Homemade Diaper Rash Cream Recipe

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Natural and toxin-free diaper rash cream is one of those things that is NOT easy to find. When I had my first child I was on a mission to find a diaper cream that worked and wasn’t full of toxic ingredients. They usually have a very long list of ingredients and a lot of them are not familiar terms. After searching and searching, I decided to make my own so I could control the ingredients and keep the cost down.

There is only one commercial diaper rash cream that I use when I run own of my own and that is Burt’s Bee’s Baby Bee Diaper Ointment. The ingredients are pretty good, it’s not too expensive, and most importantly – it works. This is one of my favorite homemade versions that I make for my children.

Diaper Rash Cream Recipe

In a double boiler, melt the coconut oil, shea butter, and bees wax. I often use a glass measuring cup or a mason jar as the double boiler. Remove the jar or measuring cup from the pot and add the zinc oxide. Mix with an immersion blender (mine has a whisk attachment). Drop in essential oils and mix again. Transfer to a glass jar to store (or just put a cover on the mason jar you used as the double boiler). Use as you would any commercial diaper rash product.

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A Note on Tea Tree Oil & Lavender Oil for Children

I have gotten many questions about the use of lavender and tea tree oils with babies and young children because of this widely cited study that stated these oils may cause estrogen imbalance. After reading through information about this I personally don’t feel it is something of concern for the following reasons…

  • The sample pool is only 3 children – 3 boys ages 3, 7 and 10
  • The “product” used is not clear
  • The quality or amount of the essential oils used in the study is unknown
  • It is not clear if there is anything else in the “product” used that could be possible hormone distruptors such as parabens or dimethyl sulfoxide – a substance often used to dilute oils and a known estrogen mimicker

It is your decision to make if you feel comfortable with it or not. I chose to continue to use these oils on my children.

Do you make your own diaper rash cream? Why? or Why not? Please share with us in the comments below.

 

Cocoa Butter Rose Hips Body Butter Recipe

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For Valentine’s Day I wanted to come up with a body butter made with Roses. Rose hips are very high in vitamin C which is excellent for the skin. Vitamin C helps keep skin looking young and may help increase collagen in the skin which reduces the signs of wrinkles.

Body butter is an awesome moisturizer for dry winter skin, works great as a pregnant belly butter, and can even be an effective diaper rash cream.

Cocoa Butter & Rose Hips Body Butter

  • 1/2 cup Cocoa Butter
  • 1/2 cup Shea Butter
  • 1/3 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 cup Almond Oil
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp. Rose Hips
  • 15 drops Rose Essential Oil

All of these ingredients can be purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs online.

In a double boiler (I use a pyrex glass measuring cup), warm add the coconut oil, almond oil, and olive oil. Warm the oil on low heat until all oil is melted and liquid. Add the rose hips to the oil and keep on low heat for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to steep for 30 minutes.

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After 30 minutes, strain out the rose hips and return the oil to the double boiler. Add the cocoa butter and shea butter and warm the oils on low heat until all oils are melted. Pour into a bowl and put in the refrigerator or freezer until hardened. It will look like this:

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Whip the body butter with a hand mixer or immersion blender and add the essential oils. It will have the consistency of butter once whipped.

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Put the finished body butter into a jar and refrigerate for 30 minutes to set. Within 24 hours the body butter will be totally set at its final texture.

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The recipe made two 8 oz jars of body butter. This is a thick body butter with a slightly oily texture due to the coconut oil and a chocolaty smell from the cocoa butter. This would make an amazingly rich Valentine’s Day gift for anyone on your list.

To purchase a hand made organic body butter like this one that is already made visit my skin care shop to purchase my whipped shea butter body butter.

Do you make your own body butter at home? What is your favorite recipe?

