The Best Natural Homemade Diaper Rash Cream

Looking for a natural homemade diaper rash cream that you can make yourself? This tutorial will help you make the best diaper rash cream out there!

The recipe will show you how to make the best homemade diaper rash cream! This cream is all natural and works extremely well for all types of rashes. #homemadediaperrashcream #diaperrash #diydiapercream

The Best Homemade 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.

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.

–Don’t want to make your own Rash Cream? Buy this handmade Rash Lotion from Made On!

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Ingredients in Homemade Diaper Rash Cream

Shea Butter (Where to Buy)
Shea butter contains Vitamin A and Vitamin E. It also has proven anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. The healing qualities of Shea butter are due to the presence of several fatty acids and plant sterols, namely oleic, stearic, palmitic and linolenic acids. These oil-soluble components are nonsaponifiable, meaning they do not undergo saponification or convert to soap when introduced to an alkali. Shea butter possesses a significantly greater nonsaponifiable fraction than most other nut oils and fats, which lends the substance greater healing potential for the skin –InterBeautee

–Find more Uses for Shea Butter and try my Homemade Shea Butter Lotion.

Coconut Oil (Where to Buy)
I’ve posted about the benefits to Coconut Oil on my Coconut Oil Lotion post.

Beeswax (Where to Buy)
Beeswax has been proven to have anti-inflammatory effects, and also locks in moisture and helps to treat skin conditions such as rashes and eczema.

Vegetable Glycerin (Where to Buy)
Glycerin may help relieve minor skin problems, such as diaper rash, itching and skin burns, with its anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory properties. – Dr. Mercola

Put all of these things together and you have one powerful homemade diaper rash cream!

So with that note out of way, here is my recipe for the best homemade diaper rash cream.

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The Best Homemade Diaper Rash Cream

What You Need:

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In a saucepan, melt the shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax together. No need to boil, just need to get everything melted together.

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Remove from heat. Add in the vegetable glycerin.

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

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

Tips and Tricks for Using Homemade Diaper Rash Cream

  • The final product will be very thick, you only need to use a little bit at a time.
  • I use a special saucepan that I got at a thrift store to make all my homemade lotions and creams just like this one. The beeswax is very difficult to scrub off so I don’t like to use my regular cooking pots and pans.
  • You may not need to use some each time you are changing a diaper unless you have to use wipes.
  • As I mentioned above, this recipe is cloth diaper safe.
  • This homemade diaper rash cream can also be used as an all-purpose rash cream, it works great for healing many skin conditions!

Be completely frugal with baby by learning all about Cheap Cloth Diapers and How to Make Your Own Baby Wipes. And don’t forget to first read about Budgeting for a New Baby and Simple Living with Baby.

Of course, make sure you check out all the DIY and Make Your Own recipes on Little House Living!

–Changed your mind about making this yourself? Buy handmade Rash Cream from Made On instead!

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And that’s how you make the best homemade diaper rash cream! Are you going to try it? Read the comments below to see how awesome this cream really is!

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This blog post on Homemade Diaper Rash Cream was originally posted on Little House Living in 2013. It has been updated as of December 2018.

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  1. 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

      1. Hi! Sorry to write this on a reply to your comment, I could not find where to start a comment.
        Can I infuse the oil with herbs? If so, at what point? and for how long (to not change the consistency too much)

        Thank you!

        1. Yes, you should be able to. You would want to do that before you add the oil to the mixture. I’m not sure that timing would matter for consistency but it’s possible that some herbs may just not react well with other ingredients causing separation.

        1. Since it has no preservatives it won’t last super long. If you keep water away from your fingers when you use it, it will last longer. That being said, I’ve had this for about 6 months and it hasn’t started to smell or get any mold before I made a new batch.

  2. 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!

  3. 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. 🙂

    1. For yeast rash, dilute ACV (apple cider vinegar), apply with cotton ball and let air dry. Repeat a couple times. Will clear in a day or so.
      Use the oil after it clears up 🙂

  4. 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!

  5. 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?

  6. 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!

    1. At what speed and how long do you run the mixer for I’ve been blending for about 5 minutes and it isn’t thick

  7. 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!

