This easy diaper balm takes not time at all to make and will be your saving grace when it comes to protecting your little one’s tush. Use to prevent, soothe, and treat diaper rash with this cloth diaper-friendly balm.
Why Make Your Own Diaper Balm?
When I was pregnant with my little guy I knew I wanted to cloth diaper. I quickly learned that using a regular old tube of A+D wasn’t going to cut it. Trust me, I learned the hard way. So, I started looking for a good substitute. I wanted something that would prevent rash while also being gentle on my little guy’s tush. I landed on Earth Mama’s Organic Diaper Balm. When I originally bought it I paid no mind to the actual size of the bottle. I mean, most tubes of diaper ointment average around $10 a pop. Then the package arrived in the smallest amazon box I’ve ever seen. It ended up that I had spent $5.20/ounce on diaper balm.
I used it anyway, and guess what? I fell in love with it. My baby’s first month of life, I spent over $30 on diaper ointment. I knew this wasn’t sustainable so I went back to the drawing board. Since I make my own shampoo, multipurpose cleaner, and a bunch of other personal care items and cleaners I figured I could come up with something with a little bit of experimentation.
So, why should you make your own diaper balm? First, the recipe I came up with costs much less than even your average tube of A+D. Sure the upfront cost might seem more, but those ingredients are going to last you more than one batch. Second, you can control exactly what is going on to your baby’s skin. This recipe is all natural and makes use of the anti-bacterial properties in lavender essential oil to help prevent and treat diaper rash.
What Do You Need to Get Started?
All you need for this recipe is 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1/4 cup Shea butter, 1/4 cup jojoba oil, 2 tbsp beeswax, 6 drops of tea tree oil, and 12 drops of lavender essential oil. Make sure you grab some kind of container to hold your DIY Diaper Balm. I like to use recycled glass jars. The one I am using this time is a Better Than Bouillon jar that I washed out and took the label off of. Pro-tip: use lemon essential oil to get off any stubborn adhesive that doesn’t want to come off of the jar.
How to Make Homemade Diaper Balm
Between working full-time, taking care of baby boy, and trying to keep my house from falling apart I don’t have much extra time. That is why I appreciate simplicity when it comes to my DIY products. This diaper balm is no exception.
First, create a double boiler by putting a heat resistant glass bowl on top of a boiling saucepan of water. Into the saucepan add your coconut oil, Shea butter, and beeswax. Let this hang out on the stove until everything is completely melted. Stir occasionally to mix the ingredients together.
Once everything is melted remove your bowl from the saucepan. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes. You want to give the mixture just enough time to cool off a bit but not set.
Next, add the jojoba oil and the essential oils. Mix until everything seems well incorporated and then add to your glass jar using a kitchen funnel. Allow the mixture to cool at room temperature for a couple of hours. If you put the diaper balm in the fridge to set while everything is hot, the beeswax will seize up resulting in a grainy consistency.
How to Store Diaper Balm
I just store this at room temperature. I keep one in his nursery and another in the baby bag. If you make a bunch, you can store the extra in the fridge after it is completely cooled. This is best used within 4 months if stored at room temperature.
Tips and Tricks
- Don’t be surprised if this concoction begins to melt if you take it out on a really hot day. It is still useable! It will just be a bit more liquidy. Eventually, it will resolidify.
- The first time I made this, the beeswax seized up because I put it in the fridge while it was still hot. To remedy this, simply stick the jar in the microwave until melted. Then stir the mixture and allow to reset at room temperature. This will help, but its best to let it cool at room temperature the first time around.
- This diaper ointment is cloth diaper approved! If you want to learn more about my cloth diapering experience so far click here.
- The Earth Mama’s formula uses olive oil instead of coconut oil. I prefer coconut oil in my diaper balm because it seems to be more moisturizing on my little guy’s tush. If you would prefer use olive oil simply increase the amount of beeswax to 1/4 cup.