 

Make 32+ Handmade Skin Care Gifts with 9 Ingredients in 90 Minutes

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Christmas is only a few days away. Have you finished your shopping? If you are not sure what to get the people in your life that are impossible to buy for, why not make them something? A few years ago I started making some personal care products because I didn’t like the products I could find in stores. After using them myself, a few friends and family members asked me to make them some. Hand made products are really special because of exactly the reason I started doing it – you can’t find it in any store.

There are a number of items that are very easy to make, especially when you have a proven recipe. All it takes is a little time and patience. A lot of the ingredients can be used in multiple products such as coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, and olive oil. These things are not hard to find, some may already be in your house and others can be purchased online or in a local health food store. Mountain Rose Herbs has great quality and excellent prices.

How to Make 32+ Handmade Skin Care Gifts with 9 Ingredients in 90 Minutes

There are four different products that can be made with the same 9 ingredients.

All of the recipes for these products can be found in my eBook, The Holistic Mama’s Guide to Homemade Skin Care, or on this blog. The Lavender Body Lotion recipe can be found in this post. By doubling, tripling or quadrupling these recipes, even more gifts can be made in essentially the same amount of time. These are the ingredients you will need to make these gifts:

  • Coconut oil
  • Bees wax
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Shea butter
  • Almond oil
  • Olive oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Tea tree essential oil

The lip balm recipes and the body butter are all made in double boilers. Melting them all in different pots simultaneously saves time and allows you to make all of these in 90 minutes or less. The lotion recipe will be made separately using a blender. All of these recipes can be altered by using different essential oils for other scents such as orange essential oil, vanilla essential oil, or eucalyptus essential oil.

Gifts for the People Who Aren’t Into Beauty Products

Even if you have someone on your list that is not into beauty products and lotions there are still things you can make for them.

Gifts for the Nature Lover

Anyone who spends time outside hiking, camping, or even at the beach could use hand made items like home made sunscreen, insect repellent, or use the body butter recipe as an after sun lotion.

Gifts for Moms

Moms are always using products on their children. The sunscreen recipe I shared actually works well as a diaper cream as well because of the zinc oxide and any of the body butter recipes in my eBook work great for that purpose as well. Any mother knows that brushing your child’s hair is no picnic, especially long hair. Make a bottle of this Hair Detangling Spray and add that to this gift set for the Moms on your list.

More Handmade Beauty & Personal Care Recipes

Looking for more recipes to make for gifts? Try some of these from my blogging colleagues:

Have you made any home made beauty recipes for gifts? What did you make?

Hair Detangling Spray Recipe

One of the biggest struggles I have with my daughter is getting her to let me brush her hair. She has beautiful curly hair that gets awfully tangled no matter what I do. I remember having this same experience as a child and hated having my hair brushed and giving my Mother a  hard time about it. To make this a little easier I’ve been trying some recipes for a hair detanlging spray.

When I was growing up we used to use Johnson & Johnson’s No More Tangles – which I would NEVER use now. The ingredients are far from natural, here is what is listed on the label – Water , Behentrimonium Methosulfate , Sodium Benzoate , Dimethicone , Hydroxyethyl Behenamidopropyl Dimonium Chloride , Polysorbate 20 , Cetearyl Alcohol , Trisiloxane , Ceteth 10 , Laureth 4 – none of that sounds like anything I would like to spray on my daughter’s head. All of these ingredients are listed in EWG’s Skin Deep database and range from scores of 0-3, some possible concerns with these ingredients are skin and eye irritation and organ toxicity. Based on that I decided to make my own (as usual).

This is the first recipe I tried and it seems to work quite well. It is also quick and easy to put together – since I had all the ingredients already on hand.

Hair Detangler Recipe

Add all ingredients into a spray bottle and shake well. Generously spray hair with this recipe and brush. Here is how my daughter’s hair looks after using this spray…

It really helps get out the knots and make the process A LOT easier. To her it’s like magic, she says when I use the spray it doesn’t hurt as much.

Want more personal care recipes like this one? You might like my eBook, The Holistic Mama’s Guide to Homemade Skin Care

Do you use a hair detangling spray? What is your recipe?