| 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).
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)
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.
combine the oils.
remove from heat and add the essential oils. stir then let them cool.
tip: if too firm, remelt and add more coconut oil.
total price: $4.15
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.