Best Diaper Rash Cream

by Merissa on February 11, 2014

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The Best Diaper Rash Cream

Have you been making Homemade Lotion, Homemade Vaseline, Homemade Lip Balm, Homemade Shaving Cream, and other natural health and beauty products for yourself? I've been enjoying all my homemade goodies ever since we started making/using them. But what about natural products for baby? He deserves the best too and if you are already making them for yourself, you will have most of the ingredients needed to make this best diaper rash cream for your little! This recipe is cloth diaper approved (even for cheap cloth diapers!). It shouldn't build up and if you are having problems with it you can run your diapers in a vinegar and baking soda wash to clean them up.

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Ok so a note…most recipes I've found for homemade diaper rash cream use zinc oxide. This is supposed to have antibacterial properties. I’m personally not 100% convinced on the safety of zinc oxide since it will be absorbed by the skin (and especially on my baby!) but I encourage you to do your own research on zinc oxide before you make a decision. If you do decide to add it to this recipe you will add 1 tablespoon per batch. The coconut oil in this recipe has antibacterial properties, either way you decide to go.

So with that out of way, here is the recipe for the best diaper rash cream!

Best Diaper Rash Cream

Best Diaper Rash Cream

What You Need:

Best Diaper Rash Cream

In a saucepan, melt the shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax together.

Best Diaper Rash Cream

Remove from heat. Add in the vegetable glycerin.

Best Diaper Rash Cream

With an electric mixer of some kind, beat until the mixture gets creamy.

Best Diaper Rash Cream

Pour into a jar or container and let cool. The diaper rash cream will firm up a little more as it cools.

The final product will be very thick, you only need to use a little bit at a time!

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1 Kimberly @ A Night Owl February 27, 2013 at 9:08 am

Oh wow – this sounds fantastic! I always ended up making homemade diaper cream but with processed products. This sounds so natural and I’m sure great for baby’s skin! Thanks for sharing! xo, Kimberly

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2 Nikki February 27, 2013 at 9:15 am

Is it cloth diaper safe?

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3 Merissa February 27, 2013 at 9:27 am

It should be as long as you don’t over-use it. Also make sure you get the ivory shea butter instead of the gold.

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4 Full Lives Flat Broke February 27, 2013 at 9:18 am

Very cool! Does this product need to be refrigerated or is it shelf stable?

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5 Merissa February 27, 2013 at 9:27 am

It’s shelf stable!

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6 Cynthia L February 27, 2013 at 10:30 am

I wish I would have know about this when my daughter was a baby. She had issues with anything that was purchased over the counter!

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7 Sine February 27, 2013 at 11:51 am

If you are short on time, organic cold-pressed extra virgin coconut oil works great on its own. My daughter is prone to yeast rashes and it even works well on those. :-)

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8 Cassidy February 27, 2013 at 12:40 pm

I’ve found there is little out there that plain old coconut oil – put on diligently -won’t cure. Plus it’s 100% cloth diaper safe! I’ve yet to come across a rash it wouldn’t fix. However – if I do, I’m saving this, haha!

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9 Grandma Liz February 27, 2013 at 4:57 pm

I’m going right home and try this after babysitting. Now, I’m wondering though, could I add zinc oxide powder and how much do you think would be appropriate?

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10 Merissa February 27, 2013 at 5:23 pm

You would add 1 tablespoon to a batch.

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11 Amy @ Not Your Average Baby Blog February 27, 2013 at 5:33 pm

great idea! I always spent a ton of money buying the organic diaper cream. This is such a smarter alternative! Love that it’s only four ingredients!

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12 Grandma Liz February 27, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Oh, thank you Marissa! I loved desitin with it’s zinc, but this would be so much better. LOL, I thought I was buying a little bit of zinc oxide powder and it turned out to be a great big bag. Now I can use it. I’m working on a more natural sun screen. (I’m a fair skinned redhead!) Oh, and can I say that I absolutely love your newsletter. Your advice is timely, your recipes are no fail. My grandbabies are getting bread pudding after church tonight! It made the house smell heavenly! Thank you soooo much!

