| homemade diaper cream |

diaper rash is a pretty common ailment in our household. my 14 month old daughter has always been on the petite side, and i think the smaller diapers aren't as absorbent (we have usually had her in one size bigger than she needs to be.) she also sleeps 10-12 hours at night, which leaves her with very full diapers in the mornings. when she was a newborn, it was much worse than it is now, so i wish i had this remedy then.

i started out using boudreaux's butt paste maximum strength diaper cream (4 ounces for $7.99) which worked like a charm, but would leave her bum wrinkly if we needed to use it multiple times, consecutively. i eventually moved to the honest diaper rash cream (2.5 ounces for $9.95), who's products i love and mission i adore.

i didn't start this project out trying to save money, but wanting to simplify our lives, with a health conscious mindset, using as few ingredients as necessary to aid in any healing. with that said, i did do the math... & for half the price, still choosing all natural and organic products, i am getting almost double the cream ($4.15).

remove from heat and add the essential oils. stir then let them cool.

diaper cream

what you need:

1/2 ounce organic beeswax ($0.48)

3 1/2 ounce organic fractionated coconut oil ($3.35) | tip: after making this, i realized you could use regular coconut oil for a more creamy ointment, versus the fractionated which will stay somewhat liquidy. also, i'd recommend starting with likes oil, like 2 ounces and add more gradually.

2 drops each: doTERRA melaluca (tree tree oil) and lavender ($0.32) | there are a lot of oils out there, and like anything, not all oils are created equal. what are essential oils & why i chose doTERRA. 

4 ounce glass jar (old baby food jar) ($0.00)

catherineharringtonclifforddoterra.jpg

directions:

put the beeswax in the glass jar (bowl) and place in the top portion of a double boiler. gently melt it over simmering water, stirring until smooth.

catherineharringtonclifforddoterra.jpg
catherineharringtonclifforddoterra.jpg

combine the oils.

catherineharringtonclifforddoterra.jpg
catherineharringtonclifforddoterra.jpg

remove from heat and add the essential oils. stir then let them cool.

catherineharringtonclifforddoterra.jpg
catherineharringtonclifforddoterra.jpg

tip: if too firm, remelt and add more coconut oil.

total price: $4.15

remove from heat and add the essential oils. stir then let them cool.

another reason i like this alternative, is that even if she ate some, like she puts most things in her mouth, i wouldn't have to worry. extra peace of mind, priceless.