Cloth Diaper Safe Homemade Diaper Cream Recipe- Coconut Butt Cream
This cream is so easy to make and smells great. I love knowing what goes on my little ones bum. That is why I decided to use cloth diapers in the first place. Now, I not only know every ingredient, I can customize them to my liking! I am more than happy to show you how easy it is to make your own!
Here is what you need to make 4 oz of cream:
- 1/2 oz beeswax
- 3 1/2 oz coconut oil
- Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 4 oz Jar (ex. canning jar, baby food jar)
- Stirring Stick or Spoon (wooden chop stick)
1. Start by filling a pot with water. Make sure the water is below the opening of the jar when placed in the pot. Turn the heat to MED\s-HI and get the water nice and hot.
2. Put the 1/2 oz chunk of beeswax in the jar and melt it down in the hot water. It’s almost like creating a double boiler. Moving the beeswax around with the stick quickens the process. This took me about 10 minutes.
3. Slowly add the coconut oil (or other oil) but not the essential oil yet. When you pour the cold oil in it will re-harden the beeswax, so take it slow and stir. This took about 5 minutes.
4. Once it is completely melted take it off and add the essential oil. Add about 1-5 drops depending on how much you like the smell. I recommend at least adding a little bit because it helps with bacterial and fungal growth. You can add lavender instead of tea tree if you don’t like the smell or have a sensitivity to it. Lavender is also, what you would call, a triple threat; antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral.
5. Let it cool and test the consistency. You can also let the mixing stick cool a bit to check the consistency. Coconut oil melts at 76 degrees F, so any cooler than that it will turn solid. My rash cream gets harder in the winter months, so a bit more coconut oil and/or less beeswax will help smooth it out and vice-versa if you it is too soft. Olive oil will make it softer.
In the batch below I used a bit of rose hip seed oil, so it turned the final cream a yellowish color. If made with just coconut oil it will be a bit whiter.
Why These Ingredients?
Beeswax- along with thickening up the cream it also creates a protective barrier over the skin. Unlike petroleum based products, it allows the skin to breathe.
Coconut oil- full of vitamins and antioxidants, it is great for even the most sensitive skin and is easily absorbed.
How To Choose The Right Coconut Oil:
You want to be picky when it comes to your coconut oil. It can be used for many things, including cooking and it is so good for you. There are a lot of cheap oils out there that contain deodorizers, are bleached and have added chemicals (like hexane). The best oil for skin application will be: “Extra Virgin”, “Unrefined”, “Organic” or “Cold Pressed”. When it’s cold it will be a white, solid and when it’s warm it will be a clear, liquid. It will smell strongly of coconuts.
Tips and Info:
- This cream is very concentrated, so a little bit goes a long way.
- Only use it on your little one when their bum is red.
- This is exactly how you make a salve! So it is great for rashes, burns, cuts, and dry skin (even your lips).
- This does not require preservatives because it does not contain water but I would give it a shelf life of about one year.
- Feel free to mix this recipe up with different oils. Just make sure you have beeswax and something to help with bacterial and fungal growth.
Other Ingredients To Try
- Olive Oil- a very stable oil that is easily accessible and not to mention great for your skin!
- Rose Hip Seed Oil- This unique oil is extremely high in essential fatty acids. It is perfect for dry, weathered, and dehydrated skin. It works wonders on rashes, scars and stretch marks. It is not as stable as olive oil.
- Vitamin E Oil- the vitamins and antioxidants are great for your skin and help to preserve your product.
- Lavender Essential Oil- soothing, great for sensitive skin and smells great!
You can also infuse the oil in healing herbs before making this recipe. Some herbs to try are: Chamomile, Calendula, Lavender, Comfrey, and Plantain.
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This post was written by Angela a.k.a. Earth Faerie Momma.
Angela is a blogger, wife and mother of two wonderful little boys. After becoming a mom, Angela became aware of the many toxins found in every day products that are not regulated or controlled, and was determined to find healthier, more natural solutions for her family. With the belief that knowledge is power, Angela set out to share what she has learned through her blog Earth Faerie Momma by providing other moms with information about eco-friendly, green and non-toxic living. At Earth Faerie Momma you’ll find practical green living tips, educational articles, do-it-yourself recipes, honest product reviews, and more!Terri
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