Non-organic stretch mark removal and/or prevention creams are typically made with some relatively potent and lab-created substances. For some, this is an unsettling fact. For others, it's unacceptable because their skin won't agree with the formula.
If you don't like the idea of putting chemicals made in petri dishes on your skin there's always the option of using an all-natural product such as Motherlove Pregnant Belly Salve.
Wanting to help expecting mothers out by preventing nasty stretch marks but preserving the integrity of wholesome, natural products, Motherlove created their popular stretch mark solution using certified organic ingredients and natural oils.
Their formula relies heavily on shea butter, a substance known to heal scars, herbs, and oils to nourish the skin and protect it from being overstretched throughout pregnancy.
According to the official website Pregnant Belly Salve can be used on the stomach, boobs, hips, and even the thighs. The product is supposed to relieve itching (from dry skin) and "minimize stretch marks."
The website also claims that the salve is capable of keeping the skin soft and elastic to prevent marks from popping up.
This cream comes in a 4 fl. oz. jar.
soothing and eases itching
overpowering scent (lavendar)
does NOT remove stretch marks
cream has a greasy texture
oil-based so it can stain clothing
One of the biggest selling points for Motherlove Pregnant Belly Salve is its price. A pregnant lady can go through quite a bit of stretch mark prevention cream right up until delivery, and this one will not break the bank.
The fact that it gets more than four stars from Amazon after 213 customer reviews is also encouraging! There are still a couple of creams that I like better for prevention, and I will link you to those down under the Alternatives section.
Here are a couple of things that I don't like about Motherlove. I don't care for oily/greasy creams, and a number of reviewers have pointed out that this one is very greasy and can stain your clothing.
I guess the other concern I have is of personal preference. This cream is scented with lavender essential oil, and that's not one of my favorite fragrances. In fact, most women in their 20s and 30s will tell you that there reminded of their grandmothers when they smell lavender.
That being said, I'm giving Motherlove 4.3 stars out of five. I'm convinced that it's using high quality ingredients and you're likely to experience favorable results.
Just remember, this is not for you if you have existing stretch marks. It's clearly aimed at women who are pregnant, so I will also put a couple of stretch mark removal cream recommendations down in the Alternatives section too.
We are firm believers in the power of the people. An honest, well-written review from an actual customer speaks volumes compared to doctored testimonials on official sales pages.
67% of those on Amazon who reviewed this cream gave it five stars. That's a bit below my target of 75%, but I've seen far worse.
That being said, here are some of the real reviews we found for this product online:
One Amazon reviewer, Red head, gave the pregnant belly salve five stars and also contributed this pic showing her very pregnant belly without any stretch mark damage at all.
Like most of us, she's thrilled to be expecting, but relieved that it's not going to result in unnecessary scarring from stretch marks!
As you can see, some individuals did say they had a pleasant experience with Motherlove. There are, however, several other reviews that point out the flaws in the salve including it's potent aroma, that it is extremely greasy feeling, and, in some cases, it did nothing at all.
I was not able to find any evidence of a money back guarantee or return policy on the official Motherlove website. If someone corrects me, I will revise this section right away.
That being said, you're probably best to buy it through Amazon in case it's not effective for you and needs to be returned.
You can buy Motherlove directly from their official website, but it's about a dollar more expensive than just buying it through Amazon.
Because you can save money and get the product quickly through Amazon, that's what I would recommend. I also did not see a return policy on the Motherlove website, but I know that Amazon is excellent about accepting returns.
Like all stretch mark prevention creams, moisturization is super important. For that reason, I recommend applying it liberally at least twice a day to all areas that might be at risk.
For most women that is the stomach, the boobs, the butt and the thighs. In my case, I was always careful to put it on my hips as well.
Start using any prevention cream as soon as you know that you are pregnant. This will give your skin a chance to become fully healthy and moisturized before the stretching intensifies.
Is it safe to use while pregnant? Absolutely!
Is it safe to use while nursing? It definitely is, but bear in mind that this is a cream for pregnant women, not one that is intended to get rid of existing stretch marks.
Will this be okay with my sensitive skin? It's almost 100% organic, but there can still be reactions. If you experience anything, stop using the cream immediately and return it.
Apricot oil, beeswax, shea butter, marshmallow root, rosehips, lavender flower, chamomile flower, calendula flower, and lavender oil. (95% of these are certified organic)
Overall, Motherlove isn't a bad stretch mark prevention cream; it's just not the best. When it comes to organic options we prefer Basq's stretch mark cream or TriLASTIN Maternity. It's also important to note that this product is not meant to treat stretch marks that you already have; it only decreases the chances of you developing them while pregnant.
If you want something to use that will clear up stretch marks that you have already developed throughout the course of your pregnancy we highly recommend using TriLASTIN-SR or Skinception, neither of which are organic but they are proven effective for dramatically lightening older marks. Most organic solutions will NOT treat pre-existing scars.