Since my last post I’ve been pulling my hair out trying to figure how to get rid of my lil’ Lainey’s diaper rash. It has been over a month and I have been to the doctor numerous times and tried numerous medicated creams. Some worked a bit, and others didn’t do a thing. After much research/ visits to the doctor, I’ve come to the conclusion that it is a yeast rash due to her teething. She has 4 teeth that just won’t come through!!
So I thought I would share my personal experience with my LO and her yeast diaper rash. If I would have known what I know now about what I’ve researched I could have helped her through a lot of discomfort. What I found out online from other Mom’s was that with a yeast type rash applying zinc type ointment, baby powder (cornstarch or talc), disposable diapers, disposable wipes can all make the rash worse (which it did) Here I thought of all things zinc would make it better!. So finally I just used the medicated ointment I got from the doctor and it helped soothe the rash to where it was almost gone. The instructions say to use it up to a week, but it was so bad that I had to use it more. The poor girl was scratching at her diaper all the time because it hurt.
What made it more uneasy for me was the cream that I made that worked on other regular diaper rashes wasn’t cutting it for this type of rash. I felt so bad that I couldn’t help my baby girl. So I went back online and did more research on different oils and essential oils that might help.
I had never heard about the benefits of myrrh essential oil. We know that it was one of the three gifts given to Jesus when he was born, but it was also used in ancient Greece on soldiers’ wounds. Some of it’s properties include: antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral and more. If your interested in more info about myrrh essential oil take a look at what it has to offer.
I purchased some last week and it came in the mail the other day so I did up a new recipe for Lainey. Because the cream just wasn’t doing it, I decided to make a balm instead. They usually apply better and stay on the skin nicer because of the beeswax. However, because beeswax doesn’t wash off so easily it can be tough on cloth diapers if the consistency is right. After two batches I came up with the perfect consistency! I put it on her before bed and hoped for improvement. Sure enough all the things that I found out about this awesome oil was true. In addition to the myrrh essential oil, I added tea tree and lavender essential oils as in my previous cream. I’m pretty excited though about this new diaper balm. I can’t wait to share it with others!
On a side note, I’ve started working on a facebook page, and soon I hope to have a separate WordPress page for Nu.Babee. I just have to get it organized and add some nice photos of my product and logos.
Hi again. It has been forever since I last made a blog post so I thought I should post something at least!
I’ve been so crazy busy the past month and a bit between moving, trying to build a house, tax season craziness to working on my recipes for my products. I have to say though my NU.BABEE products are amazing. I just finalized my lotion recipe and it is so silky smooth I can’t get enough of it! I’m hoping to be ready soon to contact our local Farmer’s and Crafter’s Market to see if I can get in there maybe in June/July. I’m pretty excited!
I’ve been doing some browsing over Pinterest for Toddler Girl’s Room Ideas as I’m starting to plan Miss Lainey’s new room in our new house. So,I thought I would share some of my finds.
My little Lainey has gone through the worst 2 weeks. It all started with a cold which turned into a fever and then came an awful rash because of the fever. The poor girl was in so much pain and discomfort nothing was helping. It got to the point where her rash was so bad that I took her to the doctor because it just wasn’t going away. The doctor advised me to use the cream I had been prescribed for her eczema, which is a topical corticosteroid cream that cost me a fortune for the tiniest little tube! So I used that on her for about 4 days and it was slowly starting to improve. But I was starting to worry because her fever was back and the rash wasn’t getting better like you would think after 4 days of using that type of cream. So I was ready to go to the doctor the next morning. I thought since I was going to the doctor anyways it wouldn’t hurt to try my soothing balm I made for her eczema, on the rash. So I lathered it on and put her to bed.
The next morning it was like I put some miracle cream on her. It improved more over night than it had in 4 days using the prescription cream, that isn’t really good for her skin anyways. I wish I would have taken a picture of what it was before and after. I’ll post a picture of it maybe tomorrow to give an idea how much it healed. And her bad eczema patch now is like 90% healed after the huge chunk of skin she scratched away at 2 weeks ago. See the before and after pics below:
I’m so excited I finally got the right consistency and the right percentage of each ingredient. I want to put the balm in a twist up tube so it’s easy to apply to the skin. So I found the packaging I like and just had to get it to set right so it would glide on the skin nicely.
The ingredients I use in my Soothing Balm are:
Beeswax – “Beeswax contains natural moisturizers…. In some cases, beeswax may be applied to minor burns or other skin damage in order to help the skin heal.” (from Livestrong.com) Raw Honey – “… has antibacterial properties that speed the healing of infections and wounds… It also contains antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals to promote healthy skin. Honey also improves skin hydration, an important factor in the skin’s ability to maintain softness, suppleness and elasticity.” (from HowStuffWorks) Olive Oil – “Olive oil contains four major antioxidants which allow it to work as a cleanser, moisturizer, and protector of skin. Among these antioxidants are Vitamin A and Vitamin E. Vitamin E partly accounts for the anti-aging benefits of this substance because it helps restore skin elasticity.” (from GlobalHealingCenter.com) Calendula Oil – “Calendula oil offers anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, and possible wound healing qualities. It can soothe inflamed and irritated skin, and helps regenerate new skin cells.” (from SwiftCraftyMonkey Blog). Vitamin E -is an antioxidant, it helps protect and repair damaged skin.
