Friday, March 7, 2014

DIY Natural diaper cream.



This is another diy I've been using on my baby that has worked beautifully. Why should you think about making your own diaper rash cream you ask? Because this way it can be fresh and pure every time! 

I would like to start off by saying that diaper rashes are a part of babyhood, and some babies get more rashes than others. My daughter was super good at keeping diaper rashes at bay until she started eating more of a variety of fruits. Once the potty training kicks in, food limitations won't be as much of an issue, but until then, we had to temporarily eliminate strawberries, raspberries and tomatoes from the menu since we noticed they would cause diaper rashes no matter what we did to avoid them (due to the acidity I suppose), once we removed those foods, the rash was gone. All this to say, that no cream will help an underlying cause if no changes are made. If your child has a very stubborn rash that won't go away, don't focus on a barrier, focus on making the internal changes (most likely dietary) by the process of eliminating and re introducing foods you suspect are causing the issue. 

Most commercial products will contain water as a main ingredient (first ingredient listed on the ingredients list) because it's cheap and cuts the production cost of the product per gram to maximize profits and while there's absolutely nothing wrong with water/aqua, preservatives will automatically be needed to stop that same water ingredient from creating an infestation of bacteria over time in the product. Any company that says they use an all natural EFFECTIVE ingredient as a preservative is full of s*#t... I'm not saying synthetic preservatives are lethal and should be avoided at all costs since they are needed in products containing water to keep them safe, but if you can find a way to omit them, many people would love to since they do take away from the purity of a product, and why pay a high price for something that isn't even pure? Just know that anyone using water in their products and NOT using a potent broad spectrum preservative (and only using something like rosemary, grapefruit extract, vitamin e, etc...) is selling you a ticking time bomb of bacteria so stay away from it...The only negative to making your own natural products is that it can't sit on a shelf for crazy amounts of time, but why would you want that anyways? I feel like the fresher the better! Plus this is the type of product many parents will use extremely often in their babies early years so the more natural the better in my opinion.

This is a more simplified version to my cream since all you'll need to make this are 4 ingredients vs the 8 + herbal oil infusion I use for mine (which I profiled and wrote about here), so anybody can make this simplified version with some basic supplies. All the images taken are of the simple version recipes we're going to go over in this post. My zinc cream has organic naturally refined shea butter, but butters are very high maintenance to work with if you want to get a nice creamy non graininess result, I've had to test out my batches over 60 times to get it right and I finally made it perfect, but it was not easy by any means. This version won't have all the herbal properties, but it will def do the trick in terms of creating a good barrier and work as well as many other zinc creams on the market, but you'll be using all natural ingredients. For any of you out there that are using cloth diapers, you def. want to avoid zinc so I also included a diy zinc free cream alternative as well! :) Ok let's get started!!

I'll start with the zinc cream. What you'll need:


THIS IS FOR 1 OUNCE WORTH OF FINAL PRODUCT (you can multiply by 2,3,4 etc...if measuring in grams vs percentages).

*Make sure all your utensils are perfectly dry so NO water gets into your oil and wax mixture.

- Stir stick 
- Container to pour final mixture in
- medium size Glass Pyrex (2 cups capacity works fine)
- Stick blender (works best vs hand mixer, but both can do the trick)
- 67% or 21g Extra virgin olive oil
- 10% or 3g Beeswax (approx. 1 tsp if measuring that way)
- 23% or 7g virgin coconut oil (solid at room temp)
- 1 Tablespoon Zinc powder (I used a non-nano particle type which means it has a larger mesh size so it       sits on the surface of the skin vs penetrating it). You can usually find this stuff online very easily.

Feel free to tweak slightly if you prefer it to be softer, or stiffer by increasing or decreasing the EVOO.

This version is very simple to prepare. Start by setting up a bain marie (I use a porcelain casserole type pot filled half way with water), and set heat to low. Place your beeswax in your pyrex and place the pyrex in your bain marie. Once the beeswax has melted, add the coconut oil and olive oil. Stir until all 3 ingredients are completely melted. I then like to add the zinc while the oils and wax are still over the heat so its doesn't automatically stiffen up, I make sure to stir it well then take off the heat right away.

This is the potentially messy part...Now you take your stick blender and mix very well, but make sure your contents aren't passed the halfway mark of your pyrex or you might make a huge splatter mess! Once your contents are fully blended, and a little less hot, pour it into your container. I would take the opportunity to now clean your pyrex and stick blender tip quickly so you don't wait for your cream to get hard on them, or this will frustrate you I guarantee it! I wipe the left over cream off with a paper towel until almost none is left since just using hot water will make an even bigger mess in your sink! You can then clean any minute residue with a reg. dish sponge and soap. 

DO NOT USE THIS CREAM WITH CLOTH DIAPERS! You will eventually destroy them, zinc is tough to fully wash out of fabric... 

Wait until your mixture has cooled completely and voila! You now have an extremely natural and effective diaper cream that you had the pleasure of making for your baby with love :) oh and not to mention seeing exactly what went into it! Looking for a zinc free option? No problem! It's bellow :)
THIS IS FOR 1 OUNCE WORTH OF FINAL PRODUCT (you can multiply by 2,3,4 etc...if measuring in grams vs percentages).

- Stir stick 
- Container to pour final mixture in
- medium size Glass Pyrex (2 cups capacity works fine)
- 67% or 21g Extra virgin olive oil
- 10% or 3g Beeswax (approx. 1 tsp if measuring that way)
- 23% or 7g virgin coconut oil (solid at room temp)
1 teaspoon arrowroot powder (food grade is what I use which can be found in most grocery stores).

Feel free to tweak slightly if you prefer it to be softer, or stiffer by increasing or decreasing the EVOO.

I've also simplified this recipe so that anyone can make it!!! My personal version also contains shea butter and oil infusions that again make it more high maintenance, so I made it easier for you while still getting a good enough barrier protection :)

Again, this version is very simple to prepare. Start by setting up a bain marie (I use a porcelain casserole type pot filled half way with water), and set heat to low. Place your beeswax in your pyrex and place the pyrex in your bain marie. Once the beeswax has melted, add the coconut oil and olive oil. Stir until all 3 ingredients are completely melted. I then like to add the arrowroot powder while the oils and wax are still over the heat so its doesn't automatically stiffen up, I make sure to stir it well then take off the heat right away. You need to stir this one rigorously because it takes a bit to get all the arrowroot fully dispersed so there are no clumps. Once slightly less hot, pour into your container, allow to cool and voila! You're done :)
These probably won't be around long enough to worry about them going bad since diaper cream is usually used very often, but they can last you a couple months no prob! Just be smart about the fingers going in your balm...If its dirty from cleaning your babies tushy, use another finger if you're double dipping... Enjoy! xox

If you're interested in reading about the version I formulated, you can find the info on it here.


No comments:

Post a Comment