Thursday, November 21, 2013

Mama Mio Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Oil Review

I was very excited to receive the Mama Mio Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Oil from Poise South Africa after trying the Butter version.

I am currently at 37+ weeks, so you can imagine how much the skin on my tummy is testing its limits.
I still feel amazed looking at how much one's skin can stretch during pregnancy, without tearing apart! Amazing as it is, unfortunately there are some people who will get stretch marks with the belly expanding to accommodate the baby, especially during the third trimester.
Although it is said that genetics play a big role on whether or not one will get stretch marks, which women will actually skip using at least something, just in case? After all, there is no turning back once the wriggly lines appear!

This award-winning Tummy Rub Oil comes at the right time, as my butter wasn't going to last me through the entire pregnancy.

Protect your tummy (and boobs, hips and thighs) against stretch marks with our super-elasticising omega-packed blend of natural oils. This is the gold standard in bump care.

• maximum protection against stretch marks and itchy tummies

• No Nasties means safe to use when pregnant and nursing
• helps your body bounce back quicker after baby

Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Oil has less ingredients compared to Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Butter. 
It has a perfectly balanced blend of four oils:

Sweet Almond Oil is rich in all important omegas and very nourishing. It is highly moisturising and quickly absorbed, leaving a soft sheen on the skin with no residue.
Borage Oil is an ancient oil used in the Far East for thousands of years, it’s one of the richest sources of Essential Fatty Acids omegas, specifically gamma-linolenic acid (rich in omega 6) is very effective in healing damaged skin. Borage Oil is wonderfully moisturising and very active as it is quickly recognised and utilised by the skin.

Wheatgerm Oil is rich in Vitamin E and is amazingly healing and nourishing to the skin. In addition Vitamin E is useful for its role as a powerful anti-oxidant, soaking up free radicals (so that’s age-defying) and helping those superfoods get on with their vital work.

Rosehip Seed Oil is very rich in Omega 3 and 6, which are beneficial for the treatment of damaged and distressed skin by providing intense moisturisation. This oil has the added benefit of naturally occurring trans-retinoic acid (think benefits of retin–A but without side effects) which is very helpful in preventing stretch marks.

The rest of ingredients available on their site at

The Verdict
The most important feature for me using Mama Mio's range is their policy of "No Nasties". 
Secondly it must be easy to apply and doesn't stain my clothes. Lastly, it must work! Details below on how it fared

I apply my Mama Mio Stretch Mark Oil in the mornings (if I remember) and always in the evening before I sleep. I find it to absorb quickly which made it easy for me to quickly put on my clothings instead of waiting for it to dry. 

Texture and application
It is of oil texture, and it is very very easy to apply. It leaves a shiny protective sheen after application, without feeling sticky.

Compared to the butter, I use much less of the oil to fully cover my tummy and also have the luxury to apply on my hips as well. 
What's even better is that when I tried using the butter immediately after applying the oil,  it helps with the application of the butter so I can use less butter than previously when I used the butter by itself. Thus, the Tummy Rub Oil can be a good base application for those who love the butter. (I was told the butter helps with itching. I have no experience in itchiness so I can attest to that ).

Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Oil working as a base application
The Stretch Mark Oil has the same smell as the butter version. Not my favourite, but reviews from all over the world love it. Personal choice, really. Prefer this fresh smell to the too-sweet cocoa butter smell though.
"Gravida is our amazing essential oil fragrance; a blend of 10 pregnancy-safe, pregnancy-specific natural oils which smells gorgeous to even the most sensitive of noses."


It is used as a preventative measure against stretch marks, so far at almost 38 weeks, no lines in sigh yet! Yipee!

Value for Money
This bottle lasts me a lot longer than its same range of butter, as well as other wax/cream based products I have used. It is on the more expensive range of stretch mark oils but it is worth considering if one can afford with its many benefits.

Previous products has left rashes on my skin, so I am glad to say Mama Mio's range has been kind to my skin so far. ( I have very sensitive skin with history of eczema ).
I really love the fact that all Mama Mio products have no nasties and are safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding. 

If it's in your price range and do not suffer from itchy skin on the tummy, I would recommend the Mama Mio Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Oil to be sufficient and more economical.
If you do have itchy skin, then I would still recommend the Stretch Mark Oil to be used together with the Stretch Mark Butter for easier application.

Mama Mio Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Oil claims to help the skin to bounce back as our tummy shrinks away. It is recommended to continue using for another 4 months post-natal.
This bottle should last me the next two weeks before baby arrives, though I doubt it will last for another 4 months. Hopefully whatever I am  using now will help to keep my skin's elasticity to get back my pre-baby body! Will keep you guys updated :-)


  1. Where do I purchase Mama Mio in Durban?

    1. You can view the list of Mama Mio stockists here
      Good luck!

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