The Best! DIY, All Natural Baby Booty Balm! UPDATED!

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I get in these moods, quite often, where I just want to hand make everything! I started making my own hygiene products a few year ago so when I found out I was pregnant I knew I wanted to make some butt rash cream for our little girl. There was a lot of trial and error but after a million hours of recipe research and figuring out which carrier oils, butters and essential oils were best for healing rashes, I came up with a concoction that I think is amazing! It smells great and it heals little girls rashes over night!

 

About a week ago I got what I believe was thrush and because I’m breast-feeding I was so worried little miss was going to catch it. She didn’t show symptoms in her mouth but she did get a pretty decent rash on her bum that could have been from thrush. I don’t actually know what it was from but the balm I made did the trick. It was gone in a few days. I told my husband that night that either little miss just had a regular rash or I made an awesome anti-bacterial/anti-fungal balm on accident. I’m choosing to believe the second option because it’s a much cooler story 😉

But regardless of its possible thrush healing properties, it is still an amazing booty balm and I would recommend it to anyone who is trying to find or make an all natural /organic diaper rash balm for their baby. I didn’t use any chemicals, dyes or preservatives so you won’t find those in the ingredients. I used as many organic ingredients as I could find and I highly recommend the same for anyone who is going to make this balm. It’s going on a very sensitive part of your baby, use ingredients that are the best.

EVERYTHING YOU WILL NEED:


~ A medium-sized mason jar.

~ A double boiler (or a pan and a glass bowl).
~ A spoon to mix.
~ Little jars to hold the balm.
~ Dried Chamomile.
~ Dried Calendula.
~ Apricot Oil.
~ Coconut Oil (I get mine at the Grocery Outlet for $10 but the link is where you can get the same brand on Amazon).
~ Raw, unrefined Shea Butter.
~ Raw, unrefined Cocoa Butter.
~ Raw, unrefined Mango Butter.
~ Arrowroot Powder.
~ Tea Tree Essential Oil.
~ Lavender Essential Oil.

RECIPE:


~ 1/2 cup Coconut Oil.

~ 1/4 cup infused Apricot Oil (the one you made.)
~ 1/4 cup Shea Butter.
~ 1/4 cup Mango Butter.
~ 1/4 cup Cocoa Butter.
~ 2 tsp Arrowroot Powder (optional).
~ 5-10 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil (optional).
~ 5-10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil (optional).

 

Optional:

Every time I remake this recipe I end up adding something new. So here are some things I’ve added that you can choose to add as well or leave out. Remember, this recipe will work in many ways so you can tweak it however you like.

 

~ Olive Oil (I infused mine with marshmallow root because it helps with pain and swelling).
~ Bentonite Clay (I replace the arrowroot powder with this every now and then).

Step 1:

          The first thing I did was to take the dried Chamomile and Calendula flowers and infuse them in Apricot Oil. I did this by filling the mason jar about half way with equal amounts of the dried Chamomile and Calendula flowers and then filled the jar up completely with Apricot Oil. I then lined my crock pot with a washcloth and filled it about 1/3 full of water. I placed the sealed mason jar into the crock pot (make sure the water doesn’t go above the lid, half way up the jar is fine). Then turn your crock pot on low and leave it for 4-5 days. Keep an eye on the water level so it doesn’t get too low. The longer you let it infuse the stronger the mix will be.
          After your mixture has sat for 4-5 days, take the oil and flower mixture and strain it. I found that cheese cloth worked the best at getting all the oil out of the flowers. 

IF YOU WANT TO SKIP THIS STEP YOU COULD BUY A CARRIER OIL THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN INFUSED WITH CALENDULA OR CHAMOMILE.  YOU CAN ALSO USE CHAMOMILE OR CALENDULA ESSENTIAL OIL INSTEAD OF DRIED FLOWERS. I infused mine myself because I wanted something very specific and dried flowers gave me the best results.

Step 2:

          Take all of your ingredients (except the arrowroot powder and essential oils) and melt them down in a double boiler. Or in my case, a make shift double boiler made from placing a glass bowl on top of a pot of boiling water.
          You can check the consistency of the balm by sticking a spoon in it and letting it dry on the spoon. If it gets to hard for your liking add a little more of the carrier oil (Apricot oil). If it is too runny add a little more of the butters. When you have it the consistency you like, take it off the heat.
Step 3:
          Let the mixture cool a little and then add the Arrowroot Powder and the Essential Oils. Mix it all together well.

