Diaper balm. It's a newborn staple, that perhaps you hadn't even heard of or given any thought to before having a baby. Maybe you didn't get your first tube or jar until your baby got their first rash. Like everything else for baby, there are so many choices when picking a product to soothe and protect their little bum. You may not have even known that this choice mattered. But we, as organic baby skin care experts, are here to tell you that it does matter. And we are going to break it down for you here!
- Maximum strength treatment (40% zinc oxide) and protection
- Visibly improves diaper rash in as little as 3 hours (their claim)
- Provides overnight protection
- FREE FROM: dyes, preservatives, parabens and talc
- Pediatrician-recommended brand
- Creamy, non-pasty formula
- Goes on clear
- Concentrated, waterless formula
- Made with an herbal infusion
- Free of fragrance, artificial or synthetic ingredients (petroleum free)
- Made with 100% organic ingredients
- Cloth diaper friendly
Let's breakdown the ingredients:
We'll start with Boudreaux's Butt Paste:
- Zinc oxide is used to form a barrier on top of the skin. It is the ingredient responsible for the white color of the product. The pastes and ointments are safe and effective for diaper rash, but in higher concentration they are difficult to remove from the baby’s skin due to their thick and adherent nature. (USPharmasist.com)
- Mineral oil is highly refined and processed petroleum. It is generally recognized as a safe and effective emollient, and in this case a protectant for diaper rash. It is water-insoluble, giving it a barrier effect. "However, it remains on the skin indefinitely until physically removed, and may build up on the skin if not periodically cleansed away. Since the FDA directs the caregiver to cleanse the diaper area with each diaper change, mineral oil should not accumulate. However, if patients fail to cleanse the baby properly, it could cause chronic skin irritation and folliculitis." (USPharmasist.com)
- Paraffin wax is a soft colorless solid derived from petroleum, coal or oil shale that consists of a mixture of hydrocarbon molecules. (Yikes!)
- Castor seed oil is a multi-purpose vegetable oil. This is a popular ingredient in skincare and can be very beneficial. Our preference is always that an oil like this be certified organic, so we feel better about how it is grown and processed.
- Myroxylon balsamum (balsam tolu) resin is a a sap-like substance that comes from the Myroxylon balsamum (tolu) tree. It has some very beneficial properties and is used medicinally. "In manufacturing, tolu balsam is used as a fixative, as a fragrance in soaps and cosmetics, and as a flavoring in cough medicines." (rxlist.com) The scent of Boudreaux's Butt Paste likely comes from this ingredient. This is probably a decent ingredient depending on how it is grown and extracted.
- Petroleum jelly: We see this ingredient in many beauty and skincare products and most predominately in Vaseline. Unfortunately, petroleum jelly is derivative of oil refining. "Originally found coating the bottom of oil rigs in the mid-1800s, it's a byproduct of the oil industry and therefore an unsustainable resource (read: not eco-friendly). It's commonly used topically to cure everything from dehydrated, flakey skin to diaper rash. Though generally regarded as safe, the components that are removed from the oil during the refining process of petroleum jelly are carcinogenic in some cases." (huffingtonpost.com)
Sunflower oil (organic): Sunflower oil is extracted from the seeds of the sunflower plant and is usually obtained via cold-press extraction. It contains linoleic acid which helps to maintain the skin’s natural barrier and support its ability to retain moisture. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect when used topically. A small animal study also found that topical use of sunflower oil was beneficial for healing wounds faster. (healthline.com)
Beeswax (organic): Produced by the female worker honeybees and is harvested by removing the top layer of wax that covers the honey cells. Beeswax works well in cosmetic products because of the wax esthers that exist in both beeswax and human skin. Beeswax is a natural hydrating ingredient that increases essential moisture in skin and in the relief of itching from sensitive skin. It has an irritation potential of zero, so it will not cause irritation or clog pores, but rather provide a host of benefits such as general healing, antiseptic and emollient. Even after processing, it remains a biologically active ingredient, retaining some anti-bacterial properties and contains vitamin A, which is necessary for normal cell development.
Cocoa butter (organic): Cocoa has been called “food of the gods”. It has been used for centuries in Africa for its moisturizing and healing properties, where it has been used to protect and condition skin which has been damaged by the sun and wind. Cocoa butter contains natural antioxidants and is naturally rich in vitamin E and other vitamins and minerals as well as cocoa mass polyphenol (CMP), a substance that inhibits the production of immunoglobulin (IgE). Women have used it for centuries to prevent and treat stretch marks.
Herbs (organic) infused into the oil:
lavender flowers - A powerful analgesic as well as antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-toxic, anti-inflammatory, decongestant, restorative and tonic on the skin. It contains a high percentage of linalool, which makes it excellent for healing.
calendula flowers - Commonly used to disinfect minor wounds and treat skin infections. The antibacterial and immunostimulant properties of the plant make it extremely useful in treating slow-healing cuts and cuts in those with compromised immune systems.
chamomile flowers - Useful in treating minor abrasions, cuts and scrapes. It is an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral and antiparasitic.
plantain leaf - Known to relieve pain for bee stings and insect bites, stop itching from poison ivy and other allergic rashes and promote healing in sores and bruises.
Tea tree essential oil (organic): Tea tree oil is an essential oil that has many benefits for the skin. It’s an alternative to conventional treatments. When used topically, tea tree oil can treat certain skin conditions or improve the overall appearance of your skin. Properties include analgesic, antibacterial, antibiotic, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antiviral, decongestant, expectorant, fungicidal, stimulant (immune).
Not just a Diaper Balm it's a MULTIPURPOSE PRODUCT: Not every diapering product is also safe and functional for other parts of the body. Zoe Organics Diaper Balm is not only the awesome for bottoms, but its clean safe ingredients are good for skin from head to toe! So, if you've got some Diaper Balm on hand and need something for minor scrapes and booboos, chapped cheeks and lips, or patches of eczema - this multitasker is your new go-to!
- Cloth Diapering: Not all diapering products are compatible with cloth diapers. Greasy, pasty build up from petroleum-based ingredients can ruin cloth diapers by preventing them from absorbing properly.
A product claiming to be "pediatrician-recommended" likely purchased the rights to that label: Verywellfamily.com says "According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, they are simply "marketing terms that try to get you to buy a product. Although the product may be recommended by a group of doctors, what the advertisers don't tell you is how many doctors or how long ago the recommendation was made. It could be 5 or 100 doctors surveyed 10 years ago." Or, it could be one or a few pediatricians that you have never heard of; you shouldn't let the fact that they are recommending a product influence your purchasing decisions."