Homemade Baby Powder

homemade all natural baby powder recipe Homemade Baby Powder

When I first became a mom almost a decade ago, I started to question the ingredients in everything I put on my baby. Unfortunately, there were not good answers to most of my questions. One product I was surprised to find had problematic ingredients was baby powder.

The problem with baby powder…

Innocent though it seems, baby powder often has some hidden ingredients. Some regular baby powder contain talc, which is closely related to asbestos and has been linked to various cancers. Please don’t put it on your baby’s tender tushie! There are natural alternatives that are incredibly easy to make and work better without the  side of cancer.

I did find a few good store-bought alternatives like Burt’s Bees Baby Powder and Little Twig Unscented Baby Powder but I also wanted to find a good DIY version. I suspected that if I could make it, I’d save money and be able to customize it.

Unlike some beauty recipes that require many attempts before I find a recipe I love, this one was relatively simple and straightforward. Just a natural powder of some kind and optional herbs or essential oils.

Baby powder ingredients:

I settled on using arrowroot powder or organic cornstarch as the base and added powdered herbs like chamomile and calendula to sooth sore bottoms. I’ve also experimented with adding just a couple drops of chamomile essential oil and it worked really well too.

I found this was easiest to use when I stored it in a powdered sugar shaker. (This is a great price on a set of two) I also package homemade baby powder in these with a recipe card of how to make more when I give this as a baby gift.

If you’re worried about what comes in contact with your baby’s delicate skin, consider making your own baby powder or using an organic option.

Homemade Baby Powder
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Homemade baby powder with arrowroot or organic cornstarch and herbs or essential oils for scent and soothing.
Recipe type: Baby
  • ½ cup arrowroot powder
  • 1 tsp chamomile or calendula flowers, powdered in the blender or food processor or a few drops of chamomile essential oil
  1. Powder the chamomile or calendula if using. Mix with the arrowroot powder and store in a glass jar or sugar shaker (see links above) for easy use. Use as you would regular baby powder.


Reader Comments

  1. Jo says

    I’m already on a grain free diet. Our whole family has been on the Paleo diet for a few weeks. We tried it a few years ago and I don’t know why I didn’t continue then, it feels great to be grain free. It’s amazing what a difference it makes not to eat grains..Our dog has been grain free for almost a year and her health improved greatly.

  2. Eba says

    I tried to go grain/sugar free last year, but had the worst constipation. I’ve never been constipated in my life until then (even with 5 pregnancies). I want to try again, but not sure how to avoid that. Any suggestions?

    • says

      Some people notice some digestive changes at first, but usually constipation means one of three things: 1) not enough water, 2) not eating enough veggies, especially leafy greens, and 3) most commonly, not consuming enough good fats.
      Fats are extremely lubricating of the digestive track, and for many people, getting the right amount of fats in balance is the key for that. There is also a couple week adjustment period for some people, but if you decide to do it, email me and I can suggest some dietary changes and supplements.
      Hope to see you in the challenge!

    • Darcy says

      I know this is years after the post but in case others stumble upon this post; Magnesium combats constipation. It is the main ingredient in over the counter stool softeners. Do yourself a favor and just buy magnesium, bypassing the froo froo colorants, packaging and brand name pricing.

  3. says

    Oh my goodness! I had already committed our family to a grain and sugar-free Lent before I saw this post, and I was counting on your website to help me through it! How awesome!

    Here’s my trouble: I don’t know what to do about lunches. My husband always takes a sandwich, so I need to have something for him that he can take, keep at room temp, and not have to heat up. His resources at work are limited. Do you have ideas? Additionally, I’m just worried about my kids. My 2 year old won’t eat anything except grains, so this is going to be a huge shock. I’m hoping that she’ll get hungry enough to eat meat and vegetables, but am honestly worried. Do you have any suggestions about that?

    Your website is amazing. I am so, so excited to do this. We tried Nourishing Traditions not too long ago and loved it, but the holidays derailed our progress and we ran out of money, honestly. Your website will make it more do-able for us.

