Bottoms Up Day 1

Do you have a baby or know someone that has a baby? Are you frustrated with the baby bottom ointments and creams available? As a mother, I know and understand these frustrations. The standard ointments available just do not seem to work well with a baby with sensitive skin, especially after an awful #2 diaper. The babies scream and they don’t want any touching in the diaper area. I have a 5-day blog starting today where I will test my ideas for a product that will help solve the problem of painful baby bottoms. Mothers take heart! We will target oils and butters that are good for skin, reduce inflammation, moisturizing, and aid skin protection.First I chose Lanolin. This is a firm, yellow fixed oil that comes from sheep and is not only moisturizing but provides good skin protection as well. Next I chose Aloe Butter and Shea Butter (High Melt Point Shea Butter that is). Aloe has been used for a long time for sunburns so why not try it in a baby bottom ointment? Shea Butter is a favorite to use in baby skin care. Some mothers just use it right out of the container! It is extremely moisturizing and good for all skin types.

Next I looked at Cherry Oil. Cherry Oil can promote skin healing and counteracts itchy and dryness. This sounded like a pretty good reason to put it into my recipe. Calendula Extract is great for its anti-inflammatory properties so it is a good choice for tender baby skin.

I have been wanting to try Neem and Tamanu Oil in a recipe. I am a fairly brave person so I decided to try them at the same time! These are great oils but they have strong color and/or odor. Their benefits are huge though. Neem oil has been scientifically researched and found to have antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. Yes, please! Tamanu oil is great for inflamed skin.

The professional soap and lotion makers may be scratching their heads and thinking what a strange/interesting combination of ingredients this is. Keep reading and find out the results of this recipe are.

Ingredients
High Melt Point (HMP) Shea Butter
Aloe Butter
Cherry Oil
Tamanu Oil
Anhydrous Lanolin
Neem Oil
Calendula Extract
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe: Yields 100 grams or 3.53 ounces

Recipe in Grams
32 grams HMP Shea Butter
30 grams Aloe Butter
11 grams Cherry Oil
10 grams Tamanu Oil
5 grams Anhydrous Lanolin
2 grams Neem Oil
10 grams Calendula Extract
Recipe in Ounces
1.13 ounces HMP Shea Butter
1.06 ounces Aloe Butter
0.39 ounces Cherry Oil
0.35 ounces Tamanu Oil
0.18 ounces Anhydrous Lanolin
0.07 ounces Neem Oil
0.35 ounces Calendula Extract
Recipe in Percentages
32% HMP Shea Butter
30% Aloe Butter
11% Cherry Oil
10% Tamanu Oil
5% Anhydrous Lanolin
2% Neem Oil
10% Calendula Extract

Instructions
Carefully weigh out all ingredients in a microwave-safe container except for Calendula Extract. Melt in short bursts (20 to 30 seconds) and stir in between until oils and butters are melted together. Your melted concoction will be dark brown and have a strong odor. That is the Neem and Tamanu talking. Completely normal. Once the mixture has cooled a bit and is just warm to the touch (not hot!) you may add the Calendula Extract and stir. Pour immediately into jars and let set up overnight. I would suggest leaving it overnight before using. It will turn an opaque greenish-brown color and will thicken a little once it cools completely.

I was not entirely happy with my first attempt. It is a good starting point, but I cannot get past the odor of Neem! I have heard how much people enjoy the smell of Tamanu, but not when it is laced with Neem. The color also was a big turn off for me. This product looks like the stuff that you are trying to wipe off the baby’s bum. This also was not quite the right consistency for me. It needs to be a little more viscous. Tomorrow I will have to change my recipe a little and see what I can do about these issues. Stay tuned!
Joy

Finished product

Weighing ingredients

Fresh out of the microwave

product on the finger

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8 Comments

  • Sarah G. says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with this week! I know when my daughter was in diapers I was never happy with the diaper creams available. She is past that stage now but the two boys I nanny for would benefit from a good diaper cream.

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  • Valerie says:

    Shea butter and Aloe sounds great, but can Lanolin be an irritant for such soft, sensitive little bums?

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    • Andee says:

      Highly doubtful that it is a problem but it is best to avoid if an allergy has been shown before.

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  • birdies says:

    I like adding liquid Lecithin to healing salves and creams.
    I would try replacing the neem, (I don’t like that smell either)
    with lecithin.

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  • Dawn Roth says:

    I’ve never smelled neem. Has me wondering now. Looks like A&D ointment.

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  • stella says:

    How about adding goldenseal to the ointment? It is another great herbal skin remedy. Also comfrey and plantain.

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  • Christine says:

    when my girls were little, my mom used to send me this diaper cream from europe that was the best stuff on earth. it would heal a diaper rash overnight and prevented any kind of moisture getting on the skin. my oldest one once got into the cream tin and distributed it all over the wall, the changing table, the crib, and herself. years later, when i tried to paint the room, the paint was beading off the wall! a couple of years back, i copied that product for a friend of mine and it’s still a winner. so i’m going to be watching closely to see what you come up with!

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  • Lesley says:

    Joy you are brave working with the neem oil! Wow does it smell bad.

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