  8. 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

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

    2. 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:)

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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?

    1. 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.

      1. 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!

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

  13. 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

  14. 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.

    1. 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! 🙂

      1. Guess I am the only one that made this Diaper Rash cream and it didn’t thicken. I used my mixer for about 12 minutes. I used all the right ingredients with one tablespoon of Beeswax which possibly I needed two? I just heated all the ingredients so I am thinking it wasn’t hot enough? Any ideas? Guess I can’t start over with same batch and heat again since it has the Glycerin already?

          1. Same here. Mine is runnny and oily. Beat it for about 12 minutes but it doesn’t thicken up or turn creamy.

  15. 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!

    1. 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.

  16. 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.

    1. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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!!

  19. 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.

    1. 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!

  20. 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.

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

    1. 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.

      1. Im concerned with not having a preservative and keeping it so long. since it has vegetable glycerin (water based) the chance of mold/fungus/bacteria after even a week without refridgeration would be great..

        1. I’ve stored it for several months without refrigeration and it’s been just fine for us, no mold growth or anything like that. If you don’t think you would use it before if would go bad you may want to start with a half a batch or even 1/4 (it’s very thick and you don’t need much).

          1. hi merissa. what amanda said is correct. anything with a water-containing ingredient like glycerin will spoil very quickly. the thing is your product spoils long before you can actually see that it has gone bad. this is because we are dealing with microorganisms (bacteria, yeast, mold, etc) which are microscopic (unable to be seen by the human eye). by the time we actually see the spoilage the product has long gone bad.

            a good rule of thumb is to consider homemade products like you would food. we wouldn’t leave food that contains water on the counter for weeks or months and then eat it. we know it’d be spoiled. same with homemade body products. a week or two in the refrigerator is probably all that you can safely count on.

            eliminating the glycerin from the recipe easily takes care of this so you don’t have an ingredient with water in it. then it is safe to use as long as the shortest life of the oil or butter you use. in this case a year or two.

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

    1. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. 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?

  25. 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.

  26. 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!

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

      1. 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).

  27. 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!!!~

  28. 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.

    1. 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.

  29. 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

    1. 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.

  30. 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!

  31. 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.

  32. 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 ??

      1. Shea will get gritty feeling if it was not heated enough prior to mixing. Make sure the Shea is very clear when melting it, but you also need to be careful not to overheat it in the process!

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

    1. Recurring rashes may be yeast infection needing a prescription medicine. If you have not had a doctor look at it, it might be a good idea. Good luck with your precious little one!

  35. 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!

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

    1. 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!

  37. 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)?

  38. 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 !

  39. 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 🙂

  40. 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!).

  41. 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!

    1. 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.

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

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

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

  45. Help My Zinc bottom cream wont thicken and I do not know what to do
    Here is my recipe
    30oz shea Butter
    30oz coconut oil
    5oz Jojoba Oil
    5oz Calendula Oil
    20% Zinc as it wouldn’t thicken!
    Tea Tree and Lavender Oil about 1 oz each
    What do I do???

  46. Hi Merissa, i came across your recipe while looking for a diaper rash cream as my baby has a severe one and needs this application. I was using petrolatum (aquaphor) and i read that is bad too. Now is glycerin some form of petrolatum that does not prevent skin from breathing like petrolatum? This is the only one i am concerned about. Pls help asap, cant wait to make this recipe for my little one. Thanks!

  47. my daughter gets severe diaper rashes due to sensitive skin. If I put this in a pump bottle, will it still work or will it be too thick? Also, do you think this would work on excema-prone skin? Thanks!

  48. I am wonder how long the shelf life is for the diaper cream. I like to prepare ahead but don’t want it to get stale.

    Thank you,
    Jill

  49. I love, love, love this diaper rash cream recipe. We tried everything on our twins and the only thing that came close to relieving their rash was a pricey organic brand. Tried this and it worked immediately! Now that they are out of diapers I am still making the recipe for our son. I also gift it at showers with much praise. 🙂

  50. Hi,
    And thank you so much for all your dyi, can i used local beewax from a honey farm near me or need some process before i can used?

