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.
Recipe: Yields 100 grams or 3.53 ounces
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!