DIY Organic Diaper Rash Cream Recipe

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Diaper rash sometimes just happens and when it does it’s good to be prepared. Here is a simple DIY organic diaper cream recipe with only three ingredients! 

I cloth diaper, which is believed to be less harsh on a baby’s bum, than disposable diapers that are full of chemical irritants and have poor air flow.

My daughter has been cloth diapered her entire life, and knowing what’s in a disposable diaper I wouldn’t want it any other way. But, even with cloth diapering we still have had the occasional bout of diaper rash.

Diaper rash can make your poor baby’s bottom sore, red, warm, tender, and scaly. It can be from an infection, irritation, or allergy. Most commonly it’s wearing a wet diaper for too long, but the chemicals in disposable diapers can be the cause too. 

A few thoughts before we dive into the natural homemade organic diaper rash cream recipe

First prevention is always best, here are a few things I believe in to prevent or reduce the occurrence of diaper rash:

Prevent diaper rash naturally

  • Avoid disposable diapers, there are several studies showing how irritating the chemicals in disposable diapers are to the skin, and other organs, more about this here.
  • Avoid harsh cleaners. Stripping the babies skin of its natural moisture with soapy and perfumey irritants can break down the natural protective barrier of the skin.
  • An obvious one, don’t let your baby wear a soiled diaper.

Minimalism Diapering

Cloth diapers have good air flow and fewer irritants. Diapering I believe is overly complicated, we use plain water and a cloth for cleanup and my minimalist money saving cloth diapering routine has worked well for us.

I’m a minimalist and I’m not a fan of most commercial products, because well I don’t know what the heck is in them. I don’t like chemicals I can’t pronounce. If you have a diaper rash cream you like, you can check out its ingredient safety rating at EWG.

We have had only one really ugly diaper rash that took a few days to calm down. We used this recipe and each day the diaper rash improved.

How to deal with diaper rash naturally

1. First before diving into the recipe. Here are a few things we do to handle diaper rash. Avoid harsh cleaning products because they make diaper rash worse [1].

2. Diaper free time allows the skin to breathe which helps tremendously in clearing up diaper rash quicker.

3. Apply DIY organic diaper rash cream liberally, especially before bedtime if their skin looks the slightest bit irritated.

DIY Organic Diaper Cream Recipe

Super easy only 3 ingredients for every natural mom pantry

 Prep Time 5 minutes


  • 2 tb Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 2 tb Organic Raw Grade A Shea Butter
  • 5 drops Lavender Essential Oil


  1. Super easy right! Combine coconut oil and shea butter, then add essential oil drops. 
  2. Mix ingredients together.
  3. Store in glass jar with lid. Essential oils evaporate. This makes a 1/4 cup and stores nicely in a 4 oz mason jar.Unique, eco-friendly products chosen just for you and your little one!

And here’s why I choose these ingredients for our homemade natural diaper rash cream 

I keep these ingredients on hand for many DIY personal care products, because they are wonderfully healing for many skin conditions

Incredible Ingredients for your Mama Pantry

Shea Butter

Shea butter from the tree of life, contains vitamin A, E, F, essential fatty acids, and has numerous medicinal properties. The Shea Butter Institute describes shea butter as your skins best friend with healing properties that promote:

  • healing in wounds
  • eczema
  • frostbite
  • sunburns
  • skin allergies
  • insect bites
  • repair wrinkles
  • and more

For all these reasons, shea butter for diaper rash seemed like an excellent choice for my DIY organic diaper rash cream.

Oils can be separated into two fractions. The saponifiable fraction which contains the moisturizing abilities, and the unsaponifiable fraction which has the healing abilities.

Shea butter has greater unsaponifiable (healing) fraction ranging from 5-17% than most other oils with only 1% of this fraction [2], making shea butter highly effective at treating many skin conditions.

Shea butter is proven to be:

  1. Moisturizing
  2. Anti-inflammatory
  3. Reparative: Boosts collagen and elastin in the skin (making it great for healing & wrinkles)
  4. UV protectant


Shea butter produces the same oil produced by the glands in our skin, making it incredibly moisturizing and protective.

A study found shea butter softened and reduced the severity of eczema, and helps prevent water loss from the skin. Shea butter lasts about 8 hours but was most effective for the 1st hour [3].


Several studies shown shea butter effectively reduces inflammation and even has cancer-fighting abilities [4]. A study in 2010 isolated fats from shea butter and applied it to rats with induced swelling, they found shea butter reduced swelling by almost ½.

It is an excellent anti-inflammatory with anti-tumor abilities [5].


Studies found that shea butter boosts collagen and elastin production in the skin. Collagen and elastin are the major structural proteins of skin.

