Sunday, September 23, 2012

Baby Butt Balm

We've gone thru many, many tubes of Desitin in this house since having children. For some reason my kids seem to be prone to diaper rash...not that they have them constantly or anything, but we've dealt with our fair share. I've tried a few other kinds of diaper rash creams, but Desitin has been the only thing that really worked for us. However, I really do NOT like Desitin. I mean, it works well, but it's white. And it stains anything and everything it touches. We have so many white smudges on our bedspread...and that stuff gets under your fingernails and won't come out....sigh. When I came across this recipe for a diy "baby butt balm" I decided to give it a try and see if it would work. I don't cloth diaper, but this recipe is safe to use with cloth diapers. 


I slightly altered the original recipe because I wanted something a little less greasy, and then halved it. Here's my recipe:

1/2 cup coconut oil
3/4 ounce beeswax
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops tea tree oil (melaleuca) essential oil


Weigh your beeswax. I cut small chunks off my bar of beeswax, and then once it was weighed I crumbled it into smaller pieces so it would melt faster. You can also use beeswax pellets/pastilles or grate a bar.


I discovered that small canning jars make excellent double boilers. :) Dump in your wax and coconut oil. 


To melt, boil water in a small pan and set the jar into the water. Stir frequently. 


Since coconut oil melts at 76 degrees and beeswax melts at 140 degrees, it will take awhile to melt the beeswax once the coconut oil melts. Just keep stirring. :)


Slowly...


....the wax will all melt. :)


Once it's all liquified, remove from the boiling water and add the essential oils. Stir well.


I let mine set up in the jar, but next time I think I'll pour it into the final container while it's still liquid. 


Stir once in awhile while it cools. It has such a nice, smooth, glossy texture. :)


I was going to keep it in the jar, but when I found this empty squeeze container at Walmart I thought this would be much more convenient. 


It has a great texture...firm enough to handle, but it melts into a nice, clear, oily/waxy coating on the skin. I've been using it for some minor redness but until last night I hadn't tried it out on a real diaper rash. Last night we had a nasty one, so I put the balm on thick and the rash was almost completely gone this morning! Keep using at every diaper change while there's any remaining redness. I love this balm...it's cheap, it's natural, it's non-toxic, and it smells good. :) You can also use this for cuts, scrapes, burns, or just dry skin! 

Here's a breakdown of why these ingredients were used, borrowed from SimplyRealMoms.com:

Coconut Oil: Antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial/infection fighting, antioxidant, has no harmful or discomforting side effects and is non-toxic to humans and animals. It is soothing and nourishing to an angry baby butt and is safe for cloth diapers.

Beeswax: Used to thicken the salve and form a nice breathable barrier on baby’s bottom. Excellent emollient and support for moisture. It protects skin from damaging environmental factors and is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-allergenic, germicidal and has antioxidants.

Tea Tree Oil/Melaleuca: Used for it's analgesic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-infections, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, and tissue regeneration properties.  It will soothe skin and promote healing as well as killing any bacterial, viral, fungal or yeast infection in the area.

Lavender Oil: Lavender has many benefits, some of which are: analgesic (reduces pain), anti-fungal, antihistamine, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, regenerative and sedative oil. It fights any infection in the diaper area and soothes damaged, sore, red and angry skin. It also encourages cellular regeneration and healing. The scent is calming to you and your child helping release emotional and physical tension associated with the rash.





16 comments:

  1. Okay, I'm almost out of our current stuff. I'm going to pin this one!

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  2. I wonder how fractionated coconut oil would work, might be less greasy?

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    1. Coconut oil - no matter if you get it organic, fractionated, or anything else, is going to go on "greasy" but it absorbs into the skin fairly quickly. :)

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  3. how long does this "keep" for? could you make several batches at once? Thanks in advance! :)

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  4. Coconut oil and beeswax do not spoil.

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  5. I LOVE your idea with the travel shampoo/conditioner bottles! With needing to stir it as it cools I can't put it in the final container as it cools. How did you get the final product into the final bottle?

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    1. Oh boy.....it's been so long that I don't exactly remember HOW I got it in there..... :) It seems like my small funnel fit into the opening on the bottle (with the squeeze top off) and I used a rubber spatula to force it thru the funnel? But you could also try using a butter knife or something thin to scoop small amounts in at a time....

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  6. I just made this bum balm recipe with a couple of changes and love it! Very nice consistency - in the oil portion of the recipe, I kept the volume the same, but added some shea butter and cocoa butter in the measuring cup with the coconut oil. I also added a couple of drops of rosemary essential oil, and 1/4 tsp lanolin. Why oh why has it taken me until baby #3 to make this stuff myself?

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    1. Rosemary is not recommended on young children.

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  7. Mine got too hard. It would not squeeze out of bottle after it cooled. What did I do wrong???

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  8. Lovely post! However I would like to warn people about essential oils, especially if used on/with babies and small children! You can't just use any fragrance, it can be really dangerous! And I'm not talking just some skin irritation. Just a few oils are safe to use with babies, even if you get top of the notch quality oils, please doublecheck if it is allright to use on skin and especially babyskin! You might think that since it's natural, it should be safe, but essiential oils are very strong and powerful and can cause serious damage on loungs and skin! For use on skin and again especially babyskin just 1 or 2 drops can be enough. Please read info about what brand and what fragrance is safe to use!

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  9. Tea Tree nd Lavender essential oils are safe for babies ages 3+ months old, if highly diluted and purchased from a reputable company such as Plant Therapy, Nature's Gift, Stillpoint Aromatics or even Aura Cacia. And coconut oil is going to be solid at temps about 76 degrees so this would work much better in a jar. I'd also add some shea butter and a little bit of olive oil or jojoba oil, and some vitamin E oil for it's antioxidant properties. It helps keep the oils from going rancid.

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  10. I substituted FCO for the EVCO called for in this recipe. I ended up making two recipes (one with FCO and one with EVCO). The FCO recipe sat up better than the EVCO recipe did. Just for those who were wondering. Great recipe though. It smells delicious!! Also, beeswax and coconut oil are two things that do not go rancid. They'll last forever. Oils don't go rancid either.

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  11. I substituted FCO for the EVCO called for in this recipe. I ended up making two recipes (one with FCO and one with EVCO). The FCO recipe sat up better than the EVCO recipe did. Just for those who were wondering. Great recipe though. It smells delicious!! Also, beeswax and coconut oil are two things that do not go rancid. They'll last forever. Oils don't go rancid either.

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  12. Just saw this! Very excited about the recipe however I sell essential oils and I thought I would throw it out there that when you make someothing withe essential oils in it that substance should be stored in a glass container of some sort. The essential oils break down plastic ergo making it toxic eventually.

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  13. I would be careful with using tea tree on babies. I would stick to a very low dilution of lavender and chamomile. Many people have sensitivities to tea tree. It makes my skin go red and I am an adult.

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