My Favorite Plastic-Free Organic Diaper Creams

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Last updated on December 3rd, 2016

 

plastic-free organic diaper creams balms

My son is growing up fast. We have tried a lot of different diaper creams. After a while I settled into a few favorites. In this post, I will tell you which ones are my “go to” diaper creams. They are plastic-free organic diaper creams. They do not have emulsifiers so their texture resembles something between vaseline and butter and they are called balms.

In my view, these plastic-free organic diaper creams are the best that the market has to offer, in terms of price, packaging, effectiveness, safety, and environmental impact. These three plastic-free organic diaper creams are packaged in non-plastic containers and are certified organic by the USDA. The ingredients are pure and none of them have shea butter so no worries for those who might have nut allergies. I love them all!

And now, without further ado, let me present you with three plastic-free organic diaper creams that really work.

 

Plastic-Free Organic Diaper Creams: Badger Baby Balm, $9.99 for 2 oz

 

Ingredients: *Olea Europaea (Extra Virgin Olive) Oil, *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), Essential Oil of *Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile), and CO2 Extract of *Calendula Officinalis (Calendula).
 *Certified Organic Ingredient

Notes by the Formulator: Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil gently softens and moisturizes even the most delicate skin. The mild scent of true Roman Chamomile calms, while gentle Calendula soothes and protects.

What I Think: I love this balm! If you are used to “regular” creams, you will notice that this “diaper cream” has a different texture. The texture is similar to refrigerated butter but it is much easier to scoop out and apply. For the best result, it’s good to rub it in your palm before applying. This organic diaper cream has a yellow color because of calendula so I am always afraid that it will stain my cloth diapers but it never does (make sure you spread it well though before putting on a diaper).

Where it is Made: near the banks of the Ashuelot River in rural Gilsum, New Hampshire

Packaging: comes in a tin – no plastic!

Where To Buy: on the company’s website or Amazon

PLASTIC-FREE organic DIAPER CREAMS

Plastic-Free Organic Diaper Creams: Diaper Rash and Thrush by Motherlove, $9.95 for 1 oz

Ingredients: extra virgin olive oil*, beeswax*, oregon grape root, myrrh gum, yarrow herb*, calendula flower*   *Certified Organic Ingredient

Notes by the Formulator: An all-natural herbal salve for persistent, inflamed diaper rash. May also be used on mother’s nursing nipples. Does not need to be washed off nipple prior to nursing. Diaper safe and compatible with all diapers including cloth.

What I Think: This one is the most pricey but it works the best for cloth diapers. It is the easiest to apply – very smooth. A tiny drop goes a long way so it is a good value.

Where it is Made: Fort Collins, Colorado

Packaging: glass container

Where to Buy: click on the company’s website or Amazon

These plastic-free organic diaper creams work great to create a breathable barrier to protect the skin and thus to prevent diaper rashes. While they certainly help cure mild diaper rash, they are not what I ended up using when my son had a severe rash.

 

22 Responses

  1. Clare

    Great recommendations! Have you tried Earth Mother Angel Baby Bottom Balm? (and products in general!)

    Thanks,

    Clare

  2. Jennifer

    Hi, what do you think of Burt’s Bees Ointments…do they have plastic in them? thanks

    • Irina Webb

      Thank you, Jennifer! Yes, it is packaged in plastic. The ointment is good but the ingredients while natural are not organic. That’s why it is not on my top list.

  3. Hannah

    I’ve used a number of different natural balms and creams and found the one I make to work the best for everyday use. It’s similar to Badger Baby Balm, but far less expensive and I can make a big batch and store what I don’t need yet in the fridge.

  4. Angela

    I got Substance Nappy Rash by Mater company when I was pregnant and never tried another one. I think the ingredient list looks pretty good and it works amazingly and is safe with cloth diapers.

    • Irina Webb

      Yes, I agree that this ointment looks pretty good. To be super picky though, I like ingredients to be certified organic. Also, I wonder if the soya bean oil they use is derived with hexane, a solvent to extract edible oils from soybeans. It is a neurotoxins in large doses and the health effects of small doses over long period have not been fully studied yet. Thank you for sharing. Sorry for not being more supportive.

  5. Lauren

    Hi Irina,

    What is a lotion that you recommend for babies/toddlers? I can’t find it anywhere on your blog. Thanks!

    • Irina Webb

      That’s a good point. I do not have lotions on my blog but I do have them in the non-toxic baby products database that I am planning to launch soon. How soon do you need to make a purchase? I can probably put together a lotions post within 2 weeks.

        • Irina Webb

          Thank you so much for following up, Lauren. I love reminders! Yes, I am super busy but I have not forgotten about you. The post will go out tomorrow!

  6. Lauren

    Thank you Irina! I can wait… I am currently using Babyganics Eczema Cream, I stopped using Aquaphor after reading about the mineral oil in it.

  7. Natasha

    Hi Irina,
    Thank you for your helpful post. I’m torn between Badger Baby Balm and Reese and Luke Shea Butter Baby Balm.
    My concern with Badger Baby Balm is that it’s showing some Developmental & reproductive toxicity concerns on EWG.org. Meanwhile, Reese & Luke shea butter Baby Balm seems to have slightly cleaner/safer ingredients on EWG: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/612574/Reese_and_Luke_shea_butter_BABY_BALM/. However, there don’t seem to be that many reviews for it and the few that I found on Amazon appear fake for the most part (I’ve become an obsessive Amazon Review reader over the years, so I have learned to spot fake reviews). Have you by chance tried this balm or came across any additional helpful info? Would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks!

    • Irina Webb

      Hi Natasha:

      I believe the reason Badger Baby Balm shows toxicity on EWG.org is when castor goes rancid it becomes toxic. There is rosemary extract in the balm to prevent it from happening and it would be good to keep away from sun just in case. I looked at Reese and Luke and like what they are doing. However, there is some controversial evidence showing that lavender and tea tree oils may have weak estrogenic properties. All things considered, I do not think I am comfortable use these oils on me but I do not want to expose my son to them just in case. So if you go for Reese and Luke, I recommend getting their unscented balm. And if I were you, I would have a slight preference for the Reese and Luke unscented balm. Let me know how you like it. So, how do you spot fake Amazon reviews? By the way, you might helpful my post about Skin Deep database. ~Irina

      • Natasha

        Thanks for your feedback, Irina. Very interesting.
        I’m happy to share my ways of spotting fake Amazon reviews, but would rather do so privately. Is there a way for me to contact you by email?

        • Irina Webb

          Sure. I do not want to type my email address here because spammers can read it but please use a contact form. Thanks!

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