    Thanks for everything! And for your challenge! On behalf of my family, I accept!

    • Erik says

      You might try wrapping the sandwich fixings in large vegetables instead of bread. Several leaves of lettuce wrapped tightly around the sandwich fixings is a great bread substitute. Wrap tightly in wax paper or parchment paper, tape shut, and it will be good for lunchtime. I’d recommend doubling up on the meat & cheese in the sandwich. You can also use bell pepper or large mild chile peppers (like Pasilla peppers) as substitutes for sandwich bread or even pizza crust.

    • says

      I second Erik’s suggestions above. Romaine lettuce leaves make awesome wraps, and my husband even took big salad at times with meat, olives, etc mixed in and the dressing in a different container.
      Kids can be a little tougher, but they adapt faster. I fed our oldest the pediatrician food schedule because I didn’t know any better (rice cereal, etc *cringe*) and he took the longest to start eating and liking healthy foods…. it took him about 2 weeks. I battled it for a long time and finally just adopted a tough love attitude on it, realizing that he wouldn’t starve, and he would eventually get hungry enough to eat. The first couple of weeks might be tough, but most kids go for the protein first and then eventually vegetables. Mine all eat meat, veggies, etc no problem now.
      Also, maybe try making it fun for the first few days with things like crinkle cut carrots dipped into guacamole (most kids like) or finger food versions of the adult foods.
      I will also try to include some good kid recipes with my emails each week!

    • Annie says

      You might also try dehydrated wraps. There are many recipes out there in the raw food blogs. I’ve experimented with many things, but the basic recipe is ground flax, pulp from juicing carrots, apples, etc, olive oil salt and a variety of herbs and spices. I use a $50 dehydrator from Nesco, available on Amazon and have great results with it. 

  4. says

    Wow….I used to be grain-free, now just gluten-free and I think I was healthier when I was totally grain-free. It had never occurred to me to do this for Lent. Thanks for the encouragement…I think I may opt in. Having a community to do it with makes it SO much easier too!

  5. ingie says

    i’m in! my family and i have been mostly grain free for a couple weeks and can feel a huge difference, especially my husband who was totally skeptical! yay for that! this will be great support. thanks

  6. Laura says

    i’m in too. just so you know, the link didn’t work properly. i just had to guess what i had typed in because it didn’t show up in the box. luckily it worked!

  7. Bethany Sheldahl says

    You should know that Orthodox Christians, unless we have health problems, go meat- and dairy-free for Lent, so grain-free isn’t so much of an option for some of us!

    • says

      It would certainly be difficult, and unless you had a very high coconut concentration in your diet, almost impossible to get enough nutrients. That being said, in most cases, veggies (and even beans prepared properly) are much better sources of nutrients than grains. For me, there are certain parts of Lent that are meat free, and I am actually going dairy free too, so I think it is possible, just more difficult.

  8. Ollie says

    I’ve been grain-free for about a year now and feel great! In fact, some of my food allergies have gone away as a result (previously allergic to raw celery, carrots, and apples). It’s amazing how easy it is once you make the commitment. My wife and kids aren’t 100% grain-free, but mostly gluten-free. It’s amazing how much my kids like veggies as a result. My oldest (2 and a half) goes for the broccoli, green beans, and, most of all, spinach before going for anything else on his plate. Thanks for encouraging folks to do this and spreading the word! Slowly, but surely we’re changing conventional wisdom ….

  9. Kibler says

    I tried grain-free after finding your site last month (linked on Conversion Diary). After 3 days, I felt like a new person. Since then I have dropped 7 pounds without a second thought (this has never happened before). But more than anything, I am thankful, happy, excited, disbelieving, amazed, stupified, etc. that I am no longer obsessed with
    food. Believe me, when I say I was addicted to food it’s not an exaggeration. Addicted to anything carb-like, sugar-loaded, bad-fat-filled. It got to the point where I was making clandestine detours on the way home from work to you-name-it junk food joint to get my fix and then hiding the evidence before I walked in the house to make (and eat) dinner. An unexpected, but very welcome and healing side effect!

