Thursday, October 14, 2010

Dream Belly Stretch Mark Cream - Review and Giveaway!

You may recall my recent review of Fairhaven Health's Natural Deodorant and last year's review of FertilAid for Women. I've got another great product from Fairhaven Health to share with you today!

***This giveaway is closed***
Winner: Karla

I'm about 24 weeks pregnant and it really shows! I love the belly. It is starting to get a little tight and uncomfortable, though! The tight and itchy skin is one thing, but the pregnancy feature I'm not looking forward to is stretch marks. So far, so good - none have appeared - but I do have another three-and-a-half-ish months to go!

I know it's genetic, and considering that I got some when I gained the "Freshman 15" back in the day (boo!), I'm kind of expecting to gain a few battle scars from the pregnancy. I've read that between 75-90% of women get stretch marks during pregnancy. It's probably just a matter of time for me. Meanwhile, there's no harm in doing what I can to try to prevent them! Moisturizing is key to help with the itch from the tightness and hopefully it will help prevent some of those pesky striae gravidarum (the technical term).

I've been using a couple of belly creams (more on that later), but my go-to cream for morning use is Fairhaven Health's Dream Belly Stretch Mark Cream. I'm not kidding - I use this every day. The reason I love it for my morning cream is that it is water-based, so it absorbs very quickly and doesn't leave any oily marks on my clothes. It doesn't leave my hands feeling greasy, either (I really don't like that feeling and usually feel I have to wash my hands immediately after applying lotions. Not with this!). It has a very light citrus scent from natural orange extract - nothing too perfumey or strong, which is nice.

This cream, like the other products from Fairhaven Health that I have tried, is formulated with natural ingredients. I love that each ingredient has a purpose (not just fillers or chemicals to improve feel or whatever) and that I can research them and learn why they have been included. I usually do a breakdown of the ingredients in products like this, but Fairhaven Health has done a great job of this on the product page - just click the 'Ingredients' tab to read straightforward information about what's in it, and why.

The verdict isn't in whether I will get stretch marks or not, but for the time being, I find that I have very minor itching from the tight skin on my belly, and if I do start to notice it later in the day, a light application of the Dream Belly cream soothes that right away.

The little massage in applying the cream is pretty nice, too. It sometimes starts off a little dance party in my belly! And for the record, stretch marks can occur on bellies, bums, boobs and thighs - anywhere we grow during pregnancy - so my tactic is to use the cream as a general moisturizer wherever I may need it!

Dream Belly Stretch Mark Cream sells for $19.95 and remember, Fairhaven Health offers free shipping to the US and Canada! (And with the Canadian dollar hitting parity, now's a great time for your cross-border online shopping!)

Fairhaven Health has offered a giveaway for one of my readers!

The giveaway: a full-size Dream Belly Stretch Mark Cream!

How to enter: Visit Fairhaven Health, and tell me something that piques your interest, OR something you learned from the website. Please be sure to include your email if it’s not public in your blogger profile! This is the mandatory entry - do this first!

Extra entries: Bonus time! Leave a comment for each extra entry.

  • Become a fan of/"like" FertilAid on Facebook (mention your first name and last initial in your comment). Already do? That counts!
  • Follow @FertilAidAmy on Twitter (leave your Twitter name!). Already do? That counts!
  • Follow me on Twitter (leave your Twitter name!). Already do? That counts!
  • Tweet about this giveaway (once - this is not a daily!) and leave me the permalink. You can use this for your tweet, if you like:
    "#Win Dream Belly Stretch Mark Cream at Emily's Latest. @emilyisland's go-to belly cream! @FertilAidAmy http://bit.ly/aVPUM6 US/CAN ends 11/1"
  • Follow my blog (publicly) – 2 entries, leave 2 comments. Already do? That counts!
  • Add my blog button to your blog - leave the URL. Already have it? That counts!
  • Blog about this giveaway, linking back to this post and to Fairhaven Health – 2 entries, leave 2 comments and please include a link to your post
  • Let me know if you've tried a belly cream meant for stretch mark prevention - and did it work for you? If you haven't tried one yet, do you plan to?
Please be sure to include your email if it’s not public in your blogger profile! Anonymous comments without a way to contact you will be rejected. Canadian or US mailing addresses only, please. Giveaway ends November 1st at 11:59 pm EST. A winner will be drawn within a day or two of the giveaway's end, announced here, in a separate post and emailed!

