This homemade natural diaper rash cream is cloth diaper safe. It heals skin, helps prevent further irritation, and smells like chocolate.
Diaper rash certainly isn’t fun, but making homemade natural diaper rash cream for my babies is enjoyable. I like that I know exactly what is in it, and it’s made with lots of love.
Because it is made from just a handful of quality ingredients, it could be considered a minimalist baby product. And here on the mountain, it’s an essential one.
Organic store-bought diaper rash cream can get expensive. At one point, we were spending around $15 for one small jar. It worked well, but we frequently had to buy more.
After realizing how simple it is to make effective natural diaper rash cream at home, we have saved lots of money. We also don’t worry about running out, since we try to keep the ingredients on hand.
I’ve tried a few variations of this recipe, and this one that I’m sharing has worked best for us.
Why You Should Try This Homemade Natural Diaper Rash Cream
First of all, it’s non-toxic and all-natural. And did I mention how simple it is to make? With only four ingredients, it couldn’t be much easier.
Shea butter soothes irritation and promotes cell regeneration. Plus, it contains vitamins A and E.
Cacao butter, also called cocoa butter, nourishes the skin and prevents it from drying out. It also gives this natural diaper rash cream its sweet scent.
There are so many reasons to love coconut oil. It is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, which makes it a key ingredient in this diaper rash cream recipe.
All three of these ingredients are chock-full of healthy fatty acids, which help the skin barrier function properly.
Bentonite clay helps protect against harmful bacteria as well. It’s also anti-inflammatory and rich in minerals like magnesium.
Does Bentonite Clay Contain Lead?
Have you noticed the proposition 65 warning on containers of bentonite clay? That’s because it contains trace amounts of lead.
For a long time, I was hesitant about using bentonite clay in my homemade natural diaper rash cream. Sure, I had used it in skin care masks plenty of times without worry, but I was reluctant to put something containing lead on my baby’s bum.
Finally, I came to the realization that a lot of the organic produce I eat contains trace amounts of naturally-occurring lead. Because it also comes from the earth — from aged volcanic ash — bentonite clay does, too.
Thankfully, from what I understand, the lead found in bentonite clay is not readily absorbed by the body when applied topically. Studies seem to show that bentonite clay may actually help rid the body of heavy metals like lead.
Moreover, clay has been used safely in skin care treatments for centuries. It is believed that ancient Egyptians used clay masks to draw impurities out of their skin.
I encourage you to do your own research and reach your own conclusion, if you don’t feel comfortable using this or any other ingredient. Trust me, I get it. As a mindful mother, you care about what goes on your baby’s sensitive skin.
I’ve made this recipe omitting bentonite clay. As a substitution, I used organic arrowroot powder. Although the diaper rash cream was soothing and provided a moisture-barrier, in my experience, it did not relieve redness as quickly.
What You Won’t Find in This Natural Diaper Rash Cream
This natural diaper rash cream does not contain zinc oxide, which can cause issues with cloth diaper absorbency.
This DIY diaper balm also does not contain essential oils. Don’t get me wrong, I like using essential oils, but I chose not to add any to this natural diaper cream recipe because it’s advised not to use them on children under three months old. I wanted to be able to use this diaper rash cream on my newborn and toddler.
More importantly, you won’t find any of the toxic ingredients that are often found in commercial baby products. Sadly, many of those contain neurotoxins, carcinogens, and endocrine disruptors.
The skin is our largest organ. While working at one of the top organic spas in New York City, I learned that our skin absorbs up to 80% of what we put on it.
This homemade natural diaper rash cream doesn’t contain any synthetic fragrances, but it smells delicious. And, although I don’t recommend it, it’s safe enough to eat.
- Use organic ingredients because conventional ones may have been extracted using hexane, a toxic solvent.
- On that note, I recommend using unrefined organic coconut oil.
- Seek a reputable source for bentonite clay.
- You can make a double boiler by using a glass bowl over a saucepan with an inch or two of simmering water.
- Allow the diaper rash cream to cool and somewhat solidify, then stir it well because the clay has a tendency to sink to the bottom.
- You can use a hand mixer to evenly distribute the clay. It isn’t necessary, but you may prefer the whipped consistency.
- If the diaper rash cream is too greasy for your liking, try adding a tablespoon of organic arrowroot powder to absorb some of the moisture.
- Store it in a glass jar, so that chemicals from plastic don’t leach into the diaper rash cream. (This is one reason I buy coconut oil in glass jars.)
- If you cloth diaper and are dealing with a bad rash that isn’t going away, you may want to use disposable diapers for a few days and adjust your wash routine.
- You can store the DIY diaper balm for up to one year.
- If it’s been several days and the diaper rash is not going away, you are most likely dealing with yeast. In this case, I would look into using essential oils. I’ve even been a rule breaker and used natural creams with zinc oxide to create more of a moisture barrier.
DIY Diaper Balm Ingredients
1/2 cup of organic shea butter
1/3 cup of organic cacao butter
1/4 cup of coconut oil
3 tablespoons of bentonite clay
How to Make Natural Diaper Rash Cream
- Melt the shea butter, cacao butter, and coconut oil in a double boiler.
- Stir in the bentonite clay.
- Pour in a jar that has a lid.
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- 1/2 cup of organic shea butter
- 1/3 cup of organic cacao butter
- 1/4 cup of coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons of bentonite clay
1. Melt the shea butter, cacao butter, and coconut oil in a double boiler.
2. Stir in the bentonite clay.
3. Pour in a jar that has a lid.
Add one tablespoon of organic arrowroot powder, if you it is too oily for your liking.
Store it in a lidded glass jar for up to a year.