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DIY Diaper Rash Cream

Non Toxic Diaper Rash Cream
In our family I’ve doctored my fair share of diaper rash.  My girls get it anytime a new tooth arrives, or anytime a diaper has been kept on too long and is too wet.  It’s so hard to see them in pain and the thought of putting any old diaper rash cream on raw skin is even more painful.
The most common diaper rash cream on the market is Desitin.  So, is Desitin safe?  The Skin Deep cosmetic safety database gives Desitin – Original Formula a score of 5 out of 10.  Desitin Creamy, another popular version, also scores a 5.  That’s not so good considering a babies skin is much more thin and their systems are much more delicate then an adult, plus the area is raw.  Some concerning ingredients are BHA (10 toxicity level), fragrance (8 toxicity level), methylparaben (4 toxicity level), and sodium borate (4-6 toxicity level).  All of these ingredients are also hormone disruptors.  If you want to read more about Desitin I got this info. from a very informative blog called Euphoria Maternity.

Last week, my youngest decided to poop about 2 weeks worth in one diaper.  Not really but it was A LOT.  Like, just throw her outside and hose her down on the side walk a lot.  Don’t worry, I didn’t do it.  As I cleaned her she was screaming, legs shaking-I knew she had the rash.  Once I got her in the bath I washed her bottom with coconut oil.  As I’ve stated a lot on this blog, coconut oil is so healing as well as cleansing and moisturizing.  I was out of my usual diaper rash cream that works only so so, so I used my homemade Healing Salve.  It worked great, but I decided I would make something that I knew would be even more healing and nourishing and also would create a barrier over the skin to protect.  Here is my recipe-It is very simple and you can rest easy that it contains all healthy ingredients!

Diaper Rash Cream


  1. Fill a medium sized pot 1/2 way full with water.
  2. Place a glass pyrex bowl with a spout in the water.
  3. Melt all ingredients except zinc oxide in double boiler.
  4. Once melted add zinc oxide and mix with stick blender or mixer for 5 minutes.
  5. Add essential oils.
  6. Transfer into container.

It will be very watery but after a few hours it will thicken up. It will thicken up in the weeks after making it even.  Make sure you put it in a container you can get it out of.  I put it in a squeeze bottle (see first pic) which helps to keep it fresh longer.   Zinc Oxide is what creates the consistency of the cream to make it more like Desitin.   It works with the beeswax, helping provide a barrier that will protects the bottom from wetness.  However, it can be omitted.

Remember-Your DIY is only as effective and pure as the ingredients you use.  The ingredients I link are tried and true.  They are from companies I trust and are ingredients I have used over and over.  When it comes to babies skin and DIY ventures-always go with organic, pure ingredients.

For 10% off your order, use my coupon code JENNIRAINCLOUD when shopping for your pure certified, high quality essential oils at Spark Naturals.

Good luck!  Please feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions-I’ve treated many bouts of diaper rash!!

xx, Jenni


  1. What is the shelf life of this?

  2. Christina says:

    I noticed the zinc you recommend is a nano +20% size which means it has nano size and some larger non-nano size in it. Anything that goes on the skin should be completely non-nano zinc so that it doesn’t absorb into the skin (bad juju!).

    Great recipe and works very well though!

  3. I was wondering if you can use this cream with cloth diapers?

  4. Thanks for posting wonderful post. i think Ecoloical diaper can be used as safe source to protect children from rashes. Most of parents only think that diaper is only to protect house clothes from getting wet

  5. Thank you for posting a wonderful post. I think Ecoloical Diaper can be used as a source of safe protect children from rashes. Most parents think only a diaper is only to protect the clothes were keeping dry too

  6. Love the post however the cream keeps turning grainy on me, any suggestions? Thanks

    • Rachael-It happens with coconut oil. I’ve not found a remedy or way to avoid it. It doesn’t always happen either so it’s hard to pin point. A reader found an article and I can’t seem to find it at the moment but it was equating the graininess to the temp of the coconut oil. I think it said that if you heat it at a bit of a higher temp. for longer it will nix the grainy texture. I’ll continue to look and see if there was a solution. I do find that if I rub it in my hands it does smooth out.

  7. Hello, does the recipe call for 15 drops *each* of the essential oils listed, or is that a total?


  8. Latia Nelson says:


    Can a preservative be added to make this recipe last longer?

    • Latia-Since there is no water added, there is no need for a preservative-it will last up to 6 mos. You don’t want a natural product to last more then that or it won’t be fresh and won’t be as effective.

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