Last Christmas, Chris’ sister Gillian gave us some homemade diaper cream she had made. When Henry was born, we had started using A+D cream but he kept getting rashes so we switched to the diaper cream Gill had made and it worked wonders on Henry’s skin. He still occasionally got a bit of rash, more a redness like swelling but not as bad as before so I decided to make some more since we’re almost out of the cream Gill gave us. Always one to like to play around with recipes, I did a bit of internet research and decided to add a few more ingredients to the original recipe. For your viewing pleasure, he’s the recipe I used.
16oz of sweet virgin almond oil (great for balancing moisture, helps reduce inflammation)
8oz of Shea butter ( protects the skin from both environmental and free-radical damage. It contains vitamins A and E and has demonstrated antimicrobial an anti-inflammatory properties)
8oz of Jojoba oil ( liquid wax highly penetrating and closely resembles human sebum.Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant)
4.5 oz of virgin coconut oil ( is antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial)
4.5 oz of beeswax (works as a soothing/healing agent)
a handful of calendula petals (great anti-inflammatory properties)
a few drops of lavender oil (calming and anti-septic)
few drops of chamomile oil (calming properties and helps with irritations)
few drops of tea tree oil (stimulates immune system and treats bacterial and fungal infections)
Melt all the oils, butter and beeswax together in a double boiler (or on very low heat in one pot) **try and break up as much of the beeswax beforehand since it takes forever to melt on low heat**, then add the handful of calendula petals and cook on low heat for 30 minutes. Once done, strain through a cheese cloth, removing the petals. Add the few drops of lavender, chamomile and tea tree and quickly pour into containers. The recipe fits about 11 100ml tins.After filling the tins, I put some of the used petals in.
The best part is that I can also use it on Henry’s forehead where he’s often got dry skin so it’s dual purpose.