Homemade Baby Balm
Have you ever looked at the endless list of ingredients in commercial baby balms and lotions? It’s disturbing to say the least. Baby skin is so delicate and sensitive and we want to nourish it with simple and natural ingredients. This homemade baby balm does just that – no preservatives needed!
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DIY Baby Balm (aka the Everything Balm)
I whipped up this diy baby balm as a gift for a friend’s six-month-old baby. I made extra to test it out on my kids and little did I know we would be using it all the time for everything.
It’s such a simple formula with five skin nourishing ingredients and it just works for everything. We have been using this diy balm for itchy skin, bug bites, kp (ketosis polaris), random red spots, sunburn…the list goes on. And it works every time. It’s that good!
When you take a look at the ingredients it makes sense that it works so well. Let’s dig in.
I don’t know where I would be without shea butter. I first started researching it years ago when a face yoga specialist told me that pure unrefined shea butter is the best anti-aging ingredient out there.
I picked some up and haven’t looked back since. It’s rich in vitamins A & E, super nourishing to the skin and highly anti-inflammatory.
It’s perfect for this DIY baby balm because shea butter couldn’t irritate even the most sensitive skin.
Coconut oil is another skin care love of mine. This is what I used on my second baby as a DIY diaper cream – just straight coconut oil. Its anti-fungal properties make it really useful as a DIY diaper cream.
Coconut oil is extremely emollient and makes your skin feel super soft. It’s antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory too!
Mango butter is really moisturizing and helps to nourish dry skin. It has a slightly firmer texture than shea butter so it gives the recipe a little more firmness. If you don’t have mango butter just replace it with shea butter.
Calendula-Infused Olive Oil
I love keeping ingredients in my DIY skincare tool kit super simple – and olive oil is as simple as it gets! It’s so nourishing to the skin and when I use it on my face it just gives an all-over glow. And I’m guessing you probably have this ingredient in your pantry right?
I kicked this recipe up a notch by using calendula-infused olive oil. It’s skin-soothing and anti-inflammatory properties make it perfect for baby skin.
I used to be intimidated by herbal infusions but it’s a really simple process. Check out my DIY calendula infused oil recipe here.
If herbal infusions aren’t your thing, use organic olive oil or whatever you have in your pantry.
Adding beeswax to this DIY baby balm recipe helps to keep it smooth and gives it that balmy texture we are looking for. Beeswax is great for holding moisture in the skin so it’s a win-win.
How to Make your DIY Baby Balm
Melt all of the ingredients, except for the olive oil in a double boiler (or in a glass bowl over a pot of simmering water like I do). Once the ingredients are melted, remove from heat and stir in the olive oil.
Cover and pop in the fridge for about 30 minutes until it is starting to firm up but still soft (make sense?) and whip with a hand mixer until you get a creamy texture. Pour into a 4 oz glass jar and let solidify. Done!
Look at that amazing texture!
I hope you enjoyed this recipe, let me know if you try it out in the comments.