  51. I can’t wait to try it. I am so grateful for your website. Quick question though, is their an expiration date or some type of shelf life for this?

  52. Hi Merissa
    Very fine suggestion for removing diaper rash. Diaper rash is an irritation and annoy the baby very much. Parents are worried about it. But a proper diaper rash cream can remove it effectively. Moreover, frequently change of diaper is a precaution of diaper rash, parents should do it.
    Thanks for this great post.

  53. How much does this recipe yeild in oz or ml . I was thinking about making some for me and a friend. I’m not sure if one batch would be enough.

  54. for an actual rash, you need herbs to heal it. a simple salve of comfrey or with calendula and st john’s wort is amazing.
    we use it for any skin issues; rashs, cuts, burns, bumps…u have to be diligent sometimes for a few weeks — or seasons as with my daughter’s psoriasis that comes in the winter. every year it’s better though!
    but the pain of diaper rash will be eased within the day probably. poor little red bums & crotch 🙁 my son would scream when I wiped him with 100% water when he had bad diaper rash. and even at times cry as he peed in the diaper. I wish I had used herbs back then (31 yrs ago). All I knew to use was hydrocortisone YUCK

  55. This recipe is great! One batch has lasted 9 months and I am now making a second batch. Luckily, our little guy hasn’t had any diaper rash issues so we use this cream mainly for overnight in order to prevent any rashes when we leave him in the same diaper all night. It doesn’t seem to have affected our cloth diapers in any way. The cream is also wonderful for chapped skin (adult or baby). Thanks!

  56. I just LOVE the information you provide on your site! Until we retired, we owned a soap and handmade skin care company, making thousands of lotion bars, lip balms, and salves. So much healthier than chemical-laden commercial products, especially for our children. Keep up the wonderful work!

  57. Did I do something wrong or is this normal? After the mixture hardened and I applied it to babies bum it turned back to oils with the heat of her body.. Is it suppose to be paste-like like Bordeaux butt paste or back to oil when applied? If it’s not what did I do wrong and how can I fix it? The mixture never looked as thick and creamy when whipping it like yours did I fowed the recipe to a T. Thank you, Samantha.

    1. Samantha, it melts with body heat so it’s more of an ointment than a cream (that’s why you don’t need a lot). Diaper rash cream from the grocery store is just a wetness repellant, this is more of a soothing ointment. It sounds like your product turned out exactly as it should have.

  58. I did some research on zinc oxide and as long as you don’t get nanoparticle zinc oxide, where the pieces are so small that they could actually be absorbed through the skin, you should be safe.

  59. I’ve been using this recipe to make diaper rash cream for at least 2 years now. It’s about time I leave a comment and tell you that I LOVE this! My 2 1/2 year old son also loves it too. As soon as I put this on his rash, he smiles and says it feels better. I used this while cloth diapering and had no issues. This is liquid gold for a baby’s booty. Thank you for sharing this!! ❤️

  60. Hi, this sounds great and I’m excited to make it, but I only have solid glycerine that I bought to make melt and pour soap. Would that still work or does it have to be liquid glycerine?

    1. The solid glycerine likely has added ingredients which make it good for soap making but not the same ingredient we are looking for to use in this recipe. I hope that helps!

    1. I always use a separate sauce pan for my body products than for cooking because beeswax is really hard to get off the pan. Heating up some boiling water in the pan should help take it off and then you will have to wash it with warm water and soap several times.

  61. Hi Merissa
    I found your site and I know it’s an old post I just hope you’ll respond. I don’t have veggie glycerin on hand and I need to make this. Is there a substitute you could suggest instead? I have everything else and have made several diff of my own version with coconut oil, Shea butter and essential oils. I don’t want to add zinc oxide and I don’t want it to turn back into a oil cause then it’s not protecting her lady parts from yeast and fungus. Pls help if you can. Thanks so much

    1. I would really suggest trying to find the vegetable glycerin, it’s so helpful for keeping the moisture locked in the skin and keeping the rash away. You could try using something like avocado oil but it won’t have quite the same effect.

