Gentle is best when it comes to caring for baby’s delicate skin. Nourishing Carrier Oils, moisturizing Butters, and mild Hydrosols can be used to create simple cleansers, body oils, balms and more. Many of these ingredients can even be used as-is in your baby’s super simple skin care routine.
While these ingredients are generally used in baby care without a problem, it’s important to keep in mind that almost anything can be a potential allergen. Depending on your child’s sensitivity level, they could potentially have a reaction with even the most pure and natural ingredients. Keep a close eye on how your baby’s skin reacts to new ingredients and adjust accordingly. If your child has any known allergies, be sure to consult your doctor before introducing any new ingredients into their skin care routine.
Shea Butter is rich, creamy, and packed with essential fatty acids that can help keep skin happy. Our Organic Nilotica Shea has been produced without the use of chemicals, making it a wonderfully natural choice for balms, body butters, and creams. Use Organic Nilotica Shea in a recipe, or straight out of the jar as a soothing body butter or diaper cream. Please note that those with latex allergies could potentially be sensitive to Shea Butter, as some of the natural components in Shea are chemically similar to latex.
Organic Camellia Seed Oil is a lightweight oil that is excellent for baby care. This highly nourishing Carrier Oil contains a bounty of vitamins and nutrients that can help keep skin calm and well conditioned. Organic Camellia Seed Oil is also non-comedogenic, meaning that it won’t clog baby’s tiny pores. Instead, it should absorb quickly, making it great for use as a simple baby oil.
Because Organic Camellia Seed Oil is very stable, it is a great choice for making herbal infusions. Essential Oils and Extracts are often too potent for baby care, so infusing dried herbs like Calendula, Chamomile, and Lavender into a sturdy oil such as Camellia Seed Oil, is an excellent way to safely introduce herbal properties into baby recipes. Organic Camellia Seed Oil can also be added to baby care recipes like balms, body butters, and creams.
This thick and creamy Carrier Oil not only smells delicious, it can also help moisturize and protect baby’s skin and hair. Organic Virgin Coconut Cream Oil is pressed from fresh coconuts using extremely gentle methods which help to maintain as much of the oil’s natural benefit as possible. Since this oil is semi-solid at room temperature, it makes an excellent addition to balms, butters, and creams. It can also be used as-is as a baby oil, massage oil, or hair conditioner. Organic Virgin Coconut Cream Oil also posesses natural antifungal qualities that can sometimes help soothe outbreaks of thrush, candida, and diaper rash. Like Organic Camellia Seed Oil, Organic Virgin Coconut Cream Oil is also a great choice for creating herbal infusions.
Castile is a simple soap made from Organic Olive Oil. This gentle liquid soap would be too harsh for baby care at full strength, so be sure to dilute it well before use. To make a simple baby soap, try mixing 1 part Organic Liquid Castile Soap with 5 parts distilled water or Hydrosol.
When Essential Oils are distilled with steam, the leftover water is sometimes collected and re-purposed as Hydrosol. Hydrosols contain some components from the plants they were distilled with, but their properties are far milder, and sometimes slightly different from their corresponding Essential Oils. Since Essential Oils are often too potent for use in baby care, Hydrosols provide a wonderful way to introduce gentle herbal properties into baby skin care. Some of our favorite Hydrosols for baby care are Organic Lavandula Hydrosol, Organic Yarrow Hydrosol, and Organic German Chamomile Hydrosol. These can be used to dilute baby soaps, in cream formulas, or as-is in diaper sprays, toners, and mild cleansers.
Oatmeal is excellent for soothing dry, itchy skin. It can also be used to provide gentle exfoliation for baby’s skin. Try filling a Muslin Bag with Organic Whole Oat Flour, then using it in the bath as a mild scrub. This can help remove flaky skin or cradle cap while soothing baby’s itches. Keep in mind that Organic Whole Oat Flour does contain a naturally occurring gluten in the form of avenin protein. This is not the gliadin protein contained in wheat gluten, but in some cases it can still cause sensitivity. If gluten allergy or sensitivity is a concern, speak to your doctor before using Organic Whole Oat Flour in your baby’s skin care routine.