When you find out how easy this is to make you will realize that buying the expensive, chemically filled baby powders at the store is pointless! You will also find that baby powder can be used for many different things not all pertaining to babies or kids. Many people, including myself also don’t realize how simple homemade and natural products are until they make something. Not only is it easy but surprisingly it is much cheaper (yes even with organic options). Not only is there benefits to making your own but its also rewarding and you can customize the recipes based on your likes and dislikes. You will also feel pretty darn awesome after you make your first few natural homemade products, well, at least I do…. 🙂 Some might think I get a little too excided about natural living. Hey, what can I say… I seriously love stuff like this! With this baby powder, you don’t have to worry about breathing in harmful chemicals or even chemicals being on yours or your child’s skin.
So I found a natural baby powder recipe a few years ago from a delightful home and it looked lovely. We really wanted raise our daughter in a more toxic free environment and thought the baby creams, soaps, powders etc. would be a good place to start. Lets just say I was a huge pregnant lady running around town to find the ingredients for natural baby powder like 2 weeks before she I was due. I know, I know I could have ordered them online but I didn’t know when our daughter would arrive exactly so it was something I was determined to finish before she decided to meet us. Maybe I was nesting? Or maybe I’m always that crazy. Anyway I did manage to make this before she was born and have used it ever since. I will let you in on a little secret and tell you that the baby powder I made over 2 years ago, ya well I still have a little bit of baby powder left. Not even kidding! It still works too! I will say that we didn’t use it on a daily basis or anything. I mainly used it when our little one had a diaper rash and for a few other things that I will explain In a bit. I did adjust the original recipe that I found and have really enjoyed this version and I have made it for a few friends whom have also loved it.
So does it actually work?
Yes! No joke, anytime my little one would get a rash or diaper rash, I would apply the powder with each clean diaper and by the next morning… NO MORE rash! There were 2 instances where she got a really bad burn type rash but the powder worked just as effectively except it took another day to really get rid of it. Keep in mind though that we are all different, and may be sensitive to different things so please if you do decide to make this and use it on your child, test it in a small area to make sure they don’t have any sensitivities or reactions! Read disclaimer here
What are some other ways I can use this “baby” powder?
The powder absorbs moisture so you can use it for many different things.
– Helps with rashes and keeping skin from chafing which is why its great for baby bums and can also be helpful for adults (see below for the benefits of each ingredient)
-Apply to shoes to freshen them up you can dump out the powder before you wear them. A friend even taught me to apply baby powder to my flats that way it keeps your feet clean, and dry, and don’t get stinky if you wear them without socks. (If you do so you can add a drop or two of tea tree oil to the powder before you put it in your shoes for the antibacterial properties) (Your feet will feel powdery when you first put your shoes on but by the time you take them off there isn’t much powder left)
-Use at the beach to remove sand from your skin, you can even use this method with your kids and the sand box
-Sprinkle a small amount on your carpets and vacuum it up…this freshens up the carpets
-I know some people that use it as a dry shampoo, I haven’t tried it myself but don’t see why it wouldn’t work. (probably better for people with light hair)
-Helps relieve pain from waxing. When I used to go in and get waxes by my esthetician she always applied baby powder to the recently waxed areas and wow did that ease the pain! I still use this method at home when I do my sugar waxing technique. It almost gives your skin a cooling feeling and the lavender in the powder helps ease the “burning” feeling of wax removal 🙂
-When you apply mascara, you can dip a little cotton swab in the baby powder and apply it to your wet eyelashes to make them look longer (apply another coat of mascara afterwards)
comment below if you have other great ideas for natural baby powder uses 🙂
What do the ingredients help with?
Arrowroot Powder (or flour)- Arrowroot is a type of root found in many regions around the world. Some of them do in fact kind of look like a long “arrow” It is a starchy root and commonly used in cooking as a gluten free option for thickening food and also replacing corn starch. (its pretty slippery feeling) The flour absorbs moisture so it is a great option for natural recipes requiring powder
Bentonite Clay-Is a clay that comes from volcanic ash. There are 3 types, Sodium Bentonite, Calcium Bentonite, and Potasium Bentonite, I have also heard there is aluminum bentonite clay but I have never confirmed this. Bentonite Clay also is excellent for moisture absorption and is used in a lot of ways to remove impurities. I recommend using sodium bentonite clay for this recipe since it absorbs more moisture, yet either will work
Dried Calendula Flowers (marigold)-Calendula is said to be very good for skin healing especially wounds and in some cases eczema here is some more info on calendula from Mountain Rose Herbs Blog “Calendula has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent, antifungal, antiviral, and immunostimulant properties making it useful for disinfecting and treating minor wounds, conjunctivitis, cuts, scrapes, chapped or chafed skin, bruises, burns, athlete’s foot, acne, yeast infections, bee stings, diaper rashes, and other minor irritations and infections of the skin.”
Dried Chamomile Flowers– Chamomile is one of my favorite flowers/herbs since it has so many different uses. It too is very healing and has anti-inflammatory properties. Chamomile is also very soothing.
Dried Lavender Flowers-They not only smell wonderful but they are healing and lavender is very helpful with healing burns.
Essential Oils– I ended up using a few drops of calendula and lavender to enhance the healing properties and scent. You can also do some more research on other oils and use different ones if you wish. Rose oil is also wonderful for the skin!
Using a food processor or blender, blend the flowers as fine as possible. You can also use a mortar and pestle.
This is about as fine as my food processor would get the flowers, so I used a sifter to separate the fine power which is what you want to use
Place in a bowl for mixing
Add in the clay
Add in the arrowroot powder and essential oils if you are using any
Mix together with a spoon or whisk until fully incorporated.
You can store this in any type of container. Some great options are;
-Empty and cleaned out baby powder container
-A spice jar
-A simple glass jar with a metal lid (you can pierce your own holes in the metal if you wish)
I used a mason jar and replaced the flat portion of the lid with a plastic needlework screen (the finest holes I could find)
If you look closely you can see the small flower particles
If using my mason jar method you only lightly need to tap the jar to get the powder out
- -3/4 cup Arrowroot Powder
- -1/4 cup Sodium or Calcium Bentonite Clay
- -1 Tablespoon dried Lavender Flowers
- -2 Tablespoons dried Calendula Flowers
- -2 Tablespoons dried Chamomile Flowers
- -(optional) 2-3 drops of essential oil of choice I used lavender and calendula oil
- Using a food processor, blender or mortar and pestle, blend the flowers into a fine powder (if your food processor doesn't bring them to a fine powder you can use a sifter like myself) (You can also find pre-ground versions online)
- In a bowl, add in the ground flowers, the bentonite clay, and arrowroot flower and mix together
- Add in essential oils if desired and mix again
- Store in a jar or airtight container
Where to find the ingredients?
I recommend both amazon and mountain rose herbs for the ingredients, links below.