Step 4:

          Carefully poor the melted mixture into your balm jars. Any type of jar will work. I used these glass jars but you could use anything. Old baby food jars would actually work perfect.

Step 5:

          Let the jars sit open overnight so they can cool and solidify. The mixture won’t be super hard but it will be scoop-able. I use my finger and apply it but I’ve heard people say to scoop it out with a spoon or something of that nature to avoid introducing bacteria. I’ve never had a problem but you make that decision for yourself.
          Just a FYI, don’t panic if your balm looks like this after it has cooled. That gritty texture happens sometimes because coconut oil and Shea butter are temperamental. If you don’t heat them enough they can ball up, if you heat them too much they can do the same. I don’t know what the magic amount of time is for heating them but I can assure you the balm is fine. The little tiny balls will melt when you rub it on your baby.

This is the recipe from Wellness Mama that I built on. If you don’t want all the ingredients I listed you can definitely do her original version. I added more ingredients because I wanted the added benefits that they offered.

Also, if you want to substitute oils or butters, go for it. Use what you like. Just make sure you substitute carrier oils for carrier oils and butters for butters. You can also leave out anything you don’t like and just up the amounts of the other ingredients to make up for the loss. This is really something you can customize so play around and use what works best for you and your baby.

The best part about the booty balm is that it is cloth diaper safe! We are using cloth diapers so this was an important factor when choosing ingredients.

OTHER USES:


~ A healing balm for scrapes and bruises.

~ Perineum healing.
~ Moisturizer.
~ Soothing cracked hands and feet.
~ Cradle Cap.
~ Soothing itches and bug bites.
~ Lip balm.

REASONS FOR THESE INGREDIENTS:


Chamomile:

          Chamomile is amazing for skin. It has soothing, calming and healing properties and is an antioxidant. It is also known for its antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory effects. 
Calendula:
          Calendula has been used for centuries to heal minor cuts, scraps, chafed and chapped skin, rashes and other irritations. It has great anti-bacterial properties and it helps speed up the healing process.
Apricot Oil:
          Apricot Oil helps soften and moisturize and is great for sensitive skin. It is also anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-aging and an excellent antioxidant.
Coconut Oil:
          Coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer! It has antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties. It works great to heal cracked skin, rashes and minor cuts and bruises.

Shea Butter:

          Shea Butter is also a great moisturizer! It is also anti-inflammatory and aids in natural collagen production which aids in smoothing and healing skin.
Cocoa Butter:
          Cocoa butter is extremely hydrating and very gentle on the skin. It is an antioxidant and has restorative properties. It aids in the healing of scars and is wonderful for dry or sensitive skin. It also smells amazing!
Mango Butter:
          Mango Butter has natural emollient properties and helps regenerate skin. It helps to soften, sooth, moisturize and protect skin.

Arrowroot Powder: 

          Arrowroot Powder helps soften and smooth skin. It has moisture – absorbing properties so it is great in skin products. It helps dry out sores, rashes and minor wounds and allows them to heal faster.
Tea Tree Essential Oil:
Tea Tree oil is an antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, balsamic, cicatrisant, expectorant, fungicide, insecticide, stimulant and sudorific substance. It’s an amazing oil and is excellent in helping to heal rashes.
Lavender Essential Oil:
Lavender is one of the most versatile essential oils! It can be used to cleanse cuts, rashes, bruises and other irritations. It has relaxing effects and is very beneficial to the skin.
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6 Responses

  1. Natasha N @Journeywithmum.com

    Wow this balm sounds luxurious and I can only imagine how yummy and nourishing it smells!! Do you think it would work well for my excema? Mine is so bad, that olive oil or even coconut oils on their own, make it worse. I am at my wits end!!

    • Kylie

      It might help your excema a lot! It does have olive oil and coconut oil in it so you may want to leave those two ingredients out if you know they make it worse. But maybe if they’re mixed with other ingredients they wouldn’t be a problem. I’d say make a small batch and see how it goes and if it helps make a bigger batch the second time.

  2. doityourselfdanielle

    I love homemade balm… great for everything. Thanks for linking up at #SustainableSundays

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