Natural Baby Powder Recipe
Summertime is perfect for kids to play outside, but the hot and humid weather can be tough on delicate baby skin. Sometimes, both babies and adults get irritated skin. Baby powder is often the first remedy we reach for.
Most store-bought baby powders contain synthetic chemicals and artificial perfumes that are not suitable, in my opinion, for sensitive baby skin. Fortunately, creating homemade baby powder is cost-effective, simple, and provides complete oversight of the ingredients that come into contact with your little one’s delicate skin.
In just a few minutes, you can create a baby powder that’s 100% natural using only three ingredients.
Natural Baby Powder Recipe
This recipe makes 3 ounces of baby powder.
- 1/4 cup of organic arrowroot powder
- 2 tablespoons of bentonite clay
- 2 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)
- Measure and combine all ingredients in a bowl.
- Put the mixture inside a sealed glass container for storage and use. If you don’t use lavender essential oil, you may use any container instead of glass.
- Container options: I recommend using a small jar (Mason jelly jar) or a glass bowl with a lid. Some like to use shaker containers, but this allows the power to float into the air. Using a jar or bowl, you can use a spoon to remove the amount needed without shaking the powder into the air.
- Spoon a tiny amount on your hand and very carefully apply it to the skin.
Arrowroot powder: Arrowroot powder is used as an absorbent in baby powder but also soothes irritated skin. It works as a demulcent, forming a soothing protective film over the area, relieving minor pain and inflammation. It also has nutrients, such as zinc, potassium, vitamin B6, and iron that provide relief against inflammatory processes and irritations. So it not only provides a moisture barrier, but it essentially feeds and nourishes the skin at the same time.
Bentonite Clay: (Calcium bentonite clay, not sodium bentonite clay) Bentonite clay is great for pulling toxins from the skin and absorbing moisture. It also has antioxidant minerals (known as phyllosilicates) and anti-inflammatory properties. It is fantastic for diaper rash.
Lavender Essential Oil: Lavender is calming to both the skin and the mind but it is also antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, which helps with skin conditions. In a 2016 study, researchers found that lavender oil promotes the healing of skin tissue.
Upon the first use, do a patch test on your child’s arm or leg before applying the product to a more sensitive area to make sure it won’t cause any irritation or rashes.
What Not to Use!
I have good reasons, mentioned above, for using the ingredients in this recipe. I understand that some people may need or want to make substitutions, so here are a few ingredients that I recommend avoiding.
Some like to use baking soda, kaolin clay, oat flour, or cornstarch, for various reasons. Baking soda is known to irritate the skin, making it much worse in the long run. Kaolin clay is a popular ingredient in makeup, but when mixed with liquid and left on the skin, such as in a hot, damp diaper, it can cause red irritated skin. Oat flour can irritate the skin due to its texture, causing friction with movement. Cornstarch can spread through the air and if inhaled, it can irritate lungs. Plus, it could potentially worsen yeast infections and yeast-related diaper rash.
So, those four ingredients can be big no-nos. If you are aware of any other no-no ingredients, please tell us in the comments.
Would you try our natural baby powder recipe?
This recipe is helpful for summer stickiness at all ages! If you’ve tried this recipe, let me know what you think in the comments.
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