I know a lot of parents who prefer to make baby powder themselves instead of using store-bought versions, which can have some harsh ingredients in them.
White clay makes a really beautiful base for a homemade natural baby powder. I made a YouTube video of a baby powder recipe that calls for white clay as the main ingredient. The clay I’m using in the video is White Kaolin Clay, which I bought from Aromatics International.
It’s so gentle, mild and absorbent, and has a very soothing effect on irritated skin. It’s often used for facial masks and herbal poultices meant to help reduce swelling.
You can watch me make baby powder in the video and follow along, or you can use the recipe right here:
White Clay Baby Powder
Make your powder in a 2 oz (60 ml) bottle or jar. If this is going in your diaper bag, I suggest using something that won't break if the bag gets thrown around. PET plastic or a powder dispenser would work great. PET plastic is known as a non-reactive plastic that doesn’t leach. In cases where glass isn't ideal, PET plastic is a good choice.
- 1 oz (28 gm) white clay
- 1 tbsp dried German chamomile flowers (It’s best if they have no stems.)
- 1 tsp Kuzu root (sometimes called “kudzu”)
- 1 tsp vanilla bean powder
To make your baby powder, you’ll want all your ingredients very finely ground. The white clay, vanilla bean, and kuzu root should already be powder. I use a coffee grinder for the German chamomile flowers. Grind them long enough to be sure that any stems are completely ground up.
You can mix all your ground ingredients together in your jar and then stir with the end of a spoon (stir gently so the powder doesn’t go everywhere!), or you can combine your ingredients in a bowl and then put them in your jar or bottle.
To use it, sprinkle a little pinch of powder over the baby’s bottom, in the diaper, or both. Now you have a baby powder that’s gentle for sensitive skin and is all natural—you and baby are both happy!