Prepared using arrowroot powder, bentonite clay, calendula petals, and soothing essential oils, Homemade Calming Baby Powder is not just for babies. We use our “Doot Doot” at the beach to easily remove sand, after a haircut, as well as to stay dry and smell fresh after a shower.
Ever since the children were little, I have prepared this calming baby powder we affectionately call “Doot Doot.” Interestingly, it got its name because after I would bathe the children, I would powder them up by lifting their arms and saying, “doot doot.” Everywhere I put the powder, I would make that sound to make them giggle. Eventually, they started asking me for the “Doot Doot”…so it stuck.
Calming Baby Powder is Not Just For Babies
I began my DIY career when my children were born because of all the harmful ingredients I discovered when I read the labels of “safe” baby products. Homemade baby powder is so easy to make and loaded with safe, calming, and healing ingredients for babies. I realize there are wonderful products that are all organic and healing for babies on the market now, but baby powder is so easy to make, that you might as well save the extra money and put it towards their growing wardrobe. Isn’t it amazing how fast they grow in the first year?
For Beach Bums Too
As the children grew we discovered many ways in which our “Doot Doot” grew with us. For instance, baby powder works wonders at the beach in removing sand before hopping in the car for the return trip home. Not only that, but the calendula, lavender, and healing clay is so soothing on sun-kissed skin.
Moms wear many hats: nurse, counselor, chef, housekeeper, accountant, referee, seamstress, hairdresser…the list goes on and on. We truly would be financially set if we were actually paid for all our job titles, but that is an entirely different subject. My point here is that as the family hairdresser, I rely on this “Doot Doot” to wisk away the remains of the hair trimmings that if left, cause itching. Calming Baby Powder not only smells fantastic but when applied with a large powder brush, actually feels quite professional after a haircut.
A Treat for Mom
Every evening after I shower, I love to towel dry and apply “Doot Doot” anywhere I want to stay powdery fresh and dry. The smell is soothing and promotes peace and calm. Lavender and chamomile essential oils smell delicious together. I also use them together in my magnesium bath salt recipe. Every mom needs to be pampered and cared for. You don’t have to call it “Doot Doot”, but I promise you will love the fresh smell and feel of this calming baby powder.
Arrowroot powder is a Talc replacement. It not only licks moisture away from the body but has many nourishing minerals and is known for providing relief from skin issues such as rashes, eczema, and acne.
Not only does bentonite clay have antibacterial, antimicrobial, and detoxification properties but it is hydrating to the skin helping to heal issues of acne, rashes, and psoriasis. Clay pulls excess dirt and oil from the body acting as a magnet to lift away negatively charged toxins. Bentonite Clay is an essential component in our natural remedy chest. Its uses are extensive.
Calendula flowers are just my favorite flowers to grow in my healing herb garden. Their yellow-orange petals are so happy and cheerful. They are a perfect introduction to healing herbs and flowers as they are quite prolific and have so many wonderful uses in your natural remedy chest. You can either grow your own or purchase the dried flowers from a reputable source such as Mountain Rose Herbs.
Although in this recipe we grind up calendula petals in a coffee grinder, calendula can also be steeped in oil, and added to beeswax, making a wonderful skin salve. Great for gardeners or anyone who has a rash. Calendula is antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, as well as anti-bacterial. These properties make it useful for soothing skin issues such as eczema, wound healing, as well as diaper rash.
Lavender & Chamomile Essential Oils-
Both lavender and chamomile are wonderful essential oils for the skin. Soothing on a sunburn, these oils are anti-inflammatory, calming, and restorative. They also work wonders in decreasing stress levels as well as for winding down the day. Check out my post on Lavender Fairy Pillow Spray for a wonderful way to incorporate these healing oils into your evening routine.
- 1/2 cup Bentonite Clay
- 1/2 cup Arrowroot Powder
- 1/4 cup dry Calendula petals (finely ground)
- 20 drops each Chamomile and Lavender essential oil
- 10 drops Vitamin E oil (optional natural preservative)
- Start by removing the petals from the flower heads of dried, organic calendula flowers.
- You will want to end up with 1/4 cup of powdered calendula petals, so I scoop out about 1 cup from my bag and remove the petals.
- Using a spice grinder, process until the petals are a fine powder. You may want to add some arrowroot powder or clay to the grinder to aid in the process. I find it helps grind the petals finer.
- Add the petal powder to the clay and arrowroot powder. Note: you may want to sift or filter the powder through a strainer to make sure any debris is removed before adding the additional ingredients.
- After sifting, add in the essential oils and Vitamin E oil (if using).
- Place in sealed jar and store in a cool, dry place. I also carry a travel size jar (salt & pepper shaker) in my beach bag.
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