Pregnancy does strange things to your body. Things that people neglect to tell you about when they mention those wonderful nine-months growing a baby. By ‘strange’ I don’t mean weird or bad, just different. There’s that bizarre itchy feeling that you get as the skin stretches on your belly. There is the heartburn that creeps into your throat like a fire-breathing dragon. And, then there’s the endless sweet one-on-one time with the baby kicks, late night hiccups and jostles. It’s all utterly beautiful and special, too.
I carried Beckett for 38-weeks and Camden for 39-weeks. My tummy got biggish and cumbersome as the weeks went on, but stretch marks weren’t part of my burgeoning belly. Right after Beckett’s birth, I found a single stretch mark – about one-inch long. Jacob and I referred to it as “Mark”. He/it became a joke throughout this second pregnancy and my OB even joined in on the banter and checked on the Mark’s status with each appointment. I gained a second stretch mark with the birth of Camden, so now I’ll need to find another nickname.
I’ve heard that the appearance of stretch marks are determined by genetics, but I can’t say I put much stock in that from what I’ve seen in my family. I didn’t rely on any miracle creams that offered out-of-this-world results. But, I massaged my belly, spent time learning its curves and bumps and talked to the growing babies inside. And, itched that never ending scratch from the skin stretchage.
My favorite product during this pregnancy was Bee Silk by MadeOn Hard Lotion. I have always been intrigued by massage bars, lotion bars and any like product that replaces a traditionally semi-liquid product. But, I am usually frustrated because of the melting, globby mess they inevitably create that defeats the entire ease of having a bar instead of a lotion. Well, the Bee Silk bar is nothing like my previous experiences. It is a perfectly formed, designed and functioning lotion. The ingredient list is simple with only three (!!) ingredients: shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax. The bar delivers just the amount of moisture you want and slips right back into its metal case for easy storage. There is literally no mess – to you or the bar. It’s easier than lotion and lasts as long as a large bottle of the globby stuff.
The Bee Silk Bar is just one of the great products that MadeOn Hard Lotion has to offer. I love the diaper rash cream and the lip balm, too. We have gotten into the chilly nights that mean fall is here for only a short stay as the arrival of winter awaits. It’s the season for dry, cracked lips and chapped hands. MadeOn Hard Lotion’s products are just the quench our winter skin needs to keep from getting scaly. I like that all of the products deliver a quantity that is on par with the traditionally large bottles and bigger brands, but keeps its packaging minimal and eco-friendly. How cool is it to find a product that delivers the same number of applications as a 32-oz plastic bottle of moisturizer in a recyclable tin the size of a matchbox car?
I appreciate the way that MadeOn Hard Lotion has pulled together an entire line of products that are made of minimal ingredients that are all-natural and completely chemical free. And, I love that they are rethinking both the packaging quantity and style and sticking with an entirely eco-friendly option. Love that MadeOn Hard Lotion!
Want to get snag some most excellent all-natural stocking stuffers from MadeOn? Well, then you need to check out this giveaway!
One lucky Sacred Bee Blog reader will win a:
- A Three-Pack from MadeOn including:
a family size Bee Silk hard lotion bar, a pocket size Bee Silk hard lotion bar and a natural lip balm
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