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My homemade diaper cream contains all natural, non-toxic ingredients that are very healthy and moisturizing for the skin.

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Homemade Diaper Cream for Diaper Rash

It’s not very often that my little guy gets a red bum or a diaper rash. But, every once in a while he does and I need something to help soothe it.

Toxins in commercial diaper creams

Commercial or store-bought diaper creams are great as far as how effective they are and how quickly they work. However, I’m not fond of some of the ingredients.

One of the ingredients, in particular, is petroleum. This is the same ingredient that is used in commercial vapor rub and ointments.

Petroleum is made by refining oil. So, it is certainly not eco-friendly. Moreover, toxic substances are often used in the refining process. The toxic substances are removed from the final product and, according to my research, it is not otherwise carcinogenic (source).

However, homemade diaper cream is so easy to make. In addition, my homemade diaper cream contains all natural, non-toxic ingredients that are very healthy and moisturizing for the skin.


The ingredients in this homemade diaper cream are organic shea butter, vitamin E oil and zinc oxide.

Shea butter has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties (source). These characteristics are important and beneficial in a diaper cream as diaper rash and redness is often attributed to yeast.

Vitamin E oil is very moisturizing and nourishing for the skin.

What is zinc oxide?

Zinc oxide is made from a combination of zinc and oxygen molecules. Thus, it is not naturally-occurring. However, it offers many benefits for the skin including anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and collagen-producing benefits, among others. In addition, it acts as a barrier that locks in moisture (source).

Be sure to purchase non-nano zinc oxide as nanonized zinc oxide is thought to be laced with toxins and possibly carcinogenic.

Also, as with many powders, zinc oxide can be harmful if inhaled so experts recommend wearing a mask when using it in personal care products.

DIY Eczema Cream
  • 60 mg organic extra virgin coconut oil
  • 30 mg raw shea butter
  • 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil
  • 7.5 mg zinc oxide
  • 5 mg beeswax
  1. Add coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax to a double boiler (on medium heat).*

  2. Once oil, shea butter and beeswax has melted, remove from heat and add vitamin E oil.

  3. Add zinc oxide and stir well.

  4. Use a spatula and scrape the mixture into a glass container with a lid.

Recipe Notes

*To make a double boiler, place a half-full pot of water on medium heat. Add shea butter to a stainless steel bowl and place on top of the pot.

*You should use a scoop or a spoon to scoop it out (not your fingers) and either wash it or discard it after using and use a new one next time - using your fingers can add bacteria to the cream.

*Recipe makes about three ounces of diaper cream.

Please share if you know someone who would like this recipe. Thanks! 🙂

Do you make homemade diaper cream? Do you have a favorite natural, non-toxic brand that you like? Share your comments below.

Be happy, stay healthy.



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