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Commercial diaper cream can be made of ingredients that can irritate a baby’s delicate skin. This easy recipe is free of irritants and is great for soothing and softening skin. Just apply as needed.

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What You Need:

¼ cup virgin coconut oil
15 drops dōTERRA Lavender essential oil
Glass measuring cup
Glass storage container


1. Melt coconut oil in glass cup using microwave or double boiler.

2. Add Lavender and Melaleuca essential oils. Store in glass container. Leave in cool place and apply when needed.

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  1. I make almost the same thing, but I use a half cup of coconut oil and then I add in about 1tbps of beeswax. Adding beeswax gives it a higher melting point, a good thing for living in Florida.

  2. FYI – coconut oil will be in a liquified state at tempertures above 75/76 degrees so if you want it to stay solid you will have to keep it in the fridge. Don’t worry about it being cold on the babies bottom as it will warm up as soon as you put some in your hand to apply.

  3. I have heard that it is not good to use on babies because of the hormonal things that could happen. Please tell me that is NOT true. I love lavender oil.

  4. Can the fractionated coconut oil be used? And if so, what do I need to do differently if anything?

  5. Can I use something other than coconut oil? My husband is very allergic to coconut so he wouldn’t be able to apply or be around the baby.

  6. I am wondering what other EOs could be used. I know of people, like others above, who are sensitive/allergic to lavender so it would not be good to use that oil. Could On Guard be used or another oil/blend? Thanks.

  7. Marlene – I don’t think that fractionated coconut oil will work because it stays in a liquid state. It will not solidify.

  8. Elaine, I probably wouldn’t use On guard on diaper rash I think it would be too strong on that sensitive area. Melaleuca could be used instead of lavendar. Roman cammomile as well.

  9. If you don’t want to use lavender then I would try Balance. It’s great for doing just that on the skin :-) it works in diaper rash, as well as eczema. I love the smell of Balance!

  10. I made this for a friend with a month old baby. She said that the cream didn’t do well on her baby’s bottom, it didn’t keep baby dry and with out rash. She wanted to know if she could use the cream on her baby’s feet to calm him. I told her I thought that would work okay, but that she might want to use an additional drop of lavender for the calming effect.

  11. You might want to be careful of the use of lavender with male babies and lavender can spike estrogen production. This is not ideal for little boy development.

  12. “The conclusion that the gynecomastia actually was caused by the essential oils in the products used by the three boys is disputed by the Natural Artisan Perfumers Guild and Cropwatch on the claimed basis of insufficient evidence.[citation needed] Work testing lavender oil using the model regarded as the gold-standard in vivo test for estrogenic activity “gave no evidence of estrogenic activity”.[16]

    The conclusion that gynecomastia was caused by lavender has recently been disproven by research undertaken by Valerie T. Politano et al., Research Institute for Fragrance Materials and published in the International Journal of Toxicology.[17] Based on the data from the study, lavender oil, at dosages of 20 or 100 mg/kg, was not active in the rat uterotrophic assay and gave no evidence of estrogenic activity that could lead to gynecomastia.”

  13. Just an FYI to all who are new to oils and using coconut oil. DO NOT USE REFINED COCONUT OIL in this recipe. I had no idea what I was doing and had no idea how or what to buy regarding coconut oil. I bought refined (or expeller pressed) coconut oil and thought that maybe once I melted it and added the oils that it would stop being rock hard and turn into an actual cream. I was wrong. This post needs to be more clear and specific on what type of coconut oil to be used. Please learn from my mistake!

  14. My baby got a really bad rash on his bottom and it was a Sunday so no doctors, I had put diaper rash ointment, and cream on all day, gave him baths and let him run around naked but nothing worked so I pulled out my oils and combined lavender and fractionated coconut oil and poured on his bottom. By morning it was almost healed but the night before it was on the verge of bleeding. After talking to my doctor about diaper rash there are different kinds and a couple of them are bacteria and yeast so maybe it matters which one the oils will work for. But all I know is that it work wonders for my baby.

  15. This recipe works well for diaper rash in my family: 1 drop of doTERRA’s maleleuca and about a tsp. of fractionated coconut oil rubbed between your clean hands, then applied to babies bum bum. Hope this helps!

  16. I tried lavender diluted on my 3 week old babys bottom for a couple of days but it didnt help for the rash. It did help for the part of skin betweek belly and legs ( the one that newborns have curled up bc of the legs constantly). It even recovered from it pretty quickly. I carefully tried Melaluca on the part aroud the anus ( where the lavender didnt do anything) but it made it look only worse ( problably used it too pure!)…

    My question is: how many drops of Lavender would you use for a newborn in a cup of coconut oil ( the recipy as described above???)

  17. @Elaine: I would not use On Guard on a baby’s bottom because of the cinnamon which burns and can aggravate skin rash issues. Helichrysum however would be an excellent alternative.

  18. Honestly, the non oil way to get rid of a diaper rash, is pure sunshine. Of course being its a nice day. An oatmeal bath works just as well.

  19. Good Day! Made some of my own diaper ointment, all the same ingredients- except the lavender.. It was too much for my sons sensitive skin.. Then there is BALANCE.. I LOVE THIS OIL. It was amazing on my baby. and not just for diaper areas, but good for a heat rash, or skin rash(allergy).. All I can say is GOT OILS? lol

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