Stretch Mark Smudger – recipe using essential oils for stretch marks

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Stretch marks may not go away entirely, but the appearance will improve over time – hence the word “smudger” in the name.

Whether stretch marks are from bearing children (aka “baby scars”), or losing non-baby weight, essential oils can be used to improve these marks in the skin.

Nothing is going to erase them completely, but we can do our best to smudge the marks, as we embrace what they nearly always symbolize: our precious children!

I recommend jojoba oil for this recipe, like this organic jojoba oil by Aura Cacia (also linked in the amazon ad below), which provides a 3% dilution.

To give this recipe a boost, replace an ounce of the jojoba oil with Rosehip oil or Tamanu oil.

I like using a squeeze bottle with flip cap for storage and application (as shown in the amazon ad below).

Keep scrolling to find out more detailed information about this recipe, which should answer any questions you may have about this recipe.

Stretch Mark Smudger recipe


  • 12 drops Tangerine essential oil Citrus reticulata, Citrus nobilis, Citrus tangerine
  • 10 drops Frankincense essential oil ideally Boswellia frereana, but Boswellia carterii(Boswellia sacra), and Boswellia serrata will also work
  • 6 drops Geranium essential oil Pelargonium graveolens, Pelargonium x asperum
  • 5 drops Helichrysum essential oil Helichrysum italicum, Helichrysum angustofolium, Helichrysum stoechas
  • 3 drops Neroli essential oil Citrus x aurantium
  • 2 ounces jojoba oil – I like this one.


  1. Combine in a squeeze bottle.
  2. Massage into stretch marks.

Can be used daily for a time, and then 3+ times a week for best results.

Questions you may have about this recipe

Q: I don't have one of the essential oils in this recipe. Can I replace with something else?

A: If you replace or remove one of the essential oils the recipe won't be as effective. That said, if you don't want to spring for the Neroli, just add more Tangerine (again, it isn't the same, but you asked!).

Q: I don't like the aroma of Geranium. Can I add something else to it?

A: You could replace with Lavender, but it won't have the same effectiveness.

Q: Do I have to use jojoba oil? Can I just use a different carrier oil?

A: You can use another base carrier oil if you wish, such as Tamanu or Rosehip oils.

Q: Can I use something other than oil as a carrier in this recipe?

A: You can use another base, such as lotion, shea butter, etc. Read more about carriers here: Choosing Carriers for Essential Oils.

Q: Is this recipe safe for use during pregnancy?

A: Yes! For more information on essential oil safety during pregnancy read: Essential Oils and Pregnancy.

Q: Is this recipe safe for use if I breastfeed?

A: Yes! For more information on essential oil safety during pregnancy read: Essential Oils and Breastfeeding.

Q: Is this recipe safe for use on children?

A: Yes! For more information on essential oil safety with children read: Essential Oils and Children.

Q: You recommend a plastic bottle. Shouldn’t I use glass so the essential oils don’t eat away the plastic?

A: Pure essential oils should be stored in glass, but when essential oils are diluted in a recipe like this, you can use plastic (PET plastic is ideal).

Q: What brands do you recommend for this recipe?

A: I personally use several different brands of essential oils with great results (you can find my opinion here. You can use whatever brand you have on hand, as long as the Latin names match.

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