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
- 1 cup coconut oil – for personal care recipes I use Tropical Traditions Organic Coconut Oil
- 1/4 cup shea butter (optional – can use coconut oil in place of this if you wish)
- 1/4 cup bees wax pastilles
- 1 1/2 tbsp. zinc oxide powder
- 10 drops Lavender essential oil
- 10 drops chamomile essential oil
- NOTE: If you suspect yeast diaper rash add or replace essential oils with 5-6 drops of tea tree oil
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.
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.