  62. Well, here goes. I’m getting a bit desperate with my stepdaughter. She constantly gets staph boils on her bottom and legs when she’s at her momma’s and the docs can’t seem to do anything about it. So I’m making this recipe with the addition of lavender, tea tree, and eculuptis oils for the antibacterial and healing effects. Not sure I would do this addition on a baby, but she’s a 3 year old toddler and responds well to essential oils if they’re diluted properly. Wish me luck! I’ll write back later if this works.

  63. Hey Merissa,
    Thanks for posting such an awesome recipe! I keep hearing about beeswax for all sorts of things, and now I know I need to get some. I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing <3

  64. I just made this diaper rash cream per your directions and the mixture is not thickening up when I blend it. Any suggestions?

  65. Used this recipe AS IS (for over a year) for my cloth diapered son who has eczema. I used the yellow shea butter, none of his diapers ever stained! This was my first diy cream and Im back today to make a new batch hoping it helps when he gets into the pool 🙂

      1. Thank you for the recipe. I am currently using it for my dads diabetic ankles and his dry skin has gotten SO much better in just a couple of weeks.

  66. Can this be used for other skin conditions?
    I was thinking about buying aquaphor’s cream and it said it can be used for multiple skin ailments. I prefer to make my own if it also is multi use.

  67. Merissa, have you ever considered making these products in bulk, and then offering them for sale in your online shop? I really appreciate your sharing all of your recipes for food and products, but something such as this I’d like to purchase. Just a thought . . . . I’d be a customer!!

  68. If you do not already have these ingredients in your pantry, if you have to go out of your way to get them, then why not just pop on down to Target and buy a commercial diaper rash cream? I like homesteading and am intrigued by the old way of doing things – but this is not that. I would like to know what our great grandparents used.

    1. It’s more about just knowing how to make your own if you’d choose to or if you’d need to. I keep basic ingredients on hand (such as coconut oil, shea butter, etc) all of the time so I almost always have what I need to make most body/beauty products if we need it. It’s just easier and more convenient for us, plus we know what all is going into the product. Not everyone chooses to do the same based on what they have easy access to.

      1. Okay, thanks for responding. It’s nice to be able to have something that you can verify the ingredients because you made it yourself.

  69. Thanks, Merissa for sharing your recipe! I’m nearing my due date and is already planning and listing all the things I need before my baby arrives. To be honest, I’m having a hard time choosing the best baby wipes for changing diapers that won’t trigger skin rashes or irritation. But after reading this post, I will surely include this Homemade Diaper Rash Cream recipe on my checklist.

  70. I’m wondering if you can add essential oils that are good for skin to this. I would be making this for an adult.

  71. My latest little grandson will be with us any day now, so I made a batch tonight to protect his precious little bum. It is so smooth and creamy. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe.

  72. First off, I LOVE this cream! I’ve used it since my, now 15month old was born and we have never had an issue with diaper rash as long as we’ve used it!

    I did always have trouble getting the creamy smooth consistency, consistently until….. I modified he instructions for mixing it a bit! Came about the method out of the need to cut the mixing/solidifying time down, but come to find out it gave me a more creamy texture than ever! Once I transferred the melted mixed ingredients to a metal mixing bowl, I filled another, larger mixing bowl with a bit of ice water and then placed the smaller one in the ice water while I mixed. I use the work attachment on my hand mixer and within a couple minutes it was the perfect creamy consistency!!

    I also use vitamine E oil in place of the vegetable glycerin.

  73. You are beautiful! And I really like this recipe for diaper cream. Thank you for sharing and for your hard work and information!!

  74. I made this but it didn’t thicken quite like the picture, it was liquidy enough. After you melt everything in the saucepan, how long should you let it cook before adding the glycerine? Or you add the glycerine and then let it cool before whipping? Should you add something to make it a little thicker if you see it’s not thicken enough? Thank you!

    1. Is your home on the warmer side? If it’s too liquidy you could try adding a little more of one of the thicker ingredients like the beeswax or shea butter. You only heat it long enough to melt everything, not to cook it and the glycerin gets added after you remove it from heat. The whipping action will cool it down and make it creamy.