Most mamas know that pregnancy stretch marks can be a tenacious problem. Most marketers know this too, which is why there are hundreds of belly butter products out there that claim to get rid of these troublesome tiger stripes. We’re always a bit confused (and a bit amused) when we see the ingredient lists on these creams. Some of them seem a mile long! Even natural products like Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter have a huge amount of extra stuff added in. Now, we are not saying that Mama Bee Belly Butter is a bad product. But, we couldn’t help but wonder how it compared to just plain Shea butter. So we decided to find out! Let’s read about Burt Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter vs Just Plain Shea Butter.

Mama Bee Belly Butter VS Just Plain Shea Butter: How do They Stack Up?

When you take a look at the list of ingredients on a tub of Mama Bee Belly Butter, you’ll find nineteen ingredients. Fortunately, none of those ingredients are parabens, phthalates, or petrolatum. Ingredient lists like these present items in order of quantity. The first item on the list is the one used most in the recipe. Guess which ingredient is listed first on the Burt’s Bees Belly Butter list: water. You won’t find Shea butter (the product’s featured ingredient) until number eight.

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Compare that with pure, unrefined Shea butter. There’s only one item on the ingredient list: plain old Shea butter. Of course, “plain old Shea butter” is actually loaded with vitamins A, E, F, and antioxidants. It’s also loaded with the essential fatty acids your skin needs to stay soft, supple, and nourished. There’s nothing wrong with adding in other ingredients. However, aren’t you interested in Shea butter’s ability to nourish the skin and improve its elasticity? We say, why not go straight to the source?

Cost is another thing to consider when comparing Mama Bee Belly Butter with pure Shea butter. Burt’s Bees sells their belly butter for $13.00 per 6 ounces. We sell our 100% unrefined organic Shea butter for $15.99 per 16 ounces. That breaks down to $2.16 for an ounce of Burt’s Bee’s butter and $0.99 per ounce of our pure Shea butter.

At first we were a little confused about why someone would pay more than twice as much for a product whose number one ingredient was water. Then we realized that people are starting to catch on. If you take a look at Amazon’s Best Sellers in Body Butter, you’ll see that people are becoming more aware of the benefits of simple and truly organic products. Because of this, we’re expecting to see our unrefined Shea butter at the number one position very soon!

In Conclusion…

If you’re a mama looking for a safe, simple, and effective stretch mark cream, 100% pure Shea butter is the perfect place to start. Use the butter on its own, or use it as the number one ingredient in a homemade belly cream. Check out Beauty By Earth’s  free eBook full of DIY skin care recipes, including an amazing Belly Butter! Yes, you’re welcome 🙂

When it comes to getting rid of stretch marks naturally, sometimes less is more. The simplicity of pure, nourishing Shea butter can’t be beat. Give it a try and let us know what you think.