We have been asked many times how we make our award winning Tiny Hiny Organic Nappy Cream and why we have chosen the organic ingredients that we use in it.
The process of making the natural organic diaper cream begins by infusing organic sunflower and sweet almond oils with organic herbs. We use organic lavender, calendula and chamomile. In INCI terms that would be Lavandula angustifolia, Calendula officinalis and Matricaria recutita respectively. We use stainless steel equipment because it can be easily sterilized with alcohol and our work surface can be sterilized easily with the alcohol.
Organic Sunflower Oil, High Oleic is a light, easily absorbed, non-comedogenic oil that provides skin benefits including softening of the skin, alleviation of dry skin and anti-inflammatory effects. We use organic sweet almond oil because it is rich in proteins, fatty acids and Vitamin D, and is considered extremely nourishing, softening and smoothing the skin. We use organic versions of the herbs and oils because we do not believe that any residue that could be left behind from artificial fertilizers and pesticides used when growing the herbs would be something you would want to come into contact with your babys skin. The INCI names for sunflower and sweet almond oils are Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil and Prunus amygdalus dulcis (almond) oil.
The oils and herbs are very gently heated and kept warm for 4 to 6 hours for the herbs to release their goodies and for this to be enthused into the oil. We then strain the oil through cheesecloth to remove all the plant material.We usually have to strain it several times. By now the oil smells fabulous.
We then heat the oil in a stainless steel container with the beeswax. In this picture the white blobby, stringy appearing stuff is the beeswax melting into the oil. The INCI name for beeswax is Cera Alba.Once the mixture is all melted and blended nicely together we add Vitamin E which is an anti-oxident.Antioxidants fight free radicals, prevent cellular damage from occurring and will extend the shelf life of the oils. Tocopherol is the INCI name for Vitamin E. We use a natural form derived from vegetable oils.
We then mix in the zinc oxide using a hand blender to ensure that it is evenly dispersed. Zinc oxide has astringent and antiseptic properties that help relieve chapped and red skin. It works great for rashes. The INCI name is the same as the common name.
We then pour the mixture into jars, allow them to cool, then cap, label and apply shrink wrap seals. Ready for shipping to our lovely customers who demand the best organic natural nappy creams for there babies.