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As a mom of three kids three and under, you can imagine that we pour through diaper creams, lotions and ointment! My middle child particularly seems to use up a ton of these things. She has eczema and is prone to yeast infections and I guess what I am getting at is that we have tried every ointment under the sun and none has been that effective for her.. only constant vigilance. I finally decided to try an organic DIY variation to test whether or not any of the chemicals, scents etc. that they use in store bought varieties were worsening her condition.
Although it can be a little bit of an investment up front if you don’t have all the ingredients, once you have them you will be able to make several batches of this recipe! Also, it works great for other super dry places like behind the ears etc!
Organic Diaper Cream
- Baby Food Jars
- Cheese Grater
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup shea butter
- 1/2 oz beeswax
- 1 vitamin E capsule
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- 2 Tbsp arrowroot powder
- Sanitize baby food jars or whatever containers you will be using to store diaper cream in.
- Grate beeswax into small pieces with a cheese grater.
- Squeeze a few drops out of the Vitamin E capsule into a medium saucepan.
- Melt coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax, vitamin E oil and lavender oil over medium low heat until completely melted and combined.
- Transfer liquid into a mixing bowl and slowly mix arrowroot powder in with an electric mixer.
- Pour diaper cream into baby food jars.
- Refrigerate for 5-10 minutes to help solidify the mixture. After it's set, the diaper cream does not need to be refrigerated!
This recipe filled the two jars pictured!
If you are interested, here are the reasons behind why each item is included:
Arrowroot Powder – Used as a natural thickening agent, to get cream to a smooth spreadable texture.
Beeswax – Used for its anti-bacterial properties to prevent infection.
Shea Butter – Used for its added moisture and anti-inflammatory properties.
Lavender – Used for its skin healing properties as well as it’s appealing scent.
Coconut Oil – Used for its anti-yeast, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties.
Vitamin E – Used as a natural preservative.
Baby Jars – Sterile storage and obvious cute factor ;).
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Pretty easy right?!
really good diaper cream. slightly greasy, but goes on smoothly. noticed faded rash areas in less than one day🙂
Beeswax is not something that is supposed to be used for children under 3 years old. It will compromise their immune systems BECAUSE it is still developing. Please do your research BEFORE using this recipe & use cornstarch as another thickening agent.
Your comment on beeswax makes zero sense and is part of the moisture barrier.
Cornstarch is NOT recommended because it feeds yeast, while arrowroot does not typically do so.
beeswax is a natural barrier and contains fatty acids and other healing agents. it is soothing and keeps irritants at Bay. arrow root relieves skin irritation and a yeast preventative. so Darnielle your wrong.
Can this be used for cloth diapering?
I assume so! (but I have never cloth diapered so I can’t say 100%.)
I’ve heard essential oils should not be used with babies. Any concerns with the lavender use?
I’ve used them with all my babies, but I am definitely not an expert! I would maybe test it out on the bottom of their foot or something if you were worried about a bad reaction! In the diaper cream the other ingredients should help the be a barrier as well so it won’t be as strong as applying oil directly to the skin, if that makes sense!
Can you use corn starch instead of arrow root
Sarah + Jessica
It may not be organic anymore depending on the corn starch but I think it should work the same! I’ve never tried it so be sure to keep us posted if you do!
This looks great! Can I keep this on the shelf? For how long? Thanks
Jessica @ Pretty Providence
Yes you can! For up to a year!