Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Making your own diaper cream!

I have found out with cloth diapeing the joy of making/doing things yourself. Self reliance is fantastic! I am worrying less and less with the "What if" of life. So after looking at a lot of ingredients on different creams, I have decided they all have these things in common:
  • Coconut oil (CO)
  • Lavender oil (LO)
  • Tea tree oil (TTO)
  • Lanolin
  • Coconut oil

 So after a night thinking about if my plan to attempt to make my own cream would work, I attempted it. And I'm so glad I did..

Ok so the ingredients listed above. You can put whatever smell you want (lavender is my smell of choice). I wouldn't use anything citrus-y because the acid could possibly erode PUL if you use it.
1. I measured out how much my containers hold. I have two containers and so I put about a cup of coconut oil into a double boil type pan. I hadn't let the water boil yet, just warm water and the heat just barely turned on. Coconut oil melts pretty fast so we don't want to "cook" the oil, just melt.

 2. Once the oil has started to melt, I added the lanolin, and the two essential oils. If you pick to use tea tree oil, DO NOT PUT A LOT. A 2-4 drops max. TTO is extremely potent. My bottle of TTO doesn't have a control valve or a dropper so I had to wing it and used to much the first time I made the cream. The "smell" oil can be to your liking.

3.Once the everything has been melted and stirred you are ready to pour into your containers. I am upcycling old California Baby lotion containers and a use less container my sister gave me.

4. Once it hardens (I put it in the fridge for to cool it faster) stir it so that it will be nice and creamy.

**This is my first time using the lanolin. I am not sure how well it will work. I added it to make it creamier, but I am not sure because I have yet to stir the cream. If you are worried about your diapers, you can opt out of using the lanolin. I will post an update in about a month.



  1. This sounds awesome. My Grovia Magic Stick is about to run out and I would love to not need to buy a new one. I will be anxiously awaiting the one-month update.

  2. I will make sure to write it for sure! I put some on O for bed time and so far it's amazing! It was nice and creamy like I thought it would. You can always try it with out the lanolin. My previous batch didn't have any and it worked just fine. From what I have read and been told that lanolin would "melt off" in a hot wash.

  3. So awesome Meagan! I was about to buy some Grandma El's today, but got some samples instead. I may just go about making my own cream rather than buying some.

  4. Glad you didn't!! Grandma El's isn't my favorite. It's ok, but not my favorite smell.

  5. Hello! I was wondering approx how much lanolin you used, and do you have an update? I just picked up some coconut oil and would love to try this!

  6. If someone is worried about the lanolin breaking down, they could add dish soap to the wash to help disolve the oils. I do that with mine, you just need to rinse really well.

  7. Kim! I'm so sorry I didn't see this. I never had a problem with it and my diapers. I have incredibly hard water and still no problems.