While I was pregnant I did a lot of research. I planned on cloth diapering and had read that you shouldn’t use standard diaper creams due to the cream limiting the absorbency of the cloth diaper. Also, most standard retail creams are more of a “block” instead of something that will help heal a rash. I had also planned to breast feed and knew I’d probably need a cream for that as well. I found a recipe that I have fallen in love with!
There were a few recipes that I liked but I decided to go with Coco’s Well Diaper Rash Stick. The only ingredient I didn’t use was jojoba oil. I substituted with extra virgin olive oil since I already had that and use it regularly.
I’ve made this recipe a few times now (3 to be exact). Her original recipe is great to put in the deodorant stick. It’s a little too hard for my tastes, though, even in the stick form. It was especially difficult to use it on my nipples since you have to let body heat melt the cream a little. I couldn’t get enough to melt on my finger to use easily and quickly so I modified the recipe a little.
My version uses less beeswax. I chose to reduce that ingredient since it’s the main hardening ingredient. All the others are “soft” and have the healing properties I wanted to keep.
Amazing Cream Recipe
- 1.5 – 2 TBSP Beeswax (depends on how solid you want the cream-start with 2)
- 1 TBSP Shea Butter
- 2 TBSP Solid Coconut Oil
- 2 TBSP Fractionated Coconut Oil (Liquid)
- 1 TBSP EV Olive Oil
- 10 Drops Lavender Oil
- 10 Drops Tea Tree Oil (after 6 months old)
This is SO easy to make. You just melt everything together and pour into your preferred container. Use a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler (which I don’t) then just use a pot with boiling water and a bowl on top of the pot. It works the same way.
The main thing my modification did was make the cream more creamy. I will put the tea tree just in the cream I’m using for any diaper ailments or cuts and only lavender in the one I use for…EVERYTHING ELSE.
This cream really is absolutely AMAZING! I just love it. Anytime my baby love has any hint of redness, I just put this cream on at diaper changes and by the end of the day ALL the redness is gone.
I used it on my cracked nipples, dry skin of my elbows, cuts, you name it. The cuts heal so much quicker with this stuff. I use it on both her and myself. My husband has used some and he sang its praises too.
I got the deodorant tubes through Amazon. That’s where I got the bees wax, fractionated coconut oil and the tea tree oil too but I got the EV Olive Oil and solid coconut oil at the regular grocery store. There’s a health store near me so I got the lavender and shea butter there.
I recently found another cream I like on Pinterest and saved it to my DIY-Beauty & Health board. This one is Homemade Natural Diaper Cream by Lisa Johnson on Chron. She gives her directions in ounces instead of cooking measurements. The main differences in the recipe is the grapefruit seed extract and dried chamomile flowers. She also uses a blender at the end to make it more of a true cream.
The whipping part is what I want to try. Maybe experiment with my growing mint, lavender or violet plants. **If you’re still breastfeeding, don’t add the mint to your cream. I’ve read from many sources that mint will decrease milk production.
My babysitter has raved about it and recommended it to the other mothers she sits for so I figured I’d share this Amazing Cream.
**Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, herbalist, apothecary or anything. I just found a recipe I liked and made a few modifications. Use it at your own discretion. Coconut oil is made from a nut so be sure to test for allergies before a full use.