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13 Deb February 27, 2013 at 11:07 pm

The easist and best I have found is to infuse calendual petals in olive oil for a couple weeks on a shelf or 3 hrs. on low in a double boiler. Strain and add 1 part beeswax to 4 parts. infused oil. Put in bably food jar or I use recycled yeast jars as they are dark. My daughter saw it used on a baby’s bum that only got changed twice a day, if lucky, and it almost healed the rash in 24 hrs. Not her baby. It is great and easy to grow and dry the petals yourself naturally. Also called pot marigold. Deb

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14 Red Dragon Apothocary March 1, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Is there a recipe to make this with another oil? I have severe coconut allergies

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15 Merissa March 6, 2013 at 7:20 am

I’m not sure hat you could use that would still harden up like coconut oil does. You could try an almond or jojoba but they for sure won’t have the same consistency.

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16 Trish F January 20, 2014 at 2:35 pm

You could use olive, almond, or grapesed oil in place of the coconut oil. Coconut oil is only in a solid stste at temps under 75 degrees. The beeswax is the main component to keeping it thick.

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17 Bonny March 10, 2013 at 11:05 am

I just use Shea butter melted with organic extra virgin olive oil to soften it a bit, melted on low and whipped. Same method pretty much, I’ve also added jojoba but the Shea/olive mixture has been bomb proof for my daughter. When she started teething & eating solids we started seeing rashes, but his has cleared them up within 12-24 hours. My only mistake was putting huge layer on each time and getting major buildup on her diapers and the golden is shea is worse for buildup. I think letting the rashes air out and also her bottom each time I change her has helped. She thinks having her butt fanned dry is funny:)

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18 heather March 7, 2013 at 8:42 am

Merissa,
I wanted to make a comment about using Zinc Oxide. Skin cannot absorb(and get into our bodies or blood steam) if the particles are larger than 30 nm. So as long as the zinc you use is larger than 30 nm, it is perfectly safe to use it in your products. Also, make sure to only use a cosmetic grade or USP grade(medical/food grade) zinc otherwise, you have no idea if zinc has been purified to remove naturally occurring(but hazardous) heavy metals. Zinc is a great barrier for moisture(ie urine and feces) and will help to protect your babies healthy skin. Also, I would suggest buying it from a reputable soap or bath/body supply company so you will know for sure(by looking at the MSDS sheets) the particle size and the grade. If you buy from someone on Ebay, Amazon, etc, you risk getting industrial grade zinc which is not skin safe.

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19 Merissa March 7, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Ok thank you for sharing for those that might be wondering!

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20 Jocelyn March 7, 2013 at 3:21 pm

This is great! I was out of shea butter, so we used cocoa butter instead. Feels great!

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21 Nancy March 10, 2013 at 4:07 pm

When I make large batches of any kind of salve I whip it in the food processor. It is easier to remove when I am ready to put it in small jars.

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22 Julianna March 11, 2013 at 11:12 am

I am having trouble locating vegetable glycerin in my town and wanted to ask if it is essential to this recipe, what is its purpose and could I leave it out or replace it?

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23 Merissa March 11, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Julianna, it really thickens this recipe up and helps it to stick to where you put it. I do think this could be made without it but it might not have quite the same effect. You can also order it from Amazon if you are having trouble finding it in your town. I order it from my co-op.

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24 Julianna March 13, 2013 at 4:19 am

Thanks Merissa! I definitely want it to stay put :) I did see several sources online so I will be ordering that today! I need to try to locate a co-op in my area too. I’m looking forward to trying it out. Thanks again!

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25 Merissa March 13, 2013 at 8:40 am

Good luck!

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26 Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen March 12, 2013 at 12:23 pm

This actually looks pretty similar to the lemon curd I just made! I love using homemade products whenever possible. Thanks for the recipe!

