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I started making hubby's aftershave a couple years ago because the one he was using was awful and really didn't help a whole lot anyway. Even though he gets rather spendy razors, he was getting lots of razor bumps every day regardless of how new the blades were. Plus the aftershave he was using was giving me a headache every time I was exposed, which tells me it was definitely filled with some yucky ingredients.
Once we found out we were having a baby I knew we also wanted to cloth diaper, so finding an option for use on a sensitive baby booty really had to be as chemical free as possible, but also safe for use with cloth diapers. Wouldn't you know that the recipe I was already using for hubby was almost perfect already? Today I'm going to share it all with you, but feel free to play with it to meet your own needs. I've altered this one to include insect repelling oils and such when Hubby was headed to the field and it was awesome!
Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (*We LOVE Tropical Traditions Gold Label!) Melaleuca Essential Oil Lavender Essential Oil Frankincense Essential Oil (I use doTERRA for all of my EO needs :)
Dad always told me to work smarter, not harder, so I am as lazy as I can be and still get things done. Some people will tell you to use a double boiler or a microwave to melt the coconut oil, but I just put it into the measuring cup and set it on the washer or dryer in the garage while it's running. I've set it on the stove between burners before too. It only has to get to about 75 degrees to turn into a liquid, so why mess with spending extra time and electricity to accomplish that?
The Essential oils that I chose were very specific. Melaleuca is great for the skin, but is also anti-lotsa things, including antifungal and antibacterial. Thrush and yeasty diaper rashes are both things that babies are susceptible to, so the topical support can help to take care of any issues before they really get started. Read a little more about it here.
Lavender is also a great anti-lotsa, but it is especially soothing to the skin, even including burns should an unfortunate ammonia buildup occur. You can read more about it here.
Frankincense is known as liquid gold, not because of its cost, but because of its great healing abilities. A brief description of its awesomeness can be found here.
For those who may have heard that Melaleuca and Lavender essential oils carry negative hormonal effects for adolescent boys, here is a brief article to explain the study and disparage the myth :)
Directions: The larger jars are 4oz, and the smaller is 2 oz., so I start with a little under 14oz of oil in the measuring cup to go melt. Once it has all turned to liquid, pour it into the jars leaving about 1/4" head space. For the Baby Butt Butter I use 10 drops of each essential oil in 4 oz. of Coconut Oil. I use the same amount for the 2 oz. bottle of Hubby's aftershave. Simply double it to 20 drops each for the 4 oz. aftershave, and there you go! Use a spoon to gently mix the oils, then I like to refrigerate so it sets faster, but you can just set the lid on it and be done. Super simple, and very little time required.
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