I’m always looking for ways to reduce the exposure to chemicals and additives we would otherwise have on our skin and in our bodies…especially for the wee ones of the family. And if it’s quick and inexpensive to prepare, smells great and lasts forever, all the better!
Over the next few weeks, I will be posting some of my favorite all-natural, homemade skincare recipes.
This recipe for Baby Bottom Butter has been a staple around here for many years now– and works great as a lip balm and hand cream too! It takes only minutes to make, and is an easy project for the kids to help out with. This salve also works great with cloth diapers as the texture is light and doesn’t create a heavy build up in the fabric that would otherwise require a lot of stripping later.
Baby Bottom Butter
1 cup olive oil (I like to infuse the oil with dried calendula for a few weeks beforehand.)
1/4 cup grated beeswax
8-10 drops of tea tree oil
8-10 drops of lavender oil (or any other essential oil you prefer)
Strain the calendula and heat the infused olive oil gently on the stove, while stirring in the grated beeswax.
Once melted, place a drop on a plate in freezer. Wait 10 seconds or so, then check the consistency to make sure it’s not too hard or too soft. Adjust the beeswax as necessary (If you want it to be more firm, add more grated wax, a teaspoon at a time. ) Pour the oil into jars or small containers (I like the watchmaker’s cases from Lee Valley) Let cool- and enjoy the fragrant buttery smoothness.
If you will be using this as a lip balm, add your favorite scented essential oils. Peppermint, orange, lemon or vanilla are all wonderful! You can also change up the proportions of oils- substituting coconut oil and shea butter will create a firm, smooth lip balm. Experiment with small batches and see what you like best.
To make a hand cream, simply use a stick blender once the beeswax has melted and cooled a little. It will turn white and frothy and slides on beautifully!
I’m feeling all inspired now to go whip up a batch for my newest little one!
Give it a try and let us know how it turns out for you! And if you have any other favorite recipes or ingredients, send them along in the comment section below.
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