2020 Review: Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter for Stretch Marks

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One of the most widely touted products for stretch marks out there is Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter. We’ve included it in our list of recommended stretch mark creams, but we still get quite a few people wanting to know – does it really work?

So, after scouring through dozens of reviews, researching each ingredient, and having a look at the manufacturer, we feel we’ve come up with the ultimate answer.

First of All, What’s in It?

We feel it’s vital to first have a look at the ingredient list to understand how a product works. Overall, we were quite pleased with what Mama Bee Belly Butter has to offer. While it does have a couple less than pleasant ingredients (like phenoxyethanol), we think the good far outweighs the bad.

  • Cocoa Butter – This is an excellent natural anti-stretch mark weapon. Cocoa butter works best when applied to fresh, red/purple stretch marks. This is because it stimulates the natural regeneration process of the skin and boosts the production of collagen and elastin. This makes the skin more elastic and thus can help the scars heal.
  • Coconut Oil – Another great ingredient in treating new, angry stretch marks. Thanks to its’ anti-inflammatory properties, coconut oil can work wonders on scarred skin. It’s also an intense moisturizer and reduces itching (sometimes a problem with new stretch marks).
  • Shea Butter – The reason so many brands advocate using shea butter to treat your stretch marks is its’ high vitamin A content. Vitamin A is well-known as a healing booster. It improves elastin and collagen and makes the skin firmer. It also encourages faster cell regeneration, which helps your body “paint over” the affected area.
  • Jojoba Butter – A rich source of essential fatty acids, jojoba butter strengthens the healing process and boosts elasticity.

You can probably see how all these ingredients work to compound each other and maximize the effects of Mama Bee Belly Butter.

That Being Said, What Can We Expect from It?

Judging from its’ ingredient list, you can expect Mama Bee Belly Butter to moisturize your skin efficiently. This works both for preventing stretch marks and treating already existing ones (though again, it might work better on fresh marks).

It’s important to remember the stretch marks largely depend on genetics, so you might get stretch marks even if you do use a moisturizer, like this Belly Butter. If you do, don’t assume it’s because the product doesn’t work.

You need to moisturize skin that might get stretch marks, to minimize their severity.

You can’t expect miracles from any cream, regardless of what the manufacturer says. Still, with constantly moisturized skin, you can maintain glowing skin all during a drastic weight change period, such as pregnancy.

Mama Bee Belly Butter vs. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula

They contain much the same ingredients and are both fan favorites. The first difference between the Mama Bee stretch mark cream and Palmer’s is the price. Palmer’s is less than half the price and offers more products.

Mama Bee, however, is a butter, as opposed to Palmer’s lotion, and as such, has a thicker consistency. We know some people prefer heavier creams, whereas others can’t stand them.

They both have similar ingredients, and so, they have pretty much identical effects. We think both are good, worthwhile products, but it’s just a matter of personal preference which one you choose.

Do bear in mind that both have quite a strong odor.

Q & A: Mama Bee Belly Butter

Here’s a quick compilation of some of the most frequently asked questions about using Burt’s Bees for stretch marks.

  • Is Burt’s Bees Belly Butter good for stretch marks?

    Yes, this Belly Butter seems to be efficient both in preventing and treating stretch marks.

  • How long should it take to see results?

    Your skin should feel the results after the very first use (it should feel more hydrated). But you should begin to see a difference in your pre-existing stretch marks about 2-4 weeks after treatment, as the skin begins to regenerate and grow more hydrated.

  • Are the results permanent?

    Naturally. “Bad” skin can’t miraculously grow back. But no cream can completely get rid of them, but it can significantly reduce them, so if you stop moisturizing for a long time, your stretch marks may appear worse.

  • Is Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter safe during pregnancy?

    Completely. It is formulated with that specific use in mind, so it’s perfectly safe for use both during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. It doesn’t contain the usual dangerous suspects, like parabens or SLS.

User’s Guide: Mama Bee Belly Butter

According to both to the manufacturers and the hoard of happy customers, this product is best used after a hot shower when your pores are open, and the moisture can lock in better.

There is no upper limit as to how many times you can use this per day, but it is recommended that you use it at least twice daily.

A neat aspect we noted in many reviews is that this product seems to be long-lasting. A little goes a long way, so make sure only to take little bits of cream and slather unto the skin.

Wondering when to start using? The sooner, the better. The more moisturized your skin is, the better it will be able to face stretching.

Bottom Line: Does Mama Bee Belly Butter Work?

We went through hundreds of reviews for this belly butter, and this is what we found:

The Pros:

  • the smell was mild and easy to tolerate;
  • efficient in keeping away itching;
  • prevents dry skin;
  • very hydrating;
  • absorbs easily into the skin;
  • seems to keep stretch marks at bay (in as much as any cream can);
  • free of all sorts of dangerous chemicals.

The Cons:

  • some thought the consistency a bit light;
  • some people got rashes;
  • smell too strong, for some;
  • some say they got a fake product.

Overall, none of the complaints seem to hold that much water (for us, at least). You can purchase Mama Bee Belly Butter from the manufacturer’s website or Amazon (also on sale by Burt’s Bees).

Also, we’ve seen a lot of people complaining about them having discontinued the Mama Bee Belly Balm and replacing it with the Butter. It seems the Balm was more long-lasting. Bear in mind that this might also account for some of the negative reviews the butter got.

Would We Recommend It?

We most definitely would. It’s pricey, though definitely not as pricey as some of the other products we’ve seen on this market, and we love the ingredient list. Their fan-base seems to be happy, too, and judging by the overwhelming amount of good reviews. We don’t see a reason not to recommend Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter!