DIY Natural Diaper Rash Cream

The easiest make-your-own diaper rash cream recipe EVER! Safe for cloth diapers, too!

I’m not much of a do-it-yourselfer, and I’m highly partial to Grandma Els, so the thought of making my own diaper cream had never really crossed my mind. It was just something people on Pinterest do.

Then one day, while picking up some Christmas wrapping supplies at my local craft store, I passed the aisle with supplies for making your own candles, soap, and lotions. Who has time for that? Apparently, lots of people. The aisle was pretty crowded.

Suddenly, the irrationally competitive side of me woke up. I can be like those make-their-own-soap-and-candles-and-lotions ladies. I’m going to make my own… umm… something. Glancing around, I saw beeswax and shea butter. DIAPER RASH CREAM IT IS. The little voice inside my head questioned, “Are you MOM enough?!?”

Oh yes. Yes, I am Mom enough to make homemade natural diaper rash cream. Challenge accepted.

Ingredients for making your own diaper rash cream

I brought my supplies home and took a closer look at some of the do-it-yourself diaper rash cream recipes that I’ve seen on other blogs. Again, let me remind you: making stuff from scratch isn’t usually my thing. I quickly get overwhelmed when looking over recipes with too many ingredients or steps. I like simple things.

I’m the kind of girl experiences a feeling of euphoria upon learning new keyboard shortcuts.

Therefore, when I saw that other diaper cream recipes called for using a double boiler, I made the executive decision that the microwave would have to do for my recipe. I’m happy to report that the microwave edition of my homemade natural diaper rash cream was a success and clean-up was a breeze. I used four simple ingredients, mixed and melted them, and now I have two and a half jars of ointment that will last me forever. (I’m using one jar on the changing table, one for hand cream, and one for lip balm.)

I hereby present to you the easiest homemade natural diaper rash cream you can find:microwave diaper rash cream recipe

The ingredients include:

Place all ingredients in a microwave-safe glass container. Heat in 30-second intervals at 50% power, stirring in between. When completely melted, pour into jars or tins and allow to cool.

And don’t worry – this cream will NOT wreck your diapers or cause repelling. How do I know? Check my cloth-safe ingredient list!

Do you ever make your own body or beauty products?


  1. Ashley Wood says:

    Where did you get all your supplies?

    • I found the Shea butter and beeswax at Hobby Lobby. I already had the cocoa butter (purchased from Azure Standard) and coconut oil (I must have gotten it at Whole Foods or Kroger, but I can’t remember which!)

  2. Lol. I actually need to restock on all of these ingredients for a new soap batch, so maybe I will give some diaper cream a whirl. If anything it would be great on my chapped face from this cold weather!

  3. I wonder if this would work using olive oil instead of coconut oil? My little guy is sensitive to coconut oil. I’ll have to try it!

    • I’m guessing that the olive oil would make it a little softer, since the coconut oil is solid at the current winter temperature of my house. If you try it, I’d love to hear your results!

  4. Does it stay rather soft and easy to put on?

    • I keep my house pretty cold in the winter (63-64), so right now it’s fairly solid, but not hard to apply. If the temp were in the upper 60s/low 70s it would be softer!

  5. You mentioned above that you keep your house cool and so it’s pretty solid. Solid like coconut oil solid? Does it go on creamy or more oily like coconut oil would? I really like your recipe and it seems really easy, just curious about how it goes on, the texture, etc. Thanks!

  6. When I made this mine came out incredibly thick and hard–I have to scrape it out of the jar with my fingernail. 🙁
    Next time I think I’ll try much less beeswax and see if that helps.

    • Hmmm. Sorry to hear that! The beeswax is definitely the hardest ingredient, so cutting down on it will make the balm softer. I wonder if there are different hardnesses among beeswax – I’m not sure!

    • You could always try putting it into an old ChapStick container or something like that so no scrapping is involved

      • Mine was scrape with a fingernail hard and that’s kind of what I did! I remelted it and added a little olive oil and poured the mixture into two glue stick containers. Now I have one for my changing table and one for my diaper bag. I’m working on making one with zinc oxide too.

  7. Just so you know- microwaving can kill the properties of coconut oil. I use a 1:4 ration with beeswax and it works great. Just use a double boiler on the stove.

  8. Do you know the approximate shelf life? I would like to make a lot ahead of time but I would not want it to go bad before I could use it all.

    • You can add vitamin e or carrot seed extract to extend the shelf life naturally & neither one is very expensive. In a batch this size, 1 teaspoon is plenty.

  9. Michael Clay says:

    I just tried this for the first time and I was wondering what the consistency should be like/look like after it has cooled. Sorry if this is a dumb question. First time DIY dad.

    • courtney says:

      The batch I made was a little bit firmer than Chapstick. Hope that helps! If you want it softer, use less beeswax.

  10. I added 2 tablespoons of calendula tincture to mine. My son never, ever got diaper rash. Still use it as a vet cream when caring for our pets nicks and scratches.

  11. Sheia Pack says:

    How would this work on gauld?

  12. What could you replace coconut oil with – for someone allergic to coconut? X

  13. 2 t of cocoa butter…is that teaspoons or tablespoons?

    • Sorry… t is for teaspoons. My mom always told me to use t for teaspoon and T for tablespoon!

      • Rachel Callus says:

        Ahh, maybe that’s why mine is so hard, I did tablespoons. It does say T not t though.
        I’m going to try remelt it and add some olive oil.

  14. Is there anything you would suggest in place of the Shea butter?

  15. what is the shelf life of this cream?

  16. Hi there, this looks so great! Ive been after a good recipe for nappy rash cream for ages now. But just wondering if you knew what the shelf life is please? Did you use yours quickly or have you had it for quite a few months/years??
    Thanks very much 🙂

  17. This sounds great!!! I want to try it! Do you think it is solid enough to pour into my old grovia magic stick tube and use it like a stick? Thanks for posting this!! 🙂

    • Hi again all. OMG! It is hard enough to pour into an old stick and use it as a roll on diaper balm (like grovia magic stick). Awesome! Thats what I would suggest to anyone who finds it too hard to spread our of a jar. You can also use old deodorant sticks 🙂

  18. It’s so hard it seems almost unusable 🙁 any ideas to make it softer?

    I too would like to know the self life…

  19. See my comment… just above yours 🙂

  20. if someone is allergic to beeswax, do you think they could use candlemaking and canning wax?

    • Anne-Marie says:

      I wouldn’t as paraffin is petroleum based. There is a vegetarian wax I think it may be called carnauba? that is used for making vegetarian lip balms. I would that in its place

  21. I am going to try this, and add some essential oils to it, like tea tree oil and vit E, which I use in a homemade diaper wipe solution.

  22. Hi!
    How much does this recipe yield in the end, assuming I add a little less beeswax so it’s not so firm. I’ve been reading your replies to hopefully get some tips before making it. Thank you!