smell at all.
I personally have used this oil and love it, I love the smell and love to combine it with my Neal’s yard Balm. I either use the balm in the morning and the oil in the evening, or if I’m feeling particularly opulent I go for a double whammy and oil first than after it has soaked in I use the balm! Then let them both do their thing overnight and wake to wonderfully moisturised and (stretch mark free) skin.
Our Score 9/10
Made from organic evening primrose. rosehip, elderflower and pomegranate seed oils, this nurturing oil will give you a real treat. Safe to also share and use on your new baby, this oil will become a real favourite.
Green people products have become a firm favourite of ours, for their mission and ethics, ensuring that their products and production are environmentally friendly.
This oil is scent free, which is perfect if your skin has become more sensitive in pregnancy. it is even suitable for those of you who may suffer with skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. This also makes this oil perfect for your precious baby’s sensitive skin.
You are going to get amazing value out of this oil.
- Softens and soothes sensitive skin
- Perfect for bump massage (and a bonding massage with baby)
- Keeps your tummy supple by improving elasticity
- May help to reduce stretch marks
- A favourite amongst pregnant women and new Mums with sensitive skin
- 100% certified organic ingredients
- Concentrated formula (a lit goes a long way!)
Green people advise you to use this twice a day and to massage into the areas most prone to stretch marks.
This oil is suitable for Vegetarians and vegans, is certified a fair trade product, and is certified cruelty free. Like we said Green Peoples ethics and eco credentials are second to none.
I absolutely love this oil. and I am sure you will too. It was a very close second place in my favourites.
Our Score 9/10
This un-fragranced vegan and palm oil free stretch mark oil is specially formulated to improve the appearance of your stretch marks, scars and uneven skin.
Made with the powerful ingredients of pomegranate oil and grapefruit seed oil, it effectively tones your skin and promotes skin elasticity. Just what you need with a growing body and bump.
With triple strength Indian Tulsi, known as holy basil for its superb skin healing powers and renowned benefits for stretch marks and African baobab oil, which holds the properties of Omega 3, vitamin E and D, and is ideal for scars, blemishes and stretch marks. It also contains absorbable Vitamin E, wheatgerm oil and avocado oil, which strengthen your skin.
All of these natural ingredients help this oil to really live up to its name of the best.
Fushi also pledge their support to tree Aid, which is a UK charity that helps grow trees and to alleviate poverty and promote self reliance in some of the poorest regions of Africa. So not only will you be helping your stretch marks, you will be helping others in the world too.
Packaged in a recyclable glass bottle this oil really is going the extra environmentally friendly mile!
- Safe to use in pregnancy and brilliant to use after
- UK made
- Vegan and Vegatarian friendly
- Certified cruelty free, no animal testing
- Paraben, SLS Free
- Micro bead free
- Palm Oil free
- recycled and recyclable packaging
- Supports a charity
I absolutely love the ethics and mission of this company. They not only bring you excellent quality and results, but also ensure that their processes and products have minimal impact on the earth and its inhabitants. They also support and donate to a charity.
You can be stretch mark free and eco conscience free if you decide to purchase this stretch mark oil! I hope you love it as much as I do.
This body butter absorbs quickly and provides intense hydration for smooth, supple skin and has an uplifting aroma. Apply to areas prone to stretch marks and after bathing for a sublime toning treat.
- 100 % natural
- 100% organic
- Hydrating raw shea, coconut and extra virgin olive fruit oils
- With toning oils of ylang ylang, bergamot and lemon
- protecting sea buckthorn (rich in omega 7) fights against aging and stretch marks
This wonderful body butter gives you a really lovely moisturising treat. reviewers gave this top marks, stating ‘this will definitely be a repeat purchase’ and ‘the citrus smell is divine and the buttery consistence gives my skin moisture for hours’.
However, as good as it is as a moisturiser, even though I loved the butter texture, I felt it wasn’t as great for the stretch marks. Maybe if combined with an oil, this would give a super layered treat to your skin. The price of this cream is also quite high. I would highly recommend as a body moisturiser but on the stretch mark cream front it just came short.
Repavar Anti stretch mark cream 250ml
Repavar claim that their anti stretch mark cream helps to prevent and repair stretch marks and cracks caused by pregnancy and breastfeeding. They conducted a clinical study where 23 pregnant women did a daily application of this product during their pregnancies. The results were reported as 75% of women did not develop stretch marks during their first pregnancy and 50% did not develop them in their second pregnancy. Repavar claim that their cream:
- Repairs and prevents stretch marks
- Natural care made from natural ingredients
- quick absorption to the skin, light cream texture. Non oily or greasy
- Paraben free, Hypoallergenic, Dermatological tested
- proven results in clinical trials
- contains rosehip oil, centella asiatica and hydroxyproline. Three ingredients that have limited evidence of success in preventing stretch marks.
- In fact Repavar are so confident in their product that they guarantee it 100%!! So if you are not satisfied with their product, you get 90 days to contact them and they will offer you a full refund. No return necessary! Now that is confidence.
Out of all the products reviewed, this is the only one with absolutely no negative comments or reviews. Most stated it was a good price and good quality. Another stating it has a lovely floral fragrance, with another stating the cream was fading her stretchmarks away slowly but surely.
I have not personally used this cream, but if it comes with 100% guarantee what have you got to lose?
Fysio Stretch marks and scar cream with beeswax, Olive Oil and essential oils.200ml
Fysio stretch mark and scar cream with beeswax is claimed to be:
- 100% organic with beeswax, organic coconut oil, organic jojoba oil, Argan oil, Geranium, ylang-ylang, rosewood oil, marine collagen and vitamins A and E.
- Treat and prevent stretch marks. Safe to use during pregnancy. Rich in vitamin E
- Intensive moisture cream formulated especially for the problem areas such as belly, hips, bum and breasts.
- dermatological tested
- No cheap fillers, no mineral oil, no water, no petrolatum, paraben free and harsh chemical free.
As I have not used this product before, I conducted intensive research and consulted the reviews that have been written about it. Many raved that it was The best bees product ever. And that it smells really good and is super hydrating. Most stated their stretch marks were no longer visible, There was however quite a few people who were really not happy with either the cream itself or the results, stating, It wasn’t worth the money, or that the smell was horrible and that their skin did not absorb the product at all!. In fact many commented that the product was rubbish, good for nothing, not impressed, and waste of money.
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Whilst there is very limited evidence, in the way of medical and clinical trials, proving that stretch marks can be prevented or diminished by using any creams, balms, butters, or oils. However, it is evident from my research that the many purchasers of these products, have seen significant results.
However, my research and personal experience has found a clear favourite in Neil’s Yard Remedies Mothers Balm. which I combined with the Neal’s Yard Remedies Mother’s Massage Oil. I found that combination gave me a wonderful treat during pregnancy and helped me to minimise and treat stretch marks both during and after pregnancy.
Both of these products can also be purchased in some wonderful sets, which would make the perfect gift set for yourself, a friend or baby shower.
There are some many wonderful organic products for you to nurture and treat yourself, whilst also diminishing scars and stretch marks. I guess it will be down to personal preference of texture and style of product you love. Remember to give yourself some self care, your body and mind are working hard to grow a whole new human being! so please be kind to yourself and treat yourself to a massage, Happy pampering!
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