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.

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

xx, Jenni


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  1. Tanna
    June 8, 2014 / 7:34 pm

    What is the shelf life of this?

  2. Christina
    July 1, 2014 / 1:21 am

    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. Melissa
    September 2, 2014 / 3:14 pm

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

    • September 9, 2014 / 5:32 pm

      Melissa-I never used cloth diapers so I’m not too sure what the protocol is-This has the same consistency as Desitin so if you can use that, I believe you could use this cream. Thanks!

  4. December 16, 2014 / 12:03 am

    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. December 16, 2014 / 10:21 pm

    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. Rachael
    November 22, 2015 / 3:37 am

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

    • November 22, 2015 / 4:33 pm

      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. Tamara
    February 24, 2016 / 8:53 am

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


    • February 28, 2016 / 9:50 pm

      Tamara-Hi! I meant 15 drops all together. I used lavender but the other 2 were other suggestions that were soothing.

      • Tamara
        February 29, 2016 / 5:39 am

        Thank you!!

  8. Latia Nelson
    May 27, 2016 / 8:41 am


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

    • Jenni
      May 27, 2016 / 8:01 pm

      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.

  9. Amanda
    January 23, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    First, thank you for this! I love this recipe and it had helped my little ones diaper rash immensely! What could I add more or less of to make the consistency about creamer? The first batch I made was impossible to get out of a squeeze bottle. Just wondering so I don’t have to use a container where my fingers are constantly touching the mixture. Thanks again!!!

    • Amanda
      January 23, 2017 / 8:55 pm

      *a bit more creamer 😊

    • Jenni
      January 28, 2017 / 12:07 pm

      Amanda-I’m not 100% sure because so many of the ingredients are thick but I would use 1/2 the beeswax and see if that works. It should be thinner. Hope this helps!!

  10. Maria
    June 19, 2017 / 12:05 am

    Hi Jenni,
    Love this recipe and the ease in making it.
    I made this cream for my mother in law who wears adult diapers. It is getting rid of her rash very nicely. I was wondering if she can apply this on a daily basis to prevent future rashes or should she apply something else?

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