When I became a mom for the first time, I wanted to do things differently from what the rest of my family was doing. I wanted to cloth diaper my child and learn all I could about natural parenting. I wanted to be “green” and healthy in the way that I raised my child and for me, it all started with diapering.
When I decided that cloth diapers where the way to go and I started using them on my daughter, I realized that I also needed a diaper rash cream that worked and was compatible with cloth diapers. Well…none on the market are completely safe to use on cloth because the barriers they create that are supposed to protect your baby’s delicate bottoms also stick to the fabric of the diapers and thus make them “waterproof.” So instead of liquids being absorbed by the diapers, commercial rash creams make cloth diapers repel liquids.
At first I used a commercial rash cream called Boudreaux Butt Paste in conjunction with a diaper liner to protect the diaper. While I love Boudreaux’s and recommend it to anyone who has a baby, cloth diaper wearer or not, I wanted my own all natural diaper rash cream without the zinc oxide. Now Boudreaux Butt Paste is an awesome product and I found lots and lots of highly recommended reviews from other moms before I bought it. Not only that but it works wonders on rashes and wipes off clean. There’s even an all natural one (pictured below) however it still contains zinc oxide. (want to know more about zinc oxide and why I chose to not use it, click here).
Evelyn’s Baby Booty Butter
This recipe is super easy and super simple. Just 3 ingredients is all you need! It’s a great way to upcycle all those empty baby food jars you’ve started accumulating. To disinfect the jars, unscrew the cap and put the cap and jar in boiling water over the stove for about 5 minutes, then remove from heat and le the jar and lid cool off on the counter. For this recipe you must use the double boiler method.
Baby food jar(clean and disinfected!)
1/4 cup Coconut oil
1 table spoon Beeswax pellets
3-5 drops Lavender essential oil
1/4 teaspoon arrowroot powder (optional thickening agent)
The first thing you want to do is get the water boiling in the pot. Lower the heat to a simmer. I like to add each ingredient one at a time. Add the coconut oil to the baby food jar and stir occasionally until it completely melts.
Next add the beeswax and stir occasionally until it melts. If you’re going to add arrowroot powder, add it now. Arrowroot powder helps keep the solution creamy and consistent even with the weather change. stir this in as well for approx. 30 seconds.
Remove from heat and add the lavender oil. Stir and then let sit for several hours until it hardens.
Note: this booty butter cream is heat sensitive so store in a cool, dry area away from the sun. I suggest in the drawer of your changing table or the bathroom medicine cabinet. You can also use less beeswax in the winter and more in the summer. If you are experiencing issues where the cream melts completely, you make want to store it in the fridge. Use clean dry fingers to scoop out whenever you need it.
Benefits of using this cream go beyond the fact that it is all natural.
Coconut oil: sooths skin and has been used for centuries in skin care so it only makes sense that it is the base ingredient of Evelyn’s Baby Booty Butter. It moisturizes skin while it helps heal rashes. It is also anti-fungal, protects skin cells from damage, and even kills the common skin fungus, candida.
Beeswax: provides a protective barrier on baby’s skin. While it’s protecting baby’s precious bottom it is also allowing skin to breathe so it makes a perfect addition to an all natural booty butter!
Lavender essential oil: Just a few drops goes a loooong way! Used by our ancestors for thousands of years, lavender not only smells refreshing, it helps little tushes heal. It is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral. It speeds healing, reduces scarring, and stimulates circulation. Lavender oil is great to ward off infections and Evelyn’s Baby Booty Butter can even be used on minor cuts and scrapes.
Note: Please use Lavender essential oil with caution and don’t add too much. If this is the first time you are making your own booty butter, try using 3 drops before upping the dosage and spot check a separate area on your child to make sure there are no allergic reactions.