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The Gift I Never Knew I Loved…
Way back in 2013, when my first baby was born, I received a large jar of diaper rash cream (or baby balm) as a gift. Aside from the tube of purchased, all natural diaper rash cream I kept in my purse for baby, the gifted jar was the only one I used. It is now early 2018 and I JUST finished the original jar! It has lasted through countless bum rashes on three little ones and helped to heal things like cradle cap and eczema.
I have completely taken it for granted.
Until recently, when I ran out.
I only have one left in diapers (well, during the daytime at least) so I thought I would be okay without. Boy, was I wrong. Nothing else seems to work nearly as effectively. I’ve bought three different tubes in the last few weeks and nothing comes close. In fact, some creams I have tried appear to make the rash more painful or inflamed. So, I threw them all out and decided that it would be worth the wait to replace the first jar and order another.
I went to the brand’s website and…
the price was astronomical
Even the small sized jar was much more than I was willing to pay. I only have one last baby to get through the diaper phase, so I really didn’t even need a jar that was half the original size. The ingredients were super simple, so I decided I would figure out a recipe on my own. I did a little research and found the two products I needed at the best quality for price point. I would have plenty of each ingredient left over as well, which is great as they are both super useful in my kitchen.
Here is what I came up with:
Miracle Baby Rash Cream ingredients:
Beef Tallow – 1 cup melted
Olive Oil – 4 Tbs.
Lavender Essential Oil – 10 drops (optional)
[warning]So, just as a warning before you get started, this recipe makes A LOT of cream. All told, this refilled my original 9 oz jar… which was way more than I needed. Depending on your needs, you may want to cut this recipe in half or less. A little goes a long way, so even a small jar will last you a while.[/warning]
Melt tallow on low heat until all solids have dissolved. I did not measure the amount I used before melting (I’m sorry, I know that’s not very useful) I just started melting some, then added more until I reached my desired amount of 1 cup. After removing from heat, I added my olive oil and then let the mixture cool down. Once it started becoming opaque, I scooped it out of the measuring cup and into my stand mixer. I added my essential oil, and then slowly worked the mixer up to max speed. The tallow will start to resemble mayonnaise and gain volume. I let the mixer run for about 5 minutes, stopping every so often to scrape down the bowl. The result is a lovely whipped lotion that is light, soft, and not greasy.
Really?! Beef Tallow as a Lotion?!
I know beef tallow sounds like a crazy thing to use as diaper rash cream, or even as a general ‘heals all’ baby balm, but I swear it works when nothing else does! It does have a pretty meaty smell for the first couple of minutes after you put it on (especially if you skip the essential oils) but the smell fades quickly and you are left with the softest skin ever! In my experience, this cream is useful for more than just diaper rash. We’ve had lots of success treating all kinds of rashes, bug bites, eczema, rough spots on feet, chapped lips, and dry skin. I have read a variety of other uses, but cannot attest to them myself. Because I accidentially made so much, I may try using it as a facial moisturizer. Who knows, it might be amazing!
If you give this DIY cream a try, please leave me a comment below and let me know what you think! I’d love to hear about the essential oils you used, and maybe some different uses for it!
Until next time, Momma!