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Cloth Diaper Safe Homemade Diaper Cream Recipe

Homemade Diaper Cream

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.

Homemade Diaper Cream
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.

Homemade Diaper Rash Ointment

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.

Looking for a great place to buy herbs, essential oils and supplies? We LOVE Mountain Rose Herbs!

This post was written by Angela a.k.a. Earth Faerie Momma.

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!

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  1. You had me at ‘allows the skin to breath’! Awesome, thanks for sharing.
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  2. Thanks for this! I’m going to give it a try!

  3. great recipe. I wish I could Pin this post for later use!!

  4. oh wow i want to make this. Do you know if it stains cloth diapers?

  5. I would love the superior mop starter from Norex

  6. Ooh thank you. Definitely utilizing this one!

  7. Jessica says:

    For those new to tea tree oil, this is an area where too much of a good thing is just too much. It can seriously irritated your skin if not properly balanced.

  8. I’m going to try this! Thanks for sharing! Just to clarify – you said to use this only when baby’s bum is red. What would you recommend for regular daily diaper changes then? Thanks so much!

  9. I’ve made some and love it! I use it everywhere. All other skin products are useless to me now.

  10. Ohh I see what my project of the weekend is going to be. I am almost out of diaper ointment and was just thinking that I needed to order some more, but it is so expensive. Thanks for this post! I will probably post a link to it on my blog when I make it.
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  11. Jeniver Boyer says:

    Hi, Love the idea of actually being able to make my own! Thank you so much!!!

    Quick question: my son is still struggling with what appears to be yeast problems. Have stripped the dipes and such. We also change him as soon as we know he is wet. Will this help any? I have used just plain coconut oil before but so far nothing I try or that the Dr. gives us gets it to stay calm. Any help greatly appreciated. Thanks again for the recipe.


    • Tea Tree Oil is anti-fungal, so adding TTO to the recipe should definitely help! Feel free to email of post on the Eco-Crazy Mom Facebook wall if you need more advice :)


  12. Instead of Tea Tree Oil I use Lavender Essential Oil…I dont like TTO because of it burning my skin…The lavender does not…and smells so much better IMO…

  13. I can’t wait to give this a try!

  14. Hi there, I just made this last night and I haven’t used it yet (sent it to the sitter) but the consistency doesn’t seem to be like the image here. I ended up using 1 oz beeswax and doubled the recipe (that’s probably my issue, I’m sure).

    Can you tell me what the consistency is supposed to be like?

  15. Thank you for sharing this! I just finished making it and can’t wait to actually try it! Our daughter gets little diaper sores every time she has teeth coming in and I hate that we have to switch to disposables just to use cream on her. Hopefully now she can continue using her cloth diapers!

  16. I just made a batch of this and I can’t wait to try it out! Thanks again :)

  17. hello
    i really want to make this but i don’t know where to buy the beeswax. ???

  18. This is fantastic- definitely making this! I currently use coconut oil, but there are times when I want something a bit stronger (with, say, TTO), or something that won’t melt quite as much in the summer! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

  19. I made my own with this recipe, I love it!


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