I am excited to share with you today this really easy and effective tutorial for homemade baby bottom balm, created for Moral Fibres readers by Summer, the blogger behind tortoise & lady grey. tortoise & lady grey is a really great blog that discusses all things sustainable and slow fashion, and encourages readers to make their own clothes and natural beauty products with DIY tutorials. Here Summer shows you how to make your own natural bottom balm for babies:
As a mum with an interest in sustainability and natural health, I am constantly looking for ways that I can reduce the environmental impact of my family’s lifestyle, as well as minimise my toddler’s exposure to chemicals. When my son was born I invested in a few natural products to help prevent nappy rash. I naively assumed that the products I had chosen – which used natural healing herbs such as calendula and pawpaw extract – would be petrochemical and fragrance free. They were marketed as natural after all – why would you make a natural product that contained these harmful ingredients?
Needless to say I was pretty disappointed when I read the ingredients list more closely and discovered I was wrong. I realised that if I wanted to guarantee that the balm I used on my baby’s bottom was completely chemical free then I would need to make it myself. I was already dabbling in making natural beauty treatments for myself and had gone completely chemical free in my own beauty regime, so I knew I could experiment with my own recipe for baby bottom balm and come up with something that was better than the products I was being sold.
I am so pleased to share this recipe for homemade baby bottom balm with you so that you too can keep your baby’s bottom chemical free and use only nourishing natural ingredients.
Make Your Own Baby Bottom Balm
- Use organic if possible:
- 8 tbsp. of beeswax small pellets or grated
- ¾ cup of sweet almond oil
- ¼ cup of avocado oil
- 1 tbsp. of raw honey unpasteurised honey - this looks cloudy and thick
- 30 drops of tea tree essential oil
- 1 small heat-proof glass bowl or small saucepan
- 1 medium saucepan
- 1 metal spoon for stirring
- 2-4 clean small glass jars baby food jars or slightly larger are perfect - the jars should be small enough that you can scrape your finger right to the bottom of the jar easily.
Heat the medium saucepan half-filled with water on the stove, and place the glass bowl (or small saucepan) filled with beeswax on the heating water as a double-boiler. Beeswax should not be heated directly on the stove or it will burn. Take care not to spill water into the melting beeswax.
Keep the stove on a medium to low heat to ensure that the water does not boil too vigorously. The beeswax will take about 20 minutes to melt.
Once melted, remove the bowl (or small saucepan) from the heat to allow the beeswax to cool for 5 minutes. If the beeswax looks like it is starting to solidify, you needn’t keep waiting the full 5 minutes.
Once the beeswax has cooled for this time, add the avocado and almond oil and then stir through the honey until it has completely dissolved.
Finally, add the 30 drops of tea tree oil.
Whilst the mixture is still liquid, pour into jars. You will have about 300ml of mixture, so the number of jars you fill will depend on their size.
Once in the jars, the mixture will begin to set. Sometimes the honey can settle to the bottom of the mixture, so you might like to stir each jar occasionally as the balm sets.
When the balm has completely cooled it will have a waxy cream-like consistency and will be easy to apply to your baby’s bottom after each nappy change.
You can find the ingredients for this recipe at health food shops or online. If you want to simplify the recipe, you can leave out the avocado oil and replace with almond oil instead. You could also substitute both oils for olive oil if you wish.
You can apply this homemade baby bottom balm liberally after each nappy change to prevent nappy rash. The beeswax provides a natural barrier to help protect your baby’s bottom, and the almond and avocado oil will nourish the skin. Tea tree oil and honey are both natural antiseptics with strong healing elements, and can help to heal mild nappy rash if it occurs. However, if the rash worsens or fails to heal, I would recommend seeking out a petrochemical-free pawpaw or calendula ointment. Naturally, if you are worried about the rash you should always seek medical advice.
Thanks very much Summer. I’m looking forward to trying this out – I think it would make a great balm for adult irritated skin too as well as babies bottoms! Follow Summer here: blog / facebook / instagram