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diaper cream

I first became interested in making my own baby products and especially diaper cream when I began reading more about the dangers of talc (which is in almost every commercial brand), especially for girls. You can read more about the dangers of talc here. In a nutshell, once I realized that talc closely resembled asbestos and many studies have shown the link between talc exposure and the development of tumors in the ovaries and lungs, I knew I didn’t want it anywhere near my daughter. In this recipe, arrowroot powder is used and acts to absorb moisture in the same way as talc without the harmful side effects.

The other key ingredients are shea butter and coconut oil and as you know, we love coconut oil in our house. We cook with it, use it in smoothies and even make other homemade body products like deodorant, body lotion and chapstick. When my daughter was an infant I stumbled upon this recipe from Passionate Homemaking for homemade diaper rash cream and have been using this ever since. I use it as an everyday preventative cream and she has only had diaper rash once and it was when we were traveling and I forgot to bring it with us – oops.

The combination of coconut oil and shea butter makes this diaper cream not only moisturizing, but adds beneficial healing properties to the skin. Coconut oil has natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, while shea butter is rich in vitamins A, E and F and acts to sooth the skin. Make sure you find a raw shea butter as many of the commercial brands add deodorizers, chemicals and other bleaches, which can not only irritate the skin but destroy the vitamins, minerals and natural healing properties. Raw shea butter is distinguished by its nutty smell.


  • 1/8 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup raw shea butter 
  • 3-4 tablespoons arrowroot powder (you can order it online or find it in the baking section of most grocery stores)

Combine coconut oil and shea butter in a small bowl using a large spoon, pressing it until it is mixed well (this can also count as your upper body workout for the day :)). If your shea butter is a bit grainy, you can melt it over low heat and then cool it quickly in the fridge for about 10 minutes or set outside if it’s a cool day. This will allow the grains to dissolve and leave you with a smooth texture.

Once the coconut oil and shea butter are combined well, add the arrowroot powder one tablespoon at a time until you reach your desired thickness. It will look very similar to whipped icing. You are finished! Transfer to a small container and place it conveniently next to the changing table. This can also be used with cloth diapers and according to Lindsay from Passionate Homemaking, washes out beautifully. Make a couple to put in your diaper bag for easy access while traveling.

This makes a great gift for a new mom. Place it in a small glass jelly jar, wrap with some twine and voila – thoughtful, useful and natural gift!

Have you ever tried making your own diaper cream?