DIY All-Natural Diaper Rash Cream


I made this cute little jar of diaper rash cream on the same day I made the DIY All Natural Baby Wipes. And I’m just now getting around to posting it, because I’m horribly lazy. (That, and I am a new mother of a two month old… but yeah, mostly because I’m lazy.)

First off, if you need any jars with character that make you feel like a crafty DIY home recipe guru, check out the selection at Hobby Lobby. They have home cosmetic safe glass jars with solid sealable lids for crazy cheap (when you catch them on 50% off days, you can get a jar like the one pictured above for 99 cents) and they all have old worldy charm. I think the jar I’m using for the diaper rash cream looks like an Alice In Wonderland-esque “Drink Me” jar, so I’m already loving this project. Ohhh, the things that make me happy!

This recipe is another slightly tweaked version of a couple different recipes I found on the ol’ Google machine. I like to find recipes that contain ingredients I have close to hand and I pick and choose ingredients based on what I feel will work best for our needs – for instance, since Tessa is not prone to diaper rashes we just needed something mildly drying, and primarily moisturizing.


So for this super simple and crazy effective recipe you’ll need:

¼ cup of coconut oil

2 tablespoons of shea butter

1 tablespoon of arrowroot powder

1 vitamin e capsule

2 drops of lavender essential oil

Melt the coconut oil, shea butter, vitamin e capsule and essential oil together in a small saucepan and gently stir into a smooth cream over extremely low heat for about 5-10 minutes. Remove from head and use a small electric mixer to slowly blend in the arrowroot powder, one teaspoon at a time.

Pour into a small, clean glass jar and put it in the fridge for about 15 minutes. This will firm up the mixture till it is solid. Pull it out of the fridge, and as it adjusts to room temperature it will turn into a firm, but smooth and airy cream.

Then simply apply as needed! We also use this cream on Tessa after bath times as a moisturizer behind her ears, in the creases on the inside of her arms, and anywhere else the humid Florida air threatens to dry out or rash up. It smells lovely and works like a charm.


What each ingredient does:

Coconut Oil – This is the main diaper rash fighting ingredient. Coconut oil contains high levels of Vitamin E and is excellent for hydrating skin. It sinks in deep, conditions, moisturizes, and softens skin. Coconut oil mimics the sebum in your skin and so it naturally and gently clears away dirt, grime, and dead skin cells. It even has some antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, killing off harmful bacteria. All must haves for a dirty baby bottom.

Shea Butter – Shea butter contains massive amounts of essential fatty acids and natural moisturizing antioxidant compounds, which makes skin incredibly soft. It is an anti-inflammatory and contains anti-fungal and yeast-killing properties. It is also high in Vitamins A and E, which promotes skin elasticity and soothes irritating and painful rashes.

Arrowroot Powder – Arrowroot is commonly added to moisturizers as a thickening agent and to help active ingredients penetrate the upper levels of the skin. It aids in giving the skin a silky feel and gets the cream to a beautiful, spreadable texture.

Vitamin E Capsule – Acts as a preservative. Vitamin E contains natural antioxidants which extend the life of oil based products. Just a few drops do the trick.

Lavender Essential Oil – Not only does the lavender oil add a nice scent to the cream, but lavender oil is known for its skin healing properties and its use as an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic and deodorant!

Gingi Freeman

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21 thoughts on “DIY All-Natural Diaper Rash Cream

  • 10 November, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    I l ove this! Imma have to make some!^^

    • 26 November, 2013 at 3:07 pm

      Did you ever end up making any? ^_^

      • 27 November, 2013 at 4:22 pm

        Sadly no, I stil haven’t finished organizing my bedroom ; ; when it comes to being all Betty Crocker, I have really good intentions, but follow through not so much, also I haven’t been to the Herbal store in forever.. Also, B hasn’t really had a need for it.

  • 10 November, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    I have been making to make this as it’s cloth diaper safe, but oh finding the time!

    • 26 November, 2013 at 3:07 pm

      Let me know if you ever make it… And post pics!!

  • 10 November, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    Man! I’d use this as a moisturizer for myself! Lol!

    • 11 November, 2013 at 12:17 am

      Haha, Jonathan uses the baby wipes as after shave facial wipes, lol!

  • 11 November, 2013 at 1:58 am

    I will need to use this one after I use up the ingredients for the recipe I have been using. :/ The one I have takes hours because of needing to brew the chamomile.

    • 26 November, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      Are you using the recipe from WellnessMama? I love her site, but she is really heavy into infusing her own oils. I prefer to just use essential oils, it’s less time consuming lol…

      • 26 November, 2013 at 6:10 pm

        Nope, this one: Oven Love Blog

  • 17 November, 2013 at 4:51 am

    I am 59 and I am not changing anymore diapers!!!!!!!! 🙂

    • 26 November, 2013 at 3:09 pm

      What about grandbabies?!?! lol

      • 27 November, 2013 at 8:35 pm

        Four Grand Daughters, the youngest are both going on Six! I did change diapers on all four of them!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 4 February, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Do you know if making this kind of stuff is less, more, or about the same in price as buying the good stuff?

    • 4 February, 2014 at 3:33 pm

      Well, I personally think my recipe is “the good stuff” since it’s safe and made with superior products. But as to cost, yes, I would say it is cheaper to make. I have used all those ingredients to make my stretch mark cream, body lotion and many other projects, and by the time you isolate one “batch” – cost-wise I’d say it’s about $2-3? If even that??

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  • 6 November, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    I finally made this the other day after the magic stick I got at my baby shower finally ran out. Ella doesn’t get rashes often, but when she does they are HORRIBLE and stick around for a month or more! She’s had one now for forever and I put this stuff on it when I made it. After two days it looks soooo much better! Hopefully this will be the one thing to finally eradicate this monstrous thing on her. I think my meaning earlier was also mistaken. I know this is good stuff. I was wondering what the price comparison was with “the good stuff” on store shelves (the organic all natural $10 plus per 3 ounces) as opposed to junk like desitin.

    • 7 November, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      I’m glad it’s helped!!

  • 11 September, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    hi, was just wondering how much the recipe makes in ounces please so I know the right sized jars to buy

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