    Love your website. Thank you Katie!!

  10. Bethany Carreon says

    Are you familiar with the book, “Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It,” by Gary Taubes? I’d assume so…..

  11. Renee says

    so I just now decided at 8:27 am after eating french toast for breakfast to go grain free for lent….now I have to figure out how to eat, so I am SOOOOO grateful for this site! Thank you!!!

  12. Dotty says

    I never really thought I’d go grain free, but have been now for about three and a half months.  It still isn’t easy, but not as hard as I would have thought.  The hardest part may be mentally adjusting and that my family isn’t and some of them question why I’m doing it.  I even still make bread for them sometimes, and cook rice or oatmeal.  I had a sort of a craving for soaked oatmeal the other day when there was some left over.  I’m also eating much less fruit and other natural sugars than before to help my teeth and gums and overall health.  I get a little panicked sometimes when I’m hungry and there’s nothing ready to eat.  Being thin, I also sometimes feel like I’m not eating enough.  I have one online friend who’s grain-free, but no one else can relate, except for bloggers like you and others who post.  I’m glad that you mentioned the extra starch from flour foods, which have 10,000 times more surface area than whole grains, or something like that.  I don’t know if I may return to eating some of the gluten-free grains at some point, but would like to continue this for another two months at least.

  13. toria mace says

    is flaxseed grain or a safe seed?  I am amazed AMAZED at how much better I feel not having had grains just for 4 days…who knew?  I actually wake up not feeling wiped out…I wish I had known 25 yrs ago…Need help determing what is a grain and what isn’t- flaxseed? yes or no?

  14. donna says

    I was gluten free and corn free for more than 40 days and I am constipated and have not been this tired in years. I am going back on whole grains to see if I can feel better. I felt good the first week, but it has just gone down hill from there. I will stay corn free cause I have felt a difference in not eating corn. I can tell when I have tried to eat it that it does bother my digetive system.

  15. Randina Sheldon says

    hi katie! i was hoping for some advice! ive been grain free for 3 months or more and since im trying to loose weight as well, i allow myself 1 cheat meal a week with whatever i want, usually including grains. the main reason i went grain free is because i have ankylosing spondylitis which is inflamitory diesese and i thought it just made sense to eliminate the inflamitory foods and wanted to start using food as a way to get well. i went off all my AS related meds as well. and the first 3 weeks of being grain free were really tough. i felt horrible. but after i got through the die off i felt great! but soon after my sons birthday where i indulged for more than 1 meal i got really bad headaches. they lasted for 3 weeks straight. i worried it was something like a tumor or anyursym. but i prayed through it and it finally stopped. then i did good for awhile and again indulged last weekend and have these headaches again but theyre more intense. i feel like theres something im missing as im trying to do one cheat meal a week to have some sort of normalcy and treat myself but when i go over that i get crazy bad headaches. ive been trying to be all natural for me and my family but theres so much info out there and its really overwhelming. do u think my headaches are just from me overindulging or is there something more i could be doing? im so frustrated and i know i can be more strict but i just want to make sure im doing whatever i can to feel good and be healthy! all suggestions and help are appreciated! thank you!!

  16. Michelle Lavoie says

    I have put on a couple of pounds since going grain free a couple of weeks ago. Bloated around the stomach area too. Is this something that happens at first? and will it reverse itself?

  17. Kim says

    Hello and wow, thank you for providing such a wonderful resource. This information just has not filtered through to the medical profession, and although my Doc has my best health in his hands, he fails to see the connection of what we eat and our health!

    Anyway, a question, if I might. I have been eating grain free for about a month now. The constipation is driving me mad! I have never been the most regular of people, but now it’s like every four or five days and very unsatisfying.

