Baby Bum Diaper Balm

I was one of those odd moms who actually liked the smell of Desitin. I don’t know if I mentally attached it to the fun of squooshy babies or what, but I thought it smelled good! However, as I learned more about the dangers of putting various chemicals on my family’s skin, my thoughts went to the babies. According to Healthy Child Healthy World, I’m not the only one with such a concern:

“When you are slathering on diaper cream, keep in mind that an infant’s skin is thinner than an adult’s skin, so chemicals can more easily penetrate. Also, an infant has 2 and ½ times the skin surface area as an adult when compared to his internal mass, which basically means an infant gets a greater exposure to toxic chemicals in body care products on a body weight basis than an adult.”

You can read the whole article HERE to learn more about what is in Desitin and why you may want to think twice about using it on your baby’s delicate skin.
Try this recipe instead to sooth and protect irritated diaper area:

Baby Bum Diaper Ointment

  • ½ C. + 1 T. beeswax
  • 1 C. grape seed oil (may also use jojoba or calendula)
  • ¼ C. Aloe Vera gel
  • 4 T. shea butter
  • 2 T. glycerin
  • 2 tsp. lanolin
  • 1 Vit. E capsule

Baby Blend (Use this blend for every 2 oz. of ointment)

  • 8 drops lavender essential oil
  • 6 drops German chamomile essential oil
  • 3 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 3 drops copaiba essential oil

Melt the beeswax in a double boiler. Whisk in grape seed oil, shea butter, Vitamin E capsule, and lanolin just until melted. Whisk in  glycerin and take off the fire. Continue to whisk constantly until mixture is cool. Once mixture is cool, blend with electric mixture until thick. While mixer is still going, slowly add Aloe Vera gel until mixture is rich and creamy.

Makes approximately 18 oz. of product. Add to sterilized glass jars and thoroughly mix in essential oil blend with a toothpick or Popsicle stick.

This recipe base can be used for other purposes by modifying the essential oils to match the necessity. My husband loves ointment on his dry finger tips. For his blend, I added lavender, frankincense and copaiba.


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By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on The Common Scents Mom is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, nor replace current medical treatment or drugs prescribed by your healthcare professional. The statements made have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.

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