How to Make Homemade Diaper Rash Cream

Diaper rash creams and ointments are often way over priced. To make matters worse it is often laden with lots of unpronounceable chemicals. These chemicals are often derived from petrochemicals. It’s fairly simple to make your own diaper rash ointment. This ointment recipe can also be used to soothe irritated skin. It’s great for all members of the family as a moisturizer for burns or rashes.

Calendula Diaper Rash Cream


3 tablespoons granulated beeswax
1 tablespoon honey
1/3 cup coconut oil
1 tablespoon calendula herbal oil
5 drops essential tea tree oil (optional)


Heat a heavy bottomed pot over medium heat. Add the beeswax, honey, and coconut oil to the pot, and stir slowly until it’s melted and homogeneous.

Remove from heat. Mix in the calendula oil and the optional tea tree essential oil until well combined.

Pour into salve containers or a clean glass jar. Allow to cool. After it has cooled to room temperature, place the lid on it. Keep in a cool dry place, out of direct sunlight.

About the ingredients:

The combination of ingredients may seem odd, but each ingredient is meant to help reduce diaper rash risk or heal a diaper rash already present.

Beeswax is used to help create a barrier between wet diapers and sensitive skin, to prevent irritation of the skin between diaper changes. It is gentle on the skin, and is safe to use on skin suffering from eczema.

Coconut oil contains lauric, capric, and caprylic acids, which means it can provide antimicrobial, antifungal and antibacterial protection. It also aids in providing a barrier against moisture exposure from the diaper.

Honey is a great natural disinfectant. It has been shown in clinical situations to work for burns, fungal infections, yeast infections, eczema, and other skin irritations. Honey is the perfect addition for a sore bottom. Raw honey is discouraged for ingestion of babies, but it is safe to apply to the skin of an infant. 

Calendula herbal oil provides soothing relief to irritated skin. It helps the body naturally heal from skin damages caused by inflammation, such as a diaper rash. It is safe for most people with super sensitive skin, which makes it an ideal ingredient for use in the baby diaper rash ointment.

Tea tree oil is a natural antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic and antibacterial. It comes from the melaleuca tree, which is native to Austrailia. It helps to kill the microbes that can lead to infections. It does have a bit of a medicinal smell, so it can be left out if the smell is not desired.