Sunday, February 10, 2013

Homemade Diaper Rash Cream – Green & Non-Toxic

Homemade Diaper Rash Cream – Green & Non-Toxic
I worry now about my grand babies and the toxins in their diaper creams so I found this recipe

Here is one homemade diaper rash cream that seriously works – and it’s 100% all natural, organic and pure luxury for sweet little bums.

I have always been a huge fan of Desitin, well, since becoming a parent three years ago, that is. That stuff just plain WORKS. We started off using Boudreaux’s Butt Paste, but stopped when it failed to take care of a serious diaper rash that Gabriel had. We switched to Desitin Advanced and haven’t looked back until recently as I’ve become much more educated about all the crazy chemicals that are in absolutely everything that isn’t a natural product, and even those you have to be careful with. So, when our last tub of Desitin ran out a week ago, I set out to make my own diaper rash cream that would have the same power as Desitin, but not be toxic AND work with our cloth diapers. Not only that, but it’s WAY cheaper to make it yourself!

This recipe IS cloth diaper safe. I have been using it for several months and it washes right out without any problems.
I’ve found everything at Amazon and Mountain Rose Herbs, so it’s super easy to buy my ingredients and concoct my potions!

So, let’s get to the fun stuff. This recipe I’ve created is all organic, except the zinc oxide. That is the secret ingredient to this cream – it’s like flour as it thickens the oils and creates a thick paste that sticks to the skin and protects it. Now, according to the skin database, zinc oxide does have a small level of toxicity, a level 2, which I didn’t realize until after creating the paste. It is a low-level, so I’m not sure what I think about it. It comes from a naturally occurring mineral, zincite, but it is produced synthetically to create the zinc oxide. If you’d rather not have the zinc oxide, just remove it and add another ounce or two of beeswax to thicken it.

Before we get started, here’s a note about my beeswax. I bought mine on Amazon here for just $2.40 for 5 ounces. Each bar is an ounce so it’s very easy to measure out how much you need!

The Recipe
 ■1 cup organic, raw unrefined shea butter (Buy at Mountain Rose Herbs and Amazon)
 ■1/2 cup organic, raw coconut oil (Buy at Buy at Tropical Traditions (hand-made!) or Amazon)
 ■1 tbsp. pastilles or bar
 ■3 tbsp. zinc oxide powder
 ■2 tbsp. vegetable glycerine or aloe vera gel (optional, for added nutrients and skin protection)

How to Make It

In a double boiler (or just a small pan inside a larger pan) with water in the bottom of the larger pan, place the shea butter, beeswax, and coconut oil in the top pan and bring to a boil. Leave in the pan long enough to melt all the shea butter and beeswax (5 minutes or less).

Remove from the heat and pour into your mixer. A hand mixer should work just fine, too. Then, add the 3 tbsp. of zinc oxide and the 2 tbsp. of vegetable glycerin and beat for 5 minutes. The beating lets oxygen circulate through the cream to fluff it up and thicken it.