How to Make Organic Diaper Cream: Step-by-Step D.I.Y. Recipe
Yes! It can be done, and it’s actually quite simple and requires very little time, few ingredients and it is very cost effective, especially if you already have some of these ingredients on hand. Why make my own organic diaper cream when it’s so easy to buy? Good question. So many of us moms are unaware of the dangers of conventional baby care products (can’t lie I was too, with my first two children). For example: I have a very old tube of A+ D Original Ointment in front of me right now (that I received as a baby shower gift two years ago) and the ingredients include: Petrolatum, cod liver oil, Fragrance, Light mineral oil, Microcrystalline wax and paraffin. If petrolatum (petroleum jelly) doesn’t set off a red flag to you right away then you might want to read this article right away. Fragrance is another red flag. I always put a product back that has the word “fragrance” listed in the ingredients. Why? Because fragrance is considered a trade secret, so companies don’t have to tell us what’s in it – often dozens or even hundreds of synthetic chemical compounds are in just that simple word…fragrance. Pretty alarming huh? Don’t fret, if making your own organic products seems a little intimidating to you then you can buy a perfectly safe organic diaper cream here. But if you do have the time and interest to make your own organic diaper cream, it’s not as hard as it may seem and it’s so rewarding when you apply it to your sweet baby’s skin.
Healthy, Homemade Organic Diaper Cream Recipe
What you will need:
- 1/2 c Coconut Oil (read about the many benefits here)
- 1/4 c Shea Butter
- 1 T Beeswax (optional)
- 1 T Vegetable Glycerin (Optional)
- Herbs (optional, In this batch I used 1T each Chamomile flowers and Calendula which both have has anti-bacterial properties. Chamomile has and added anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-parasitic properties.
- Essential Oils (also optional, I like to use 5-10 drops of Lavender)
- 1 tsp Arrowroot Powder (optional, has extra drying power) Whoops! Not pictured.
Heat some water in double boiler or saucepan over medium high heat (I use a glass bowl on top of my sauce pan as my double boiler, which I designate for all my home making products) Melt the coconut oil. If you wish to add herbs, add them now and turn heat to low and let sit for 1 hour (pictured above). If you are NOT using herbs you can add the beeswax now also.
Strain Herbs in a fine mesh strainer. * If using beeswax return to double boiler pain and melt beeswax. Once beeswax is melted continue to the next step
Poor coconut oil in a mixing bowl and add shea butter and your optional arrowroot powder and vegetable glycerin. Mix until Shea butter is melted and all ingredients are combined. (you can even use a fork to mash it in also)
In the winter I skip this step because it is usually cool enough, but it’s been a steady 75 degrees and above in the Pacific Northwest and my coconut oil has been mostly liquid so I like to stick my whole mixing bowl into the refrigerator for about 10 minutes to slightly solidify. You can totally skip this step, but it just makes a prettier end product.
Mix until you get fluffy white peaks or until it resembles yummy whipped cream or vanilla frosting, yes, it looks good enough to eat!
Oh wait I almost forgot. If using essential oils.. it’s not too late to add them in now…like me!
Give the mixer a few turns to incorporate that oil then you’re done!
Just scoop your cream into a container or jar and there you have it. Your very own, chemical free happy baby, happier mommy butt cream!!!
- In hot weather this will want to melt, so best to store in a jar, in a cool place away from sun/ heat. Perfectly fine to use when melted though. I like to put mine in the fridge for awhile if it starts to melt.
- If you want to use chamomile you can also use a chamomile tea bag and let it steep in coconut oil.
- A little goes a long way
- This is safe to use with cloth diapers. I used it successfully when I cloth diapered my baby. I never had a problem with build up. You might have to strip them or run them through a vinegar baking soda rinse.
- This is not only good for baby butts. I use this all the time on baby’s skin and on mine!
- And if this was too much for you. I totally understand. Just click here and buy a perfectly safe alternative!
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Have you ever made your own baby products? How did they turn out?
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