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DIY: a nappy cream free from harmful ingredients

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Babies are highly susceptible to nappy rash, which is why there is such a wide range of creams available on the market. However, a quick glance at the long list of ingredients is sometimes enough to put an end to any desire to use them on our little ones. Between perfumes and toxic products, what you buy in the shops isn’t always the best option, and even the formulas claiming to be more “natural” have some suspicious ingredients in them. Therefore, we can be happy in the knowledge that there are alternatives, such as this simple preparation with only 2 ingredients. 

The main ingredient is organic, unrefined extra virgin coconut oil (yes, this again! We promise that we aren’t part of a lobby group for selling coconut oil, although we know it might seem that way! :D). It has numerous uses and also makes an excellent nappy cream. You can use it on its own, but if you add a little lavender, this will also soothe the baby’s skin and any irritation. And the best bit is that the preparation takes only a few seconds!

What you need:

  • 50 g coconut oil
  • 3 drops of lavender essential oil
  • A glass jar

Lavender essential oil can be used on babies, as it is very gentle – but be careful of how you use it! It needs to be diluted well with coconut oil, and make sure to respect the dosage of 3 drops. It may seem like very little, but for a baby it is as much as you need!


1) Soften the coconut oil (if it is not already liquid).

2) Add the drops of essential oil and mix it all well together.

3) Pour it into your container.

4) In order to use it, you simply need to take a little of the mixture and apply it during nappy changing.

Credits: The Pistachio Project

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