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27 Jackie Kocurek March 12, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Your blog is so cute! I’m stopping by from the Totally Tasty Tuesdays. I hope you will come over to my party and share some great recipes on http://rediscovermom.blogspot.com/2013/03/tried-and-true-recipe-party-3.html

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28 Lisa @ Flour Me With Love March 13, 2013 at 8:19 am

This is a great concept and I love that it’s homemade! I’m going to feature it today! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

http://www.flourmewithlove.com/2013/03/featuring-you_13.html

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29 katie goldsworthy March 14, 2013 at 1:07 am

I’ll be sharing this one! Thanks so much for linking it up to Monday Funday!

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30 Alice (@mumsmakelists) March 14, 2013 at 1:52 am

This is great – would love for you to link it up at the Friday Baby Shower a new linky party for all things pregnancy and new baby – Alice http://mumsmakelists.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/The%20Friday%20Baby%20Shower

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31 Miz Helen March 16, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Hi Merissa,
I am sure passing this along to a couple of friends who need it now for the little ones, this is great! Have a great St. Patrick’s Day and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
Come Back Soon,
Miz Helen

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32 Merissa March 16, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Thanks for sharing!

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33 Kimberly April 1, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Thank you so much for the awesome recipe! My sister made some of this for my 1yr. old and our baby due in three weeks. It works amazingly well, within 24hrs. I am not only using it on his bum, but his chin gets really broke out from teething. This makes a huge difference! I love that I know exactly what I am putting onto his tender skin. Now I’m off to check out all the other gems on your site.

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34 Merissa April 1, 2013 at 7:26 pm

I’m so glad it worked for you!

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35 sharon wilder April 9, 2013 at 2:40 pm

why doesn’t it get creamy an d thick when I beat it ?

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36 Merissa April 10, 2013 at 6:44 am

Did you add all the amounts of ingredients correctly? Also…it takes a few minutes of beating with the mixer to get creamy so make sure you give it a little time! :)

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37 Nannette April 18, 2013 at 2:35 pm

I have made diaper cream before but was looking for a recipe for moral support because I can’t seem to find the recipe I used before. I’m so glad google brought me here. :)

To the lady that doesn’t want to use coconut, how about cocoa butter? That would thicken up the way coconut oil does and if you use an unrefined kind, it would smell delicious, too.

I’ve never tried beating the cream into submission… the recipe I used was like a thick, hard salve. I had to scrape a bit off with my finger and it melted as it was applied. This recipe looks like a much nicer and easier to apply consistency. Can’t wait to try it!

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38 Merissa April 18, 2013 at 3:30 pm

I hope you enjoy it Nannette! It definitely is a good consistency, very similar to a thick salve although this melts somewhat as you put it on thanks to the coconut oil.

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39 Sarah April 20, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Hi! I am so excited about this!! What size jar did this make and how long does it last for? I found 3 of the ingredients on Amazon and the coconut oil on the website you listed has the best deal on it. I just want to make sure I am getting my best ‘bang for my buck’. It’s going to cost us $50ish for everything. I know that’s an upfront cost. I need this info to convince my husband that we will actually be saving by going this route, lol.

Right now we buy diaper cream that is $23 for 16 oz.

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40 Merissa April 20, 2013 at 9:18 pm

This recipe make just less than 8 ounces and for us it lasts a looong time but we don’t use it that often. If you are going through Tropical Traditions to buy the coconut oil you will love it! It’s for sure the best brand I’ve used. And once you purchase all the ingredients you will have enough to make many batches.

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41 Ashley April 20, 2013 at 9:28 pm

I am SO trying this! For further anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties do you think it would be okay to add a couple of drops of thyme essential oil to this?

Thank you so much!

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42 Merissa April 20, 2013 at 9:36 pm

As long as it doesn’t irritate your little one I think it’s ok!

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43 Charis May 10, 2013 at 11:30 am

Thanks soooo much for the recipe! My son (2 weeks) has had a nasty never ending diaper rash. Yes, we use disposables… yes I make my own wipes with processed chemicals… however NO diaper rash creams were helping. We even used a prescription cream only for it to continue to get worst with every thing we tried. We even used desiten (sp?), no luck there either. Tried this recipe, (without zinc) and in less than 24 hours it’s almost completely gone!!! What a relief, I’m in love. When I put it on I actually feel like I am doing something GOOD for his skin, not just fighting a diaper rash.

