by Elizabeth Seward – Staff Writer
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the best products for newborns. I’m about to become a mom for the first time and it’s starting to hit me that I need to secure good and clean products for my little one ASAP, especially if they are affordable. My husband and I have been making many of our own bath and body products for years now, so I plan to continue down this path for baby products. Why pay an arm and a leg for a commercial and packaged product from the store if you can just make it yourself?
Make your own DIY baby lotion with this easy recipe for natural baby lotion
Baby care products are unfortunately often as laden with toxic chemicals as products for adults are. Some of these nasty ingredients are surprisingly harsh while others are downright dangerous. A good rule of thumb from this Mind Body Green article is: if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t rub it on your baby’s skin.
A couple toxic chemicals to look out for in baby care products include:
Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil. Avoid it because it may contain arsenic, mercury, pesticides, and lead.
Benzoic Acid. Avoid it because it has been associated with a reduction in the weight of organs as well as skin irritations.
Many other chemicals commonly found in baby care products are known to be skin irritants at least. Who knows what else we’ll discover in time.
So instead of meticulously perusing ingredients labels on baby care products, make your own stuff! You can start by whipping up this natural and easy-to-make baby lotion.
This recipe comes from The Budget Mama. All you need is: almond oil, coconut oil, vitamin E oil, beeswax, and lavender oil. The Budget Mama recommends the following portions:
½ cup almond oil
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup beeswax
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
A couple drops of lavender oil
An 8 oz storage container or mason jar
Combine the ingredients in a glass jar. Heat an inch or two of water in a medium saucepan. Place the jar in the saucepan and wait for the ingredients to melt together. Stir occasionally and then pour the mixture into your storage container once it has all been melted. Once it solidifies, you can proceed to use it the same way you would any dense lotion or body oil.
The Budget Mama’s baby loves this stuff and your baby will, too! These ingredients are wholesome, natural, and not irritating to soft baby skin. A lotion like this is free of all toxic chemicals, including preservatives. You may not be able to keep this lotion on your shelf for much longer than six months, but that’s a fine tradeoff for the absence of preservatives if you ask me! Once you get used to making this lotion, feel free to customize it to suit your particular needs. You can use an essential oil other than lavender for a different scent and you can consider adding other oils, like shea butter or argan oil, into the mix for variety. And don’t forget: you can use this stuff on your skin, too!