Saturday, February 4, 2012

Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Stretch Oil Review and Giveaway

Months ago, when I found out I was pregnant with number 5, I dreaded the day when my current stretch marks would begin to stretch even further up my belly. Not that I don't "love" my stretch marks, they are a sign that I've lovingly carried 4 babies, but it had been a few years and they were faded enough and not so noticeable. I really didn't care to see those bright red lines again. So I started looking for something natural to use on my belly as it stretched, hoping that I could minimize the damage, or maybe even prevent it. Nothing had ever helped before so I kinda just let it be and accepted that I was one of those mommas that was just gonna get them no matter what I tried to do to prevent them.

But then I found Earth Mama Angel Baby!! They are a most wonderful company, dedicated to making natural products for mom and baby. Here's what their website says about their mission.

About Our Family
Earth Mama Angel Baby's pregnancy, childbirth and baby products were, ahem, born of our sincere faith in the natural process of birthing babies. Supporting the pure process naturally with nature's gifts makes sense to us. We don't think of pregnancy as an illness, merely a phenomenal process that has many wonderful and sometimes difficult stages. We trust in the wise women who have historically exalted the glories and eased the common discomforts of pregnancy naturally.

We use the highest-quality, certified-organic or organically grown herbs and oils for our teas, bath herbs, gentle handmade soaps, salves, lotions and massage oils. Our products are 100% toxin-free, cruelty-free, vegan, and free from all artificial preservatives, fragrances and dyes. Our commitment to honor the earth and her valuable resources extends to our packaging as well - we use only eco-friendly recyclable or reused/reusable packaging and packing materials. It's true - we are even the proud recipients of the BRAG (Business Recycling Award Group) for our green practices.

Just as our foremothers did, Earth Mama Angel Baby honors the ancient knowledge of natural and herbal remedies and plant medicine. The wisdom we rely on has been passed down from great-grandmother to grandmother to mother to daughter, which we combine with the safety and assurances of contemporary evidence-based research.

The mamas (and honorary-mama papas) at Earth Mama Angel Baby are a dedicated and diverse group of nurses, herbalists, labor and postpartum doulas, childbirth hypnotherapists, childbirth educators, women, mothers and grandmothers. And a father or two.

We strive to provide research, tools and products to empower women with knowledge about the earth's natural resources for nurturing themselves and their angel babies.

It is also our goal, in times of grief, to help provide real physical support, resource information and emotional and spiritual comfort to women who have experienced the loss of a baby. We created the Healing Hearts Baby Loss Comfort web site to specifically address these heartbreaking needs.

Just like most mamas, we love hearing from you! If you have suggestions about information you'd like to see included or ways to improve our site, questions about natural pregnancy or feedback about our products please write to us: Contact Mama

Growing, birthing, and nurturing babies are natural and wondrous processes. Let's care for our angel babies and ourselves - naturally.

We are proud members of:

•Natural Ingrdient Resource Center
•National Environmental Trust
•Organic Trade Association - Cultivating a strong organic industry since 1985
•Co-op America and the Green Pages Online
•American Botanical Council
•Herb Research Foundation
•International Childbirth Education Association
•American Academy of Husband Coached Childbirth
•Green Products Alliance
•United Plant Savers - A non-profit education corporation dedicated to preserving native medicinal plants
•American Herbal Products Association

I contacted them and they were so kind to offer me a bottle of their Natural Stretch Oil to review.

I was so excited when I received the oil. I wanted to make sure to use it daily from early on in my pregnancy. I read the instructions and set out on my review. I wanted to do it for as long as possible, to get the best review for all of you. Here is all the info on Natural Stretch Oil, straight from Earth Mama Angel Baby's website:

Are you a mama with a sensitive nose and an itchy, pregnant belly? Looking for the perfect natural stretch mark oil? Mama knows. That's why Natural Stretch Oil is exactly what every mama needs. Your gloriously expanding belly, hips and breasts will drink up the luxurious, natural blend of oils to help deter stretch marks and relieve the itch, and the light, delicate scent won't aggravate morning sickness.

Mama starts with plant-based oils that are infused with the healing herbal goodness of organic Calendula and calming organic Chamomile. Organic Borage oil and Neroli pure essential oil help nourish and encourage skin's natural elasticity for natural stretch mark care. Natural Stretch Oil is light and readily absorbable. It's vegan, cruelty-free, and contains no nut oils. Zero toxins and no artificial preservatives, fragrance or color. It's lovely as a bath oil and perfect for perineal massage to help avoid tears and episiotomies during childbirth.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but don't be fooled: this is Mama's secret blend to help prevent pregnancy stretch marks naturally, perfected with loving care, with a celebrity and celestial mama following to prove it.

I am a momma who is very conscience of what I put on my skin as well as my babies. I was very impressed by just how natural all of the ingredients are! There's definitely nothing toxic in here!! Here is the ingredient list:

Vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, Simmondsia chinensis (organic jojoba) seed oil, Borago officinalis (organic borage) seed oil, Matricaria recutita (organic chamomile) extract, Calendula officinalis (organic calendula) extract, a proprietary blend of Citrus sinensis (organic orange) essential oil, Citrus aurantium dulsis (neroli) oil

You can also visit their website and read all of the awesome reviews by other happy mommas!

Now, for my review!

I took this picture at around 17 weeks pregnant. I was just starting to pop out and those beautiful stretch marks were showing their face proudly! I had a navel piercing in high school and my belly button is really a sight for sore eyes! Each pregnancy the scars from that piercing just grew upward. I figured this time it may end up closer to my boobs than ever! So I began applying the oil daily, in the morning and at night, as the directions suggested on the bottle: Beginning early in pregnancy, massage onto your lovely, growing belly, breasts, and thighs twice each day. After pregnancy, enjoy it as a rich moisturizing body oil all year long. I was totally amazed at the light citrus scent. So sweet and pleasant. I rubbed it all over my stretchy areas, the belly, boobies and my wonderful child bearing hips! My skin really soaked it up! And it felt so smooth and hydrated!

During the colder winter days, my skin would feel dry and itchy at times. I would just apply a few squirts of the Natual Stretch Oil and immediately found relief! It really saved the day many times!

Today, I am 38 weeks and 4 days pregnant. I am still using my nearly empty bottle of Natural Stretch Oil, and am so completely thrilled to say that my stretch marks have not extended one little bit!! I am so excited and really in shock! It really works!! Here is a picture of my belly today!!

Now that I'm a faithful believer, I am so glad to say that Earth Mama Angel Baby has offered to giveaway one bottle of Natural Stretch Oil to one lucky Mama!! Just fill out the rafflecopter form below and you are entered to win!