I am not a person that has to have stuff all natural, or organic… however when it works as well or better and is cheaper than the other stuff I am all for it. So if someone is reading this and is wondering if they should try it… YES!

I divided mine up into 3 containers, one for his bed room, one for our downstairs changing area, and one for the diaper bag. Just a suggestion. :)

thanks so much!!

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44 Merissa May 10, 2013 at 11:31 am

Awesome! I’m so glad it worked so well for you!

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45 Nancy Collins May 28, 2013 at 11:59 am

Hi, this is my first time to your site. I am really interested in the diaper rash cream. Can you please tell me if the unrefined shea butter is what you would suggest? I have found it at amazon in the white shea butter. Thank you so much. Can’t wait to make this up and use it on my grandson, who has high acid content in his body and he doesn’t get changed at home as much as he should be.

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46 Merissa May 28, 2013 at 5:06 pm

I’ve used either shea butter and they both work the same, in this case I’m not sure what the benefit would be one over the other. Although if you are using it with cloth diapers over an extended period of time you might want to go with the white shea butter just for less chance of staining. I hope that helps!

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47 Patricia May 29, 2013 at 9:21 pm

This is a wonderful recipe. I am cloth diapering and my LO tends to get diaper rash ever now and then. I have bookmarked your DIY page and will be making more of your recipes soon. Can’t wait to do the shaving cream. I am trying to get as many chemicals out of my house as possible. I have 3 explorers that like to get into everything even if it is out of reach or under lock and key. I will definitely let you know what I think of every recipe I try. Thanks for this one.

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48 Merissa May 30, 2013 at 9:00 am

I’d love to know what you think, make sure you comment! :)

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49 Candice June 8, 2013 at 4:47 pm

I’m new to making stuff myself, so basic question. Will this go bad after awhile? What would be an estimated shelf life?

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50 Merissa June 8, 2013 at 4:48 pm

We haven’t kept it around long enough to find out but yes, since it’s all natural it will go bad sooner than store versions. I would say you have at least 6 months though before that happens.

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51 ree June 18, 2013 at 2:39 pm

awesome idea!! Thank you Merissa
I was wondering if you can also use this cream for normal baby body moisturizing

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52 Merissa June 18, 2013 at 4:37 pm

I don’t see why not! It is slightly greasy though so you might want to bump up the amount of beeswax if you want to use it for a lotion.

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53 Magdel-Marie Barnard June 30, 2013 at 12:30 am

I made this diaper cream and since I’ve been using this he has never had a burned bottom again from teething diapers. I’ts an excellent barrier cream, I use it on my lips and hands and on his face. At first it seems oily, after 3mins it simply disappears as the skin “drinks” it!

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54 Kristen July 1, 2013 at 7:18 pm

I found shea butter in a 2oz jar at a store in town here and am wondering if this recipe would still work if you cut everything in half of the original? Or would the amounts listed above be the best bet and preferred?

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55 Merissa July 1, 2013 at 7:24 pm

It will work fine if you cut it in half :)

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56 Kathy July 3, 2013 at 12:31 pm

On average, how long do you need to mix it with the mixer? My mixture never got really creamy. I mean, it did, but didn’t thicken very much. I did put it into another bowl to mix it after I removed it from the heat.

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57 Merissa July 3, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Probably about 8-10 minutes. It should aslo thick up quite a bit more after you whip it and let it cool down a bit.

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58 Angelica August 27, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Can you use this baby rash cream for anything else like a lotion or something?

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59 Merissa August 27, 2013 at 12:21 pm

You could but it would be a pretty thick, sticky lotion. I’m not sure I would like the feel of it.

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60 Shannon August 28, 2013 at 8:47 am

Hi there,

Looking for something I can use on a daily basis as a preventative. Would I be able to use this recipe for that or is it only to be used once the baby clearly has rash?

Thanks so much!

