Homemade Diaper Cream (Great for Eczema Too)

My favorite all purpose natural body cream is CJ’s Butter Cream. You can use it as diaper cream (cloth diaper friendly) or for dry, patchy skin (even eczema).
Here’s the thing though – it’s expensive. Although well worth the $18 price tag, I thought I would give it a whirl and see if I could do better!

I use shea butter as a base since this is the base used for the CJ Butter Cream (and I love it so much).

But I also use shea butter because of its great benefits. (Did you know that shea butter is edible?) Shea butter is an anti-inflammatory, emollient and humectant. It even has the ability to absorb ultra-violet radiation – pretty awesome, huh? 

Shea butter has even been studied to be effective for relief of nasal congestion, lowering cholesterol levels and for blood thinning! Check it out here


I could write an entire post about shea butter – but let’s move on instead…


Here are the ingredients used

1/2 cup          Shea butter-unrefined (anti-inflammatory, moisturizer)

1/4 cup          Coconut oil (antiviral, antifungal, anti yeast)
                       
1 tbsp             Beeswax pellets (anti-inflammatory)

2 tbsp             Vegetable glycerin (humectant, moisturizer)

3 drops           Calendula oil

Fragrance (if preferred)


The Mechanics of It

I used a double boiler method.

I melted a few heaping tablespoons of shea butter (1/2 cup).


I added my coconut oil.

Once you have the shea butter and oil melted, you can add the beeswax. I used a white organic beeswax. I used about 2 tablespoons or so.

Once the beeswax is melted, remove from heat and add your vegetable glycerin.


Vegetable Glycerin can be purchased online
and is rather cheap. I get mine here.

Once that is completely mixed, I poured the liquid in a small glass mason jar. I added the calendula oil (mine contains vitamin E as well) and fragrance (I used “fruit slices”, you can opt for no fragrance if you choose).

The liquid is still pretty hot in this picture, but you
see the cooling already beginning at the edges-
add your fragrance now.

Let this cool, uncovered overnight - it will continue to firm up as it cools.

Remeber - a little goes a long way!

3 comments:

  1. I'm curious, what do you mean when you say "fruit slices"? I've been making my daughter's eczema cream for a few months now but am still testing out different recipes. Most of the time, her lotions melt and am worried for her to take it to school only for it to get all over her books. So far it has been basically different measurements of what you use (coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax and calendula oil) I decided to try to add a scent and used lavender oil and she broke out again. Depending on how much shea butter to coconut oil it doesn't have the greatest smell. Thanks!

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    1. By 'fruit slices' I was referring to a particular fragrance oil I occasionally add. :)

      I agree though, adding fragrance can definately increase the likelihood of a reaction.

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  2. How much for all the ingredients?

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