A Homemade Cloth Diaper Rash Cream that’s all natural, non-toxic, and safe for your baby’s bum.
We’re expecting our first child in September and have decided to go with cloth diapers. I know that cloth diapers might sound old school, but they make really cute cloth diapers these days. Plus, cloth diapers are better for a baby’s bum, better for the environment and better for the wallet!
Actually, babies are less likely to experience diaper rashes when using cloth diapers. That’s because cloth diapers are changed more often. But, that doesn’t mean that it’s never going to happen. I’ve created an All Natural Homemade Cloth Diaper Rash Cream just in case a diaper rash or skin irritation does develop.
Homemade Cloth Diaper Rash Cream
Simply put, our skin is porous and absorbs whatever we put on it. This holds true for children and adults. But baby skin is thin and sensitive, which is why you want to be extra careful about what products you choose to rub on them.
Store-bought diaper rash creams can contain harmful and even toxic ingredients such as preservatives, perfumes and parabens. Some of these ingredients are even thought to be carcinogens. This means that they are thought to cause cancer, in addition to possibly causing allergies and disrupting organ and hormonal function. Why risk all of that when homemade cream is quick and easy to make and relatively inexpensive. Plus, once you have all the ingredients on hand you’ll be able to make batch after batch.
A Natural Approach
This diaper cream consists of 4 basic ingredients: Coconut oil, Shea Butter, Beeswax and Vitamin E oil with just a couple of drops of Lavender essential oil at the end for its soothing effects and gentle scent.
Shea butter is a fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree. It’s usually yellow in color when raw, with Unrefined, Refined, and Ultra-Refined Shea butter being ivory or white in color. It’s thought to be able to treat many skin conditions including itching, sunburns, eczema, skin allergies, insect bites, frost bite, etc.
Beeswax carries antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties that are essential in fighting chapped skin and bacterial infections that tend to affect us most in the dry, winter months. It forms a protective wall by sealing in moisture in our skin without smothering and clogging up the pores. Woop Woop!!
This cream is thick, as you can see from the picture above and I have also found it to be shelf stable. This recipe makes the perfect amount for a small mason jar.
Specialty Ingredients for this Recipe
All Natural Homemade Cloth Diaper Rash Cream Recipe
All Natural Homemade Cloth Diaper Rash Cream
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup Shea butter
- 2 Tablespoons beeswax pellets
- 2 Tablespoons vitamin E oil
- 2 - 3 drops top quality Lavender Essential Oil
Using a double boiler heat the coconut oil, Shea butter and beeswax pellets over medium-low heat until fully melted. Remove from the heat and let cool for about 5 minutes before whisking in the Vitamin E oil and Lavender Essential Oil. Let cool to room temperature.
To speed up the cooling process, option to place in the fridge for about 30 - 60 minutes. Finally, beat with a handheld mixer to create a whipped texture. Store in an airtight glass jar.
*To prevent contamination, when using do not double dip. Use a clean finger every time!