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61 Shannon August 28, 2013 at 8:48 am

In addition – I do use cloth diapers so want to prevent having to strip on a frequent basis. Thank you ;)

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62 Merissa August 28, 2013 at 9:13 am

You should be ok there as long as you don’t use a huge amount each time you change baby. I don’t have any trouble with it on my cloth diapers but I only apply the rash cream about once a day since it’s so thick. (I do before bedtime).

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63 Merissa August 28, 2013 at 9:12 am

You can use it for both purposes. :)

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64 Shannon August 28, 2013 at 9:44 am

Thank you!!

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65 Mary Trillich September 14, 2013 at 11:11 pm

This looks absolutely wonderful for babies and also for adults who want to pamper their skin…and i personally get rashed in the peri-area at times myself….so im gonna try this too!……Sounds so nice n creamy ….. Thank You!!!~

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66 Sandy September 24, 2013 at 6:13 am

What’s the shelf life of this recipe? I know this probably sounds crazy but I’m not due till April of next year but I know it’s gonna get crazy really quick since I already have a 9YOB. I didn’t go all natural with him but the father of this child is very health and nature oriented – very supportive. I’m even going to attempt :) to make homemade baby food.

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67 Merissa September 24, 2013 at 6:17 am

It lasts a few months, I’m not sure exactly because we go through it quickly. I would wait a little bit yet to make it and also add some Vitamin E oil when you do to help preserve it.

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68 Sandy September 25, 2013 at 9:54 am

Thank you – I figured I would do this during the ‘nesting phase’. I have this pinned on my Pinterest board!

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69 Tammy Marshall December 6, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Do you need to add the glycerin? You have other products on here made with beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil. I know glycerin helps mix the products, but is it necessary? Just wondering if another trip is due… thanks for posting these and where did you get Your ideas from? I get mine from you! lol

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70 Merissa December 6, 2013 at 4:12 pm

The glycerin helps “seal” the moisture in and also to make it really nice and creamy and lotion like. You could leave it out but it’s going to change it a little.

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71 Bethany January 16, 2014 at 11:25 am

I just made this today for my little one who has had a stomach virus for 3 days. Within a couple of hours his red bottom looks so much better! Thank u for the great recipe!

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72 Merissa January 16, 2014 at 11:26 am

I’m so glad it worked for you! I hope your little one feels better soon!

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73 Candace January 18, 2014 at 9:14 am

Which one of the shea butters on Amazon do you find to be the most economical? There are so many on that link you provided. Just wondered which one you use.

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74 Merissa January 18, 2014 at 1:42 pm

I generally just buy whatever is the best deal at the time. Around $7-$8 a pound is what I look for.

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75 reena January 29, 2014 at 6:29 pm

Hi Merissa
we’ve talked before and my babys 5 months now and am hooked this is the best cream!
Just wanted to see if you ever heard from others that after a week or two the mixture gets a little gritty. Need to rub between fingers to dissolve the gritty texture ??

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76 Merissa January 29, 2014 at 6:33 pm

I’ve noticed that sometimes things with coconut oil can get this way if they get to a certain temp.

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77 Paula February 11, 2014 at 8:32 am

This sounds great! Love your blog! I bet this would work well for nursing homes to.

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78 pamela bollerud February 12, 2014 at 9:36 am

Looks like excellent cream. I make a cream also that my Grandmother taught me over 60 years ago. And it’s made from herbs in my garden.

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79 pamela bollerud February 12, 2014 at 9:38 am

And we live in Brighton,MI

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80 Stacey February 26, 2014 at 9:17 am

Thank you for this recipe. I’m going to try this. My son recently (at 8 months) started getting diaper rash. Before this, my friends kids would get it from time to time and he NEVER once had it but all of a sudden it started and it clears for a week or so and comes back. I’ve tried so many over the counter types of things. My parents watch him son and refuse to use cloth diapers during the day. I tried strictly using disposable for a few days and using the name brand rash ointments and when that didn’t work I made my parents use the cloth and a cloth safe ointment and still nothing worked. I’m going to try this.

PS- Kudos to you for all you do. I don’t know how you have time for all you do… the cooking, cleaning, making all the lotions and potions and food from scratch, then blogging about it, etc…. sometimes I feel like all I have time for is the BASIC needs of my baby, husband, and animals.

