Or “Booty Cream” as my my 2 year old refers to it.
Easy to make. Just melt, pour and cool!!
Once we realized that our son was prone to diaper rash, I instantly became concerned with the store bought cream we were applying and how often. We had switched to an organic brand but I still felt that I would be more comfortable using something that I made myself. I already knew that coconut oil had some pretty impressive healing properties so that is where I started. I researched and tested and as it turned out, I already had everything I wanted to use in my house. SCORE! I melted these ingredients together in a double boiler (my own homemade version) and what was created was magic!! Its the perfect consistency.When it cools it hardens into a solid in the jar but once it hits your skin it melts right back into oil. I hated trying to smear that thick store bought cream on my poor child’s already irritated skin. The oil makes it so easy and painless to apply. The ingredients I chose all serve a purpose. Here is what I use and why:
(bees wax beads)
- 1/2 cup Coconut oil– coconut oil has anti-bacterial and anti fungal properties. It also contains Lauric acid which is found in breast milk and has anti viral , anti fungal and anti microbial properties.
- 1/4 cup Shea butter– Shea butter is extremely nourishing to this skin. It prevents redness and will protect the skin from wetness.
- 1 tbsp beeswax– Raw beeswax is said to have anti microbial and anti bacterial properties and also provides a wetness barrier. You can use beeswax beads or you can buy it in bar form and just grate off as much as you need.
- 1/2 tbsp coco butter– This is optional but I added a small amount as it is said to help heal skin irritations. Its is also high in anti oxidants. I would just make sure you use a raw, unrefined coco butter.
- 15 drops lavender oil– lavender oil pretty much takes care of everything! Its is an antiseptic, its antibacterial and anti inflammatory. It also aids in the pain, redness and soreness of irritated skin. The scent of lavender is wonderful for soothing a cranky mood which I think anyone with any type of rash could benefit from 🙂 especially babies! ** I would suggest not using potent oils on infants until 3 months old. One of my babies developed a terrible rash at 1 month old so I treated this with plain coconut oil.
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*for a double boiler i just used a glass bowl and placed it over a small pot.
Just fill the pot with a few inches of water, bring to a boil. Add your ingredients to a small bowl that will fit on top of the pot without falling inside. Set it on top and let everything melt. You do not need to keep the water boiling the entire time. Once things start to melt you can lower the temp. The wax will take the longest. I usually add my lavender oil at the very end once everything has melted.
Now pour the mixture into the container of your choice. I used an amber glass jar that I found at a local health food store and also poured some into a large roller tube for on the go use. You can use any container that you have available. I allow mine to cool in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
This product has become and all purpose healer in our home. Here is list of some of the many uses I have found for this magic healing balm.
1. Diaper Rash (or any other rash or skin irritation): easy to apply. soothing. absorbs into the skin so no messy white cream!
2: Eczema: During my current pregnancy, my eczema has flared. This is perfect and really helps sooth and moisturize my cracked, red, concrete like skin.
3: Massage Oil: Also during this pregnancy my husband and I have been trading a good amount of massages. As I mentioned this balm turns to oil on your skin so it makes for the perfect massage oil.
4. Pregnant Belly: I cannot claim that this has prevented stretch marks but….It hasn’t hurt either.Most of these ingredients are said to help prevent stretch marks. I love applying this all over my belly. Its soothing, moisturizing and feels amazing.
5. Cradle cap: All of the same healing properties apply. I use a small amount on the effected area. Let it sit for a few minutes and then gently comb the scalp.
UPDATE: The roller container is great for on the go and also for keeping your hands clean. I don’t recommend keeping this in your diaper bag on extremely hot days! The oil melts and this container does not keep liquids from spilling. You are fine during cooler months but during really hot summer months If I am going to bring this with me in my bag I put it inside a easy to clean bag or ziplock. I take it out when I get home and store it in the fridge.