DIY All Natural Baby Oil

DIY All Natural Baby Oil

There’s nothing quite as soft and smooth as a baby’s skin. As a mom, I want to do everything I can to protect my child’s delicate skin and keep it soft, clean, and protected.

With my first few baby’s, I would bathe them every night before bed and lather on the baby oil or lotion. I have since learned that it isn’t necessary to bathe everyday. It can strip the baby’s skin of it’s natural, protective oils. Besides, let’s face it, babies just don’t get that dirty. At least not until they start to walk and are getting into everything! Babies need a bath only about 2 times per week.

Even so, after I cut down on the bath times, I was still using the store bought baby oil, thinking that I was doing a good thing. I know that infant massage is great for baby and can have so many benefits:

Massaging your infant can aid in digestion and relieve gas.

It increases circulation and improves skin condition.

Infant massage stimulates the nervous system–I like to believe it even makes my baby smarter!

Massage can actually boost the immune system.

And my favorite reason to massage my baby–it is a bonding experience and releases oxytocin (the love hormone) for both mommy and baby.

In my experience, there is really no wrong way to massage your baby. As long as it is gentle, baby will let you know if they don’t like it. But if you would like more information on infant massage, there are many articles on Pinterest.

So while I believed I was doing what was right for my babies by rubbing them down with baby oil, I found out that my efforts might have been counter-productive. Do you know what is in baby oil? Baby oil is comprised of just two ingredients: mineral oil and parfum. Mineral oil doesn’t sound so bad, does it? After all, we need minerals in our diets. But this is the wrong kind of mineral. The mineral found in baby oil is derived from petroleum, and coats the baby’s skin like a layer of plastic. Since I was coating my baby’s skin with this plastic-like oil, the skin couldn’t breathe or release toxins like it was supposed to, and it even could have been causing cell damage and premature aging! And parfum is just a fancy way of saying synthetic scents. Who knows what kind of chemicals that could consist of.

Harsh Chemicals Don't Belong On My Skin

In my effort to replace harmful chemicals from my home, I began making my own baby oil. It is so easy, only takes a few ingredients, and I am confident knowing that what I am putting on my baby’s skin is beneficial to her and not harmful. Plus, everyone is always commenting on how nice my baby smells.

Here’s what you will need to make your own all natural baby oil:

A 4 oz. mason jar with lid (or any glass jar will work-I have even used old baby food jars!)

 1/2 cup organic, unrefined, cold-pressed coconut oil

15 drops lavender essential oil

10 drops frankincense essential oil

I whipped the coconut oil for a few minutes, then stir in the essential oils before putting it all into the glass jar. During the cool months, you could leave this on the counter and it will stay solid, but in the warm months it will liquefy. If you still want a more solid texture, you can store it in the refrigerator and then warm a little up in your hands before massaging it onto baby.

Lavender and frankincense oils are both very good for skin. I am extremely selective when it comes to which essential oils I will use on my family. It is important to know and trust the source. The FDA allows natural products to say 100% pure even if it only contains 5% of what it claims, so I researched many companies before I found one I felt comfortable with. You can find out where to get high-quality essential oils here.

This is the coconut oil I used:

 

 

I have also used this one and really liked it:

 

Find out more about chemicals in baby products and baby massage:

10 Most Unwanted Ingredients in Personal Care and Beauty Products

Guide to Less Toxic Products

Benefits of Infant Massage

  • http://ohmyheartsiegirl.com/ Karren Haller

    Now what could be better than natural baby oil!! I am loving essential oils!

    Thanks for stopping by to share on Oh My Heartsie Girls Friday Features!
    Have a great weekend, Karren

    • http://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      Thanks so much for hosting! I love this baby oil so much and all the essential oils!

  • Mary

    I love your creativity and desire to find natural products for your family. Great idea! Thank you for sharing this at The Weekend Brew.

    • http://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      Aaw thank you! That means a lot. I try to find creative uses for everything especially to keep my family healthy.

      Thanks so much for hosting the Weekend Brew each Saturday!!!

  • Heaven Smiling

    I love the benefits of coconut oil! Stopping by from Best of the Blogosphere. Pinned and following!

    • http://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      I know, coconut oil is so amazing and so versatile. Definitely a must have in my house! And adding the essential oils makes it even better. Thanks so much for stopping by and pinning!

  • ntina nt

    thank you for such a great idea and for sharing it with us at the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board

    • http://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      Thanks so much for stopping by and pinning!

  • http://www.welcometomycircus.com/ Lysa @ Welcome to My Circus

    Miranda,

    I use baby oil every once in awhile on my own skin so this is something I will be making in the near future I’m sure! 😉 I’m also looking forward to your essential oils class but please send me a reminder because my memory is horrible! Hope you are having a great evening!