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81 Becky March 15, 2014 at 6:37 am

Love your site! I’ve really been enjoying browsing.
I made this diaper cream, and it works wonderfully … but it is cooled to be really solid. I have to scrape some put of the jar with my nail to use it. Not a huge deal, but I’d love to make it more user friendly do hubby will use it during diaper changes too! Any suggestions on how I can alter it to be softer?
(We do keep our home pretty cool in the winter, do that might be effecting the cream).
Thanks!

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82 Merissa March 15, 2014 at 7:31 am

If your house is pretty cool it will be harder. Next time you could add a bit more glycerin and that should help it stay softer.

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83 Becky March 15, 2014 at 12:25 pm

I’ll try that! Thank you Merissa!

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84 Kim April 6, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Can I use vegetable oil notepad of vegetable glycerine? What’s the difference? Would I use the same amount?

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85 Merissa April 6, 2014 at 3:56 pm

I have not used vegetable oil in this recipe. It might work but I’m not sure it would mix with the other ingredients well and it may cause the entire mixture to go rancid. If you try it though let us know how it goes!

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86 je April 7, 2014 at 1:29 am

Can you leave out the vegetable glycerin (maybe increase the shea butter and/or coconut oil) and add zinc oxide (not necessarily instead, but also)?

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87 Merissa April 7, 2014 at 8:21 am

You could add it also but it’s not necessary in this recipe.

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88 Michele Moyes April 12, 2014 at 11:12 pm

I make this all the time – but I add about 8-10 drops of Doterra Lavender oil after you whip it up – the Lavendar oil has great healing properties !

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89 Helen April 14, 2014 at 5:04 am

This cream sounds amazing, can I just say if your baby already has diaper rash the most amazing healing product I’ve found (and the use on prem baby wards) is egg white! Please wash your hands thoroughly after use though :-)

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90 louise April 25, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Hi there! Just curious how long the shelf life is for this cream? Thanks in advance:-)

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91 Merissa April 25, 2014 at 9:49 pm

It will last at least a year in a cold dark place.

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92 Whitney May 16, 2014 at 11:33 pm

I am going to try! Anything I can add to make it smell good.. Or am I just crazy!? :)

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93 Molly Almeida May 19, 2014 at 11:45 am

This diaper rash cream is amazing! I slather it on at the first sight of redness, and my daughters skin clears up before the next diaper change. Thank you so much for sharing this wholesome recipe. It’s so nice to have a fragrance-free, natural alternative to all the store-bought wipes (whose ingredients I can hardly read, let alone understand what they’re doing to the baby’s skin!).

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94 Heidi May 30, 2014 at 7:21 am

Love this recipe and definitely going to try it! I’m wondering how solid it is? Like coconut oil solid or harder? I would kind of like to make it a bit softer – any suggestion with recipe alteration? Thanks!

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95 Merissa May 30, 2014 at 8:08 am

It’s actually pretty soft, I wouldn’t add anything to make it softer because once you put it on baby’s skin it will just melt right in because of the coconut oil. It’s about the consistency of a thick lotion.

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96 Betty May 30, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Thank you so much for this recipe! This has work the best and it does not ruin my cloth diapers. Thank you!!!!

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97 Josie June 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm

I got yellow shea butter instead of ivory. Should the recipe still work? I can’t seem to get it to thicken.

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98 Merissa June 22, 2014 at 6:03 pm

Yes it should and it will thicken more the longer it sits. :)

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99 Lana July 21, 2014 at 11:27 pm

hi can you tell me how do you measure the shea butter? do you measure 1/2 cup melted ?

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100 Merissa July 22, 2014 at 7:48 am

I measure it in the solid form, Shea Butter should be somewhat creamy, like a dry butter so it’s pretty easy to measure that way.

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101 Vani August 12, 2014 at 10:12 pm

Hi, this sounds great! How long would this last without being in the fridge? Unrefined shea butter has a limited shelf life no?

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102 Merissa August 13, 2014 at 7:37 am

My last batch has lasted us over 2 years already. It lasts a long time!

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