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Babies, Families, Health & Beauty

Homemade Nappy Rash Cream

homemade Baby Bottom Balm

I am excited to share with you today this really easy and effective tutorial for homemade nappy rash cream, 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 nappy rash cream 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 nappy rash cream I used on my baby’s bottom was completely toxin free then I would need to make it myself.  I was already dabbling in making natural beauty treatments for myself and had gone completely toxin free in my own beauty regime, so I knew I could experiment with my own recipe for nappy rash cream 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 nappy rash cream with you so that you too can keep your baby’s bottom toxin free and use only nourishing natural ingredients.

natural organic baby bottom balm

How to Make Homemade Nappy Rash Cream

Ingredients

Use organic if possible:
8 tbsp. of beeswax small pellets*
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*

Equipment

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.

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Finally, add the 30 drops of tea tree oil.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

homemade nappy rash cream recipe

Explanations
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 nappy rash cream 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! 

Arts & Crafts, Life & Style

Five No Sew Clothing DIYs

no sew clothing DIY

no sew clothing DIY

I like crafting as much as the next person but I’m the first to admit that my sewing machine skills and needlework leaves a lot to be desired!  I shared some of my top DIYs for repurposing old clothes a little while ago, and some of these involved sewing, so since then I’ve been on the hunt for some relatively straightforward no sew clothing diys.  I found quite a few good no sew ones and thought I’d share my five favourites with you in case there are any other crafting novices reading along:

No Sew Clothing DIYs

No Sew DIY Elbow Patches 

no sew elbow patch clothing diy

These no-sew elbow patches from the ladies at Honestly WTF are brilliant and are a great way for a crafting novice to add an individual touch to their clothing.

They cleverly use cookie cutters to get the perfect shape:

no sew ladies clothing diy

As well as hearts, you could use any cookie cutter shape – from classic ovals to stars and anything else that catches your fancy.

It would be a great way to cover up any holes on your favourite cardigan or jumper, and to personalise baby tops and vests for a special gift.  I’m thinking dinosaur cookie cutters for this!  Full instructions are over on Honestly WTF.

No Sew DIY T-shirt Pocket

no sew pocket tshirt diy

This cute no-sew pocket diy from Oh The Lovely Things is a great way to bring new life into an old or plain top, or to cover up a stain or hole.  I plan on doing this very very soon!

No Sew Scalloped Shorts

diy no sew scalloped shorts

This DIY for no-sew scalloped shorts from Making Nice In The Midwest is a great and easy way to update some trousers or shorts.  Although it looks complicated (to me!) to get the perfect scallops, it turns out that all you need is a jar lid:

best no sew clothing diys

Genius!

Paint With Bleach

bleach painting easy clothing diy

I love the idea of painting a top with bleach from the crafty girls at A Beautiful Mess.  So striking, yet so simple!  A great way to update a plain top or to disguise a bleach stain on an item of clothing.

DIY No Sew Stud Buttons

no sew diy shirt button tutorial

This is one of the easiest DIYs ever, from A Pair & A Spare.  All you need is a shirt and some studs and you’re good to go.  It’s a great way to liven up a plain shirt, and also when you’ve annoyingly lost a button and can’t find one to match the others – just cover them up with studs!

Will you be trying any of these out?  Or found any other good no sew DIYs?  Do share in the comments below!

Main image from here, all others from the respective blogs.

ps: if you enjoyed this post I’ve put together five more no sew clothing DIYs for you!

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