About 6 weeks after our daughter was born, she developed a nasty diaper rash that did not seem to let up. Desperate to provide her with relief, I resorted to an organic zinc-oxide cream to help heal the rash. Even after healing over, every diaper change presented a sun-burn like rash that if not cared for right away, would start to blister.
What I needed was a diaper balm that would repel and prevent her urine from touching her skin while I searched for the root cause.
I wanted it to be simple, easy, and made with ingredients that I normally have around the house. I also wanted the texture to be smooth and easy to rub into the skin. After tinkering with a few different recipes, I found the combination I was looking for.
I now use this diaper balm every day during diaper changes and on her skin (especially during the winter) to prevent chapping and irritation. As a family, we use it on our hands, lips, and under our nose if red from a cold. It is a great all-purpose balm!
This diaper balm does not contain any petroleum based ingredients so it is safe for cloth diapers. I chose to leave out essential oils and herbs due to the sensitivity of my daughter’s skin.
Homemade Diaper Balm Recipe [Cloth Diaper Safe]
DIY Diaper Balm Ingredients:
*Note – this recipe fills two 4 oz mason jars.*
0.75 oz beeswax pellets
1.0 oz mango butter (Shea butter would probably work too, but I have not tried it.)
1/8 cup coconut oil (I use the organic coconut oil from Trader Joe’s or the Viva Naturals Organic brand- just make sure it is not fractionated/liquid coconut oil. It needs to solidify when it cools.)
1/3 cup avocado oil
3.5 tbsp olive oil
15-20 drops of vitamin E
DIY Diaper Balm Recipe:
- In a double boiler or glass bowl, combine the beeswax, mango butter, and coconut oil.
- Bring to medium-low heat and stir until melted.
- Turn off heat and add the avocado oil, olive oil, and vitamin E. Stir until well combined.
- Pour the mixture into two 4 oz mason jars, or other glass jar(s), and let cool until completely solid.
- Once cooled, place lid on the jar(s) and store away until use. We always have one jar in use which is stored in our diaper basket and another one stored in our medicine cabinet.
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