Even if you’re the most attentive parent on earth, there’s a very good chance your little one is going to get a diaper rash at some point. It happens.
Their teeny tiny bodies have very sensitive skin, making them susceptible to the dry, red and painful condition known as a diaper rash.
While some diaper rashes can be worse than others, the first thing you should reach for is a good, natural diaper rash cream.
Unfortunately, like many baby products, there are some nasty diaper rash creams out there.
We’re talking products that are full of nasty chemicals and harmful ingredients, and since they’re coming into direct contact with your little one’s privates, this is a terrible, terrible thing.
Luckily, there are a few choices out there for good, non-toxic and natural diaper rash creams. Let us be your guide and help you make a safe choice.
Nasty ingredients in diaper rash creams.
Here’s a list of chemicals that can be found in some diaper rash creams that you should definitely avoid.
Why do manufacturers have to put these horrible ingredients in baby products? It’s really disgusting and horrifying.
- Fragrance: Like many products, a lot of diaper rash creams have chemical fragrances. These are bad because they can constitute a laundry list of unknown chemicals that the manufacturer doesn’t need to disclose
- Boric acid / sodium borate: This is a potential skin irritant, which is even worse because diaper rash cream is typically applied to broken skin.
- Parabens: Chemical preservatives that have been linked to breast cancer and other health issues.
- Petrolatum: Otherwise known as petroleum jelly, a petroleum-derived product that clogs skin pores. What’s worse is that due to improper refining, it’s sometimes contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) which are linked to cancer.
- Talc: Horrible ingredient that is a close relative to—and sometimes contaminated with—asbestos, an extremely carcinogenic compound that is linked to both lung cancer and ovarian cancer. Needless to say, this should be nowhere near a baby’s privates.
- Benzyl Benzoate / Benzyl Salicylate: Linked with endocrine disruption, also environmental toxins.
- Hydrogenated oils: These are oils that are taken and chemically processed. Better to take the natural, unprocessed version.
- Lanolin: This one may come as a surprise to you, but lanolin should be avoided. Lanolin is essentially an excretion of a sheep’s skin. The problem is that sheep are often sprayed directly with pesticides to fight off mites and other pests. Lanolin can legally contain up to 40 parts per million (PPM) of pesticides to be FDA-compliant. Not to mention that sheep are essentially always fed a diet of genetically modified and chemical-sprayed grain and alfalfa.
The Best Natural + Organic Baby Diaper Creams
We put together a list of 5 great, natural and organic diaper rash creams that contain none of the bad ingredients listed above.
Some of these will have zinc oxide which is good for treating a rash, but if you prefer a cream without zinc oxide, we have those listed as well.
Earth Mama Organics Diaper Balm
Price: $12.99 per 60ml / 2fl. oz jar.
A certified USDA organic diaper cream made in the USA, this is our #1 choice for an all-natural balm that’s also safe for cloth diapers.
It contains no artificial dyes or fragrances, petroleum jelly, parabens or other harmful chemicals, and is made with only organic, natural ingredients.
This can’t be called a vegan product because of the beeswax, but the company does claim that the beeswax is ethically-sourced.
For a great diaper cream that’s 100% organic, we highly recommend this one!
Ingredients: Organic olive (olea europaea) oil, organic shea (butyrospermum parkii) butter, organic beeswax (cera flava), organic jojoba (simmondsia chinensis) oil, organic lavender (lavandula angustifolia) flower oil, organic tea tree (melaleuca alternifoliai) leaf oil, organic calendula (calendula officinalis) flower extract, organic St. John’s wort (hypericum perforatum) extract, organic chickweed (stellaria media) extract, organic plantain (plantago major) extract.
MADE OF Organic Diaper Rash Cream
Price: $14 per 100ml / 3.4 fl. oz tube.
MADE OF is a newer company that sells a line of organic and natural body & skincare products. Their organic diaper rash cream is a great option, containing all-natural ingredients and is safe for cloth diapers.
This product is 82% organic ingredients and 18% natural. That’s because it’s 14% zinc oxide and 4% tocopherol (vitamin e), neither of which can be certified organic but are still natural.
For the animal lovers, it’s also certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny. However, it’s not a vegan product, because it does contain beeswax.
All in all, this is a great, organic and all-natural baby diaper ointment that comes highly recommended.
Ingredients: non-gmo tocopherol, non-nano zinc oxide, organic argania spinosa (argan) oil, organic cera alba (beeswax), organic cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, organic helianthus annuus (sunflower) oil, organic lavendula angustifolia (lavender) oil, organic persea grattisima (avocado) oil, organic theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter
Maty’s All Natural Baby Ointment
Price: $20 per 10oz jar.
Maty’s is a USA-made organic baby cream that has: no fragrances, petroleum jelly, parabens, sulfates, mineral oils or gluten. It’s made with ingredients like olive oil, jojoba oil, coconut and castor oil.
None of the oils used are hydrogenated and the ingredients are 99% organic besides the zinc oxide (which can’t be organic).
This is a great natural diaper rash cream with no bad ingredients and comes highly recommended.
Ingredients: Organic olive oil, organic coconut oil, organic castor oil, organic beeswax, organic aloe extract, organic jojoba oil, zinc oxide, organic frankincense essential oil, organic lavender essential oil, calendula 3X HPUS
Green Goo Baby Balm
Price: $24.95 per 4 oz jar.
Green Goo is another good alternative for those looking for an organic baby balm. It’s not entirely 100% organic: every ingredient is besides the vitamin E (which can’t be certified organic) and lavender oil. It’s also made in the USA and Green Goo is a certified B-corp.
Like any good baby diaper balm, it has none of the bad ingredients like petroleum, chemical fragrances or parabens, and it’s safe for your cloth diapers.
Another good option for animal lovers, Green Goo is certified cruelty-free by the Leaping Bunny program.
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS (*ORGANIC): *Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract, *Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Oil, *Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower, *Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Leaf Powder.
INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: *Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil.
era Organics Nourishing Diaper Balm
Price: $25.99 per 2oz / 59ml jar
era Organics makes a great USDA-certified organic diaper balm that’s full of only natural ingredients and contains no zinc oxide.
This brand is certified cruely-free by PETA, but it’s not 100% vegan because it does contain beeswax. Every ingredient is organic besides the tocopherols (vitamin E) because this ingredient can’t be certified organic.
There’s not much else to say about this one. Give it a try!
Ingredients: Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Arrowroot Powder, Organic Calendula Oil, Organic Rosemary Extract, non-GMO mixed tocopherols, Organic Chamomile Extract
Popular brands to avoid.
The following brands are all popular, but should be avoided because they contain some or all of the bad ingredients listed above, like talc, fragrance, petroleum, etc.
- Boudreaux’s Butt Paste (contains petroleum)
Preventing diaper rashes from happening in the first place.
Prevention is the best medicine, and there are a few things to be aware of to make sure your little guy has the least risk of developing a rash as possible.
- Give the diaper some room to breathe. It shouldn’t be as tight a possible to allow some air to circulate.
- Change diapers on the regular. If your little one seems to get rashes more frequently than other babies, try changing the diaper more often.
- Let your little one go diaper free as much as possible. This helps their bottom stay dry, and a wet bottom is prone to developing a rash.
- Use organic, non-toxic diapers. A lot of disposable diapers these days are filled with plastics and toxic ingredients that can cause skin irritaiton.
- Use baby wipes sparingly. The constant rubbing of the wipe can irritate the skin.
- Let baby’s bottom completely dry out during diaper changes. This one is self-explanitory.
Do you have any questions or concerns about our list of the best organic and natural diaper creams? Let us know in the comments below.