Natural Baby Powder You Can Make Yourself

Baby’s need very few products and they should be as simple as possible. And you don’t have to be a chemist to create luxurious, natural baby care products that are natural & safe.

ClayKaolinWhiteI am going to walk you through this easy alternative to the Baby Powder products that are found on the grocery store shelves. Many of those powders contain TALC (talcum powder) which you may already have heard bad things about. For the last 30 years, scientists have closely scrutinized talc particles and found dangerous similarities to asbestos.

Since I want this to be a fun upbeat recipe, I won’t dwell on the facts about Talc here. For those who want to read more about this harmful mineral and the products that contain talc, I have included a helpful link

What you will need :

* 1/2 cup arrowroot powder
* 8 drops of organic lavender oil ( if you purchase a 5 ml bottle it will contain approx 100 drops )
* Optional : White Clay , sometimes called Kaolin Clay or White Cosmetic Clay
* A Container (an old spice container with holes on the top for “shaking out the powder” or a wide mouth jar with a powder puff for dabbing the powder onto your baby’s bottom)

About the Ingredients :

You may notice that I did not include Cornstarch. If you look at the ingredients in the Natural Baby Powders in your health food store, you would notice that they all contain Cornstarch as their main ingredient. While this is much preferred over Talc, it can aggravate a diaper rash (cornstarch “feeds” yeast rashes). If you can’t find arrowroot powder in your store, then substitute Cornstarch but discontinue use if your baby develops a yeast rash.
White clay is very fine and light and is wonderful to include. If you do add it in then use 1/4 cup and reduce the arrowroot powder to 1/4 cup. If you don’t know where to find a good quality White Clay then email me or leave a comment on our Facebook page.

Recipe for Baby Powder :

* Measure the 1/2 cup powder (arrowroot and/or white clay) into a bowl
* Sprinkle 8 Lavender drops over the mixture of the ‘powders’ and blend in with your finger tips or mix well with a fork
* Sift together and then pour into your container.

How To Use

Herbal baby powder can absorb excess moisture and help to prevent diaper rash. Powder lightly at every diaper change, paying special attention to the creases in those cute chubby thighs. I do not recommend using any powder for babies under 3 months, because they could breath in powder particles. Even though it’s all natural, you still want to be careful with newborns.

Added Tip : Children who wear disposable diapers are more likely than children who wear cloth diapers to suffer diaper rash. Diaper wipes can also cause skin irritation.

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10 Responses

  1. Melissa

    I did know about talc, and I had read about the cornstarch (‘okay to use but avoid the creases..’ on a baby, right), but I’ve also seen in a respected mag that lavender oil is tricky as it is known to cause breast development in boys. Is the oil part of the treatment here or is it merely for scent purposes?

    1. Lavender is part of the treatment here, but you are using a very diluted amount so there is no need to be concerned. However, if you have any concerns than it is better to omit it than to use it. I have read many respected articles regarding estrogen mimics causing breast development in boys but never heard about Lavender Oil being suspect. Which magazine was that in? Estrogen mimics are chemicals that can be found in the various plastics such as disposable diapers and are linked to early onset of menstruation in girls, breast development and lowering sperm cells in boys. It is great that you are so aware and so careful.

  2. Thanks for your tips. I have a 5 month old baby. My wife and I agreed to take care of our own babies without a nanny. Yes, in my experience, my baby often irritation in his buttocks because of the use of powder and diapers. How is the solution to fix this? Thank you…

    1. Let the sunshine in ! Allowing fresh air and some sunshine to bathe the buttock can really help.

  3. katie morris

    my grandfather uses talcum powder. he will make a huge cloud of it so to speak right after his “two” baths. one is a regular sponge bath, two is his bath in bengay, then he will basicly make the whole bathroom white as a blank sheet of paper from all the powder that he poofs. he is 81 (will be 82 in june) and has been using the talcum powder all his life. my grandfather has to be on oxygen 24/7, his lings are scared, and he wonders why. i believe they are scared from him inhaling the powder for sooo many long years, EVERY DAY! yes, every single day. he blames smoking, but he didnt smoke for that long period of time. my mother, cousin, and i live at home with him. we are all doing our best to not go crazy and lose our heads, but we manage somehow. i wanted to leave this comment because i do believe that talcum powder has put my grandpa in the state that he is in. i have full intentions of trying out this recipe and secretly replace the powder to see if he notices a difference. gpa doesnt like to listen or take advice from anyone but an authority figure, anything we tell him goes in one ear and out the other so to say. but thank you for the recipe and i hope it works! no one should use talcum powder its horrible for your lungs. thank you for this information!!

  4. Cindy Kesbey

    Can you please tell me where to get a good white clay-kaolin for powder. Thank you

    1. Hi Cindy,
      Great question ! You can get this from Mountain Rose Herbs – it’s only $4.95 for 1 lb. Here is the link and the white clay (kaolin) is at the bottom of the page.

  5. Rachel Corel

    Hi, I’m just wondering why not using powder on a newborn (a baby under 3 months old) is being recommended. is it more dangerous for a 1-month-old baby to inhale powder than for a 4-month-old baby? I would really like to know because I have been planning on using baby powder on my newborn baby once she’s born.

    Thank you.

  6. Sara

    Lavender oil has been linked to prepubertal gynecomastia (the formation of fatty breast tissue in boys) following regular and prolonged use-this also goes for tea tree oil. You can find the study on the National Institute of Health’s website:

    Not-so-good news for us lavender-loving moms. However, there are a number of safe and sweet-smelling herbs out there that are kid-safe. Have you tried roman chamomile? It smells heavenly and is kid-safe.

    As an additional FYI, avoid using essential oils on infants under 3 months and keep in mind that your baby may have yet unrevealed allergies to oils and herbs so keep a close eye out for possible reactions.

  7. Vanessa

    I just wanted to add that, arrowroot powder is also a starch.