77 comments:

  1. I like the AMETHYST FERTILITY BRACELET (STRETCH)
    ksceviour@hotmail.com

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  2. I tweeted
    http://twitter.com/ksceviour/status/27368173226

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  3. I follow you on twitter
    @ksceviour

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  4. I follow with gfc
    ksceviour@hotmail.com

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  5. I follow with gfc(2)
    ksceviour@hotmail.com

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  6. No, I have not tried a belly cream for stretch marks before,,but I do currently have stretch marks from my son! I wonder will this work on stretch marks that have already been there for many years?.
    ksceviour@hotmail.com

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    1. Im thinking the same thing , I don't want to buy it & than it wont work ;\ Im 15 years old and i really want does stretch marks gone ..!

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  7. Pregnancy Plus Omega-3 looks awesome too!

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  8. I didn't use a cream during my previous pregnancy and am definitely planning to this time around (I'm 7 weeks) - although it might not keep the stretch marks away I would love to keep from getting more and to stay hydrated instead of all dry and yucky!

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  9. I learned they sell a HEALTHY MOM, HAPPY BABY - PRENATAL YOGA DVD. Thanks for the chance!
    aleksa91 hotmail

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  10. @busyworkingmama follows you on twitter already

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  11. I like the fertilaid value pack.

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  12. i am interested in the stretch mark cream and the nipple balm.
    saraann_11@hotmail.com

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  13. I learned that Fairhaven health is located in the historic district of Bellingham, Washington. karasceviour at hotmail dot com

    P.s. also, I entered this a couple of days ago, but I noticed that my comments were gone, just letting you know that the ksceviour in the comments above is not me, it's my sister..i'm assuming thats the reason my comments are not here...(and we dont live in the same household either, we just do alot of the same blog giveaways, as we tell each other about certain ones..) kara:)

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  14. I follow you via GFC, entry #1. karasceviour at hotmail dot com

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  15. I follow you via GFC, entry #2. karasceviour at hotmail dot com

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  16. No, I havn't tried a stetch mark cream before, but would love to try this one. karasceviour at hotmail dot com

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  17. I was interested to find the Nursing Blend supplement that is designed to meet the nutritional needs of nursing women and aid in milk production.
    joditrinklein at gmail.com

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  18. Follow blog (publicly)
    joditrinklein at gmail.com

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  19. Follow blog (publicly)
    joditrinklein at gmail.com

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  20. I see they carry evening primrose oil; something my midwife encouraged me to try when my dd came and went with no sign of baby.
    Would love to try this cream. I used cream faithfully with my first, not so much with my second. I have a few marks but not too many and they aren't too noticeable

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  21. Tweeted: http://twitter.com/beautifulcall/status/27689400797

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  22. They even sell awesome prenatal vitamins!
    onecheaplady@yahoo.com

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  23. I learned that they sell pregnancy deoderant! LOL
    survivingateacherssalary at gmail dot com

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  24. follow you on twitter @crapinchuk
    survivingateacherssalary at gmail dot com

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  25. gfc followe entry 1
    survivingateacherssalary at gmail dot com

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  26. follow your blog via gc entry 2
    survivingateacherssalary at gmail dot com

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  27. I did use a stretch mark cream in my first 2 pregnancies but my friend at a chemical engineering lab made it for me and after 2 pregnancies I'm all out! LOL
    survivingateacherssalary at gmail dot com

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  28. Would love to try this cream, I have the kids including twins, so this would be great!
    I didn't realize they help with fertility too.
    Thanks,
    Karen

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  29. i learned they sell so many things i would've liked to have my first pregnancy! i got covered in battle scars .. I'm still working on fading them:( bring on the lotion! yoursmineoursblog@gmail.com

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  30. I thought the deodorant for expecting moms was interesting....




