A lotion / cream for baby that is natural and reasonably priced is challenging to buy. Recently, when my second baby was born I was given a tub of Neal’s Yard Remedies Baby Balm. It is wonderful stuff and I love it. Containing Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and Beeswax it leaves babies skin so soft. But at £10.50 for 50 grams it got a bit pricey as I used it every day as an all over moisturiser after little one’s bath.
I particularly loved the product as I know Olive Oil has long been used as a moisturiser and I know that it contains antioxidants, rich emollients and vitamins. Particularly, I know that it is recommended for children with eczema as a natural alternative to other prescribed creams. With all these benefits for the skin I was keen to continue its use.
Not long after, as I was shopping in the baby aisle of my local Waitrose, I noticed that they had tubs of Solid Coconut Baby Massage Oil priced at £2.89 for 125ml. I wondered if I could make a my own baby balm. Hot footing it round to the Olive Oil Section I bought a 500ml bottle of Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil for £3.39. The beeswax and Shea Butter I figured could be done without. 😉
Once home I made up a batch and was pleased with the results. It readily soaks into the skin and does not mark clothing. It has a very faint, pleasant fruity aroma; it’s almost as if the olive oil and coconut oils almost cancel each other out.
Below is my recipe. I hope you make some up too. And if your feeling adventurous, add the Beeswax and Shea Butter and let me know how you get on.
For step by step photos, scroll to the end of the ingredients/method.
125 g (4.4 oz) Solid Coconut Oil
500 ml (18 oz) Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Obtain a clean and sterilised (I put mine through the dishwasher) jar or bottle for the finished lotion.
- Pour the Olive Oil into the prepared jar/bottle.
- Heat the coconut oil in the microwave on high for 40 seconds to melt it. As the coconut oil I buy comes in a plastic container I simply remove the lid and pop it in the microwave as is.
- Pour in the heated Coconut Oil.
- Put lid on jar/bottle and gently shake to mix ingredients well.
- Leave to cool.
It’s that simple!
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