Summer sunshine heralds the heyday of fun outdoor play for little ones, but these warm days can also bring heat and humidity that can be hard on soft baby skin. Thankfully, making your own baby powder is affordable, easy, and allows total control over the ingredients to which you expose those sensitive little bottoms—and as a mom-to-be, all three of these factors are presently of keen interest to me. Since many conventional ready-made baby powders contain synthetic chemicals and artificial perfumes that I wouldn’t care to cart around on my own skin, I’m definitely interested in finding natural baby care alternatives for keeping my little sprout fresh and clean!Crafting your own customized powder only takes a few ingredients and can be put together in just minutes (because new parents have plenty to juggle already!). Plus, it's 100% natural! You can also by leave out the myrrh to formulate a less herbal "everyday" moisture-absorbing body powder (great for summer stickiness at all ages!). Either recipe can be lightly scented with a few drops of pure organic essential oil, or you may opt for a hydrosol if you're concerned about possible skin sensitivities (these aqueous plant essences are far less concentrated than essential oils, making them particularly gentle for baby's sensitive skin).
Natural Baby Powder Recipe with Essential Oils
- 12 oz. white (Kaolin) clay
- 6 oz. organic arrowroot powder
- 4 tsp. organic marshmallow root powder
- 4 tsp. organic comfrey root powder
- 2 Tbsp. organic myrrh gum powder
- Optional: up to 10 drops organic lavender essential oil or organic lavandin, rose, or helichrysm hydrosol
- Sift clay and arrowroot powder together and stir well.
- Add dry herb powders and mix thoroughly.
- If using oil or hydrosol, add drop by drop, mixing well between drops to avoid clumping.
- Store in a sealed container in a dry place until needed.
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