I’ve been a busy bee working at my new venture. I have a long ways ahead of me but sticking with it! My goal for the spring is to be able to have enough products ready that I can sell at our local Farmer and Crafters Market (providing they let me 🙂 ). I’ve just received in the mail the packaging I’ve chosen for my Diaper Ointment, Lotion and Soothing balm, so I’m half way there!
I’m still trying to perfect my Lotion and Soothing Balm. However, I think I’ve come up with a final product for my cloth diaper safe Diaper Ointment. I’ve started giving out samples, and I hope that other Mom’s find it helps their little ones like it has worked for me.
The Soothing Balm is great! It has helped my lil one so much with her eczema. Especially on the dry winter days. Her skin has been so dry and itchy it doesn’t stand a chance with her eczema. The honey and beeswax really helps soothe inflamed and irritated skin. I’m just trying to figure out the right consistency so it will glide on perfectly but solid enough to stay in a twist up tube.
I’ve also hired a local graphic designer to help me design a logo for nu.babee. I’m super excited about that and will definitely share the final product!
I hope you can follow along with me and my exciting journey with my products. I can’t wait to start selling them. I have so many other ideas I can’t wait to start as well.
Thanks for letting me share with you.
So last week I finally got my package of raw ingredients in the mail! I was so excited because I had been waiting for what seemed like forever for it to come, only because I “had” to order something that was on back order. I have to say the staff at Voyageur Soap and Candle Co. – in Surrey, BC, are amazing. They have amazing customer service, and they have so much to choose from, that I feel like I never have enough. I’m always wanting to create new recipes!
So as soon as I opened my package I had to make something! So the first thing on my list was a new diaper cream recipe. I had made one a couple months ago but it just wasn’t what I wanted. Because I use cloth diapers on my LO, I wanted to make a cream that was safe on cloth diapers and also worked great on diaper rashes. So I did some research on oils and other natural ingredients and came up with a recipe I thought could work. I’ve been using it on Lainey for a good 4 or 5 days, and had not used any diaper liners. I never use diaper cream without using a liner! It’s a major no-no with cloth diapers (unless your using a cloth diaper friendly cream). But the only way I would find out if my recipe worked on cloth diapers was to tough it out. And if it didn’t work then I’d be doing a lot of scrubbing to get it out. So I crossed my fingers and hoped it would come out clean. And……..
So after washing them I inspected each and every diaper. Every single one came out clean, with not one stain! I have to say I was pretty excited. So excited that I had to write about it 🙂
Now that I have two recipes that I have created, that work amazing on my little girl’s skin. I feel confident to pursue my new venture. I hope this is the beginning of something great! After some research and brainstorming I think I have come up with my product name.
I wanted to incorporate the word ‘bee’ in the name as every product uses either beeswax or honey, or both. I believe in using only the best ingredients in my products. All my products are free off: parabens, harsh chemicals, dyes, petroleum, talc or phthalates. Some of my favourite ingredients I use are: beeswax, honey, coconut oil, calendula oil, shea butter, olive oil and vitamin E.
So, I hope to get everything going in the next couple months, and give out samples to friends and family. In addition to my soothing balm, I’m also working on a lotion, baby oil, baby powder, and for the mommies a belly butter and lip balm. I’ve already made a ‘test’ lip balm that has honey, and it sure makes my lips super smooth!
I have a lot of work ahead of me! But I’m super excited. Come back to see how my next recipes go.
Awhile ago I saw a post on Pinterest on how to make your own Foaming Handwash/Bodywash. It’s super easy and it gets you the most for your buck. For me I love to use the Burts Bees – Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash for my LO at bath time. It’s usually about $10. I like the better stuff for Lainey because she has eczema. The only thing is you can go through that stuff so fast because the bottle isn’t that big. So when I found this on Pinterest I was excited to use her Burt’s Bees wash this way.
I got the idea from this blog here. You have to make sure you use a foaming soap dispenser or it won’t work. Here is one I found from Bath and Body Works
Here is what you need:
– Foaming soap dispenser
– Your favorite hand soap or body wash
– Warm to Hot Water
Now in the other post I believe they use 1TBSP of soap and the rest water. I started using a bit more because I like it more soapy as I thought the ratio had too much water than soap. Then fill the container with Warm to Hot Water. Don’t fill it up too fast or too full as you’ll get it everywhere! You’ll want enough room at the top so it doesn’t overflow. Then just pump away. Now if your using a baby wash to refill, and the container had other hand soap or something else you wouldn’t want to wash your baby with, make sure you clean out the pump. Then pump a bunch of times so you get the old stuff out.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Now my $10 for her wash goes so far! and I don’t mind getting the more expensive stuff.