Homemade Diaper Rash Cream – Natural & Non-Toxic

Here is one homemade diaper rash cream that seriously works – and it’s 100% all natural, organic and pure luxury for sweet little bums.
Homemade Diaper Rash Cream - Non-Toxic and Natural
I have always been a huge fan of Desitin, well, since becoming a parent three years ago, that is. That stuff just plain WORKS. We started off using Boudreaux’s Butt Paste, but stopped when it failed to take care of a serious diaper rash that Gabriel had. We switched to Desitin Advanced and haven’t looked back until recently as I’ve become much more educated about all the crazy chemicals that are in absolutely everything that isn’t a natural product, and even those you have to be careful with. So, when our last tub of Desitin ran out a week ago, I set out to make my own diaper rash cream that would have the same power as Desitin, but not be toxic AND work with our cloth diapers. Not only that, but it’s WAY cheaper to make it yourself!

Homemade Diaper Rash Cream Free Printable

Here’s the recipe and a free printable to stick onto the jar so you don’t have to look up the recipe again! When I first started making my own green products, I was intimidated by all the ingredients and how to buy them. Thankfully, I’ve found everything at Amazon and Mountain Rose Herbs, so it’s super easy to buy my ingredients and concoct my potions!

To print the label, either click on the Print Friendly button at the bottom of this post, or right-click on the label, choose “Save Image As” and choose a place to save it to your computer. Then, print it from your computer. Or, click here to download the document.

Speaking of which, I had no idea just how toxic Desitin actually is! Yikes, check out this report from the EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database (one of my favorite resources for checking toxicity in beauty products). One of the ingredients, BHA, gets a score of 10 (the highest level of toxicity) and causes cancer, endocrine disruption, allergies, organ toxicity, etc. Desitin also contains a paraben, which is a preservative that mimics estrogen in the body and over time, builds up and can contribute to cancers like breast cancer (read more on parabens here). It’s overall score, on a scale from 1 to 10, is a 6. Too high for me to be introducing to my precious babies!

EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database - Desitin

Before we get started, here’s a note about my beeswax. I bought mine on Amazon here for just $2.40 for 5 ounces. Each bar is an ounce so it’s very easy to measure out how much you need!

Homemade Diaper Rash Cream - Made With Beeswax

About Zinc Oxide

So, let’s get to the fun stuff. This recipe I’ve created is all organic, except the zinc oxide. That is the secret ingredient to this cream – it’s like flour as it thickens the oils and creates a thick paste that sticks to the skin and protects it. Now, according to the skin database, zinc oxide does have a small level of toxicity, a level 2, which I didn’t realize until after creating the paste. It is a low-level, so I’m not sure what I think about it. It comes from a naturally occurring mineral, zincite, but it is produced synthetically to create the zinc oxide. If you’d rather not have the zinc oxide, just remove it and add another ounce or two of beeswax to thicken it.

The Recipe

  • 1 cup organic, raw unrefined shea butter (where to buy)
  • 1/2 cup organic, raw coconut oil (where to buy hand-made, high quality coconut oil)
  • 5-10 drops Lavender Essential Oil and Roman Chamomile, or Tea Tree oil for a red tooshie, Gentle Baby would also soothe it (where to buy high quality essential oils)
  • 1 tbsp. beeswax pastilles (where to buy) or beeswax bars (where to buy)
  • For Disposable Diapers – 3 tbsp. zinc oxide powder (where to buy)
  • For Cloth Diapers – 3 tbsp. arrowroot powder (where to buy) or cornstarch (where to buy)
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable glycerine (where to buy) or aloe vera gel (where to buy) (optional, for added nutrients and skin protection)

How to Make It

In a double boiler (or just a small pan inside a larger pan) with water in the bottom of the larger pan, place the shea butter, beeswax, and coconut oil in the top pan and bring to a boil. Leave in the pan long enough to melt all the shea butter and beeswax (5 minutes or less).

Homemade Diaper Rash Cream - Step 1 - Melt all the ingredients

Remove from the heat and place in the refrigerator for a few hours – one to two. The cooling step is a very important part of the emulsifying process and cannot be skipped!

Once cooled (it will be harder), scoop into your mixer. A hand mixer should work just fine, too. Then, add the 3 tbsp. of zinc oxide and the 2 tbsp. of optional vegetable glycerin and beat for 5 to 10 minutes. The beating lets oxygen circulate through the cream to fluff it up and thicken it.

Homemade Diaper Rash Cream - Step 2 - Pour from stove into mixing bowl

Homemade Diaper Rash Cream - Made With Shea Butter & Coconut Oil
It will look creamy and oily when you’re done, but after several hours it will thicken up A LOT. It’s just as thick as Desitin and way less toxic!

Grayson just so happened to have a nasty rash as I was making this cream and after two applications, the rash dried up and healed. I’m so pleased with the way this turned out!

To learn all there is to know about cloth diapers, see my Complete Cloth Diapering Guide.

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About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.