Most diaper rash creams contain a variety of chemicals that you probably don’t want to put on your baby’s delicate skin. Whether you’re looking to rid your home of toxic chemicals as a whole or are simply concerned about what you are putting on your baby’s bum, this simple recipe is the one for you.
This recipe uses shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax, and essential oils to make a cream that is soothing and healing for baby’s delicate skin. Not only is it great for preventing and treating diaper rash, it’s also safe for cloth diapers (many diaper rash creams are not).
About the Ingredients:
Coconut oil is not only a great moisturizer, it is also rich in lauric acid which makes it naturally antimicrobial. I use only organic, unrefined coconut oil. (Available HERE)
Shea butter naturally moisturizes as well as providing high amounts of vitamins A and E, which are healthy and healing for skin. I use raw, organic, unrefined shea butter (Available HERE)
Bees wax is a natural way to add some texture to your cream and make it so it won’t completely turn to liquid during the warmer summer months (coconut oil liquefies above 70-degrees). I use organic, unbleached beeswax that I buy at my local health food store.
Lavender essential oil smells amazing, plus it is naturally antiseptic, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory (LSP, 2014). I use only pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils from a trusted source (otherwise they can be cut with all kinds of nasty ingredients, even if labeling laws allow them to call themselves “pure”). (I get all of my essential oils HERE).
Gentle Baby essential oil blend contains geranium, rosewood, coriander, palmarosa, lavender, ylang ylang, Roman chamomile, lemon, jasmine, and rose essential oils. It’s various constituents make it nicely calming as well as tremendously soothing and healing for tender upset skin; it works well on any part of your body (LSP, 2014). Again, I use only pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils from a trusted source. (I get all of my essential oils HERE).
Combining all of the above ingredients, here is the recipe I use on my little one.
Homemade All-Natural Diaper Rash Cream
In a double boiler (or in a glass measuring cup over a pot of simmering water), combine the shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax, stirring constantly until mostly melted.
Remove from heat. As the mixture sits, the constituent ingredients will continue to melt so they can be mixed thoroughly.
Once the mixture is thoroughly combined, allow it to sit and cool for a few minutes (but not too long, or it’ll start to solidify again).
After it has cooled, add the essential oils and mix well.
At this point, you can either pour the mixture into your mixer and whip it until it’s fluffy, or, for a more salve-like cream, you can simply pour it into a glass jar (a small mason jar or a baby food jar works well) and let it solidify.
Once solid, store it with your diapering supplies and use it as needed on baby’s bum.
NOTE: This cream also works wonderfully well on other dry or chapped skin.
Sources: LSP (2014). Essential Oils Desk Reference, Sixth Edition. Life Science Publishing.