    Rbarnaby30@gmail.com

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  31. The prenatal yoga DVD looks fantastic. trishbazin(at)yahoo.com

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  32. The nipple nurture cream intrigues me...

    Thanks!

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  33. follow you on twitter @Yeahhappy

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  34. tweet:
    http://twitter.com/yeahhappy/status/28560354617

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  35. I'm intrigued by the Fairhaven Health's All-Natural Deodorant. Sounds like a nice product!
    cbeargie at yahoo dot com

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  36. Following you on twitter as sunnymum.

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  37. Tweeted: http://twitter.com/sunnymum/status/28717243251

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  38. No, I haven't tried a stretch mark prevention cream before. I think I did try Mederma(?) to help fade them after my daughter was born, but that didn't work for me. I'd love to try this cream with this pregnancy!

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  39. I would loe the Dream Belly Stretch mark cream. I had my daughter 3 months ago and they are still horrid!

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  40. I follow you on twitter as bugnpeeper

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  41. Following @FertilAidAmy on Twitter as bugnpeeper

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  42. Liked FertilAid on facebook as Katey J

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  43. Tweeted about the giveaway but cant figure out the permalink for that post. Its under bugnpeeper

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  44. I was curious about the nursing supplement - I had twins and I always wondered if I was keeping up with them. fullertessy(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  45. The nipple nurture balm sounds lovely. hugzeke@gmail.com

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  46. I follow publicly on GFC. hugzeke@gmail.com

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  47. I follow on GFC x2. hugzeke@gmail.com

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  48. i like the pregnancy wheel thing :)
    tessyfishburn@hotmail.com

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  49. I'm interested in the prenatal yoga DVD!

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  50. I WISH I'd had the OVACUE BUNDLE featured at Fairhaven Health. It looks WONDERFUL and so helpful for TTC

    dakotaring at yahoo dot com

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  51. I "like" FertilAid on Facebook (Rachel P)

    dakotaring at yahoo dot com

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  52. already following you on Twitter (@Rachelhooey)

    dakotaring at yahoo dot com

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  53. tweet:

    http://twitter.com/#!/rachelhooey/status/29204684899

    dakotaring at yahoo dot com

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  54. Following you blog publicly via GFC (entry 1)

    dakotaring at yahoo dot com

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  55. Following you blog publicly via GFC (entry 2)

    dakotaring at yahoo dot com

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  56. I follow @FertilAidAmy on Twitter (@rachelhooey)

    dakotaring at yahoo dot com

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  57. I've tried Burt's Bees Mama Bee oil but it's a little too greasy, other than for after-bath at bed-time. And I've tried pure cocoa butter sticks. It seems to help. No stretch marks... except that no one told me to keep using it AFTER baby is born, while you're "shrinking" so I did get stretch marks with baby #1 on my thighs from LOSING the weight too quickly! (who knew there was such a thing!?!)

    dakotaring at yahoo dot com

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  58. I didn't know this was the same company that makes FerilAid - I think that's very interesting & also makes me more interested in trying this cream. I could really use the cream because I am also pregnant and due in January. This is my 4th baby, so yes I already have stretch marks, but the soothing relief from the cream would be so nice!
    Thanks!

    MusingsfromaSAHM@gmail.com

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  59. I like FertilAid on facebook - Erika B

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  60. I follow FertilAidAmy on Twitter - Erika105

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  61. I follow you on Twitter - Erika105

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  62. Tweet: http://twitter.com/Erika105/status/29234330743

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  63. Never heard of this but is sounds great
    TEA-FOR-TWO PREGNANCY TEA
    Made from wildcrafted, organic herbs that have been used for centuries to relax uterine muscles, strengthen the womb and prepare the body for childbirth.
    momswearyourtees at gmail.com

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