These simple recipes will help you avoid harmful chemicals, like fragrance, petrolatum and parabens, found in many baby products. Each one takes less than 10 minutes to make, and all make great “green” baby gifts!
Remember… always do a test patch for any homemade recipes, and discontinue use if you notice any irritation.
Avoid disposable wipes! Shelf life: 1 month
1/4 cup liquid castile soap (try unscented or lavender)
1/4 cup oil (like calendula oil, sweet almond oil, or apricot kernel oil)
2 cups water
Mix ingredients in a glass jar. Apply with reusable cloths or 100 per cent pcw recycled paper towel by soaking them in the solution.
did you know?
Diapers made from cotton and other natural fibers
allow skin to breathe, reducing the need for creams
and salves. Plastic disposables are more likely to cause
Avoid toxic ingredients like talc and fragrance!
Shelf life: 1 year.
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup arrowroot powder (carried by most grocery stores)
1 tbsp white clay (found at health food stores)
Mix ingredients together. Optional: add these essential oils:
3 drops sweet orange
2 drops ylang ylang
1 drop geranium
Store the mixture in ajar with a sprinkle top. Sprinkle sparingly on your baby’s bedding or diaper area (avoid the face). Also makes a great foot or body powder for adults.
Also works as a body wash. Adults like it too.
Shelf life: 1 month.
1 cup distilled water
1 tbsp calendula herb
1 tbsp chamomile herb
1 tbsp nettle herb
2 tsp comfrey herb
1 tsp rosemary herb
1 tsp dried orange peel
Boil the water, then make a tea with the above herbs. If you don’t have all the herbs, simply steep a chamomile tea bag with some rosemary herb.
Cool the tea, strain the liquid and then add:
1/2 cup liquid castile soap (try unscented
1 tsp calendula oil or jojoba oil
Stir and pour into bottle.
Use about 1 tbsp per bath and keep it in the fridge to
extend its shelf life.
Baby Butt Balm
If you’d rather not use an animal product, try castor oil or
coconut oil. Shelf life: approximately 4 months.
1 tsp lanolin
1 tbsp calendula oil
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 – 1 tbsp grated beeswax
Melt oils and beeswax together in a double boiler. Pour
into an airtight container and let cool. You can also
combine the ingredients in a glass jar and microwave to
melt everything together.
• Lanolin: acts as a soothing salve (derived from
sheared sheeps wool)
• Calendula oil: soothes skin
• Olive oil: nourishes and smoothes skin
• Beeswax: a binding agent. Won’t clog pores and good for all skin types
Baby Massage Oil
These oils nourish the skin, and they’re gentle.
Shelf life: 1 month.
1 tbsp apricot kernel oil
1 tbsp sweet almond oil
1 tbsp olive oil
Add ingredients to a bottle and shake to blend. Apply with warm hands.
Combat itching and stretch marks with the skin healing properties of this body butter. Shelf life: 6 months.
4 tbsp oil like olive, avocado, sweet almond, or jojoba
1 tbsp shea butter
1 tbsp beeswax, grated
1/2 tsp vitamin E oil
Melt first three ingredients over a double boiler. Pour into container and stir in vitamin E oil once cool. Apply 1 - 2 times per day by massaging over the belly area.