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Shea Butter Cream for Stretch Marks & Increased Skin Elasticity

approx 4 oz unrefined chunk shea butter
approx 1 oz sea kelp
approx 1 oz canvas
Tbsp+ olive oil*
Tbsp+ grapeseed oil*
*optional to get softer end result. Any oil will do--these were just on hand. Not really necessary--hardened shea butter softens right up with body heat, and smooths in very easily.
Tbsp+ rosehip seed oil
couple squirts pomegranate seed oil
EGF -- whole tube
few drops dermagen
tsp+ centella asiatica
tsp+ quercetin
palmitoyl pentapeptide 3 -- whole tube

tsp (maybe less) natural active peptides

couple drops essential oil (fragrance--optional)

Put shea butter chunks in a small mixing bowl & melt very slowly. I left mine on the radiator until it got mushy. Can also microwave 5-10 secs at a time.
Beat with whip attachment or egg beater until smooth.
Add sea kelp & canvas, continue to beat.
(My kitchen is chilly, so I put the bowl in shallow pan of warm water to keep sides of the bowl from being coated with cooled butter.)
Continue to beat, drizzling in optional oils.
When it gets to the consistency of fluffy butter cream frosting, sprinkle in the actives & continue to beat until everything is incorporated.

The end product filled an 8oz tub (I used the empty one from my last order of sea kelp).

If anyone has suggestions regarding actives that might improve this concoction, I welcome the input! 

 

 

vicky

 

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Hi Vicky,
How long has she been using the cream now?
What have her results been so far?
How does it feel?  Is it sticky?  Does it stain?
I am planning on making this so I am looking for any info you can give.
Thanks!
Angela

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My test-subject-in-law has been applying this formula daily to stretch marks on her breasts & hips for about 2 weeks now.  She loves the texture, says it smooths in easily, especially right after showering/exfoliating, and leaves her skin noticeably softer & smoother.  There is a slight oily feeling right at first, but she says it's fully absorbed after maybe a couple minutes massage.   No staining to report, but truthfully, as a full-time mom of 2 cute little beasties under 4 (youngest still a nursling), she doesn't get out of her PJs that often, and everything she owns is stained with something or other  ...

As far as results go--lightening of marks, rebuilt collagen, increased elasticity--I'll report back after a few more weeks.

 

FYI... Test subject is fair-skinned & freckle-y, with dark hair & slightly asiatic features...  sort of like a freckle-faced Kristen Krueck (Lana on 'Smallville'). 

 

 

 

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She sounds beautiful!  I hope this works for her.
Keep us posted.
Thanks,
Angela

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i usually extract fresh calendula and comfrey into the olive/grapeseed oils before i add them into stretch-mark creme... also i use 2/3 shea and 1/3 cocoa butters instead of all shea then i add a touch of vanilla extract and the result ends up smelling like heavenly chocolatey frosting.

 

adding in a touch of melted beeswax during the whipping process will give it a wonderful water-resistant quality, if desired.

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Wow, that sounds so fabulous, I'm going to try this! Thanks for sharing the idea!

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i'm supposing the egf is safe on the breasts?....it being a hormone type of thing.

 

that vanilla extract idea is a good one...does the alcohol content in it make any difference?

thnx, emily


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that vanilla extract idea is a good one...does the alcohol content in it make any difference?

thnx, emily

 

i didnt notice anything unusual or undesirable because of the alcohol.. at most i think i used about a teaspoon for about 5 lbs of finished whipped butter. it blended in really well and the fragrance went great with the scent of the cocoa butter in the recipe. natural vanilla extract is better than the synthetics (yuk) but nothing beats the quality of making your own fresh vanilla-bean extract in fancy vodka... lol, especially because the chef gets any excess leftovers, heheh...

 

oh, and i forgot to mention adding a few drops of lemon extract in well. it brings out the vanilla... may not be for everyone, but i found no adverse effects on my skin. possibly its the food grade flavoring extracts im using...

 

 

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You need so little vanilla extract, so the amount of alcohol introduced with the vanilla will be negligible.
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can I do this cream for my GF stretch marks without the quercitin/EGF? are they essential?

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