This ability also makes shea butter effective at reducing wrinkles and repairing sun damage [6].

UV Protection:

Shea butter’s unsaponifiable fraction has substances that effectively absorb UV radiation, giving shea butter sun protective abilities too [6].

Quality matters:

  • Shea Butter should be grade A raw – organic
  • No older than 18 months – because as it ages the healing abilities begin to fade.
  • It should have an earthy smell, be beige in color, and feel like butter at room temperature.

Shea butter has a long list of uses for skin conditions, its moisturizes, reduces swelling, and heals. All these properties make it an excellent choice for treating diaper rash and is an all-around excellent oil to have in your mama pantry.

Note: This is a nut butter, so if there is a nut allergy in the family this is something you may want to consider before using.

Coconut Oil

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is mostly made of medium chain saturated fatty acids and has been a health craze for many years now, being used both internally and topically. Studies have proven coconut oil is:

  1. Anti-oxidant
  2. Reparative: Boosts collagen
  3. Moisturizing
  4. Anti-microbial
  5. Anti-inflammatory

Interesting Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) studies:

  • A study found VCO boosted collagen production and sped up healing of skin wounds [7].
  • The anti-fungal properties of coconut oil are very effective. Coconut oil was compared to the antifungal medication fluconazole for Candida infection. The study concluded,

“Coconut oil should be used in the treatment of fungal infections, especially with drug-resistant Candida species [8].” This is important because a fungal infection of candida can occur with diaper rash [11].

  • A study with mice found coconut oil moderately reduced swelling, improved weepy wounds, and provided some pain relief [9].
  • A study of children suffering from chronic atopic dermatitis (AD), a skin disease that breaks down the skin’s barrier, causes swelling, and water loss, improved significantly with topical VCO versus the control group treated with mineral oil [10].
  • Coconut oil is a highly effective anti-bacterial. Have you heard of ayurvedic oil pulling? A study compared anti-bacterial abilities in the mouth of coconut oil vs dentist prescribed chlorohexidine mouthwash.

  Both proved beneficial in reducing s. mutans the bacteria involved with cavities. The study concluded VCO oil pulling is an effective alternative to chlorohexidine with no side effects [11].

Personal thoughts on coconut oil

Many studies have shown coconut oil to be an effective moisturizer and help with eczema. Personally, coconut oil doesn’t feel hydrating to me, but I have very dry skin. It doesn’t seem like enough on my baby’s dry bottom when she has a rash either.

I like coconut oil in my diaper rash cream for its antimicrobial and healing abilities, but I also like to add another oil for extra moisturizing capabilities. Many report that coconut oil is a great moisturizer, but for me personally, it isn’t enough.

Quality Matters

  • Organic virgin first cold pressed Coconut Oil -Oils will lose healing abilities when they are chemically or heat extracted.

Lavender Essential oil

Lavender essential oil is generally regarded as safe for babies, so I keep it simple and just use lavender on my daughter. I did a little digging through scholarly articles and science journals on the proven health benefits of lavender essential oil, and here is what I found:

  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal
  • Promotes new cell growth in skin
  • Boost immune system
  • Reduces pain
  • Improves healing of skin conditions
  • And more

Studies on lavender essential oil

  • Its antibacterial and antifungal properties are effective against many types of bacteria, especially when antibiotics fail to work. Lavender aromatherapy, is well documented for the treatment of abrasions, burns, stress, headaches, promotion of new cell growth, boosting the immune system, and relieving skin problems and painful muscles  [12].
  • It is highly effective at speeding up the healing process of skin injuries [13].
  • A study found a blend of lavender and thyme essential oil, reduced rash symptoms in mice [14].
  • This essential oil is a highly potent antifungal treatment against strains of fungi responsible for common skin and nail infections, which included the candida a common fungal infection found in diaper rash [15].

Quality Matters:

  • Find a reputable company you trust that test their own products for purity.


This simple organic diaper cream recipe with lavender essential oil has worked well for us. When diaper rash does strike it’s nice to have this simple DIY organic diaper rash cream recipe on hand.

It feels good knowing what’s in our products and having healing ingredients in the pantry, for instance, lavender oil is believed to reduce fever too.

So, when my daughter had a fever I applied this natural diaper rash cream to her feet, and it really did seem to help.

I use coconut oil, shea butter, and lavender oil in many of our DIY personal care products, because they’re moisturizing, anti-microbial, and promote healing in damaged skin from wrinkles, burns, to skin infections.

What are your thoughts or experience with natural diaper rash treatment?

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1 year ago

Thank you so much for this “recipe”! Do you know long the creme is good for once it’s been made?


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