    I have heard the longer the waste is in your gut, the worse it is for your health. I am well hydrated, I have started adding coconut oil to my tea, and am taking gelatin. Nothing!

    Any further help you could offer would be great! I am basically eating only fruit, veggies, and yoghurt / kefir / sauerkraut. Not a lot of animal protein, if I do, usually fish.

    Thanks for ANY advice you can offer at all.

  18. Carolyn says

    Hi! I just finished the book “Grain Brain” by Dr. Pearlmutter. I suffer from constant fatigue, ADD, and have a mother with Alzheimer’s. I discovered your website today, and love it! My problem is finding grain-free recipes, especially easy snacks. Right now I’m eating raw almonds, grapes, bell peppers, turkey and cheese rolled up…
    My husband is doing Paleo, but I have two big ravenous teenage boys who eat anything not nailed down. Any tips for feeding a diet-divided family would be fantastic! Thanks:)

  19. Ann says

    How would I be able to tell if a product is truly grain-free by looking at the ingredient list? Is it fine if the item doesn’t include wheat, barley, rye, oats, malt, or brewer’s yeast, then is it good? Or are there other types of grains I need to look out for as well. (I try and avoid packaged and processed foods, but thought it would be good to know, just in case).

  20. nebiyat says

    Hi Katie,

    I know this post is old but I thought this would be the best place to ask my question. I really like your blog and I’ve cut down my grain intake by a lot but I’m Ethiopian and the grain teff is a staple food I can’t live without. With my recent move to the US I’ve had to cut down to once a week or every other week but I was wondering if you could tell me how bad teff is. Traditionally it is fermented before use and it’s supposed to be really rich in iron. But I just want to know what I’m really eating. I’m also trying to remineralize my teeth following your suggestions and I would like to know how it will affect that as well. Thank you.

    • says

      Well, from my research teff is not as bad a a lot of grains, but it still contains enough phytic acid to block mineral absorption. I would eliminate it as much as is possible if you are working to remineralize your teeth… eating grains while doing that is counterproductive.

  21. buffy says


    Am a new user as you can tell by my comments on your pregnancy page as well. My husband and I have made so many changes in our diet ( cutting processed sugar, salt, oil, eating lots of fish, veggies and fruits). We do consume whole grain bread slice once a day for breakfast. I only buy organic milk and farm fresh eggs. Chicken I have totally stopped eating. As for red meat, I eat grass fed beef, but thinking of cutting it out in favor of goat meat. (We are south Asians, we as a nation prefer goat, but I had switched since living in Canada). We only eat brown Basmati rice, or wild black rice. I also buy Spelt, kamut, and quinoa flour. I eat steel cut oats, quinoa, chia, flax and amaranth seeds. I have a number of questions, so if you could reply.. my life will be so much easier !! Thanks..
    1 ) The stuff I mentioned above, which one are grains, and need to be avoided ?
    2) Beans (Red kidney, lima, Navy, Pinto, Chickpeas) are they all Grains.. also lentils ? If you could elaborate, our diet consists of almost all legumes and lentils as they provide protein..
    3) Do you have any information regarding spices like Turmeric, coriander, cumin, red chillies etc. I cook mainly my legumes with these standard spices (adding tomatoes, onions, garlic, cloves etc.) does it cancel out the negative effects of beans then… or do they still contain the mineral blocking agents ?
    I have gone through almost all the comments above, but honestly my mind is muddled. There’s too much information. Please Help !!!

    • says

      I soak all beans and legumes I use and stick to white rice. It really comes down to finding out what works for your body. With your genes, you may do great with most of the foods you are eating. I’d try it and see if you need to tweak, but as long as you are getting enough veggies and protein, you should do great.

  22. stephanie says

    Really liked reading the questions/comments. Would like to know what affects mineral absorption… sounded like grains actually do.

    And thanks for exploring grain free/sugar free dieting. I’m just reading Grain Brain and it does makes sense.

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