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Last Updated on February 16, 2024 by Kiersten James

This homemade natural diaper rash cream without zinc oxide is incredibly soothing, works quickly, and will not build up on cloth diapers.

mason jar filled with homemade diaper rash cream. Title reads "DIY Baby: Natural Diaper Rash Cream" by Natural Home Apothecary

As I converted our house from conventional to low-toxin, baby products were the first to go.

While there are some products on the shelves claiming to be all natural, I’m not sure I believe it. Making things myself allows me to source ingredients that I feel comfortable with and know exactly what is going into the final product.

This DIY all natural diaper rash cream without zinc oxide only has 6 ingredients.

Shea Butter: Shea butter is a necessary component of any diaper rash cream due to its anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties. It helps to combat any yeast growth that later could lead to a yeast infection.

Coconut Oil: Coconut oil can be found in many skin care products for a reason. It helps to reduce swelling, redness, itching, and burning.

Beeswax Pastilles: Beeswax has recently been found to be effective in the healing of burns and inflammation. There are a few studies that exist that show beeswax has antimicrobial activity against staph infections, salmonella, and Candida (which causes yeast infections).

Bentonite Clay: Bentonite clay is made from volcanic ash and carries a weak electrical charge. When it becomes wet, the bentonite clay naturally removes impurities, heavy metals, and toxins from the skin. This helps to fight bacterial growth and conditions that could make the diaper rash worse.

Calendula Oil: Calendula is a traditional herbal ingredient used to prevent and heal inflammatory skin conditions due to its high linoleic acid content.

Roman Chamomile & Lavender Essential Oils: Roman chamomile and lavender essential oils are safe to use in baby products when properly diluted and has wonderful abilities to soothe irritation and inflammation.

Best Natural Diaper Rash Cream Without Zinc Oxide

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  • Double boiler or small glass/stainless steel bowl
  • Medium pot
  • Measuring cups
  • Mixing spoon
  • Glass or PET plastic storage container


  • 1/4 cup shea butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons beeswax pastilles
  • 4 tablespoons bentonite clay
  • 6 drops calendula oil
  • 6 drops lavender essential oil
  • 6 drops roman chamomile essential oil


  1. Using a double boiler, melt down the shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax pastilles over low heat until they become liquid. If you don’t have a double boiler, use a mason jar or heat-resistant bowl in a small amount of water on the stove.
  2. Add the bentonite clay to the liquid. Stir continuously until well combined.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in calendula oil and lavender essential oil.
  5. Pour into a storage container and allow to cool/thicken.

Directions For Use

Sparingly apply a small amount of cream to affected areas after diaper changes.

Is It A Diaper Rash or Yeast Infection?

Diaper rashes come and go with many different causes. Food can be a huge cause for diaper rashes and simple eliminations from the diet can go a long way. My son had horrible eczema with widespread “chicken skin”. Eliminating gluten almost all but cleared it up.

Yeast infections are very red and hide out in the folds and crevices of thighs and genitals.

If you notice the rash is persisting after a day or two, it has most likely progressed from a simple diaper rash to a yeast infection.

Stop using the diaper rash cream and switch over to safe-for-baby anti-fungal remedies.

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