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Baby Oil

Baby Oil

Baby Oil is usually just mineral oil in a cute bottle.  Mineral oil is a byproduct of the gasoline distillation process.  Crude petroleum is heated and processed with chemicals and solvents to extract the gasoline and kerosene, the leftover liquid is mineral oil.  Instead of spending money disposing of this byproduct, it’s marketed and sold as a skincare product.  Well, I have to give some credit for finding a use for the stuff rather than just trashing it.  However, mineral oil is not very good for your skin – it’s unnatural, poorly absorbed, clogs the pores and is devoid of healing nutrients.  And if you don’t want it on your skin, you certainly don’t want it on your baby… Baby oil should be a natural, unscented, food grade oil and there are excellent options to choose from.  Here are my favorites:

  • Coconut Oil (organic, unrefined) – Coconut oil has recently surpassed Sweet Almond as my favorite baby oil.  It’s a nourishing, antioxidant rich oil that’s great for the skin.  It has natural healing and anti-microbial properties that work wonders for mild skin irritations.  It’s a mid-weight oil that smells nice and coconut-y.  Coconut allergies are also much less common than other tree nuts which is beneficial for families who are allergy prone.
  • Sweet Almond Oil – This is another excellent oil.  It’s a light to midweight oil that penetrates the skin well.  I like that it’s nearly odorless, moisturizes well and can be used on sensitive skin.  It’s soothing, nourishing and full of skin friendly vitamins and minerals.  If you’re concerned about nut allergies, Apricot Kernel Oil is a similar substitute.
  • Grapeseed Oil – This light, nearly odorless oil absorbs very well.  It makes a particularly good infant massage oil because it penetrates the skin without feeling greasy.  However, most grapeseed oil is solvent extracted which can damage the oil quality and leave chemical residue.  Buy expeller pressed if you can find it.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – This mid to heavy weight oil is great in specific situations.  It’s full of nutrients, easy to find and is an excellent moisturizer, especially for dry skin.  It’s usually too heavy for all over use, but it’s great for things like diaper rash, cradle cap and dry, flaky skin.
How to Use:
  • Body Moisturizer
    • Recommended Oil: Coconut, Sweet Almond or Grapeseed Oil
    • Directions: Apply a thin layer of oil wherever your baby’s skin is dry.  This is a natrual, soothing alternative to commercial baby lotion.
  • Infant Massage Oil
    • Recommended Oil: Grapeseed or Sweet Almond Oil
    • Directions: Warm the oil in your palms before applying, then use as you would any massage oil.
  • Diaper Rash Treatment
    • Recommended Oil: Coconut or Olive Oil
    • Any time you notice redness on your babies’ bottom, apply a thin layer of oil.  Let it air dry for 30 seconds or so before putting on a new diaper – I like to fan the area dry with the new diaper.
  • Cradle Cap Treatment
    • Recommended Oil: Coconut or Olive Oil
    • Directions: Rub about a teaspoon of  oil on your baby’s scalp and wherever else his skin is scaly.  Let it sit for 15 minutes or so and then gently loosen the scales with a soft brush or comb.  Finish with a gentle shampoo.


Don’t know where to buy quality oils?  See my post on where to find the ingredients to make your homemade skincare products:

To view additional baby and family recipes, please see:

Photo Credit: Luke and daddy:)

2 Responses to “Baby Oil”

  1. Anne Marie says:

    Hey Jen! Mai Anh just sent me the link to your blog and I love it! I’ve already spent my evening looking through your posts, and I can’t wait to try out some of your tips :) I do have a question for you: where do you get the essential oils that you mention in some of your posts? I’m sure they are everywhere and I am just missing them! Can’t wait to keep reading :)

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