    Much love,
    Lysa xx

    • http://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      I never realized baby oil was so chemical-y (I can make up words on my own blog right?) until I started researching it more. I feel bad I was rubbing this on my other children regularly. Oh well, you live you learn and you do better, right?

      I’m happy you are coming to my class, I’ll be sure to remind you.

      Have a great week!

      • http://www.welcometomycircus.com/ Lysa @ Welcome to My Circus

        Yes you are right! We do live and learn and finally do it right… Well some of us do anyway! HA! Oh and about the whole making up words thing I do it all the time and to be honest it’s really a lot of fun! 😉
        xx
        Lysa

  • Terri Presser

    It is amazing what is in products we use everyday and harmful they are. Thanks for sharing this great recipe with us at Good Morning Mondays, so simple and easy but so beneficial. Blessings

    • http://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      I know, sometimes I regret finding out. After all, ignorance is bliss, lol. But I want the best and safest for my family so I’ll continue researching 🙂 thanks so much for stopping by.

  • http://www.thedeliberatemom.com/ Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

    Ooooh, this is awesome! I love essential oils and they’re so versatile!

    Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

    • http://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      They sure are!

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Deb Clem-Buckert

    Love this. I am totally into essential oils right now. They are so good for body and mind. Thanks for linking up at the Best of the Blogosphere Linky Party!

    • http://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      Yes they are very good! I’m glad you’re enjoying their benefits as well. Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

  • http://www.dontdareblink.com Don’t Dare Blink

    I love coconut oil! That stuff is good for everything. I’m interested in hearing about your research into different EO companies, and how you came to settle on YL.

    • http://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      Well that is a loaded question…do you have all day? Haha, just joking. Okay, where do I start?

      First of all, I learned that the FDA allows natural products to say 100% pure on their label even if they only have 5% of the claimed product in it. So I wanted to be sure that what I was putting on myself and my children was actually what it claimed to be.

      Then I started learning about distillations…YL only uses the first distillation, as opposed to a complete. You would think that complete would be better, but what I discovered was that a complete distillation is more diluted. For example, you can make 2-3 cups of tea with one tea bag, but the 2nd and 3rd are going to be much weaker. A complete distillation combines all those “cups of tea” into one batch, in order to get more oil, but it is going to be weaker so you will have to use more to get the desired effect.

      These two facts alone made me very wary of the store brands–because they may be so much cheaper, but how do I know what they are diluted with? My whole “why” of using essential oils in the first place is to remove harmful chemicals from my home, so if I’m buying lavender oil that is actually only 5% essential oil, not only am I spending more in the long run, but I may even be doing more harm than good.

      Next, I learned that YL is involved every step of the way, from seed cultivation to harvest to distilling, and they have farms all around the world, so the plant is actually grown in it’s native habitat so it will have all the correct chemical make-up. When plants are grown in different environments, they whole chemical make-up changes due to soil, heat, moisture, etc.

      And YL doesn’t use any pesticides on their plants, except their own essential oils 🙂 so totally organic and natural. You can actually visit their Seed to Seal site here:

      Lastly, the support is unparalleled. We have a huge FB group with thousands of users, monthly usage and business training classes, and an open forum where you can ask whatever you want and get questions back from other users right way who have dealt with what you are dealing with. And the customer service is tops, too.

      Even the price isn’t too much, considering for the Premium Starter Kit you get 11 full size oils and a diffuser for $150. I have found that they really last a long time too, because they are so pure and concentrated you only have to use a drop or two at a time, and the bottles contain approx. 100 drops each.

      So yeah, I warned you it was going to be long 🙂 I hope I answered your question….I sure would love to chat with you more and answer any more questions you have, and even send you a couple samples if you want. You can use my Contact Form or send me an email at rahabtoriches@yahoo.com

      Or visit my essential oils page, or my monthly specials page as well.

      Have a great day! I hope to talk with you soon!

      • http://www.dontdareblink.com Don’t Dare Blink

        Wow! Thanks for the reply! I sort of hoped you had a blog post you could link me to- you really went the extra mile. I’ll be sure to check out your page, and I may email you. Thank you so much!

        • http://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

          Haha, I am very passionate about my YL essential oils. A blog post about why I chose them is a great idea, actually! I’m going to have to post one 🙂

        • http://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

          So after thinking about it, I do answer this question pretty good in the frequently asked questions section at the end of my monthly specials page 🙂

          http://rahabtoriches.com/monthly-essential-oils-promotion/

  • http://daydreamingbeauty.com Amber

    What a great idea to use coconut oil. It’s so versatile! Thanks for sharing this post in our Best of the Blogosphere link up!

  • http://moneysavvyliving.com Gina Young

    Thanks for sharing on #ShareTheWealthSunday link up! Pinned!