In a nutshell

An oil that should be available to purchase everywhere!

What we tested

  • Feel on skin
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Ease of rubbing in
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Effectiveness
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Fragrance
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Packaging
    A star rating of 2.0 out of 5.
  • Worth the money
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
Overall Rating
A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.


  • Very well priced, appears to be effective on old stretchmarks/eczema/other problems, lovely subtle smell


  • Only available online, packaging and colour of oil aren't very attractive

Clinica Tissue Oil claims to reduce and prevent stretchmarks, and while I can’t verify those claims, I can say


Late last year a new product arrived on the UK market - Clinica Tissue Oil. It said it could reduce and prevent stretchmarks. Being pregnant, I wondered if it could be effective?

First launched in South Africa eight years ago, Clinica Tissue Oil rapidly became a top seller in the market over there, complete with a whole list of things it’s good for, from ageing and blemished skin to dry and dehydrated skin conditions. It can be used on babies from 6 months as a massage oil, or any age, pregnant women included.

Apparently it keeps the natural balance of oils and moisture in the skin and with regular use and the correct massage procedure (you have to rub it in with small circular movements) it helps return the old and sagging to the new and firm. Well, I’ll give anything a go!

What we love

I’ve been using Clinica Tissue Oil for near on three weeks now, and although I can’t see if it is preventing stretchmarks (I’m only 13 weeks pregnant) it has helped with a couple of other things.

First, I’ve had a nasty cold and with it a cold sore. I read that the oil could help with scarring so I applied it thinly to the area once the cold sore was healing. It cleared up very quickly.

Also, I’ve had a patch of eczema on the side of my tummy and it’s been very itchy and quite sore. In the time that I’ve used the oil, it has definitely helped. It’s itched far less and now the eczema patch is almost gone.

I’ve been really sick with my pregnancy and it’s been a relief that the smell of the oil is so easy on the senses. In fact, it’s a rather lovely light fragrance and one that I think makes for a nice perfume alternative, if you’re feeling sensitive. This is down to the ingredients - Clinica Tissue Oil uses mainly essential oils. These include mineral oil, sweet almond oil, evening primrose oil and coconut oil.

It’s not only your bump, but your thighs and boobs as well that can stretch out, myself included, so it’s great that a little of this oil goes a long way. A bottle of this should last you a while. It’s available in two sizes: 200ml, for £10.80, and 60ml, for £5.40.

From my first pregnancy, I have some stretchmarks on my thighs and boobs. But in the three weeks I’ve been testing Clinica Tissue Oil I’ve noticed their appearance has improved.

This oil is not particularly greasy and rubs in easily. That said, I wouldn’t put my clothes on immediately after application. It still needs a little time to sink in completely.

What to watch out for

The colour of the oil could be quite off-putting to some - it is bright orange. It’s also packaged in a plastic bottle that looks quite cheap.

Clinica Tissue Oil is only available online ( and but I don’t really see that being a huge problem. It just means you can’t pop in to your nearest chemist and pick it up when passing.

Of course, these two points above mean that it can be sold at such a competitive price.

Who is the Clinica Tissue Oil best for?

Any mum-to-be looking for an inexpensive way to combat stretchmarks.


MadeForMums verdict

The Clinica Tissue Oil is well-priced and appears to be effective in clearing up eczema, a cold sore and old stretchmarks. The colour of the oil and its packaging are unattractive, but given the price, who really cares about that?

Product Specifications

ModelTissue Oil
Suitable for
Child age (approx)From 6 months
Made fromMineral oil, sweet almond oil, evening primrose oil, coconut oil
  • Can be used on ageing skin, blemishes, old stretchmarks as well as for preventing new ones, dry and dehydrated skin
  • For massage on babies over 6 months